Monthly Archives: March 2014

What Just Whizzed By?

The month of March, that’s what! I cannot believe that March is almost over already. By the end of April, we will see some changes around us. I alluded to good news in my last post — my daughter and her two children, Trinity and Ethan, will be moving to Kelowna! Kristen has been job hunting in our area and John has been house hunting on her behalf. By this time next month, they’ll be here and I am thrilled that I’ll get to have grandchildren around.

In other things… Though I haven’t been doing much knitting, I have been doing other things. Through my job, I’ve acquired a bunch of 28 lb. writing paper, particularly nice when you write with a fountain pen. However, four reams of paper is a lot of paper!

I decided to make myself a small journal/notebook with some of that wealth of paper.

I used a piece of leather I’ve had laying around for a long time (more than 10 years!); it came from a pair of Danier leather pants, buttery soft. I snagged the pants on a display in a grocery store shortly after I’d purchased them and the store graciously paid to have the pants repaired. When I picked up the repaired pants, I was also given the piece they replaced. I’ve been wanting to do something with it ever since but couldn’t decide just what. This is the perfect thing.

003The journal is comprised of five signatures, each made up of six sheets of 8.5 x 11″ paper folded in half. I used hemp cord to stitch the signatures together and used a heavier hemp cord to make the wraparound tie. I found a brass button in my bag o’ buttons to finish it all off.

 

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There’s only one thing wrong with a journal like this — I always find it difficult to know what to write in it. Putting pen to paper that first time in a handmade journal… I just don’t know… Am I alone in this?

I’ve also made a few simple notebooks, 12 sheets of paper folded in half, with a card stock cover, hand stitched, with book binder’s tape to cover the stitching on the spine. I’m already using a notebook I made before and love it.

Yesterday I made something that I just have to share with you. It was that good! I don’t always post the results of my recipe experimentation here (that’s what my cooking blog… sorely neglected… is for) but this recipe is really yummy!

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This is Toasted Coconut Panna Cotta with Hibiscus and Raspberry Gelee. If you’ve never had panna cotta before, it can be described as milk jell-o. The recipe arrived in my inbox this week and, after reading through it, I decided I absolutely had to try it this weekend.

The recipe is from Serious Eats, one of my favourite food websites; I think I can honestly say that none of the recipes we’ve tried from that site has failed. I had to change the recipe slightly; it calls for pomegranate, not raspberries, and I couldn’t find a single pomegranate in either of the two markets I went to. I assume it’s because they’re not in season at the moment. I don’t think it matters; I love the hibiscus/raspberry blend.

I was a little concerned about the amount of sugar in the recipe but didn’t reduce it for the cream/milk part. It is sweet but not overly so, really. I did, however, cut back on the sugar for the hibiscus/raspberry gelee. I used 3/4 cup rather than the 1 1/4 cup called for. That would have been overly sweet.

This is definitely a keeper recipe. It looks pretty and it tastes like more!

 

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Coming Back to Life

I suppose the title of this post is appropriate in more ways than one. Spring is coming on in our part of the world.  I know that in parts of Eastern Canada, they’re still struggling with snow and all the nastiness that comes with it; I’m certainly not trying to rub in the fact that our weather is lovely and that things are starting to come up. Spring has arrived here; our season of new life has arrived. If you’re still buried under mountains of snow where you are, I can empathize. I was, after all, born in Winnipeg.

Just a few minutes ago, I took the camera out to our little flower garden out front and saw these:

007The tulips are doing well. It won’t be long before there’s colour outside our door. I’m not sure how many tulips we planted last year but there should be a nice showing of tulips before long.

008The irises, too, are green with new life. I’m looking forward to seeing the masses of white irises. They always make me feel happy.

009And then there are the gorgeous, big, red poppies, the show offs of the garden.

010Even the bergamot is showing signs of life. Is it any wonder why I love spring?

As I said at the beginning of this post, the title is appropriate. Even I am noticing a “coming back to life”. It’s as if I’ve been hibernating through the winter and, now that spring is in the air, I, too, am reawakening. I’ve already been out for a few walks, enjoying the tinge of warmth in the still brisk air, relishing the sunshine, looking for all of the signs of spring.

Hopefully, I’ll be more inclined to update this poor, neglected blog a little more often than I have. The last couple of posts have been nothing but bad news. I promise you, there is good news coming!

I have been knitting but not much. I’ve been reading but not much. I’ve been painting but, really, not much. I’ve been waiting for spring and now that it’s upon us, I’m finally feeling more alive, more inspired, more desirous of “doing” rather than just “being”.

 

 

 

 

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