Monday, 19 June 2017

Lego Binder Organizer

Hello!  Do you have Lego fans in your home?  I do, and let me tell you there are LOTS of little pieces. ~smiles~ often everywhere!

One thing was decided is that the manuals needed to be kept in one place so that they were easy to get to when the rebuilding process needed to be started.  

So I pulled out a binder I had. We were given some clear sleeves, and tucked the manuals in them.  

I printed off an image from google to tuck in the front panel and voila it's all tidy...well, at least the manuals. :)  The pieces...well they are not always so tidy.  We do have little bins for the lego sets to go in, but as I'm sure you well know they don't stay in them all the time.  

At least this is one step closer to tidiness.  

Thanks so much for dropping by.  What do you do with the lego manuals?  
What do you do with the lego?

Hope you have a wonderful day! 

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Canning Organizing and Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

Hello!  I'm sure many of you have been canning for awhile, but here, I'm just starting.  

First I needed to sort what I had.  The Lord has really blessed and I've been gifted with lots of canning goodies and I had them stashed all in a pile.  

So now all the jar lids, rings, and box sets are all sorted according to size.  Then I sorted all the jars into sets of quart, pint,  & half-pint. Someday I'd love to be able to have special storage containers for them...but that's just dreaming. 

While I was sorting my son was starting to cut up a bit of rhubarb.  

I was given one of these lifters, and after pulling it out and putting it together, I still like the old one that came in the one canner.  

Here's the water bath canner I was given.  I was so happy for this since I have just been using a stock pot, and this fits much more. 

Then my dear friend also gave me a pressure canner...oh was I excited about this!  I've never used one, and I need to get the gauge checked before using.  I have visions of canning lots in this!  

What a vintage gem! 

I love the dial on it. 

And then it also has this cool pressure regulator as well.  

First thing for me to can in the spring is jam; strawberry or rhubarb.  This year I decided to combine it and we made strawberry rhubarb jam.  Some of my family doesn't like rhubarb, but this jam has passed as delicious even with it in it. Yeah!  So with all the fruit I have now, I'm going to make more...just need more sugar.  I just used the recipe on the Bernardin powdered pectin leaflet. 

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Applesauce Cake and a Tea Cup

Hello!  I hope you are enjoying a lovely day!  

Recently my daughter made this delicious applesauce cake and put it on a pretty plate.  Sometimes the presentation  is just as important as the food.  

Apple Sauce Cake
- Company's Coming

1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
2/3 cup milk
1/4 cup oil
3/4 cup applesauce or a large shredded apple

1/4 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp flour
1 Tbsp butter (softened)
1/8 tsp cinnamon

*Mix batter ingredients all together until combined, pour into greased/floured pan.
*Mix topping ingredients until combined and crumbly and sprinkle one the cake.  
*Bake at 400F for ~ 30min or until done.
*Get a fork and dig in! :) 

I was at the local dump free store and spotted this sweet tea cup sitting there.  It's got a couple tiny chips and the gold is worn, but to me it's super charming!  

The flowers are beautiful and it's lovely to have a cup of tea in.  Below I have a picture of what is under the plate.  Another interesting piece to add to the collection I have in my cupboard.  

An extra tea cup for a visitor who might perchance drop in for tea someday.  

Praying you have a beautiful day and perhaps something sweet will cross your path. 

Monday, 12 June 2017

Yukon Garden Thus Far

Hello!  Today I'd love to share with you a few pictures from my garden this year.

Every thing has been slow this year including me.  I've started things in the ground later than usual, but at least they are in and growing.  I have learned that putting things under row covers helps get things growing nicely.  I'll cover the other part of the garden as soon as we no longer need to cover the things in the greenhouse.  We're just on the edge of the frostings. 

We are blessed that our strawberries have come back and are starting to blossom.  
That box in the front of the garden is our strawberry bed.  Soon we hope to make a raised top so that the strawberries as they grow will be better protected against the squirrels. ~smiles~  they like them to.

Here is a pic under the big frost blanket.  We have rows of carrots growing in the raised rows, and peas in the ditch.  Didn't plan it that way, but we soaked too many peas and they had to go somewhere. :) 

This is the area at the river edge we get our water from.  We have worn little footholds in the bank to walk up and down on.  At the moment the heat has caused a lot more melting up in the mountains and our river has turned to raging chocolate milk. lol It's also risen considerably and the trees  you see at the bottom of the bank are totally submerged.  

I had planted water cress at the banks edge, and we'll see if it is still there after the water goes down.

Here is my beloved greenhouse my husband built me.  We have 20 tomatoes, 5 zucchini, 9 cucumbers, green beans, and some flowers growing in there.  

The cucumbers are starting to come and I can't wait for a taste.

We started tomatoes back in February, and the fruit is coming on nicely.  We've had a few Sungold tomatoes in the last week and they sure are wonderful!

I planted a lobelia in an old tea kettle and it's so pretty and a burst of colour in there.  It is moving out to the front step soon to join some other containers of flowers. 

The bumble bees have discovered them and they have been around pollinating the plants in the greenhouse for me. 

The zucchini have just started to fruit as well. 

I planted a ton of chamomile and I went looking for interesting places to plant them. We make lots of chamomile tea, and the fresh dried flowers can't be beat. 

We've also planted some lavender, this pot is a dwarf lavender that we've never tried before.  I like to try new things, so we have some of the regular lavender and this. 

We planted lots of marigolds and they are starting to bloom beautiful from the tomato pots.  I have planted basil and a marigold in each tomato pot and they like each other. :)

We have also planted some calendula and the first blooms are so welcome!

Here is the first little chamomile bloom.  How very cheerful it is! 

Thanks for coming on the tour of my garden thus far.  I will have more pictures of the rest of the gardens to share with you later.  

Praying you have a wonderful day, enjoying the beauty of creation.  God is so good to give us these moments where we can see His hand working, sustaining and bringing forth life to provide for our needs.  

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Mountain Exploration

Hello!  I'd like to share with you today a little trip that I took with my children and some friends into the Yukon mountains close to our home.  

It was a cloudy day for the most part, but the colour was so beautiful in the trees and the water. 

A little road by the lake.  A sweet little rock beach that we will try swimming at when it warms up a bit more.

The boys threw sticks into the water and watched as the gentle waves brought them back to shore. 

A view from one of the bridges.  The water is a bit low this year, but it's still very fast moving. 

A little ice is still in the ditches along the roadside further up.  

This is by the one campsite that we want to try out as well.  Such a wonderful thing to sit beside the river and listen.  

There are many places that are interesting to explore along the river side. 

The water is so pretty with it's green hue.  Much of the water in the Yukon is this colour. 

Finally here was a dainty little purple blossom tucked into the gravel in the parking lot.  

It's so very nice to have time out in God's creation, and to be able to take the time to notice the details.  

Praying you have a wonderful day!  

Lacy Shade

Hello!  Nice to have you drop by!  I've been quiet lately on here... spending lots of time outside and with my family.  

With spring comes lots of yard work, and re-adjusting things from inside to outside.  Now all my plants are outside save for a few more seedlings I started late.  

With the longer days the heat coming through this window by my desk was just getting to be a bit much.  SO I went through my stash of fabric and found two lace curtains that would fit the window size.  I pulled out a stick and then some of the non-marking hangers.  I put up a second curtain along the same wall in the living room and now it evens out things.  

A little hard to see the curtain, but it does shade the room nicely from the hot sun.  

Now the light is nicely filtered and not so harsh.  Plus it does put a pretty pattern on things it shines on now.  

I love the pattern of this lace.

It's nice to have something soft and lovely by my desk. :)  

I planted some Malva late and it's coming up in a pretty bowl that I have sitting on the bottom of the curtain.  It's getting bigger by the day and will be planted out soon.  It's supposed to be a great flower for bees and butterflies.  

Thank you for dropping by!  Is there anything that you have done to help keep the hot sun from beating down on what is in your home?  

Praying you have a sweet day! 

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