Thursday, October 30, 2014

Starring...

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What fun ...


For the first time in a very long time I bought a pumpkin to carve for tomorrow evening's Halloween tr-eaters. I was inspired by Susan Branch's post where she carved her pumpkins with stars instead of scary faces. Now that's my kind of pumpkin carving.

If I were to do it again, I'd made the stars smaller so the light shining through would be more twinkly. However, in the dark, it still looked pretty cool. Can't wait to set it out tomorrow.

We baked the stars in the oven later and poured a wee bit of maple syrup over them.  Mmmm... they were heavenly.



Star Light Star bright,
The first star I see tonight,
I wish I may, I wish I might,
Have the wish I wish tonight.



Hugs,
Brenda
xox


Photos:  Brenda Leyland, 2014









Monday, October 27, 2014

A New Week, A New Look

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It's Monday morning. The last week of the month. And today autumn definitely feels done. And least for the moment. For it's been snowing since the wee hours this morning.

Although it's been coming down soft as a kitten's paw, it has been steady. Lawns and roof tops are white -- nicely harmonizing with the grey of the skies.

Which makes this a day for humming in the heart of my kitchen, chopping onions and vegetables for chicken vegetable soup. Not to mention, gathering ingredients for a small batch of soft raisin oatmeal cookies, filled not only with raisins but chopped walnuts dusted with cinnamon and cloves.

That should put a sparkle in the eyes of the beholders around here today. 

Wishing you a *´¨)
> ¸.·´¸.·*´¨) ¸.·*¨)
> (¸.·´ (¸.·´ * happy Today! *

 Hugs,
Brenda
xox

 
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Friday, October 24, 2014

Afternoon With A Movie

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 “I wanted it to be you.
I wanted it to be you so badly.”


It was the perfect afternoon to watch one of my top favourite romantic comedies with two of my favourite actors. I don't need to tell you the title, do I?

I love watching it this time of year. I've never been to New York but seeing all those lovely tree-lined streets makes me want to go there. Truth of the matter, most places I haven't visited but want to someday, I'd like to see them in the fall time.

Don't you just love the cozy little bookstore around the corner ... with  the twinkle lights and flowers and pumpkins? Not to mention the story-reading corner.


It doesn't matter how often I watch this movie, when I hear Brinkley bark in that last scene and Hanks slowly comes round the corner and she's standing there, I feel this sense of completeness -- mit happy tears. It's life as it ought to be.

So that's what I did this afternoon (well, and folded laundry).  How about you, what were you up to today?

Wishing you a *´¨)
> ¸.·´¸.·*´¨) ¸.·*¨)
> (¸.·´ (¸.·´ * happy day! *
 
Hugs,
Brenda
xox

 PS.  In case you don't know the title of this 1998 movie,



Thursday, October 23, 2014

Remembering...

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Remembering  
Cpl. Nathan Cirillo




Susan Branch says it best....

Go. Be. Love. The world needs you!


Hugs,
Brenda
xox

 



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Lunch: Potato and Ham Pie

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Most mornings, once we get home from working at the performing arts centre, hubby heads off to the gym and I head up to my office where I can look out at my little world in the backyard as I dream up something new to post or write ... or while away time checking emails, Facebook and visiting my blogging friends.

You will notice I do not head off to the gym with hubby -- I often feel I've done my workout for the day pushing vacuum cleaners and dust mops around for several hours.

By the time hubby gets home, it's near lunch time. He's ravenous (me too) and so I always like to have lunch thought out and mostly ready before I get lost in my world of computer-ing. That way, if I lose track of time, it's easy to finish up once he's home. 

Today I made a potato and ham pie. I knew I had some potatoes. Poked in the frig to see what else would go. Ham and eggs and cheese. What could go wrong with ham and eggs and cheese? With about 20 minutes prep time, it was ready for the oven. 

Brenda's Quick-What-Will-We-Make-For-Lunch Potato and Ham Pie
Serves two generously ~ delicious and filling

Bake:
2 medium russet potatoes, till mostly done, peel, and slice

Saute:
1/2 small onion, diced
1/2 cup cubed ham

Beat together:
4 - 5 eggs
1/4 cup milk or cream
1/4 cup or so grated parmigiano reggiano cheese
salt and pepper, to taste
parsley, something to add a little colour

1/2 to 3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese

Assemble:
  • Saute onion and ham for 2-3 minutes. Remove from pan.
  • Now saute potato slices in olive oil or butter or both till a little crispy. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • In a pie plate, layer 1/2 the potatoes, 1/2 the onion/ham mix and 1/2 cheddar cheese. Repeat.
  • Pour egg mix over everything, and sprinkle remaining cheddar cheese.
  • Bake in preheated oven at 325 F for 30 - 35 minutes -- until eggs are set and top is browned.
  • Serve with a salad.


'You never forget a beautiful thing that you have made,' [Chef Bugnard] said. 'Even after you eat it, it stays with you - always.'  ~ Julia Child, My Life in France



Wishing you a *´¨)
> ¸.·´¸.·*´¨) ¸.·*¨)
> (¸.·´ (¸.·´ * happy day! *


Hugs,
Brenda
xox


Photo: Brenda C Leyland, 2014