Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Snow + Rain = Ice!

Oh what a winter this is thus far. We really haven't had any major snow storms. Just snow events that added to to a few inches at a time. Then the temperature warms up above freezing and the snow melts making ice. Then it rains making more ice!  The roads have not been good this year.  Road crews do their best but there is just so much they can do with weather like this. At least with snow, you plow it, move it out of the way and one can get around with out the fear of falling. Our door yard and driveway is a mass of ice.  It just keeps growing! However, it is pretty on the trees. The sun catches the crystals and I can see sparkling diamonds,rubies and nuggets of gold. Such beauty they behold.  The sun is getting brighter every day and the days are getting longer. It will all melt in due time.

                                              Golden Trees



Jewels of Ice



And this is me!

Thank you for stopping by.


Friday, January 26, 2018

Beaver Tails,Bear Claws,Toutons or maybe Dough-boys!

We are having one of those winters that it seems to be raining as much as it snows. At least this far.  Mom would call it an open winter. The ice just keeps building up in our yard and driveway.   Well, with this cold weather some good "comfort" food sure fills the bill! We have a tradition here once the cold weather hits is to dig out the deep fryer or the old electric fry pan and cook up some old home favorites. One of those favorites is "fry dough" made from homemade bread. Some areas call these pieces of fried dough beaver tails or bear claws.  To us they are called "Dough Boys." We enjoy them with molasses. One would think that they would be greasy, but they are not.  The outside fries up with a tender golden crust and the bread inside is soft and fluffy- yum! 😋  I have some Newfoundland heritage.  My grandmother called them "toutons"  I was told they would serve them with rendered down pork scraps. The fat from the cooked pork scraps would be then poured over them. I am not fond of pork scraps and would be happy to pass on them served that way. 😞  Also, in Newfoundland they are served as a snack with their tea. They would roll the dough into little balls. fry them and then roll them in cinnamon sugar. They are actually really good that way. They taste similar to a donut and resemble a "Timbit"!
I would imagine in different areas of the country they are called by different names and served in various ways. They are delicious and well worth the effort of cooking some up when making bread.

I forgot to take pictures of the raw dough as I shaped it.  They are not as big as they look here. Probably about the size of a roll would be before it rises.

All six would have fit in the fry pan but I did not want to cool down the oil.

                                      Looking and tasting delicious!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Icy Wonderland

First of all I am in no way a lover of winter! I believe I was misplaced and should have been born to a nice warm climate. We have been experiencing extremely cold weather lately.  The house is warm but I an not looking forward to next month's hydro bill. Thankful that we did not lose power through the last blizzard that they were calling a "bomb".  It was bad,and unfortunately many homes did lose their power. But the snow can create a beautiful scenery. I do enjoy a nice walk after the storm and the trees are heavy with snow. The ground cover is so clean and fresh looking and covered by tiny tracks made by birds and the squirrels. As I see these wee creatures scurrying about looking for their next meal I am again thankful that I have a heavenly Father who provides for his creations so perfectly. He supplies a way and provides through the most difficult times. 

                                        This is my Father's world.

                                 This is the gorge in our town.  The falls are in the forefront of which you can not see.   There is a lower bridge far in the background.             The trees are covered with ice making a very pretty picture.
                                 
                                  A squirrel in our yard feeding on some pine nuts

                                            Chickadee in the snow
                               
                                   A little fox who often came to visit.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Sledding Snowmen

What would you call a party that snowmen would attend?  Well, it would be a  Snow- "Ball" of course! ☺  Here are my snowmen at the "Ball"
They come from different backgrounds.  The larger one to the left is one I made when I was into doing art crafts. The chubby one in front of him was from a dear nephew many,many years ago ( from the 70's.)  The rest of the group were gifts from friends and former students.   All the snowmen didn't make it into the picture. You know how it is, there is always "someone" who is late for the party. So they missed the photo shoot. These guys are just sitting around in the snow waiting their turn on the toboggan.
Our first snow has been rained off and the ground is bare. I really do like it this way especially when people are travelling and Christmas shopping. A Christmas eve light snow fall would be nice though.  I am sure my snowmen would enjoy it! I would.


Thursday, December 7, 2017

No Sense (cents) For Me

We needed to do a little cross border shopping this week.



 Had parcels to pick up. Of course a little looking around the stores was a must!  Even though there is a big difference in our money we always see items that are at a still much better price.  So we went to Walmart and Mardens.



This is a quick snap of the Saint Croix river as we cross the bridge into the U.S.  Not a good picture as the crossing wasn't busy that morning.  Usually I can get a better scope of a view but I was in a hurry as we were next with no vehicles in line. I am actually in the U.S here at halfway point.


Later that day after we we home we were going through the change from  shopping. Separating the American coins from Canadian.  In the handful was a penny and it was not an American penny.  Closer look  -  my goodness it has the queen's head on it!  Canada stopped making pennies in 2012 so where did this come from? Closer look. Yes, definitely Queen's head and the year 2015. Not Canadian but where? Had to be from England or Australia I guessed. After a quick search it was discovered to be a British penny.  It is funny how something can be passed through a check out and not noticed at the time.  Who would ever expect to be handed a foreign coin from outside of the U.S or Canada. It is only a penny but interesting. It is the size of a nickle. It could have been passed as a nickle and not a penny as where we shop they know that Canada has no longer  a penny currency.  Not planning on any trips to England in my life time.  It will go in my foreign currency stash that I have picked up over the years.
                                   
                                          Queen's head side


Flip side


 Thanks for reading my no cents tale!
Chris

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Crafty Things

Hello everyone. Quiet and chilly on this Sunday afternoon.

I just finished up doing some crafts of which some  I started last winter.   Decided I would dig them out and add a few more. This morning I donated them to the church.  We will be having a bake/craft sale next Saturday.  Hopefully they will sell.  These are activity bags for children. Nice to take in the car.




                          The applique looks black but she is really a forest green colour.

This one with the Sun Bonnet Sue I changed the contents.  I took out the colouring book and crayons and put them in the whale activity bag.  
I had some doll clothes and a dolly quilt that I had made so I stuffed the bag full and then added the baby doll. This bag is twice the size of the other ones.

A couple of the knitted or crocheted items that I put in.  I forgot to take pictures of the dresses and quilt.


Sweater and headband

Cape and hat

Booties a

Wee socks

I think I will be putting the crafts that take fiddling around little things aside. It hurts my hands to do these tiny things and along with the knitting and crocheting.
Dear old "Arthritis" is not a kindly guy. 😒

     Thank you for looking, Chris.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

A cruise anyone?

Just thinking about the lovely summer we had and how fast winter is setting in. It's  really chilly today. I have never been on a cruise. I do love the water though so I think that I would certainly enjoy sailing away into the sunset.  Oh to dream!

                         
This is my favorite picture of one of the cruise ships that visited the port of Saint John.  It is not a recent picture as cruise season is over for this year.  I love how the early morning sun is breaking in the background. Giving a golden glow from the sky to the water.  I snapped this picture as we were crossing harbour bridge early one morning. We are early birds!! Timing is critical to get a good shot in trying to avoid other vehicles, door mirrors, posts, speed signs and anything else that might be in the way. You have to keep the speed limit and not drive too slow as not to cause an accident.  No, I am not the one who is driving! I am the one who has their face glued to the side window  - lol.  I always have my camera ready to see what I can capture.  My camera does not have a great zoom lens but I was pleased with this shot just the same.
                                       Thank you for looking 😊