Delicious Proportions And Peculiar Partings

Thursday Dec 28th –



The sister and nieces came over for the day, so that pretty much tells you the amount of stuff I got done 😏

One thing…😜

That ‘thing’ was one of delicious proportions though because it was making caramel popcorn.
The gooey kind, not the kind that hardens and gets crunchy 🀀🍿



I wanted to make some to try sending with the husband for my father-in-law and ended up having a β€˜little’ extra for us here 😜


It was overly sweet and overly addicting so I call that a success though I won’t know how it traveled πŸ™ˆ


I made poutine with three types of cheese and bacon for Mike and my dinner and then he rushed out to go play soccer, not wanting to be totally out of practice pre-Europe 😏😜 Continue reading “Delicious Proportions And Peculiar Partings”

Selling Cookies And Living Off The Land

Monday Aug 14th –

Our last morning at the cabin.

We and the father were shipping out and the bro’s wife and tots were taking our places.

Packing up our belongings and sweeping out the little cabin were the minimal tasks we had to complete and then a few hours of the usual cabin goings on remained until we said our fair-wells and were taken to mainland by the bro.

Before leaving though, Uncle Mike had to help Alaina make a water bottle boat to help entertain her until the cousins arrivedπŸ˜‰



A quick stop in town look for a belt for an event coming up for me and picking up a PALLET of cookies for the husband 😝



It’s official, he’s the cookie man πŸ˜πŸ˜‹πŸ‡³πŸ‡±πŸͺ Continue reading “Selling Cookies And Living Off The Land”

South Africa Chicken and Rice Salad

During our trip in South Africa, I ate a cold, chicken and rice salad and though very different than what I was generally used to, I loved it.

So naturally I tried to replicate it once I was back in Canada πŸ˜‰

Here is the recipe I came up with and I hope someone is brave enough to attempt it and that it’s enjoyed! 😁🍴


South Africa Chicken and Rice Salad

Serves four.


Brown rice to serve four

10 olives*, diced

Half a cucumber, diced

1 heaping cup Arugula leaves

12 cherry tomatoes to serve beside

4 medium chicken breasts

Roasted sunflower seeds (optional)

1 lime sliced in four

Plain yoghurt or tzatziki to serve with as a sauce.




1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
1/2 tablespoon onion powder
1/2 tablespoon thyme
1/2 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp cayenne
1 tablespoon paprika
Dash of salt





Prepare rice as directed.

Mix seasonings together and set aside.

Lightly coat a frying pan with the oil you use for cooking and heat over medium-high heat.
It should be hot enough to singe the chicken when it’s laid in as you want a blackened chicken effect.

You will sprinkle the spice mixture evenly on one side of the chicken and lay the seasoned side, down, into the oiled pan, causing the seasoning to slightly char onto the meat, about 2 minutes.

Sprinkle the remaining spices on top of the chicken and flip over to singe that side as well.

Once both sides of the chicken have been seasoned and singed you can turn the heat down for the rest of the required cooking time, so the meat doesn’t dry out.

Dish the prepared rice onto the plates and spoon the olives, cucumber and arugula leaves on top.

*** I know olives aren’t everybody’s thing so they CAN be left out of the recipe… but as a so-so olive person myself, I still enjoyed the extra salty/pickled flavour they gave.

A roasted sunflower seed could be an add in with the olives or used as a substitute for them, so you still get some salty crunch in there πŸ˜‰ ***
Once the chicken is done it can be added to the plate.

Serve with cherry tomatoes, yoghurt or tzatziki sauce and a slice of lime for some extra zest!

(and bread if desired, which it always is, in our house πŸ˜‰)


This meal can be eaten hot, or cold!
I found the cold version to be very refreshing in the South African heat.


Looking forward to hearing what you thought of it! 😁


Transplanting Our Plants… And Our Lives

Friday April 7th –

(Sorry for the long post, trying to play catch up on all the days missed 😬)

Mike had to go into town right away to pick up our shipment of crates and the gate (brought all the way from Malta).
He had to leave for that by 9:30 am and I planned to go with him if I was awake but if not he’d just let me sleep.

I slept πŸ˜‹

Waking up, I cautiously reached for my phone to check the time and while reaching looked to see if Mike was still sleeping.
He was gone 😜

I hadn’t heard him leave, at all 😬

I made it upstairs and a cup of coffee was soon placed in my hands by Mom, who explained Mike had left not long before.

We sipped our coffee and chatted, having more brain power available than the night before πŸ˜‰

Mom suggested a walk pretty quickly and I shouldn’t have been surprised 😏
It was +20 out though, so I was happy to accompany her and we went for a 5 km speed walk to the mail, having Mike pick us up on his way back from town.

The crates and gate had made it in one piece and everything seemed to be in good shape so we were happy for that and after unloading them in the garage, I decided to sit outside and enjoy the sun/maybe nap.

Not long into the sit, my cat Rolo joined me, soaking up any attention I was willing to give her, as I soaked up the sun.
Mom decided to join us and after too long in the uncomfortable lawn chairs she suggested we try laying on the trampoline.
A blanket was fetched and we laid out in the wonderfully hot weather for some of the afternoon.

Mike had found the cactuses and they were a tad disheveled looking so he took the time to take them outside, clean them off and replant them.

Telling me they all went in one pot because they were friends now and they told him they wanted to be together πŸ˜‹πŸ’• Continue reading “Transplanting Our Plants… And Our Lives”

A Taxing Morning

Wednesday Dec 21st –




We set Mike to work that morning, getting him to prepare the dinner for that nightπŸ˜‹
He’s that slow 😏

No, not so much slow as overly precise in his chopping/measuring and he enjoys using every counter space 😜
Hey, neither mom nor I had to cook though so really, what’s a little extra mess?

Becca had gotten him the ingredients to make the Dutch chicken dish and we would be in town throughout most of the day so we needed a readied supper for once we got back.

We enjoyed a moose meat smoke (compliments of the bro’s hunting) for lunch before we headed to town and dropped off mom so she could go enjoy a massage while we did the errands πŸ˜‹
One of which was to purchase the parents some new speakers so it wouldn’t sound like some awful trumpet player was playing loudly in everything they listened to 😜🎺

In one small store Mike was giving a sales pitch for a product he doesn’t even sell yet himself and as we left the store I laughed at how he just couldn’t help himself.
He said that was true and I should be happy he hadn’t tried to sell me yet!
The turd head 😏

Town was finished with and we headed back home where mom made us some tasty Clamato juice to sip on pre Mikes supper.

Which was very good πŸ˜‰



Maybe a tad too onion-ish/curry-ish for some of us, but we aren’t ones who fear trying new and for Mike to have made it for us meant it was appreciated either way ☺️



Thursday Dec 22nd –




Taxes and GST and one very aggravating phone call made up our morning.
We had to call to figure out some number stuff/give information that the government was asking for since our marriage hadn’t been reported soon enough during assessments.

No biggy right?


Since I’m rarely here and well taken care of by my mother, she looks after my book work and what needs to go where, therefore I didn’t know the answers to the security questions the lady was asking.
She proceeded to tell me to ‘tell your mother to stop giving me the answers, that’s illegal and I will have to hang up’. 😑
Sorry that I wasn’t aware of what tax accountant my family uses lady! πŸ™„

All in all, it was not a nice start to our day and we were all in a rather non delightful mood afterwords.

Our day cheered up when we got a phone call saying our niece Emily wanted to invite us over for lunch πŸ˜‰

Her meal choice was shrimp and soup, a choice we think she didn’t realize the consequences of because shrimp isn’t her thing but hey, the rest of us liked it πŸ˜‹

We visited there for a while and I was honoured to receive some newspaper wrapped presents (wrapped and chosen by Emily herself I’m sureπŸ˜‰).

I was super happy to get a set of watercolor markers, ones I truly needed and had been trying to decide which to getπŸ‘ŒπŸ»πŸ–Š

Some macaroons, a photo of Emily and a few other goodies filled the bag and it seems like I’m the spoiled Aunty more so than spoiling the niece πŸ˜‹πŸ’•

Once we got back to the house it was time for me to test my markers, mom to write her daily things out and Mike to complete his car drawing that will go in the kids play room here. 

They both succeeded better than I 😬

Supper was taco salad and then Mom, Dad and Mike went out for Thursday night pickle ball and I stayed at the house.

Not ready for that much excitement 😜

No, I stayed back and straightened up a little and then sat down to test my markers until they returned 😊

Upon which return we ventured downstairs to watch a movie and have a listen to what the new speakers sounded like.
The speakers worked good… the movie was about 2.5 hours too long.
Full of confusion and no point in the end 😜

Much like that mornings phone call…


Tuesday Nov 29th –



How I’ve loved having the mini marshmallows to accompany my morning coffeeπŸ˜β˜•οΈπŸ‘ŒπŸ»πŸ’•

That mornings sketch 🌸🌿

We eventually ventured out to Doesburg to do some things, passing our afternoon by completing errands and getting groceries.
We had cheese fondue for supper, enjoying the first boxed package of it that was available in store, now that it’s getting closer to Christmas πŸ§€πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

Mike went out for soccer practice, I had a FaceTime date with my sis and that was about all the exciting bits for that day 😬


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