Where Are We Going?

Where Are We Going?

Good afternoon everyone!  I decided to give the tablecloth to a worthy cause.  I could remake it into a duvet cover, but it would cost me a lot of time, effort and money. It’s a gorgeous cloth that is better used for what it was intended – a tablecloth.

After making that decision I’m back to rug hooking.  Today I’m working more on “Doom”, which I just realized has another name – “Where are we going?”.  I think I like that better.  I will use that from now on.

Yesterday I cut a lot of fabric strips, made some nylon “yarn”, and organized for a rug hooking group that met this morning.  I had a great time with the ladies and managed to accomplish a lot on “Where are we Going?”.

Yesterday I was late into the Parris House Zoom hook-in, but enjoyed the little time I did have there.  Lots of phenomenal work being done, and very good brains to pick for ideas.  If you’re a rug hooker and interested in being part of the group, contact Elizabeth Miller, Parris House, Parris, Mne., USA  on Facebook.

If you have been, thanks for reading.  Have a great weekend everyone!

A Generous Gift

A Generous Gift

Good evening everyone!  While I was away in New Brunswick a family connection asked if I wanted/would take a huge oversize tablecloth and do something with it…seeing as I sew.  I said, “Sure!”, thinking I’d just resize it and gift it back to her.

The tablecloth was handed over in a bag the last evening we were there and I did not have a chance to pull it out and look at it.  I finally took it out of the bag after we arrived back home. It’s drop down gorgeous!  But it is huge!  So big I did not have room for it, even on my studio floor.

Today I took it to a friend’s place for a closer look. She has a huge cutting table.  It still hung almost to the floor on all sides. We measured it.  It’s 8 feet by 9 feet 6 inches. That’s 96 inches by 114 inches. Way too big for any table we know.  Not only that, but it would look weird if I tried to cut into the design to resize it.  So I decided I have to do something else with it.

The original giver of the tablecloth mentioned a duvet cover or quilt. I’m thinking it would make a queen size duvet cover. Lined with a contrasting fabric.  I’m off to measure my queen size duvet!

I do not think this will be a quick project.  I have too much on the go right now to work on this right away. But we shall see.  I will wait until 120 inch wide sheeting goes on sale at the fabric store and proceed from there.

If you have been, thanks for reading! Have a great week everyone!

Home Again!

Home Again!

Good afternoon everyone! We had a great time in New Brunswick.  Lovely scenery and lovely people. Company will be leaving soon and I am deep into planning November.

I finished knitting the baby hat. All that’s left is to mail it.

I am making a short list of projects to work on. Mostly it includes WIP’s, or Works In Progress.

  • I have “Doom” sitting beside my chair to finish hooking.
  • I also want to finish the quilt I started at 17 years of age.  I won’t say how long it’s been.  Suffice it to say I have taken my own sweet time hand stitching it.
  • I also have the South Korean appliqué quilt to finish.
  • I want to make some beeswax toppers for bowls.
  • I want to move onto hooking the fishing shack series I have planned.

That’s more than enough for November. Right now I’m just glad to have the baby hat finished.

If you have been, thanks for reading. Have a great weekend everyone!

On the Road Again!

On the Road Again!

Good afternoon everyone!  We are on another road trip – this time to Moncton, New Brunswick to visit relatives.  We took our company with us.  We have had loads of fun exploring the countryside.

I had a wonderful time yesterday in Susan Feller’s “Mastering Design” Zoom class in Workshop Week 3. By the time it was over I had a new design and unifying elements for a series of fishing shack hooked pieces. I’m very happy with the results of the class.

I am just finishing the knit baby hat for a relative’s new baby. It is hand spun alpaca, hand dyed with cochineal.

I hope everyone had a great weekend and is experiencing a good week. If you have been, thanks for reading.

Weekly Review – Sightseeing

Weekly Review – Sightseeing

Good afternoon everyone!  Hubby and I have been showing a friend around PEI and Nova Scotia. There is nothing like acting as a guide to out-of-province company for learning about your home province and neighbouring province.

We’ve checked out Scots Bay, Halls Harbour, Stirling’s in Wolfville, The Valley, part of the South Shore (including Peggy’s Cove and Queensland Beach), some of Halifax, and then took a side trip to PEI.

We’re staying at a relative’s place near Montague.  One day we travelled the east coast up through Souris to East Point Lighthouse, stopping at Singing Sands Beach on the way.

The next day we headed up through Mount Stewart to Prince Edward Island National Park.  We drove the scenic coastal drive through the Park, and then on to the Anne of Green Gables site.

After a couple of hours, and a lot of walking, at Green Gables we headed into Charlottetown.  We enjoyed a wonderful waterfront walk in Victoria Park. Then headed up to Queen Street to enjoy some Cows ice-cream. We checked a used bookstore  and a game store on our way home.

A quick call to an Island merchant told us one of the best places to buy fresh oysters.  We stopped at the Sobeys in Stratford to pick them up and received a wonderful lesson in oyster shucking and eating!  I highly recommend Sobeys’ staff, Jonathan, at the Seafood counter for going above and beyond!

Today has been a quiet day. We walked the Confederation Trail from Brudenell to Montague, stopping at The Lucky Bean Café for their breakfast board and some games. It was a fun time.  We headed back to the house via the Trail for lunch.

Tomorrow we head home.

In creative news…the baby hat is almost finished.  I neglected to bring my blunt tapestry needle for sewing in the end.  I will finish it up at home.

In rug hooking news…We saw some wonderful hooked rugs at Green Gables House.

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Sunday evening In The Studio’s Workshop Week 3 starts with the hook-in gathering.  Monday I have Susan Feller’s design class. Friday will be the final Panel Discussion. I’m looking forward to a fun and educational time.

If you have been, thanks for reading!  Have a great weekend everyone!

Stash Utilization

Stash Utilization

Good afternoon everyone!  I have a confession to make.  I am a fibre-aholic.  I collect flibre…preferably silk, wool, and cotton.  I have it in yarn form and in fabric form.  I rug hook, so I have a lot both types for that.  I also spin, which makes the situation worse!  I have two large Rubbermaid Roughneck totes full of natural fibre yarn.  It’s time to use some up.

We had a new baby born into the extended family.  Needless to say, some things have halted. Like rug hooking. I’m sending a gift her way, and maybe a little something for the mom.  I’m eyeing my yarn stash…maybe some soft hand dyed hand spun merino.  Maybe not the best for a baby.  I’m thinking about it.  It’s not superwash wool.

That’s where my thoughts are going today. That and just catching up on grocery shopping.

I hope everyone is  having a great day.  If you have been, thanks for reading!

Weekly Review – Travelling Along

Weekly Review – Travelling Along

We are busy having great fun with our company. We spent Thanksgiving Monday exploring Halifax and area.  We walked the pier in DeWolf Park in Bedford.  Then headed to Saint Mary’s University.  Then to Point Pleasant Park.

Tuesday we had a lot of errands to run.


Wednesday we headed up to Scots Bay, Nova Scotia to spend some time relaxing at a friend’s cottage by the Bay of Fundy. It rained while we were there, but it did not dampen our enthusiasm.  We had a great time exploring beaches and walking in the rain.  We also played games and put together a puzzle

I also spent time this week updating my business books and preparing for Workshop Week 3. I have only one class during Workshop Week 3 this fall, and that is a design class with Susan Feller. I am very excited to be taking another class with Susan. I learn so much from her. I sent her photos of what I want to work on next and some of my preliminary sketches. She was prompt and articulate in her responses.  I am looking forward to this class.

If you have been, thanks for reading. I hope everyone has a great weekend!

 

Blank Note Cards!

Blank Note Cards!

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned I had ordered new blank note cards. Well they’re here!  Each card is a standard note card size with a high quality image on the front. They are on high quality card stock. I am selling these for $5 CAD each, or 5 for $20, plus free shipping in Canada if you order ten or more.  Limited stock available!  First come, first served!

Payment will be through PayPal.  Contact me at jeanottosenstudios@gmail.com for more information.

Weekly Review – Hectic Days

Weekly Review – Hectic Days

Hi everyone!  It’s been a busy week!  I am preparing for our Canadian Korean friend to visit for Thanksgiving.  We are having a mixed Thanksgiving dinner – both Canadian and Korean food. I’ve been busy preparing ahead of time.  I made trips to various Korean grocers today, and serious cooking starts tomorrow.

Aside from that, my greeting  cards have been taking back seat due to an unexpected opportunity falling into my lap.  I will not say much now, but I did spend a lot of time arranging for decent photos of some work.  The photographer was here this week to do the job.  I also rewrote my bio for this opportunity.

Aside from the above, I have been busy cooking and baking this week.  I baked a double batch of Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins, lots of 2-bite Brownies, a couple of Lemon Tea Loaves, a triple batch of whole wheat dinner rolls, Chocolate Chip Cookies and Granola. My freezer is full!

I also caved and learned to make yogurt in my Instant Pot.  I started with a gallon of reconstituted skim milk and ended up with two litres of yogurt and two litres of whey after straining it.  I used half the whey in my dinner roll recipe and, boy, did they turn out light and fluffy!  I’m plotting how to use the rest of the whey. I hear you can freeze it for later use.

Well, if you have been, thanks for reading!

Happy Thanksgiving

to all my fellow Canadians!

Recipe Sources

Recipe Sources

Good morning everyone!  Yesterday was a full day…of cooking.

I made cranberry jelly, apple peel and core jelly, red currant jelly, strawberry jam and roasted tomatoes.  I used the Cranberry Sauce recipe from “Out of Old Nova Scotia Kitchens”, as well as the strawberry jam recipe.  The apple peel and core jelly recipe came from Food.com .  The red currant jelly recipe is from The Spruce Eats  The roasted tomatoes recipe came from my sister.

In the end the results of Saturday were 6 cups of unsweetened applesauce and 22 cups of vegetable stock.  There’s no recipe for the vegetable stock…just scraps and a lot of reading in general on making stocks.

Unsweetened applesauce is pretty basic.  Just cut up apples, add a bit of water and let simmer until soft enough to put through a food mill.  I peeled and cored my apples to have enough cores and peelings to make the Apple Core & Peeling Jelly.  The apple peeling and core jelly was a bit a novelty and experiment.  The jury is still out whether it has enough flavour.

If you read my Saturday post you’ll know I spent Friday making three batches of kimchi. Two are from a cookbook titled “Summer in a Jar” (Kimchi I and Kimchi II) and one is from a large hardcover cookbook titled “The Complete Book of Korean Cooking” by Young Jin Song.   I made the White Cabbage Salad with Kimchi Dressing out of the latter cookbook, and am letting it sit to ferment until it becomes kimchi.

My daanmooji recipe (spicy pickled radish) came from a previous Korean boarder and can be found here.

That’s it for today. I hope to continue cooking and baking, but we shall see.  Take care everyone!  Thank-you for reading!  Have a great week!

Happy Saturday Everyone!

Happy Saturday Everyone!

Good afternoon everyone!  It’s been a busy week, what with being the end of one month and the beginning of another. The usual banking and shopping happened.  The grocery shopping was a bit more complex this time.  Canadian Thanksgiving is next weekend and I wanted to buy some food ingredients early.

We also have company of the Asian persuasion arriving for Thanksgiving. Our Thanksgiving roughly coincides with the Korean Chuseok Festival.  I love cooking, and I love a lot of Asian food. So I’ve been busy exploring the local Korean grocery stores in search of ingredients for my meals.  There isn’t much I’m afraid.  But maybe I just haven’t found the right store…

Yesterday I spent making three different kimchi recipes of varying heat. I also made the spicy pickled radish (daanmooji).

Today I’ve switched gears.  I’m thoroughly into North American cooking.  I made unsweetened applesauce to freeze for baking,  I have vegetable stock simmering on the stove.  Plus I am in the process of making Apple Peel and Core Jelly.  I use local apples and wash them all ahead of time with a produce wash from Norwex to get off any chemicals or coatings.

I think I am going to need to take a break from rug hooking until fall harvest is finished.  There is simply too much going on here.  I’m loving it though.  It’s nice to have a full larder.  I do have an abundance of tomatoes still.  I think I’ll roast some and store them in the freezer.  They take up less space that way.

As you can see, my mind is not on rug hooking these days!  If you have been, thanks for reading.  Have a great weekend everyone!

 

Back From New Brunswick

Back From New Brunswick

We had a great weekend trip up to New Brunswick and back.  We visited Kouchibouquac National Park and scouted it out for a potential bicycle trip for Hubby next year.  We had an interesting time exploring New Brunswick.  We were careful to stick to the car, have picnic lunches, and stay with our generous hosts every night. Covid cases are on the upswing there.

On our way home we stopped at The Alphabet Store in Oxford, Nova Scotia, also known as GJDE Enterprises Ltd.  It’s a fascinating store reminiscent of the old fashioned small town general store. There was something for everyone there!  They even sold some Briggs & Little yarn in my colours – very bright!  I left with a bag of goods.

After we arrived home my note cards arrived!  I’m going to prep them for sale this week.  They will be selling for $5 each, or 5 for $20.  I’ll officially launch them next week.

I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing of things here at home. Thanksgiving is coming soon, and bringing more company with it.

I hope to be able to finish up “Doom”, and with it the Poetry series.  It’s been a long haul, but worth it.  I learned a lot working on that series, but I’m ready for something new.

If you have been, thanks for reading   Have a great rest of your week everyone!

 

Weekly Review

Weekly Review

I’m back at it again!  I am finished the main part of the field in “Doom”.  I’m about one quarter done.

I had the opportunity to hook on it during Beth Miller’s Parris House Thursday Zoom Hook-in yesterday. If you’re interested in joining the hook-in and are on Facebook, do a Facebook search for the group and ask to join.  Beth is very encouraging and always looking for new members.

This week, after returning home from the bicycle trip, was rest and relaxation time. We were able to put the house mostly in order again.

I ordered more greeting cards for the shop – some old designs and some new ones. I am also ordering from a Canadian company this time. I’m hoping they turn out okay. They should arrive in early October. When they do, I’ll write a blog post featuring them.

If you have been, thanks for reading!  Have a great weekend everyone!

Having a wonderful time…

Having a wonderful time…

Company arrived Saturday and we’ve been having a blast!  A couple of us drove the sag wagon while the rest bicycled to Chester, Nova Scotia from Halifax. Yes. It was 77.2 km. They were an pretty tired crew when they rode up to the Mecklenburgh Inn, where we were staying. But happy too.  They had a good day on the trail.

And I had a good day with the other sag wagon person.  We drove the slow route to Chester, stopping to visit his old family haunts and some antique stores and book stores. We arrived in Chester about 1 1/2 hours before the cyclists. Enough time to read a book and nap.

We went to The Rope Loft for supper.  It’s a good restaurant on the waterfront with a fascinating history. The original building is over 200 years old.  Our travelling companions were comparing the structure to their almost 200 year old farmhouse.  It was a good meal with healthy portions.

After walking back to the Mecklenburgh, we played a difficult game of Scrabble.  It took an hour. We all had to help each other.  And no one scored over 200!

For those who have never been to the Mecklenburgh, it’s floors are peppered with primitive hand hooked rugs.  Absolutely gorgeous!  Here’s a sampler…

Today we complete the ride and head home.

If you have been, thank-you for reading.  Have a great week!

Lovin’ My New Kitchen!

Lovin’ My New Kitchen!

Hi everyone!  No rug hooking this week…I’ve been making up for lost time in my new kitchen!  What have I been making?

  • cooking red kidney beans from dried,
  • cooking chickpeas from dried,
  • cooking black beans from dried,
  • baking johnnycake (aka cornbread),
  • baking 2 loaves of French bread,
  • baking a triple batch of whole wheat dinner rolls,
  • making a triple batch of whole wheat tortillas,
  • baking granola,
  • baking granola bars,
  • making Nanaimo bars, and
  • making Raw Energy Balls.

I am attempting to provide healthy snacks for Hubby for his bicycle rides. Though, I admit, the Nanaimo bars are just because they’re his favourite.  I used the recipe on the City of Nanaimo website .

My treat for you is my Raw Energy Ball recipe.  There are many versions of this floating around the Internet.  This is the version we use.

Raw Energy Balls

  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1 cup Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/4 cup raisins (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp. Cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp. Ground cardamon (optional)
  • 1/4 cup raw almond butter
  • unsweetened shredded coconut

Grind almonds until finely ground to meal in a food processor.  Add everything BUT the coconut.  Process until just smooth enough to shape, but not runny.  Squeeze into 1” diameter balls.  Roll in coconut.  Let sit in fridge to cool and firm up before serving.

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As you can tell, it has been a busy week in the kitchen. This weekend we have company arriving. I may or may not post on Monday. Lots happening!

If you have been, thanks for reading!  Have a great weekend everyone!

 

Running Late…

Running Late…

Good morning everyone!  This past weekend was busy. The kitchen is mostly done. We have two stubborn parts to it. We want to replace the light fixture over the dining area and stain the wood threshold between the living room and kitchen. The light fixtures we pick are all out of stock, and we are having difficulty matching the stain for the threshold with the existing wood floor. We are waiting for more lighting to come into our area locally, and visiting a local hardware store to talk to their experienced paint staff about stain.

Despite all that, everything has been moved back into the kitchen as of yesterday, and I found a taker for my old stainless steel pots and pans. Yesterday I spent cooking in my new kitchen. It was nice!

In rug hooking, I have not pulled a loop these past few days.  However, I can at least get to my work now!  So work will continue on “Each Step Spells Doom”.

Friday Hubby and I went on a road trip to Amherst to meet up with some visiting relatives. We had a great time walking the town!  We ended up at Dayle’s Grand Market and meeting the owner of Maritime Mosaic, Karen McKinnon. We were greatly impressed by the variety of goods in her shop, and the quality.  A few rug hookers are represented. I highly recommend people stop in on their way through or to Amherst, Nova Scotia.

This week’s plan is to catch up on kitchen activities and start hooking again.  I hope to spend a few hours hooking on “Doom”.

If you have been, thanks for reading!  Have a great week everyone!

 

Weekly Review

Weekly Review

Hi everyone!  My kitchen is 95% done!  We need to take the new dining area light fixture back and exchange it for a different one. It was too big and the wrong configuration.

Hubby is fixing some drywall the electricians wrecked.  To be fair to the electricians, they didn’t know there was a double stud right where they needed to move some wires.

We have a couple of screw caps to install.  The IKEA kitchen did not come with enough of them.

We want to buy one more IKEA freestanding kitchen “island” to back up to the wall, next to the first one, to hold dishes and cutlery.  The first one holds the microwave.

Last night I cooked our first meal on the new stove with our new cookware. It was nice. We started moving food and equipment back up. We’re by no means done, but we’re not in a hurry.

The kitchen installer is back Saturday morning to check and make sure everything is done, and to be paid. One of our daughters and her husband are coming Saturday afternoon to help us move everything back into the kitchen.

There are a few points to make about this kitchen.  It will double as a dye kitchen, which majorly affected design and finishes.

  • There is no microwave over the stove, so I can dip dye without banging my knuckles against it.
  • There is a preformed laminate countertop to handle all the excess water involved in dyeing.
  • It is a blotchy granite look laminate, instead of stone, because that resists and hides stains better.
  • The sink is 8” deep and the faucet high, to accommodate big dye pots.
  • We went with a high grade, highly cushioned, sheet linoleum floor to handle any spilled water and to provide comfort for prolonged standing.
  • It is very well lit with LED lights, so I can accurately see colours.

We are very thankful for the help we had in this kitchen renovation.  There are some generous tradespeople out there (as well as some not so generous!).  We appreciate the generous ones more than they know.

Thank-you to everyone!

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Monday Meanderings

Monday Meanderings

It’s a holiday weekend here and the kitchen renovation is humming along  We’re taking advantage of the absence of outside workers to fix some of their mistakes, repair damage, install lighting, and general clean up and prep for the range hood installation.  I made a list of what’s left to do and it’s very short.  However it’s a holiday Monday and the home building and electrical supply stores aren’t open.  We’ll head out tomorrow and look for supplies.

In rug hooking, I started another piece Friday. I think it will be my last in the poetry series. It is a piece about how humankind’s activities have negatively impacted the Earth. It is a response to my youngest daughter’s poem “Each Step Spells Doom” – a very angsty teenage poem about the state of the earth – a bit of a depressing piece actually.

In fact, so much so it might morph into a slightly different design than what’s on backing.  And I might just not add the poem with this one. Normally they are on the label in this series.  We shall see.

If you have been, thanks for reading!  Have a great week everyone!

 

 

The Weave

The Weave

This week I settled down and finally finished hooking “The Weave”. It is one of my children’s poetry series. I have two more of that series to hook and then I’m done!  I am actually reconsidering the remaining two pieces. I’m not sure one of them can be hooked. The design is too detailed for the medium of rug hooking.

In kitchen news…the plumber came and installed the sink, taps and dishwasher. He also fixed our hot water line problem.  Apparently there was a valve issue affecting the hot water flow.

Today the electricians come to install the lights and pull out the wire for the range hood. They may have to extend the wire for the range hood.  We’ll see.

I’m still waiting for the range hood to be installed. We won’t get a quote for that until Tuesday. We were going to have the kitchen installer do it, but the part we need to go through the wall isn’t available in local stores. The electrician who was here said it normally comes with the range hood. It didn’t. I hear the HVAC guys have it though. So, if they can provide it in a reasonable time frame at a reasonable price, the job is theirs.

I am looking forward to getting my kitchen back.  Almost there!  It might be time to start moving items back in there. Maybe this weekend.

If you have been, thanks for reading!  Be safe and have a great Labour Day weekend everyone!

Finishing Up

Finishing Up

Hello everyone!  Our kitchen installer is done for now. He’s gone to build his own cottage for a couple of weeks.

We are working on finishing up a few odds and ends. Hubby will be doing the bulk of the work. Plus hiring a plumber and electrician. Right now, while the flooring, cabinets, and countertops are in, our kitchen is basically unusable.  The range hood is not hooked up, the under cabinet  lights are not in and there is no running water. The job quality is very good…just not finished.  I don’t have time to wait until the installer gets back.  I have other projects on the go this fall, and a vacation of my own to take. Though that might go out the window fast.  So this week’s focus is still the kitchen!

If you have been, thanks for reading. At some point here I’ll return to rug hooking.  I’m looking forward to it!

Weekly Review – renovations

Weekly Review – renovations

Kitchen renovation update:  The flooring is in, the wrong dishwasher was returned, and the new one arrived. I sold the old kitchen cabinets. I gave the dishwasher to our kitchen installer and we recycled our old broken microwave.  I also sold the old stove – the last of the old kitchen.  Installer measured new cabinets to be sure there was room for everything in the kitchen.  There is.  Fridge might be a tad small.  We’ll see.

Turns out the guy who laid our flooring has a construction company.  They renovate bathrooms.  We need a shower in our basement bath.  That will mean digging up the floor for new plumbing, removing the ceiling and walls to rerun electrical wires and enlarge the bathroom.  We have tentatively decided to spring for it…depending on the quote

The contractor and plumber are available, but a quality shower stall is not.  We would have a shower stall professionally tiled. We want the bath done by the end of the first week of October. Company arrives soon after.

If we go ahead with the bathroom renovation, next week Hubby and I will be on the road buying supplies for the job.  We’ll leave the contractor to deal with caulk and grout.  He seems to know what kind he wants.

In rug hooking, nothing has happened.  I’m definitely taking an extended break to get these renovations done in time.  As soon as the kitchen is finished we have to put stuff back in it.  Then we have to clear stuff out of the way in the basement, so the contractor can knock a hole in the wall of my studio to enlarge the bathroom to make room for a vanity.  I think we’ll be busy!

If you have been, thanks for reading.  Hopefully by Monday evening my kitchen will be finished and I can post some after photos for you to see.

 

 

Looking good!

Looking good!

Good morning everyone!  It’s been a busy weekend in the renovation. Saturday the kitchen came out. We still have the stove for sale. The people who bought the old kitchen are coming to pick it up tomorrow. Hubby has filled holes and primed the kitchen walls.  He’s applying the finish coat right now.  The flooring guy comes tomorrow.

One fly in the ointment.  We have the wrong colour stainless steel dishwasher. Apparently there’s regular stainless steel and black stainless steel. I did not know.  So I have to phone IKEA and make arrangements for the right one to be delivered…hopefully by the end of the week.

In other activity, Hubby and I took last evening off and went to visit the Halifax Public Gardens  The dahlias were in bloom and it was just beautiful!

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Also, my peach jam decided to gel after all! Maybe today I’ll fix the labels on the jars from “syrup “ to “jam”.

If you have been, thanks for reading.  Have a great week everyone!

Weekly Review

Weekly Review

Good evening everyone!  It’s been a busy week.  I’ve spent it processing food for the winter, emptying out the kitchen and preparing for the kitchen renovation. Tomorrow is the day the old kitchen is dismantled.

First the food processing. I love home canned peaches and prefer them over store bought. So on Monday Hubby and I went on a gorgeous drive up to Wolfville, Nova Scotia to the farm markets – ostensibly to look for peaches. Well, that ended up with us coming back with over $70 worth of goods, including a $45/2 litre jug of maple syrup.  I picked up two huge zucchini for $1 each, a 5 pound basket of green tomatoes, two 5 pound bags of beets, a bag of salad greens, four 2 quart baskets of peaches and a quart of fresh strawberries.

In the end the peaches weren’t ripe enough to can.  I didn’t have time for them to ripen before the kitchen came out, so I decided to try to make peach jam.  I ended up with peach syrup. All’s good. Hubby says it tastes great for pancakes!  I made zucchini relish, pickled beets, green tomato chutney, and chow-chow.

On a whim, after watching a YouTube video on a channel named Frugal Jo, I made a clementine marmalade of 1/4 cup sugar per clementine.  I simmered it for half an hour and was rewarded with a lovely fridge/freezer marmalade.

My goal this week was to sell the stove and give away the microwave. After some back and forth with potential buyers, it appeared that was not going to happen. So we will remove them tomorrow with the cabinets.  The stove is still listed online for sale.  The microwave will be taken to recycling.

We were out buying paint for the kitchen too.  Hubby prepped some of the walls today and is going to do the painting as soon as the old kitchen cabinets are removed.

We’ve spent the last two days emptying out the kitchen.  We have a lot of stuff in there.  I’m culling as I go, and will continue to cull as things go back into the kitchen.

So…nothing happened in rug hooking this week.  Nor anything creative for that matter.  BUT…great strides were made in preparation for the kitchen renovation.  I did spend time organizing the paper mess of recipes and kitchen information on my cookbook shelf.  I’m still not finished with that, but I’m getting there!

If you have been, thanks for reading!  Have a great weekend everyone!

 

 

Running Late!

Running Late!

Well I totally forgot about posting to my blog yesterday!  A lot happened the last three days.

  • We sold the kitchen…well we met the people buying it and got a deposit on it.  It comes out Saturday and they’re going to pick it up Monday.
  • We sold the big old fridge and it is gone, but not without leaving some battle scars on the house on its way out. Hubby has to repaint the entry anyways.
  • The stove has a pending sale on it
  • The microwave/range hood combo has a broken handle, so we’re giving it away.  It still works and I still use it. It’s just a cosmetic mess.
  • I spent a lot of time canning and processing food for the freezer this weekend. Bread & Butter Pickles, Zucchini Relish, Salsa, Peach Jam, and Clementine Marmalade (really for the fridge/freezer). I also processed green beans. I still have about 2 quarts of peaches ripening in a bag, a basket of green tomatoes, and 4 pounds of beets calling my name.
  • I sprained my foot standing too long?!  Hence I’ve commandeered Hubby’s help with canning. I’m taking a lot of rests and doing as much sitting down as possible.
  • We went on a trip to the farm markets in the Annapolis Valley for fresh produce for preserving.
  •  I spent down time, with my foot up, sorting through cooking magazines, recipes and kitchen notes.

Well that’s it.  Not one loop pulled, but a lot of worthwhile activity here…short of spraining my foot. I hope everyone else is having a productive week!

If you have been reading, thank-you!  Have a great week everyone!

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