Monthly Archives: March 2016

Rolling Along

Jennifer Michie Dinner Rolls

We had so much fun over the Easter weekend, I don’t know where the time went? I made a batch of The Pioneer Woman’s “Refrigerator Dinner Rolls” out of her Dinnertime cookbook to go along with our Easter meal. It’s a marvellous recipe. The dough can stay refrigerated for up to five days, so you can have freshly made rolls anytime you want. Let’s just say that a hot roll, oozing with French salted butter makes me very happy!

Easter Morning was also our first day of “Springing Forward”. We’re three days in and I’m still thrown off. Funny how jet lag doesn’t get me, but change the time by one little hour and I’m a walking zombie.

We’ve had peeks here and there of sunshine, but it keeps eluding us. It’s been very windy here of late and I keep checking on my pots outside to make sure they haven’t blown away. Mr. Michie helped me stabilise our little olive tree yesterday, as he kept taking a nose dive with the storm gales. I’m ready to replenish our pots and baskets with some colour here and there, but as the weather hasn’t been so nice, we are waiting to head out to the nursery to pick new flowers. Hopefully that’s a job we can accomplish this week.

I love the school breaks when we just get to march to our own beat. Well, for the most part anyway, as there is always school work to still be done either at home or at school itself. But, I’m always grateful for the time that we have together. Where we just roll along, going with the day where it takes us.

Easter Pins

Jennifer Michie Hopping in to Easter 2016

  1. Honeycomb Easter Egg Garland // Oh Happy Day!
  2. Adult Easter Basket // Cupcakes and Cashmere
  3. Easter Egg Hunt Printables // Lia Griffith
  4. Rit Dyed Eggs // The Rit Studio
  5. Coconut Lemon Layer Cake // Blahnik Baker
  6. Pussy Willow Basket // Burda Style Magazine

{Images Pinned to “Hopping in to Easter” // Follow me on Pinterest}

Cooking With Ree

Pioneer Woman Dinnertime

With the ushering in of Spring this week, I was craving something sweet and a pie sounded like a wonderful idea. I think pie is always a good idea! I made The Pioneer Woman,  Ree Drummond’s  “homemade vanilla pudding” from her Dinnertime Cookbook.

Vanilla Cream Pie

The pudding had a wonderful consistency. In future I think I would add a bit more vanilla, but that is just to suit my tastes. Now, in Ree’s recipe she put her cooked pudding into individual pots and topped them off with unsweetened whipped cream. I placed mine in a pie shell and made a mountain of vanilla whipped cream. It was perfect! I had a slice for dessert and a slice for breakfast and a slice for an afternoon snack…

Writing on the Wall #131

Life is Beautiful Katie Daisy

*I spent most of yesterday with the news channel on, reading the ticker tape every time I walked by. I, like the rest of the world, was saddened by this cowardly act against Brussels. This morning as I walked out with Mr. Michie, the sun was shining and the dew was glistening on the flower pots. The sky was marshmallow pink and it was beautiful. Even in tragedy we must look for the beauty, we must look for the best in humanity. It is out there. As Mr. Rogers stated: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.”

{Found HERE // Pinned HERE}

Spring

Victoria Magazine Spring Quote

Yesterday, we heralded in the “First Day of Spring”. Yet, it doesn’t feel very “Spring” like outside. The sky is a lavender grey and there’s a chill in the air. It was so dark by four o’clock today, I had to turn the lamps on! But, there are already little touches here and there if you know where to look. The bulbs are starting to shoot up from the earth and the fields are turning greener and greener.

After my Friday break, I went back to spring cleaning today and attacked the bathroom. Getting rid of anything out of date or finished with. Now, it too has joined the list of organised spaces in our cottage. Decluttering is a wonderful feeling!

School breaks up this week and we have a few Easter plans. We’ve pretty much nailed down a menu for Easter Sunday and we’ve put a few things on our “To-Do” list for when we are off. Going to the garden nursery is one of them, I’m ready for a lot more colour outside of our door, so re-planting the garden pots it is! I’m also hoping for my first spring walk through Regent’s Park, one of my favourite places to spend a lazy strolling day.

{Quote from Victoria Magazine}

Taking A Break

Vintage Housewife

It’s crisp today with a silvery grey sky. I don’t mind, I’m staying cozy inside. My candles are lit, I’m listening to music and working on a weekend menu. Tonight we’re having a big Greek salad and home made tiropitas. One of my favourites! My mom has always made them and I learned how to do it through her. They remind me of Spring and being little. The taste of warm salty feta oozing into your mouth as you bite through the buttery crisp pastry, makes my mouth water.

I’m taking a break from decluttering and downsizing and working on a personal project. We now have two more large bags of items to donate to the charity store and I know that there will be more to come, once I tackle the bedroom closets. It is a refreshing change to be able to easily walk into the pantry and grab a cookbook or mixing bowl without having to complete a yoga balancing move to get what you are after. I have yet to miss anything that we have donated or recycled.

I have secretly worried that I was one step away from being on the TV show Hoarders, but considering that I am an excellent de-clutterer, organiser and cleaner and can make these decisions myself without someone putting all of my possessions in my front yard to go through, I think I’m doing alright.

We’re each planning for a quiet weekend, doing things around the house, completing a few work tasks, eating good food, going for walks, listening to music and just being. Here’s to the weekend, long may it last.