Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Potpourri ~ Life Lately

Rain ~ rain ~ rain
taking away all our wonderful fall foliage 

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I feel like it has been so long since I just did a 
random what I have been up to lately post

well today is the day


last month the weekend before I flew to Toronto
I got together with my Eaton's girls
we talked ~ we danced ~ we sang
and we may have consumed a few beverages

I laughed so hard ~ my voice was horse the next day from signing
and I my knees may have been a tad sore from busting a move or two

I love my times with these girls ~ they are forever friends

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trying this cake soon ~ looking for an excuse to make it

tomorrow night is game night with
#thebestneighboursever
trying to figure out which dip to make to take

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 Thanksgiving weekend we had 2 full days
and one relaxing one

Saturday we headed to the camp ~ it was fall clean up
so while the boys were outside cleaning out the shed and putting
away the summer stuff ~ the girls were inside sorting through
things in the loft and purging what we could

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before we had supper the 5 of us walked down to the river
I read a poem ~ we sprinkled some ashes in the river
then each threw a yellow carnation in 

the photographer in me wanted a shot of the 5 flowers 
floating along with the current
but it was a sacred time ~ not a kodak moment
it is burned in my memory though ~ it was beautiful


#prayingforOttawa #Ottawastrong

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I have never made apple butter but this recipe is the best excuse to try it

catching up on my shows ~ loving Nashville
and Thursday nights are my favourite

also caught up on my blog reading ~ feels good

currently reading James Patterson ~ 12th of Never
cannot put it down

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Thanksgiving Sunday I hosted dinner
there were 7 of us around the table ~ it was a stress free day
I had everything done up early and a lot of the dishes went into the oven
hoping to pull it off again at Christmas!

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the flannel sheets and quilt are back on the bed

the summer clothes are put away

now to do the same for the outdoor stuff
praying for a nice day on Sunday


Hoping you have a great weekend!


Saturday, October 18, 2014

All About the Pumpkin

Pumpkin has always been a favourite of mine


from pies and breads
to cakes and dips

because it is prime pumpkin season
I decided to pull together some of the best recipes I have tried
or ones that I want to

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 pumpkin snickerdoodles ~ seriously

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 you had me at hello....

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 with cream cheese frosting

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 what is better than pumpkin pie ~ tarts of course

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 this looks so yummy ~ I cannot wait to try it

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 I have had this pinned forever but have not tried it yet ~ soon

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 I have made this blueberry pumpkin bread for a few years now
every fall it gets pulled back out ~ love it

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 scones ~ pumpkin = love

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 we tried this dip last year and it is so good
nice and light

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 all kinds of pumpkin inspiration over here
and this french toast is a winner

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this pumpkin swirl cheesecake I have made many times
it is made with a ginger cookie crust which just adds to the yumminess of it!

with rain in the forecast tomorrow ~ I may just have to try out one of these.

Happy Weekend!



Friday, October 10, 2014

Friday Potpourri ~ Thankful


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Yes ~ back so soon ~ I have missed this

but with the hustle and bustle 
and sunshine and life that summer offered
well you can see why I only stopped in to document a few things
then I was off again

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truth be told ~ I always said that when my posts felt like work
then I would step away
and I do think that the step back has done me good



there are some things on my heart right now
that I eventually will lay out there
but not today ~ you see this is the start of our long weekend
as Thanksgiving is on Monday

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it is going to be a busy weekend as we are off to the camp tomorrow
getting rid of some stuff
and taking some time to honour Trev's Dad, 
as his birthday is today



then on Sunday we will have our feast
turkey ~ dressing and all the trimmings
we are hosting ~ planning on 6
but you never know ~ there may be more


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Monday will be a day for me
get a few things done and a lot of relaxing

loving the warm days and cooler nights
I do not like the sun setting by 7 and after the time change
that will be sooner ~ nope ~ definitely not liking that 

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thank you for your comments
your emails
your friendship

and Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow Canadians



Monday, October 6, 2014

Celebrating 50 Years

Just over a week ago I was up before the birds
honestly ~ I do not see 5:00 AM on a regular basis
but this was a special occasion as I had a plane to catch

I jetted off to Toronto for the weekend
I know ~ fancy that!

I was going for a reason of course
as a very special couple was celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary


you know you have your favourites and these are two of mine
Aunt Jeanne is my Dad's older sister 
and they were really close

it was Dad that introduced them 52 years ago
and after all this time they are still going strong

I had not seen them in 7 years ~ way too long
there have been health issues through the years
so when this opportunity came up I made it happen

when we were there on Friday prepping for the party
I sat on the front step ~ so many memories
in that house, on that street
it felt like being home ~ that makes me smile 
even as I type the words right now

Aunt Jeanne, Chris, Uncle Dave & Gina


Gina worked so hard planning everything out
and I was happy to be there to help her with food prep ~ decorating
organizing ~ lists galore ~ we were in our element

she found this on Pinterest and ordered it from Etsy
everyone thought it was a great idea



this is my Auntie Sue ~ another favourite
she is the baby of the family and I love her to pieces


I flew up on Thursday morning and home Sunday night
so my time was brief but we packed a lot of memories into 4 days


she's my best girl and I love her so.....

I feel like I have been gone forever and a day
but I know I haven't

I fly in ~ read a bit ~ try and leave some comments 
then I am off again

don't give up on me ~ I am still here.....


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Let Love Grow


On an overcast day in August we headed to the beach
to watch one of my favourite people ever 
get married to her prince



my God daughter Jillian was a beautiful bride
of course I knew she would be

she is one of those people that is not only a gorgeous girl
but she has a huge heart


the details for this small intimate wedding made me smile
from the location which was at her Grandmother's cottage
with the Confederation Bridge and Northumberland Strait as the backdrop

for those of you who love all things Anne of Green Gables
that is the bridge to Prince Edward Island

to the gifts she gave her girls to all the little touches sprinkled here and there
it really put her stamp on their special day



on the stem of her bouquet was a piece of lace from her Mom's dress
along with a little framed picture of her with her Grandfather
and a little charm that belonged to her Aunt Debbie who we lost suddenly in May


the happy couple with their fur baby Rosco


I have to tell you that this is one of my favourite families in the world
not only have Rocky and I been friends forever
but she married a great guy that has been a wonderful husband and father
then turned around and had 3 great kids

with Lisa & Ryan now married 4 years 
their little one turned a year in April
eyes have turned to Matthew ~ his girlfriend is Morgan is such a cutie


Ryan, Lisa & Mitchell






love their pictures ~ so much fun!



the reception was held in the bride's hometown
where it all began



and after dinner and the cutting of the cake


and of course the dances with Matt


and her Dad


this girl did not leave the dance floor
love that they had so much fun ~ I know I did



(these photos are a mix of mine and ones that Jillian posted on Facebook)