Friday, May 7, 2021

This and that~

 
















May...this weekend is Mother's Day in Canada..

I have been postponing sharing this book for those of you..who..like me..don't have mothers..
I bought this book more than 20 yrs ago and wish I had bought it sooner..Letters From Motherless Daughters.
Keeper..

As well as my mom's collection♥

It's a book ..letters..title self-descriptive..of women who have lost their moms recently to long ago and the impact n their lives.

My girls will celebrate covid safe..
Noah had to get tested re close encounter on school bus..
Negative..but he needs a second negative and quarantined AT HOME 14 days..the new variants have made things even stricter.
I am so grateful our grandsons have loving devoted moms..♥

I have been baking..lol as you can see..a new bread recipe that is so versatile from T on IG..turns out she lives in QC too..
It's The New York Times EXCELLENT bread recipe..I make it in the bread machine..makes 2 loaves!
And made a faux(2) babkas with it.
GREAT recipe.

A new ricotta banana bread..

And we caved and bought my daughter's air fryer..well..not hers..her make.
So happy with it..
So far..all fries..  onion rings..General Tao..Bang Bang Shrimp..Coconut Shrimp..
Regrets? none whatsoever.
Cosori. The large white one..5.8 qt I think..fits perfectly snuggled in the corner of my kitchen..Opposite corner of bread garage.
Jacques..LOVES it too..
We're not fryers..ever..we bake things..this kicks up the crunch by FAR.

Cold spell..garden in suspension..

but things nevertheless happening..
flowering almond and serviceberry popping..:)

My basement seedlings want to come out and play..too cold..but they have done well and are doing well..
Those gorgeous purple callas were a surprise gift♥♥♥♥

Take care..

Still painting..


Saturday, May 1, 2021

~May~

 

















We are having a lot of cooler temps and rain..
But it's the greening of QC..

I keep..not... busy..I hate that word..I keep focused on things I love to do..
Garden..paint..bake..DM my daughters♥

I made lemon curd and tiny choux for treats..different breads(next time)..

Painted Paris People..

Brought great bottles I scrubbed clean to use..a second life!

Above is what a walk looks like here even once vaccinated.
We're such rule followers.

Gardens are awakening..and that last pic?

Lucas was 3 after our first trip to Provence;)
I mean look at that lovely face..he still has it..
well that child has his first full time job this summer as a camp counselor...
Jacques said..How did we get here so fast..

He will be 16 in August and has been a Counselor in training the last two years..

This year this darling boy will have a paycheck.
I can't even describe him♥
I just love him so much.His laid back nature ,his kindness to all..Well this would be a whole other post..:)
Jacques and I wonder how this all went so fast.



Wednesday, April 21, 2021

What's Poppin?

 













We had such nice weather ..that's when the poppin' started..
And then..the weather outside became frightful.

Which led to soup on Tuesday..This wonderful Chicken Pho Soup from Nagi..you can find the recipe here..I LOVE it ..We all make modifications and that's fine..No coriander? Fine use parsley..you hate fish add in? Use soy..

I used the stock.gorgeous stock with charred onions etc...beautiful noodles..the poached chicken..crumch sprouts..sriracha..hoisin..and a touch of sesame oil.HEAVEN.

The buns..BUCHTY.. buns..I made a French recipe..you can Google and find them here there and everywhere..
Pillow soft..brioche like.
Not bread..brioche.

Lovelies blooming indoors..  African Violets,Christmas Cacti,Kolanchoe...

On a sour note..as in sourdough starter note..I've barely been keeping 4 alive..I fed them all ..  you know..you discard.. save 4 ounces..add 4 ounces of flour and water..
Well I thought I'd thrill it and give it rye..
Except Jacques' Molisano Pizza Yeast..in a brown bag very similar to my Organic rye flour in a brown bag..
you got it..I fed all 4 starters w/ YEAST.

Had to throw all out and use the discard to revive..
so far I don't have good news.
I tell you..I am doomed for sourdough starters. DOOMED.

One of my Paris People stories was about Margaux this month on IG..



My story featured Margaux..an elegant older lady separated from her family due to the pandemic..
We all have to do what we can to end it.
Get families back together♥
Stop your stupid maskless protests.. grow up and step up.
You don't want to be in by 8PM? Poor you..
Kidding not poor you..you are jeopardizing the lives of the very same people that put you to bed all cozy and clean in your jammies by 8PM.

And then this happened..






Fingers crossed my 100 plus garlic bulbs will survive.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

~Whasup?:)

 








Dear oh dear I cannot stop painting these Paris People..I am still baking etc..but on a daily basis ..well painting has less calories and it's only the two of us..



They all have names and stories in my IG feed.. it's fun♥

My girls are starting to tease me and say..are you going to write a story about this pic?:):)

I do make my new old favorite bran muffins.. a lot..I seem to love a certain recipe for a while and then I switch..

Fickle muffin  baker.

These are from CaféSucreFarine...but I add prunes instead of raisins most of the time and love my daughter's light crumble topping.

I love making make ahead small lunches..quinoa/farro salad..cook both   for different times..add all the fave veggies you like..olive oil..lemon juice..garlic..salt and pepper..parsley..and FETA when serving.I make 6 ind bowls..Jacques is not a fan.

I LOVE.

I also love making Naan..I have made Half Baked Harvest's repeatedly..this time I made Once Upon a Chef..Delish too..

Started seeds..


My usual tomatoes..


Bumblebee Sunrise

Dancing With Smurfs

Sweet William

Sun

Poblano peppers

Some Zinnias

Potted up some 4 o'clock tubers

Bells of Ireland

The only thing showing signs of life..the tomatoes..

NB..I added 2 tomato varieties from Fred and Jalapenos and Blue Chard..Fingers crossed  my craft room looks like a grow room.


I think this is the earliest in a long time that the yard has looked so clean so fast..Have to rethink garden areas..

Ours ummers are more parched and sunnier..our land is very sunny..so I need to add drought tolerant sun loving species.


Oh and these were fantastic..from an Instagrammer I follow that is uber talented in all she does..




Take care.. have a lovely weekend..it's felt like summer here the past 4 days..♥Thank goodness..a new lockdown in place.

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Easter 2021 Still Covid~

 

















When I look back on my blog and see all those danger exclamation marks..it still bothers me..

All hose lost posts..pics..Europe..celebrations..


I should have never used Google album photos..

I know hindsight..Hindsigh.


So I gather here and there and find more recent ones..


Looking back at some Easters..

For this journal of mine..this blog of mine.

I wish you all a Happy safe and healthy Easter♥