……are a blowin’ and snow is on the way!
As you can see from our kitchen view, there’s already a light dusting of snow on the mountains and rooftops.
Today is stormy and cold and now, at 4PM, it’s already almost dark. 😦
There are pluses to the fall/winter though, one of them being all the great harvest fruits and root veggies that are ready to be enjoyed.
I’ve been doing a lot of baking/cooking with BC’s wonderful Gala apples this past week.
Here’s a couple of my favorite apple recipes to share:
And a favorite muffin recipe:
APPLESAUCE OATMEAL MUFFINS
Recipe for muffins to follow at the end of this post.
Speaking of cooking, I now have a new helper in the kitchen: This is one of Mr. Cheddar’s new fav. perches….As long as he stays there and doesn’t head for the counters, I’m ok with that location, LOL….. actually Mr. C is great company and very opinionated about what’s working and what isn’t as I chop and stir.
Curbing his interest in all things yarn-related, now that’s another story!!! My beautiful orange boy LOVES knitting needles and how…. 😉
The Mitz says…. “Yeah…whatever Meowmie!!! I’d rather take a nap.”
I’ve also been working on some upcoming online projects, more about those soon. Completing craft projects is not going as quickly as I’d like, Mr. C as I mentioned above is not helping in this department, but I certainly can’t blame him entirely for my lack of progress.
So, I’m chalking it up to a slow week….it’s not the end of the world right? Getting too upset over things not getting done as quickly as we’d like is not really productive in the long-run.I’ve got a list of chores that I really don’t want to tackle so I’ve decided to take ONE of those tasks each day, starting next week, get it done, get it crossed off the list and feel good about it. What do you think? Better than looking at the whole LONG list in despair every day. At least there is some real progress, albeit slow.
I’ve updated the Veggie’s Bookstore (see sidebar) with some new gift/book recommendations and a shiny new button, sporting a cute eggplant, courtesy of the talented Heather over at paperclips. Check out the Veggie’s Bookstore if you are looking for some gift-giving inspiration!
Thanks again Heather and to all my other blog pals who’ve helped along the way, for all your expertise and assistance. Much appreciated. How nice it is to have blog-buds come to the rescue (and it’s happened so many times) and when it comes to all things techie, believe me, I still need rescuing much of the time. LOL.
Also, FINALLY getting back to jewelry-making for my ‘in the works’ etsy shop, again, coming soon. What fun it was to get out all the beads, wires and other tools of the trade and spend some time this week rediscovering one of my all-time fav. crafts.
Alas, only a few years ago, not a week went by that I didn’t complete at least one, sometimes more… craft projects, every single week. I also wrote a newspaper craft column for over 5 years so that certainly was part of my creative pursuits for a long time….
I’m hoping now that I can really take the time to get back to my fav. hobbies and will keep you posted with progress reports and finished items along the way.
I’ll finish off today with one of my winter poems and wish you all great week to come. 🙂
After all the years of living on the VERY cold Canadian Prairies, year after year….whining (and everyone did!) about snow being on the way when fall arrived…..strange but true, now that we are in the milder climes of BC this year, I am actually looking forward to the first real snowfall!!!
Here’s a look back at a walk on the Prairies on a winter’s day…..
Walk on a Winter’s Day
Chilled to the bone, the frosty sheer air.
Winter again, unrelenting, inevitably here.
The stillness of a new untouched morning,
Still ours alone to share.
The trees, a wonderland of beauty,
Boughs lush with white diamonds,
Dreamlike, in a haze of soft gray sky.
A picture,well-worth a thousand words.
Bundled and mittened, we walk on….
Determined, sure-footed,facing the elements.
Brave against the chill.
Your hand in mine, snug and secure.
The cold less bitter,because you are near.
Step after step,we trudge the brilliant white mile.
Smug in our solitude, nothing to fear.
With chocolate and kisses, waiting in the warmth.
To welcome us home,again, glad to be here.
Geraldine Helen Hartman
Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins
A great way to use up leftover applesauce. Makes 10-12 large muffins. An ideal lunchbox treat!!!
1 C. buttermilk
1 C. unsweetened (see note below) applesauce (preferably homemade)
1 egg, beaten
¼ C. vegetable oil
½ C. brown sugar
1 C. uncooked rolled oats
½ teas. sea salt
1-2 teas. ground cinnamon(to taste)
2 teas. baking powder
1 teas. baking soda
1 ¼ C. unbleached white flour
½- ¾ C. chopped walnuts or pecans (opt.)
Preheat oven to 400. Thoroughly grease muffin tin and set aside. In a large bowl, combine first 4 ingredients. Gradually stir in brown sugar and mix well.
Combine remaining dry ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and add to liquid mixture, stirring just enough to combine, don’t over mix or muffins will be tough.
Fill muffin tins 2/3 full. Bake 12-15 minutes, until done.Reduce heat to 375 after first 5 minutes, if muffins are browning too much.
Note: If using presweetened applesauce, adjust brown sugar accordingly.
Recipe adapted from : Not Just for Vegetarians, Delicious Homestyle Cooking, The Meatless Way by Geraldine Hartman. All rights reserved.