Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving to...

...all of my friends south of the border.  Hope you have a festive day with family and friends.

We had a bit of snow a couple of days ago.  It only settled on the lawn and bushes. There was nothing on the bare ground.  And it melted quickly.  But it did look very pretty while it lasted.

My indoor plants are doing well.  All of my cactus are blooming now.  This one is a very light pink. I like to think it is white.  It is in its prime.

My yellow Hibiscus is also blooming.  It gets a few new flowers each day.  I love this plant. The yellow reminds me of sunshine.

It is cold and dark out today.  I think I will work on my hexies while I surround myself with colourful plants and think of things I am thankful for if we were celebrating Thanksgivings Day today.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Some More Hexies and a Visit From Sinterklaas

St. Nicholas (the Dutch Santa) came to Toronto last weekend.  We took William to visit him.  There was a magic show and then Sinterklaas and his Pieters came into the hall and handed out goodies to the children.  William was a little bored with the program, but he loved the cookies, milk and other goodies.

Not much has been happening on the quilting front.  But I did get a lot of red hexies done.  24 to exact.  Now I have to add them to the quilt top.  That may happen soon.  Well, maybe not.  I want to work on some Christmas things first.

Saturday, November 14, 2015


In response to the horror in Paris, our city is lit up in red, white and blue in solidarity.

The CN Tower

  The Toronto sign at our City Hall.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Tuesday, November 10, 2015


I baked a pulla yesterday.  This is a traditional Finnish sweet or dessert bread.  It contains cardamon and boy! is it delicious!  Dolores of True Blue Canadian sent me the recipe.  This is my first time to bake this bread, but it won't be my last.  I used my bread machine to get it started.  That took most of the real work out of it.  I have put one loaf into the freezer.  The other one we will eat now.

I also want to show you my Christmas cactus.  This is my oldest cactus plant.  I think I have had it for over 10 or 12 years.  It's a light pink.  So wonderful to see some colour in this otherwise dark, rainy day.

Monday, November 09, 2015

A Pumpkin Wall Hanging and Pumpkin Cookies

We had a busy pumpkin day.  I cut my little sugar pumpkin up and removed the seeds.  Then I roasted it in the oven.

When it was ready (in about an hour and a half), I let it cool and then scraped the pumpkin flesh off the rind and pureed it.  I also roasted the seeds.  Sorry I don't have a photo of them. My DS was here and the seeds are mostly gone! We made pumpkin cookies with the puree.  They were delicious. William helped me bake them.  Then he helped me eat them.  I got the recipe from the internet.  It called for halved fresh cranberries and orange zest.  I left out the zest because I didn't have any oranges.  No one complained.  The cookies were soft and tasty.  William loved them.

The wall hanging in the background is a UFO that I finished yesterday.  It is so nice to have something finished.  I hope to have more to show you soon.

I also baked a banana bread, but that is almost gone too!  My DS took a big chunk home.  He lives alone and doesn't get much of a chance to eat home-baked goodies.  And now I also have a Pulla rising in the warmth of my kitchen.  That's a Finish dessert bread which I saw on Dolores' blog.  She kindly sent me the recipe.  I will put one leaf into the freezer.

And after all that baking and eating, William wore himself out.  I found him in his Elmo chair, sound asleep.  Yes, it was a busy day!