1/30/11

Weekending

Wonderful things from the last few days:

- Baked a Chocolate Honeybee Cake for Dad’s birthday.

- Had a delicious dinner out with family HERE.

- Made grapefruit marmalade with one of my best girlfriends. Have eaten half a jar already.

- Taught myself how to put two knitting needles together (with help from the internet).

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It was a very relaxing weekend. What did you do?

1/24/11

Hidden Gems - Spiderwebs

I always enjoy looking through photos that I’ve taken in the past. I love being taken back to a time and place and seeing things differently than I did in that moment. Sometimes it’s interesting to see what I’ve learned since then.

In the age of digital cameras, we take so many photos, and being a pack-rat, I keep almost everything. And they can’t possibly all make it into blog posts. So I started a little file folder: “For Rainy Days” where I have put those little gems; the not-quite-perfect ones that still have something special about them.

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On this warm spring evening, my husband and I took a walk through Mud Lake (which was actually quite muddy, in fact). I was taking some photos of sharpened tree stumps (cut down by the beavers) when I noticed little glimmers of light in the tree branches. Dozens of tiny spiderwebs were catching rainbows the sun’s last rays.

SPIDERWEB LIGHT

SPIDERWEB LIGHT BRANCHES

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Read the original post here.

1/19/11

Good for your soul

It has been so cold out there lately, but incredibly beautiful as well. After a fluffy snowstorm on Saturday, we woke up to a sunny, blue-sky kind of day. Every little branch was either crystallized with frost or dusted with glittering snow.

I wanted to see Mud Lake in the winter, so we took a walk through the woods. We found yet another path, just up a little hill that runs along the roadside. You could look one way over the pond (Mud Lake) and on the other side you could peek out and see the river.

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Despite the cold, I could not have passed up such a gorgeous opportunity to enjoy Nature. The walk really fed my soul. Thanks, A.

1/14/11

Ideas for the Acorn Caps

Ok, so it’s not fall anymore; I’m a little behind on this…. but just this week I came across a few acorn caps and have been wondering what to do with them. I did an internet search and found a few ideas that look great. If only I had more time before Christmas to do these things!

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Bird Nest Ornament by Twig and Toadstool

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Mushroom Ornaments by Lil’ Fish Studios

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Beeswax Candles by Resurrection Fern

1/11/11

Winter Landscapes

It has been bracingly cold these past few days. After a brief (and unusual) melt earlier this month, the snow is covering the ground again. We’ve been mostly staying close to home, most photos I’ve taken these days are on the walk home~ no further than I have to go. 

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oak leaf

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acorn caps

I found quite a few acorn caps that had fallen into some shrubbery below. They are still attached to their twigs~ any crafty ideas of what to do with them?

Around this time last year…

1/4/11

New Mandala Cards

MANDALA CARDS CRESCENT WHOLE MANDALA CARDS MORPHO WHOLE

I printed some of my mandalas onto some speckled, cream-coloured cardstock that I had originally bought for another purpose. I don’t usually print at home, and I was unsure how it would turn out on anything but white, but I really like how these turned out. The paper has a bit of tooth to it, almost like watercolour paper, and the result is slightly softer and paler, like it is painted on. Perhaps I will try to print some images on some of the watercolour paper I have.

MANDALA CARDS MORPHO CROP

1/1/11

Pumpkin Seed Recipe

This afternoon I decided to tackle the pumpkin we got last weekend at the farm. It was huge, and we don’t have a lot of counterspace in our kitchen. I also had visions of it rotting from the inside out if I put it in our basement storage and forgot about it...

Pumpkin Chunks

I cracked it in half and roasted the chunks, to use later in soups or pies. The best part about cracking open a pumpkin is roasting the seeds. I love the saltiness but I’ve also come to like salty-sweet things like kettle corn and salted caramels. So here’s what I did:

Salt and Honey

Salty-Sweet Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

  • 1 1/2 cups pumpkin seeds, rinsed and dried
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tbsp. coarse sea salt (or to taste)

Toss all ingredients together in a bowl. Spread onto a baking sheet in an even layer. Bake between 300-350F for 30-45 minutes, or until golden. Stir seeds every 15 minutes to ensure even browning.

Kettle Pumpkin Seeds

I also have something in mind for these gorgeous squash, although I am always open to ideas!

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