Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Weather Bomb

Oooooooh boy...have you been watching the news?  Have you heard that the North East has been buried?  I live in a spot that gets a lot of snow, no joke, but I think this is the most snow I've seen at one time, in this area yet.

You really can't see the height of the snow here because of the sunlight, but it was about 5 feet high when Mr. opened the door and started shovelling.




When we did finally get ourselves shovelled out of the house and our neighbour opened our lane...this was the drive to work.  The road is a single vehicle track with 10-14 feet high banks on either side.  We patiently waited our turn this morning as there was a car stuck coming in the opposite direction (they managed to get unstuck and went back in the direction that they came from).  While 4 or 5 of us where waiting our turn, a car full of local cowboys decided to pass us and pull in front.  When Mr. told them they were only going to get stuck with their car, he was told to F*(% O@* by the driver.  I do hope those lads don't expect service at our store any time soon.



This is the view at the front of the store, that snow drift is 10 feet tall and blocks out one of our large windows.  The day has become quite sunny but you'd never know it inside.


Parking lot.

Parking lot.

We thought we were going to have plenty of time Sunday morning before the storm hit to get to your store and stock up on a few things....we were wrong.  We fell short on a few staples but we did have a pan of Chickpea Peanut Butter squares to keep us going:)  These are so freaking good and are made with a can of chickpeas instead of using flour.  Wow!


Wherever you are in the world, I hope you are safe and that the weather behaves itself for you.  For us, we're pretty hardy folk, used to pretty harsh winters.  I for one love the snow and love a good snow-day, tucked in safe at home with hot coco and a pan of squares.  I just hope that the plough guys manage to widen the road before the next storm hits.  Yikes.  Mr. and I will be more careful in the future and make sure that we don't run out of staples....but until then, I'll see you on the snowshoe trails.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Snowshoe Mitts

After knitting myself a new snowshoe hat, I realized that my mitten stash was looking very sad.  My favourite mittens are the first pair I ever made (around 10 years ago) out of MacAusland's 2 ply.  I have worn them and worn them and now they are very tired.  I mended one thumb only to find that the side of the same mitten was completely thread-bare and would need more that a little stitching.  Kind of embarrassing considering that I'm a competent knitter!  Deciding that the mitts should be very warm for winter sports, but wanting to use some of the same purple yarn I used for my snowshoe hat, I decided to make a pair of "Newfoundland Mitts".  The honeycomb pattern does compress your stitches into something akin to thermal undies, making them very warm without too much bulk.  So far I only have 1 mitten finished which ended up not helping me when I went snowshoeing this weekend.  The hat however came in very handy.



Saturday was my first time out this winter with snowshoes on.  The weather was perfect....not a breath of wind, very sunny and the temperature was just below freezing.



The only sound other than the odd vehicle driving by was the rhythmic crunch, crunch of my feet.


There are several snowshoe trials in my neighbourhood, but our 4 acres turned out to be the perfect winter playground.


There were wonderfully flat areas to hike along...


 ...and very hilly drifts to really challenge me.


I can't explain to you the shear bliss I experienced while on my adventurers in the snow.


 The sun kissed my cheek and I touched nirvana.


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Winter Baby

I was born smack-dab in the middle of Winter and for those of us who live in my latitude...that spells a whole lot of this.....




This is our third storm in a week and as much as I love Winter, I am getting weary.  The above track of land we call a "drive-way" (not to be mistaken for our lane-way) is buried 5 feet below the snow.  As luck would have it, the vehicles stayed almost completely uncovered so they were very easy to shovel out and drive away with.

But, even though I am getting a little weary, these storm days have given me the opportunity to play with some Birthday presents.



I made this recipe.....



Out of this book....and as you can see from the empty bowl, it was a hit!


I also got this book and pot which are meant for the camper....but we couldn't resist seasoning it and having a good cook-up yesterday.

Books and cookware are two of my favourite things!  I've had a wonderful Birthday that I've managed to stretch out over several days, filled with heart-felt wishes, great food and a few good tipples to boot.  Now that the drive-way (and lane-way) have been ploughed out....I've had to resume regular programming, so back to work!



Friday, January 30, 2015

Snowshoe Hat

I have made somewhere around a thousand hats....no kidding!  And I own very few myself.  I love hats.  I love how they look and how they keep you warm.  What I don't love about hats is how they feel on my head.  All of the hats I own are loose fitting and soft because if they were not, they would irritate me to distraction.  So, the other day while I was fondling the stash (come on you've done it), I picked up a skein of Belfast Mini Mills, Merino/Cashmere 3 ply and thought....I need a snowshoeing hat....made out of this!



 It is so incredibly soft, squishy and smooshy.  It feels like a heavenly cloud on my head and doesn't irritate me in the least.  Ok, so now I have snow covered fields and a perfect snowshoe hat....I'm thinking it's time for an adventure.


Monday, January 19, 2015

Sourkraut

Mr. and I have wanted to make our own fermented vegetables for some time but we just hadn't gotten around to it.  Now with our new fermenting pot, we don't have any excuses.


So, we put on a batch yesterday...it's so easy and it already smells like something other than cabbage.  We can't wait until it's ready to eat!!!  We didn't know that there are many, many different recipes that include all sorts of vegetables and spices.  We are both looking forward to trying all kinds of combinations.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Saturday Morning

Just kicking back before work, watching Shetland on BBC Canada and playing around with a few stitches...



Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Books!

This year's instalment of "what I got with my Christmas Chapters gift card" is brought to you by:  Mary Jane Mucklestone, Kristin Omdahl, Alice Starmore and Deborah Newton....the brilliant designers and authors who made these books possible.



Of course a big thanks to my Mum and Dad who gave me the gift card in the first place:)  Woohoo, how I love these books.  There is an incredible body of work in each of these publications that I'm sure will (and already have) inspire some wonderful things to be designed and made here on the Homestead.  I have gone through each book cover-to-cover at least 3 times and still can't seem to put them down.

I had a go at Mary Jane Mucklestone's Blossom Pincushion from her book 150 Scandinavian Motifs...I'd love to show you the job I did but as I'm typing this, I'm realizing that the pics aren't on my new phone...ooops.  So, I will leave you with an image of it from the book.