Melancholy Monday

I'm titling this post "Melancholy Monday" because something truly sad happened over the weekend. On Friday night, our home was broken into and my computer and both my cameras were stolen. I'm feeling a little bit sad about the cameras (even though I long for a new one!) just because now I have nothing. Before I wasn't happy with my cameras, but I had something. Now I can't even pretend to take pictures. It's quite sad. So to cheer myself up, I came across this photographer and artist named Cade Martin. His work is so fabulous, I can almost forget about my stolen pocessions! I hope you enjoy and check out his website because he has more fabulous work on there! What does your monday bring for you?

New and Old

Oh how I love my latest finds of the summer! So much that I have to share them with you here:

Flowers: New!
Watering Can: New- from Twisted Goods for my Birthday
Plate: Old- from my Grandma!
Coffee Grinder: Old- from my Grandpa. I had been looking for a new one for SO long that was also inexpensive and was thrilled to receive this from my Grandpapa as he was cleaning out his office!
Camera: Old- another great basement find from Grandpa!
Water Bottle: New- from The Better Good just because I loved it so much and couldn't resist

Ode to Blueberries

This is my ode to blueberries. It doesn't come in word form. It only comes in the form of a picture. But these lovely little fruits have been taking over my every meal, snack, and dessert lately. I can't stop eating them. They are SO good! And since they are also taking over my refrigerator, I think I will make something with them and this may be making it's place in my belly later on...

Blueberry Cobbler (from Mennonite Girls Can Cook blog)

-5 cups of fresh or frozen blueberries
-2/3 cup sugar
-3 tbsp corn starch
Place all ingredients in a microwaveable bowl. Heat for 3 minutes stirring once half way through. You just want to get them hot, but not bubbling. Pour hot berries into a 8" square pan or deep dish pie plate.

Biscuit topping:
-1 cup flour
-1/3 cup sugar
-2 tsp baking powder
-1/2 tsp salt
-3 tbsp butter
-1/2 cup buttermilk (you can use regular milk)
Measure dry ingredients into bowl. Cut in cold butter until crumbly. Add milk all at once and mix with a fork until moistened. Drop by spoonfuls over hot berries. Bake at 425º for 20-25 minutes. Enjoy.

Time Stealers

Things that seem to have been stealing my time lately:

1. First of all the Spring Concert held last Saturday- took up most of my time last week, but I made it through and it went well! We performed Fiddler on the Roof songs among others and look! I'm on the poster! No, I'm not the one playing violin or singing the solo, but I'm standing behind the soloist on the left! I'm almost famous! ha!

2. I seem to be doing more cooking and baking lately to keep Rebecca fed up and happy! Here are some cookies that I made that seemed to be a big hit with her from Mennonite Girls Can Cook. Delish!

3. Tapioca Pudding. Ok, this didn't take much time at all because I gobbled it down, but yum! A fantastic treat!

4. Although, this picture makes me feel like singing in the rain, I'm not sure I actually would. It has been raining all week and it's been cold and miserable. On the bright side, though, everything is looking a whole lot greener and prettier...I just wish it would warm up a little.

5. Because of all the cold weather and rain, I have turned to crocheting my time away from my new magazine- Crochet Today! It is a fantastic magazine and I have found quite a few patterns I would like to try in this issue. So I am making a little baby sweater- for which baby? I do not know, but it is sure fun to make!
Well, now I am off to bed, because I am writing this late because my time is being eaten up by so many of these things that I haven't been able to post. Goodnight!

April's Fooling Me

Ok, since April has decided to play a big trick on us in my end of the world seeing as it is BLIZZARDING outside and the wind is blowing like nothing else and I'm freezing, I thought I would post some lovely bright, happy, spring pictures to make me think of spring. Spring, come back to me! Why do you leave me at a time like this? On a Friday night when I want to go and get some ice-cream and lemonade, but your arch-enemy prevails?? Well, enjoy the pictures of what is yet to come...

Oh and this picture is from my photography class in the Agriculture Building at the University one day when it was warm outside and sunny. And here's a little excerpt from a poem sent to me by a dear friend and written by a kindred spirit, L.M. Montgomery:

Only a long, low-lying lane
That follows to the misty sea,
Across a bare and russet plain
Where wild winds whistle vagrantly;
I know that many a fairer path
With lure of song and bloom may woo,
But oh! I love this lonely strath
Because it is so full of you..

Those last two lines of that verse are not particularly true at the moment because for me the fairer path with lure of song and bloom is wooing me and I want it!

I Love this Dress

And I can't wait to wear it! Signs of spring are on their way- the snow is melting, puddles are deepening, bits of green are popping up and a general smell is in the air of spring fresh! I am in love with spring! And eventually, I will wear this dress again.

p.s. Some links you should have a look at in my favourites on the side- Triptych Project: a project I am doing along with 2 other artists/friends in which we take a picture each week to make a triptych. And also check out Mennonite Girls Can Cook which is a fabulous cooking blog and includes, yes, favourite Mennonite recipes! Yum! I will finally learn how to make real bread, perishky, rollkuchen, and of course paska for Easter which is fast approaching!



Right now this picture is staring me in the face and I do like it so. It makes me chuckle inside a little. Yes, I know that my calender is 2009, but I like to pretend it's in the correct year so that I can use it again. I got it as a gift from my friend, Elya. A little something from Rome, of course! And yes, I realize that I'm blogging with the chance of no one reading my previous posts, but maybe someday someone will...hello? Is anyone there? Oh well, I like the idea of it anyway- sharing inspiration when I come across it and combining images with words. It's fun I think, even with no one to read it!
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Post Valentine's

Well Valentine's Day has past, regular life has begun again, and my computer is finally fixed!! Hooray!! I can post again!
I heard so many bitter comments again this year about Valentine's Day, but again, I don't see how everyone can be so bitter when it's so much fun. I think there is much more to Valentine's Day than JUST romantic love. First of all, Valentine's Day has always been about love between friends and family for me- my parents have always made it something special for all of us to celebrate. But no love on earth can compare to the ultimate love of Christ which is the greatest love of all! We should really be celebrating His great love for us and showing our love for Him! I think that His love is my favourite gift this year and I think that through understanding His love, I can better appreciate a holiday dedicated to love- all love! Here's to love! And here is also to my father who always shows love through his actions- this year by a rose! :) How beautiful! I love roses no matter how cliche they are! They are so pretty!

So, in honour of celebrating all love, my roommate and I hosted a Valentine's Tea yesterday! Unfortunately, I only figured out later that my camera was on the wrong setting, so pictures didn't turn out too well, but they give you the main idea! I made a paper heart garland for the event...

And we made all kinds of goodies to indulge in- raspberry linzer heart shaped cookies, cherry cupcakes, and we found some hazelnut chocolates and hot hearts on half-price after the real holiday!

Yummy! We also wore our tea dresses, of course in shades of pink. We decided that since Canada was playing Switzerland last night in Olympic hockey, the red and white theme could also be dedicated to them for the guys attending the party...

It turned out to be a small gathering, but a fun one. You may not think we had a party by the lack of pictures of the actual event, but I just was kind of forgetful on the picture taking end of things! I guess, it was just too fun! Happy love, everyone!!

Isn't It Romantic?

The first snow of the year! Who would have thought that it would come at the beginning of October?? As much as it has come early, I do think it is quite pretty! There is something so fresh about it and I got in such a mood that I went and splurged on a pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks on my way home from work! I know it will melt, maybe that's why I'm enjoying it...I don't know. Either way, I think our house looks fabulous in the snow- snow almost suits it, our little cottage.

Our little back yard is enchanting...there's something so magical about it! Especially with the green leaves still on the trees!