Friday, July 29, 2011


Had a great evening last night... had my brother and his lovely wife up for dinner... lots of stories and tons of laughs... The long weekend has finally arrived... today is a deep clean of the house and then some rays on the deck ...Going to head down to Victoria to watch the boys on Saturday and then Sunday and Monday working in the garden... Now this is my kind of weekend .. really doing absolutley nothing ...

5-6 cups baby spinach leaves (about 1/2 of a 9 ounce bag)
1 cup cherry tomatoes
1/8 red onion, thinly sliced
1 (11 ounce) can mandarin oranges
1 (2.25 can) sliced black olives

1/4 cup extra light virgin olive oil
4 teaspoons balsamic vinegar (or more if desired)
1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/8 teaspoon each, salt and black pepper
Combine dressing ingredients and set aside. Combine salad ingredients in a large bowl. Pour desired amount of dressing over salad and serve immediately. You probably will have a little dressing left over, depending on how much dressing you like in your salad. Now this is good served with a grilled hamburger patty...or even better is a thick pork chop from the grill... 

Want to wish everyone a Happy BC Day ... weather is supposed to be good so for all you campers remember your sunscreen... My daughter |Andrea and her finacee Adam are heading up to Lake Cowichan to stay at a friends place so here is hoping you have a great weekend.....

Thursday, July 28, 2011


Well going to hit town this morning to pick up supper as my brother and sister in law are coming up for a nice dinner... have his gift to give him. I think once I am in town I will go to a couple of eye glass places and check out some new frames... going to get something funky just not sure what... I would love to have a pair of green frames..but will just have to wait and see what they got..

¼ chopped onion (3 Tablespoons)
2 stalks celery, diced
½ apple, chopped
2 (6 ounce) cans water packed tuna, drained
5 Tablespoons Mayo or Miracle Whip
¼ teaspoon, freshly ground black pepper
4 English Muffins split in half
1 Tomato
1 Cup shredded cheddar cheese
Combine onion, celery, apple, tuna, salad dressing and black pepper in a medium sized bowl. Place English Muffin halves on a foil lined baking sheet and broil for 1-2 minutes or until lightly toasted. Remove from oven and top each English muffin half with 1/4 of the tuna mixture. Top each with a tomato slice and cheddar cheese. Broil for 2-4 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

I love cooking with fresh herbs but they are so expensive to buy so how about having your own herb garden..
Herb Garden

Grow your herbs “vertical gardening style” by simply filling each pocket of a shoe organizer with soil and herbs. This is also a clever way to hang your plants out of reach from inquisitive cats.
Tip: Test the fabric of the organizer first to see if it will allow water to drain, if not, just make a few small holes in each pocket

Make sure you use sckum hooks when you hang... as once you put the dirt in the pockets with water it will  get quite heavy...

Well everyone have a good day and talk to you soon

Wednesday, July 27, 2011


Got one pile of work done now I only have about 10 more to go...I have such a busy life but never seem to have time to fit it all in... Maybe once I am retired ...but my friends that are retired say they are busier now then when the worked... so maybe I won't be retiring ...NOT...

1 Tablespoon olive oil
6-8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs or 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
¼ teaspoon each – salt, black pepper and paprika or to taste
1 large onion, thickly diced
8-10 small red potatoes, scrubbed and quartered
1 cup chicken broth
1 (14 ounce) can unsweetened coconut milk (look in the Asian food aisle at the grocery store)
1 Tablespoon corn starch
1 ½ teaspoon curry powder, or more if desired
½ teaspoon salt

1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Place chicken in the skillet and sprinkle each side with salt, black pepper and paprika. Brown chicken by cooking over medium heat 3-4 minutes per side.
2. Place browned chicken in a slow cooker.
3. In the same skillet you used to brown the chicken (don’t wipe it out!), sauté onions and potatoes on medium heat for 4-6 minutes, stirring often. It’s alright if they get a little brown. Add the sautéed onions and potatoes to the slow cooker with the chicken.
4. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, add the rest of the ingredients and stir well. Make sure the cornstarch is completely stirred in, as it often settles to the bottom.
5. Add the liquid ingredients in the bowl to the same skillet you have been using and cook over medium heat for 3-4 minutes, stirring constantly, until the mixture starts to thicken. Pour this mixture over chicken, onions and potatoes in the slow cooker.
6. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours.
7. Serve over rice.


I want to pass on congratulations to Lindsay on her new job..."Good things come to those who earn it"


Tuesday, July 26, 2011


Cloudy today what is up with that... need the sun to get warmer and then it will burn away the clouds.. work day today and then maybe a crafty day this evening.. Have to do some painting so if it is still nice then I can do it outside .. Going to have the grandkids on Saturday.. Parents are going to a wedding  in Ladysmith so we are going to head to Victoria on Saturday and hang out with the boys for the day and then when the parents get home we can head home... Want the weather to be nice this long weekend so we can get some work done in the backyard and maybe even take the car out for a cruise... will just have to wait and see..

1 pineapple, peeled, cored and cut into 1" - 1 1/2" chucks
1 (2 pound) mini half ham cut into 1" - 1 1/2" cubes
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 Tablespoon orange juice
1 Tablespoon low sugar orange marmalade
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Cut up the pineapple and ham as indicated and thread the fruit and the meat on kabob skewers in an alternating fashion (for a 14" skewer I use about 4-5 pieces of ham and 4-5 pieces of pineapple per skewer)and set aside.(Remember soak your wooden skewers so that they do not burn)
Make the glaze by adding all of the glaze ingredients together in a small saucepan and cook over low heat until all ingredients are fully combined and the mixture is bubbly.
Cook the kabobs on the grill about 3-5 minutes per side, brushing each side with the brown sugar glaze. Remove fruit and meat from kabob skewers and serve.
Yield: 12 8" kabobs


 Remove corn silk from corn on the cob by rubbing damp paper towel from top to bottom of the corn cob, the silk will attach to the damp towel. This method protects the kernels from being damaged. Don't forget to add a bit of sugare to water to keep the kernels tender..

I love to be cooking outside at this time of the year...keeps the house cool ...I am putting a roast in the crockpot this morning and then going to slice up for baron of beef and corn on the cob... quick and easy ..

Monday, July 25, 2011


Had a great 5 day weekend with my husband.. Company was great and the weather was even better.. Do you think our summer is here ...I sure hope so...Anyway this week is going to be a busy week not sure what we are doing for the long weekend but I am sure we will figure something out.. Well only 6 days left for the contest giveaway and I do not have one recipe sent to me for an entry.. so now the odds are really looking good..So get your thinking cap on and send me a recipe...

MONDAY     Chicken and Broccoli Strudel
TUESDAY     Grilled Pineapple and Ham Kabobs
WEDNESDAY     Coconut Chicken Curry
THURSDAY     Harvest Tuna Melts
FRIDAY     Citrus Spinach Salad

2 cups cooked chicken , chopped (purchased rotisserie chicken works fine)
1 cup raw broccoli, chopped
½ cup red bell pepper, chopped
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 garlic clove, minced
½ cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon dried dill
¼ teaspoon salt
2 (8 ounce) packages unbaked crescent roll dough
1 egg, lightly beaten
Preheat oven to 375°. Combine first 8 ingredients (everything except dough and egg) in a medium sized bowl. Mix well. Unroll 1 package of crescent roll dough – do not separate. Arrange longest sides of the dough across the width of a cookie sheet. Repeat with the second package of dough, slightly overlapping the two packages of dough (you are trying to form 1 large piece of dough). Using your fingers, press the edges of the two pieces of dough together. Spread the filling down the middle of the large piece of dough. Using a knife, cut lines 1 ½” apart down both sides of the dough that has not been covered with filling. To form a “braid”, start at one end and lift 1 strip of dough from the right side of the chicken mixture and lift it up and half way across the chicken mixture. Repeat with a strip from the left side. When the strips meet in the middle, slightly press and twist them together. Repeat until all strips have been braided together. Brush beaten egg over top (you don’t need to use all of the egg, just enough to slightly coat the braid). Bake 25-28 minutes or until golden brown. Cut into 1 ½” slices and serve.

Heading out to water the plants and finish my tea and then going to get some work done.. If the weather stays nice today I am going to take my lunch down to the beach at Maple Bay and enjoy a few rays and then back to work.. 

Friday, July 22, 2011



12 slices bacon
2/3 cup margarine
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
7 cups milk
4 large baked potatoes, peeled and cubed
4 green onions, chopped
1 1/4 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper

Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium heat until browned. Drain, crumble, and set aside.
In a stock pot or Dutch oven, melt the margarine over medium heat. Whisk in flour until smooth. Gradually stir in milk, whisking constantly until thickened. Stir in potatoes and onions. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently.
Reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes. Mix in bacon, cheese, sour cream, salt, and pepper. Continue cooking, stirring frequently, until cheese is melted.
I like to add some garlic powder as well. If you want it creamier just replace 2 cups of the milk with two cups of cream...forget about the calories today and just enjoy...toasted cheese bread is great with this soup..

Thursday, July 21, 2011




  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds pork tenderloin
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
  • 2 cooking apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons dried cranberries or raisins


Preheat the oven to 400°. Place the pork tenderloin in a roasting pan or casserole dish. Combine the remaining ingredients in a bowl and stir. Spoon the apple mixture around the pork tenderloin. Cover and bake 30 minutes. Remove the lid and spoon the apple mixture over the tenderloin. Return to the oven and bake 15 to 20 minutes longer, or until pork tenderloin is browned and cooked through. A meat thermometer in the center should register at least 150° to 160°.

This Thrifty is a bit different it is about treats... In the summer all kids big and small want a treat.. so how about taking a banana cutting it up into small pieces , pushing it onto a straw and then taking out your cake decorating aprinkles and rolling them onto to the bananas... now you could melt some chocolate as well and then us your sprinkles or rice crispies .. the sky is the limit.. if you want salt crush some peanuts and roll the banana in that... I find this thrifty cause you do not have to go to the store to buy your kids a treat and that saves gas...


Wednesday, July 20, 2011


Off to the ferry today at 3:15 and then heading to Cane Lake for a couple of nights and then going to Puyallup to stay with our friends the Kitts...Every year we go to a Goodguys Hotrod Show in Puyallup and meet about another 10 couples that take their hotrods to the show as well.. It is always a great time ...seeing all the different cars is great and doing a little bit of shopping is always good as well..
This might be one of those slow cooker recipes that people think are slightly ridiculous, but I disagree. While you can make corn on the cob on the grill or in a big pot of boiling water, this is a literally effortless recipe. You wrap some cobs in aluminum foil, place them in your Crockpot and walk away for 2 hours. It’s great for a party or BBQ when your grill is full of burgers and hot dogs, or even just for dinner when you’re really busy.

Slow Cooker
Corn on the Cob
  • Fresh corn (as many ears as can fit in your slow cooker)
  • Aluminum foil
Husk corn and wrap each ear in aluminum foil. Place wrapped corn in slow cooker (no water needed). Cover and cook on high for 2 hours. Check corn and cook longer if needed to further soften.


Here is another blog that I like to follow... those of you who follow me if you would like me to post your blog on my blog just let me know as I would love to do that for you..

The next couple of days I will be probably only posting a postdated recipe as we will be away from WiFi .. if it is available I will also post events of the day.. You all have a great weekend and talk to you soon

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


Well today is going to be a tip and your weekly menu... sorry for not posting the last couple of days but trying to get ready for a getaway this weekend. Leaving Wednesday afternoon...So what I am going to do is give you the menu for this week today and then starting Thursday will post date the posts incase our friends do not have WiFi...

TUESDAY   Sesame Chicken Chow Mein
WEDNESDAY   Corn on the Cob
THURSDAY   Spiced Pork Tenderloin with Sliced Apples   
FRIDAY    Baked Potato Soup


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp Chinese 5 spice powder
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 5 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (cut into strips)
  • vegetable oil (to fry)
  • 3 tbsp teriyaki sauce
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 3 carrots
  • 6 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 4 green onions (diced)
  • 2 green peppers (julienne-thin long strips)
  • 2 red peppers (julienne)
  • 1 bag sugar snap peas
  • 600g Chinese rice noodles
  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  1. To make sesame chicken, combine flour, 1/4 cup sesame seeds, black pepper, Chinese 5-spice powder, and crushed red pepper flakes.
  2. Coat chicken strips in flour mixture and set aside.
  3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and brown both sides of chicken strips in skillet (about 5 minutes).
  4. Repeat until all of the chicken is cooked. Place all of the chicken in a large pot and turn to low heat.
  5. Mix in teriyaki sauce, 1/4 cup sesame seeds, and honey and stir until sauce thickens and coats the chicken.
  6. To make the chow mein, cook the Chinese rice noodles in a pot of boiling water, rinse under cold running water, and drain again. (Drizzle with sesame oil to prevent the noodles from sticking).
  7. Heat 1 tbsp of oil and stir fry onion, garlic, and peppers until soft.
  8. Add the carrots and sugar snap peas and stir fry until slightly soft.
  9. Add the rice noodles and chicken mixture into sautepan and mix thoroughly. Add the soy sauce, salt, sesame oil, and black pepper .
  10. Stir fry for 2-3 more minutes, then serve!
It is better to use round dishes in the microwave oven rather than square or rectangular dishes as round dishes spread heat faster.

Time just seems to get away from me these last couple of weeks... Maybe if the weather was better I would be sitting outside having a nice cold ice tea and then I could be posting... but that has not been happening... but I quess I could be living in Winnipeg or Regina where it is way to hot... but why would I want to move there when I live on beautiful Vancouver Island...


Saturday, July 16, 2011


Did not want to get out of bed this morning... I love the sound of rain but this is getting ridiculous... Do not want to here that we need it cause I am looking at the mountains and there is still a ton of snow on them and it is the middle of July.. Those of you who do not water there lawn I quess it is good for you ,I quess it is good for the duck. and for sure it is good for my grandboys who can put on their gumboots and play in the puddles but other then that it not good for anyone...

Not going to list everything here cause it is there buy 1 get one free week so just go and check it out first

Romaine lettuce $.79
Tomatoes on the vine $1.29lb
Lucerne Ice Cream 2 for $5.00(summer has to be here first)
Post Cereal 3 for $10.00 Coca Cola or Pepsi 3 for $11.00
Deli honey ham $1.69 100 g
Piazza's take and bake pizza buy 1 get 1 free
30% off of Olay Skin Care products
They also have a stock up week..where you buy more save more like
Kellogs cereals, ritz crackers, christies snack crackers, smuckers jams, christies cookies, and ristorante pizzas

Peaches and nectarines $.77 lb
Tostitoes XL or salsa $2.00 each
Five Alive 1.7 L $1.00
Raoyal 12 mega Rolls bathroom Tissue $6.98
Tomatoes 1.5 lb bag $1.47
Mini Sweet peppers $1.47
Butter Croissants $.33 each (real fatting but real good)
Cored Pinapple $3.97 each
Mini Potatoes $2.00 for 1 1/2 lb bag
Uncle Bens Bistro Express rice $2.00
Nature Valley Granol Bars $4.47 each
Bicks Pickles $3.00
Can't believe it is butter $1.00 each
Wagon wheels $2.00 each
Goldfish $2.00(great for top of baked macaroni)


2-1/2 cupsHoney Maid Graham Crumbs
1/2 cupbutter, melted
1-1/2 cups boiling water
1 pkg. (85 g) Jell-O Lemon Jelly Powder
125 g (1/2 of 250-g pkg.) Philadelphia Brick Cream Cheese, softened
3/4 cupfrozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
3 cups thawed Cool Whip Whipped Topping
2 cups fresh raspberries

MIX graham crumbs and butter; press onto bottoms and up sides of 2 (9-inch) pie plates.
ADD boiling water to jelly powder in small bowl; stir 2 min. until completely dissolved. Cool 15 min. or just until jelly begins to set. Beat cream cheese in large bowl with mixer until creamy. Gradually beat in lemonade concentrate, then jelly until well blended. Gently stir in Cool Whip and berries.
POUR into crusts. Refrigerate 1 pie 4 hours or until firm. Freeze remaining pie up to 1 week before thawing to serve

Use the leftover lemonade to make yourself a nice jug of lemonade have a girlfriend come over for pie and juice and talk about absolutely nothing...

Well the rain has stopped.. yipee.. I know that Victoria has a big 2 day Sprint Car Show this weekend and it started last night and I am not sure if they got the race in or not , but I would think probably here is hoping that the sun comes out today and drys the track and they get the racing underway.. a long way for the boys to bring their cars and not get to race....
Grumpy and I are heading down to Victoria to do a bit of shopping not for anything special ,, he got a couple of gift certificates from a suppler for dinner at Milestones so we thought we would stick around town for dinner and then head on home...what else can you do in the rain other then Sing....
Hey do not forget to send me some recipes have not received a one... Granny is sad...

Friday, July 15, 2011


Another hectic day here at THE RIBBON PALACE .... up early quite a few little orders done , trying to get them all out of the way so that starting next week til the middle of September it will all be fair work... Kimberly came up to give me a hand ... she is so good about helping me out on her days off so today I am going to take her for lunch treat... My kids all know what treats are about when I offer to do something or buy a token to telll them how much I love them they know when I say treat the do not have to take out their wallets if treat is not in the conversation then their wallet has to come out... Not all the time can Granny treat but when I can I love doing it..

  • 1 pound cooked shrimp, peeled and de-veined
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs, finely chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, minced
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 dash onion salt
  • Salt and pepper
  • Seasoning salt
  • Celery salt
  • 8 slices your choice bread, toasted
  • Lettuce and tomato slices, optional
  1. Place shrimp in a food processor and pulse until finely minced. Transfer shrimp to a bowl and add eggs, celery, and mayonnaise; mix well. Add seasonings, to taste, and stir to combine. Spread onto bread of your choice, top with optional lettuce and tomato slices. Serve with some fresh melon for complete healthy meal.
Shrimp Salad Roll-up’s: replace bread with whole wheat or white tortillas and cut into 1 inch slices for a creative appetizer or snack.
Well we are off to Victoria in the pouring rain... headed to a hot rod barbacue but as you can tell those of you who live where I live it is minus the hot rod... I hate this rain it cuts into doing the things I love to do...

Thursday, July 14, 2011


Had a nice dinner with Grumpy and my mother-in-law last night.. She is living in an assisted living home and the people there are really nice... Grumpy loves to make them laugh and you know when you get to be that age a good laugh is always a good thing.


  • 1 lb ground beef (ground turkey works well too)
  • 2 small cans of tomato sauce
  • 1 can of cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 pkg. elbow macaroni
  • 1 can of vegetable soup (optional)
  • 1 cup of cheese (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Prepare elbow macaroni according to directions on package, drain and put back in pot
  2. Cook ground beef or turkey until done, drain grease
  3. Add tomato sauce, cream of mushroom soup and vegetable soup to pot of macaroni, mix well
  4. Add ground beef or turkey and salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Top with cheese if desired.
 Add a dinner salad and sliced french bread for a nutritious cheap family meal

Well this tip is a bit different.. We had our grandkids up a few weeks ago and after they left there were a few finger marks on my door windows and I was out of windex so it was driving me crazy so rather then do the vinegar thing I thought to myself I have some Car Window Cleaner downstairs that I use for cleaning the greasy windows from the outside.. why not give it a try and voila it worked great.. I used my micro cloth that is rough on one side to clean and buffed with the smooth side and no streaks... alot cheaper then windex both a tip and thrifty..

Back down to work today ... and then I am going to finish off a cute craft that I am making for my new Great Niece Harper hoping to have done by the weekend so I can go for a visit and check her out.. My brother says she is beautiful...

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Sorry I did not post yesterday was a bit hectic around here so today I will post the recipe for yesterday as well today as well as the Tipsy Tuesday tip....Today is going to be another hectic day but it is the time of the year for me so I am getting used to it by now.. Off to have dinner with Grumpys mom tonight .. they are serving liver and onions at the old folks home and I am the only one in the family that likes it so when I get a chance to have it I am all over it...


  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1 pound broccoli florets, cooked
  • 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup dry stuffing mix( how about salad croutons)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Boil chicken until tender and shred or cut into bite size pieces. Meanwhile, steam broccoli until crisp but tender.
  3. In a small bowl mix together the soup and mayonnaise. Set aside. In a 9x13 inch baking dish layer the chicken, broccoli, soup mixture, and cheese. Sprinkle dry stuffing mix over the top and bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes.

  • 1 pkg whole chicken cut up (buying your chicken like this is very cheap)
  • 1/4 cup of flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. oil
  • 1 (6oz.) can lemonade, thawed and undiluted
  • 3 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 1/4 c catsup
  1. Combine flour and salt and coat chicken.
  2. Brown on all sides in hot oil.
  3. Place browned chicken in crockpot.
  4. Combine lemonade, vinegar, catsup and brown sugar, mix well and pour over chicken.
  5. Cook on low 6-8 hours or high 3-4 hours
TIPSY TUESDAY( okay I know it is Wednesday)
Let any steaks or roasts that you cook rest for 5 minutes before serving to maintain the juices.


I love this blog... her pictures are amazing ...her food looks absolutely delicious and her presentation is unbelieveable... maybe this will be me one day...

Well I must say that I have not had one of my followers or those of you who just read my blog send me a recipe that I might like to feature on my blog.. I quess we have not one who wants to win a Giveaway ...well okay just more for me that is all..You have 18 days left to win... Pat I am coming down today so I will drop off you giveaway from last month...

Monday, July 11, 2011


Sorry I did not post this morning  but I headed down to Victoria to spend the day with my daughter Andrea ... we did a bit of craft shopping....had some lunch... Was a great day... She was rearended on Friday on her way home from work so she is a bit stiff but says it is getting better... That girl is as tought as nails and has a great pain tolerance... always has.


  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 pkg. stove top stuffing
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning ( I use dry spaghetti packet)
  • 3/4 cup spaghetti sauce
  • 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese (any variety of cheese will work)

Easy Dinners Directions:

  1. Mix meat, stuffing mix, water and seasoning until well blended.
  2. Press evenly into 12 muffin cups sprayed with cooking spray.
  3. Make an indentation in the center of each meat loaf using a spoon then fill with spaghetti sauce.
  4. Bake 30 minutes or until cooked through, top with cheese and bake 5 more minutes or until cheese is melted.
  5. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
Now these are great to cook and freeze and then just micro to make a quick meal... how about taking them camping and wrap in some tin foil and put them on the barbacue to reheat...Was thinking of you Pat for the camping idea...

Last night for supper Guy did some ribs on the barbacue and they were great... so we had corn on the cob and caesar salad with them ... There was a ton left so tonight we are having leftover spagehetti from the other night and ribs... This week is going to be a busy week ...going to try and get all my little orders done this week and then that will free up the next 6 weeks for doing the fairs. See where the Beckham family named there baby Harper the same name that my neice named her little girl last week... Copycat !!!!

Sunday, July 10, 2011


Well the sun isout...we are on the deck enjoying a salmon patee and a nice cold drink.. Grumpy is reading I am posting and then going to get some supper prepared.. Grumpy is going to put the ribs on the barbacue in 1/2 hour and then we are just going to do some more relaxing.. I got a a nice outfit to take to Vegas with me on those cool evenings at Marks Work Wear.. They had a great sale on yesterday.. I got some real cute pencil dark jean capris with a zipper at the side and then a longsleeve black and white taloired shirt .. The capris were regular $39.99 and the shirt was $59.99... the capris were on sale for $19.99 and so was the shirt.. They had a sale that you paid the sale price on the highest item and then you got the second item on for 70% off. so it came to $28.00 and then Grumpy had a $15.00 card that he had got on a previous promotion so the whole outfit cost me a whopping $13.00..Now that is bargain shopping .... can not even get those deals in the states...Was going to post pictures today but have changed my mind....and I can cause I am a woman and we are allowed to do that it is will do one day next week... Today I will post a craft and then will post a breakfast menu..




I have not done this craft yet but believe I am going to... I went to the Chemainus Street Market yesterday and found a lady there that was selling costume jewelery... Most of her stuff was $1.00 and $2.00 and I bought a few pieces , pearl neckaces some short some long and now I wish I had bought some brooches that she also had there... so now I am on the outlook for brooches cause I would like two of them the same... could be a challenge but I know I will find them.. What I am going to do is make a necklace and a bracelet similar to the pictures with the pearls that I bought.. I just think they would add such class to a plain black dress or pant outfit ... so wish me luck and once I find them I will post a picture of how they turned out.. I know they can be beautiful just have to be patient...



1 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 Tablespoon canola oil
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
4 Tablespoons butter
2 ounces cream cheese
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Prepare pancake batter: In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk in milk, oil and egg, just until batter is moistened (a few small lumps are fine).
2. In a medium bowl, mix butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Scoop the filling into a small zip baggie and set aside. You don't want this to remain super-liquidy. It's best if it becomes a consistency similar to toothpaste.
3. In a medium, microwave-safe bowl- heat butter and cream cheese until melted. Whisk together until smooth; whisk in powdered sugar and vanilla extract; set aside.
4. Heat large skillet over medium-low heat. Spray with nonstick spray. Scoop about 3/4 cup batter onto the skillet. Snip the corner of your baggie of filling and squeeze a spiral of the filling onto the top of the pancake. When bubbles begin to appear on the surface, flip carefully with a thin spatula, and cook until browned on the underside, 1 to 2 minutes more. Transfer to a baking sheet or platter and keep in a warm oven until ready to serve.
5. When ready to serve, spoon warmed glaze onto the top of each pancake.


*Keep the heat low or your pancakes might cook up too quickly. Don't flip them until you see those bubbles starting to pop on top. Flip them with a wide spatula so you can grasp the whole thing without batter and filling dripping all over the place!
*It's best if you pour the batter onto your skillet, wait a minute or so and then swirl the cinnamon onto the batter. That'll give it a chance to set a little before you add the swirl.
*If your baggie of filling begins to get too thick, just pop it in the microwave for a few seconds to soften it up again. On that same note, it shouldn't be too runny. The consistency of soft toothpaste is perfect. If it's melty and runny, it will tend to run all over your pancakes. Once you micro it, let it sit on the counter at room temp for a while until it thickens slightly.