tourist in my own backyard

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Topsy turvy experiment


As seen on TV.. Oh boy! While picking up more self-hardening craft clay, I spotted the upside down plant growers for $2 bucks, at the dollar store the other day. I thought what the heck! I’ve got spare dirt @ home left over from my Easter banana tree & can get tomatoe seedlings cheap on island (our q-cove nursery is one of the only good businesses here). So that’s what I did today. Even tho I’ve been wearing flips for 2 weeks, I was lectured to keep them hung indoors for another couple of weeks. They will get hung outdoors in the deer proofed garden, shown in the background in 2nd plant photo. They were idiot proof to set up but SUPER heavy! I thought I filled them but after initial soaking, I need to fill them again later. Here’s day one photos of the experiment:



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Easter therapy



We had a lovely Easter weekend. My sweetness was actually home for one day so we packed in our celebrations between much gardening, storm tree removal which lead to a 2 day bonfire & weeny roast. Day 2 included SUN! That’s what I said.. Sun! I worked on my record blog, made a few things I’ll post tomorrow & loved up our aged dog.

I created an annual easter egg hunt for my husband. I even wore the ears & tail but I was sworn to “no blog photos of this, okay?”. Easter treat for me (as I’m behaving with no sugar or dairy or flour) was a Costco score! A Japanese Banana tree for 19.99! She came with 5 extra shoots in the pot so I spent time this weekend repotting them to take to my 2 therapy offices. Sooo good to be outside, heh?


speaking of gardening (& me daydreaming of a city place with a garden space next…) isn’t this cool?


I hope the bunny brought you every bit of chocolate you deserve!
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Bake Sale!

HAPPY NEW YEAR to all my lovely blog readers! I made a ton of stuff in the last 2 weeks but as many of your lives were.. mine was also busy. Here’s a recap of the seemingly large bake sale we hosted over Xmas.   We didn’t actually attend any and don’t have any kids ~ it was an intimate gathering of west coast family of 3 & several animals ~full of maple butter stuffed turkey (30lbs!) and cashew apple dressing. My husband is a rock star chef and I stepped up to the plate with several baking experiments. Here’s a sampling:  Chocolate coffee and bacon cupcakes (type that into the search for the recipe on this blog this past year). My sweety made enough sugar and cream cheese cookies for an elementary school which we lovingly decorated like school kids ~ while listening to many xmas vinyl’s ~2 shown below. We would have eaten these two cats because they were such bad kitties this holiday but they were too adorable at photo opps. I made Haystacks ( I renamed Beaver dams) in both butterscotch and also mint and chocolate ~both with peanut butter and chow mein noodles (recipe from Nana on this blog). Not shown but previously blogged were peanut butter balls ~ they were my fav and went first ~ my husband’s ginger bread cookies & turkey dog bones. Hope I didn’t forget anything. winks*







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JUST FOR THE RECORDS ~another 365 Project ~by me!

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I started ANOTHER 365 project today that will go hand in hand with this BLOG. Every day in 2012 I will endeavour to post a new album from my vintage vinyl collection. I wanted to bring more music back into our lives and discover the best and worst of my vinyl collection, while also getting my art on with MAKING SOMETHING EVERY DAY over here in this BLOG. Hope you’ll FOLLOW it also, get your craft and tunes on, comment and participate. HAPPY NEW YEAR 2012! 

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The traditional Christmas eve moose.


A few dozen sugar cookies were decorated tonight! Wine & Christmas carols on the record player.. Such wholesome fun! We prepped dinner for tomorrow & made other goodies, with details to follow tomorrow. For now, we must go to sleep so that Santa will come (in this scary coastal windstorm)! Happy Christmas eve my little crafty elves!
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Ho! Ho! Ho!

Deck the Balls with Peanut Butter


20111203-094607.jpg As a kid, my mom used make loads of Xmas goodies. Possibly my fav was Peanut Butter Balls. She even mailed them to University or they were frozen waiting for my visits. These gooey, crispy, balls of joy are a non-bake, coconut coated, idiot proof recipe ~ that as long as I stay away from the chili powder & hot sauce… I’ll ace. So today, I honoured my mom, by using her recipe properly & made 4 batches of kick ass balls, for dessert, Xmas parties & freezing. The last batch I DID alter, by adding nutella. My husband was a “big helper” on the ball making committee. Did that come out wrong? Lol!
What’s your fav Christmas family goodie or memory? Tell us in the comment section! Happy almost holidays.
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New Years baking… Halibut dogbones

These were made with love for Amos at New Years. He gave away most of his last batch so he helped me rotate out the bottom of the freezer fish. Corey helped make the purees ~ straight baked halibut from Klemtu BC ~ carrots, garlic and my summer greenhouse parsley plant ~ flour, sea salt, veg soup cubes, powder.

I was surprised the cats didn’t love them because Corey came close to biting one. I cut the strips into cubes and have a winter supply for my happy dog.

Happy Crafty New Year