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Thursday, September 29, 2016

DIY Garden Gazebo

green and white gazebo constructed of wood
  After enjoying some time sitting in our son's screened in porch, I was wishing we could add a little retreat to our own house. At the time we were living in a bungalow that already had an addition. Our house design just didn't lend itself to such a renovation project....we'd have to come up with an alternative.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Cottonwood Acres

  They say you can't go home again, and in my experience that philosophy has held true. Returning to visit an old home is usually a disappointment, but our latest tour proved just the opposite.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Manitoba Sky Monday- September 26/16

I have some beautiful photos for you this week.

We started out with some strange looking clouds last Monday!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Beet & Cabbage Borscht

Bowl of beet and cabbage borsht

  If you're like me, you tend to improvise when it comes to cooking....especially soups. This may not be an authentic borscht recipe; it's one of my own making...but my husband likes it, so that's what counts, right? A while back I mentioned getting some small beets from my mom's garden. That day, I just cooked the greens, along with some swiss chard. The next day, I made the borscht you see here. 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Pallet Walkway Cheat

pallet project

  I'm sure you've seen all of those amazing pallet projects on Pinterest, just like I have. Maybe you even went out and picked up some pallets, with great plans for all the awesome things you could create.....and maybe you learned some of the same things I did................

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Featured Garden - City Hall, Brandon MB

  The flowers on the boulevards in Brandon are beautiful at this time of the year, but stopping in traffic to take pictures is a little difficult, so one Sunday evening, after church, we decided to stop by City Hall and take some pictures of the garden there instead. The photos were taken with a phone, so a couple of them are a little blurry, but still show off how pretty the flower beds are.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Haggerty Farm

I am blessed to be able to look out my front window every day to a beautiful view. No matter what the season, I never tire of looking across the road at our neighbour's farm. 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Featured Garden- The English Garden, Assiniboine Park

After touring the Butterfly Garden, and the Formal Garden in the Assiniboine Park, our next stop was The English Garden. We hadn't been there for several years, but it was as beautiful as I remembered. 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Crow's General Store

  I love old stuff! I know it's popular to be a minimalist these days, but there are just some things I have to hold on to. When my parents sold their farm, I ended up with a lot of treasures that they had collected over the years. These treasures hold a lot of memories of my childhood....and I'm sure childhood memories had a big part in the making of Crow's General Store. This past weekend, we finally had a chance to go check it out. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

September Scenery


 Saturday morning, we decided to take a drive down some country roads between Shilo and Brandon. You can see the Brandon Hills in the distance.

We had to get one stereotypical Manitoba scenery shot!
Bales in Manitoba field

And of course this one of  a country road stretching out for miles.
Open Manitoba fields

Manitoba Pasture land

It was a beautiful day, with clear blue skies. 
The leaves on the trees were just starting to change colour.


By the time I got the camera ready, 
these two Blue Herons had already taken flight.
Birds in flight

Later in the day, we went into Brandon and toured Crow's General Store. What an amazing place that is! Watch for it in tomorrow's post.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Got Cucumbers? 4 Easy Salads

# 1  Dilly Cucumber Salad

This first salad takes me back to my childhood. My parents grew fields of cucumbers to ship to a pickling company. The cucumbers had a be a certain size to meet the standards for pickles, so maybe that's why I remember eating a lot of cucumbers as a kid. Funny, I never got tired of them!
 Mom used to make  an even simpler version of this salad....just sliced cucumbers and vinegar. Sometimes we put it on bread for a tangy cucumber sandwich.
 Be warned, this salad has a bite to it! Sugar can be added to tone it down.

sliced cucumbers

Notice my vintage Pyrex bowl? I'm not sure if that bowl belonged to my mom or my mother in law, but somehow I ended up with it! I looked it up, and apparently it's worth $33...who knew? Now I'm not going to want to use it!

Anyway...back to the salad....peel and slice the cucumbers, and chop the green onion...add more or less to suit your taste.

Add a teaspoon of dried dill, and salt and pepper, and toss. Let it chill for an hour or so, and serve.
chopped green onion

Dilly Cucumber salad

#  2 Dill & Chives Cucumber Salad

This is similar to another childhood favorite, except that Mom used a dressing made from mayo and sugar. This version uses sour cream.

Mix up the sour cream, vinegar, sugar, dill and chives

Peel and slice the cucumbers. 

Slice the onion in thin slices.
sliced onion

Toss the veggies in the dressing, chill, and serve.
Dill & Chives Cucumber Salad

# 3  Cucumber, Tomato & Feta Salad
This is my try at a Greek salad, and it turned out pretty tasty...if I do say so myself!

Here's everything you need. Most recipes use red onions, but I used what I had on hand.
Greek Salad Ingredients

I chopped the veggies a little bigger than I do for my 
Middle Eastern Salad (# 4 below) and don't peel the cucumbers for this one.
Greek Salad, chopped cucumber

Greek Salad Chopped tomato

Cucumber, tomato and onion, ready for salad
Greek Salad

I mix the veggies, black olives, oregano, salt & pepper
 and toss with the oil and lemon juice dressing.

(recipe should be 4 tbsps, not tsp)
(I use fresh squeezed lemon juice).
I add the feta just before serving.

And here it is.
Greek Salad

Greek Salad Recipe

# 4  Cucumber and Tomato Salad    (Middle Eastern/Canadian Style)

This recipe can be found HERE.

Middle eastern Tomato, Cucumber Salad

Monday, September 12, 2016

Manitoba Sky Monday - Sept. 12/16

Another Monday, and lots of beautiful skies to show off!

Fluffy white clouds against a beautiful blue sky
for our last Monday before school starts.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Apples Galore

Our neighbour called today and said they have more apples than they can possibly use, and we were welcome to come over and pick as many as we wanted. So, Danica and I headed over there with a few plastic bags.

The trees were just loaded!
And no, I didn't make Danica do all the picking!

Doesn't this just make you want to climb up and sit there among those gorgeous apples!?

It didn't take long to fill our bags.
Good thing it wasn't a long walk home.
I usually get to see this pasture from the opposite direction!
                  I love looking across the road at my favorite yard.

Thank you Cameron and Diana!

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