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Busy Week & Outrageous Brownies and Sick!

Really tired….and didn’t realize it….

This week sure has been busy.  I am again facilitating Personality Dimensions to many first year student classes.    This week I have 5 of them scheduled.  Two yesterday, one today, one Thursday and one on Friday.  Each session is almost 3 hours.  On top of that my regular work is busy.  I sure put in my time with lecturing in that workshop, then getting the students oriented on  using PD cards  to determine their preferred Temperament style.  Then we have a mass confusion while I try to get them into groups to work on some questions, they present to the class and then I tie it altogether for them.  In between that I run from front to back,  to side to back to front to side of the class, clarifying what it is they are doing.  Its rather crazy I think but I love it anyway.

Anyway…. After  6 hours of that yesterday I couldn’t wait to get home to have a soothing cup of tea and put my feet up.  At the time it never occurred to me that I really got home 2 hours later than usual as a result and it was too late for me to be drinking tea if I was going to plan on sleeping that night…  caffeine…

So I was up most of the night, wandering  around and blogging and crawling back to sleep and walking…you know?  It was not much fun.  Today I dragged myself through another busy day catching up and then I had a another late Personality Dimensions workshop and got home 2 hours later again. .   Somewhere between feeling tired and wanting to relax I had chocolate on my mind.  Somewhere I forgot the reason why I was sleepy when I decided I would make the 10 minute each way walk to the store for “exercise sake”, to buy chocolate for the Outrageous Brownies I was going to bake.  Back at home I changed into comfy clothes and started melting chocolate only to realize I had no flour!!!  I changed BACK into my outdoor clothes  and walked  my sore feet to a closer convenience store to buy the flour….so that’s why I forgot to take pics of the process of making these brownies I wanted to share with you….especially to show you allll the chocolate going into it!  This is the Outrageous Brownies recipe   full of all goodness!  Try it and if you do be sure to come back and let me know what YOU think.  YUMMMMY!

But…this is how they look coming out of the oven.  At  9:45 p.m. last night this is finally how all my dishes look after I’d cleaned up after mixing the brownies.    and like this   and this   …just a helter skelter of a wash….  It’s a bigggg pan of chocolate a whole 36 oz of chocolate … 3 different kinds and nuts too!  AND I can’t dare have a taste tonight because…caffeine..you know…I’d be up half the night again.   You know…sometimes you just forget how tired you are until you are realllly tired.    Nite nite….

update…now I never did post that last night.  I was just tooo tired!  Today I brought in a big plate of the brownies to share at work.  Soon after my tiredness and headachy and achey feelings of this week sprung on me and I realized I’ve been fighting some kind of “bug” thats been going around at work.   I came home and have been sleeping it off all afternoon.  I’m sitting here for a minute sending these pics to you and back to bed I go.  Nite nite again….

Hope YOU have had a lovely day.



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Babe and Friends at the Cottage


I hope you had a really good weekend.   

                       I was so surprised to see how much bigger the flowers in the wheelbarrow at the cottage looked this weekend.  It had only been a week since I’d planted them.  I put in a Welcome sign.

We had a busy weekend.  Marc’s mom “babe” who is such a lovely lady and so sharp and 93 years old came to the cottage with Marc’s brother and wife.  It was a 2-1/2 hour drive for her.   We had a total of 18 get together especially to visit with her.  She was so happy to see her great grandson Jack again, to see everyone again.        Marc grilled a couple of pork butts on the grill for about 6 hours and we served pulled pork on buns.  It was sooo Yum!


 I made  Kathy Mousher’s Delicious Baked Beans * (recipe below)     Kathy Mousher is a friend in the family’s mother-in-law.    This picture shows them before they went in the oven.  When they came out of the oven they had a much better done and yummy look.

 Janet, the Queen of desserts, again put together 2 different, fantastic looking and tasting desserts, 

 Mocha Layer Cake   

and Flat Bottom Fruit Pie  

      both from the Kraft Kitchen site.  I don’t know which one I preferred better, they were both absolutely worth testing again!   We all had such a good visit and Babe said those were the best 3 days of her life.  That put a smile on everyone’s faces.

I live in Canada during the week, the weekends in the summer are spent in New York State at Marc’s cottage, his home.  (In the winter this plan reverses)  So a few years ago I was so excited to find this wonderful American type fabric in Canada that I made into 2 patriotic pillows for the cottage.  I took pictures to share with you. 

     Doesn’t it look like one pillow is “red” and the other “blue”?  When in fact they are made from the same fabric but one has a red cording and the other a blue cording.  It amazes me how the cording pulls the coordinating colour from each pillow. 

It even looks that way when you flip one over to show the backside which with the red cording again looks like its more red….             until you reverse the pillows again    It is NOT taking much to amuse me here. *lol*

The neighbours have this cozy little spot behind their cottage.    

It invites you to sit, or read, or visit with a friends, and sip lemonade


  and listen to the birds, or admire the flowers.


                  This little bird’s nest is empty this year, except for these dried leaves.  It was sitting in the flower flower box from last year.    It sits where it was deserted last spring after a racoon pushed it out of the box.  You can see it in the corner in the picture below.  I should put some little decorative blue eggs into it….

The flowers in the window box on the shed we planted last weekend are looking stronger this weekend too

Tonight I worked on the engagment quilt I started a couple of weeks ago, that I should have given a couple of weeks ago at the engagement party, but it wasn’t finished.       

Tomorrow I hope to pick up some fabric for the back and then I can start quilting it.

Kathy Mousher’s Delicous Baked Beans

3/4 lb ground beef

1/2 lb. diced bacon

1 cup onion diced

1 28 oz can Pork and Beans

15 oz can Pinto beans (drained and rinsed)

15 oz can Lima beans (drained and rinsed)

15 oz can Navy beans (drained and rinsed)

1/2 cup bbq sauce

1/2 cup ketchup

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 tbsp prepared mustard

2 tbsp molasses

1-1/2 tsp. chili powder

Fry the bacon until starting to brown, add onions and ground beef and cook until ground beef is cooked.  Drain.  Add all the beans and mix very well.  In separate bowl combine the rest of the ingredients and then add them to the beef and bean mixture.   Cover and bake for 45 minutes.


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Mother’s Day Cookies

Baking Cookies      Madeline sprinkling sugar cookies

Madeline, my almost 4 year old granddaughter, was over while her mom and dad went out on a “date” evening.  We had dinner and then we decorated and baked sugar cookies for Mother’s Day.  I had bright sprinkles in pink, purple, majestic yellow and brilliant blue.  We rolled them out together and she cut them with either a large icecream cone, teapot or heart mold.  I laid a frosting of icing sugar and lemon juice on the cookie and then she sprinkled different coloured sprinkles on the cookies.  The cookies on the average had 3 different colours.  She couldn’t understand why her hands were turning a brown colour from those beautiful colours but I guess thats what you get with that mix.  Tadaaa Wrapped Up Cookies I wrapped them in pretty bags with ribbon and Sunday she can give one each to the mothers and to her Uncle Richard who’s birthday we’ll also be celebrating.  shhhhhhhhh its our secret about the cookies.     


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Cake to Celebrate

My Spring Cake

The past 2 weeks at work have been very hectic for everyone.  Tomorrow is the last day of exams and we’ll all feel some relief, of course in a different way that the students.  I decided to bake a cake to take into work for our office.  A fresh fruit cake.

It is a simple cake to make in that it only has 3 ingredients for the actual cake…well 4 if you count the 2tsp of baking powder.  I round up these 3 identical glasses.  The number of eggs I crack into the first glass determines the size of the cake (this one had 7)!!  The other 2 ingredients are measured one into each remaining glass to the same height as the eggs are in their glass.     Measuring Cake Ingredients

Once the cake has baked and cooled I slice it in the middle and moisten it with a mixture of water, rum and sugar.  I arrange cut strawberries and whip cream in the middle, and strawberries, grapes, kiwi fruit and whip cream on the outside.  Finally I spread almost “ready” jello  over top.  The cake is best when made the day before so the flavours of the moistening take effect.  I made a little white chocolate “Spring” sign.  I’d love to share with you. 

This  is what happens sooo often when I pick up this

sugar canister I received in the 70s.  The top does not turn on properly most of the time.  I should be getting used to either picking the cannister up more carefully or getting used to stopping to sweep up sugar from the floor.

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Do you know the muffin man? Cranberry Buttermilk Whole Wheat BranMuffins

0016.jpgDo you know the muffin man…the muffin man…the muffin man?  

That has to be me because of my love for muffins and loaves such as banana, zucchini etc.  Last night I made Cranberry Buttermilk Wholewheat Bran Muffins.  It is a recipe I’ve made before and its on the buttermilk carton.  I always add raisins or in this case dried cranberries.  A not too sweet muffin again and healthier made mostly with whole wheat flour.  I really love dried fruit so that’s an added bonus.  I’m going to put some of them into the freezer and allow myself to take one each morning to enjoy with coffee at work….at least the ones I won’t be sharing.  Yummy. 

I suppose you could add 1 tbsp. of lemon juice to each cup of milk and let sit for about 5 minutes if you don’t have buttermilk.  I have done that with other recipes  just fine.

 Cranberry Buttermilk Bran Muffins 

2 cups buttermilk

1-1/2 cups bran cereal

2 eggs

1/3 cup butter – melted

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup brown sugar

2 cups whole wheat or all purpose flour

1 cup all purpose flour

½ tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

1cup dried cranberries (or you could use any dried fruit or raisins)

Heat oven to 400F.

In a bowl combine buttermilk and bran cereal and set aside.

Mix eggs, vanilla and add the melted butter. To this add buttermilk mix along with 1 cup of dried cranberries.  In another bowl combine dry ingredients.  Add wet mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until just mixed, do not overmix.

Fill greased muffin tins.  Bake 20-25 minutes.  Makes 12 muffins.  Yum

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Blueberry Muffins

Homemade Blueberry Muffins

This blueberry muffin is very nice and not one of those real sweet goodies.  Actually the sprinkling of icing sugar on the top sweetens it up nicely.  It makes a dozen regular sized muffins.  I was supposed to go to my mother’s place today to bring over some Christmas things for storage.  Suddenly the weather just turned nasty and I decided not to make the 1 hour trek on Hwy 400 which can get pretty nasty.  So, instead I stayed home and baked muffins.  This is the recipe:

Blueberry Muffin Recipe

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 cup white sugar

2 teaspoons baking pownder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

Zest of one orange

1 large egg, lightly beaten

3/4 cup (180 ml) buttermilk

2/3 cup canola oil

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries

Preheat oven to 375F and grease muffin tin or spray muffin papers

In another bowl whisk together the egg, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla extract.  In another large bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and orange zest. Gently fold in the berries.  Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until the ingredients are just combined.  Do not overmix. 

Fill each muffin cup using an ice cream scoop or 2 spoons. Place in the oven and bake for about 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. If you are using fresh berries you may want to check them earlier.  Transfer to a wire rack to cool.  Dust with icing sugar.

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