July 23, 2014

Simple Summer Pleasures

Simple Summer Pleasures

How's your summer going?

We have been enjoying ourselves with lots of crafts, painting, fort building and reading.  Here are a few other simple pleasures on our summer bucket list.

1.  Go berry picking

2.  Make s'mores

3.  Go out for ice cream

4.  Visit the beach and build a sandcastle

5.  Eat breakfast on our deck

6.  Go on a family bike ride

7.  Have a picnic lunch at the park

8.  Visit the water park and get wet

9.  Enjoy vegetables straight from the garden

10.  Play mini-golf


What's on your summer wish list?


July 21, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday - July 21, 2014


Breakfast time....what is on the plate this morning:
Ezekiel cereal with a cup of tea.

On today's to do list:
Laundry
Sweep and mop kitchen floor

Empty paper shredder
Inventory pantry/freezer/fridge
Write grocery list
Disinfect remote controls and phones
Do yoga with the girls

Currently reading:
America's Cheapest Family Gets You Right On The Money by Steve and Annette Economides

The weather outside is:
Rainy and grey.

On the menu this week:
Monday - Baked maple salmon with asparagus and salad
Tuesday - Sweet and sour chicken with rice
Wednesday - Homemade pizza
Thursday - Tacos
Friday - Leftovers/buffet night
Saturday - Roasted chicken with fries and corn
Sunday - Barbecue pork chops with vegetable primavera pasta and salad 


If I have a few minutes to myself, I will:
Talk with a friend.

New recipe I tried, or want to try this week:
Watermelon lemonade.

In the garden:
The broccoli and cauliflower are growing well and flowers are appearing on my green beans.    

Favorite photo from the camera:




Homemaking Tip:
Place a folded tea towel at the bottom of your sink before washing delicate china or crystal.    

Visiting with Blog friends (blog you want to share, blog post that caught your eye):
Love Bakerella's blog.  So many wonderful recipes, so little time!!


If you would like to join in, please link up to Sandra from Diary of a Stay at Home Mom here


July 18, 2014

Lemon Blueberry Muffins


Makes approximately 12 - 15 muffins

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp finely grated lemon zest (optional)
2 eggs
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups fresh blueberries

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 400F.  

2.  Line a muffin pan with paper liners.  

3.  In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.

4.  In a separate smaller bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil, milk, vanilla extract (and lemon zest, if using).

5.  Pour the egg mixture onto the flour mixture and stir gently.

6.  Add the blueberries to the batter mixture and stir gently to combine.

7.  Fill muffin cups 3/4 full and bake for 20 - 25 minutes.  

8.  Bake until toothpick inserted into middle comes out clean.  Cool in pan for 5 minutes.  

9.  Leave to cool completely on wire racks.

Lemon Drizzle

1 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup icing sugar (powdered sugar)

Mix together sugar with lemon juice until smooth and the thickness desired. Drizzle over the tops of cooled muffins.  

Enjoy!


July 14, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday - July 14, 2014



Breakfast time....what is on the plate this morning:
Puffins original with milk and a cup of tea.

On today's to do list:
Laundry
Sweep and mop kitchen floor
Vacuum couches (and under cushions)

Inventory pantry/freezer/fridge
Write grocery list
Buy more fish food and water cleaner

Currently reading:
The Covenant by Beverly Lewis

The weather outside is:
Beautiful.  27C this afternoon.

On the menu this week:
Monday - Chicken fajitas
Tuesday - Ham steak with chips, peas and salad
Wednesday - Baked salmon with green beans and rice pilaf
Thursday - Spaghetti bolognaise with salad
Friday - Leftovers/buffet night
Saturday - Dinner out
Sunday - Bacon wrapped sirloin steaks with baked potatoes and corn 


If I have a few minutes to myself, I will:
Have a hot bath.

New recipe I tried, or want to try this week:
Lemon glazed gingerbread.

In the garden:
I had to stake my peas as they have grown quite a bit this week.  Tomato plants are starting to flower.  We have already enjoyed a few strawberries.  

Favorite photo from the camera:
One of the food stands at Stampede

Homemaking Tip:
Freeze leftover wine into ice cubes.  Add into gravies, casseroles or whichever dish you need a little wine in.  

Visiting with Blog friends (blog you want to share, blog post that caught your eye):
One of my favourite blogs is Cultivating Home.  


If you would like to join in, please link up to Sandra from Diary of a Stay at Home Mom here