Friday, October 18, 2019

Filling Friday - Sweet enough

A little disappointed with myself because I forgot to take pictures of our Canadian Thanksgiving feast.  We invited a few people to join us celebrate.  My hubby was in charge of the turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy.  While I made a prosciutto cheddar puff pasty for appetizers.  As for the sides, I made roasted brussel sprouts with bacon and caramelized onions.  Then I made french green beans with roasted almonds.  Another side dish was a creamy corn casserole.  We also had some dinner rolls that were yummy but store bought.  For dessert, I made a coconut pie (macapuno with custard and meringue) and my favorite crack cake.  One of our guest brought a pumpkin pie with whipped cream.  Almost forgot that I also made my buko pandan fruit salad.  It was a very filling dinner and dessert was a hit.  Anyway, I remembered to take photos of the dessert.  But I guess you can just imagine the rest of our dinner.  Belated happy thanksgiving to all my family and friends in Canada.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Woven Wednesday - Aztec Design

Two years ago my cousin asked me if I could sew a cover for her Keurig Machine.  Of course I said yes.  The problem we had is that she wanted a paisley design with red and white.  Unfortunately we both couldn't find them at the store or at least the one she liked.  During our last visit, we stopped by a fabric store and she finally found one that she like, no it's not paisley.  She found sort of an Aztec design with bright colors.  I believe that was August and I cannot believe that I have put it off this length of time.  She said she was not in a rush.  Anyway, after sewing a lot of items for my sister, I decided to continue sewing and finished all my outstanding projects.  Like this request from my cousin.  Now I am all done and I am sharing to you the complete set.  There was a lot of extra fabrics so I decided to make her some other items for her kitchen and for her.  Hopefully she will like it and make use of it.

Keurig Coffee Machine Cover

Center piece hot pad to protect her table.

Another hot pad for smaller casseroles.

Kitchen towel.

Pot holders.

Her very own lanyard.

Frame to hang around her kitchen.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Minions Monday - The old and new

For those of you who knew me from a long time ago, you might remember that I use to have some Winnie the Pooh collections (in the early 2000).  After 10 years, it was time to let it go.  Since then I didn't have anything that I wanted to collect until the Minions Meyhem started. 
First I got Kevin, which is the one that when you press his tummy, he would speak in a variety of languages that you can't understand.  Then I started finding Minions Cotton Fabrics and started sewing items, like my luggage tag, pouch, etc.  During our last visit in the USA, I stumble upon a couple of key holder at Rite Aid, of course it was one sale.  The lastest addition to my collection is Bob which I got from a neighborhood garage sale.  The owner (a man in his 40's) sold it for $2 as long as it will be in a good home.  And from the way I held it, he knew it was going to a good home.  By the way, he said that it spent over $50 USD at the fair in Orlando.  It looked so new, the tag was in it.  When my cousin in law was shopping for fabrics in the US, she found a bunch of other minions fabrics and got me some. Now I have a collection of a variety of design and colors. Are you a minion fan if so which one do you like?

Friday, October 11, 2019

Floral Friday - What's around the home

Now that the fall season has arrived, I decided to change some of the flowers in and around our home.  Last weekend we were able to catch a couple more garage sale and I found a couple of really nice ceramic vase.  In addition to that, there was a bunch of fall colored faux flowers that I thought I could use.  If you remember on one of my other post, I changed the pot/vase for our front door arrangement.  I thought it would be nicer to have something taller and sure enough it was more noticeable than the previous low one I had.  In fact I decided to add more orange flowers to the arrangement to make it fuller.  Now I am very happy to share those photos that I remembered to take.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Wine Wednesday - Vernon Vintners

A couple of weeks ago, we finally got the chance to bottle the wine that we had ordered from this wine place called Vernon Vintners.  What was exciting about all this process is that we have never done it and it was a very special time as we are doing it ourselves.  We were very fortunate to have a son in law who was amazingly creative who designed our label for our very own house wine.  This time we remembered to take some photos of the process and that is what I will be sharing with you today.  The manager Cheryl was very helpful, professional but so much fun.  We were able to taste the wine before we bottled them.  One of our friends asked if we had tasted it prior to ordering.  Of course my answer was no because I just trusted my choice of wine.  Since it was a Chilean blend I knew that it would be great.  And I was right.  Since then we were invited to join 4 others to go into another order.  We will have to wait eight more weeks and we will get 6 bottles of each of the following, Italian Viognier, Australian Cabernet Sauvignon,  White Trio, Red Trio, and finally a Chilean Malbec.  By the time our next guests arrive, we will be able to offer a variety of one to taste. 

First the bottles are washed.

Then it is filled with the wine.

Then the cork goes in using a special machine.
The red foil goes on top using a special machine.

Jeff placing the foil and I place it on the machine that heats it and seals.
Once the foil is heated and sealed, the last process is placing the label.
Our very own house wine - Chilean Cabarnet Malbec Carmenere

Monday, October 7, 2019

Measureless Monday - Sometimes it works

Sometimes when I have leftover ingredients that needed to be used, I would try make use of that ingredient.  Last week I was making a Pineapple Filled Bars and I ended up with extra crushed pineapple.  I tried to look for a similar recipe for a muffin but I could not find the exact one I like, so I just thought of just combining ingredients that is for a regular muffins and just add other ingredients.  It turned out really moist and yummy, so I am sharing the recipe.  Here it goes.

  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 cups oats
  • 1/2 sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 crushed pineapple
  • 1/3 cup flaked coconuts
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup berry jam
  • 1/4 cup yogurt
Mix all the dry ingredients and then mix all the wet ingredients.  Then mix until just combined. Scoop into a muffin pan lined with cupcake paper. Baked at 375 F for 25 minutes.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Shareable Saturday - Squares and bars

It is hard to believe that the golf season is almost over.  Last Wednesday, our ladies group had our final round and we celebrated by having lunch, a drink and I brought some sweets to taste.  The money that we have been putting in for every putt (.25 cents per putt) over two putts actually was enough to pay for all our lunches.  It is a little different playing with a group but I met some really nice ladies as each week you get to play with different golfers.  I look forward to next year's season.  By the way, this was the same group that witnessed by Hole in One.  Actually one of the other ladies, she also had a Hole in One, same #8 hole, a couple of years ago.  But today's post is about the sweets and treats that I have been making that are shareable.  As the golf season ends, my baking season begins.  I will have a freezer full of squares and bars for the holidays and whatever events that might happen in our neighborhood.  It is also handy to have to give away as gifts during the holidays.  

Chocolate Fudge Cupcake and Chinese Chews

Each cupcake has a Twix mini inside for a surprise.

French vanilla frosting with berries syrup
Chinese Chews that has not been cut into squares.

Six layer bars

Double chocolate brownies

Banana/chocolate chip/walnut squares

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Tasting Thursday - Local BX Cidery

After two years and two months, we finally ventured out to this local cidery called BX CIDERY.  While my friend from Vancouver was visiting for the weekend, he asked if we had been to this local cidery.  And of course we said no and he suggested we checked it out.  Apparently during their last visit last August 2018, they were there for the cider tasting and it was great.  It was a beautiful Saturday morning so there was no question about heading out there.  When we arrive, we saw a couple of workers picking apples while there were a few people picking apples from three different bins.  They were beautiful apples and the price per pound was good.  The three variety was Honey Crisp, Gala and Macintosh.  My hubby got his favorite honey crisp while I opted for the Macintosh for baking purposes.  Then we ordered a flight of ciders for the tasting part.  Out of four, I prefer the last two and my friend preferred the first two and of course hubby chose the two in the middle. LOL.  While they were tasting I decided to check out the two workers picking apples. I asked if I can pick one and they said, go ahead.  It took me a few minutes to pick the perfect one and I even took a video which I hope I can share.  Anyway the following weekend, we headed back there to buy more honey crisp for the taste and the price.  If you are ever in Vernon or the Okanagan, please stop by the BX cidery.  They tasting is reasonably priced, the staff is very friendly and helpful and of course the ambiance for the tasting is just perfect.

This was the perfect apple I picked.

This is my friend J favorite.

They also sell their own sour dough bread. Yummy!

My home made apple (macintosh) strudel.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Meticulous Monday - Master Quilters

The weather is definitely getting cooler as the women of Vernon are showing off all their hard work at the Quilt Show this past weekend.  I decided to check it out and there were so many amazing works of art.  Hours and hours spent creating each and every square, each and every piece means something.  After spending half an hour going around through the displays, I have realized that quilting is not my thing.  Although I have tried making one which is nothing compared to these pieces.  A couple of years ago, I tried doing a quilt of the map of the USA.  It actually came out OK but nothing intricate or meticulous as some of the pieces that I will share with you.  There were a lot more pieces that were similar in design as well as bigger and smaller pieces.  What I am sharing today are my favorites.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Squash Saturday - Not the sport

That's right, it's all about the squash. Not the squash sport using a racquet and a small black bouncy ball.  Maybe it is the cold weather or maybe it is those leaves that are changing.  Oh no, that means summer is over and Fall is here.  I couldn't stop but take a photo of all the variety of squash that I saw at Davidson Orchard last weekend.  Some of them didn't look appealing but I am guessing some are just decorative.  If you know what they are, that means you must be some type of a gardener or you just really know your vegetables.  Anyway, check out all these variety of squash, gourds and pumpkins.