One Of Those Busy Weeks!


Do you ever unwittingly overbook yourself?  I sure did this past week!

Jeez Louise!  I had my weekly meals to make for one client on Monday.  (Every Monday, Jean arrives at 5:00 pm to collect his two meals for that week.  Usually one is for that evening and the other for whenever they need a break.)  They are always surprised because I don’t tell them in advance what they’re getting!  Fun, eh?  So this week was Chicken Parmigiana and Greek-styled grilled shrimp and couscous.

A friend saw my post and said that, had he known he could, he would have ordered a meal for his family.  I told him he was totally in luck as I had the necessities to make him the same for the next day, if he so desired… He did.  Sooo cooked two meals on Monday, one on Tuesday (not counting my own!) aaand, as I had gone to said friend’s orchard on Sunday and filled up a large grocery bag with Paula Red apples (early ones) and totally emptied one of his crab apple trees, I had me some jelly to make!  So, on Monday morning I cooked the crab apples set them to drain their juice.  After the meals were picked up, and we had our supper, I made the Crab Apple Jelly.

Jewels of Jelly

Jewels of Jelly

I then set one big pot of Paula Reds to cook so they could drain over night.  Tuesday, prepared the meal for my friend and made the first batch of jelly.  Set another full pot to cook and drain over night.

Meanwhile, I had given my name to be a recipe tester for not one, not two, not three, but FOUR recipes (having no idea at the time that I would have so much to do!)  I made a drink recipe (can’t share the details, top secret!) on Tuesday night – bloody good, I tell you.

Yesterday I made the final batch of jelly, this time adding hot peppers to the mix…  Then I made the second recipe…

Somewhere in there I managed to give Zeke a good two-hour walk (then again, it was because I couldn’t sleep!



Today, I volunteered at my sons’ school in the morning for the picking up of books and schedules and payment of accounts, got home by 1:00 p.m. and made a third recipe.  Ooohhh… cannot wait to be able to share with you!

Finally, here I am, resting my buns before I go meet  having just returned from meeting my bestie for a dinner of sushi and WINE and great company!

Tomorrow, we drive a good six miles to go hang out for two nights and three days with a good friend and his family at his cottage.  The only work I’ll be doing there is, yep, you guessed it, cooking!  But this will be just for us and there will be no schedule attached!  Jeff and I have mostly given Anne and Mick the week-end off cooking duties, minus one each!  Anne is making the pizza dough and Mick is making his special chicken wing sauce.  The rest falls to Jeff and me and we can’t wait to cook together.  Fishing, Eating, Drinking, Sitting by the Fire…

R – E – L – A – X – I – N – G!!!


OK, Here Goes….

Soooo… Mick just finished the big edit of my very first cooking lesson.

With butterflies in my tummy and hope in my heart, here it is.

This is our very first attempt so a huge thank you to Laurie-Ève Barriault for taking your time to come over and film me and thanks to you, hubby, for taking time away from your own stuff to help me by putting it all together.

We’ll only get better as we go along!

Apples, Apples, Everywhere!

A nice selection of apples

A nice selection of apples

One last blast. Must get “rid” of these apples before the fruit flies invade my home! I’ve got the juice extracted to make a couple batches of jelly, a pot on already the stove cooking down to make apple butter, another about to go on to make a batch of apple sauce and now will start on some apple crisp and maple-apple muffins. It already smells wonderful in here!

For breakfast, I made the boys some apple crêpes. They passed muster!
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Hmmmm… now what else shall I make?