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!!!


Sunday Gratitude – August 10, 2014

What a fantastic week-end!  The week was fine too, but as of Friday… the best!  Any time I am surrounded by friends and family, I am at my most happiest-est! Laughter, good food, good wine, great weather, what more does one need?  OK… I would like the Clean-Up Fairy to once, just once, show up before I wake up…. She has yet to make an appearance.  Not that it happens that often, but sometimes the evening ends really late and the dishwasher is at hard work and there would be more dishes to wash and more to clean up but all you want to do is weave your way to your bed… just sayin’ it would be nice if on those occasions, she came by and took care of the rest…

This morning on Facebook, I saw this and it resonated with me.  I would add to it, the friends I’ve made in the Blogosphere as well!


Gratitude List

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  1.  Connecting (or re-connecting) with long-lost friends, introducing our families to each other and all, not only get along, but have a fabulous time!

  2. Teaching our children to break the law… um… by joining them in jumping off a bridge into the river!

  3. Getting the whole family (almost) – aunts, cousins, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives – together for a summer BBQ and the weather is fantastic.

  4. Hugs and kisses from those we only see once per year or less; knowing the feeling is mutual in missing each other.

  5. Driving home after midnight, with nary another driver in sight, listening to good tunes and knowing your passengers feel safe in your hands.