Saturday, November 16, 2019

Sketch Challenge 16 Nov 2019 ~ 3 photos 1 page

How to make your own textured paste

Homemade Smooth Texture Paste

1/4 cup Talcum Powder (I used Johnson's Baby Powder, Make it smell good too!!)
1 tablespoon White All purpose School Glue
1 tablespoon White Craft Paint
Some Water

Instructions: Combine talcum powder, glue, white paint with disposable chopsticks (or plastic spoon) in an airtight container, adding water to get it to the consistency you are looking for. You want a nice thick texture much like toothpaste. The mixture will keep perfectly for many months.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Journal Prompt 15 Nov 2019 ~ Sunshine

Tanka is a form of poetry similar to haiku. It's short, and the lines don't need to rhyme. They must have a set number of syllables: 5/7/5/7/7.

For more about tanka.

Today's tanka prompt is sunshine!

the sunshine changes
rising in the morning dawn
peaking after noon
ebbing with the end of day
beautiful at any time

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Cereal Jumbles

I had to get out one of my old cookbooks and come up with a sure-fire recipe. What better way to remember which recipes are best than to look for the pages with the most spills on them . . . LOL . . .

And that's how I chose this recipe . . .

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Cereal Jumbles
1/3 cup shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1 well-beaten egg
1-1/2 tbsp milk
1 cup sifted enriched flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup finely cut dates
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1-1/2 cups whole wheat flakes**

** I went to 3 different stores and could not find any wheat flake cereal. I ended up using Presidents Choice On Track cereal. It was a good decision. And I've been really enjoying eating the leftover cereal. **

Cream shortening; add sugar gradually, and blend. Add egg and milk. Sift together flour, baking powder, soda, and salt. Stir into the creamed mixture. Add vanilla, dates, and nuts. Crush cereal flakes slightly. Drop cookie dough from teaspoon into crushed cereal flakes and roll so that balls of dough are entirely coated. Top with nut meat halves, if desired. Place about 3" apart on greased heavy baking sheet. Bake in hot over (400F) about 12 minutes. Makes 2-3 dozen.


Note: The next time I made these cookies I was in a rush and just dumped the cereal into the cookie dough. Tasted just as good and a lot less work.

Ladies Night Journal Prompt for 14 Nov 2019 ~ Guilty Pleasures

Today's Prompt:  What are your guilty pleasures?

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guilt·y pleas·ure
  1. something, such as a movie, television program, or piece of music, that one enjoys despite feeling that it is not generally held in high regard.

One of my guiltiest pleasures is watching campy old movies like Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Rocky Horror Picture Show, and To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar.

A Taste of Canada ~ Nova Scotia Lobster Roll

Monday, November 11, 2019

Ladies Night Journal Prompt 11 Nov 2019 ~ All Alone

Today's Prompt:  All Alone

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What is your idea of a perfect night alone?

My perfect night alone is a hot cup of peppermint tea, music playing, and working on a favourite project or binge watching a mindless TV series.

Book Review: Marching As to War by Pierre Berton

“I have called this period Canada’s Turbulent Years – turbulent not only because of the battles we fought on the African veldt, the ravaged meadows of Flanders, the forbidding spine of Italy, and the conical hills of Korea, but turbulent in other ways. These were Canada’s formative years, when she resembled an adolescent, grappling with the problems of puberty, often at odds with her parents, craving to be treated as an adult, hungry for the acclaim of her peers, and wary of the dominating presence of a more sophisticated neighbour.” – From the Introduction

Marching As to War is "only" 632 pages in paperback but Pierre Berton's writing held my interest to the very last page.  I've always been interested in history.  I even took a history of WWI and WWII in university.  I wonder if they would consider swapping out the texts from that course for Marching As to War?

Here is a little biography:

Pierre Berton was one of Canada’s most popular and prolific authors. From narrative histories and popular culture, to picture and coffee table books to anthologies, to stories for children to readable, historical works for youth, many of his fifty books are now Canadian classics.

Born in 1920 and raised in the Yukon, Pierre Berton worked in Klondike mining camps during his university years. He spent four years in the army, rising from private to captain/instructor at the Royal Military College in Kingston. He spent his early newspaper career in Vancouver, where at 21 he was the youngest city editor on any Canadian daily. He wrote columns for and was editor of Maclean’s magazine, appeared on CBC’s public affairs program “Close-Up” and was a permanent fixture on “Front Page Challenge” for 39 years. He was a columnist and editor for the Toronto Star and was a writer and host of a series of CBC programs.

Pierre Berton received over 30 literary awards including the Governor-General’s Award for Creative Non-Fiction (three times), the Stephen Leacock Medal of Humour, and the Gabrielle Leger National Heritage Award. He received two Nellies for his work in broadcasting, two National Newspaper awards, and the National History Society’s first award for “distinguished achievement in popularizing Canadian history.” For his immense contribution to Canadian literature and history, he was awarded more than a dozen honourary degrees, is a member of the Newsman’s Hall of Fame, and is a Companion of the Order of Canada.

Pierre Berton passed away in Toronto on November 30, 2004.

Here's a review of this book:

Canada's twentieth century can be divided roughly into two halves. All the wars and all the unnecessary battles in which Canadian youth was squandered belong to the first — from the autumn of 1899 to the summer of 1953. From the mid-1950s on, Canada has concerned itself not with war but with peace.

The first war of the century, which took Canadian soldiers to South Africa, and the last, which sent them to Korea, bracket the bookends on the shelf of history. They have a good deal in common with, these two minor conflicts, whose chronicles pale when compared to the bloodbaths of the two world wars.

Canada's wartime days are long past, and for many, the scars of war have healed. Vimy has been manicured clean, its pockmarked slopes softened by a green mantle of Canadian pines. Dieppe has reverted to a resort town, its beaches long since washed free of Canadian blood. Nowadays, Canadians are proud of their role as Peacekeepers, from which they have gained a modicum of international acclaim the nation has always craved, with precious little blood wasted in the process.

In this monumental work, Pierre Berton brings Canadian history to life once again, relying on a host of sources, including newspaper accounts and first-hand reports, to tell the story of these four wars through the eyes of the privates in the trenches, the generals at the front, and the politicians and families back home. By profiling the interwar years, Berton traces how one war led to the next, and how the country was changed in the process. Illustrated with maps and line drawings, Marching as to War describes how the experience of war helped to bind Canada together as a nation and chronicles the transformation of Canada's dependence upon Great Britain and its slow emergence as an independent nation caught in a love-hate relationship with the United States.

Movie Review: The World's Fastest Indian (2005)

 The World's Fastest Indian is based on a true story about a feisty old man who spends all his time working on his 1920s Indian motorcycle.  His friends and neighbours are inspired to  raise funds so Burt Munro and his Indian can travel to the United States and try to break a speed record on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.

When Burt (Anthony Hopkins) arrives in Los Angeles in 1967 he gets help from some very unlikely characters and is able to make his way to Bonneville, Utah.  Hopkins plays the part of Burt with naivete and down-under charm.  The story of his trip is truly enjoyable.  

When Burt arrives at Bonneville he learns that he needed to preregister in order to run the salt flats.  Burt is not one to give up and his passion and charm draws supporters to his cause and he is allowed to run unofficially.  

The story is amazing.  Anthony Hopkins as Burt Munro is charming.  The movie is long but I just didn't care.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Journal Prompt 7 Nov 2019 - So What Do You Do?

Today's Writing Prompt: So What Do You Do?

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What do you spend most of your time doing - when you're not journaling , of course!

Most of my time is spent working on various craft projects, trying to keep my apartment clean, looking for the joy in my life, and spending time with my family and friends.

A Taste of Canada ~ Fiddlehead

I do enjoy fiddleheads.  They have a green bean-y, asparagus-like, pea-ish taste and they are just fun to look at.

From Chateline Magazine:

It’s Almost Fiddlehead Season! Here’s How To Cook This Springtime Veggie Properly
Fiddleheads are a Canadian delicacy, but undercooking them can lead to food poisoning
by Amy Grief 
Updated Apr 9, 2019

The fiddlehead season is short, so get 'em while you can! Photo, iStock.

Fiddlehead season is short, so when you see the adorable green curlicues at your grocery store or farmers’ market, buy them while you can. Before chowing down on these little springtime delicacies, there’s a few things you should know first since fiddleheads can cause food poisoning if they’re not cooked properly.

What are fiddleheads?

These tightly curled coils are ostrich fern fronds. They start appearing in late April and early May in Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick and are usually found in forests, marshes and by rivers and streams. Taste-wise, fiddleheads, which are popular amongst food foragers, are often compared to asparagus and artichokes. They’re packed with nutrients, including omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamin A, vitamin C and are a good source of fibre.

How to cook fiddleheads

Health Canada urges Canadians to never consume raw or undercooked fiddleheads since these spring greens have been associated with cases of food poisoning. Here are its recommendations for properly preparing fiddleheads:

Start by removing as much of the brown husk as possible.
To get rid of the rest of the husk and dirt, wash your fiddleheads in multiple changes of cold water.
Cook fiddleheads before adding them to stir-fries, frittatas or any other dish by boiling them for 15 minutes. Or, steam them for 10-12 minutes.

Fiddlehead Soup

Poached Orange Scallops with Mint

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Closest photo I could find online.  We were too busy eating to take photos when I actually served this recipe.
1 orange, peeled and chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 cup orange juice
1/2 cup light cream or whipping cream (next time I'm using the whipping cream)
1 tbsp orange zest
1 tsp dried mint or 2 tbsp chopped fresh mint
1/2 tsp dried basil or 1 tbsp chopped fresh basil
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 lb scallops

Combine all of the ingredients, except the scallops, in a medium-sized saucepan and bring to a boil.  Reduce the head, add the scallops, and simmer for 5 minutes, or until the scallops are whie and tender.  Remove the scallops and set aside.

Cook remaining mixture until the liquid reduces by half.

Return the scallops to the pan.  Heat the scallops in the sauce for 1-2 minutes.  Serve immediately.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Journal Prompt 6 Nov 2019 ~ Divorce

Today's Writing Prompt: Divorce

What are your experiences with divorce? It's hard to be untouched by it in today's society. Have you gone through it? Your friends? Your parents?

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Oh yes, I have experienced divorce . . . and at a very young age . . . mostly because 18-year-olds don't always make great life decisions.  This is the reason it took my dear hubby of 34 years almost two years to talk me into marriage.  He was definitely persistent, thank goodness.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Journal Prompt 5 Nov 2019 ~ Needed

Today's Writing Prompt: Needed

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When was the last time you felt needed?

This morning.  I ran errands for my daughter-in-law, grandmother, and a book club . . . and picked up something for myself.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Craft Room Organization Challenge #10 ~ Swaps

So how did you make out with Challenge #9?

I didn't realize how far I was behind in organizing sketches and technique ideas.  I'm still working on that challenge.

Are you ready for Challenge #10 ~ Swaps?


Many of us have fallen victim to the lure of scrapbook swaps among local and online groups. All the hours, material, creativity, and postage costs make these items difficult to purge. But let's face it, not everything is YOUR style, you are NEVER going to use some of it. It's time to make S.P.A.C.E.

SORT: Keep only what you love.  If the colour or style does not make you smile, it must go.  Keep only what is significant to you - don't keep the soccer page swap items if your kids are into hockey and dance.  Sort into: KEEP, TRASH, SELL, DONATE

PURGE: Pack up the DONATE pile and give it to a beginner scrapbooker who might appreciate these items.  Throw out the TRASH pile.  Bag up and assign a price and your initials to the SELL items and put them directly into the garage sale box.

ASSIGN: sort your KEEP items into categories, theme, holiday, colour, whatever makes sense to you.  

CONTAINERIZE: Store your keepers in page protectors by theme in binders, or get them into giant ziplocs to create page kits for your next cropping session.

EQUALIZE: next time a swap arrives in the mail, take a few minutes to toss or give away what you know you'll never use, create a page kit for your next cropping session, or put in a page protector in your swap binder for storage.

At one point in my scrapbooking life I participated in a ridiculous number of swaps.  Not any more.  So I can say that Challenge #10, for me, is done.  

I'm off now to get some serious crafting done . . . 

Ladies Night Journal Prompt 4 Nov 2019 ~ Arguments

Recent arguments you wish you could undo.

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I would have to say the argument with my husband last night.  He tried to tell me that Rebel Media news was "real news".  As you might imagine, I lost my temper.  

Book Review ~ 100 Canadian Heroines: Famous and Forgotten Faces by Merna Forster

Just before the 2019 Federal Election I saw a post on Facebook urging women to vote. To remember that it was women like Susan B. Anthony who had fought for our right as women to vote.

Because Canadian women in history seem to be found only in footnotes of history books, many women don't realize that it was Emily Murphy, Irene Marryat Parlby, Nellie Mooney McClung, Louise Crummy McKinney and Henrietta Muir Edwards who were responsible for women being seen as persons under the law. Yep, before they won their battles in courts and goverment in Canada and in England, women were not considered as persons.

Merna Forster attempts to fix this dearth of women in Canadian history by researching and writing 100 Canadian Heroines. It is a very interesting book.

It was kind of frustrating/annoying that most of the women featured in this book came from privileged backgrounds. But I then realized that they would be the only women who would have the time, finances and support to step above the norm to become pilots, doctors, opera singers, politicians and such.

Not all the women were likable and some were downright annoying but you have to give them credit for accomplishing so much.

I just found out there is a new book by Merna Forster . . . 100 More Canadian Heroines. I'm looking forward to reading it.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Movie Review ~ Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

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My son called this afternoon to tell me he had watched a great movie and he knew I was going to love it.  So I watched the movie and he was right.

This story has so many comedic elements to keep it from becoming unappealingly maudlin and the quirky characters are meant to be loved, liked, or hated in turn.  I felt this for each character.

The trailer tells the basic plot quite well.  Be prepared for some violence and coarse language.

Academy Awards, USA 2018

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Frances McDormand
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Sam Rockwell
Best Motion Picture of the Year
Graham Broadbent
Peter Czernin
Martin McDonagh
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Woody Harrelson
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score)
Carter Burwell
Best Original Screenplay
Martin McDonagh
Best Achievement in Film Editing
Jon Gregory

Friday, November 1, 2019

A Knitting Finish in October 2019

Scrapbooking Finishes in October 2019

I spent 5 days at Windswept Retreat House, 1 day at a crop put on by the local Kinette Club, and hosted 1 evening of Sketch Club . . . and here are the results . . .

Kit from Zsu Zsu's Pages

These next few photos are of a rescue of some of my sister-in-law's photos from a magnetic album.

I made this mini album as a gift for our niece to celebrate her graduation from nursing school.  The instructions for this album are in Album in an Afternoon.

Yes, I did fix the T . . . LOL.

Kit from Kit 'n Kaboodle