Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!

I just wanted to take a moment to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas! I hope your holidays are enjoyable and memorable!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Happy Halloween!

I wanted to share with you my other blog and my Halloween traditions. Please check it out here. Happy Halloween!!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Happy Autumn!

Wow! Summer sure flew by here as I noticed I hadn't been at my blog all summer! Tsk tsk!! The postal strike is long over and my shop is now up and moving in full swing. Lots of great new items in my shop such as these earrings that are perfect for fall!
I have been working on some Christmas ornaments, yes I said Christmas.....its coming before you know it! So stay tuned in my shop for some great stocking stuffers and gift ideas!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Happy Summer!

Well it seems that spring yard and garden work has taken over a big chunk of my time lately. I love to be outside and really enjoy working in the yard. Unfortunately, that means little or no time spent online here on the computer.

Since midnight June 14, 2010, Canada Post workers have been on strike. This means no mail service at all here in Canada. I have decided to shut down my shop until this strike is over and settled as I don't want customers to worry about shipping delays.

Here are a couple peeks though at a few great items available when my shop opens again....don't worry, I will keep you posted as to when it does!

Take care and Happy Summer!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

A Yummy Side....Broccoli Gratin

I don't know if I have mentioned this before, but I love to cook and bake. Each night, I have to come up with a meal that is both healthy and that my two little ones will actually eat!

I thought I would start to share some of my recipe triumphs here on my blog as I know how difficult it is to cook for small children!

My kids love broccoli. They don't like it raw but steamed with a little margarine is always popular with them. I don't remember eating broccoli much as a child...I think I didn't like it at all!

Costco sells this large bag (and Costco size is huge), I think it was $4.99 for 1.36 kg or 48 oz for my American friends. They are cut into florets and what I usually do is wash them, trim and steam. Easy peasy!!

The other night, I was growing tired of steaming broccoli so started my internet search for a good broccoli sidedish.

I found this recipe for Broccoli Gratin on the Food Network website.

Here is the recipe:

Broccoli Gratin
1/4 cup unsalted butter, plus more for the baking dish
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more as needed
Pinch freshly grated nutmeg
Freshly ground black pepper
2 pounds broccoli (about 4 heads), cut into small florets (about 8 cups)
1 cup grated sharp Cheddar (about 4 ounces)
1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs
Place a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 450 degrees F. Butter an 8-by-8-by-2-inch baking dish or an 8-cup gratin dish.

Melt 3 tablespoons of the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the flour until smooth. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the milk, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and nutmeg and bring to a boil while whisking constantly. Lower the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the white sauce is thickened, about 10 minutes. Season with pepper. Remove from the heat.

Meanwhile, bring about 1-inch of water to a boil in a large saucepan and set up a collapsible steamer on top. Put the broccoli in the steamer and season with salt. Cover, and steam until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Put the broccoli in the prepared dish, sprinkle with half of the cheese and pour on the sauce. Cover with the remaining cheese.

Melt the remaining 1 tablespoon butter in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the bread crumbs and cook, stirring, until lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Cover the gratin with the bread crumbs. Bake until lightly browned and bubbly, about 20 minutes. Serve immediately.

I omitted the salt as I read a few reviews saying it was too salty and I thought the cheese would add saltiness to the dish.

I made it in a pyrex baking dish and baked as per the instructions. It smelled delish!

Of course, I forgot to snap a photo of it before my husband and kids devoured it! I wasn't sure what they would think about it but they really liked it! Definately a keeper in my kitchen!!

Do you have a favorite broccoli recipe? I would love to add more broccoli recipes to my collection! Please feel free to comment!!


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Spring inspired birdie!

Spring is on its way...hopefully sooner than later!

I have been inspired to list my Birdie in an open window necklace in my Etsy shop today.

I can't wait for the songbirds to come back and listen to them with the windows open!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

A little over a year ago....daydreaming

This winter here in Saskatchewan has definately been cold and miserable. The weather forecasters are now predicting a cold late spring.

I was sitting here daydreaming about my vacation to Las Vegas last year and thought I would share this photo I took while in the Bellagio Hotel.

How I wish I could go back there! Maybe next year!!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

Today, February 14th we celebrate Valentine's Day. I just wanted to take this moment and wish all of you a very Happy Valentine's Day!

Cherish your loved ones today and everyday!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Crisp afternoon surprise!!

It has been awfully cold here the past while. Minus 20 something Celcius has been quite common this past week. But, I am in Saskatchewan and this is very normal for winters here.

Last week, I was surprised by the dog who was outside barking very loudly. He seemed really agitated. So I went to investigate what was causing him to be so distraught. He was looking off to the west of our property and barking. I looked to where he was barking and was very surprised to see 2 moose running across the field next to us.

I ran inside and grabbed the camera to capture them so I could show the kids and hubby later on. It was cold out as I stood on our front porch in a tshirt but I think the experience and photos were worth it.

Here are a couple shots I took of these moose that cold day:

Wednesday, January 19, 2011



I am so excited to have an account on this great site called redbubble. It is a website that showcases art from around the world. Members post their work for the world to see and it can be bought in several forms such as greeting cards to prints to even tshirts. And best of all....redbubble prints and distributes this work for the artist.

I recently opened my own RedBubble account. I have a collection of my favorite photos that I have taken over the past years. Many can be bought as greeting cards and even prints.

Here is just a little sample of what you will find in my portfolio:

You can find these and many other of my images in my portfolio on redbubble

See you there!

Monday, January 17, 2011

New Work....Finally!

It has been such a while since I posted some new work. I am so happy to be able to finally show some new work off on here!

I really like how this pendant came out. The combination of these clay colors and the copper really work well.

and also an older listing that I renewed with a new photo.......

I can't wait to show off more of my new work. I am also hoping to be able to share some recipes and other neat things with all of you this year.

Thanks for reading!! :)

Friday, January 14, 2011

It's Friday!

TGIF! I am so happy today is Friday. I am looking forward to the weekend and sleeping in tomorrow!

Do you have any weekend plans?

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Monday, January 10, 2011

Take Me Away.............

Its winter here and I have recently found myself daydreaming about taking a vacation to somewhere sunny and warm.

This treasury is the result of my daydreaming..............

'Take me away.............' by Chicki

Somewhere with sand and surf.....I am getting tired of winter!

Holiday sale 20% off La...


Sage, Sand and Spice Ar...


Daydream - An original ...


Hanging AirPlant Pod (t...


Jamn Seaside Silk Cordi...


Fish Head


Sandwishes - Original P...


Sand and Sea Wool Wrapp...


Sticks n Stones - Brush...


Light House


Seashore (Handmade but...


Beach in a Bubble


Sea Opal, artist lampwo...


Seahorse (Sea Green) (N...


beach girl hand stamped...




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Have you been doing any winter daydreaming??

Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year!!

I hope 2011 is a great year for all my readers! I hope to blog more this year as I am getting settled into our new home (we moved in December this past year).

I am really looking forward to sharing with all of you!


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