Saturday, April 28, 2012

Hello everyone!

This weekend is the big (and last!) push to get the rest of the old house over to the new house. I am unable to offer any new photos at this time (so far the camera cord is MIA), however I will attempt to give a brief tour of the move in process thus far.........

We are still having cold and rain here in Vancouver USA and this wood stove is so nice. Even I can build a decent fire in this jewel.

In the kitchen: the spray hose at the sink, popped off when it broke and water was sprayed over the ceiling, we have a carefully place vise grip at the end of the hose, until a replacement can be installed. The faucet will most likely need to be replaced as well, it just won't stop dripping, no matter the attention to repair and turning off the water at that just right angle.

And a quick google search has revealed that the blinking lights on the "lock" on the dishwasher panel means it too needs to be replaced, apparently there is a design flaw........however washing dishes by hand is not the worse thing, so all in good time. Other than those small inconveniences, I love my new kitchen. It is open, bright and cheery.

This beautiful solid wood door also might have to be replaced. When the house was re-keyed in preparation for sale, the work of the locksmith, was a bit sloppy. The dead bolt hole in the door was cut too big and the path for the bolt into the frame is crooked, nothing really lines up or works well. I will be sad to see this wonderful door leave, so I will make double sure the door cannot be saved before we proceed with a replacement.

Trying to stay true to my word, these glass shelves have a very small collection of welcoming decor. I can't wait to show off my new digs, just as soon as I find that camera cord.......

The blooms are all dropped off and I will be on the look out for the start of cherries in a couple of weeks. The chorus of birds singing in the mornings is a lovely sound, if possible more than the the old house. I love having birds come to sing and visit. This weekend the bird feeders will come to the new house, oh and the lawn mower, the backyard is about 18 inches tall right about now, with all the rain and warm sunny days.

Other than that, some of the furniture did not fit, so currently the living room is low on comfort with only chairs set up. I am checking craigslist for a new to me set of living room furniture.

This weekend is my monthly Sunday Cafe dinner, my daughter suggested we make it a work party at the old house and like most of her suggestion this is a welcomed one! And now without further ado, time to get busy!

As always, thanks for taking a moment to stop and say hello. I appreciate your time and your wonderful comments.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Buttermilk Creme, as sauce for berries. Recipe rewind because some things are too good to miss!

Recipe rewind, because in the beginning there is a blogger who has no readers. She still posts great food in hopes that the readers will can also view it here in the archives, Sunday April 3, 2011.

It is going to be berry season very soon.

Not just strawberries, all berries.

This sauce is delicious, just right over ripe sweet berries.

Or poached fruit, like rhubarb and plums. 

Buttermilk Creme
by the seat of my pants
see update below: a cooks wisdom

4 oz cream cheese
2 t vanilla
1/3 c sugar
1/2 c fresh buttermilk

even the homemade vanilla extract is ready

Beat cream cheese, vanilla and sugar until fluffy.

Mix in the buttermilk one or two tablespoons at a time, scraping sides of bowl to the center. Continue to mix, until smooth. Drizzle over berries.

makes approximately 1 1/4 cups sauce.

Update:  decrease sugar to 1/4 cup, if using the sauce over berries or other fruits that are even slightly sweetened with sugar.

As always, thank for taking a moment to stop and say hello. I appreciate your time and your wonderful comments!

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weekend potluck #14 @ the country cook

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Garden Tuesday, the one that is NOT about rhubarb.....

This weekend while moving in some household items, our new neighbors shared a bit about this tree in the backyard. We have a cherry tree, a large cherry tree.....

I should of realized from the bark pattern, but then it has been a while since I lived in the Yakima Valley. About 25 years, but some things are remembered for a long time, like bark patterns and how row crops look when you drive down the highway.

And this will planter set will greet me each time I work in the kitchen at the sink, that just happens to look out through the window to the backyard. I love copper and there is some in the new kitchen.

We move this weekend, and I am looking forward to showing off the new digs!

As always, thanks for taking a moment to stop and say hello. I appreciate your time and your wonderful comments!

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tuesday garden party @ an oregon cottage

Saturday, April 14, 2012

It is time to get serious!

Today the carpet cleaner is coming to work some magic. While I wait around for that to happen I will clean and stock and decide and dream. Then we are in full gear to get the rest of the utilities (ok let's be honest, the internet!) ordered and then, get moved.

But here is a little update of some thoughts and things discovered.....

Not an antique, but I adore this match holder on the brickwork around the wood stove. I know I will miss the convenience of  the pellet stove we use now, but the wood stove is so quiet........I love that when relaxing.

Besides we could open the door and roast marshmallows if we wanted too, at least that is what granddaughter says.

This little glass shelf is right inside the front door. Except for a small greeting of welcome, I plan to keep it sparse in decor.

I should check back on that statement in a couple of months, I know me, I'm just sayin!

This lovely brass fan was toast. It has been replaced with a fan including a light kit at the bottom. One of the things we noticed about the new house, a serious lack of ceiling lighting.

Some times you do need an overhead light.......

This little added on, covered area will be moved to the back of the house. It will be perfect to quickly store outdoor chairs when it starts raining. I believe it was used to house garbage/recycling cans.

Oh and that is not our shop to the left, but my husband sure wishes it was!

Although this tree does not exist in this exact form, since having the broken branch removed, I love this photo so much I made it the "desktop" on my computer.

I love trees, especially trees that look like they have a story or two to tell.

And now, it is time to get busy and wish everyone a great day!

As always, thanks for taking a moment to stop and say hello. I appreciate your time and your wonderful comments.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

What's going on here Wednesdays

The painting is done. Well Ok, there is that little strip along the wall by the bathroom cabinet that got missed. And there is the ceiling (in that same bathroom) that needs washed and if it still looks yucky, after that, it will be painted. But other than that the painting is done. Popcorn ceilings and all, whew!

 This cedar needed major trimming to let in some light.

The front yard cedar trees have been trimmed and the debris cleaned up. This includes saving what was burnable. Soon a load of yard debris will go to the recyclers.

The backyard flowering cherry tree with the broken branch has been trimmed. More cutting and cleanup is needed here, and the chainsaw too.

The kitchen cabinets have been scrubbed, inside and out. Some of the kitchen from the old house has been moved.

The main bathroom is ready to be stocked, with shower curtains, towels and toiletries.

The master bathroom is also ready to be stocked. The toilet needs a new part, and I think I can handle that installation.

The Rec Room has a new ceiling fan, the floors mopped and already has furniture.

The dining room has a table and chairs. The table has a runner and centerpiece already. The hutch goes over soon.

The wood box is half full of wood. There is much more to stack.

The trellis rose is planted. There is a second rose here at the old house to transplant to the new house. These roses will bookmark a decorative arbor in the front yard.

All while working and keeping the (old) home fires burning. But not without a lot of help. I must say a really big Thanks! As always my kids were right there to pitch in, I am truly blessed!

Soon, this will all come together. Which is a good thing, because I am getting tired.....

As always, thanks for taking a moment to stop and say hello. I appreciate your time and your wonderful comments.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Rhubarb irony for Garden Tuesday

Rhubarb at my house had become an urban legend, because everyone knew it existed but could not find a grown plant in my yard.

But the stuff of urban legends is lengthy in nature to be a good story, so bed after bed after bed was tried, until this one and guess what, yep RHUBARB!

Granted not a rhubarb factory or anything close to that, but for this rhubarb lover, I am excited!

Now the irony, is that I need to move the rhubarb to the new house............

As always thanks for stopping by to say hello. I appreciate your time and your wonderful comments!

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tuesday garden party @ an oregon cottage

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Some of what got done today.....

Besides painting and replacing switch plate covers......

Approximately 12 (bottom) feet of cedar branches had to be cut off to let light into the living room. We are cutting off the smaller limbs and then the larger stuff is cut for fire starts.

Planted a trellis rose that was gifted to us.

And on a happy note, the rhubarb is growing! I will probably leave it at the old house for now and transplant in the fall.

Happy April Fool's Day everyone and for the purposes of honesty in blogging, 
all this really happened today!

As always, thanks for taking a moment to stop and say hello. I appreciate your time and your wonderful comments.

The Finest Salad Dressing...

Life is a bit crazy right now, what with 2 houses and jobs and laundry and well you get the picture.

This weekend has been painting and pruning and then tomorrow it is a return to "work" which will be nice, a bit of a rest actually!

But we still must eat and I found this salad dressing recipe in one of my books, it caught my eye because of two ingredients: bay leaves and bitters. I have a fondness for unusual ingredients and bitters really fills that bill, but the bay leaves gave me a chance to use more of my homemade Bay Leaf Seasoning.

The Finest Salad Dressing
adapted from:  The Melting Pot, Food From Many Lands
Height Cooperative Nursery School, November 1961

cooks wisdom:  increase the Bay Leaf Seasoning and the garlic powder to 1/4 t each. 

Combine and shake well:

1 c oil
1/4 c vinegar
2 T mayonnaise
1 t sugar
1/2 t salt
1/2 t MSG - I did not use
2 bay leaves gently crushed - I used 1/8 t Bay Leaf Seasoning
1/4 t garlic powder - I used 1/8 t
pinch of oregano - I did not use because it is already in the BLS

I think this dressing will be wonderful on torn Romaine with blue cheese chunks and tomato slices!

(nest time I will blend the mayo into a bit of the oil so it is lump free, oh and probably use more BLS!)

Recipe rating:  Oh Yes! (will make again)

As always thanks for taking a moment to stop and say hello. I appreciate your time and your wonderful comments.

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