Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Memory-making

Recently, we had family here for a spontaneous, although rather short, visit.
As usual, I love to get ready by sprucing up the house with the addition of fresh flowers and little touches that may make our family feel more special.

I think the whole process becomes a combination of me feeling good about our home while
hoping they feel welcomed into our space.

Living far away from them means that these special get togethers are less frequent
and therefore we tend to have this heightened sense of purpose in ensuring that it is a wonderful time for all.

In general, I feel somewhat compelled,
to up the ante while they are here.

You know what I mean? 
The menu gets a little more elaborate than it might have been.
The need for flowers in the bedrooms becomes an "obvious" necessity...
although straightening lampshades... not always  :)


Matter of fact.... a 9.99$ bouquet of Costco flowers goes a long way.


The purchase of granny's favourite chocolates is a clear must.
Delicate desserts which normally do not appear around here on a week night... are suddenly in the works.

Life just ventures down this lovely little side road for a few days.
It's nice.
Even Jack waits by the door in anticipation.


And usually the breaking away from your regular routine,
opens the way for a new memory-making experience to flow into your life.

These days given the rapid changes taking place with members of our family
due to Alzheimers and Dementia,
we tend to grab hold of these opportunities and embrace them the best way we can.
I have talked about our  dear Greta in a past post over here. (just click)



She tends to enjoy activities such as assembling a puzzle.
Although not easy for her she loved watching our daughter and handing her pieces.


Not something we normally do on a busy Sunday night when we are all focused on the week ahead.
But,  it reminds us of the importance of dropping our routine when these opportunities present themselves....
and allowing ourselves to move with the moment.

When they left we were glad that we did.
We had a perfect few days of memory-making.
Short as it was, it doesn't take more that that.







Sunday, October 19, 2014

Tarte au Citron

Okay, so if you are looking for a light and creamy lemon filling
with a lovely topping of meringue
than... this is not for you.


But then again,
if you are looking for easy, delicious and a sure hit at a dinner party
then this  just might be  what you are looking for.


Simply put, the lemon filling is:

4 eggs
juice of three lemons
zest of 1 lemon
three quarter cup of sugar
one quarter cup of butter

I basically stir together the eggs and the lemon juice,
melt the butter and the sugar on low heat,
add in the egg mixture
and cook on low to medium heat until it starts to thicken.
I do whisk it often as it is cooking.



The great thing about this receipe,
other than being extremely easy,
is that it is very lemon-y and not too sweet.

The crust helps to add in the sweet factor
provides you with a nice combination of sweet and slightly sour.


The crust is easy too,
a half cup of butter
one third cup of sugar.
one quarter teaspoon of vanilla
and one cup of flour.


I lightly brown the crust in the oven at about 350
for approximately 5 minutes.

And then I add the curd,
pop it back in the oven for about 15 minutes
until it appears to be firming up.

Very hard to go wrong with this one.
I like to think of this as one of those recipes you make when you have very little in the cupboard
and possibly some lemons that need using.

A party of 4 took care of this tarte au citron last night,
and as you can see,
some nibbling was going on....



I like to call this one....
a Rustic Tarte au Citron.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Salutation to the Dawn

Certain sayings, habits, rituals have become part of my core
simply due to the emotion and memories that they tend to evoke.

Waking up early these days seems to be part of my new routine
and one that I cannot easily control.


So I have decided to embrace this reality
and this morning I was so glad I did.


As I was preparing my morning coffee,
I felt particularly drawn to the outdoor colours
which seemed to be transforming by the minute...
due to the effect of the sun,
that was slowing rising above the hills.


Even though the rain had dampened the backyard,
it was hard to resist heading down there to enjoy the coming of the day,
knowing that the sun would continue to change the scenery as it crept higher in the sky.


You know those moments when you think,

why not?
in my robe,
daughter's rain boots on (only footwear by the door)


Wiping off a chair
and sitting down to take in the magic of this time of year
I was reminded as to how spectacular this setting is...
and how fortunate we are.


And then you are reminded that these moments are fleeting.
I returned to the kitchen as the sunlight began to flood the space.


A quick refill
back outside,
 and it was over.

The sun had not made it very high in the sky before
the clouds came in and took over.

It was a moment
and one I would not have seen,
had I been rolling around in bed,
trying to bring on sleep.

Nope, this routine just might bring about a very interesting perspective 
on the day.



Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Greenland Raw

Greenland was certainly not on my list
but it might be now.


Look down in the left hand corner and spot those little wooden homes
and then look up at that view.
If  you are like me,
well,
 speechless?


Spot the hikers for perspective.
Oh to be one of them.
Like an explorer from another time.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Front Doors

Choosing an entry door has been a real challenge.
But, I am finally happy with our choice.
This set of doors is a pretty close match with what we have chosen.
Ours will be a bit wider.

Thingsthatinspire.net
I have a fairly limited choice of colours but I think I am going to go with black.
Boring?
Possibly.
But, I think it will work well if I add black shutters to the front of the house and use black details in details such as the lanterns
that I will now need to find to go on either side of the new doors.

Finally...
feels so good to move on after making this decision.
Are you like me?
Have a hard time committing to big purchases.... that you will have to live with for.....ever?

UPDATE:
Here is a general idea of the existing colour of our home. The green is appearing a little darker than it actually is given the effect of shadows but it will give you a general idea. This is where I am planning the black working shutters.



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