Thursday, August 27, 2009

In The Garden

While watering my little veggie garden yesterday, I noticed a flash of red.
I peered through the tangle of tomatoes vines to get a better look at the poor tomato plant who had became overshadowed by her rather rampant neighbours.

Look at what was hiding in there. . .

Can you believe the size of this tomato?!

I've been staring at it all morning trying to decide the best way to enjoy it.

I'm thinking that, chopped with basil and onion from the garden, plus a bit of olive oil and some garlic rubbed baguette , we'll be savouring some rather tasty brushcetta with our dinner tonight.


Monday, August 24, 2009

New Interests

I know, I know!
I've been rather quiet again, but the thing is. . .

Well. . .

I'm developing new interests.

And they are time consuming!

One of my new interests is growing food. We revamped the back garden this spring to add more food and we've been enjoying strawberries and honey berries along with these lovely little items. . .

The little fingerling potatoes were grown in pots. I also have several plants in the ground and so hope to enjoy several more meals with home grown potatoes.

For dinner tonight we had broccoli, tomatoes and potatoes from my garden and lettuce and a patti pan squash from Ev's garden. Add some ham and a jar of applesauce which we canned last fall and. . .

Although, Ev, we found the squash rather disconcerting.

I mean it doesn't really have a whole lot of taste ! (Mind you Jesse thought that when he had it raw it kind of reminded him of peppers.)

I decided to fry it as I didn't think Henry would eat it raw. I sliced it, dredged it in flour with salt and fresh black pepper and then fried it in butter with a little garlic.

The disconcerting part was the texture! I mean it was soft and smooshy and you were waiting for a horrible taste to follow.

Only. . .

It didn't! It just had a mild hint of garlic taste!

Odd, very odd.

I might have to try stuffing them and then baking them. I'm thinking that cheese would be a good match.
Adventures in food continue. . .

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Quiet Sundays

Monday, August 17, 2009

Glimpses Of The Back Garden

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Quiet Sundays

Friday, August 14, 2009


Henry is one of ten children and half his siblings live out east.

It's pretty exciting when one of them comes to visit.

It's even more exciting when two of them come to visit!

A family get together always involves food of course.

It's not often that the big cousins and the little cousins get together.

The little boys are very impressed when they get to hang out with the BIG boys.

Of course when all the big boys get together a bit of competition develops. . .

We sure miss you guys.

The best part however, is that one of the families is moving back home!

We can hardly wait.

Now if the rest of them would just come to their senses!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Sisters And Birthdays

It's Tamara's birthday today and I'm really wishing I could be there to share it with her.

I'm missing my sister Lisa as well and I'm a little jealous that she will be able to share Tam's birthday with her!
Yet, when I look at all that's going on in the world today, I know how richly blessed we are to be able to blog about each other, to say Happy Birthday over the phone and to remember all the good times we've had.
So with that thought, I scanned a few pictures to share with you all in a stroll down memory lane. . .
How cute is that baby?!

A memorable trip to Vancouver Island with all the Aunts, Uncles and cousins, courtesy of Opa and Oma Vandermolen, brought us here to the steps of the museum in Victoria. Any one else remember the ferry ride and singing for the passengers at the front of the boat? (The Captain was so impressed that Opa would pay to bring all his children and grandchildren on this trip that he gave us the ride back for free!)

We had great imaginations and loved to pretend with what ever was at hand. Anyone know which blondie is Tamara?

As you can see, we had no problems using items for more than one purpose. This was my idea of an artistic background, which I used for several people when I got my first camera.

The three of us used to sing together and our mom never hesitated in volunteering our services to others. Here we are singing at some stranger's wedding. Remind you of any mom you know Tam???

Yes Tamara was alive during the era of glasses big enough to cover your entire face. I will of course, not divulge what her exact age is today as that would be breaking the sisterly code!

Tamara and the Big Guy's wedding took place on one of the hottest days in history. (Okay maybe it just felt like it!) I remember her beautiful little petite fours melting into a puddle on the plate at the reception. I also recall being horrified when my husband Henry decided on a whim to add to the entertainment and went out to the car and dressed up in full fly fishing regalia and wandered up on stage to tell a rambling tale of fishing with Tamara. I don't know how it ended as I was so mortified that I hid in the bathroom until it was all over! But we did enjoy a lovely interlude between the ceremony and dinner as Tam entertained Crystal with the piano.
As the kids joined our families, we tried very hard to spend Christmases together as often as we could and there was always something interesting going on. This particular Christmas, we had decided to continue a tradition our dad had started back when we were kids and he decorated gingerbread houses at his bakery. As I recall we loaded our creations down with lots of smarties. Yum!!

Our big brood many years ago.

Last year we got the chance to share an adventure in China, (was it only last year?!)

and we shared my birthday while we were there.

Life really is amazing isn't it?

Happy, Happy Birthday Tam!

I pray that God will bless you richly in the year ahead.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Imitation, The Sincerest Form Of Flattery?

Oh My. . .

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Quiet Sundays

Friday, August 7, 2009

Be Still My Beating Heart!

Many trees came down in a rather violent storm a couple of weeks ago.

Our neighbour Theresa flagged Henry down as he drove past her place, while coming home from work.

Her little red wagon was loaded down with logs from the trees her neighbour had cut up.

"Henry, open up that truck of yours and take what you can!"

I wish I had gotten a picture of just how enormous all those logs were!

I did however get an excellent shot of my hubby chopping up those logs.

Be still my beating heart!

Just check out those muscles!

I ran and checked my Storey's Country Skills book on the proper way to stack wet wood.

I'm rather proud of the job I did.

That wood will make for some great nights by the fire pit next year. . .

Wednesday, August 5, 2009


I can't believe it!

Another birthday for my baby!

We had everyone over for Jesse's birthday dinner and if you would like to see how Jada joins in the fun check out the video.

Happy birthday Jess.
God bless you in the year ahead!
© A Life of Whimsey