Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Happy Homemaker 2017-09-19

I picked this up from my friend Pamela's blog: https://nothyacinthbouquet.blogspot.ca/2017/09/happy-homemaker-monday-9182017.html

and I decided to give it a try.  Don't know if I'll be good enough to do it every week but for now, here goes:

The weather:::
Too hot for the season!  Highs between 20C and 25C all week with sun.  Today was 26C + humidity 32C. When is Fall coming??

On my reading pile:::
Joséphine Jobé mendiante by Micheline Dalpé.

On my TV:::
Started 6 feet under yesterday and have watched 2 episodes.  Have all season 1 dvr'd.

On the menu for this week:::

Coq au porc with potatoes and green beans, pork tenderloing with rice, soup with leftovers and corn on the cob, raspberry pie, strawberries, fresh bread, spaghetti, and Friday probably McD's (yep it coupon time)

On my to-do list:::
  • Put away gazebo for winter - DONE
  • Put away gazebo chairs - DONE
  • Cut off flowers and plants - Done on both sides of the house and back.  still need to do the front.
  • Schedule Mammo and massage therapist - DONE
  • Buy 2 new Fall carpets - DONE
  • Put away some summer clothes
  • Regular housechores
  • Start taking down screen windows .. too hot, only took 1 down
  • Take off swing top - DONE
  • 1 thing a day declutter - DONE for this week

What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating:::
Started a scarf.. just not working out right now.. .will have to work on it a bit more.

Looking around the house:::
  • Fall decor is on the mantel 
  • knitting on the LR table
  • fresh tomatoes from neighbor's garden on the kitchen counter
  • in the office I see felt cookies all cut out ready to be made, my husband's guitar, a blank paint canvas, journal declutter (slowly rewriting old journals and keeping only important things written).


From the camera:::



Start of the cruise season in Quebec city.  This boat is anchored near my office.



Something fun to share:::
I finished knitting my 1st pair of wool socks

What I'm wearing today:::
Capri jeans, black t-shirt, sandals

Quote
Make today the day to learn something new

Well this was a fun experience!

Thursday, 14 September 2017

2017 - 1st pair of knitted socks!

One of my goals for 2017 was to learn to knit socks.  I found a lady who taught me ... I went to her home a few afternoons this summer.  This pair was with old wool from my grandma's.  Not quite the same gray and they may be scratchy but I'm still happy.  Now I have to start a 2nd pair right away so I don't forget how to do them!  My daughter bought me wool for at leat 4 more pairs... so I'll be busy this winter :)  I'll be making Christmas gifts for next year!

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Moose pillow 2017

I found some fabric for $1 (I think it was a dishcloth) with a moose on it and bought a $3 pillow-form at the dollar-store.  My son liked the fabric, so now he has a new cushion on his bed :)


Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Christmas in July 2017 day 25 / Noël en juillet 2017 jour 25

CIJ day 25 / jour 25

Merry Christmas in July!!!

A playlist for Christmas in July:

Bing Crosby – Mele Kalikimaka (Hawaiian Christmas Song)
Carly Jamison – I’m Getting A Ukulele For Christmas
The Beach Boys – Little Saint Nick
Ella Fitzgerald – Christmas Island
Caribbean Island Steel Drum Troupe – Jingle Bells
Janet Devlin – Happy Holidays
Colbie Caillet – Christmas In The Sand
Bellamy Brothers – Tropical Christmas
Lord Kitchener – Father Christmas
Noelani And The Leo Nahenahe Singers – Little Drummer Boy
Jimmy Buffett – Christmas In The Caribbean
Kenny Chesney – All I Want For Christmas Is A Real Good Tan
The Holly Lane Band – Deck The Halls
Nat King Cole – I Saw Three Ships
The Dukes Of Surf – Aloha Christmas
The Hawaii Calls Orchestra – Numbah One Day Of Christmas
Lord Douglas Byron – Surfin’ Santa
The Enchanters – Mambo Santa Mambo
Kalei Gamiao – Winter Wonderland
Jose Feliciano – Feliz Navidad
Don Ho – The Song Of Christmas
Lord Kitchener – Christmas Greetings
Squirrel Nut Zippers – Hot Christmas
Jake Shimabukuro – Ave Maria
Lucky Luck – Kanaka Christmas

If you follow the link you’ll get to watch all these videos on youtube.


Hope you enjoyed my Christmas in July posts for 2017.  Have fun!

Monday, 24 July 2017

Christmas in July 2017 day 24 / Noël en juillet 2017 jour 24

CIJ day 24 / jour 24
Smell of Christmas game




Here is a poem about the smells of Christmas from Lillie Williams.  It is a lovely poem.

The smell of Christmas
 
Looking through the kitchen 
Window starring at the sky
Singing soft melodies
As the hour passes by
Snuggle beside my oven with
 A cup of coffee in my hand
Watching the snowflakes fall
Like a blanket covering the land
 
The smell of pine aroma 
Lingers in every room 
 And baking apple pies
 All after noon
The smell of Christmas
Somehow fills the air
Lights twinkling on the tree
And toys everywhere
 
Friends and love ones
Sat down for a talk
With the holiday season
Embedded in their thought
Children around the fire 
Place eating cookies, and
Drinking milk
Dad relaxing in his chair
After a long tiresome trip
 
The holiday season is
Bringing good cheer
And the smell of Christmas
Lingers near
On a cold winter morning
Drinking hot tomato soup
And a jolly old man in 
His little red suit
 
Ham, potatoes, to 
The table they bring
A feast so good, its
Fit for a king
Prayers and love
That fills the air
And the smell of 
Christmas is everywhere.

Copyright © Lillie Williams | Year Posted 2012 

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Christmas in July 2017 day 23 / Noël en juillet 2017 jour 23

CIJ day 23 / jour 23

Christmas books
Laura Ingalls

An old-fashioned Christmas – 4 love stories


Love all those Gooseberry Patch books!  Full of recipes and ideas





Country Home old-fashioned Christmas









Friday, 21 July 2017

Christmas in July 2017 day 21 / Noël en juillet 2017 jour 21 Week 4: A Real Christmas

CIJ day 21 / jour 21
Friday Night at the movies!

Arthur Christmas (animated film)

Santa's clumsy son Arthur gets put on a mission with St. Nick's father to give out a present they misplaced to a young girl in less than 2 hours.





Enjoy the movie and don’t forget your cup of hot chocolate and Christmas sweater while you watch it.


Thursday, 20 July 2017

Christmas in July 2017 day 20 / Noël en juillet 2017 jour 20

CIJ day 20 / jour 20
Christmas recipe



If you follow the link you will find a photo tutorial

Cherry Cheesecake Shooters
Prep Time:   3 Hours
Difficulty:    Easy
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Servings:     18 Servings
·         2 bags (12 Ounce) Frozen Sweet Cherries
  • 1/4 cup Honey
  • 1/4 cup Whiskey (optional)
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • Juice Of Half A Lemon
  • 1 teaspoon Cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon Almond Extract
  • 2 packages 8 Ounce Cream Cheese
  • 1 can (14 Oz. Size) Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 12 whole Graham Crackers (the 4-section Rectangles)
  • 1/4 cup Sliced Almonds
Combine the cherries and honey in a medium saucepan and cook it over medium heat until hot and bubbly. Pour in the whiskey and stir to combine, then let it cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the butter until it melts.

Mix together the lemon juice with the cornstarch, then pour it in. Continue cooking for 2-3 minute until thicker. Add the almond extract.

Pour into a bowl and allow to cool to room temperature. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for a few hours, or until chilled.

Crush the graham crackers and spoon into the bottom of mini wine glasses.

Add cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk to bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and whip them together until fluffy.

Fill a pastry bag or zipper bag with the filing. Snip off the end and pipe a big helping over the crumbs in each of the glasses.

Top with a big spoonful of the cherry topping.Top with sliced almonds.

(Note: Mix 2 tablespoons melted butter into the crumbs if you’d like them to be a little more moist.)
(Note: 1 package of cream cheese makes for a more pudding-like texture; 2 packages makes for a thicker texture.)

Thanks Pionneer Woman!


Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Christmas in July 2017 day 19 / Noël en juillet 2017 jour 19

CIJ day 19 / jour 19

Sand snowmen / summer Santa pictures




Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Monday, 17 July 2017

Christmas in July 2017 day 17 / Noël en juillet 2017 jour 17

CIJ day 17 / jour 17

Craft day



If you follow the link, the tutorial is available

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Christmas in July 2017 day 15 / Noël en juillet 2017 jour 15

CIJ day 15 / jour 15

Pictures for Christmas in July





Enjoy the pictures and your party if you have one!

Friday, 14 July 2017

Christmas in July 2017 day 14 / Noël en juillet 2017 jour 14

CIJ day 14 / jour 14
Friday Night at the Movies!

A Hallmark movie – Christmas at Cartwright’s.  Starring Alicia Witt, Gabriel Hogan and Wallace Shawn.

A single mom gets a holiday job as a department store Santa to help boost her finances, and then an angel enters her life and brings about some positive changes, including the spark of a new romance.




It has all that is needed in a Christmas movie…. Santa, love, elf, a mean person, …  Of course, it’s obvious when she dresses as Santa that she is not a man, but nobody seems to notice.  I like Alicia Witt, I find her so pretty and Wallace Shawn as the elf is terrific.


Hope you enjoy the movie!

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Christmas in July 2017 day 13 / Noël en juillet 2017 jour 13

CIJ day 13 / jour 13

Craft day!



Items needed:
·         Americana Decou-Page (Glue-Sealer-Finish) 2oz - Americana Decou-Page Matte
·         Epsom Salt
·         Mason Jars
·         Brush
·         Optional: twine, Christmas picks

Photo tutorial can be followed through the link

These are beautiful for gifts or for yourself


Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Christmas in July 2017 day 12 / Noël en juillet 2017 jour 12

CIJ day 12 / jour 12

Christmas in July party ideas

















Decor:

             

Food:
              






Fun:
                        




12 days to Christmas in July http://www.redheadbabymama.com/xmasinjuly/

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Christmas in July 2017 day 11 / Noël en juillet 2017 jour 11

CIJ day 11 / jour 11

Why do I do CIJ?

I’ve been blogging about Christmas in July since 2009.  All those who know me know that I’m a Christmas-nut. 

I start my gift-buying, organizing and crafting in January for the following December.  I love looking at Christmas blogs and pinterest for Christmas ideas. 

Since December is always so busy I lack time to update my blog.  However, for Christmas in July I have all my sweet time to schedule posts.  I start thinking about ideas and prepping  for Christmas in July in April.


So that explains it all!



Monday, 10 July 2017

Christmas in July 2017 day 10 / Noël en juillet 2017 jour 10

CIJ day 10 / jour 10

Christmas in July food ideas
Since it’s so hot in July we need light food ideas

Kiwi fruit and strawberry tree


Pigs in a blanket Christmas tree


Source: http://www.delish.com/holiday-recipes/christmas/a45149/pigs-in-a-blanket-christmas-tree-tutorial/

Reindeer sloppy Joes (just use your regular sloppy joe idea)



Appetizer


 Have fun with your food!