Weekend with my Grandmother and a HUGE Thank you to https://kitcheninspirations.wordpress.com/

I know I have been absent a LOT lately… absent more than here. I have been dealing with my grandmother’s mortality. Yes, I know that probably sounds silly.

A little back story. My parents didn’t, and still don’t, have the time of day for me for reasons unknown and long ago dealt with. My grandmother though stepped in and is the one person who has always been there for me. The one constant in my life for as far back as I can remember. Even when we were living together or hours away, I knew when I needed her she was a hug or a phone call away. I honestly think she is the only thing that has kept me sane (or at least my version of sanity) all these years.

Just knowing I had that one person in my corner, never trying to change who I am at the core, accepting me as I am… although making damn sure to let me know when she thought I was doing something wrong lol. (Because even now my grandmother has opinions she has no problem sharing with everyone lol… she and Chris were jokingly sparing when he drove out to pick me up on Sunday lol and she kept up with him topic to topic that day) pThis is what my grandmother means to me and I have been really struggling with the fact that in the not so distant future all I am going to have are the memories… good memories mind you but memories.

This weekend we made a new memory compliments of: https://kitcheninspirations.wordpress.com/

My grandmother kept talking about a recipe she had for some kind of date turnover cookies that she used to make and freeze. She would thaw a few at a time for breakfast and really wanted some. My mission this weekend was to make her a bunch.

When she couldn’t find her recipe, I hit Pinterest to try to find one close. I found one almost exactly like my grandmother’s recipe and we made them Sunday morning.

Now I didn’t roll them thin enough and put too much filling in them according to my grandmother lol, but the recipe turned out great and even through the “teaching” moments (because I had never made them before and was bound to make a few mistakes lol), my grandmother loves her breakfast treats!

So I thank you again Kitchen Inspirations for helping me make this memory with my grandmother ❤.

Here is the link to the recipe for the Old Fashioned Date Filled Cookies or Date Turnover Cookies as my grandmother refers to them at the Kitchen Inspirations blog.

https://kitcheninspirations.wordpress.com/2009/12/14/old-fashioned-date-filled-cookies/?blogsub=confirming#subscribe-blog

Sandie

Cabbage Roll Soup

Who doesn’t love cabbage rolls? Yum!!! But who loves the work it takes to make them? While very worth the effort, sometimes you just want the taste of homemade (not frozen) cabbage rolls without the work. This soup gives you that and is perfect for some of the rotten winter weather we have been having! Dillon even liked it and he swears up and down that he doesn’t like cooked cabbage! Who doesn’t like cooked cabbage? That’s just wrong!!! To me there is nothing like the smell (and of course the taste) of just boiled cabbage, with a little bit of butter and salt…double yum!

This soup is very easy to make and with a little preparation you can have the delicious taste of cabbage rolls in a soup!

(We were into our bowls of soup so fast I didn’t even get a “nice” picture of a bowl of soup to add to my post lol!!!)

Sandie

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"Bath House" – Bathroom Cricut Sign

The other day, the same day I made the Nerd Bibs for my soon to arrive grandson, I also made this sign for our bathroom.

At first I was going to do a sort of black board design but considering I did my first Bathroom sign in gray with black lettering, I thought I should do the same on this one.

I found a frame and font I liked and just “designed” the sign using elements I remembered seeing from several different signs I had seen over time until it looked how I wanted it to look for our home…. only problem was that I made the frame too big lol!!!

If you look from the picture I uploaded of my screenshot from Design Space, and the the picture I took of the actual sign, you will notice there are some “flourishes” missing from the sign itself. It was too big! Instead of starting all over again… because I definitely do not have the patience for that right now, I just cut off the flourishes where it needed it trying to stay inline with pattern as much as I could!

Here is my screenshot of the pattern in Design Space….

And here is the finished sign…. see the missing pieces lol? Oh well, I still have a nice new little sign in the bathroom!

Sandie

Homemade Marshmallows

Have you ever made your own marshmallows? I made some for the hot cocoa baskets we did this past Christmas. I know it seems time consuming for something you can usually pick up at the dollar or grocery store, but I think it adds a nice touch to a basket…. especially if you colour them to match the season.

I didn’t cut mine into any fancy shape for Christmas, just added food colouring to make them a nice green colour for the season. As I said, they do take a bit of time but I think it’s worth it to add that little bit extra to a gift basket!

Sandie

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Cricut Project- Nerd Baby Bibs

I’m not sure if I’ve said anything yet, but amid all the unpleasant things happening there has been some very good news. I am going to be a grandmother again… to a baby boy! So… when I was looking for a project the other day to try to occupy my mind for a little while I thought why not make something for the baby.

Since my grandson is going to be brought up “nerd,” that seemed a good place to start. I started searching different clipart images until I found something that looked easy enough for me to turn into svg cut files. I decided on images from everyone’s favourite wizard book and movie series… Harry Potter.

I chose the images I wanted, cleaned them up in Design Space, cut them out of Heat Transfer Vinyl and then ironed them onto some plain white bibs I already had.

Now I have some cute little Nerd bibs ready for my grandson when he’s born!

Sandie

Taco Ground Beef and Rice

I took our ground beef the other night with the intention of making a pot of chili…. only to find out I had used the kidney beans I had to make a pot of Vegetable Soup. That totally messed my dinner plans.

I could have always fallen back on one of my Freezer Meals… yes, I do still have some lol… .but I had already thawed the ground beef so I had to use it.

This meal came to mind and the end result was very well received!

I didn’t take as many “step by step” pictures as I should of because…. well, when I get my camera app open, someone always seems to look so cute that I get pretty distracted and forget what else I am supposed to be taking pictures of originally….. little Miss Lucy lol! She is a joy and is getting so BIG already!

Sandie

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Sausage and Egg Breakfast Crescent Rolls

Two days in a row… who would have thought???

This is another one of the quick breakfast ideas I used over the holidays to keep everyone fed and relatively quiet so I could go about my business in relative calm.

It was quick and easy to prepare, even more so because I already had some scramble cooked sausage meat from another recipe I had made.

Sandie

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