Monday, October 29, 2012

Barn Charm

Montana May 2012
A drive by barn..
The last archive of my Montana Barns

Click here to visit Tricia's Barn Charm

Friday, October 26, 2012

Homemade Noodles... and a New Blog!

Childhood Memories... that's what Homemade noodles bring back. 
Mom use to make noodles...I remember her making the dough...
rolling it  with a rolling pin and hand cutting them.
It was a lot of work to make noodles for a meal.

Then she got a noodle machine
and she would spend a day making noodles. 
Sheets would be laid out on the spare bed...floor...
for the noodles to dry. 
Then she would freeze the noodles
to use through the coming months.

My sister came and we made noodles
not as many as mom use to make...
but enough to have for a few meals....
Eggs and flour...
and sometimes a bit of water blended to the right texture..
Then the dough is rolled out...
about 3 times..
thinner each time
Then the pieces are 'hung' to dry... 
the dough can't be sticky when cut into noodles
The noodles are then cut and laid out to dry completely...

MMM ...nothing quite like home made noodles...

Talking about homemade... 
my crafty daughter and friend are making things 
and posting them in their  new blog...
Take a look

Have a great weekend!!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A few things....

It's been a week...that my camera hasn't been working... 
I can't get it to focus...
I did every thing the manual told me to do...and more so...
what do you do...fix it...or replace it?
Anyways...my pictures are now all from my phone...
(I don't take great pictures to start with...so bare with me:)

This week,  youngest -  little girl is turning 5...
she is also our youngest grandchild...
We had a going away party for her...
Our 4 year old grand daughter was going away forever...
she would now be 5 never to be 4 again....
she thought it was fun..
When I asked what she wanted to eat...her favourite food
well it was Pancakes and Bacon...
I tired a new recipe with Bacon to make it special...
This recipe I found on Pinterest.... 

(I just joined Pinterest...and I love it...
I'll have to link it to my blog ...someday)

Anyways this recipe is super easy...
 The adults loved it...
but thankfully I had cooked 'extra' bacon...
As granddaughter just wanted bacon..

Children are so easy to please...

We also had fruit to go with the pancakes...
 Her favourite was dessert...
 It took her ...about 5 tries
to get the candles out...

"Grandchildren are loving reminders 

of what we're really here for."

Author: Unknown



Monday, October 22, 2012

Once Upon a Time..

this was some one's home.
I'm sure it was a beautiful home..


The Chicken coupe out back still stands...


This Homestead is beside a busy Secondary Highway
 just down from where we lived.
I have passed it many times in the past 30 years...
this time we noticed pieces of wood missing...
I'm sure it won't be long...until it's totally gone!



Blogging.... Friends. . .

It has been about 2 years since I  started blogging. 
The one thing that keeps me blogging is all the great people I meet! 
Know you don't meet them face to face...
 it would be great to be able to do that sometime...
but you hear about their lives and a friendship does form.

This past week I got mail from a blogger friend!

A bottle of Maple Syrup....
Syrup that you can see how and where it came from...
check this out!!(click here)

How exciting to be able to make your own maple syrup!!
We tried on French Toast....
hubby said...
"This is the best syrup I have ever tasted!"
It was delicious...Thank you friend!!

You can check out Judy's blog 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Sky Watch Friday...


Edmonton Alberta
Sunset October 6, 2012


To see skies around the world click here

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Locals....

It's been almost two months 
since Hubby and I have moved to the city. 
Most of you know that we enjoy walking...
and most days take me out walking somewhere around downtown.
 Living downtown...is an experience that I really enjoy...
You have the high rises...all the business's...the rush hour traffic....
the college...its a busy place!

You have the condos for rent...the condos people own...
 The apartments... for rent and sale...
Students, executives, couples, the elderly,
 families all live downtown
There are some houses that people still live in... 
The highrise condos and apartments...
One day... I past this grocery cart...
but it didn't have groceries in it..
this cart intrigued me...I mean it really intrigued me...
 I looked at that cart and realized that it had everything in it ...
one would need to live... 
It was everything the owner owned!

Well the next morning I was out walking...and I got a picture..
My mind was flooded with all sorts of thoughts. 
What kind of person owns this cart?!
Since then I often see this cart when I'm out walking..
Each time I past it... I notice he has it all... 
extra boots....coffee mug...water jug...
tarp.... bags of bottles to cash in...fur coat...a bike...
Everything one would need to live life!!
He doesn't have any upkeep to speak of... no bills....
I think of this person often..I wonder...
who his parents were...did he ever have a family...
Why is living on the street...
and not in one of the apartments or condo's...
I know there are places he can sleep inside ...
I know there are places he can get a warm meal....
What does he do all day???
The downtown area is his home...
I really wonder...
who is happier... 
him
 or the one in the high rise penthouse?

I realize that the homeless are in every city...
coming from small town Central Alberta...
I haven't seen it for years...
so I guess 
that is why it made such an impression on me. . .
and everyday... I think....



Sunday, October 14, 2012

Edmonton Queen Riverboat


Touring the river after supper. 
The Fairmont Hotel Macdonald has long been known as the most elegant hotel in Edmonton and is lovingly referred to as 'The Mac.' After four years of construction, the hotel, named after Canada's first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, opened its doors on July 05, 1915 and was destined to become the centre of Edmonton's social life. Situated high on the bank overlooking the North Saskatchewan River valley, the seven-storey Grand Trunk Pacific Hotel (faced with Indiana limestone and roofed with copper) was built and furnished at a cost of about $2,250,000 (over $35 million today). The characteristic Chateau style, an adaptation of French 16th Century castles, was first brought to Canada in 1892.
City Reflections



Thursday, October 11, 2012

Rutherford House walk...

One of my favourite places to visit and eat is the Rutherford House.
 It was the home of the first Premier of Alberta and is on the property of the University of Alberta. 
At one time they were going to tear it down, but fortunately it was preserved!
 There is a tea house, gift shop, museum in the house. 
It also is rented out to the public for different events.
Inside the rooms are as beautiful as the outside!1
The one tea house room is all windows!  I love it!!
This day brunch was served. The meals always look elegant!
Today we walked to the tea house across the Highlevel Bridge 
On the way home we will go across the LRT bridge and climb those stairs.
 (if you haven't read the Highlevel Bridge walk..click above on Highlevel Bridge)
The walk is down the valley thru trees!
A bottom view of the Highlevel Bridge.
And here we are at the LRT Bridge.
View of both bridges.

We were able to see the train crossing on top of the High Level Bridge that day!
Now we get to climb the stairs....
At the top...only 2 of you guessed the number of stairs in my High Level Bridge post...
Nancy was the closest...
There are 202 stairs!!
Hope you enjoyed the walk...





Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Long Weekend wrap up...

 Anniversary -Thanksgiving weekend!
On Sunday hubby gave me this anniversary present...

My dad was a collector...he never threw anything away. Hubby had a jar of old keys of my dads. Awhile back  I said I would like one of dad's keys for a necklace...
and here is what hubby did!

The chain is beautiful...it matches the keys perfectly. 
He had both keys engraved...one says 40 years...the other has our initials on it...
the same as he engraved on a tree where we were engaged at a lake by Banff!! 
We celebrated our anniversary supper alone.
 (next weekend we will have a celebration with our children!)
We had supper in a revolving restaurant in Downtown Edmonton...
The building revolves  once every hour and is on the 24th floor...

The building hubby spends his days working in...
Down below...

The river valley...
Our meal was delicious and we revolved around....3 times!!
(Earlier in the day we walked to the Rutherford House...and climbed those stairs..
will post on that later this week and let you know how many stairs there are!)

Thanksgiving Monday we spent with our children and grandchildren!
It was a wonderful long weekend!