Monday, May 25, 2015

Toll-house cookies with tea.

On this rainy day, the mouse-house got a going-over and the cookie jar was filled.

Audrey helps make the bed....her way. It never looks right to me but I don't complain. She doesn't care anyway.

And she helped me do the dishes. Bless her.
                                                        "You missed a spot"

But, when it comes to baking, all cats must keep their distance so I wait until they are in a deep snooze.
Today I made Toll-house Cookies or Chocolate Chip, as I call them. Until now, I wondered why the famous chocolate chip cookie was sometimes called Toll-house cookies. Here's why...

So yummy!

(I mix the old fashioned way because, well....I'm old.)

                                       ORIGINAL TOLL-HOUSE COOKIES
1 c plus 2 tbsp of flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c butter softened
6 tbsp white sugar
6 tbs brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp water
1 egg
1 cup (or less) chocolate chips

Sift together flour,soda and salt
set aside
Combine butter. sugars,vanilla and water
Beat until creamy
Beat in egg
Add flour mixture
Mix well
Stir in chips
Drop by tspn full on prepared cookie sheet
Bake 10 - 12 minutes at 375

If you want smaller cookies just drop by 1/2 teaspoonful on sheet.

These are great cookies to have with tea. Which is just what we did.

Have a good day. Enjoy a cuppa. :)

I'm joining Sandi at for Tea-time.
hugs, Deb

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Baby Audrey and a blog you just may enjoy.

At 3 months of age, when our foster kitten, Audrey, saw her reflection

she saw this...
And since she never left her foster home :-b, we were doomed from the start.

All the lilacs that filled the mouse-house with a heavenly scent are now done. The last of them were put in the compost today. I really doubt that I will bring lilacs into the house again. I have been finding, and Audrey has been hunting huge ants all week long. Never do I remember ants this size hiding inside the lilac blooms. They grow them big in these here parts. :( I think I'll just enjoy them on the bushes from now on. They still look lovely outside.

I have added Greek yogurt to my diet lately.  I have also added it to Kane's daily diet, too. The probiotics may help improve his immune system (which is very challenged these days) and 20gr of protein per cup will benefit me since I don't eat meat. It's delicious, too. You can read up on it's health benefits here.
and thank you to Hilary at for her post informing us of it's benefits.

So, there is a blog for you to visit today. A very down-to-earth (love that), beautiful, informative (she's a weaver) and funny blog.  You'll love meeting Hilary.

have a great Sunday
hugs, Deb

Saturday, May 23, 2015

I see more tea in my future.

Guess what I found today?
                                           A tea-room in the town of Manotick.

Oh, oh. I`m in trouble now.
This lovely, quaint little restaurant served the biggest, BESTest scones along with delicious coffee to start the day. And, we tried their omelettes;  mine was cheese & mushroom and the retired-guy had mushroom and bacon. They were delicious.
Tea is served in pretty china cups :) and the ladies are fabulous.

It was too busy on the other side of the antique side-board to take photos but I`ll be back and hopefully get some then. Very attractive . The feature of the day was mile-high lemon pie.

Our table for two overlooked a beautiful lilac tree.

It`s fun getting to know the town of Manotick. There is a Farmer`s Market on Saturday `til 2pm so I just may drop by there next weekend.

The sun is shining.
It promises to be a fine day.

But first, someone needs a combing when she `rises and shines.`

Hugs, Deb

Friday, May 22, 2015

Audrey learns the 'F' word

Audrey is still getting over the shock of the F word(s) today.
Fluffy, feathered, frolicking freeloaders. They just happened to pay us a visit today and stayed around the mouse-house for a good hour. Just long enough to have Audrey in a state of shock.

                                  "WTF (Fluffy, feathered, frolicking freeloaders.)"!!

Daddy, mommy and 6 baby geese.
I headed outside while AUDREY contemplated which sauce would be best on them.

But...I knew better than to go too close. Just look at the stink-eye I got here.
                                               "Holy Dinah...I'm out of here."

Apparently, you never want a goose to get mad at you. Especially a Canada Goose. Dad was ready for me. So, I have to be happy with lousy photos AND I just know the sauces are flying in the kitchen.

hugs, Deb

Thursday, May 21, 2015

A recipe and fun gardening

Fresh out-of-the-oven blueberry loaf.
Big enough to cut in half and share with a loved-one. :)

1/2 c butter, melted & cooled
1 tbsp olive oil
2 c flour
1 1/4 c sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 c milk
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 c blueberries
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Prepare your 9" pan
 Mix together flour,sugar,powder,salt.
In a smaller bowl, mix butter, oil, milk, eggs, vanilla
Stir wet into dry 
Fold in berries
Bake in prepared pan

55 minutes

Both purple and white lilacs grow on our property.
And, on the other side of our fence and along the ditch there is a beautiful lilac tree in full bloom.
I guess that one is for the 'walkers' that pass by the mouse-house every morning.

Must be a pretty funny dream, Audrey. Haha! ;-)

I've been adding more flowers around the front because...well, I just can't stop.
The pansies look so pretty in all the different colours.
I have just one more to plant and a few more other flowers to pot up.
The grass seed should soon take and hopefully we'll have fresh new grass to cut.

I'm in good company here. :)

(I'm being stalked by a retired-guy ;-)
Enjoy your gardens.
Enjoy your Spring.

I'm joining Farmgirl Blog Hop at
hugs, Deb

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Doing good with old rubbish.

It was on her third try that Audrey successfully drew me out of bed this morning. First, she's calm and pats me gently on the face. I always acknowledge her with a cuddle then place her on the floor. Round two is never as nice. She bats me on the head and walks across my chest. I do believe by this time she is wearing army boots. "Five more minutes, monkey." She leaps from the bed to the dresser so she can turn herself around and take a good run for it to land once again on my head. This time she waffs me across the nose. I give up and the day has dawned. Breakfast is served.

                                          "I was hungry."

It was time to load up all our scrap metal and find a place to drop it off. It just so happened that while we were in North Gower yesterday, we drove by a building that had a sign...VILLAGE KITTEN RESCUE and it listed all the items you could drop off there. Metal and steel was on the list. The money from these items would help to feed homeless cats and kittens in the Ottawa and surrounding areas. So............that's where we took it.
A few of these items were found in amongst the old trees.

The owners were friendly and very happy to have the load delivered. It was a win-win situation. One more pile gone from our lot and a few kittens will enjoy a good meal. I'll be passing their name on to others and keep them in mind for the future. Oh yes, I didn't leave without meeting one little black and white guy, 8 weeks old named Max. Adorable. Since they were not supposed to be home when we arrived I didn't bring my camera. Next time.

2345 Perkins Dr.
P.O.Box 430
North Gower, Ont.
K0A 2T0

hugs, Deb

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A productive long-weekend.


The weekend was so beautiful. Three days of gorgeous, warm sunny weather. Other than celebrating my grandittle Riley's birthday, I spent much of the holiday weekend at home just puttering about. I planted a few flowers at the well and we had another big burn of old brush and branches. I also started to clean up my little cat grave-yard and added some pretty purple asylum. I raked around it again and picked up all the broken branches. It looks much better now but is no-where finished. The grass was cut at the mouse-house and a few fence-posts were repaired. I discovered we have white lilacs. :)
I moved one of my bird-houses to where I can see it from the window. So far, I think we have some nesting blue-jays but I can't see the nest yet. They are staying close to one tree and feeding at the bottom of it. Good sign. They are very vocal these days.

I crack up at this tree stump. When I approach it I am entering into the land of fairy tales.
Annie wants you to know she spent most of the weekend on the dog's bed.
He was outside with us and she knew it. :)

hugs, Deb