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I'm a Canadian now residing in Sunny Arizona since 2002. Although I've been a city girl all of my life, I've always loved the country and the laid back life it offers. My love of the Outdoors, Animals,and Gardening comes from my mom Cecile, who loved her home in the country, but sadly passed away in 2005. I promised her I would grow a garden in her name, And I finally did, five years later. One of my best memories of her is how much she loved her garden. The glow on her face when she would show me something new, always creating a life with things she loved. She loved all animals. She taught me simplicity, to enjoy the small things, and see beauty in everything. Today I find myself doing the same things she did in her garden and in life. This blog was created to keep track of my projects and adventures. They may not all be successes, but my goal is to remain unintimidated by whatever engages my curiosity. I want to share this adventure with those who can appreciate the small things, the trial and errors, the simplicity in it all, but mostly,what my mom knew how to do best,just have FUN! *This blog is dedicated to her*

Oct 2, 2013

A Much Needed Break...

Well it's been months since my last post. I wasn't sure weather I should keep this blog up, but I could not imagine myself letting go of it either. I have been out of touch, there's so much that had to be done around the house...lots has changed too, I lost some furry companions. Sad times took the best of me and my motivation was lost. The best part of all this was family visiting me for a while. I sure miss them...

These days I find myself much more motivated since preparing my fall garden.. ahhh true therapy.
The weather is getting cooler in the evenings. It's been a very hot summer so this is a welcome change :)

These interesting times have also caused a setback in my plans,  frustrating to say the least. Loss of hours at work has made everything very difficult.
So being more creative with what I do have is key to keeping my sanity. lol. Also, learning to live off the grid is very eye-opening. We are so dependent on superficial things and  government handouts. It's actually sad.  I want to be ahead of things, be prepared.

I have been learning about old skills, cooking and baking from scratch, and loving spending time in the kitchen. This is probably what I enjoy doing best.
I have found great deals at various thrift shops and yard sales. One that comes to mind is my favorite; a Romertopf clay pot. This is a beauty. Countless recipes can be done with this piece. Made the best Artisan bread I have ever made. This one is a keeper, and tons more bread will be made in this great find  :)  

TaDa!  This bread just melted in my mouth. Delicious and simple. 
Other items I am hoping to come across is a Grain Mill and a Pasta Maker. All hand powered tools, just like our ancestors used. Being less dependant on electricity is something I am working on gradually.
The holidays are creeping up once more, and although I cannot see  family this year I still do plan on spending lots of time in my awesome tiny kitchen, throwing flour around and playing with new recipes. I really enjoy the gift of giving, especially homemade goods.
Pumpkin is everywhere these days. There's not one single place that doesn't offer some type of pumpkin treat. I am trying to decide which pumpkin recipe will be a winner this year...sigh so many to chose from.

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