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I'm a mother of four grandmother of seven and great grandmother of one. I have many hobbies and interests but gardening and rug hooking are my main interest at the moment. I live with my husband in the house that we built with the help of my brothers and have been married for 49 years.

Friday, April 17, 2015

SPRING HAS ARRIVED

I ventured in the yard with the camera to take a peek at how things looked garden-wise. I have so much work to do because I didn't cleaned my flowerbeds last Fall as I was very busy sorting out through thousands of ceramic molds, paints, glazes and supplies for a couple of months.

With the heavy snow we had this winter, everything is flattened pretty badly. I'm not sure if my flowering bushes have survived.  They are pretty tough but they have their limit.
These photos are but a small sample of my flower beds.
To take a closer look double click on the pictures.


The snow is almost all gone from my daylily flower bed and the bush by the road has suffered a lot this winter. Thank goodness I cleaned that big one last Fall but the narrow daylily flowerbed by the driveway has not been cleaned.




Here's a shot of my large Peonie.


The Hosta  bed next to the Peonie


Things are starting to grow but the bed needs cleaning before things grows more.


My daylilies poking out.

Snow in the frontyard



The St John River is on the rise and has just opened up this week.


The plow has torn the sod and deposited in the snow bank.


Squirrel #7 has been caught and released.


Maple trees are budded.

Thanks for your visit and I love your comments.
Have a super weekend.
JB

Monday, April 13, 2015

D IS FOR DONUTS & M IS FOR MOUSTACHE

I finally tried the raised donuts recipe I got from my good blogger friend Nellie of Berries and More.
They were so quick and easy to make and were light as a feather and so good. My husband approved. I'll make them again for sure. It makes a big batch so I may cut the recipe in two next time.



My husband is using my big Canon camera and wasn't sure which button to push. He finally found the right one and that is what you get. I'm almost done cutting out the donuts. I'm not good at posing for photos and  look a bit apprehensive....


So many doughnuts, and those are large pans. It's a good thing they are not too fattening as these were baked and not deep fried.  I used my convection oven and baked them for 5 to 6 minutes instead of the 10 minutes. They were perfect...


 I  sparingly brushed a bit of melted butter on and rolled them in sugar and cinnamon but used a lot less butter than it asked for in the recipe. They were so tasty.

I've been hooking every opportunity I had lately on the border and a bit of background, and I'm slowly making some progress and enjoying every minutes of it.

 I have an issue with the green wool  for some area of the rug and I plan to rip up and dye some more wool that will hopefully match the color from the first batch better. Right now it pretty blotchy especially the last area of the green I hooked.


James and Daniel playing in the sandbox on Sunday afternoon. The first really warm day this spring.


James has grown a moustache lately and Skype me to show me. This was a photo from a Smart Phone.

Spring is finally here and I've seen some Red Breasted Robins in the backyard and I made my wish.

I appreciate your visit,  and your comments makes my heart sing. Thanks for stopping by.

JB