Friday, January 3, 2014

Glass Jar Craft

I tried my hand at making Glass Jar gifts for Christmas, and they actually turned out to be quite easy to make.  I bought the glass jars at our local Home Depot. I happen to have the lights at home. At least have 20 lights on the set. then put any ribbon on you like.  I chose to use burlap, which I purchased at our local farm market (Hennigars), also I got the things to glue on top of the burlap and Hennigars also.  Gift in total cost, around $20. Not bad I say, so here goes:

 First you start with the glass jar. Insert your lights in the hole provided.
 This is what I picked out to put on this one. I don't over complicate things.
 I could only find this burlap at our farmers market. They had some at Michaels but not the size I wanted.
 So I cut enough to go all away around, then hot glued it together.

 Cut enough to go the other way, glue that. Which is the fun part.
 I didn't wait around, I moved on to the next step.
 Glued on the star.
 I put a lot of glue on it to make sure it would hold.
Then lite her up. I would say she will like it. I did, so I made two more so all the girls in the family will have one.  Did you make any homemade gifts for Christmas gifts?

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Sugar Free Bread

I have decided to start seeing a naturopath for my IBD condition where the specialists have been trying me on drugs I don't want any part of and say my next options are even stronger drugs or surgery and he said no but what he doesn't know is my answer would have been no also, that is only last resort options to me and I am no where near there.  So the naturopath has me on a 3 week elimination diet where you are stripped of many food groups, including gluten, dairy, sugar free, wheat and for me red meat ,potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, certain fruit, no liquior, 1 coffee a day (all of which cause inflammation). But I am very focused when I am given a task and I will give this 100 %.  So in the last 3 weeks the only problem was finding a bread that had minus everything she wanted so after a couple weeks there was one my daughter found on pinterest and of course I tweeked it to what I had in the house, where having IBD having raw salads are a big no no also, it is hard to find something to keep you full a little longer.  So here is my recipe for the bread and only mixing in a bowl required, which I am happy with.  Of course it is a little dry, but what gluten free bread isn't, right.  I toast it and put organic peanut butter on it and I am a happy girl :) , so here goes:

1/2 cup gluten free flour (I used 2 c rice flour)
1/2 cup sorghum flour or extra 1/2 cup gluten free. But I substituted both for the rice.
1 tsp xanthan gum (I used maple syrup)
1/4 cup ground flax
5 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt
5 eggs
1/3 cup coconut oil - melted
1/2 cup water
2 tsps. apple cider vinegar
 
Oven 350 degrees
Whisk flour(s), gum, flax, baking powder, soda & salt.  Set aside.
In another bowl beat eggs & add melted coconut oil, water and vinegar.
Beat well
add dry ingredients, mix well. Pour batter in greased loaf pan.
Makes 1 loaf.
Cook 35 - 40 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean (mine was 40 mins)
Once cool keep in the refridgerator and enjoy.
 
 Easy mixing

Easy baking

 
I had to take my rubber utensil and gently get the sides lose then came out easy. Easy peasy I say, enjoy.


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

We decided to take a drive to Yarmouth.  It is in Western Nova Scotia, and since they have taken the ferry away that travels from Yarmouth to Portland and Bar Harbour I think it has hurt the town. There is a lighthouse there that I was interested in visiting so we took the over 2 hr drive.  We started at a Restaurant called the Rudder. A very nice place overlooking the water. It is a restaurant and pub and they brew their own beer on site. I was on a strict diet plan so I couldn't be a good judge on food, but my husband said he really liked the fish, only lightly coated so you get more of the fish.  So if you are there give it a try, so here goes:


Nice rustic atmosphere, comfy, can eat inside or out on the patio.
 
Overlooking the harbor.

It was such a foggy day, as we get a lot of fog along our coast line. I could hear the birds making lots of noise so I had to zoom in and pray something came out, this is a little piece of land in the water.
 
Our next stop was a Cape Forchu Lightstation, it is only a 10 minute drive from Yarmouth.
 

The lighthouse is sitting on top of volcanic rock that was formed many many years ago.


Some of the volcanic rock.




A very nice place to visit, very well kept, a must see if you are in the area.
 
 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The 81st Apple Blossom Festival

It is the 81st Festival, and there are many, many activities a person can take part in. For example even before the weekend they have the many princess teas to take part in.  When our daughter was Princess Wolfville we had the opportunity to be part of this and it was so much fun. They go on to the Ceremony in picking a Queen.  This year Princess New Minas, Michelle Saade, got Queen. There has only been 2 other Queens picked from New Minas in the festival history.  The girls are no stop busy the entire time and after the festival. Then there is many events the whole time, like the fair comes to town, concerts, special appearances, fireworks, childrens parade, grand street parade, duck races. And of course you are in Nova Scotia so there is also beer gardens, wine tours, and that is just to name a few.  This year the weather was perfect to show off our beautiful Valley. Our Festival is making a big name for itself.  For example an estimated 80,000 people attended the Grand Street parade alone. 1500 people attended the Valleys Got Talent. 410 people attended the Coronation Ceremony.  The fireworks drew approximately 18,000 people! The Childrens parade had 850 entries, while the Grand Street parade had 110.  So there is no doubt people went away happy. For us we chose to go to the Grand Street Parade and can share a couple pictures of that.  So here goes:

This is our new Queen Annapolisa LXXXl Michelle Saade, New Minas.

Our RCMP make an awesome appearance.

The Princess floats were awesome this year!

Another Valley Princess

Princess Kentville

I believe this is Coldbrook

Winsdor had a beautiful float, and their Princess was Lady in Waiting, Candace Kimball.

And our hometown Wolfville float.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Knot, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

Well summer is almost here, and a few road trips are in the air.  I can wait to get to the ocean as soon as it warms up enough to enjoy.  So we had our second road trip, and this time decided to go to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.  With stops in Mahone Bay and Chester.  I was told of a little restaurant in Lunenburg that I must eat at, and of course being the fish and chip girl, I am ready to try some new places and give my recommendation, gladly :).  So we ate at a little pub in Lunenburg called "The Knot". I have never heard of it and have drove by it many times on the drive into Lunenburg.  It isn't hidden or anything, but it is before you enter the main streets and is totally unnoticeable, but this time knowing what street name to look for, it was a piece of cake to find.  So looking on the outside I was skeptic and if I wasn't told by a reliable source I wouldn't have went in.  But was pleasantly surprised when I did.  The staff were friendly, the place was clean, and the food was quick and the price was amazing and good.  So I will give it a check mark for places to go.

 
As I said, Don't judge a book by its cover. My price was $6.50 for a 1 piece fish and chips, and that is the best price in Nova Scotia that I have found so far, and my plate was full, and home cut fries.  I have a picture of it and am having difficulty getting it on. My husbands order was 2 piece for $10.00. Gotta love it!
 
This is also another place we have eaten, it is located right on the waterfront. and it is a very nice restaurant, you can either eat inside or outside. Prices may be higher but the food is good.
 
I am sure anyone who has been to Lunenburg has seen these beautiful red buildings, where there is a restaurant, museum, gift shop.
 
This isn't the real Bluenose, but I liked it.
 
Here is another place we have ate at.  And it was very good also.
 
 
So for anyone visiting Nova Scotia, Lunenburg is a must see.