Canada Garden: 2010

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Gray Day

It was gray and misty today and WaRM!  Tomorrow even warmer--59 degrees predicted for New Year's Eve,  then cold again for New Year's Day.  In the meantime, my plan  for the after-Christmas let-down and these gray days is to keep the house filled with flowers!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Wednesday Flowers

Our little house was full of  people we love this Christmas season.  It sure is quiet around here now.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Glorious Mess












Thanks to one of my flower shop friends (Trigs Floral & Home)  for posting this quote on their facebook wall this morning:  
"One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas Day.  Don't clean it up too quickly.--Andy Rooney". 
Judson & Rachel, Betsy & Kyle
We are thankful thankful for the mess
in our living room this morning :)

Warren & V, Mark's parents

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Ike

 
It was GrEaT having Isaac home for a few days!  We miss him, but we're glad he's happy.  Can't wait to visit him in Colorado.




Sunday, December 19, 2010

Biscotti for Santa

 
Giada from the Food Network shared this recipe.  We made them while mama and PJ were here, with a few little changes,  and they turned out really good!

2 cups flour and 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder:  mix together in a bowl (Why do they always say to use another bowl?  I just use the measuring cup.)
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature
1 tsp lemon zest
(and I added a little almond flavoring too)
1/4 tsp salt
2 large eggs
3/4 cup pistachios, coarsely chopped
2/3 cup dried cranberries (I didn't have enough cranberries the first time, so I added some dried blueberries.  PJ says she's going to use cherries)
12 oz good quality white chocolate (The chocolate was a mess.  Almond bark worked/tasted much better.)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
Mix together the sugar, butter, lemon zest, almond flavoring, salt.  Beat in the eggs one at a time.  Add flour mixture and beat just til blended.  Stir in the nuts & berries.

Form the dough into a 13 inch long, 3 inch wide log on the baking sheet.  Bake til light golden, about 40 minutes.  Cool for 30 minutes.

Using a sharp serrated knife, cut the log on a diagonal into 1/2 to 3/4 inch slices.  Arrange slices on the baking sheet, and bake til pale golden, about 15 minutes.  I turned mine and baked a few more minutes on the other side.

Melt the chocolate (good luck)  or almond bark as directed.  Giada says to dip one end of the biscotti  and shake off any excess.  I dipped just the bottom side.  Mark likes them plain.  Let cool and store in airtight container for up to 4 days.  She says you can freeze for up to 3 weeks.  I'm going to try that. 

Okay, hope Santa likes biscotti & coffee!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Life Changes. . . but Love is Forever

Sitting on Santa's Lap--1960?
Mama and PJ and Jeff's visit was such a nice surprise for Christmas!  When mama saw this collage sitting on the bookshelf, she said "who made this?"  Made me laugh, cause she made it for me in 1974.  Thirty-six years ago!  
Tommy and I were just married and it was my first Christmas away from mama and the kids.  I was so homesick for them and she sent me a box of Christmas ornaments for the tree and this collage.  I have treasured it all these years.  
Back then, we didn't have the money to go to Wal-Mart and buy a bunch of decorations.  I'm glad we didn't, because I wouldn't have this one.  


The sequined wreath is a little pin that mama used to make to give away.  We always had one on our coats.

The saying "Life Changes Season to Season, Year to Year, but Love is Forever" is from a Christmas card that Tommy gave me.  So ironic and so true.  He was with me for only a few years, but he changed my life.

And the bottom picture is of all us kids, on the back steps of the house on highway 60, all dressed up on our way to church.

Okay, what's your favorite Christmas decoration?  

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Peonies in December

Aren't these miraculous?  Six gorgeous stems and every one of them opened perfectly.  All the way from South America.  Thank you floral industry :)

Friday, December 10, 2010

Candlescape

It's been a great Friday night, sitting around visiting with my mom and PJ and Jeff :)

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

My Friend Grace

Those of you who have been reading here all these years may have heard me mention my friend Grace.  She was the inspiration for this blog and when she asked me to help her with her wedding flowers, she inspired me to go to flower school too.    We don't get together very often, but it's always so nice to see her and catch up.  Recently she visited The Farm for the first time, and guess what?  She loves The Farm too!  Well, that's really not such a surprise.  Most everybody who visits falls in love with it too.  Here's Grace's take on The Farm over on her  blog Grace Uncensored.  Thanks Grace!

Monday, December 06, 2010

Walking Stick

Yesterday  while I was going through my daily blog tour, I found this new (to me) blog called From The Soil, by a gardener in Champaign.  Great garden inspiration from a neighbor just a hundred miles or so to the east of this garden.  Gardening is taking a back seat to Christmas decorating right now, but I am already feeling a case of spring fever coming on. . .











Mark helped me put lights on this shrub back when we had a weekend of near-70 degree temps.  We're missing that weather now!  Lori gave me this walking stick a few years ago and I love it.  During the summer,  the leaves are nothing special and totally cover the interesting lines. But it's a star during the winter months, especially when it's covered with snow.
I woke up with a crappy cold this morning.   Mark, my own personal weatherman, tells me it might get down to ZeRo tonight.  This early?  That's not right!?!  But we're hoping for warmer temps this weekend, cause my mom & my sis are coming!  Yay!  Okay, going to make some hot lemonade now.  Gotta get well  so we can enjoy our visit. . .

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Under the Tree

Doesn't Betsy look cute in her ponytail?  
Can't wait to see her under our tree :)

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A Note to My Sister PJ

 
This one's for you, sis, and you don't even have to bake for it :)   The guy at the shipping place wasn't happy.  He said it's too big and too light and might get crushed by all the other big HeAvY packages that will get piled on top of it.   I hope it gets there safe and sound and that you have a happy happy thanksgiving!   I love you.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Tuesday Red & Green

These days, getting ready for Thanksgiving means getting ready for Christmas.  Glitter, glitter everywhere!    Even the treadmill is glittered :)  Maybe I will put a garland on it too . . .  This piece went to a fundraiser.   Hope it makes someone happy. 

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Good-bye Fall, Hello Christmas

This is the piece that's been on my door at work for the last couple of weeks.  It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving is less than a week away!  I'm more than ready for pumpkin pie :)   And actually,  I'm ready to let the fall colors go and  start decorating for Christmas.  .  .

This will be our first time in seven or eight years to have an "official" Christmas tree.   Once the boys got older, I just quit on traditional trees.  A couple of years ago, I did make something fancy, but pretty much it's been tiny little trees or a dozen roses with evergreens in a vase.

This year,  Betsy & Kyle are coming to see us, and that means a real tree again : )     We went today to look around and an old forgotten, but familiar discussion began--artificial or real? white lights or colors? floor-to-ceiling or tabletop-to-ceiling?  So many decisions, no wonder we have to start before Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

More on Pumpkins + Paint

 
I love it when the dining room table is all cleaned off and there's something pretty in the middle.  Right now you can't see the pumpkin because the table is serving as the official catch-all for everything that I've brought into the house this week.  'Course I won't bother to show that to you, but here's a glimpse at that painting party I was telling you about:

I haven't given up on fall yet, even though I'm really looking forward to decorating for Christmas this year.  Betsy & Kyle are coming!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Jewelry Trees

We were talking about decorating Christmas trees with jewelry over on The Farm's blog, and this is what happened at my house :)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Betsy & Kyle Christmas












 
What you don't see here is the big smile on MY face.  Thanks to Judson and Rachel for the time, effort, and expense.  These are priceless.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Lilla & G Man

Mark took these shots last weekend when the sun was shining.  Today, it's a cloudy, drizzly Saturday.  Chili weather.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

More From the Party

Design Master is a line of spray paint that comes in a bunch of different types and colors.  Their website is full of ideas for having your own painting party!  Once you get going, it's hard to stop--you'll be looking around to see what else you can find to paint :)

Monday, November 08, 2010

Painted Pumpkins


There was a painting party on the patio this weekend!  Beautiful weather for it.  I  really got inspired by Jodi Duncan's class a couple of weeks ago in St. Louis.

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Sunday

Mama bought this beautiful pottery bowl for me last time we were at The Farm together. 

Monday, November 01, 2010

It Was Happy :)












We had fun last night--lots more trick or treaters than the last few years.    It was so nice to see Travis and Dan with their families.  Since we didn't have our boys here, seeing them was the next best thing.  Our Betsy & Kyle celebrated Halloween last night with Micky Mouse at Disney World.  Can't wait to see those pictures!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Before Pictures

More pictures from last weekend, before the frost.  Mark and I made a trip to St. Louis, so I didn't get out there today to see what happened.  Can't believe tomorrow's the last day of October!