Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Favourite Drink Tuesday


Nothing says Christmas like Hot Apple Cider (with alcohol!)

Recipe make 4 servings or 2 depending on how big your mug is.   

4 mugs apple cider
1 mug caramel vodka (Smirnoff)
1 tbsp cinnamon
1/4 cup brown sugar

Mix all the ingredients in a large pot. Heat over medium low heat stirring occasionally until liquid begins to steam. DO NOT OVERHEAT OR YOU WILL BURN OFF THE ALCOHOL!!!) And we don't want that.

Serve in mugs or glasses that you have rimmed with brown sugar. 

Enjoy on a nice frosty winter's evening in front of the fire with friends and loved ones.



Respect... Relax... Enjoy... Dorri

Sunday, November 25, 2012

What I am Reading

Moon Shell Beach - Nancy Thayer
Just finished this book and I loved it. From start to finish I enjoyed it all. A story of two best friends and a secret beach. My great idea for this winter is to only read books about beaches or islands. While in the snowy north or on a beach in the Caribbean. Will help keep me motivated. Along with this Mimosa Per just brought me too lol!

The Cottage at Glass Beach - Heather Barbieri
I just began this new book about a mother and her two daughters on an island on the east coast of the states. The reviews were not exactly stellar but I like to make up my own opinion. So far it is feeling pretty light with a touch of mystery involved. But no matter what I read I always finish to the end even if I absolutely hate it. I will finish this in a couple of days and update you all with my thoughts.

I have a couple more books waiting in the wings in my IBook library. Then I am going to have to google for more sun, sand and surf location books. Ahhh surf... will I get to surf this winter? Spring surfing in Australia on a visit to see Brandon and Meg and maybe some diving in the Great Barrier Reef. I found my Padi dive card the other day while I was searching for Brandon's vaccination cards so it is a possibility!!!

Respect... Relax... Enjoy... Dorri

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Plumbers Heaters and Drywall Hangers?

The plumber/heater dudes finally arrived on Wednesday. We are well on our way to getting the furnaces and boiler rock and rolling. Monday is the scheduled day the propane runs down that line into the house. I am still kinda confused regarding boilers. I know it is the reason we have hot water and in- floor heat in the garage. But doesn't a hot water tank make hot water too? Plumber Andrew is installing faucets, taps & drains in the showers and tubs. Very high tech, the guest bath is equipped with 6 sprayers and a computer to run it!!! If there is ever a problem I am sure we will be calling 911-plumber!! I remember trying to shower at Heather's house once and the shower operated by a pull down thingy on the faucet. I couldn't figure it out lol. Gonna be some stories to tell when our guests step in the shower here.

On Tuesday Perry and I (but mostly Perry) built a deck for the jacuzzi. Decisions decisions...where to place the taps and faucets. I think you get to a point in the home building process that you just realize how many decisions you totally took for granted compared to buying a house and living with someone else's ideas.

We are very grateful and blessed for the opportunity to make these decisions even if they can be somewhat annoying. We hope that we and our families will appreciate and enjoy the results for many years to come. New traditions and memories.

Guest bathroom main floor
Moen IODigital Vertical spa system in a Mirolan shower unit. Should be fun to order the doors correct for this shower.

Bonus room bath
Delta faucet and shower system Venetian Bronze in a Mirolan tub/shower unit.




Sneak peak at the temperature inside the house today while a miserable snowstorm batters the exterior. Yep, not quite the tropics but much warmer than the camper. The  constructions heaters actually do a very good job of keeping the house warm enough for working conditions. My nose gets a little chilly at times and Zzoe definitely sleeps under the covers!! With any luck the mercury on this thermometer will climb substantially on Monday or at the very latest Thursday? Can we hope? Santa can we have heat for Christmas?

To finish on an exciting note the first of the custom cabinet drawings arrived by email today. More to arrive next week. We can start double and triple checking measurements and fine tuning the plans.

Respect... Relax... Enjoy... Dorri

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Favourite Drink Tuesday

I know that I should be sharing recipes more geared for the winter weather we are now enjoying but I am not. I am sharing ones that make me happy spring, summer, winter and fall.....Live on the edge!


When it comes to beverages, I am a huge fan of bubbles; sparkling water & champagne. I love wine but here is something about a glass of champagne that elevates an occasion. Maybe I just really like my crystal champagne glasses! My daughter Ashley went thru a period where all her beverages had to be drank from wine glasses, maybe she was on to something?

Champagne & Strawberry Slushies
16 oz fresh strawberries hulled
750 ml champagne (pink or white)
2 tbsp liquid honey

Divide the bottle in half, pour half in the blender store remaining champagne in the fridge. Add strawberries and honey and blend until smooth. Pour into ice cube trays and freeze. Remove from trays and place in blender. Add the remaining champagne and blend until thick and slushie. Pour into your good champagne glasses and enjoy with the ones you love. No special occasion required. Enjoy!!

Respect... Relax... Enjoy... Dorri

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Bonus Room Bathroom Finishing

I am singing the same ol' tune I have been singing for weeks. The plumber/heater dudes are arriving to finish their jobs on Monday. My fingers are not crossed anymore. Life is what it is, they come, they don't come, whatever!

Perry and I have been working on finishing up one bathroom to use while the rest are getting prepped. We chose the bonus room bathroom as it is the only tub that doesn't require an electrician and we don't want them to come until the plumbers are done. All these crazy spray and steam showers need the electricians to wire them. There is a recessed light in the tub but maybe we can wing that ourselves. Danny can tell us how to install it, the hole is already drilled and the light is just sitting there?

Last week we moved cut central up into the bonus room and Perry started tongue and grooving two of the walls & the vaulted ceiling. Every 12 boards or so he would cut, fit and bring down to the workshop where I stained them. I used Old Masters oil based stain - Fruitwood on poplar wood. A couple coats of satin Diamond Finish Varathane will seal it when all the wood is on the walls. He ran the wire that operates the sky light thru the rafters and out and will t & g the skylight box vertically. There are a lot of confusing angles in this bathroom and I commend Per for keeping the swearing down to a minimum lol. He did a wonderful job with the t & g.

Since this is a small room we are going to hang the drywall ourselves in here as well. Really only a peaked wall behind where the cabinet and toilet will be and about 5 feet of wall above the bathtub unit. Easy peasy right? A small mud job and the horrible job of sanding is not something I look forward to. The reward is painting the drywall a beautiful beachy shade of aqua. The fixtures are all oil rubbed bronze. Slate and pebble tile will then be installed by yours truly. Since all our cabinets in the house are custom (and not complete by any means) we are going to borrow the garage half bath cabinet. It is a very cute copper topped white washed barn board 24" cabinet from Native Trails.

Well that bathroom isn't progressing much while I am blogging so I am off to work.

Respect... Relax... Enjoy... Dorri

Friday, November 16, 2012

Realizations

My son Brandon and Megan; my new daughter-in-law of less than a year; are moving to Australia in 45 days.

I just added a counter to my blog and the realization actually hit me. My baby boy is going more than half way around the world to attend medical school in Wollongong, New South Wales. Like a very heavy weight has been dropped upon my heart. My breath catches and I realize all of a sudden how very far away they will be so very soon. So many changes will happen in their absence. Don't get me wrong, I am very happy for them and I look forward to planning a vacation to Australia to visit them soon. It is just the idea of the distance that is so very hard to accept and knowing that.  On a positive note, and there are many of those, they will experience so many new & hopefully wonderful things. I wonder if their Canadian accents will be replaced with touch of Ozziness. Kangaroos will become as commonplace to them as deer and moose are to us.

Brandon is a caring, sharing, wonderful man who found a beautiful, loving wife in Megan. I believe we have raised him to follow his dreams, aim high, see the world and explore options. Now that it's happening I am hit with a mix of emotions! Follow your dreams my loves.

Laugh when you can, apologize when you should, let go of what you can't change, ,kiss slowly, forgive quickly, play hard, take chances, give everything and have no regrets, life is too short to be anything but happy.

Respect... Relax... Enjoy... Dorri

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Red Sky in the Morning

Red sky in the morning, sailor's warning!  

The wind was blowing like crazy most of yesterday. It blew all the snow out of the trees into drifty drifts for Perry to clean up. Today there is not a whisper of wind. The lake has froze like a sheet of glass likely bumpy.
One big ass hockey rink to play on.

This was the $1,000,000 view from our bedroom this morning around 8:20.... The funny thing about Saskatchewan is that they do not observe the time change. Very dark in the early mornings in winter. Just makes me sleep in longer without the light to wake me up.

Excitement..... My temporary glass shop is ready for a trial run. I am going to have to budget my time between house building and glass now. Hmmmm wonder which one will win out. We will bring in all my glass from the seacan with the skidsteer a little later. I have lots of part sheets to work with for now. I still can hardly imagine all that glass that is out there we had to carry up the stairs, when I moved from Fort St John, to crate it in the garage. It will find a permanent level entry home here. Well until it is made into something fabulous lol.

Respect... Relax... Enjoy...this gorgeous winter day.... Dorri


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Favourite Drink Tuesday




Birthday Cake Martini 

1.5 ounces vanilla vodka 
1.5 ounces cranberry juice 
1/2 ounce champagne 

Rim glass with Sprinkles. Combine vodka and cranberry juice in an ice shaker, half-filled with ice cubes. Shake well. Strain into glass. Top with Champagne. Drop in a cherry. Enjoy!

Any drink with champagne is a good one. 



PS Don't put the champagne in the shaker to save time.... lol

Respect... Relax... Enjoy... Dorri

Sunday, November 11, 2012

What I'm Reading

The Casual Vacancy - I bought this book because I loved the author and her Harry Potter series. Quite the departure but I am enjoying it immensely. Feels a bit like a Mauve Binchy novel. That is the genre I love so I am sure to love this book. There are a lot of  characters, kinda confusing but I think I have them all straightened out now. Looking forward to seeing what happens tomorrow in Pagford.

Respect... Relax... Enjoy... Dorri

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Christmas Lights

Our house with purple, blue & green lights
Today we put up the Christmas lights on our little cabin in the woods. Makes it look so festive now and I am ready for an eggnog. We also put up some lights for Squirrely.... I think he  and his fine feathered friends will appreciate the thought we put into it haha. We likely could have done this on a warmer day as today was about -15 but tomorrow could be -20.

Squirrely's house with pink lights
On a very exciting note we have created a temporary workshop for me in my workshop. Mom and I brought in some shelves, glass & tools from the seacan. I can't really move right in and set up shop as the plumbers are due on Wednesday to finish up all their rough ins but very soon Prism Glassworks will be back in business full steam ahead. It has been  a long break from stained glass.

Respect... Relax... Enjoy... Dorri

Friday, November 9, 2012

Christmas Exchange Gifts

 Cute little Christmas owls. I found this idea somewhere online. I may have pinned it maybe? I thought they would make a cute easy gift for the exchange we do with the Thomas clan. Ooops ohoh stop reading Angela, it is a secret you better look surprised at Christmas. haha

I have learnt that living in Saskatchewan is not very conducive to finding large pinecones in the wilds.... such as the ones I would have had no problem finding in BC. So off to Michael's. Perry and I went last week in PA and bought 2 big bags of cones that smell like cinnamon so that is a bonus I wouldn't have with one I picked myself.

Just need to sew up some teeny tiny Santa hats and cut some felt for the wings, eyes and nose and hot glue it all together. I think I will add a gold cord so they can be hung as well.

Stay tuned, I will upload photos of my owls when complete.

Respect... Relax... Enjoy... Dorri


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Favourite Drink Tuesday

The origins, etymology, and the ingredients used to make the original eggnog drink are debated. Eggnog may have originated in East Anglia, England; or it may have simply developed from posset, a medieval European beverage made with hot milk. The "nog" part of its name may stem from the word "noggin", a Middle English term used to describe a small, carved wooden mug used to serve alcohol. However, the British drink was also called an Egg Flip (from the practice of "flipping" (rapidly pouring) the mixture between two pitchers to mix it). Another story is that the term derived from "egg and grog", a common Colonial term used for the drink made with rum. Eventually that term was shortened to "egg'n'grog", then "eggnog".

In Britain, the drink was popular mainly among the aristocracy; dairy products and eggs were rarely consumed by the lower classes due to their high cost and lack of refrigeration. Those who could get milk and eggs mixed it with brandy, Madeira or sherry to make a drink similar to modern alcoholic egg nog.

The drink crossed the Atlantic to the English colonies during the 18th century. Since brandy and wine were heavily taxed, rum from the Triangular Trade with the Caribbean was a cost-effective substitute. The inexpensive liquor, coupled with plentiful farm and dairy products, helped the drink become very popular in America.When the supply of rum to the newly-founded United States was reduced as a consequence of the American Revolutionary War, Americans turned to domestic whiskey, and eventually bourbon in particular, as a substitute.              ~Thanks Wikipedia for the info :) 

Homemade Colonial Eggnog Recipe

 

Ingredients:
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 cups granulated white sugar
  • 2 cups heavy cream, divided
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 cup dark rum
Directions:
  1. Whisk together egg yolks and granulated sugar until thick and pale yellow. Set aside.
  2. Combine one cup heavy cream, milk and vanilla in a large saucepot on medium heat. Heat slowly until hot and just about to simmer.
  3. Slowly pour hot milk into egg mixture, stirring continuously to temper. Pour back into saucepan.
  4. Continue heating on medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture begins to thicken slightly. Do not allow mixture to come to a boil or it will curdle.
  5. Remove from heat, stir in cinnamon and nutmeg, then set aside to cool. Meanwhile, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form.
  6. Fold in egg whites into custard, along with remaining heavy cream. Add alcohol if desired. Sprinkle with nutmeg before serving. Serves 6. 
 They have these shaped stencils at the Dollar Store....Its so easy to make these drinks look really special. Simply hold the stencil over the cup and sprinkle a generous amount of nutmeg over it when you take the stencil away from your cup you will see this beautiful design. 

Thank you Sarah for the recipe and research sarahontheblog.blogspot.ca

Now drink responsibly people and enjoy.
Respect... Relax... Enjoy... Dorri

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Moving Day.... Camping Out in the House

Headed to the lake last week with a trailer full of wood ready for the fireplace. Pine and birch cut and split. In these really cool bags for storage. We are still waiting for the top of the chimeny chase to be complete before we can fire up that baby for heat. But when that happens we are definitely ready and waiting.

Together we are stronger.... disappointing that the siding will not be finished till spring but there are lots of other jobs to be completed. I am going to cover the deck with Christmas lights and maybe you will not even notice the housewrap haha. Building a house will either kill you or teach you compromise and patience.



 We are finally out of the freezing cold trailer and into a nice cozy room in the house. I am pretending this is our little one room cabin in the woods!! Keep saying that over and over again Dorri. One wall is finished with tongue and groove I pickled white and then glazed with a touch of walnut to warm it up. Our little Sub Zero bar fridge and the 15" wine cooler will work for refridgeration and we have a bbq, microwave, hot plate, toaster oven, slow cooker and coffee maker. All the necessities of life. One bathroom no shower. Thanks mom and dad for keeping us clean once in a while. Plumbers are on target for a return trip in 2 weeks so who knows maybe we will get more bathrooms going than we know what to do with. Hoping to see the drywallers very soon.

We screwed down treated lumber on the front deck to keep the snow off the Fiberon decking boards that are stored underneath till spring. Perry and I put the BBQ up there by the front door, easy access to our temporary quarters. I moved my squirrely house to under a little grove of spruce trees across the driveway from the front deck. Hung up another bird feeder. We can still watch the antics of Mr. Squirrely protecting his territory from the chipmunks and birds.

Respect... Relax... Enjoy.... Dorri