Monday, December 23, 2013

The December Photo Challenge

December 23/2013
#23 - Scarf

Here our is our little Yorkie Zzoe all wrapped up in my favourite scarf from Abercrombie & Fitch. He wasn't too impressed about being my model for Day 23.

Relax... Respect... Enjoy...Stay wrapped up and warm during these frigid days... Dorri

Sunday, December 22, 2013

The December Photo Challenge

December 22/2013
#22 - OOTD

And like my failed blog series "What I Wore Wednesday" my clothes are boring and not interesting enough for posts. Silver jeans, Ugg boots and a cool henley style tunic from Signals one size too big lol!
Looking forward to the end of heavy warm clothes and the return of shorts and tshirts.

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

Saturday, December 21, 2013

The December Photo Challenge

December 21/2013
#21 - Tree Topper

Angel topper on the left is 20 odd years old and resides on the Lakehouse tree. Cool tin angel on the right is about 7 years old and adorns the condo gold tinsel tree. I love an angel on the top of the tree compared to a star. Megan's family as the same angel on the left on their tree. Must be fate.

Tree Topper Angels
Often, people would place angels on the very top of their Christmas trees to symbolize the significance of the angels who appeared high above Bethlehem to joyfully announce Jesus' birth on the first Christmas. If they didn't use an angel ornament as a tree topper, they usually used a star, to represent the bright star that appeared in the sky to guide people to Jesus' birthplace. 
By placing angels on the top of their Christmas trees, some people were also making a statement of faith intended to scare any evil spirits away from their homes.
Relax... Respect... Enjoy...the angels in your life... Dorri

Friday, December 20, 2013

The December Photo Challenge

December 20/2013
#20 - Tree

O Christmas Tree O Christmas Tree of all the trees most lovely....
The 7 ' gold artificial tree resides at our condo in Melfort and the real 15' spruce tree is at the Lakehouse. So much fun to put up trees and decorate and so much work to take down and put away. 

Relax... Respect... Enjoy... back to wrapping presents... Dorri

Thursday, December 19, 2013

The December Photo Challenge

December 19/2013
#19 - Santa Hat

I bought a couple santa hats one year from Victoria's Secret, not sure what happened to the other one, I think I gave it to Ashley. Leopard print silk and maribou... not really me but here it is anyways. 

Names for Santa around the world:
BelgiumPere Noel
BrazilPapai Noel
ChileViejo Pascuero (“Old Man Christmas”)
ChinaDun Che Lao Ren (“Christmas Old Man”)
FrancePere Noel
GermanyWeihnachtsmann (“Christmas Man”)
HungaryMikulas (St. Nicholas)
ItalyBabbo Natale
JapanHoteiosho (a god or priest who bears gifts)
NorwayJulenissen (“Christmas gnome”)
PolandSwiety Mikolaj (St. Nicholas)
RussiaDed Moroz (“Grandfather Frost”)
SwedenJultomten (“Christmas brownie”)
United KingdomFather Christmas

Relax... Respect... Enjoy... however you celebrate the season ... Dorri

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The December Photo Challenge

December 18/2013
#18 - Candy Cane

Who doesn't love a good candy cane. Found this jumbo one in Shoppers Drug Mart today doing some last minute gift shopping for my family. 240 calories....if you eat the whole thing at once.

According to a popular account, in 1670, in CologneGermany, the choirmaster at Cologne Cathedral, wishing to remedy the noise caused by children in his church during the Living Crèche tradition of Christmas Eve, asked a local candy maker for some sweet sticks for them. In order to justify the practice of giving candy to children during worship services, he asked the candy maker to add a crook to the top of each stick, which would help children remember the shepherds who paid visit to infant Jesus. In addition, he used the white colour of the converted sticks to teach children about theChristian belief in the sinless life of Jesus. From Germany, the candy canes spread to other parts of Europe, where they were handed out during plays reenacting the Nativity.
A recipe for straight peppermint candy sticks, white with colored stripes, was published in 1844. The candy cane has been mentioned in literature since 1866, was first mentioned in association with Christmas in 1874, and as early as 1882 was hung on Christmas trees. Chicago confectioners the Bunte Brothers filed the earliest patents for candy cane making machines in the early 1920s.

Relax... Respect... Enjoy...the tastes of the season... Dorri

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The December Photo Challenge

December 17/2013
#17 - Lock Screen

I like to change my lock screen all the time. According to the seasons, what strikes my fancy and to see pics of my  new little grandson Sawyer. Here is my Holiday Pic Collage picture of Sawyer and Ashley. How cute is he?

Relax... Respect... Enjoy...this little cute and his mommy... Dorri

Monday, December 16, 2013

The December Photo Challenge

December 16/2013
#16 - Lights

The lights around the front of the Lakehouse. I just strung the lights thru out the pines, spruces and birch.... in and out and over and under.... I am not sure how many strings I "strang" but it was a lot. The most pretty of them all are the strings that are blue, green and purple.... I added about 6 more of those this year. I put them about half way up the posts on the front deck. Not enough ambition or enough warm weather to string them all the way to the top lol!!! It's really nice to be able to find our way home from mom and dads' in the dark with the twinkle of the Christmas lights. 

Christmas lights are lights used for decoration around Christmas. The custom goes back to the use of candles to decorate the Christmas tree in upper-class homes in 18th-century Germany. Christmas trees displayed publicly and illuminated with electric lights became popular in the early 20th century. By the mid-20th century, it became customary to display strings of electric lights as along streets and on buildings Christmas decorations detached from the Christmas tree itself. In the United States, it became popular to outline private homes with such Christmas lights in tract housing beginning in the 1960s. By the late 20th century, the custom had also been adopted in non-western countries, notably in Japan.

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

Sunday, December 15, 2013

The December Photo Challenge

December 15/2013
#15 - Favourite Holiday Song

"O Holy Night" ("Cantique de Noël") is a well-known Christmas carol composed by Adolphe Adam in 1847 to the French poem "Minuit, chrétiens" (Midnight, Christians) by Placide Cappeau (1808–1877). Cappeau, a wine merchant and poet, had been asked by a parish priest to write a Christmas poem.[1] Unitarian minister John Sullivan Dwight,[2] editor of Dwight's Journal of Music, created a singing edition based on Cappeau's French text in 1855. In both the French original and in the two familiar English versions of the carol, the text reflects on the birth of Jesus and of humanity's redemption.

Turns out my daughter-n-law Meg, who I spent an awesome couple days crafting with, this is her favourite holiday song too. We made crazy papermache sculptures and then some stained glass Christmas ornaments. So much fun.

Relax... Respect... Enjoy the sounds of the season... Dorri

Saturday, December 14, 2013

The December Photo Challenge

December 14/2013
#14 - Family

Family pictures always good for a laugh. 
Circa 1964 Doug, Brad & Dorri Peterson. 
Oh how we've grown!

Relax... Respect... Enjoy your family today... Dorri

Friday, December 13, 2013

The December Photo Challenge

December 13/2013
#13 - Best Friends

My fiance and I. The man I laugh with, live with and love. Here's to another year filled with love and laughter.

Heatherbear and I. A girl could not have a truer loyal friend as she. 

Relax... Respect... Enjoy... all your friends... Dorri

Thursday, December 12, 2013

The December Photo Challenge

December 12/2013
#12 - 12:12 12/12/13

Wishing there was a 13th month but alas there is not so this date will just have to do. Wallpaper on my Iphone..... How cute is that baby. Only the cutest baby in the world. Sweet baby Sawyer....

Relax... Respect...Enjoy... someone you love today... Dorri

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The December Photo Challenge

December 11/2013
#11 - Black and White

So when you hear black and white what do you think about? The first thing that came to my mind was Zebras and the second was a "Black & White Ball". Obviously the Zebras won. Since this is a photo challenge I believe the goal for today was a black and white photo as well. I would  like very much for our honeymoon to be spent in Africa. See them up close and personal.

Zebra Factoid:
Zebras live in Africa, in the wild.

There are three species of Zebra, The Plains Zebra, Grevy’s Zebra, and the Mountain Zebra.

The Plains Zebra (also called the Grants Zebra, or the Common Zebra) is listed as Endangered and has been hunted for its meat and its hide. It also is suffering from loss of habitat. Plains Zebras often form herds with Wildebeests or Antelopes. They reside throughout Kenya and down through South Africa. Plains Zebras typically live in herds of several mares, their young foals, and one stallion.

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

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The December Photo Challenge

December 10/2013
#10 - Wrapping Paper

Nothing finishes off the Christmas tree better than a few brightly wrapped presents under it.  Nothing is sadder looking than a bare naked tree. Enjoy some Christmas music, spiked egg nog and the love your family as you gather around your tree tonight.

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

Monday, December 9, 2013

The December Photo Challenge

December 9/2013
#9 - What I'm Reading
I am listening to this audio book. It was 24 hours long so I purchased it for my drive home from Fort St John. Audio books really make long drives fly by. Especially in the dark at night. 
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Hour I First Believed and I Know This Much Is True, a disquieting and ultimately uplifting novel about a marriage, a family, and human resilience in the face of tragedy

And on my Ipad I am reading 12 Years a Slave by Wally Northup.
12 Years a Slave is based on the true story of a free black man named Solomon Northup, a professional violinist from Saratoga, NY. Northup is approached by men purporting to represent a circus who offer him the opportunity to earn money playing for their performance in Washington D.C. While there, they conspire to inebriate him to the point of unconsciousness, whereupon Northup is kidnapped and placed in chains. Northup pleads that he is a free man from Saratoga, but his pleas are met by savage beatings from his captors.
The story has inspired the major motion picture. Twelve Years a Slave is a harrowing, vividly detailed, and utterly unforgettable account of slavery.

Relax... Respect... Enjoy... "There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of books is the best of all."— Jacqueline Kennedy... Dorri

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Lakehouse Update

Work on the house came to a rolling stop when little baby Sawyer arrived. I took off to Fort St John for a couple weeks to spend time with Ashley and baby. Now Christmas is causing some major delays along with this -40 weather but we are managing to get a few things accomplished. 

Perry installed two more toilets so we have facilities in the master bedroom en suite, main bath and bonus room bath. We still have the "contractors" toilet in the garage bath that might as well stay until we tile that floor. Perry installed the tongue and groove in the en suite toilet closet and I painted the two walls Harbour Grey (Benjamin Moore). I stained the poplar wall with Maxum 7500 deck stain - Beachwood. A nice translucent blueish gray. Perfect color for the bathroom. Very beachy. The poplar knots really stand out with this color.
Top hole is an art niche we will frame in. Bottom hole will have the toilet paper roll thingy.
Close up of the awesome poplar tongue and groove stained Beachwood
I actually finished painting the sky light tunnel...yay. So it is ready to be trimmed. That color was Revere Pewter (Benjamin Moore). I used the same color and painted the closet in the bonus room today. That little room is so ready for flooring. Hopefully we will be able to have it installed in January "if" I get the last few boards stained for Pat to complete the ceiling. Perry partially hung one of the driftwood chandeliers in there today too but we need to address something with the electricians first and then I will post a pic. 

Mom and Dad loaned us their old propane stove so camping out in the house got a little easier. No more hot plate and we have an oven. Yee ha will make it much easier to host Christmas get togethers up here.
Mom & Dad enjoying a game of Sticks with the Blockas and us last night
 And the true Christmas miracle.... the electrical crew will be here tomorrow and Tuesday....yay. I foresee the end of tripping over multiple extension cords. They anticipate doing the finals on the majority of the outlets, getting the breaker boxes complete and we should also have the jacuzzi and steam shower up and running.... Can you hear my big sigh?

Looking forward to a very productive week and the arrival of Brandon and Meg too.

Relax... Respect... Enjoy... Dorri 

The December Photo Challenge

December 8/2013
#8 - Decorations

This photo challenge was no challenge today! My favourite Christmas decoration of all time. It's a translucent teal vintage plastic "ball" with a tiny little Christmas tree & present inside. It resided on my family's tree for as long as I can remember. When I began having my own Christmas tree my mom gave it to me along with some other nostalgic balls. I was always the one who decorated our family tree. My dad would put the lights on for me and then I would put the decorations on. This "ball" always fascinated me from day one. I cherish it and lovingly place it in a spot of honour year after year. I imagine it must be about 40 odd years old. I have never see another like it but I have given some thought to making a replica out of glass. Eventually I would like to have two to pass them on to Brandon and Ashley.

Relax... Respect... Enjoy....decorating your Christmas Tree... Dorri

Saturday, December 7, 2013

The December Photo Challenge

December 7/2013
#7 - A Winter Sight

Dawn breaking at the Lakehouse. View from the bonus room. An Arctic chill definitely in the air. -32 with a wind chill of -40. Something about age we all talk about the weather now lol. Had a great inside day. Appies and cocktails for seven at 6:00.... not on the deck!
Bonus "Winter Sight" cos it is just so darn cute.....

Relax... Respect... Enjoy... those awesome goat cheese balls I made tonight... Dorri

Friday, December 6, 2013

The December Photo Challenge

December 6/2013
#6 - Boots

My most favoured boots. Love them. Brown with sage green tops and round toes. The soles are rubber so they don't clack when you walk and they don't squeak when wet either. I bought them quite a few years ago in Grande Prairie at Keddies. I remember it was a hockey tournament weekend and there was shopping time between games! Keddies is a cowboy type store that sells all kinds of horse/cow stuff. I think I took some pics of me on a saddle with some of the girls?? Hope to love them many more years. Ariat brand.

Relax... Respect... Enjoy...the comfort of lived in boots... Dorri

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The December Photo Challenge

December 5/2013
#5 - Handwriting

I know hey!!! My handwriting has always been a mix of printing and writing. Much to my teachers chagrin. I did get alot of positive comments in school from my teachers for such neat printing though. In this day of computers it is nice to do some hand lettering once in awhile. Just finished up my Christmas card envelopes today. Now I am not saying the insides are done lol but the envelopes are!!

Relax... Respect... Enjoy... be creative... Dorri

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The December Photo Challenge

December 4/2013
#4 - Weather
View from the condo this morning when we arrived home from the Lakehouse. A clear day with those sparkly ice crystals that come with winter. Horfrost blanketing the trees.  -26 C on the highway. Time to make some tasty Ham and Pea soup to warm our bellies.
Welcome home from Australia for your school break Brandon & Megan, cannot wait to see you both. From +30 to -30 in 24 hours.... brave kids!

Relax... Respect... Enjoy... Drive safe this holiday on those winter roads... Dorri

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The December Photo Challenge

December 3/2013
#3 - Something RED
Well I cannot think of anything red... oh yeah I can... our favourite red wine. We love our Australian reds but Francis Copolla from California wins hands down most nights. 

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

Monday, December 2, 2013

Christmas Trees of 2013

Today we went out and found our first tree for the Lakehouse. It was fairly chilly so we weren't as choosey as we may have been but it was -15c out and a little windy. I was hoping to find a white spruce but no such luck so this is a black spruce. Smaller needles and cones. Maybe the plan should be to find one next summer, tag it with ribbon and cut her down in December... a good plan if you can remember where it was lol. We put the sleigh behind the sled and off went into the snowy forest.
This was the perfect tree and easy to get at. About 15 feet high when we trimmed a little off the bottom
Perry cutting down the tree 
Yay I did it!!!! Love my bushman!
And it only fell off the sleigh once!
Brrrrr can we take it home now? Hope I have enough lights to decorate it with!!!
Our condo Christmas tree sized just right for the small space
Our first Christmas together in 2011... this is our 3rd wow how time flies
Relax... Respect... Enjoy the holiday season... Dorri

The December Photo Challenge

December 2/2013
#2 - Favourite Holiday Movie
Well that was an easy one. It has to be the one I watch faithfully every year on TV. 
How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The original one.

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

Sunday, December 1, 2013

The December Photo Challenge

I came across this little gem on Pinterest the other day and decided that it might be a fun way to count down the days till Christmas. Kind of like an Advent Calendar of sorts. I am posting the daily photos on Instagram username Revygirl and on this blog. I nixed posting on Facebook because I think it really fills up the feeds and very few "friends" wanna see this stuff daily from me lol!! I have to slightly adjust as this original post was from 2012. I also do not know what #22 means OOTD or #30 Throwback? Better check my fav Google

So I started today and took Dec 1/2013 by the condo Christmas tree. Maybe #20 can be the Lakehouse Christmas tree. We are hoping to chop one down tomorrow. Stay tuned for that blog!!

December 1/2013
#1 - #selfie

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

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

What I am Reading

Where We Belong - Emily Griffin
An unforgettable story of one powerful secret, its effect on two families, and the life-altering journey that follows...
Marian is a television producer living her dream in New York City. A fulfilling career and picture-perfect relationship. She believes her life is just as she wants it to be. But then she answers a knock on the door . . . only to find Kirby Rose, an eighteen-year-old girl with a key to a past that Marian thought she had locked away forever.
As Marian and Kirby embark on a quest to find the one thing missing in their lives, each will come to recognize that where we belong is often where we least expect to find ourselves. A place we have forced ourselves to forget, but that the heart remembers forever.

Relax... Respect... Enjoy... my last book of hers, hurry please and write some more Emily... Dorri

Sunday, November 17, 2013

What I am Reading

Heart of the Matter - Emily Griffin
From the outside Tessa appears to live a perfect charmed life. Wife, mother of 2 young children. She recently gave up a promising career to focus on her family.  On the opposite end of the spectrum is Valerie, a single mother of one who is a lawyer. She has given up on romance and and has endured a life of disappointments. The two women have very little in common until one fateful night when tragedy occurs causing their lives to converge in many ways.

I love the alternating points of view and the way Griffin writes. It's a moving story of people caught in extraordinary circumstances. Each questioning all they believe.

Total recommend you will thoroughly become immersed in this book.

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

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Pinterest Inspirations - Recipe Audition #2

Easy Coconut Curry 
Recipe adapted from

Time to try out another great recipe I found on Pinterest. Cooking for my daughter out who just had a baby and finding meals that I can double/triple then freeze for later. This one exceeded my expectations.  I will use a slightly stronger curry next time and replace the yams with sweet potatoes.

3 tsp coconut oil
3/4 yellow onion minced (so Danny can't pick it out)
2 tsp minced garlic
7 tbsp mild curry powder
2 tbsp garam marsala powder (to make up for not enough curry in the house)
4 cans coconut milk
4 tbsp soy sauce
4 tbsp maple syrup (I think I would change that to 3 next time)
2 tsp salt

1 yam chopped & cubed
1/2 butternut squash cubed
4 large carrots chopped 
1/2 head cauliflower chopped
1/2 head broccoli chopped
4 - 6 large chicken breasts cubed

2 cups tri-color quinoa
4 cups water or broth

Combine the quinoa and water in a large saucepan over high heat, and bring it to a boil. Once boiling, cover the pot and reduce the heat to low, allowing the quinoa to cook for 15 minutes while you work on the curry sauce. You can substitute rice for quinoa or your favourite grain. Because I was cooking for a crowd I left this until the end.
In the meantime, melt the coconut oil in a a large sauce pan over medium heat, and saute the onions and garlic until tender, about 5 minutes. Add in the coconut milk, curry powder, tamari, maple syrup and salt and whisk well to combine. (Since curry powders can vary by brand, start with a smaller amount and add more to suit your tastes.)
Brown the chicken in the coconut oil and cut into cubes. Bring the sauce to a simmer and add in the remaining ingredients. Transfer entire dish to a covered roaster and place in the oven at 325 for 1 hour. Serve over the quinoa.
Easily served 10 with leftovers 

Prepare and chop all the vegetables, I was going to add canned lentils but I never did 
Saute the onions until golden 
Prepping all ingredients ahead makes life easier
Sauce will cook down to a nice golden color, take a taste, there's a nice hint of coconut, if I had unsweetened coconut here I would have sprinkled it on the finished dish
Browning the chicken
I simmered it for about 5 minutes before transferring it to a larger roaster for the oven. The whole meal could easily be done on the cooktop I just wanted it done and out of the way.
I quadrupled the original recipe so as to make sure there would be enough sauce
Serve over the quinoa and enjoy

Relax... Respect... Enjoy.... Totally a recipe pass for Pinterest... Dorri

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Kitchen & Foyer Ceiling Updates

The week of Oct 27 we started kicking it into gear and put up the majority of the kitchen ceiling. We had been initially waiting on the piping to be placed for the stove hood vent. Then we were waiting on me to get the boards pickled and glazed. We are at the end of the 1 x6s we have and they are definitely the worst of the best. So a little fine tuning was required to keep the install on the straight and narrow. There's Perry below doing a wonderful job. It is giving us the exact look we wanted. Rustic and woodsy.
My projects are now on hold as I am in FSJ with Ashley and baby Sawyer helping out, cooking, cleaning and bonding with the little wiggleworm. Had an interesting day yesterday with an alarm issue that I couldn't shut off on my truck and a flat tire. Ohhhh life is good. All worked out and I did have a great lunch with my friend Sue.

A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be.  ~Douglas Pagels

Kitchen ceiling 1 x 6s pickedled white and glazed with a slight tinge of brown
We love it, it is really turning out perfect. The piping for the hood vent is hanging out like a big snake
The last couple feet will have to wait until we have more boards ready
Started a little bit in the front foyer too. We insulated the ceiling for sound as above is the exercise area
We love it....
Relax... Respect... Enjoy... Dorri