Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Favourite Drink Tuesday

Vanilla Chai-Nana Breakfast Shake
A single-serving recipe
   1 very-ripe frozen banana 
   1 cup milk of choice (or less, for a thicker shake)
   1/2 tsp powdered ginger
   1/2 tsp cinnamon
   tiny dash each: pepper, cardamom, ground cloves, and nutmeg (You can omit all the spices and simply brew your milk with a chai tea bag. Then chill before blending. Note: I detest pepper, so I never add it.)
   1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
   optional: sweetener if desired
   optional: feel free to add some coconut milk ice cream if desired!

Crazy-simple directions: Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. 

Link to Chocolate Covered Katie http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com

Relax... Respect... Enjoy and don't count calories... Dorri

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Favourite Drink Tuesday


Vanilla Pear Vodka Cocktail


   12 oz (1.5 cups) pear juice
   6 oz vodka
   1/2 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
   vanilla sugar, for rim
   1 cup ice, plus more to serve over

Mix pear juice and vodka in a pitcher or shaker. Split open the vanilla bean, and scrape the seeds into the juice and vodka. Add 1 cup ice, then shake well. Pour into cocktail glasses over more ice and serve with sugared rim. Makes 4 drinks.

We used vanilla beans in Florida in a drink and really enjoyed the fresh vanilla flavour. Will have to find a source up north for fresh beans.

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

Friday, June 7, 2013

Friday Inspirations


Heroic Dogs or Pets in general. This is an amazing story and I wonder what happened to that baby? Where is she today? All my life there have been special pets in our families lives. Dogs - Mickey, Dutchess, Sheba, Pepi, Apache, Spiral, Brittany, Zzoe 1.0, Toby, Willow & Zzoe 3.0. Cats - Timmy, Tigger, Ashley, Coco 1.0 , Zzoe 2.0, Chloe, Amber, Mocha and one special African Grey Parrot - Coco 2.0 RIP all of  you except Toby & Zzoe cos you are still here in our lives spreading joy!!!
Mocha
Chloe
Toby
Zzoe 3.0
Willow

Pepi & Apache
Tigger
Dutchess
Sheba
Amber
 I must say that I really need to dig up the pics of the other animals but this is a good start.
One of the most phenomenal stories regarding babies & animals that I ever heard was reported on CNN in May 2005 and in the May 30, 2005 edition of Jet Magazine.
“A newborn baby abandoned in a Kenyan forest was saved by a stray dog who apparently carried her across a busy road and through a barbed wire fence to a shed where the infant was discovered nestled with a litter of puppies.”  CBS News covered this story as well.
This baby girl was dressed in a torn shirt and wrapped in a plastic bag when the dog found her in a poor neighborhood near a forest in Nairobi.  She was approximately two days old.  “When the dog picked up the baby in a dirty bag, it came and dropped her behind the wooden building where the dog has its puppies,” stated an eyewitness.  The baby was found by children who had heard her cry and was eventually taken to the hospital where, with the exception of an infected umbilical cord, was doing well.  This story gave me reason to pause.  Obviously, the act of abandonment was superseded by the will of a higher power who proclaimed that this baby would live.  What amazed me the most was the compassion and bravery of the dog.   It had risked its own life by crossing a busy street while holding on to the baby, faced physical harm as it crawled underneath a barbed wired fence and shared its resources by placing the baby alongside its own litter of puppies.  Perhaps the dog understood how miraculous this newborn baby was even if its own mother didn’t.
In a world of infinite possibilities, miracles can occur under the most unusual circumstances. And yes, we can gain profound insight, even from a dog.
This excerpt is taken from The Smart Mother’s Guide® to a Better Pregnancy
Relax... Respect... Enjoy... Dorri

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Lakehouse Rockwork Update

The rock installation is coming along very slowly but it is getting done so you gotta be happy about that. Loving the color and the style very much so. Hoping that the weather holds so that they can make some good progress before the weekend. Perry and I put the black paper and lath up on the master bedroom wall to ready it for the mortar scratch coat. Then when the interior rocks arrive we will be installing them ourselves. Scary or brave... not sure yet. How hard can it be?
The corner pieces are installed first on the fireplace
The bottom part of the fireplace under the covered deck. You can see the stringer for the deck that we are impatiently waiting to be added to this side of the house
Close up of the rockwork
Little guy this morning mooching peanuts
Relax... Respect... Enjoy...and feed a squirrel today... Dorri

Favourite Drink Tuesday

Vanilla Pear Vodka Cocktail


   12 oz (1.5 cups) pear juice
   6 oz vodka
   1/2 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
   vanilla sugar, for rim
   1 cup ice, plus more to serve over

Mix pear juice and vodka in a pitcher or shaker. Split open the vanilla bean, and scrape the seeds into the juice and vodka. Add 1 cup ice, then give it a good shake. Pour into cocktail glasses over more ice and serve with sugared rim. Makes 4 drinks.

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

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Lakehouse Trim Update

Our trim order came earlier than we expected and we got a nice head start on the carpenters before they arrived. We chose stain grade Hemlock 5" & 4" for window trims. No profile just plain Craftsman style, the top board being 5" and slightly set out from the side boards. Pat attached 3" sills to some of the lower windows that really added character. New homes are so devoid of character that I think you need to add wherever you can for beauty and interest.
Old Masters - Dark Walnut stain  and Diamond  Finish varathane with a stain sheen. I started staining here in the great room then had to move to the bonus room and now I am back in the great room. Totally touched these boards way too many times!
Totally awesome fireplace mantle from Windsor Plywood. Maple slab with the bark on the sides. 9 feet high. The small one beside it is a maple slab as well with a raw front that is slated to go over the guest room bed as a shelf against the pickled pine wall.
Bonus room driftwood tree. Perry anchored it the floor and the rafters . Today as I write this the ceiling is installed around it and it looks perfect. This stands at the end of an 8 foot wet bar and I think the driftwood will match the pendant lighting the stair railing and tie the room together. Who has a driftwood tree in their house? We do.... send me a pic if you do.
Great room feature wall window trim
Great room east wall window trim
Great Room window trims 
More mess to clean up after Pat trimmed the skylight tunnel
Sky light tunnel as viewed from the master bathroom side
Skylight tunnel viewed from the bathroom looking towards the master bedroom 
Master bathroom windows with sills to hold wine glasses around the bathtub!!!!
Sills on the master bedroom windows
Great room window facing West
Relax... Respect... Enjoy... Dorri