My Poetic Path

My journey…shared in poems, prose and photos.


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Hearth and Home: 10 Fav. Food Photos

It’s finally cooled down here in BC, with rain falling and temps. back to the moderate range. What bliss! I feel productive again LOL!  

And what could be more productive than some time well spent in the kitchen. I’m hoping to have a cooking  “marathon” in the next few days, before the summer heat returns.

I thought you might enjoy seeing  10 of my fav. food photos (from the ones I’ve personally taken) over the past few years.  

I also hope you will give some of the recipes a try.  I’ve included the link to the original post from my cooking blog, which includes the recipe links, some reviews and readers comments too.

Do let me know if you give one or several of these dishes a try. 

Creating good food is an art, or so I believe. Looking at food photos can be quite enjoyable too! I just hope you weren’t too hungry when you stopped in.   😉

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Zucchini Stir-Fry

zucchini stir-fry

                                  

Russian Beet Borscht

beet borscht

                                             

Bread-Machine Rosemary Flax Buns

rosemary flax buns

                                                   

Marinated Bean Salad

bean salad

                                                    

Summer’s Bounty, Herb and Veg Soup

summers bounty soup

                                                      

Yummy Mac and Cheese with a Twist

mac and cheese

                                                         

Veggie Pizza Scones

veggie pizza scones

                                             

Toast, Tea and Homemade Jam 

toast and jam

                                              

Mushroom Stroganoff with Herbed Pasta

mushroom stroganoff  

                                                      

Potato Soup with Scones

potato soup and scones

                                   

Happy Cooking! 


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Simple Pleasures:Baking Beauties!

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I call these my:  Basic but Beautiful Bran Muffins. I made a batch of these “beauties” today and enjoyed one with a cup of Earl Grey tea; my knitting temporarily sidelined, LOL. So delish and satisfying!

I’ve always been a big muffin fan. This recipe from Not Just for Vegetarians continues to be a very popular post from my other blog: Veggies, Crafts and Tails  judging by the number of hits this recipe continues to generate.

In my humble opinion, when it comes to simple pleasures, it doesn’t get much better than this! Here’s the link to the recipe. I hope you’ll give these a try too. 🙂


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Simple Pleasures: Made by Hand

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It begins with a ball of yarn….

                                                                                    

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Progress…slowly, but surely.

 

 

 

                                                               

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Tadaaaaa….the finished results!

This capelet was a pleasure to make. I used Lion Brand Recycled Cotton , not the worsted weight yarn/wool as suggested in the instructions . Pattern took: three (and a bit!) skeins in Marine Blue  for the Size Medium. Just in case this post inspires you to give this pattern a whirl, feel free to email me (see contact page) if you have any other questions about this pattern. I will try to help. It is definitely a good project to consider even if you are just a beginner at crochet. I think this is going to be a great accessory piece to wear, with sundresses and long skirts, this summer! 

I’ve already started my next project, a bramble stitch knit shawl, also in the Recycled Cotton, this one in the  sunny yellow blend. 

I have been crocheting and knitting (and teaching others) for long, long time. But like too  many other fun pursuits, I had for the most part, put these crafts on hold, in the past few years. I am now happily back to making things by hand on a regular basis: sewing, knitting, crocheting, beading….

For me, there is a real joy and sense of accomplishment in the creation and completion of any handmade item. Definitely a simple pleasure. I hope you will share some of your own projects in the near future, whatever craft(s) or hobby that might be.

I’d love to share your “ta-daaaa moments” too!  🙂


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Simple Pleasures: Birthday Carrot Cake

 

Isn’t this a yummy photo? And the best part, the “real” thing tasted just as good as this looks. 😉

Joe made one of these luscious carrot cakes for my birthday and YES, I did indulge in a piece and enjoyed every bite. After all, ME month isn’t about total deprivation, ya know. 😉 And speaking of ME month, it’s going very well. I have been sticking to all my resolutions and am feeling much better already. More energy and the jeans are loosening up! 😉

I am not a big dessert fan at any time but when it comes to the occasion/occasional piece of cake, it’s just got to be homemade.

Baking cakes brings back such happy memories for me. My mom didn’t like cooking much but she was an expert baker. Many a year she walked away with top honors at our local fair for her amazing (and of so pretty) cakes.

In my opinion “simple pleasures” don’t get much better than this!

And this time, I got to sit back on the sofa and just wait for the tasty results to arrive. And speaking of good bakers, Joe has really come along with his abilities for cooking and for baking too. He said that this one was…  ahhhh….“baked with love”. No wonder it tasted extra special!

I am including the recipe link and my “tweaks” and also an icing recipe I created, at the end of this post. Do let me know if you give this one a try. And in the meantime, try putting this pic. on your computer screen as the desktop background. I’m guessing if you do, the “real” thing will be coming out of your own oven and soon.  😉  Enjoy!

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Simple Pleasures: “Little Events”

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Read this interesting post  today, over at one of my favorite blogs: Selma in the City, celebrating the “little events” in life that make up our days and shape our lives. Truer words were never spoken. Thanks for the inspiring words Selma!

Thought I’d focus on some of the day to day (ordinary) events that make me happy, make me smile and perhaps light up an otherwise difficult or mundane day. In no particular order, here are 10 of my favorite “little events” . Here goes…

* Giving someone a hug (even if it’s a cyber-hug) or sharing a kind word when a person looks down or in need of someone to listen. This is always a joy to me.

*Stepping outside to enjoy the first blast of a crisp winter day. The freshness that cannot be beat. Wonderful and refreshing!

*Enjoying a long, lingering soak in the tub after a tiring day.

*Waking up to a day off to do absolutely what I feel like doing, throughout the day. Reading a good book, cooking up a “storm” or just daydreaming.

*Finding that perfect word or turn of phrase that completes a written work that I am happy with and proud to have written. Or reading a blog post that I truly enjoy at one of my favorite blogs. That happens a lot! So many inspiring blog buds that I have met that I am so grateful to interact with. Thank you all.

*Enjoying playtime with “the kids” Mr. Cheddar and “Ms. Mitzi. Watching them and enjoying their every move always brings a smile to my face and helps to ground me when I’m stressed.

*Going for a long walk and experiencing all the colors, scents and beauty of nature. Flowers, birds, lakes and streams… and savoring all the senses that this experience engages.

*Getting some unexpected good news via the phone, email or snail mail. Cheques are included.  😉

*Talking to small children and enjoying through their eyes the wonders of the world that we so often miss. Priceless.

*Savoring the end of the day, enjoying a glorious sunset. Preferably with someone I love!

What are some of the “little events” that make you happy?


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Simple Pleasures: Gratitude

 

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10 simple pleasures that I am grateful for (in no particular order)

*  To live in a place where four distinct seasons can be enjoyed.

*  To be able to read a good book, with a cup of tea and a cozy blanket.

*  To create a new recipe that turns out great, the first time.

*  To walk through freshly-fallen snow, before anyone else has.

*  To feel the warmth of sunlight on my face.

*  To share a really good, long, loud laugh.

*  To find the perfect word or phrase, when I am writing a poem or story.

*  To feel younger than my years.

* To feel that something I contributed made a real difference.

* Most of all (and this is a biggie) to know that the best person I have ever met loves… ME!

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Written for the Sunday Scribblings prompt: Grateful.

 I am enjoying reading so many gratitude lists around the blogs. It is good to focus on what we are blessed with, isn’t it?

Wishing my friends in the U.S.A. a wonderful Thanksgiving Day.  🙂


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Simple Pleasures: Autumn’s Bountiful Harvest

One of my favorite simple pleasures of Autumn.

The harvest of tree fruits and root vegetables, now at their flavorful peak. Including of course, crisp and delicious fall apples.

These BC Gala apples are so good to eat fresh or to add to a favorite recipe.

And don’t they make a lovely (albeit photo) still life to behold?

 One of my favorite apple recipes from Not Just for Vegetarians is: Curried Apple Soup(click for recipe).

Tangy, satisfying and a great choice for any fall supper.

What is your favorite apple variety/recipe?

Happy Cooking and Happy Autumn! (it’s almost here)

Don’t forget to savor the simple pleasures, every day!   🙂


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Simple Pleasures: Fresh from the Oven

All together now….yuuuummm!!!     

I had a “marathon” baking session yesterday. Included in the tasty treats I turned out were a pan of these delicious: Rosemary Flax Buns one of the most popular recipes from my cookbook, Not Just for Vegetarians .

There is something so basic and beautiful about home-baking, isn’t there? One of my all-time favorite simple pleasures to enjoy. Golden-brown, fragrant and the ultimate “comfort food”.

These buns truly do taste as good as they look. A great reason to dust off your bread-machine if you rarely use it. You can also do the work of kneading, mixing…”hands on” if you prefer. I allow at least 10 minutes for kneading by hand if I don’t use a bread-machine to do that step.

Here’s the recipe. Do let me know if you give these a try!

Enjoy but be forewarned….ONE of these buns is never enough!     😉

Also submitted for the OSI prompt for October 12th: GOLD