Thursday, October 20, 2016

Chunky Chewy Oatmeal Choco Chip and Pecan Cookies..and WN...and pumpkins.

These cookies are absolutely perfect..soft chewy chunky and packed with flavor..
I know I should be baking pumpkin stuff but these cookies were calling this family's name..meaning I wanted to bake and taste.
Not disappointing in the fact I would say one of my favorites..
I did add a new vanilla sugar imported from France..Bourbon..just a hint but packs a nice nice punch..
I always say desserts are not my favorite..I think I know why..a rich chewy cookie..for breakfast..pleases me more that  piece of frosted cake after dinner:)

You can find the recipe you know I don't invent recipes..I encourage others by trying theirs:)♥I used milk chocolate chips.
They are soft  and chewy.
Thank you ETK.

More painting sessions with some of my collection..

I have a little's the Winsor  and Newton Sketcher's was a gift to me..maybe 20 years ago..when a group of us sat in a basement for several weeks and learned a few things..
undoubtedly my favorite classes.

I have since bought another..maybe 10 yrs ago..I never thought or knew about refilling pans:(
Now I know..
It's a handy little set..comes w/ that tiny silver brush you.
I don't know why white is included in's opaque..does nothing for me at all:(..Payne's Grey does:)
It's the set I brought to my Cheap Joe's one weighs more..

Maybe 6 years ago..I found a large WN set on Ebay from the UK and bought was in the $20 dollar range then if I am not mistaken..and my canadian dollar was worth gold:)

I am ashamed to say I have another kit..from WN..that I bought in Fl..w/ a water bottle..the bottle never opened and closed properly so it is all taped together in a traveling cigar box..the Field Plus Travel Set..I hate my bottle:(..
Anyway as you can see over the years I've ..but increased my paint supplieshad a fondness for paints and papers...
The little pumpkin on  a neighbor's porch was painted in this fun book..
The Moleskin Japanese Accordeon Album
I fell in love with it while visiting Rita..
I love how hers is like a book that is a story..or of similar scenes..mine is haphazard..
It's not watercolor paper but works well:)It holds the paint..looks vibrant..and really so cute.
I would definitely get another when I finish this one.
Thank you Rita for the inspiration.:)

It is amazing how fast time flies..the collage you see  above.. above about 5 years old..yet it feels like yesterday..when we packed my car w/ our cameras..bought pears..snapped things that were past their flowering prime but full prime seed forming..
fall does in effect have the richest colors of the wheel..the warmest colors..
my mom's favorite colors♥

Bon weekend~

Monday, October 17, 2016

Scones and a beef and mushroom pie~

I confess once a week..I make scones~

I confess I love cute fall things..

I confess..I love Lorie's things at Scrapbookgraphics~

I confess..these colors..always make me think.."I do believe in else could such a thing be true~"
R. McKuen:)

I confess..I love the look of pies:)

I confess ..I love a few  fall rainy days~

I in love w/ our 4 Littles.

I confess I love my town..this town:)So contrary to my usual music..I like her♥I like this song~

I confess I love pumpkins .

Remember that movie?

One of my all time favorites ever in my life?

One True Thing?

It was quite a bit about the seasons..and seeing Renée plant bulbs for her mom?  Bawled my eyes out and still do.

I fell in love w/ Renée Z..

It's fallish in the trees..and in the amount of light we have..
but the light is astonishingly precious and glowing..

it's a glorious light like Quinachrodone Gold:)Quinn Burnt orange..
Quinn Sienna..Green Gold..Anthraquinoid Red  (my new fave)..

 We started putting some gardens  to bed..they just looked so forlorn all crisp..we did get some rain..but I am happy what's done is done.

Our oven functions all seasons..

I went to the mall for 1 hour during my daughter's lunch break..she treated me to a Starbucks Moccachino..and she bought a lemon blueberry scone..
I had my proverbial bite..

the next day I was craving them..and went ahead for lemon/sultanas..

and then I lemon..

so I used a recipe I know we like..we have maybe 5 keepers..but I had sour thought of these.
I changed it up though..

I have a crush on Mary instead of reg flour I used self rising..and added that vanilla bourbon sugar..very little..and added raw sugar crystals on top..MMMMM..

You pre-heat your oven to 400..
In a medium bowl mix your dry ings..with your fingers mix in the butter that you have coarsely grated..add the raisns..then add a mix that you have made with the egg and sour cream..with a will come together..
put the mix on a lightly floured surface..shape into a 7 inch round  3/4 inch thick.. and cut into 8 triangles..
place the triangles on your baking sheet that has parchment can brush the tops w/ cream or milk and add the raw sugar cristals..
Bake for ap.15 minutes..I place mine on the lowest shelf..and check..they may need a minute or two more..I also leave them uncovered for the whole first day and night.I don't like moist scones.
A scone for me=love..a treat..

The other thing I made because I wanted to..because Jacques sent me the recipe..;) was a beef and mushroom pie.I used this recipe and their crust too for this..even though I have THE recipe for pie crust  etc..I now have THE recipe for savory..

and you do too now:)

Here is the link for the pie..and the link for the pastry is there also..
My notes for the pie..
I didn't do the flour and water thickener..I used Wondra.
I used a bouquet garni..
you can also use a processor.
the crust was perfect ...the filling too..the only problem w/ this is that he eats it..and this makes 4 meals..for next time I will make smaller pies and freeze some.
I bought disposable aluminium tins..I only have the heart shaped pie glass dish that is a good size,all my others are so big.
All comfort foods.
Perfect perfect for this beautiful amazing landscape at the moment.
It's just out of this world.

And then this weekend..♥

Max is the local team♥
I only see #3..always.
My son-in-law is assistant could not ask for a gentler giant for the kids..Justin their friend coaches soccer..same thing:)

Did anyone say #3?:)

Oh he glows:)

He's got his own glow:)And I love that his cleats are orange..I can spot him from afar.
This is when I would love a full frame w/ a great sport/zoom lens.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Cute cookies for the Littles..thanks Chris!

Last year Frédérick and his Littles on their street from the bus..~I still love I look at it a..lot..♥

outside my window:)

Down by the lake/park..

When I saw these..right away I thought of the Littles..
As usual..any recipe of Chris' turns out well..I bought my toppers at Bulk Barn..
the only thing I did differently was that I omitted the pumpkin spice..I wasn't sure Oli would like just a dash of cinnamon..want to tell you something else about the cookies..while I was making them I found the batter held together well..and wondered if they could handle Starbucks..and they always make sure the dough is chilled and floured as well as the stamp..then freeze or refrigerate before must press sufficiently..and do not add turbinado sugar on top..the imprint did not stay as well..
Keeper recipe..and so easy..
Love the views from our windows these days..

They are lovely with a cup of coffee or tea..pretty happy David's Tea has opened near us..I can pick up little hostess gifts for the girls and sometimes add something for me..
they have started selling their bags..just like the kind you get loose..but in pretty bags..if you don't want the mess of cleaning the steepers..this is a fun quick delicious alternative..
I am starting to learn how to tether..I only took the shots cable is short and I am awkward trying to manipulate camera ,computer, focus, click..but I always find it fun to learn something new..just seems like a lot of work:)
Not sure when I will set that up again..
I spend very little time taking photos..if it's raining and cold etc..I may spend more time..and then the photos are awful:)
One of my daughters brought me to a new store..
very very nice..she had bought  a mat for her front door(they wear out quickly w/ 4 boys and 2 dogs:))and our seasons..
same here and only us..unless someone comes over..she had mentioned the one above to me and I knew it would be our new front mat/autumn/winter♥
(Artists Entrance)♥

Monday, October 10, 2016

Delicious,easy app~and a short fall stroll around here~

We had a lovely evening at our daughter's home for TG..we were missing almost half the we started the evening like we did before the girls married..:)
Just us..PLUS Oli and Noah..
we had fondue! It was linger around a fondue meal..
I must say though I started eating at 5 and finished at full..and not even a  turkey in sight!..
It was beef fondue..chinese style which I love..I would never go back to big chunky beef  fondue in oil..
we love the paper thin ..yes paper thin slices of beef..cooked in a broth..w/ shrimps too..and scallops..broccoli and roasted potatoes..some sauces..some bread on the side.
oh it had been so long it was absolutely delicious..
Frédérick came after all the football festivities w/ Lucas and Max..:)
After dinner we played Scrabble and he got a seven letter word..he won..:) Hands down.
I was in charge of an app and dessert for our TG get-together..I picked's so easy..put some olive oil in the base of a serving platter/dish..add 4 roma tomatoes..chopped and seeded..add 4 spring green onions chopped..add sliced Kalamata black olives..(to taste) sprinkle w/ greek w/ feta..and you are done..lovely w/ mini pitas..or Tostito scoops..I served w/ the scoops..perfect!
The net has many versions I gleaned mine here ..but added the commentor or two or three said it was great on hummus instead of the evoo..I believe it..tastes fresh and delicious.
I brought two I will talk about next....
There was a time..when I loved to entertain..small groups albeit..and be entertained..small groups..
I mean.. being a realtor for almost 30 years even if you are an get to care about the clients you work one on one with:)  ..and your children become friends with children and then the parents click..or not..
I have to say that I am so far removed now from social obligations..I can just be happy knowing my best place to with my family.Your adult kids become your best friends.
It could be frozen pizzas for TG..and I would be content as long as I was with them.

I love taking walks in's not too hot..beautiful..and some of the sights make me smile..most of the sights!
Like the bunting and mums..the skeleton on the door..the wild asters in front of the dark fence..
the inviting facades and you can see nothing has peaked yet color wise..we are late..usually much more advanced than this..
it was cool Sunday..I can always tell because my ears sensitive they are to cold..
The homes in this old town..are McMansions really right in town and I love that..yet in town..on the perimeters there are many..on the water..they are gorgeous too but not in the modern sense of the word McMansion..older charms..
my favorite charms.

I always feel so lucky to live here..
remember..Marcel the notary? "Welcome to Paradise"~♥

I am certain many of you feel exactly the same way about where you live.

And then I think about Haiti..:(
How much more can they take?:(

That's really what TG is about..counting your blessings..and thank God we have some.

Beautiful ,sunny day on this TG Monday~

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Warm hearted soups~Bouquets garnis.. and stragglers..

It's unfortunate for the herbs and last tomatoes when the temperature lavender is having a second bloom and has grown so big..this is the plant that does best in the raised hexagonal rosemary is flowering..the sages are sprouting limbs everywhere and the thyme and parsley seem to be saying..we're not finished yet..just like our weather..with war sunny days..
I wish..and most of the green tomatoes..well they will just stay they are getting pulled out for the garlic.
When we went downtown..we also stopped at Marché Atwater..there are a few shops there that I just love..things we bought in that shop..I found my lentilles de Puy,that bourbon vanilla sugar..some French Icing sugar..
and they had packages of bouquets garnis like the store of importations at Marché Jean-Talon..I have bought them before..but I thought of all my herbs..and decided on the spot to make my own for my soups and stews .
The timing was perfect as Penny at Lake Lure Cottage  Kitchen had posted this soup..I already had the beautiful leeks on hand..'tis the season..I had potatoes..and I was good to go..she added cauliflower and I had half a head great idea Penny, I took your lead.
Thank fridge is less stocked..:)
I did add a bit of cream..for know;)Some parm cheese and I sautéed the veggies w..bacon;)
Since I was going to add bacon as a garnish..why not?:)
Still painting:)
Still loving it..
Have a few more little paint suggestions..

It is Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada..So a happy one to my Canadian friends..
We are celebrating without Alain ,Adamo,Frédérick,Lucas and Max..they have plans:)
Just us girls...Oli..Noah and Jacques.
I am so very very grateful for my family.

The weather is absolutely congenial to say the very least.

It is so gorgeous outside..not the gardens..not the grass..but the trees and the sky and the fall harvests.
It's a wonderful world.
Have a lovely weekend.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Apple pie..Hydrangeas~ M Graham and painting teacups again.

It's amazing how a lens changes so much..the photos were all taken with my Olympus..but this last one is with a new /second hand maybe third hand lens..a manual lens...50 mm 1.8 with an adapter.
I love how so much blurs in back..the last tea cup wastaken with it can tell..the writing is sharp..the cup not..

This last one..I used Grumbacher .. Sometimes..if you prefer learning at home..Google etc..are necessary musts..
I was getting a bit discouraged with my in the above middle picture....a teacup from my mom..
I Googled  howtodrawteacups..
and eureka..lots of tips and tricks came up..
I made sketches and put them in my How To Draw Teacups card:)
They range from drawing a square..or rectangle..and an ellipse drawing a circle  with yet another ellipse..lots of tips and tricks..

for my initial test w/ my M Graham watercolors..( see the palette middle pic at top ..bottom left?You may remember a beach buddy gave me that palette w/ large dots..more than dots..of his set of M Graham watercolors..
he paints with few colors and mixes..)
I do like them a lot..there is a summer set that looks interesting..
the colors are rich and juicy.

I did use a gold acrylic..thanks to Vivian Swift telling us about that:) Well it works need very few this the colors mix beautifully..I have had this palette for almost 1 year..and it still paints prettily.
My next trip to the USA I think I will invest in the summer palette.

The last one..I used Grumbacher ..they seem chalky at times and less vibrant but on paper..I liked them..this is the set that was missing one pan..

You need very little to set up a painting spot.
I sat in our screened-in-porch Sept 26th..and painted a few teacups..
I use a dry erase board from the dollar store..a paper clip to attach my mom's tea cup..the palette..a worn Scott towel..2 empty Kirkland grapefruit segments empty container..

a mechanical pencil and a broken off all fits on the board..on my lap..
oh and that pretty block of watercolor paper from Sennelier~

I could make a different apple pie every day and Jacques would be happy..
..this time I used that crust I keep raving about..sliced some apples thinly..enough to fit the dish with a hill of apple slices shrink and your mound evens pile them on..especially w/ a dough crust on top..
1/4 cup of flour..3 tbsps fave blend of apple pie spices that I make that includes freshly grated cardamom..
and a crumb top..butter, flour, brown sugar..oats..I added pecans and walnuts this time..
I love the look and smell of a pie on the counter..he loves the taste.

Every fall..I cut down my hydrangeas..this is one of our Pink Diamond bushes..we have high I like putting things on hutches to make the ceilings more cozy..
that basket sits on our tv armoire..the hydrangeas last a good year..but by the end of the year..they do I fill the wheelbarrow w/the old..and make a new arrangement for the coming year..I place them exactly how I want them in the large basket..and let them sit for a few days in the garage..then I bring it in..the reason I leave in the sometimes there is a bee or two:( An earwig or two..

Do you love KDLang? I do..
Do you love Tony Bennet?I do..
Together..they are magic.
Like fall leaves..only one artist paints like that!♥

It has been such a gloomy weekend!
Heavy..dry..w/ record lows of rain in imagine..
Today is Sunday and I baked..a beef and mushroom pie from Canadian Living for Jacques..sad to report Rogers is selling Chatelaine many paper products such as magazines and newspapers are becoming obsolete with so much online..I guess..
I made a soup..a few other things..but I will save ..because what else would I talk about:)
 I made scones..yes I do indulge..and bites of this and that..
And that Costco popcorn:)
I took one of my 10 fave scone  recipes..but used self -raising or self-rising flour?To mimic Mary Berry.
I love her..
I had no idea she had has such sadness and challenges in her life.
I love her even more now.
Oh..and I painted..and took pics and played with my toys...♥

Have a lovely week~