Monday, March 31, 2014

Harbingers of spring?

 It's supposedly spring but yesterday it snowed and March 30th just isn't looking a lot like March 30th! But I heard a pair of cardinals singing so that's a good sign.

And look what the wind blew in. A red-breasted nuthatch. I haven't seen one in many years. Was delighted to be able to snap a photo of him. Sweet little bird.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Snowy owl

While relaxing a few moments before friends were coming for dinner, the phone rang and my friend Peggi said, "Alert!" Apparently she had seen a snowy owl on her way to eat out and on their way back it was still there. 
I called my friends who were coming to dinner (they hadn't left yet) and said, "Give me ten minutes," and off Richard and I ran down the road to find the owl. We were lucky that he was still there and Richard got this great shot of him. Spring is in the air and they will be moving back north now so it was a lucky find.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Keeping it Local

The other night I had in mind to make a stick to the ribs supper and attempted rack of lamb. Came out great. I also served a side of my own sugar snap peas from last July's harvest and my own potatoes, carrots and wild garlic from the cold room. All delicious!

More peas in the freezer so I made a soup, which I put through the food processor and then strained. And then I added last night's leftover pea pods. Yum!

Friday, March 14, 2014

What the storm blew in...

 We had another dump of storm and the birds gathered near the feeder.

 I was incredibly surprised to see two cedar waxwings. 
I hope they found some wild berries to chow down on.

 The downy woodpecker boy was pretty happy when I refilled my suet holder.

 Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal hung around the better part of the day...

 ...but he's a very shy lad and I couldn't snap a photo of him.

 Mrs. Cardinal, however, let me get plenty of photos of her.

 The flat feeder that Richard made for me is a real hit with the non-feeder feeding birds.

The blue jays had taken a break when I took this one. Usually there are four or five of them fighting over the peanuts.

And this little red squirrel was covered in snow as he chowed down 
on some sunflower seeds. OK, now I"m ready for spring!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Winter Still Hanging On

 Okay, it's starting to look like spring, sort of. The trees are thinking spring and breaking out in bud.

 Richard attempted to cross the Mighty Mogelon but actually fell in
when that ledge he's standing on gave way.

 After a change of clothing, we headed back out in 0C degrees and very sunny skies. Toward the back of the property, we came across a feeding frenzy under the apple tree and tons of bunny prints.

 You can see where we were is a little dip of land. Just behind Richard the property dips back up. Bunnies seem to like it the dip.

 We also cam across a very healthy butternut tree with no black ooze so hopefully disease free. This one was large enough that I couldn't get my arms around it in a full bear hug.

 On our way back through the small wooded area that Dad planted in 1978. The pines and spruce are huge here and with no undergrowth, very easy to walk amongst.


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Wild Turkeys in Flight

I was babysitting a friends cat all week and there were so many footprints around the house it looked like snowmobile tracks. Yesterday I was lucky and saw four of these big guys, lumbering in the deep snow. I must've startled them when I got out of the car and they lifted in the air for a brief time. Very cool critters. Click on pic to enlarge.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Buttercream Basics at The Quirky Carrot

On Wednesday, March 12, I'll be giving a class on how to use buttercream icing. 
Here are some of the things that will be highlighted in the class:

Buttercream Basics*
*Everything you wanted to know about buttercream, but were afraid to ask!
We’ll touch on a bunch of things including:
-          Crumb coating and basic smooth icing of a cake;
-          Adding food colouring to icing;
-          Filling and using a decorating bag;
-          Piping and tips: Making lines, designs and writing on a cake;
-          Borders: Shells and rosettes
-          Roses, rose buds and leaves
-          Larger tips for cupcakes

First there’ll be a demonstration on how do all these different techniques and then everyone will get their hands dirty and decorate their own cake to take home. Cake, icing and recipes included.

The classes will be held in Alexandria, Ontario at The Quirky Carrot
To register for the class click here.


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