The outside edge

by Carol Browne on May 1, 2015 · 0 comments

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Outside edge

Okay. Stay with me here. Firstly, I tapped out on the cobblestone and tiny squares row of quilting. I could NOT figure it out and somehow, the size was not even correct when I started piecing it all together. This is not unusual for me. Rather than throw the whole thing in the corner and stomp off in a huff, I moved on to the next round. I do realize that this will mess up the fabric squares a lot, but I will make do with it. I will have to get creative with that last row and make it work. One day I will finish a quilt as per the instructions. One day.

I thought for sure the addition of the green and yellow 5 inch squares would just make it look like the Christmas Vomit Quilt, but strangely, it’s works somehow. I really can’t figure that out. I’m going to roll with it.

Did you notice the menorah fabric? I thought that was pretty cool!

In other news, I made some delicious chicken and pea pod stir fry tonight for dinner. Mike’s on his way home from work, so we’ll be eating it soon. It was this recipe – I just omitted the cornstarch. So far it tastes great, but I get a weird aftertaste of bleach – which I think is really the baking soda.

Here’s hoping that taste disappears before we eat it all.

UPDATE: Sadly, Mike asked me if I was trying to poison him with bleach. I assured him I was not.

I will have to make some adjustments to that recipe before I make it again.


The Pork Man found us!

by Carol Browne on April 1, 2015 · 0 comments

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Art in the truck
Poor Art. He was driving and driving around trying to find our place for ages before he found us and dropped off a great big bag of pork. He’s our pork dealer from up North. He owns Savory Farm – where they grow the pigs we’re going to eat. I know. The cycle of life. It’s a harsh world out there. And in my tummy.

In addition to a yummy ham, we got bacon & some sausage…
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Doubling up on dinner

by Carol Browne on March 8, 2015 · 0 comments

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Spaghetti Scooper

Daylight Savings time? AH BOO! I guess we just paid back the hour we took in the winter. Happily, today was a very, very nice one. Mike and I drove out to meet some pals in Fort Langley. We had a little walk around and checked out a few antique shops. Fort Langley is adorable. Especially in the spring. I didn’t take any photos for some reason.

We only stayed a couple of hours then came home to cook dinner and lunches. Yay! Lunch blog! It’s not very exciting OR creative this time around. I’m sure I’ll have to spice it up for the next round. But for this week’s bunch of lunches, I made chilli and spaghetti.

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You do not want what I have got.

by Carol Browne on December 29, 2014 · 5 comments

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It's what's for dinner. Blargh.

I misjudged how rotten I felt this morning and by the time I got to work, I was a zombie. I was walking very slowly, listening to my breath and the crackling sounds in my chest. EW. After a whopping 2 hours in the office, I marched (slowly) back to the skytrain and went home to bed. I got up at 5 pm and had my dinner. THIS is my dinner. I double fisted tea and the world’s blandest turkey broth I made after Christmas. For dessert, I had some lovely grape cough syrup because my throat is also on fire. It’s sugar and alcohol free, so I am not having a cheat meal. I promise.

The best part of being sick (besides the crackling sounds and the burning throat) is that I get to watch hours of Netflix in bed. I know. It’s like New Years Eve has come early to the Brownes! I’ve been watching mostly stand up – Jay Mohr, Morgan Murphy and Maria Banford. Then I switched it up a bit and started watching a whole new season of 1000 Ways to Die.

The kitties have been keeping me company and have been taking turns laying right on me.

I’m sure I’ll be okay. But man, if you can avoid this strain of the flu, SKIP IT. I can’t remember the last time I felt so crappy.

Anyway, onward and upward. And CRAPPY is not going to be the theme of 2015.


Advent 2014 – Day 17, I scream, you scream!

December 17, 2014

Peppermint candy ice cream. I’ve been thinking about it for the last few days. I can’t believe I found it in my travels after running away screaming from Honey badger yesterday. Such a jerk! But I have a sneaking suspicion he’s not always mean and awful. I just know it. My fairy senses are tingling […]

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Warm Blueberry Soup

November 19, 2014

Mike and I have been celebrating Faturday since about April 2013. All week long we only eat meat, veggies and beans and legumes (it’s called the 4 Hour Diet). We did this in order to lose some weight and feel better all around. Since that time, Mike’s lost many pounds and since I don’t weigh […]

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Delicious matcha tea cheesecake (not shown)

October 26, 2014

My favourite layer of all the layers – scones & cream. So. Good. A photo posted by Carol Browne (@carolbrowne) on Oct 10, 2014 at 3:22pm PDT This weekend, well, these last two days, actually, have been filled with awesome things I suddenly love. Today, Johanna He-man-way and I dressed up in animal sweaters, hopped in […]

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BOO! For 4 bucks!

October 22, 2014

I’m showing another thrifty win from the weekend. Mike was reluctant to buy this quality Halloween decoration, but he relented after a little discussion and BOO is sitting in the living room right now with Doug. YES! I didn’t want to leave him outside because he is very light and would most likely blow away. […]

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How to eat a turkey dinner

October 13, 2014

While the turkey is roasting in the oven, set the table with as many containers as possible that have lids on them. Also, have the squirt bottle nearby as to keep any cats off the table. Since we only set the table twice a year, the cats were curious as to what was happening.  Eventually […]

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Community service

September 27, 2014

Over the last few days, we noticed someone had left his or her shoes on one of the lawns near our place. After several days of seeing them out in the rain, we decided to bring out the snow shovel (ew! Don’t touch them with your hands! GROSS!) and put them to rest in the […]

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