~ March 2012 Archives ~

Spring Flowers / March 31, 2012

Couldn’t help but stop and take some pictures of these pretty flowers by the side of the road…Spring is on it’s way!

Rise and Shine! / March 28, 2012

I’ve always been a Cheerios for breakfast kind of girl, but lately I’ve been switching things up a little bit. My favourite breakfast these days is some vanilla yogurt, granola (or a pumpkin granola bar as I did today), some sesame seeds sprinkled on top, finished off with some raspberries. Oh raspberries, what would I do without you? They are by far my favourite fruit, and just so happen to be the prettiest too, I think ;) What better way to kick off your day?

Tiny Tomatoes / March 22, 2012

Every time I’m at the market down the street, I pass by these tomatoes and think “how cute!” and today they just so happened to make it into my shopping basket, along with some meyer lemons that have also been calling my name lately. I’ve never used them before (they smell like a little piece of heaven though, so I’m not sure where they’ve been all my life!), but I’m thinking perhaps some pasta with cherry tomatoes and some zested meyer lemons is on the menu for tonight…and maybe a glass of wine thrown in for good measure…

Top of the Mornin’ To You! / March 18, 2012

So I’m a day late, but better late than never I guess! These are the remainders from a St. Patrick’s Day party last night – I strayed a little from the norm and since I don’t particularly love beer, I went with mojitos (none of those left to photograph – very tasty!) and sparkling apple soda, along with some cupcakes with green sugar sprinkles! All in all a great night with great friends :) Looking forward to carrying over the celebration this afternoon with another cupcake and some soda on the side!

Happy Friday! / March 9, 2012

Happy Weekend everyone! I am looking forward to some relaxing family time (with a nephew who has just started walking – should be lots of fun chasing him around…so maybe ‘relaxing’ wasn’t the best word choice!), a baby shower for a good friend, and hopefully a walk or two by the water to enjoy the gorgeous sunshine! Might just have to pick up some more of these flowers, which have brightened up the house all week – nothing quite like fresh flowers to put you in a Spring state of mind :)

Nan’s Strawberry Jam / March 1, 2012

Last week, I came down with a case of the flu that knocked me off my feet for a few days. I was on the standard white toast and ginger-ale diet for a while, but couldn’t resist adding some strawberry jam to the toast after a few days. There’s just something about jam – it instantly makes me feel better. And nothing feels like summer more than strawberry jam — my Nan used to make up big batches of it during strawberry season and then freeze it for all of us to have year round. I have it on toast for breakfast, on crackers for an afternoon snack as I did today, or even just a spoonful straight out of the jar. Not to be too sentimental, but this is the very last bottle of her jam that I have, and the photographer in me couldn’t pass by the opportunity to capture it – she always used the same style of jar from year to year and I immediately picture her at the stove every time I open the fridge and see it sitting on the shelf. It’s a lovely sunny day today which makes me feel like spring is just around the corner, so before you know it strawberry season will be upon us again. Ok, I might be getting a little ahead of myself, but a girl can dream! I can’t wait to break out this old family recipe passed down from my great-aunt (as you can see from the terms used it really is quite an old recipe!):

Strawberry Jam
4 cups strawberries
4 cups sugar (we usually use 2!)
2 tsp. lemon juice
Directions: Put berries and half of the sugar in kettle (meaning a pot on the stovetop). Bring to boiling point and boil rapidly for 5 minutes. Add remaining sugar and lemon juice and boil for 10-15 minutes. Turn into crock (meaning a mixing bowl) and stir occasionally (do not double recipe – each batch may be added and stirred in). Let stand for 24 hours. Bottle when cold.

And there you have it! Like summer in a bottle!