Often I am fortunate enough to receive them as gifts...
this Christmas I was given one of the new Barefoot Contessa cookbooks and have been reading, browsing and planning what I'll cook first. Ina has such a wonderful assortment of basic staple recipes and none of them look too challenging, nor do they require exotic spices or ingredients that might make preparations a bit daunting.
She's really quite pretty
I'd love to be able to watch her cooking shows again
but they are not available on our current channels
and we have many!
Do you read the smitten kitchen blog?
Well Deb has a cookbook!
This is a vast volume with an wide array of interesting and tempting recipes
I cannot decide what I'll make
but I'm thinking I should invite my son, DIL and Isla to dine with us
when I do decide as they gave me this gift.
I found this cookbook while browsing the aisles at Home Sense.
Williams Sonoma Weeknight Fresh and Fast
which is often what I need on a busy weeknight after work.
Fresh, healthy and tasty meals that don't take hours to put together.
Williams Sonoma has not set up shop in our town
whenever we go anywhere that has one
Mr. HB knows he'll be exploring their wares with me
and it's difficult harnessing my desire to buy when surrounded with so many great tools.
This book has been out for quite sometime and I was eyeing it at the local book seller
but I resisted until it went on sale at a price that I could not resist.
Bunny's writing is easy ~ yet pleasant
the pictures are lovely
and the pages are full of great ideas
suggestions on what supplies are necessary for entertaining
and home keeping basics that one might need to have on hand.
I'm in my element reading her thoughts.
One of my prized "possessions" is a Sidney Island brick
mostly prized as there are very few whole ones left plus it was discovered on one of my most memorable dates!
Mr. HB and I found it on the beach at Sidney Spit when we were teenagers.
He used to take me over there in his speed boat and we'd hold hands and walk along the sand barefoot.
I'd hazard a guess that we found it about 45 years ago...
There was a brick factory over there for awhile in the early 1900's.
The Empress Hotel was built with these bricks.
Many broken bricks still litter the high tide mark near the public campsites.
There is a bomb shelter there too which is narrow dark and I used to be brave and run through it until I spied several spider webs blocking the entrance.
It's rather silly being afraid of something like spiders but I will avoid them at any cost.
The Marine park is one of my favourite spots to cruise to
and spend the day beach combing
then if the winds are light stay the night.
The sunsets are beautiful and in the summertime you can glimpse the highest fireworks at Butchart Gardens.
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Besides books and bricks...I've been using the IPAD mini quite a bit and was rather concerned that it did not get scratched or walked on by the cats so I found a simple sleeve which also works as a stand made by Hipstreet.
my manicure is holding up rather well
I dressed it with a top coat of fresh colour and am thinking
maybe I could try to emulate Faux Fuchsia
she has the prettiest nails on the blogosphere
and her blog has a bit of something for everyone...
flowers, friends, food, fashion and family.
Recipes are easy to find online but one never knows how good the recipes are...
I learned this the hard way when I made Boston Baked Beans
Speaking of bricks we had to have our 100 year old chimney rebuilt as the mortar was crumbling
a stainless steel liner was inserted down the chimney to prevent us from getting carbon monoxide poisoning
we have purchased a simple CO2 detector and had no knowledge that this might pose a risk to our health so mention this to heritage home owners just in case you had not heard...
Hope that your New Year is off to a great start.
If you haven't already heard Downton Abbey starts tomorrow!
Mr. HB and I watched season 3 online thanks to our clever son who showed us how to download it.
Not going to spoil any of the story line...
I'm just saying it's a season not to be missed.