Sunday, October 29, 2017

Autumnal Splendor....

Autumn is one of the most beautiful seasons...
rich in colour and texture,
this weekend we have been treated to clear blue skies and sunny warm days.

Perfect weather for walking...
and a bonus while we are at Quarter Deck Cottage on Pender Island.

Golden hues tinged with green.

We walked slowly so that I could stop and take pictures 
besides the fact that I have been recently diagnosed with shin splints...
my doctor suggested that I slow my walking pace and perhaps the distance that I travel
to make sure that I have supportive shoes 
 to replace my walking shoes at least every year if not every 6 months.
This is a painful condition and so I am heeding his advice.

The distance we covered was just a tad under 3 km
the road was perfect for our walk 
very little car traffic
homes and acreages dotted every so often along the byway
the leaves were stunning in their beauty
so picturesque.

This old home was situated at the end of the road overlooking the ocean.

I'd love to peek inside but this is as close as we could get to it.

The road curved ahead and we spied this boat...

We discovered a lovely sandy beach at the end of the road with a public beach access.
Mr. HB saw a mink run into the brush just ahead.

Kelp and maple leaves mingling together on the beach.

Walking with the leaves crunching neath our feet...
a glorious day 
with dappled sunshine peeking through the canopy of trees.

Feeling such gratitude to be able to enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds us.

How was your weekend ?

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Hard workers...

There's a real hard working cleaning spray in The Humble Bungalow.
I use this dandy spray for everything 
from the kitchen sink to getting stains out of clothes.

Did you notice that we have a new faucet?
Our previous Franke faucet from 1988 was replaced when we had a leaky pipe.
The plumber who came to the house was punctual, prompt and polite 
AND he cleaned up all the mess too!

Janet's recent post on How to Wash Slip Covers reminded me of how much I use and love this cleaner.
We have white slip covered love seats in our family room 
they require regular laundering...
if there is a stain or a spot I pre-treat ours with this Method cleaner.

Another product that I use a lot is Bon Ami...
I have written about it before and it works really well without harming the environment.

Do you have any favourite cleaning products?

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~

Monday, October 23, 2017

Pops of colour...

Autumn is a lovely time of year for enjoying the colours.

I wear mostly blacks and greys 
so I can see here with this example of contrast 
that a spot of colour
may be in order!

The pumpkin patch was full of families this Sunday.
Many local farmers grow pumpkins and they also offer hayrides, hot chocolate and some even have corn mazes.
I just love the field of orange pumpkins!
A sea of orange...

It is lovely when one discovers a magazine that has well written and informative articles.
one that has a balance of 

Today I am cozying up in my newest linen scarf...
no pop of orange today 
I am wearing a red lipstick 
which is helping to liven up my OOTD.

L'Oreal on the far left # 315 True Red
followed by
a spritz of Le Labo Rose 31 and I am ready.

Hope you have a great week!

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~

Friday, October 20, 2017

"The Cool Factor" a serendipitous find.

I was perusing the shelves of our small local library
trying to find a book before my doctor's appointment...

Don't you love it when a great book pops up on the radar?

Written by Andrea Linett
well known for her Lucky publications 
The Lucky Shopping Manual and The Lucky Guide to Mastering Any Style.

She also wrote a book I Want to Be Her which is a style memoir and hosts a website by the same name.

It is always busy at my doctor's office and I have to wait longer than my scheduled appointment time 
so I am prepared to wait happily with a book 
today's choice was perfect.

Grey cashmere waterfall sweater
(it was my mom's)
black knit Aritzia Tee top
black Calvin Klein leggings
Clarks Chelsea Boots
Grey and Black linen scarf

The information in the book is well written and organized...
It is beautifully illustrated using photographs of several dozen "real women" 
(not professional models) 
all from various walks of life
wearing chic and stylish outfits that they love
 with added comments on why they wear what they do 
answering some basic questions posed by the author 
which helps the reader understand their authentic style.

As I read through the chapters
I knew that this was a style book that I needed to read.

When I got home I posted a picture of my OOTD and the book on Instagram.
The author, Andrea Linett, left a comment on the post 
she kindly has offered to send me a copy of her book I Want To Be Her!
I look forward to reading her style memoir.

Who of us does not want to look stylishly effortless in our clothes?
I love the "secrets" that the women share in the book.

At the end of the book are two features that sum it all up for me...
 20 "COOL" pieces that one should have in their closet...
then the 10 "Rules to Live By."

I would urge you to read The Cool Factor if you are at all interested in style
and adding some oomph to your outfits!

My wardrobe revolves around black, greys and the shades of denim...

 I love the glorious colours that Mother Nature offers us at this time of year.

Hope that you have a wonderful weekend.
Thank you for stopping by The Humble Bungalow Blog.

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~

Monday, October 16, 2017

OOTD mixed with some Netflix suggestions...

Mod-O-Doc patchwork top
worn here with the skinny knit Calvin Klein knit pants

Cut Loose top and the Calvin Klein skinny knit pants
Clarks shoes.

to play bridge and take lessons at the club.
They are simple easy pieces that can be dressed up with accessories.

Authentic, honest clothes that reflect my no nonsense approach...
(sometimes I might be a tad too serious)
I have been considering buying a fun Tee shirt...
not sure exactly what it will look like
noticed a few women "of a certain age" 
wearing interesting Tees with variations of patterns 
some with writing
which for years I have never considered.
Perhaps there is a Tee for me 
that would look not quite as "out there" worn under a simple sweater
like Mom's cashmere waterfall sweater
 that I wear often as
it feels just SO COZY! 

Speaking of cozy
that reminds me of "comfort food."

French Toast for breakfast 
 our garden grown apples with a drizzle of maple syrup.

Cafe Creme
of course...

We just finished watching the Netflix series Atypical 
which I can highly recommend...
it is about an autistic boy and his family.
Jennifer Jason Leigh is the lead actress.

I am now glued to the Netflix series "This is Us"...
and loving it!
The show reminds me so much of "Thirty Something" 
a series that my husband and I watched with our friends 
many years ago
 I discovered that Ken Olin is involved...
he was in Thirty Something 
and it has a similar vibe
perhaps that must be why I love it so much.

Hope that you have a lovely week.

I am looking forward to a slower pace after our busy weekend cleaning out the basement!
We found all kinds of things that we could get rid of, things we will never use
 things were popped outside on the boulevard for passers by to take 
 the rest is off to the thrift shop.

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~

Saturday, October 14, 2017

A quiet weekend, focusing on our home....

Autumn brings chilly days 
and it's time to do some work inside the Humble Bungalow.
The garden will have to wait!

Mr. HB and I are "deep cleaning" the storage area and workshop downstairs where the furnace is located in our home...
it is an area that tends to be a catch all and because it is behind "closed doors" 
we do not look at it often...
 extra stuff gathers
  it mounts up 
one can be happy ignoring 
the bits of debris and recycling and cardboard only for so long!

Exhausting work but certainly satisfying...

I needed to take a break late in the day and have a cafe creme 
 now writing this blog post before starting dinner.
My tummy is grumbling!

Sharon Santoni's new book...
she lives in such a pretty home and her garden is beautiful
and how wonderful that she has shared some of her favourite recipes!

Speaking of recipes...

I took this book out of the local library and I love the recipes so much that I have placed an order with the booksellers in Oak Bay.
I have read most of Jane Green's novels and find them very entertaining.

Tonight I am making Jane Green's Maple Glazed Pork Chops 
served with my whipped potato bake
shown here ready to go into the oven...

I recently shared the recipe...
this time I had no cottage cheese so I substituted some cream cheese.

Must get on with the rest of the dinner prep so I will close.
How is your weekend going?

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Mistakes happen...what was I thinking?

Oxblood embossed leather bag
thrift shop find
very reasonably priced
I hoped that this was going to be a spectacular forever bag.


It was too awkward to close 
magnetic closure that one had to align perfectly every time to close
the two compartments inside were too narrow for my wallet and sunglasses
and the bag looked far too big overall.

This small Mulberry backpack bag is perfect...
love the embossed leather
love the colour 
 the inside holds all I need and it is a hands free bag.
But I was hoping for a cross body bag option that was more like this one
and did not really want to pay a lot...
but now looking back it was money wasted.

Coach Vintage Court bag
(not embossed leather)
immaculate condition
cross body style
(hand hold option)
Two inside compartments big enough for wallet and sunglasses.
Two outer options for keys and cellphone.


I donated the frustrating bag...
will try to learn not to be wooed by the exterior looks of a bag in the future
I will be smarter and think more about the functionality.

One needs to try placing the wallet, glasses case, lipstick and keys inside 
BEFORE buying the bag!

Fortunately I did not pay a lot for the thrift shop bag and  hopefully someone will enjoy the donation.

Do you make mistakes when shopping?

Not too much excitement here this week...
seems like I am spending a lot of time doing laundry and cleaning.
But that's just fine with me.

I do love the routines as they really help me from getting overly anxious about all the crazy stuff that's happening in our world....
stuff that I cannot control or change.

My heart is with those people in Sonoma and Napa where devastating fires keep burning many still not contained and fanned by high winds.

I follow Adrienne who writes the fabulous blog A Rich Life in Wine Country and she has been evacuated from their home in Santa Rosa...
her husband is the local fire chief and is busy fighting the fires.

I have been keeping in touch on Face Book
and it is heart breaking reading how many people have lost everything.

Social media has been vital to many people who are displaced and trying to find a place to stay.

The kindness of strangers 
who lend a helping hand in times like these 
are truly the best kind of people.

I plan to do something nice for someone today...
perhaps we can all do something.

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~

Monday, October 9, 2017

Recipes for Thanksgiving...and what I wore to cook.

I wore my mother's pearls this Thanksgiving...
it was a bit of an effort but I did it.

It was the first time that I put them on since she gave them to me the week before she passed away...

It felt right wearing them as I worked in the kitchen preparing the food for our family was as if she were there right beside me...and knowing that the pearls were a very rare and special gift to my Mother from my Father makes them a treasured family heirloom.

Masai dress 
Mother's baroque pearls
black tights

I plan to wear these with my new denim shirts and jeans too!

As a few of you requested our Thanksgiving dinner recipes...
I tried posting the links for some of the recipes that I used at the Thanksgiving family dinner but due to copyright issues some would not work.
I used Barefoot Contessa Braised Carrots in orange juice from her Foolproof Cookbook.
The recipe is on her site and it is listed as Orange Braised carrots and parsnips
(I omitted the parsnips)

The whipped potato bake is one that I have had and used for so many years that I have forgotten where I got it...I will share my recipe card with you all.

I made an apple crisp using my rhubarb crumble basic recipe...I doubled this recipe so it was enough to serve all the family. I opted to serve it with coconut bliss ice creams...they are lactose free and come in some delicious flavours.

This versatile recipe works for most fruits.

The crab cakes are made by a local company called Mrs. Fridays and I buy them at  Peppers the little shop in Cadboro Bay but I know that they are carried by the larger food chain Thrifty Foods.

The roast beef was a prime rib 3 ribs high and 6 pounds.
I roasted it at 450 degrees for 15 minutes then reduced the heat to 350 degrees and roasted it for about 3 hours and took it out and let it rest tented by foil for 30 minutes while I made the gravy and cooked the frozen peas.

It is important to use a meat thermometer as all our ovens are slightly different and you may want to serve it rarer than we like in which case you would reduce the cooking times.

The weather is so lovely outside and I need a good walk and a dose of fresh air so I will say goodbye for now and please don't be a stranger and do come back again to visit another day...

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Thanksgiving and some Autumn Colours

It's Thanksgiving weekend and I have been very busy cleaning the Humble Bungalow and preparing for our family dinner...

I went to the local nursery and bought some lovely plants and things to add some Autumn colour to our home and front porch.

A simple chrysanthemum in a terra cotta pot
which I hope says Welcome to our home.

A white pumpkin and a mixed planter with mixed foliage plants.

A new orchid which I popped into a vintage white planter.
These orchids last for years and re-bloom several times each year...
the blooms usually last for 3-4 months.

I purchased 5 of these wee white pumpkins to use on the dinner table.

A sweet little Kalanchoe in a wee pot for the powder room.

Mr. HB has been busy outside 
harvesting the apples from the dwarf trees that we planted a few years ago.
I am making an apple crisp for our Thanksgiving dessert.

Greenhouse tomatoes are finished for the year but this last harvest will be enjoyed and the green tomatoes will ripen in a few days.

I must get back to my cooking...

The menu for the family feast:
Prime Rib of Beef
whipped mashed potatoes
carrots cooked in orange juice with parsley
macaroni and cheese 
(4 year old Henry's favourite)
crab cakes 
(for the non meat eaters and extras for those who like both!)
my sister is bringing a veggie dish
butter buns

Apple crisp with coconut ice cream
banana bread
salted caramel truffles 
coffee and tea

Must get back to the duties at hand.

Happy Thanksgiving!

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~