Thursday, 28 March 2013


I seeeeeeeee you!

Do you know what that is? It's a hyacinth.  Yep.  Poking through the dirt.  A purple one. I took this photo a couple of weeks ago, stunned by how early it was coming up.  The ring in the bottom right of the photo..that's where I had a plant pot over the winter, evidently sheltering this little guy!

There's his little friend, there, on the left.

The beginning of a grouping of tulips...I can't remember which colour these are.  I planted them out of a pot that a friend had given me. It's like a surprise, every spring!

And those daffy daffodils.  They're popping up, too!

I love the beginning signs of spring.  It makes me feel so hopeful for the newness of everything.  Does that make sense to you?

What's your favourite part of spring? The smell of the fresh dirt? Seed shopping? Waiting for the nurseries and garden centres to open? Tell me! And tell me what you plant in your garden. 

I've started planning mine...And it includes one really neat-o kind of plant.  But, I'm not telling until you do!

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Oh! These Lucky Ladies!!

You must read this.

It's about 2 ladies.

And a truck. 

And yarn. 

And....ahhhh....if only!

These ladies are living my dream.  I wonder if they'd franchise...?!?!?

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Kiss Me! I'm Irish!

If we could only go around saying that every day!!

Here's my contribution and what I did yesterday in preparation for St. Patrick's Day.  We don't do much around here to celebrate.  Besides, it's a Sunday and I have to work today. 

Butter Pecan with buttercream icing.  Who can say SWEEEEET!

May you always have walls for the winds, a roof for the rain, tea beside the fire, laughter to cheer you, those you love near you, and all your heart might desire. ~ Irish Blessing~

Happy Day, my friends!

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Drumroll, Please!

I like contests.  I like to enter them, just to see..juuuuust in case I might win.  That doesn't mean I'm a gambler..the occassional scratch ticket or Lotto pick, but nothing serious. But contests, I seem to be quite good at!  Some of the items I've won are concert tickets, use of a mini-bus (what a trip that was! No, you're not getting details...), gift certificates radio station swag and so on. It's kind of fun! 

I haven't entered too many big name brand internet contests, as the chances of winning are super-skinny-jean slim. So, I stick with blog contests.  Kind of like this one which is over, so please don't enter.  I came upon it by chance, as another blogger I read had commented on it over my social media feed.  Did you catch all that? Ok, so I clicked on the link, all curious-like, took a read and left a comment.  It helped that I love the book that Truly Myrtle was reviewing.

 Pacific Knits by Alexa Ludeman and Emily Wessel has so many cozy-looking on the link to see the look book!

Then, as usual, I forgot about entering.  What were the chances of my comment being picked out of who-knows-how-many to win this great offering?

Give it a few days...and then I checked my blog comments (because it's fun to see if anyone reads)!  I saw a comment.  My heart skipped a beat.  It said:

"Hey Kathy - you've won my giveaway for Pacific Knits! Email me your address or drop me a pm on Ravelry so I can send it to you :) Congratulations!!!"

Holy cow! I was stunned! I checked her blog. It was true.  Not some cruel joke.  I had WON! It's right here. See that?? I won! Yay!

This is the first thing I've won in quite a while.  I think my luck is returning! And with just a little more (tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day..gotta catch a leprachaun!) I'll be knitting from this little beauty soon!

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

It's been a While!

Hey folks! Sorry it's taken me so long to come back.  You're always welcome at gracie's place, even if I'm not here :)  It's been a busy week so far at work which should explain my absence.  If you don't go for that excuse, well, I don't have another, so it'll have to do!

Last weekend (and man, I meant to post this before now) I was one busy girl.  Some background: I work in a kitchen.  All day, every day, with food.  Lots of food.  Cookies, sandwiches, pies, salads, catering trays, baked goods....and produce.  We sell produce, too.  So, you'd think, that when I have 3 days off..yes, count 'em...3!... the last thing I'd want to do is be in my kitchen.  True at the end of most days.  But you see, Friday was my first day off.  And typically, that is a work day.  So after checking my various social media websites for the latest in everything I started to bake. 

And this is what I came out with...

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread...YUM!
And while that was baking, I did this...

White Bread...YUM!

And after that? Well, how could I not bake these??...

                                                  the best Chocolate Chip Cookies EVER..YUM!
Three dozen cookies, 5 loaves of bread and a banana loaf.  The only thing left is the loaf and the bread.  The cookies were gone by Monday! Can you say...sweet teeth?? Not just me, though I do..admittedly...the Other Two were in on the munching too.  Oh well, that's what they're for, right?!
And I know you're going to ask what I did for the other 2 days I had off. 
Let me just say that I didn't spend them at my stove. 
Hope your week (March Break! ACK!) is going well, and that your baking lasts longer than mine!

Saturday, 2 March 2013

I'm over here!

Looks like I've moved! Ha! Didn't think I'd be doing that so soon, now, did you!

Let's be honest, neither did I...But, the one link I wanted to use, just doesn't want to show up on the "other" blog, here I am...
I'll be using this link from now on..I'll update all my "places" soon..I don't want you to miss a single post!