Friday, May 21, 2010

Family visit

My cousin Aaron and his girlfriend Lisa are in town.  So glad they found the time to visit with T and I

this is what we had, a real experiment for me, spinch pie

first you saute onions of different types and garlic. then you add the spinach and it shrinks and goes all wilty

in another bowl you mix the eggs, ricotta and feta cheese, then mix the two mixtures together

you lay out 4 sheets of phyllo in a pan, brushing each layer with olive oil, then mix in the combined mixtures. Lay another 4 layers of phyllo on top and bake at 350 for 1hr

the finished product

oh my it was lovely.  Here's a tip though drain the spinach mixture before adding to the  egg mixture before putting in the pan to bake. I found the bottom a bit soggy.  There is so much water where spinach is concerned. The salad was great as well, full of veggies, fruit and nuts with a lovely wisabi dressing

then for desert because I still had some phyllo left over I made these babies

I folded 1 phyllo sheet over twice, then I added half an apple, cranberries and walnuts. I drizzled the tiniest bit of maple syrup on the inside. Then I just folded over the corners and squished it all together and baked for about 20min

finished product

I drizzled a tad more maple syrup over top and added some additional nuts. It was delectible. Oh my gosh I'll make these again. Prep to oven time, 3 min seriously

hope to see you guys again soon

and this is quite a milestone for me, this is my 100th blog

kisses to everyone that reads my blog

heh heh

Monday, May 17, 2010

Dutch bedstee

My mother has the most wonderful little dutch house, she is dutch of course

Here is her latest project completed, a bedstee, they are very popular in Holland

oh my gosh I can't wait to sleep in it. Notice that metal thing at the end of the bed in the first pic, thats a dutch foot warmer. You put boiling water in it and cozy up to it, it works like a charm. You can see why I was so upset when they moved away, my dad is so handy, he built it!

here are some other examples of bedstee's I found online

photo: home sweet home

photo: country home

photo: google

photo: google

photo: google

photo: sandell-artemide

photo: google

photo: home companion

photo: decorating kids rooms

well there you have it, I definitely want one

Sunday, May 16, 2010

The cottage is fine, heww

I am so lucky to have a brother that lives near my cottage. He was lovely enough to go check things out for me as I can't remember the last time I was there.

This is my cottage on lovely Gabriola Island British Columbia. It sleeps 6 comfortably with pull out mattress' for the floor if needed as well. I have 1/2 an acre in the woods.

We will put a new roof on it this summer and he just wanted to go have a look.

Its very rustic and needs sssssssssoooooooooo much work, here are a few pics to give you the idea.

Some old some newer but unfortunately none new, must fix that though, next time I go i'll take some new.


other side of livingroom


This was when I was breaking all the tiles off the kitchen floor. I just painted the plywood grey after that.

Again my friend Carla helping, she is the best helper

I had a friend redo the table to make it longer. I love to throw dinner parties here. I can either pull the table into the livingroom or outside on the back deck for more room.

There is a loft here now that my father, brother and uncle built for me for my birthday, I think last year. It fits a double bed perfectly. You can't stand up of course, just enough room to climb the ladder and slide into bed.

Bathroom, as you can see if your a big person your knees would be touching the shower when you sit down. Very unfunctional layout.

I made this bed, its supposed to look like a gate. I used siccins on it and I have the best sleeps of my life in this bed. I'm sure the fresh air helps.

Cola and I had the most fun there, its never been the same.

This place is probably the best buy of my life so far. I'll save it for when I retire then sell it for the money. Its been an awesome return and will hopefully get better. Its also ssssssooooooo much work. It really is a tear down but I don't because I would have no where to stay if I did that. I've had it for 8 years now and although these are not updated photos i'm showing I could do all I wanted and it would still be a tear down.

Come on over though its a really fun island