Homemade Toaster Strudel

Sometimes we get a hankering for toaster strudel, but it isn’t something we can find in the frozen food section at the grocery store.  Ready-made puff pastry to the rescue!  With this and a bit of jam (or curd, conserve, or fruit), we can make wonderful strudel ourselves.  In fact, we can make just about…

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Sunrise

Sometimes I find it difficult to appreciate Winter.  It’s cold, dark, and the storms blowing in off the Atlantic are brutal (my shattered greenhouse will attest to that).  At the moment, daylight occurs between 8:45am and 3:45pm which means I get to see the sunrise most mornings.  This is the view from the landing window…

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New Flat

We moved into our holiday flat last weekend, but had to run back home so that we weren’t caught by what turned out to be a fairly major storm.  We were back this weekend to relax and add the fine details.  Here is our lounge, nearly done.  The walls are white and very tall, so…

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Bird in the Hand

Yesterday, I noticed the tell-tale sign of a chilly night – condensation on the windscreen of my car and inside the greenhouse.   So I decided not to chance losing the remainder of my tomato crop and harvested the lot.  We now have four jars of gorgeous green tomato pickle – ready to bring a…

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Handbag Storage Solution

They say admission is the first step to recovery, so I’ll just put it out there: I have a bit of a handbag addiction.  After looking for a storage solution that didn’t involve shoving them under the bed or putting them in a closet, I decided to try a hat rack.  And it’s perfect!  I…

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Harvest

Our fruit trees have been good to us this year. We’ve had buckets of plums, apples, and even a few pears. To make use of everything, I’ve been making jam and baking cakes. I hope to have enough apples for a small batch of apple butter.

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Jammin’

Yesterday we stripped the crabapple tree bare and made jelly. I’ve put it with the strawberry jam I made on Wednesday. Our plum tree looks like it’s going to produce more plums than ever before, so I have extra jars at the ready. The jam cupboard should be well-stocked for winter this year.

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Lazy

This weekend is my last bit of freedom before I go back to work on Monday. I’m never sure what to do with days like these — cram them full of fun activities or laze about like a sloth? The sky is grey, and the weatherman tells me there is rain coming. I’m opting for…

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