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Ending and Beginning

So, it is the start of the new year… and as always, let’s start off by reviewing the “2011 Things I Want to do List”

1. Learn to spin my own yarn. (Nope… BUT my husband did!!! This plan has totally shifted and my husbands new found interest in spinning has made me want to leave this up to him. He is quite good at it, and I reap the benefits of hubby made handspun!)

2. Read all of the Charles De Lint  Newford series. (Nope, books were all still in boxes until November. )

3. Do more hiking.  We hiked our asses off starting in February!

4. Buy our dream house. We moved into our first home 10th, 2011! Huge, life altering amazing thing.

5. Not let the actions of others control my happiness. I worked pretty hard at this this year and I feel I made a lot of progress.

6. Can serious amounts of food from our own garden/further develop my canning skills. (Nope, but, we did not get our garden space until October so, I think it is understandable.

7. Knit a pair of socks. YES! Socks, done! See them HERE.

8. Get back into Bikram, twice a week minimum/get in shape. (Partial completion. I did a 40-day Bikram challenge and gave it my all last spring. Am I “in shape”? No. )

9. Adopt an animal from NWT SPCA. (inspired by Nicholle <3) (Sadly, no : (

10. Spend as much quality time as possible with my husband. We had an amazing year, and in particular the summer so packed full on one-on-one outdoor activities and we really got to spend a lot of quality time together.

Usually this is the part where I make my list for 2012. This year, I am not making one. I am not making one because it would be 100 things long. I have things I want to do coming out of my ears! This year I am just going to take everything as it comes and try to do as much that I want, as much as I am able.

That being said, this will be my last blog on Everyday Is Waiting for Halloween.

But it’s because my husband and I are starting a blog together, which will hopefully launch March 1, 2011. The blog will have many components, it will have much more informative and purposeful posts then this one does and hopefully people will actually want to read it.

Our new blog is called Building A Frog (I will insert a link when it launches.) Some of the topics we will cover are:

  • DIY projects
  • First house advice and questions
  • Knitting
  • Canning
  • Gardening
  • Home repair
  • Money saving ideas
  • Upcycling
  • Composting
  • Landscaping
  • Cooking
  • Thrifting
  • Baking
  • Recipes
  • Homesteading
  • Fishing
  • Sustainability
  • and our general ramblings and banter.

We hope to have guest posting from a variety of people who have some great information to share as well as some local focus and information. This si a new and exciting venture for us and we hope you will check it out once it it up.

Since I never did get around to doing a post on our new house, I am going to end off the blog with a picture of it.

Our little house on 1.04 acres of all ours.

Thanks to everyone who ever bothered to poke around in these rambling examples of my lifes goings on. It was fun : )

– Christie

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Another list, for another year. (Also, last years list re-cap.)

So, each year I make a list of 10 things I want to do/accomplish in the year to come. I don’t like to think of these as resolutions, but more as goals and achievements. Last years list went pretty well:

THINGS I WANT TO DO IN 2010

1. Swim with sea turtles

2. Knit a sweater

3. Read all of the Charles De Lint Newford books (I did not complete this, BUT, it is far in part to the fact that my books are packed away until we get the house)

4. Camp whenever possible this summer (We had 3 great camps this year. That is about average for us.)

5. Go hiking on weekends when we can’t camp this summer (We didn’t do this once. We did do some bike rides at the conservation area, but no hiking. Fail.)

6. Visit home more often (We live there now!)

7. Save money for a house (We have our down payment, but are continuing to save more)

8. Learn to spin (Didn’t get to it this year.)

9. Get rid of all the junk I don’t need (We made $280 at our yard sale and donated the rest to the CP Foundation.)

10. Eat more pie (We seriously ate more pie this year.)

So, now on to this years list!

THINGS I WANT TO DO IN 2011

1. Learn to spin my own yarn.

2. Read all of the Charles De Lint  Newford series.

3. Do more hiking.

4. Buy our dream house.

5. Not let the actions of others control my happiness.

6. Can serious amounts of food from our own garden/further develop my canning skills.

7. Knit a pair of socks.

8. Get back into Bikram, twice a week minimum/get in shape.

9. Adopt an animal from NWT SPCA. (inspired by Nicholle <3)

10. Spend as much quality time as possible with my husband.

2010 was a strange year full of huge changes and big decisions. It has been both good and bad, most definitely busy and I learned a lot. I am very excited for the things coming up in 2011. Most of these things will start when I get back to work, something that, hopefully, will be happening in the next few months.

I wish everyone a great year ahead!

May 2011 be full of love and positive things!

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Sorry, sorry, sorry

Yeah, I have no excuse except laziness and being busy. Lame. Anyhow, I am two months behind so I am going to do a quick picture rundown of October and November!

I finished knitting my first sweater!!

I am not as thrilled with it as I could be BUT it was a very informative learning experience and I am now about half way done my second cardi and I think I will like it much better.

Phill and I went apple picking at Spring Meadows and this led me too way more forays into canning; vanilla apple butter, chai apple sauce, lemon-thyme apple butter (Phill’s) and I even made some dill pickles! (The dill pickles are to freaking die for. I call the “For-Serious Dill Pickles”.)

Halloween came and went in a blur. I won two costume awards. (Even though I am not thrilled with any of the pictures of me from Halloween this year, this one with my awards isn’t so bad.)

November has been a blur! We made a quick trip to Toronto to see ROH and I of course made a trip to Romni for some yarn therapy. And I met Mark Brisco! (This is only going to be a big deal to me.)

I have also been having some great luck at the thrift stores. My vintage jar collection is growing more by the day it seems.

And I found some other really great things lately.

And of course a ton of knitting has been going on. Mostly Christmas knitting, so I can’t share a lot of pics but I did take a break and make myself this lovely green thing! Called “The Limey Bastard” hat. I really like how it turned out.

Phill became a beardo for Movember. I don’t think the beard will be going anywhere soon. I actually don’t mind it so much with his long hair.

I had a job interview this week that went very well and I have another scheduled for next Wednesday so hopefully soon I will be back to work.  I have really enjoyed my time off, but I am starting to get bored and miss having extra money, so back to the grind I go! December is shaping up to be busy, busy, busy, but hopefully I will be more on the ball then I was in October and November : )

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Pear-Raspberry Butter, I has made it!

This was my first attempt at cannning/sealing. I have been very interested in canning for about 6 months now and thought I would take a small shot (our new apartment has a very small kitchen) at it. A huge thanks to Food In Jars for the amazing insight and walk-throughs.

I used two recipes as a general guide, THIS one and THIS one, but pretty much went with my gut on flavoring and taste.

So here we go, this is my Pear-Raspberry Butter “recipe”. I did this over 2 days but you can do it in the same day as well.

First I cut my pears into small pieces, leaving the skins on, (I got 6 cups all together) and put them in a big pot to simmer with about a cup of Sun-Rype 100% raspberry juice.

It took about 45 minutes for them to cook down.

Once the pears wear very easily smooshed I buzzed them up with an immersion blender. I am in love with how amazingly smooth this gets and how easy it is.

It was hard not to just go ahead and eat it at this stage.

At the same time as I was simmering the pears I got my 3 cups of raspberries out of the freezer. I had bought them fresh the week before but I was not sure when I was going to get around to making the butter so I froze them just incase. I threw them in a separate sauce pan and let the heat do its thing.

Still a bit frozen here.

Once the berries were melted and had started to simmer I added a cup of liquid clover honey and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon to the mix. I let that simmer for about 15 minutes more. I took the berries off the heat and transferred them to a very fine sieve (over a bowl) and let them drip over night in the fridge. (The reason for this is that when adding the berries at the end of the process I did not want to much liquid added as it would thin out the butter too much.)

You do not have to use a pink bowl : )

Now don’ be going and pouring that pretty red juice down the sink!!! Pour it over vanilla ice cream! Sweet, sweet by-product for the win!

When I got up the next morning I poured my pear into my borrowed slow cooker (I love that my Aunt’s live across the street from me!) and put it on low for 8 hours. Stirred it here and there but otherwise left it alone. At the 8 hour mark I added my raspberries another tsp of cinnamon and about a tablespoon of the sweet, sweet raspberry by-product.(This is all to taste, so play with it.) I mixed it well and let it simmer for another half-hour while I got my jars ready.

Bubble Bubble

I used 125ml jars because I knew my batch was going to be a small one. I transferred the butter into the jars and boiled them in a water bath for 15 minutes. I am very proud to say that all of my jars sealed on the first try : )

I can't wait to make more!

So, I am totally hooked. I am going to ask for a slow-cooker for Christmas and I am already thinking about all of the combos that I can make. While walking to my knitting group last night I saw a lot of wild grapes on my street, and images of jellies started dancing in my head : ) Also the Sweet-Sweet By-Product as it is now known in my house gave me some great ideas for gift syrups and ice cream toppings as well.

Seriously the best by-product run-off ever!

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