Monday, March 1, 2021

More food pictures and now it's my birthday at the Watson's

 As it was my birthday I got to choose the menu.  Abby is the baker so I chose cheese cake.  For the main menu fish taco's.   Holly, Chris and Abby were cooking. 

Abby is the baker in the family and this was a masterpiece as usual. 

Carefully decorated. 

I got a laugh out of her when I asked why some "rapper" was decorating my cake!

Chris and Holly the main chefs for the evening.  They are teasing me here because I'm always after the family to put on an apron so they won't ruin their clothes, especially when they're frying.  Chris has on a 4H apron l980's vintage and Holly is wearing an apron from one of our Mazatlan, Las Jaibas trailer park chili cook offs.  Aren't they cute!
All the shrimp waiting to be deep fried. They decided to have shrimp and halibut fish taco's. 

Holly's task with Chris's careful supervision. 
Erika has been a "kitty cat girl" since she was small.  That's Casper.
Chris takes over for awhile. 
Son in law Wade chatting with Abby and Erika.

What a feast.
Shrimp and fish tacos with guacamole. 
It was as delicious as it looks

A mother daughter picture.  I am "really" happy.

Yum, yum, yum!

And now for dessert.  A masterpiece and...
It is just gorgeous and.....
It was as delicious as it looks!  I do believe it was the best cheese cake I have ever eaten.
Even Wade had some and he doesn't even like dessert!
Dinner is over and it's time for the family, including the dogs to head out to the barn and feed the horses.  
We head home, full and happy.  What a nice birthday. 

Mother's Day Brunch at the Watson's

In May of 2020 we were finally able to have a family gathering inside and Mother's Day was the occasion.  Abby, Holly and Chris prepared a lovely Mother's Day brunch for Erika and I.  As Chris is the  chef he was at the helm.  
   My mother Gudrun on the right and her mother and my Granny Sigrid on the left. 
Me holding Erika with Krista in front.  

Waffles with fresh fruit compote, sausages, bacon and fresh fruit salad.  Yum!
Abby and Erika. 

Fresh squeezed orange juice and home baked bread to go with it. 
Erika's Mother's Day flowers. 

Chris and Holly on the left.

Eric is relaxing with a fresh cup of coffee.  It was a lovely morning get together with delicious food, what more could we ask for. 


Saturday, February 27, 2021

My garden in May.

 Anyone who knows me well is aware that I spend most of my summer on my knees praying to " the God of weeds" to be kind.  May is a time for lush fresh growth and as we were home at the end of March I had a head start on the weeds. 

First come the crocus. 

The Mexican squash seeds are coming up. 
We love the little calabacitas or squash that they grow in Mexico.  I found some seeds at Home Depot in Mazatlan so I decided to give them a try. 

I spotted this young bear out the window and then we decided that it's long legs and brownish color identified it as a young grizzly.  We rarely see one as there are mostly black bears here. 

I'm not fond of cute garden ornaments but I do like metal birds among the low growing natural vegetation.  I'd just given these birds a quick spray paint and they turned out just like new. 

Okay...these guys do have a bit of a smile but they do look real.  I repainted the one on the left with my 40 year old oil paints and then I did the one on the right.  Much better. 
The hostas, ligularia etc. by the dry stream bed. 

Some areas of the garden have all wild vegetation that I just weed. 
The dry stream bed has drainage pipes under it that terminate farther away.  Without them the garden flooded in the spring.  However it is a nightmare to keep the rocks tidy with all the deciduous trees in the garden. 

The is my round hosta garden with at least 20 different varieties worked into a colorful patchwork.  The rhodo in the back is about 40 years old and started as a very small plant.  It's the same color as one my grandmother had planted in front of her house. 
Granny's rhodo behind me and our two girls...Krista and Erika.  Probably May/June of 1970.

It was a huge plant. 


Me...I'm usually taking the photos and not in them. 

April was very dry but by late May there was enough rain that I didn't have to water.  

Easter 2020 with family.

 Yes it's almost March of 2021 but I have decided to update the blog chronologically so that it actually follows what happened over the last year. 

Although it was snowy and cold when we returned home from Mazatlan in March the month of April turned out to have the best weather while we were at home.  Sunny and warm and the snow soon melted.  As we were dealing with lock down at that time we celebrated Easter outside at our daughter Erika's with her husband Wade, grand daughters Holly and  Abby as well as Holly's boyfriend Chris who was living with them.  Holly returned home with Chris from Vancouver to Terrace in late January to live with Holly's parents, work and save money so they could go to Scotland in the summer.  Chris is a trained chef who came out from Glasgow in Scotland and as his Canadian work visa was ending in Feb.2021 they were planning to head back to Scotland, work and then do some travelling.  Holly had just graduated from UBC with a degree in kineseology so she was hoping to get a job in Terrace as well. know how all of that turned out.  Covid hit, everyone was locked down, restaurants were closed and their lives ground to a halt.  Abby was just finishing college and hoping to continue her summer work as a vet assistant and that didn't happen either.  We had just finished our two week quarantine but we obeyed the rules and met outside for Easter dinner. 

That's Chris with Chloe ( a.k.a Shmoopy to us) on his left and Abby's puppy Flynn is upside down!

A beautiful warm day and Eric is enjoying some sun.  Wade in the background. 
Daughter Erika relaxing in the sun. 

I'm not sure if Eric is patting Shmoopy or Maple...hard to tell from a distance.  They are Greater Swiss Mountain dogs. 

Abby with the dogs in front of her. We made it easy on ourselves for Easter dinner.  I made a potato salad and the Watson's supplied, wieners, smokies, buns and all the condiments.  
Gorgeous warm afternoon.  
Holly, Chris, Abby and Wade..." cooking Easter dinner!"  We decided it was the easiest most enjoyable Easter dinner we'd ever had.  Usually we are still in Mexico at this time so this was an opportunity to all be together.  

                                Flynn was still teething so every stick was fair game.  He's a Bernese mountain                                                                 dog so he still has some growing to do.

Flynn needs another stick. 

A perfect day and not even a picture of the food.  I must have been hungry!