"We are what we believe we are."
C.S. Lewis

Monday, April 16, 2018

Mop Philosophy Monday

 We've been having a winter storm here for the last couple of days, and it has gone like this: rain, freezing rain, snow, more freezing rain, rain, more freezing rain... on and on.  Freezing rain feels quite terrible when it hits one's face while outside... best to stay in.
I've been lighting lots of candles, like this Diptyque dragon candle in the family room.

Sweet Violets sent over a yellow bouquet for my monthly flowers on Saturday, isn't it like looking at sunshine?
Just the thing.
 I made French onion soup on Saturday, mostly because I had about twelve onions lying around.  Working near a candle is meant to reverse the crying that occurs while cutting onions.  It didn't really work for me, tears were streaming!
 Brandy and herbes de Provence really create a nice finish to a French onion soup.

This is my latest kitchen tip, and it wasn't my idea, it comes from my friend Les.  Store your Costco sized bags of underripe avocados in the refrigerator and remove them one at a time, as needed, 6 to 12 hours before you want to consume them.
Such a rare thing: a perfectly ripe avocado.
 I can't believe it, it works wonders.

Today it is still looking grim outside and I have a million little tasks swirling around my brain, I'd better get down to it and make a list.
Later today I'll be making good use of these apples.  I'm going to cook up The Pioneer Woman's applesauce recipe.

I hope your week starts off beautifully.
xoxDani


16 comments:

  1. The flowers are beautiful. Just the thing to brighten up a dreadful winter day. I hope spring arrives soon. It is really slow in coming to your part of the world this year.

    Thanks for the avocado trick. I buy the big bags and getting them to ripen when you need them is a chore. I'll try this!

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    1. SD I know and it's such a waste to have a giant bag of them and then they all ripen at once and then poof they're done for!
      Still winter here... it's meant to warm up this weekend and apparently the sun might even peek through... I've never looked forward to spring so much. xxx

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  2. Oh I saw some scary images of the ice storm back east...hope all is well with you and the rascals.
    Have fun making the applesauce and your French Onion soup makes me salivate just thinking about the flavour...

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    1. Thanks Hostess it's not been pleasant dealing with the ice and everyone is suffering from winter fatigue! xxx

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  3. Hi Dani, yes, the weather! My husband had to take a train to Toronto yesterday to get his connection to Amsterdam - Air Canada wasn't even putting people on hold so he and his colleague decided train was best. After all that (his colleague discovered just before boarding the train that he had forgotten his passport, so he had to take a later train, very touch and go!) the flight was delayed for 5 hours in all and they didn't leave until nearly 2 am (but at least they've arrived and can rest up before work on Tuesday). I'm definitely staying in today!

    I would never have thought that the avocado trick would have worked - I've always thought that once you put something like that in the fridge it won't ripen. I'll have to try it too.

    Stay safe Dani, I hope Scout understands if he can't have his walk today!

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    1. Patricia wow so dicey traveling this week! I'm happy your hubs arrived, I hope his work goes well. It's a weird trick I never would have tried but for me it works perfectly!
      Walking Scout this week has been very challenging, the sidewalks were never cleared. They've been very short walks and she's going a bit nuts. I'll have to take her to the woods if it warms up this weekend! xxx

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  4. Your avocado tip is the best - I am going to try it. As for chopping onions, a friend recommended making sure that your knife is very sharp. I tried that and it works - no more crying!

    slf

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    1. slf oh that's a good tip I've not heard of, I'll try it! xxx

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  5. I don't cry any more when chopping onions because I only buy sweet onions.

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    1. Jeannine I should be doing this too! xxx

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  6. We make lots of applesauce here all year round and especially in the fall as we go right to the source - the original garden of Eden in the Eastern Townships - our summer home. For years I have been using an old fashioned food mill for several reasons. First, you don't peel the apples which means you keep that lovely colour, nevermind the nutrients from the apples and of course this takes less time. Once you put the whole cooked glop through the mill it comes our either silky smooth or chunky dunky depending on the "bottom plate" you choose. Very easy to clean and so much more time-effective. I use lots of cinnamon and sometimes a little orange instead of lemon. Great tip on the avocados - haven't been to Cosco in a while as the last time I went I managed to spend the equivalent of a mortgage on a small home on items that were just SUCH A GREAT DEAL - but, I can be disciplined and will return. Have a great week, Anna26x

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    1. Anna your applesauce sounds delicious. What a good idea to use a food mill. The trick with Costco is THE LIST. And it must be adhered to. I am very disciplined about this but when I bring MrBP with me things can easily get out of control. He'll also go off to look for something and come back with 5 things not on the list, he's a proper menace in that store. xxx

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  7. great avocado tip! saw your storm on tv. ugh
    we had lot of snow here but no freezing rain

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    1. Ann it was even worse than it looked! Happy you didn't have the freezing rain. xxx

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  8. Oh, your yellow roses are just beautiful, and how lovely to receive a monthly bouquet. What strange and awful weather you are having over there. I rang DD to see how they are faring, and she had spent an hour just digging the car out of the piles of ice. Here's to some April showers and pretty May flowers.

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    1. Thank you Patricia, MrBP and I were just saying that it's the worst April we can remember. Our garden is still covered in snow and ice and it feels like Siberia. When spring does come it will be glorious! xxx

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