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Leftovers-Short and Sweet

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I stumbled across this delicious looking recipe at for Turkey Cranberry Poppers. I love this idea 😀 I believe it’s a genius way to use up the leftovers from Thanksgiving or Christmas.

In the past we have just warmed our leftovers and didn’t really do anything special to them. I’ve also made turkey pot pie and a simple turkey casserole with stuffing on the top.

What’s your favorite Christmas/Thanksgiving leftover?


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October 15,2020

My Mom would have celebrated her 60th birthday just a few days ago. I celebrated for her. I had to work that day and it was a hard day. I made it through and got home to have supper with my dad for Thanksgiving. I hope he enjoys that the kids love having him around as much as they do. Sometimes I forget they don’t share the same memories of him as I do.

Monday was the first day in about 2 years (as far I can remember) that the kids have seen their other Grandpa, my bio dad. I call him every once in awhile to see how he is doing because regardless of our short history of 7 years (hard to believe its been that long already) I genuinely care about his well-being and worry that he may end up back in jail. The kids were surprised and happy to see him. His face lit up when he saw us all get out of the car. He did not recognize my voice when I called him. We spent only about 20 minutes with him in the parking lot at the North Battleford Library.

Today we test out a different curriculum for my daughter. I feel comfortable enough in our routine that I am okay with trying something different. She has trouble sitting still or maintaining focus so moving, hands on activities and games are the best way for her to retain the things she learns. Math is a challenge, though I hear that from so many Moms and teachers.

I regret that I missed the most vital time for picture taking this time of year. Most of the leaves have changed and fell leaving bare branches everywhere I look. The leaves are now blowing freely throughout the streets and fields making their own adventures and living wildly before the cold and harsh Mr. Winter arrives.

I will leave you with this.

The colors are so fierce and bright,
I know their feelings in such depth, 
Our emotions entangled into one.

Stay well friends,


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Weekend Memories

Weekend Memories

We had tons of fun this weekend out in nature and though I tried to leave my phone put away for the most part, I couldn’t help taking advantage of the beautiful scenery (and the kids weren’t fighting or knocking each other out with mega blocks). So, yes, I snagged a few pictures 🙂

Before lunch the kids were ready for some play time and their favorite thing to do is to go to one of our local gravel pits and play on the hills.

There we sat on the top of a cliff overlooking one of the amazing valleys around our place. The farmer’s cattle were down in the valley and off to the right was a large pond, the sound of nature all around us. The kids were amazed by it all but mostly by the size of the cow poop. It quickly became a game of who could find the biggest pile haha! As they were all scoping out the valley for any mule deer, the sun was setting and I thought… I could park a tent right here and live the rest of my days looking at this for the rest of my life. Then I thought how much I would regret that and miss the conveniences of life we are accustomed to. It was a wonderful dream while it lasted lol.

I used to live in a city and although I loved it while I was there, I really love living in this tiny village (which in all honesty seems too big at times) and could never go back to a large city. I took a drive through my old neighborhood where I grew up , was raised , lived while I was ages 3-16 and it seemed so spacious and big while I was young. It felt claustrophobic and cluttered with large camper trailers and boats and too many vehicles and just not enough air. My sister-in-law lives in the house right across the street from my childhood home and while we were sitting there having our Thanksgiving lunch, I was staring right at the bedroom window I cried myself to sleep so many nights, the livingroom window that was always covered with thick, dark curtains that were rarely opened, the front steps that I cracked my head open on when I was small and playing outside. There were so many thoughts and memories that came rushing back and I thought WoW! I have grown so much since living there and look at this beautiful little family I have now that is nothing like the family I once belonged to.

And that’s what I am most thankful for this Thanksgiving. For the long road behind me, the random benches on the side of this road that I can rest on and enjoy the beauty around me before continuing on to the winding road ahead of me. The family in my past that taught me so much, my kids who are teaching me the most valuable lessons in life and the few people in my life that I feel I can trust.

Wherever you were this weekend, I truly hope you were in good company and felt blessed for all you have in life even if it’s not much. And know that even in those moments that we feel the most alone, there is always someone out there that has been touched by our presence or our words and they’re thinking of us right now.


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Thanksgiving Can Only Happen With Pumpkin Pie

The past couple of weeks I’ve been crazy busy with just pies! The only three kinds I’ve been doing though is Pumpkin, Apple and Sweet Potato for Thanksgiving. I did my first draw on my baking site and that was really fun and now I’m looking forward to doing another one closer to Christmas.

Pumpkin Pie was never a favorite of mine but I found a recipe that I really like! I wrote it down many many moons ago from a co-worker of mine and it was lost in among all my other recipes that I never used. I was a recipe hoarder with all these hopes and intentions but no guidance no clue! I was going through all those wonderful recipes one day when I was tired of the mess (I made a decision to become a minimalist and I was on a mission to do it in less than a week…until I realized how much work it was when no one else was on board haha). So I found this recipe and remembered all the delicious things she used to make and it once again stayed 🙂 That recipe box is almost empty now because I realized it’s not about glitz, glamour and expensive ingredients, the love of cooking comes to me only when it’s quick, simple and pretty traditional. I’m all about simplicity (for most things anyway but I am woman and simplicity doesn’t always come easily LOL!)

Enough chit chat already!

This recipe calls for canned pumpkin which I have never used so I just replaced it with thawed pumpkin from my freezer.

  • 1 1/2 cups (1/2 can) cooked pumpkin
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup evaporated milk
Mix all ingredients together until well blended. Add milk and mix. Pour into pie shell. Bake ant 425 for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350, bake for 30 minutes or until knife inserted in centre comes out clean. 

So simple! So quick! So delicious! And of course, pumpkin pie is always better the second day and served with whipped cream!

What are your plans for Thanksgiving? I always make a big deal out of this holiday because of a few different reasons. I have beautiful memories of Thanksgiving supper at my Grandparents house growing up, I always felt safe and protected there. My Mom’s birthday is the 11th and I do it to celebrate her life and remember and honor her. And lastly, I always make a public invite for anyone who doesn’t have family to spend it with or anywhere to go. Anyone and everyone is welcome at my door. Having people around during a holiday is sometimes the way some of us can get through these and I always had that safe place so I want to keep that going. It’s my way of letting people know that they are important and loved even if I don’t know you, you are loved and special. There are a couple who aren’t comfortable with coming so I’ll be packing up a heaping plate full for each of them and they will be getting it delivered to their door!

Hope you have a great Thanksgiving weekend!