The joys of gardening…. I do like to tend to my garden (which has been really hard to even get started this summer), but I admit I can sometimes be very lazy about actually “tending” to it, I just hate weeding and sometimes it gets the best of me to get motivated. I actually got out the shovel, the rake and bags of earth to start a project that I was supposed to do last year, oh well. I spent hours at the garden center trying to pick what I envisioned to be my little forest of greenery and flowers, well my mature garden, which in the pictures will look so different in 2-3 years. I usually stick to planting perennials, only annuals for a few pots here and there. Digging and turning the earth is hard work! I am pooped, and my space was only about 20 feet x 3 feet. I am pretty happy with the results, but I will have to keep my eye on my greenery (Ferns) since I have more sun shinning on them, then what I had thought back at the garden center. Here’s a few pics to maybe inspire all you gardeners out there!
My favorite designer, finally had a chance to check out the 2014 Spring & Summer line (I am late, Oooops!). Never a disappointment! Absolutely a beautiful and stunning collection. Great modern edge to the pieces and of course my favorite, the florals. No one can go wrong with a black and white classic ensemble. Bravo!
You can watch here http://www.dior.com/couture/en_gb/the-house-of-dior/dior-in-video
Ugh! I have had NO NO NO time to blog, POO! I miss my weekly posts. I finally have a minute to post my newest item in my Etsy shop. Plans on how to build your own floating ping pong table for your pool. I have to say, this is one of the most USED pool items we have. My poochie Phoebe even loves to get on it and float around hahahaha, not to mention she goes crazy when the ping pong ball is going back and forth! (I posted photos quite some time ago). I have had so many compliments about my pool toy that I decided to go ahead and make the plans so you can make your very own ping pong table for your pool. The kids (and grown ups) will love it!
Village Sweets Share of an Acoustic Guitar Cake… good music and eats, lol!
A share from Village Sweets ! Cool Airplane Cake…
Been working on hair scrunchies for my Etsy shop. With summer almost here we’ll have to get our our pretty hair accessories and for keeping the hair off your face and neck are some cool scrunchies. Will soon be listing more colors and patterns.
Back at the cottage! The snow is still lingering, but much of it has melted. The lake still grips its icy form but I am sure in a few more weeks it will all be gone and more fun boating adventures will begin. It was a perfect day, a little cool but biking is so much more enjoyable on cooler days than those hot steamy ones. I love being up north, it’s sooo quiet and peaceful…stress? Doesn’t exist here. I could not have asked for a better day! After a few hours of exploring and biking all the hills I was ready to relax on the deck, take some sun and enjoy the amazing views.
Share Time! Village Sweets and a few of their cupcake designs.
Visit my Etsy Shop for more Royal Icing Flowers https://www.etsy.com/shop/VillageSweets
One dish meals, I think they are my favorite. So much less clean up after dinner and more of relaxing time. Tonight I prepared spinach stuffed manicotti. You can prepare a few things ahead of time for this recipe, like making a fresh spaghetti sauce, chop up the onion, wash and chop up the spinach and prepare your pan to receive the shells after boiling. I had my homemade spaghetti sauce in the freezer (I do a lot of cooking and prep and freeze to have homemade meals rather than make a fast food pit stop), so I simply took it out of the freezer the night before to thaw in the refrigerator. So lets get to it…
Easy Spinach Stuffed Manicotti Makes about 20 stuffed shells.
– 1 small onion, chopped
– 2 cloves garlic
– 1 T. Olive Oil
– 1 package Manicotti shells (I had 20 shells)
– 9×13 inch baking dish, lightly oiled (I used a glass lasagna dish)
– Prepare a cookie sheet lined with foil and oiled lightly with olive oil. (This prevents your shells from sticking to the pan while they cool).
In a small pan on medium heat, add olive oil. Add the onions and garlic and sautée for a few minutes. Remove from heat. In a large pot, fill with water adding a drop of olive oil to the water and bring to a boil. Add the manicotti shells and cook for approximately 6-8 minutes. They should be somewhat firm, do not overcook or they will break when you are filling the shells. When they are done, remove the shells to your prepared cookie sheet, in a single layer, do not put them on top of one another, they will stick together. Set aside to cool. Begin your Ricotta mixture.
– 1 tub of Ricotta (625 grams or 2 1/2 cups)
– 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese (grated fresh or the container kind)
– 4 to 6 cups Spinach, chopped
– 1 large pastry bag fitted with just a coupler or a freezer bag with the corner cut off about 1″ wide.
– Prepared homemade spaghetti sauce or you can use a store bought variety (I used about 3 – 4 cups)
– 1/4 cup heavy cream 35%
– 1 cup shredded Mozzerella Cheese
In a large bowl, add the reserved onions and garlic, Ricotta, Parmesan Cheese and the Spinach and mix well until fully combined. Set aside. Add your spaghetti sauce to a pan and heat. When the sauce is hot, add the heavy cream and stir until combined. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spoon about 1-2 cups of your sauce in the bottom of the baking dish, spreading it to all the sides, make sure it is a thick enough layer. Take your pastry bag fitted with the coupler and fill the bag with the Ricotta mixture. Begin to fill your Manicotti shells, careful not to break any by overstuffing, fill one side halfway and then turn your shell and fill the other end. Place your shell in the baking dish on top of the sauce and repeat these steps until all your shells are filled and in the baking dish. They should be in one layer side by side not on top of one another. Ladle some more sauce on top of the shells, be generous. Top with the shredded Mozzerella Cheese. Put in the preheated oven, uncovered, and bake for about 30 minutes. When you remove your Manicotti from the oven, let it rest for at least 5 minutes before serving. Serve with crusty bread and a wonderful salad. Delish!
Forgot to take a picture when they were baked….Oooops!
My best buddy and I headed up to my cottage yesterday for simply, a day off. Got on our bikes and headed out for an early ride. OMG! It was just beautiful. Okay, yeah there is still lots of snow, but we just couldn’t wait. We couldn’t ask for a better day. Here in Québec it has been a long long, did I say long? Long winter. It was wet and it was muddy, but I was just loving it. We checked out some trails that we will be venturing on in the spring (if we get a spring?) summer and fall. The Aerobic Corridor trails look like it will be very challenging, can’t wait! And the great thing is….it’s Free! (For biking and hiking that is, fees for xcountry skiing and snowshoeing). The Lac-Des-Seizes-Iles lake is still pretty frozen, but I am just itching for a day to stick the boat in the water and simply having nothing to do but enjoy a lazy day on the lake!