My Sweet Marie

Archive for August 2011

Nothing like a trip to a farmer’s roadside stand to get me in the mood to stock the freezer! I froze carrots, corn and made a fresh batch of tomato sauce today! I know you can buy it for a buck by the can but it doesn’t taste like this sauce! I use it for spaghetti sauce, stews, soups or anywhere else you need tomato sauce. Tomorrow I will be making stewed tomatoes.

To top the above listed items, I also made a pot of ham and bean soup! I know I’ll live to regret that as you know exactly what kind of music I’ll be facing once Denis starts getting in to that! It’s quite hearty, chock full of ham, onions, celery, carrots and let’s not forget the beans! Traditionally I’d use a dry pea for this soup but I am fresh out! You can tell it’s summer as all my soup stock is out too! I will have to make a big batch of that as well and stock the freezer! I like to cook up a huge batch of chicken stock, boil it down so it’s nice and strong/flavourful and then freeze it in containers or plastic bags! Comes in handy when you want to toss a pot of soup together in a hurry!

Let’s not forget the stuffed peppers I have in the oven too, man I did do some cooking today eh? I used some of my tomato sauce with these, they are just starting to aromatise my kitchen now. Gotta love the smell of that in the air! The peppers were also from that roadside stand!

We went to this roadside stand on Sunday, it’s in Jeannette’s Creek, a small hamlet just west of Chatham. When we are out that way, we go to Rick’s stand, they have a big variety of fresh produce and their prices are reasonable. Remember now, I live in London and I shop at the grocery store usually so prices are much higher and the stuff isn’t as fresh! Those tomatoes were picked that morning according to farmer Rick, of course he could have been yanking my chain! That is possible as how would I know when they picked them?

Well folks, back to the kitchen as now I have the clean up! That’s not nearly as fun as the cooking! If only I could get someone in to do the clean up while I am cooking!

Tasty regards,

Sweet Marie


Ok people, here is my rant of the day! Are you one those people who forwards those cute e-mails that have been forwarded to a million people before you? May I please beg of you, I am on my knees here, clean the e-mail up! By that, I mean erase all the e-mail addresses on it, it’s easy to do, why do you not do it? Have you ver gotten one of these e-mails and you have to scroll down more that there is actual script? Helllooooooo?

So, for all of you forwarding junkies, here’s what you do. You hit forward, then erase all the former senders…easy peasy people, takes two seconds! Your receivers of those funny, sweet, endearing e-mails will thank you! I promise, I will thank you!

Truly, one of my concerns is, do you really want your e-mail address out there for everyone to see? What if a friend forwarded an e-mail you sent and somehow it got into the hands of a former friend or worse…enemy!! Oh No..then he/she could hate mail you…or what if a secret government agent got all those addresses and started spying on all of us? No, worse, an out of space agent…no a russian agent…yes, that would be bad wouldn’t it?

So, for the love of God, please clean up those e-mails before I lose my mind, oh wait, it’s too late, there it went!

Love and clean e-mails to you all,

Sweet Marie


I haven’t gone back to school shopping in a very long time, but today I took Heidi to get a new outfit for her first day of school! Who knows, she may not wear it the first day but that was our intention! We headed out to Sears and actually got there before the store opened, can’t remember the last time I did that! We had a limited time span and we had Blake, so time was of essence! Blake has only so much sitting time in him!

Because we were early, we went to Zellers and checked out their back to school stuff, and picked up a Dora sandwich box to go with Heidi’s new lunch bag and backpack, that Mommy got for her. Check,check and check! We had to pick up a new car for Blake while we were at it too, the boy needed something while we did all this shopping and cars do it for the guy! He’s like his Meme, loves a blue car!

Once we headed back to Sears, we hit the girl’s department and when Heidi spotted the pink top with a little fake black skirt with the matching silk scarf, she had to have that one! We looked around for a pair of pants, she didn’t want jeans and we decided on the pink cords with a flashy pink belt, she will be colorful at least! On our way to the check out, we spotted a sale, who can pass up a sale? They had the tights and long tops on for 2/$15, well that’s a deal right? So we got another top and pair of pants, and being a wise old woman, I got her pink so that she can mix and match with her other outfit! So, in fact, I got her four outfits today! Aren’t I the best grand-mother? Hee-Hee.

While still in the store, she thought I should buy pj’s for Blake and Holly, isn’t she the generous one? Luckily, I was in a hurry and we had to run off. We needed to beat Emily as she was on her way over and I knew we had only a short time! We made it with a whooping 10 minutes ahead of Emily!

Of course, before Melissa got here to pick the kiddies up, Heidi had to try the clothes on so that Mommy could see them! Good thing too as I hadn’t even done that, just eye-balled them! I still have my touch, they fit beautifully, like they were made just for her! Melissa loved them and I am sure she was relieved to think that’s 2 less outfits she needs to buy! I remember those days. It’s the most wonderful time of year….

Happy Back to School to All the Moms!

Sweet Marie

This blog is dedicated to my dearest friend GK. I know it’s tough right now but brighter skies are coming, I promise. I wrote a little poem for you, hope you like it!

If you have children in your life, young or old, you have something to be grateful for…

If you have a brother, sister or other relative that respects you, you have something to be grateful for…

If you have a safe place to lay your head at night, you have something to be grateful for…

If you have a dog or a cat that smiles when they see you, you have something to be grateful for…

If you have hearing or sight, to hear your music or see the sunset, then you have something to be grateful for…

If you have a friend that adores you, that cracks you up when you’re down, then you have something to be grateful for…

If you have breath in your body, another day to go on, then you have something to be grateful for…

If you have hope, that tomorrow will bring the rainbow, then I have something to be grateful for….

Yours in shared gratitude.

Sweet Marie


Today I packed up the kiddies, Heidi & Blake and we headed for the home of the other kiddie, Holly! I knew we had arrived when I heard a loud squeal coming from the house, yep this Holly’s place! She gets so excited when she sees her cousins! She threw her arms around Heidi and tried to hug Blake but he was having none of it!

I was busy trying to get all my gear to the door when I lost the craft box! Yep, the whole thing went ass over tea kettle and dumped all over Mel and Jim’s lawn! That is going to be a colourful yard for a little while I am afraid! I tried to get all the pieces but there were so many! What a mess! 

So, once I finally got in the door with most of the craft supplies I came with, I set up a craft on the table. The girls got right to it and made some beautiful art for their admirers! Lucky them! Some days it’s Meme, some days Pepe but most days it’s Mommy or Daddy who are the receivers of these awesome crafts! I have a wall in the basement that is covered with the art of the kiddies and a few other kiddies who visit!

Once the craft was no longer exciting, they tore Holly’s room apart. I swear it took them less than 5 minutes! I couldn’t believe my eyes. What is it about visiting a cousin that makes you want to rip their room apart? Wow! They played a bit of dress up,dollies and they baked ‘cookies’, wooden ones to be exact!

Blake loved Holly’s princess rider toy! What a hoot to see this brute of a boy riding this purple and pink toy, with princesses dancing while he drives it! Too fun, Melanie and I got a great giggle out of that!

The cats, Jasper and Harry, are a great amusement to the kids too. Blake has a thing for tugging on the cat’s tails, not funny when they give him a swat though. Luckily they usually are pretty tame! The scraps dropped on the floor at lunch time more than makes up for a little cat-tail tugging, I figure!

Lunch was a bit chaotic, Melanie made Holly a gluten-free grilled cheese and KD for the other two kiddies. Poor Holly did not find this fair so I don’t think we’ll be doing the Kd anymore! Next time, everyone gets grilled cheese!  KD is just a treat for Melanie, one of her childhood faves so I thought she’d like that, which she did…but is it fair to Holly? There’s a stumper for you all, I’d like to hear what you think of eating a certain food when a child with that allergy is present and cannot have it. What’s your opinion?

I look forward to all the comments!

Sweet Marie

I made this again on the weekend and it was a huge hit. It is fresh, tasty and healthy. What more can we ask of a dish! If you are a WW point counter, I figure it is 5 points per 1 cup. Well worth it! Here’s my previous post:

Quinoa (play /ˈknwa), a species of goosefoot, is a grain-like crop grown primarily for its edible seeds. It is a pseudocereal rather than a true cereal, or grain, as it is not a member of the grass family. Quinoa is closely related to species such as beets,spinach and tumbleweeds. Quinoa has become highly appreciated for its nutritional value, as its protein content is very high (12%–18%). Unlike wheat or rice (which are low in lysine), and like oats, quinoa contains a balanced set of essential amino acids for humans, making it a complete protein source, unusual among plant foods. It is a good source of dietary fiber and phosphorous and is high in magnesium and iron. Quinoa is gluten-free and considered easy to digest.

Quinoa Tabouleh


  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 cup quinoa
  1. Cook quinoa in boiling water till all water is absorbed.


  • 1/4 c. olive oil
  • 1/2 c. lemon juice ( 1 whole lemon)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp of sumac
  1. Mix the above ingredients together to make dressing. Set aside.


  • 2-3 tomatoes diced or 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 small cucumber diced
  • 2-4 green onions or 1/2 c. red onion chopped
  • 1-2 carrots shredded
  • 1 cup fresh parsley chopped finely
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint chopped finely
  • 1 can of chick peas, drained and rinsed
  1. If you want to make this recipe quicker, throw your parsley and mint in the blender with your dressing ingredients and give it a whirl till all is well blended and chopped!
  2. Blend all the veggies with the quinoa and the dressing. Chill till ready to serve. Enjoy!

I am a huge Facebook fan! I use it to communicate with out-of-town family and friends. We have family all over Canada and friends as far as Sweden that we communicate via Facebook.People share their pics on there that I’d never get to see and I love it! I have 26 nieces and nephews and that’s not even counting great-nieces and nephews! So having Facebook makes it much easier keeping up with these young people! I get to see what they’re doing, where they’re going, their new beaus and when they have job interviews, etc.

What I cringe at are the statuses that are extremely personal! I had one young niece post a status that was totally inappropriate recently, she was way too young to do so and I am pretty sure she did not get the gravity of her post! She is very naive and that is what scares me. We have young kids using internet tools and they are too young to grasp the impact their statements can make or how they’ll be perceived by a stranger.

There are far too many creeps in this world who will take advantage of young girls who post these things or worse, skimpy pictures! Oh how that scares me. So, if you’re a parent of a young teen or pre-teen using Facebook, please keep an eye on their posts and their pictures.  Too many people are able to see them and too many freaks are walking this planet…please be cautious!

If you happen to catch an inappropriate status or post, please message that young’en and ask them to remove it. I did and she gladly took it down. I don’t claim to be the perfect parent but I think we are in a learning stage with all that is available to us on the internet. When our girls were younger, we didn’t have Facebook. I think we had ICQ but it didn’t have the exposure that Facebook does, so please people let’s use our heads!

That’s my rant for today, hope I haven’t bored you! if you have suggestions, I’d love to hear them too!

Sincere regards,

Sweet Marie