Intimidatingly awesome pocket letter

A little while ago,  Sincerely Kate and I agreed to exchange pocket letters, and while I am still slowly but surely chipping away at mine, yesterday, I received her ridiculously awesome pocket page!!

In all honesty, I am partially thrilled, and partially horrified. Thrilled because it’s friggin’ amazing. I want to hang it on my wall! Slightly horrified, because she took pocket letters to a whole new place I hadn’t even realized could actually be a thing? Pockets that form one big picture? Who knew? Boom! *Mind blown* 😛   I’m not sure why my pocket letter struggle is so real, but I’m sure I’ll get over it and hopefully she loves it! 🙂

In the meantime, check out this masterpiece she sent me!!

Pocket letter from Sincerely Kate.

Pocket letter from Sincerely Kate.

Outgoing Kitten for Kate

As mentioned previously, Monday, I received a nice long letter from my penpal Kate, who is currently living in the Netherlands. We are still in the early stages of our penpalling, but I have definitely picked up on the fact that she loves cats. Perhaps in was the kitty collage from her first letter, or maybe it was simply the fact that she said ” I love, love, love cats” 🙂

Anyway, she really enjoyed the last handmade envelope I made her, so I thought I would give it a go again, this time using the free calendar I got from the vets office with this little guy!! Isn’t he a cutie? I made him a little ribbon collar to hold his ” home address” on as the mailing address label, and though I made the envelope so it would open from the top so he would be sitting straight up, I opted to put the address and stamp in the proper form to avoid any trouble or extra cost in the mailing process.

Kitten for Kate

Kitten for Kate

I simply used lined paper for her letter and didn’t do much decorating, simply because I had lots to say and ended up writing her 7 pages plus the mail tags which are an up-cycled tiny piece of sturdy wrapping paper. I’m hoping my eagerness to write will not put me over the weight limit for a standard stamp, however, if it does, I’ll be sure to add some tea and stickers to the packet to make it worth the while 🙂

Incoming from the Netherlands and the USA

With spring keeping me busy( yardwork, housework, enjoying the sunshine and caring for a puppy-on-the-mend), I’ve had little time to devote to snail mail. Thus, the lack of snailmail posts ( and the lack of posts, period!). My mailbox had been having a slightly drier spell anyways, but Friday brought with it a nice of bright mail from Kate in the Netherlands. As per her quirky self she used some Halloween and Christmas stationery for her mail tags which she then joked about. She always has something funny to say! 🙂 It was wonderful to hear from her in a nice long letter and hear about how she is adjusting to life in NL.

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I had the whole weekend to reply to her letter and on Monday, I received a letter from Jaclyn in Tennessee. I was really excited when I found the envelope was stuffed to the brim and had a little customs form on it; goodies!! Jaclyn always write very old time style detailed letters which I quite enjoy. She always includes dates, distances, colours and all the little things you need to really picture what she is talking about!

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As the customs form promised, I did get goodies; two beautiful postcards to show me the area she lives in and an extra flowery one, as well as lots of tea!Unfortunately, I was bad and drank one before I got around to taking pictures 😛 I was pretty excited about the loose leaf tea too, we both enjoy it, so it will be nice to trade some of our favourites!! ^^

I’ve finished my reply to Kate in NL and will be making a post about it later and hope to be finished my response to Kate by Monday. This incoming mail pace is perfect for this time of year!!

Peanut butter frosting; Life hack!

I’m pretty sure I’ve just I’ve just created a cheat code for my baking life! I’m making mom a small mothers day and since my parents have been limiting their sugar intake for several months now, I wanted to make something healthy-ish.

I found an interesting carrot cake recipe on Green Kitchen Stories and, since I’m notoriously terrible at following recipes, made it my own by dropping the dates, dropping the oil for margarine(it’s all I had, olive oil aside), adding ground flax seeds, and totally winging it with the spices. I have little cream cheese, no lime and no honey in the house at the moment, which threw my frosting right out the window, so I was going to just put light whipped cream topping on it as a frosting. But then I tasted the cake… And because the cake contains banana to sweeten it, there is obviously a light banana taste. And for my tastebuds, where there is banana, there is peanut butter!

I think you might see where I’m going here…

As I was putting a little coat of light PB between the layers, my eyes caught the PB jar and the whipped topping tubs sitting next to one another and next thing I knew, I had a spoonful of ummy, yummy, delicious whipped peanut butter topping in my mouth. And then another. And another. Admittedly I ate way too much of the stuff, but Oh. MY. Goodness!!!  The result is the perfect little love child of peanut butter(mhh!) and whipped topping ( mhh!). Its texture is perfect, not too fluffy, but also not too tongue snapping peanut buttery, it tastes peanutty enough to love it, but without being so powerful that your cake tastes like your morning toast. It’s the perfect little baking Life Hack for me! I want to put it on everything I bake from this day forward!! XP

Yummy, yummy, whipped  peanut butter cake topping!

Yummy, yummy, whipped peanut butter cake topping!

The best part is, there is a much, much lower sugar content in this than there would be if I had made actual frosting using confectioners sugar/ icing sugar!

Super-Swap from South Korea!!

Every once in a while, a super-duper-awesome swap comes my way and rocks my socks. Today, was one of those days! 🙂

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Last month I set up a Tour Guide swap over on swap bot and was lucky enough to be partnered with a fellow blogger. Her swap took a whole month to get here, which is pretty much the standard time for anything to get here from Asia, but the anticipation just added to the fun.

Stephanie over at Living Free is a Canadian woman living in South Korea, so her Tour guide was one of Seoul, S.K, which, in itself was pretty cool, but on top of that, you can see by all the details that a lot of time and effort was put into this swap! ❤

The ''tour guidebook'' itself is really cute and is absolutely packed with interesting bits and bobs, cute stickers and little images related to the places and things described.

The ”tour guidebook” itself is really cute and is absolutely packed with interesting bits and bobs, cute stickers and little images related to the places and things described.

She also included a whole  bunch of colourful and interesting brochures as well as a map. I love the map, because she circled all kinds of personal points of interest such as her favourite shopping places, her work place,   etc.

She also included a whole bunch of colourful and interesting brochures as well as a map. I love the map, because she circled all kinds of personal points of interest such as her favourite shopping places, her work place, etc.

And how cute is this stationery!!?

And how cute is this stationery!!?

And finally, as a little extra fun, she included this face mask, and (thankfully!) translated the instructions for me, haha! 🙂 I don’t know if the guys on the front are a Korean boy band, but if this makes me skin anywhere near as nice as theirs, I’ll be thriiilled!!wpid-img_20150508_211807.jpg

Georgea on my mind.

Well, as a follow up to my last post, our Big dog, Georgea went in for her surgery yesterday and although it did go well and she’s home safe and sound, it could have gone better. Poor girl was so stressed that she kept coming out from the anesthetic and had everyone in high stress for the procedure. The stress also led to diarrhea which made it all that much harder to keep her comfortable and clean when we got her home.

We managed to get everyone settled in and got to bed around 10:30, only to be woken up again at 1. I tried to get back to bed, but the heavy medication, her confusion, stress and pain had her up and wandering the dining room floor whining, so I ended up bundling myself in a comforter and sleeping on the dining room floor next to her for a few hours. Every 10 minutes or so for the first hour she would wake up abruptly, probably in confusion, so I’m glad I stuck around, and we both managed to get some ( uncomfortable, but much needed) sleep.

I’m glad to say that today, things are looking up. Although she still is in pain ( who wouldn’t be with 8 inches of stapled incision across their tummy? ) she seems much more comfortable and is no longer having ”bum accidents”, thank goodness! I’m thinking the next few days will involve lots of sleep, and hopefully I can get in on some of that! 😛

My big girl, recovering.

My big girl, recovering.

All the happenings.

So spring has sprung, and with it has come a much busier days. Mrs. Bunny seems to be doing quite well still, and Thursday, my chickens will be arriving ( and going straight to moms until we get our pen up!) The first days of really good weather fell on my work weekend, because, of course, why wouldn’t it? 😛 For some reason, the beautiful weather seemed to put the customers into a foul, foul mood. They must have thought that we should be punished for being stuck indoors on such a nice day hehe! Luckily, the days flew by and I got to come home to my handsome man cooking delicious foods on the BBQ and my fur babies happily laying in the sunshine. Ahhh Happiness!

Sunday night, I got out my bicycle and decided I would ride it into town the next morning. We live 10 kms away from town and my bicycle seat hurts my butt, so neither Hubby or I really thought I would make it all the way to town, so we arranged that I would just give him a call when I wanted him to come save me, if need be. Need did not arise, however! I was pleasantly surprised at how fast my whole journey to town went. Only once did some rustling in the woods make me peddle frantically in semi-panic! Only one big hill forced me to bow my head in shame and walk my bike up the hill! And( thankfully) only once did I have to go through a construction zone. Do you have any idea of how awkward it is when a lollipop-man holds up a line of traffic while you peddle across a one lane bridge? Time. Stood. Still. It felt like one of those dreams where you are running and running, but barely moving. I was pedaling and pedaling but it just didn’t feel like I would ever get across the darn bridge! Anyways, I made it, and I’m quite proud of myself! 🙂 The rest of the day was spent chipping away at the mounds of yard work that needs to be done before the grass starts growing abundantly!

Finally,today, we took Big dog to the vet to have her array of lumps and bumps checked out. Good news, the 2 big bumps are nothing to worry about, just fat lumps she said. Less-good news, the little lumps in her nipples are not a good sign, so as a result, we will be taking her back in tomorrow for preventive surgery. The lumps could be no big deal, but they could be cancer and its best to simply have them removed than to take the chance of them being a problem. They took an x-ray of her chest to make sure everything was good in her lungs, did some blood work to make sure she was healthy and everything looks good on that front, so tomorrow should be smooth sailing, or as smooth as can be given the circumstances. I’m still worried sick though. I was incredibly nervous when my little man went for a simple neutering, so I’m likely going to be a train wreck when my old girl goes in for a more complicated procedure!! Fingers crossed that all goes well!

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Anyways, those have been the happenings of the homestead over the last few days, they are more on the personal side than my usual snail mail stuff, but that’s bound to happen from time to time, especially when my mailbox has been fairly empty for the last little while!!