Saturday, September 29, 2012

Humble Bungalow Tour Day!

All the cleaning and gardening has been done and we are ready for the arts and crafts tour from Seattle.
I grabbed my camera and snapped a few images of how we look before the tour bus arrives.

Thankfully there are still some blooms in the garden.

I found some cheery mums at the garden center.
Yellow looks good against almost any backdrop.

Yellow on the front porch
Welcome to our Humble Bungalow!

Hey Jude!
Jude the Obscure has a few flushes of flowers.

wilting autumn crocus and drooping limelight hydrangeas
still they add a bit of interest and some colour

a dear sweet rose whose name I have long forgotten
soft blush pink that fades to white in the sunshine

lime coneflower sits atop the French garden table

not yet completely finished laundry renovation

laundry room clock

cyclamen in a matte green arts and crafts vessel
in the powder room

dining room

close up on the roses
more cheery yellow

This is how our wee Humble Bungalow looked when we first purchased it!

She's come a long way baby...

I think she looks pretty good for 100 years old!

I'll be taking a wee blogging break 
 I think Mr. HB and I deserve to have the rest of the weekend to relax!

Thanks for stopping by...
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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Eleventh hour Chicken ~ fast and tasty!

We had a roast chicken on the weekend and I served the leftover vegetables, chicken and gravy on the Monday night. Come Tuesday there was still some chicken left waiting for some inspiration...
After two cups of tea and perusing my cookbooks looking for a miracle meal I rolled up my sleeves, put on my apron and got busy chopping.

Eleventh Hour Chicken was created out of sheer necessity and a desire for some comfort food that could be made with what I had on hand.

Onions, garlic, red peppers, green peas, chicken meat cooked and cubed, coconut milk, red curry paste, sugar and fish sauce.

Basmati rice.

I love my rice cooker!
Perfect rice every time.

I sauteed 2 thinly sliced onions, a couple of cloves of garlic and thin strips of red pepper until soft.
Pour in 2 cans of coconut milk, whisk until it boils, then add 2 tablespoons of red curry paste, 1 tablespoon sugar and 1 tablespoon of fish sauce.
Reduce the temperature and stir well to blend.
Next the chicken to heat through, and lastly the frozen peas.
Simmer on low.
(I would have used green beans instead of the peas if I had some and I would have added a can of bamboo shoots to make it more like a Thai coconut curry)

The aroma of the coconut milk is scenting the Humble Bungalow kitchen
and wafting beyond...

red curry paste is a great thing to keep on hand in the fridge as it adds so much flavour
love these prep bowls and use them lots
Mr. HB gave them to me one Christmas
he's pretty creative with his gifts especially when he finds himself in a fabulous kitchen shop!

waste not want not 
chicken day #3

Cost of free range organic chicken $30
3 meals
 2 lunches 
chicken stock for the freezer
this makes good economic sense to me

Yum this smells so good!

I forgot to wipe the sides of the bowl!

Bon appetit
dinner fast and easy
and this one is good enough to serve to guests.

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What fast and easy way do you deal with leftovers?

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Olive wood...or post 700!

Mother and I went to the Home Sense store and trolled the aisles for a few items.
Home Sense is a bit farther than Mother likes to drive so she has made it clear to me that anytime I plan to go I am to ring her and see if she wants to tag along.

I replaced the curtains for my closet as Chester shredded my other pair and we found some new kitchen gadgets for Mother...
her things are starting to break and fall apart, I suppose after 50 plus years of use one should expect this to happen. Most of her wedding appliances are still in use and show no signs of fatigue. I think that we are on our second or third set of most electrical things and we have been married for 38 years. I suspect things are made to be replaced and not designed to last forever like they used to be.

I did come home with something that was not on my list and I'm quite pleased with it as it is aesthetically pleasing to the eye as well as functional.

Olive wood Italian cheese board.

What a wonderful way to use up the wood of an elderly olive tree.
With grain so interesting it would seem a shame to use it as firewood.

The instructions are very simple to keep it looking good
wash with a mild soap and a bit of water and occasionally oil it with...
Olive Oil and buff with a soft cloth!

I'd love to get my mitts on a large board like this one for bigger chopping jobs.
I'd even consider leaving it on the counter in plain view.

Mette has fabulous taste.
If you have not met up with her on the blog metscan please do yourself a favour and pay her a visit.
Her kitchen is a work of art and her philosophy is rather like William Morris's
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Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful. 
William Morris 

Hope that your week is off to a great start.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Pasta salad, a post surgical meal.

One of my colleagues recently had to undergo emergency surgery and will be off work until after Christmas so a bunch of us are prepping and delivering meals to her home so that she rest up and focus her energy on healing.
There is a great array of dishes that people have chosen to make and many she will be able to freeze.
The deliveries will be once a week by a designated co worker so as not to tire her out with all of us keeners ringing her doorbell.
We all wish her a speedy recovery...

I have mentioned her before on the blog as she is the chic French femme who eats her burgers with a knife and fork and could wear a paper bag and make it look like haute couture. If you could see how she dresses and ties her scarves you'd know in a heart beat that she is as feminine and French as can be.

I chose to make a simple but nutritionally packed pasta salad.
She may decide to eat this for her lunches or add it to another main course.

It makes a large bowl and is really tasty.
It's a great dish to take to a pot luck dinner too.

Bon appetit!

If you can help someone in need ~ please do.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

~ Bungalow Beautification ~

Living in a 100 year old registered heritage home comes with responsibility and means keeping on top of the maintenance and is not for the faint of heart.
There is always a long list of things that need doing and we take on a few projects every year.
Mr. HB has been quite busy around here in The Humble Bungalow this month. Besides priming and painting downstairs in the laundry room he's been working on the front porch.

Here is the new front door made by a talented local craftsman Percy, an exact replica of the former 100 year old one that was seriously delaminating. The hardware is new and in the Craftsman style from Classic Brass.

Mr. HB has been busy down in his workshop testing out stain colours to get just the look and shade that we like.

The original bevelled glass was saved and used in the new door.

Mr. HB painted the old house numbers black as they were corroded from the salty ocean breezes.
For the same reason we replaced the porch light...
had an arts and crafts style lamp suitable for the porch.

There will be a bus full of arts and crafts enthusiasts coming through our Humble Bungalow this month.
We have been busy cleaning, tidying and tending to the garden 
 putting our best face forward.

Do you remember the glove?

I read Faux Fuchsia's post this morning and was astonished to read that her "baby" is now 18 months old!
I remember clearly the day she announced that she was expecting him and it seems like yesterday.
Time marches on...

Chester napping and groggy after his surgical procedure yesterday.
Poor little fellow...
we had to entice him with treats so we could give him the pain medicine this morning.

When one adopts a rescue kitten part of the agreement is that you will have them spayed or neutered.

I am keeping him company and blogging from bed.
It's a tough job but someone has to do it!

Hope that you have a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Do you judge a book by it's cover?

Technically speaking this is a magazine not a book
I did buy it based on the cover...

Modern Women: why we need to take control now

Amazing Fashion Under $100
Spend Less, Look Great
131 Flattering Styles
Stop Emotional Eating: Here's How
and the best
slow cookers
fitness trends

September 2012 Real Simple $5.99

The tea is steeping
the sun is shining
dinner is planned and I am taking a wee break after a busy day...
it's just me and the cats here in The Humble Bungalow.

Pepper is happy as she got some cuddles and treats

Chester just loves the sunshine
he "helped" me put a load of laundry in the washing machine.

He'll be around to help when it's time to fold it too!

Not too much is happening here but that's OK with me
I don't need or crave drama or excitement.
I like the simple life.

How about you?

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Eating local ~ morsels of goodness.

Tasty, juicy and sweet.
Three words that sum up Nature's late summer offering / gift ~ freshly picked local black berries...

alone or with some cream
 Mr. HB prefers his
 atop of some Coconut Dream "ice cream."

Any way you choose to serve these morsels
they are delicious.
One of Mother Nature's late summer harvests
so worth buying 
or if you are lucky enough to find a bramble 
picking your own.

Look at the size of these beauties...
I've had some on hot oatmeal
and a few stirred into Greek style coconut yogurt.

I can't quite say I've had my fill of these yet.
I hope this sunshine sticks around awhile longer and ripens the rest of the crop.

Is your mouth watering yet?

I do hope that your week is off to a fabulous start.
Please tell me what fabulous things you've got planned.

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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Two reasons I HAD to go shopping.

You might be curious why I needed a reason to go shopping.
Trust me I do need a legitimate reason.
I have been avoiding the shops because we are knee deep in renovations and are having an identical newly crafted  front door made to replace our 100 year old door which is delaminating.

First off I've been down with a cold and my head has been stuffed up and fuzzy.

I managed to stay in bed for two days and then got up and about thinking I was cured....
until I went to do a load of laundry ~ black clothes.
My mind was obviously still foggy as later I discovered that I forgot to check the pockets.

When I went to hang them up to dry I was shocked at what I saw...everything was covered in small white bits of Kleenex, yes people I had left all my spare tissues in every pocket of every garment and I think there must have been a total of say 10 tissues which simply was a snowy disaster. As it turns out I was able to rewash the load several times and spin in just the air cycle the garments before attempting to de-lint and hand pick off the bits which were resistant after 3 washings. Not all garments dress and one top were down.

The second reason that I needed to go shopping is that we do not have doors on our bedroom closet and Chester attacked and shredded my basic black tunic top the very one that I wear several times a week to school.
It's rather disconcerting staring at a knit jersey top that has holes and runs in the fabric trying to figure out if it can be repaired and salvaged.

Which takes me back about 20 years when I came home from work to find our adorable kittens Stickley and Teco had had a shredding party of their own and were swinging in large holes that they had made in our imported Scottish lace curtains that hung in the living room windows...these were so pricey that I did spend many evenings attempting to stitch them back together...but they were never the same and as soon as the cats matured and I could afford to, I replaced them!

My new purchases are hung up on a higher rod and I've left only sturdy denims on the low rod for the time being.

think of this plain tunic as a layering piece
a backdrop for want of a better term

I'll show you what I will be pairing this simple top with...

all with medium weight leggings in black

This one replaces the lint top that ended up in the rag bag.

Both pieces are made of sustainable Bamboo by the Vancouver Company Gilmore.

I'll be showing you the new door soon
it has been installed but still needs to be stained.

Percy, is the talented artisan who crafted the door
he salvaged the original bevelled glass and the end result is brilliant!
Stay tuned.
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Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 14, 2012

OOTD ~ Errands

Mr. HB has installed a full length mirror for me downstairs!
It's been several years since I have had one and think this will help me monitor how I look before I leave the house.
The renovations are not yet complete as you can see...
and the bonus is I now have a place to snap some images of the occasional OOTD.

Gilmour top in a mushroom shade
skinny jeans
ballet flats

You can see the saw in the background to the left.

I try to take a tote bag or basket when I run errands so that I do not end up with all those cheap plastic bags.

This one goes with my outfit.

I did add something as a result of checking the mirror.
I think this adds to the whole look.

Fortunately the weather is warm enough that I do not need anther layer.
We are enjoying what is known in these parts as an Indian Summer.

Must run now and get some of my errands accomplished...
hope that you are having a great week!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend ahead.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

My style ~ skin care ~ make up.

When it comes to make up I am a minimalist.
Using a light hand with just a hint of make up to draw attention to my eyes.

I wash and moisturize my face twice daily with an arsenal of products...

Avene from France
sold locally at the Pharmacy in the Village.

My weapon of choice...
a battery powered Olay brush
deeper cleansing 
and a gentle massage.

I love this tool and I think it has made my skin look better since I started using it.
My rosacea has settled down since using it so that's a bonus!

This enamel tin holds all my make up.

This is it, 
all of the products that I use.

Organic Mineral sunscreen by Eminence
Lancome mascara
Great Lash clear for eye brow control
2 eye liners 
one in brown for daytime
one in black for evening
eye shadow powder brush
eyebrow and eye lash grooming tool

eye lash curler
shadows for daytime in mauve, pink and grey
a darker shade for the smokey eye at night
basic neutral pink lip

Like most things here in The Humble Bungalow
keeping it simple seems to be the way to go.

What is your approach?
Minimal or maximum?