Monday, 16 October 2017


It's rainy Monday. Being a creature of habit I do my laundry on Mondays. That done I had to bake. Tomorrow is my youngest son's birthday and the day after that is my eldest daughter's so tomorrow we will celebrate them both. As my children get older they buy whatever they want/need so unless I find something that I think they'll really like I  just bake for them. Usually I make Terribly Terrific Toffee only at Christmas but I decided to make some for them as one of their gifts. I took pictures as I was making it and I'll give you the recipe in case you think you might like to make it.

                      Terribly Terrific Toffee

1 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
2 cups chocolate chips
about 40 saltine (soda) crackers

Preheat oven to 350. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper, spray with
non-stick spray. ( I always forget this step and they've never stuck on).
Lay a flat layer of crackers on the foil.
Heat the butter and sugar until it reaches a boil then lower the heat and simmer uncovered
for 5 minutes or until mixture has thickened. Pour this mixture over the crackers and spread carefully ( don't worry too much about getting every bit covered).
Bake 5 to 7 minutes or until toffee becomes bubbly.
Remove from oven and sprinkle choc. chips over and let them soften enough so you can gently spread them around with the back of a spoon. Let cool and if desired for expediting purposes ( recipe said this, I'm just sayin') refrigerate until hardened. Break into pieces the size of your choice.

                                        Before I put it in the oven...
                                         and after I took the cookie sheet out. Some crackers shifted but that's okay.

It looks a little strange but this stuff is irresistible to anyone with a sweet tooth.

Now that that's done I'll move on to the chocolate cake that will end up as an easy-to-put-together  Black Forest cake.

I hope you've had a great beginning to your week!

Thanks for coming by,

          Granny Marigold

Sunday, 15 October 2017

This and That

Such an imaginative name for this post, huh?
I thought of calling it the bad and the good since I'm going to start with a rant and get it over with. Blogger or G mail has been messing around again. As I think I mentioned a while back blogs will for no reason that I can figure out suddenly be gone from my list of blogs I visit. Now I've discovered a number of comments that have gone directly to Spam. Now these are commenters that previously had their comments posted so Why? I am sorry if recently you posted a comment and then didn't see it displayed. I will be checking Spam from now on. ( and marking them as 'not Spam'.

On to the good things....Youngest son came to help DH extend the roof they built earlier in Summer. Too many dried bits of that huge Clematis were falling on everything below. It's hard to keep the area reasonably clean as it is!  That big bundle of blooms on the left is no longer attached to the mother plant so no doubt it will dry up in a few days. You can see where they took out a section so they could build the extension.

 I rearranged the window sill in the sun room. DH and I sit at the little table here and this is our view.
My false Cypress ( on the right) is doing so well. I'll need to transplant it in Spring. Why do I grow it indoors when it would survive just fine outside?  I like it right where it is.  My African Violets are thriving but NOT blooming.

When I did my grocery shopping I picked up these bulbs which I thought were a fair price. When I went through the check out they were only .79 . If only I'd have known I would have bought all that were still there!  Maybe I'll go back tomorrow.

Thanks for visiting,

Granny Marigold

The poster below is one my grands worked on for our gathering. Most of it was done by the littlest.

                                          Don't you love Mary Englebreit's art?

Friday, 13 October 2017

More Journal Pages

I worked on my Fall journal pages today. Some of the pics I may have posted before and maybe added a few touches.  I'm not too pleased with the first pages here. I meant to show the tea pot representing all the tea I drink ( with honey)  but it's hardly noticeable  . Oh well.

             These pages also will need something more. I'll wait and see what I find.

That is mainly what I did today. What did you keep yourself occupied with?

Thanks for taking the time to visit,

I always appreciate your comments even though I don't often respond to them here.

Granny Marigold

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Chestnuts and some Thrift Store Treasures

As I've mentioned in other years the kind of Chestnuts that grow around here are not edible and are known commonly as Horse Chestnuts. I have no idea if horses actually eat them, or for that matter if squirrels do. I like their glossiness and the little hedgehoglike exteriors. My eldest daughter  gathered
a lot of them for me. Enough for this wooden bowl.....

    ..... and for this flat dish as well. A few pine cones seem to have slipped in.

I went to browse at the thrift store this morning and found this heavy, made in Italy, bowl. The green goes well in my kitchen.  Under the pears, hidden from view by a napkin there is a Christmas design but I intend to keep it covered and use it all year round.

I also picked up this pretty Christmas mug and Royal Albert cup. The mug was ten cents, the cup was a dollar. Oh yes, that bowl was also a dollar.

Now the day is almost  done and I have a pot of Pea Soup gently simmering away. It rained most of the day but now the sun has peeked through the clouds. Hopefully tomoorrow will be fair.

Thanks for visiting,

                           Granny Marigold

Sunday, 8 October 2017

This and That

Getting ready for our Thanksgiving meal ( for those who are not aware, Canadian Thanksgiving is this weekend). I'm not happy with putting anyone WAAAYYY out at the end of the second table but I couldn't think of any other solution. I should add that 4  members of the family couldn't make it and still I was at a loss how to fit everyone in.)

My  Pumpkin pies tasted better than they look. A certain young man who shall remain nameless went for thirds!!

After looking various stores I finally found the bulbs I was searching for:  Winter Aconites.   I used to grow them but it was under a hedge of Rugosa Roses and gradually the Aconites disappeared.
 These pretty little flowers grow super early in Spring , grow only 4 inches high, and self-seed if they're happy. I'll try to keep them very happy!

The other bulbs I wanted was the kind of Tulip that is not hybrid and apparently more apt to last years and years. They also are quite short and bloom early but not as early as the Aconites.

Last of all is a mini rant. I detest the gruessome aspects of Halloween.  All the fake grave markers, horrible witches and giant spiders turn me off.  This family goes all out every year with more than what you can see in this pic. There are inflatable  monsters etc.. and all this is along the street where I walk to go to the park. I think I'll take a different route for the next month!!

Thanks for popping by. I hope you're enjoying a lovely Sunday!

Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian followers!!

Granny Marigold

Thursday, 5 October 2017

A Birthday

The day is almost over and I haven't posted what I meant to post which is the fact that 29 years ago today I became a granny!!  I was quickly trying to find a picture of my granddaughter and the one I found was taken at Christmas but it will have to do. So. happy birthday, Kate!!

Thanks for coming by,  ( did you go out and look at the full moon this evening?)

  Granny Marigold

Wednesday, 4 October 2017


Chy over at Our Little House in the Big Woods is interested in miniatures and I thought I'd post pictures of some of mine for her ( and anyone else who is interested) to see.
My DH built the oak boxes that hang on the wall in our living room. A removable glass front keeps dust out..  This box is obviously a dining room.
 BTW, many of my Christmas pretties stay out all year round.

                 The second box is a Christmas room.  Here I remembered to remove the glass front to avoid a glare.

Then there's the little house that has appeared in many pics in the past.  My oldest daughter built it from a kit which she modified and then she and my DH built the lean-to kitchen on the left.

I won't bore you with all the room views but here's the kitchen...

             dining room..... The dish on the table is way out of scale and will be removed. The grands like to peek in and sometimes we add stuff.

 and lastly the living room. You can just see the stairs and the front door in the corner.

Thanks for coming by. I hope you're having a great week!

Granny Marigold