Sunday, 31 March 2013

Happy Easter Sunday

First off I hope everyone had themselves a Blessed Easter Sunday spent with a loved one, family or friends, or even with their own company, which I don't mind spending time with myself most times, or even with a loved pet, or two.

This morning was not as I remember when growing up as a child in Southampton.  My few memories, one in particular, was of skipping down Victoria Street towards the United Church at Victoria and High Streets.  The Sun was shining and I was so happy as I had a hat with a ribbon around it, a light blue coat on, shiny new black shoes with straps and white ankle socks.  That was as far as my memory of Easter Sunday went, but it feels like it was a "good" memory I have often felt good reflecting on.

This morning was quite different, especially quiet with the usual morning chores with our four Aussies, plus one extra puppy.  Outside was very grey and bleak with a light rain falling from the skies.  Rob was sleeping, needing more sleep then he ever manages to get himself.  I turning, a rare occasion, on the furnace as it was very damp and chilly in the house.  

Rob did arise later in the morning being a great help to me by getting wood in and starting the wood stove up.  Finally the damp was gone.  There is just something about the wood heat that warms my bones much better then a gas or propane furnace will ever accomplish.  Rob also took over the remainder of the Aussie out, abouts and back ins while I got going on our Easter Dinner preparations.  There was only the two of us, however I was setting out to make a full Dinner, as why should we not have one for ourselves I could not imagine.

I decided I would make Rob's favourite pie for him today.  It couldn't get much easier then making a ...

" ... Lemon Meringue Pie.  I am really loving the great big see thru window on my Oven."

With the Pie cooling on the counter and the oven still warm, I took on the next task right away of making ...

"... our Grandson Aiden's favourite biscuit, even though he couldn't be here with us today both he and Connor were in my thoughts.  Wet ingredients gathered and mixed, met up with dry, then patted out to be shaped and cut out.  Onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper they went right after."

"Fifteen minutes later and lots of cheesy goodness was fresh out of the oven."


This was not the time to stop ....

"Roux was made, potatoes and onions, peeled and sliced.  Before I new it there was a cheesy thick sauce ready to meet up with layers of potatoes and red onion.  These were covered and popped into the Oven along with the foil wrapped Ham Shank."


"I am really seeking some honesty here with these photos.  Am I the only one who has such a mess when doing preparations for a meal????"

"Surely this looks much better after the baking was done, and Dinner preps finished with it cooking in the Oven."

"Rob's "Crabby Cabbie" driver, Carolyn, gave us each a Kinder Egg for Easter.  I dug out my Egg Cup from when I was a little girl to display it on the Buffet.  Then I went into the kitchen to find Rob swooping the Lemon Pie from the counter; it did not take long  for him to place it back where it belonged once he had been "found out".  Then I got the table set, as I decided we would have dinner buffet style from the kitchen counter to make things easier."

All the work and time put into our Easter Dinner was well worth the effort as ....

"... it was all Simply Delish and well enjoyed by both of us.  Not only was our Dinner enjoyed, it was wonderful to have the time we had to spend together, since most days that is very rare."

Rob did have two work related calls he had to go out on today, but the time he has been home was pleasant and not stressed since we enjoyed each others company making it truly a "special" day.  All the humdrum of the business and paperwork was set aside and we took the day "off" from it.  As Rob said, "the paperwork can wait one more day".

Oh yes, before I forget to share, my friend Carla shared a BC comic as her Facebook post this morning, which I borrowed and posted to the "Crabby Cabbie's" Facebook Page.  I LOVED it ...

Should anyone want to show my "Crabby Cabbie" support of his Facebook page, we would LOVE to have your LIKE by going to his page HERE.  Thank you to any and all in advance.  Even if you live out of the area and come up to the Southampton, Port Elgin and Sauble Beach areas for Summer vacation we would love to be your "get around" Cabbie, or just because you would LOVE to show us your support.

Dishes are done up, the "Checkerboard Aussies" Blog post is done and can be viewed HERE.  Rob is gone out on another call.  The Aussies have all been out, about and in, with only one more outing to go before we call it a night.

On that note I think I will get the kettle on to make myself a nice hot cuppa Earl Grey Tea, "Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard".


  1. Happy Easter to you and Rob, Cindy, it sounds like you had a great day. I too remember going to Church on Easter Sunday morning with a new hat, new shoes and ankle socks for the first time of the year. It was always beautiful weather at least warm enough for Spring clothes, that is partly because I grew up in Metro Toronto. However, it seems here we are usually dealing with mud or snow and no new spring clothes to be skipping down the street in. We had an interesting dinner. I got some of the chicken backs that Anita sells and when I brought them home Barry thought they had far too much meat on them so he wanted me to roast them first. He was right, they were great, I put them in my roasting pan with potatoes, carrots and an onion. After we scraped off the meat I put the bones back on the stove in water and have broth for the soup we will have next week. That is what the poor relatives eat like. Some day we will be able to afford lamb or ham or some other exotics. ( ha, ha, ha - we eat too well most of the time.)

    1. Yes, Lamb is a once in a live time "treat" here, but now that I find out Rob doesn't care for it as much, it will be a "me" only treat maybe more often. I am making broth from the ham bone & 9 bean soup. Ah for those sunny days of skipping down the street, I would even take the skinned knees to have them back some days ...

  2. Everything looks delicious Cindy~ My hubby loves Lemon Meringue Pie too:) So glad you and yours had a wonderful Easter:) Lynn (for some reason and I'm not sure why, but the older I have gotten the messier I am in the kitchen!)

  3. A great post! My uncle was the minister at Southampton United Church from 1990-2004!

    1. He performed the Funeral Service for my Uncle Bill 15 years ago, Christy. My Auntie remember Ken Russ, and Eleanor.

    2. Eleanor is my Mom's sister :) She still lives up there. Ken passed away in 2005.

  4. Everything looks yummy ! Oh my kitchen looks the same when I get cooking and baking I try to clean as I go but it doesn't always end up that way lol ! Your like your kitchen looks like a lot of counter and cupboard space to ! Glad you both had a nice Easter ! We had our family Easter supper Sat . Today Papa and I were puttering inside as it was raining on and off here and I made Shepherds pie for supper . Have a good evening !

  5. Chris makes a huge mess in the kitchen,so luckily he rarely cooks!
    Easter blessings!
    Jane x

    1. Not too bad, as long as one cleans up after one's self *smile*

  6. You're always cooking up a storm, Cindy! Looks & sounds like you & Rob had a great Easter! I hope you had a HUGE piece of that lemon merignue pie for me! mmm!!!

    Don't you just love that comic! I remember reading it all the time.. loved it!! :)

  7. Happy Easter to you and Rob! Such delicious meals you made for the two of you!

  8. Happy Easter to you all. I am forever reading the Aussies blog posts, but keep forgetting about yours!!!

    Your meal looks yummy, and save a piece of pie for me as well!!


  9. I also "feel" woodheat better than other heat sources.I have always lived in homes with woodheat save 2 years of my life.It just melts the winter tensions away.

  10. Excellent post, Cindy. I spent the day with friends.

  11. You are just too cute being so giddy over your new oven! It's a nice thing to see.

    My kitchen looks pretty much the same after making dinner. I don't have a dishwasher so it gets pretty bad.

    I've never seen cottage cheese added to biscuit dough--I like this idea! Thank you for linking this week, Cindy. I'm glad you had such a nice, relaxing Easter.

  12. What a wonderful meal you cooked up! I am not sure which is my favorite - the biscuits or the pie!

    My kitchen always looks worse than yours when I am cooking!

    Thanks for linking up to the In and Out of the Kitchen party! I love it when you stop by!

    See you next week - Cynthia at

  13. What a lovely post with so many recipes! {my kitchen looks way worse than yours when I am done after making just dinner!} Thank you for sharing at our ALL MY BLOGGY FRIENDS party and please join us again on Tuesday :-)


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