Thursday, 25 February 2021
Pork roast, taters and Yorkies
Monday, 22 February 2021
Gardening, Salt Spring and online market
Tuesday, 16 February 2021
The snowstorm and Valentines
Because there were two halves, I put one in a stainless bowl with parchment in the oven at 450F and the other in a cast iron dutch oven on top of the woodstove. Turned out the woodstove was too hot (should have used a trivet) and that loaf burned a bit on the bottom, I promptly removed it and put it in the oven with the other half. It ran 15 min behind the other and was 'well done'... but still edible, soft, chewy, crispy and delicious...
After supper I am making another batch. I will bake it first thing so it is ready for breakfast as we are going to Nanaimo tomorrow for a Family Day delayed massage day.
Sunday, 14 February 2021
A week in a day
So a few days ago Kathy from Its About Time did some baking and I was inspired. Last fall I made 10 Quarts of Apple Pie Filling (we live on an orchard after all) and so I decided to make a pie. The recipe I used allowed me to make 1 pie (I only have 1 pie plate) and 12 mini apple pies. The 8 serving recipe gives you enough for the base (9 inch pie) and you could make a strip top for the pie but not a full top, I had doubled this recipe to get 1 pie with full top and 12 mini's.
Friday, 12 February 2021
And the seeds are off...
I went to GIRO (re-store) the other day (Stacey couldn't go) and while waiting in the line to get inside I saw this.... off to the side.
Wednesday, 10 February 2021
Walk, Sewing and a Creation
7. Take care. As you apply the chocolate the balloon will want to move around as the center of gravity changes.
Sunday, 7 February 2021
A bit of cooking and Liver Spots
Thursday, 4 February 2021
Oh Brother, The epitome of Spring
As long time readers will know, I have a sewing machine... I had a different sewing machine last spring but the feed dogs (the little grippers which move the material) would not raise above the plate and so were not moving anything but my temper. I tried to fix it myself as the closest repair was in Nanaimo (we were still on Salt Spring then) and has a waiting list. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to so I threw it out and bought a new one when we moved up here to Gabriola.
Recently the new one did the exact same thing!!!!! I am soooo *@!&*! upset, I can't even.... and because it is so new there are no repair tips online that I could find.
I tagged @brother_support on Twitter and finally (on Monday) managed to get ahold of 'Live Chat' who after I sent them a video of the problem said they would be 'escalating this to the repair specialists' who would get back to me in 24-48 hours... I figured that was a brush off and so tore the damn thing apart about 5 times trying to sort it without any luck.
This black stick in the middle of the picture fits into a little cup as you can see above, that cup should move side to side as you move the switch to raise and lower the feed dogs but it only goes one direction and will not return to the lifted position.
Finally called the repair shop to get put on the waiting list.
About a half hour ago, I received an email from Brother that they will be sending me a new machine! The same machine and refurbished but presumably they are aware that this is a problem and have found a solution... God help them if the 3rd machine does the same thing I will go postal.
On a happier note: Spring is enroute, the days are getting noticeably longer and....