The weather round here has been a little bit interesting lately
This was a beautiful day that we went snowshoeing


This was a less than beautiful day.  We had an ice storm, and the sky turned the most beautiful shade of brown.

IMG_0252Living on the west coast of northern British Columbia,
weather dictates a large part of our lives.
While unbelievably beautiful, it can be a little dark and a little grey.

So we come to appreciate a little colour in our lives.

Carrot Beet Juice/sunshine in a glass:


And our favorite room in the house: The Sunshine Room


Tell me please, what do you do to keep the winter doldrums at bay?

How very Edwardian of you!

My big huge take-a-bite-out-of-it love/obsession this week is Downton Abbey.
They say true love is hard to find, but I’ve found it easy to come by with Downton Abbey.  From the very first episode, I found myself enamored   The plot, the writing, the characters, Maggie Smith (naturally), the clothes and the beautiful misty, romantic colour story have kept me drawn in and thoroughly obsessed.

After some research into potential fangirl knitting patterns, I have discovered this totally wearable and satisfactorily geeky option:

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The pattern is Lucy Cloche from Knitscene, Winter 2012

Just plain love it; and a girl can never have too many hats.  From looking at others projects, this looks best when it is a little bit oversized.  Must knit in olive merino with a purple and/or plum velvet “ribbon”.

If you haven’t checked out this series and you get weak in the knees for absolute romance, broken hearts, beautiful cinematography, historically accurate dress and Edwardian sensibilities, than this is the show for you!  I strongly recommend it.

And just a small sampling of Lady Dowager’s wit


Pepper Poached Eggs

As promised here is my rendition of the Bell Pepper Poached Eggs from Recipes from my Kitchen.  This website is incredible – recipes for everything under the sun.  I strongly recommend it as all the recipes are original and totally approachable.   Anyway, back to the food.  See my slideshow at the end for how it all turned out!!

I used:

1 Red Bell Pepper
1 egg
1/3 slice german butter cheese
1/4 cup thinly sliced romaine lettuce hearts (trust me on this one)
red pepper bits (leftovers from red pepper lid cut off of pepper “cup”)
large pinch garlic powder
large pinch chili seasoning
1 drop Blair’s Golden Death Sauce (only 1 drop/pepper)

I did it in the following order:

1. Sliced top off pepper
2. put in muffin tin
3. Added egg
4. Added lettuce, cheese and pepper pieces
5. added spices and hot sauce
6. stirred it all up (wanted more of an omlette)

cooked for about 35 minutes

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Love, Hestia