Thursday, June 30, 2011

Happy Canada Day and Memorial Day, A FREE digi-kit to celebrate!

Whew - we've made it almost through another week!  How has YOUR week been?  Everyone getting geared up to celebrate Canada Day (July 1st) and July 4th for our neighbors to the south?  What are your plans?  

Our plans include taking in a parade tomorrow and watching fireworks in the evening.  Our community puts on a spectacular fireworks display and my Mr. and I have a romantic date which includes eating homemade pizza with a faux painting camping feel.  We choose a good vantage point (waayyy far away from the busy downtown) and with Seb (our VW Camper-van) we set up our lawn chairs and just chill while the sun goes down, then bring out the layers of clothing and blankets as it gets dark.  Ahhh - truly the way to start summer.

I'm also looking forward to a visit from Judy - my Sister in Law who's coming on Sunday!  I'm sure we will compute and craft up a storm while she's here.  Travel Safe my sweet SIL ♥  

Here are some pics of this weeks adventures: 


Delicious – Strawberry Cream Pie

Our neighbours invited us over for dinner on Tuesday evening and it was fabulous.  It was our first time to visit their home and they served us such amazing food, so sumptuous we could hardly walk home!  We also got to visit with another set of neighbours and its sure heart warming to know such nice people live close by.  I can see how wonderful this will be in the cold of the winter – especially as the three of us women really love to bake. 


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A fruit salad deluxe!

I’d put a fruit bat to shame.  I can’t seem to get past having a giant fruit salad for lunch – every single day!  I am not a breakfast eater ( I know ) that is soooo bad of me.  Anyways this is what is in this salad today.

  • watermelon – cut in 1 inch cubes
  • strawberry sauce – 1 cup fresh strawberries, 1 tsp organic coconut butter whirled together in a magic bullet
  • vanilla yogurt – 0 % fat type
  • fresh coconut flakes – yes, from a fresh coconut!
  • almonds – toasted in microwave in 1/2 tsp butter, salted lightly

Let me tell you, this is a little bit of heaven in your tummy! 


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Clever Girl!


I usually have banana on my fruit salad, but these did not arrive until after the fact.  I’ve always noticed those “banana hangers” and thought they were a wonderful idea so I made do with the stand for our patio cutlery set.  The cutlery only comes out when we eat outside, so the rest of the year the stand gets repurposed. 



Oh yeah Sister – pthffft! 

I’m a big sister so I can be mean.  Actually let’s say cruel because I know one thing my little sister always longs for is to be here when the cherries ripen.  That’s just happening now though many orchards are very late.  We have not had as much sun lately.  Sorry Sister.  I’m mean.  You can smack me when you come to visit.


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Wild Currants


Some of nature’s fruit is coming ripe too!


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I always get a little misty when the Saskatoon Berries ripen.  I have so many happy memories of picking these as a child.  My grandmother (who died several years ago) used to “pay” us children to pick pails of these for her.  They make a lovely Jelly Jam.  You would not want to eat these raw, they are quite woody in texture and rather bland, but the Jelly is very tart and sweet and bursting with almost a lemony edge.  Served on toast with cream cheese – well even the Queen would delight!

I wish you all a great holiday weekend. Stay tuned for some Canada Day Parade pics soon! I always love this song so will share it with you.

HAPPY CANADA DAY to all my blog readers!





Let our nation sing to the King of Kings

Let our people pray to the Lord today

May the anthem of my country be pleasing God to Thee

From sea to shining sea let the worshipers agree

That the Lord of the Heavens is the Lord who reigns in me

From sea to shining sea let the worshipers agree


O Canada let the worshipers agree

O Canada living God reign in me

O Canada we stand on guard for Thee

O Canada


Let our nation sing to the King of Kings

Let our people pray to the Lord today

May the citizens and leaders ever stand on guard for Thee

From sea to shining sea let the worshipers agree

May we trust in the living God to keep us glorious and free

From sea to shining sea let the worshipers agree


O Canada let the worshipers agree

O Canada living God reign in me

O Canada we stand on guard for Thee

O Canada


And in the spirit of celebration I’m giving away my Paper Bag Art kit – a kit from when I designed in 2008.  You will notice that the kit preview is from “Olivia Dorozio” – that was my aka when I designed in a shop that no longer exists.  Most of the wonderful designers from that shop migrated over to – you should really check out their products!  

I hope you enjoy, and I would love to see how you use this kit!  Just send me a jpg of your scrapbook page or project and I will feature it here. 

Click on the preview to download.  I’ll put this one in “The Vault” as well in the next few days too.    (this is one BIG kit – 133 mb, be patient downloading)




  1. Ohhh - those cherries look so good! thanks for the cute kit - and have a wonderful Canada Day!

  2. Good morning Barb:)
    HAPPY CANADA DAY!!! What an AMAZING song you posted for us to hear.LOVE IT!!!!:)
    I know I have your lovely kit somewhere in my EHD's..but gonna dwnld it again so I KNOW where it is.LOL Thank you so much for sharing it again.:)LOVE IT TOO!!!:)
    Your trip this evening sounds so peaceful and FUN!! Hope everything goes the way you hoped it would.:)
    Thanks so much for stopping by again to leave a sweet comment for me.:)I LOVE your visits!!
    Gotta rush off now..cause Robby just called a while ago and his whole family plus Liz's sister and baby are coming after lunch to spend the rest of the day with us.We plan to COOK OUT this evening!!!mmmmm.:)Watch movies and play games.UNO Deluxe...LOVE IT!!
    Have a MARVELOUS weekend and please tell Miles I said hey.:)

    Huge hugs and lots of LOVE,

  3. Fabulous blog post sis, ohhh the cherries, you truly are cruel. Fabulous kit, you are soo talented.

  4. I feel all patriotic after reading this post! Happy Canada Day!! Do wave a flag for me at the parade. And then eat a bowl of cherries for me. :)
    I miss them so much and will be planing my next trip around Cherry time. :)

  5. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave in the DigiFree category today [02 Jul 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  6. ChristineJuly 02, 2011

    Thank you!

  7. Happy Canada Day! Thank you for the kit; but I have major issues with 4 shared so cannot download the kit. I hope everyone who has gone to 4 shared has a really good virus software on their computer!

    I love your photos of the fruit. You are so talented!!!

    Off to a 4th of July concert (even though it is July 3).

  8. Well hello Barbs!!!

    Our cherry trees (sour cherry and sweet cherry) aren't quite ready yet. When the fruit ripens the birds will have a heydey. I got myself a job so there is little time to pick and bake. My new job is a baker at Timmies. Baking at home is the LAST thing I feel like doing after doing it all night from 11 to 7. ROFL!!

    Wishing you a wonderful week!!!

  9. LOVE the bag-iness in this kit, thank you for sharing!!


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