a day at the market

Today we went to the farmer’s market.  I’ve been to this market many, many times, already since I was a young girl. It is a very well-known market and is considered a tourist attraction.  Definitely one of my favourite places to visit during the summer, well, anytime of the year, really.  It is located about an hour and a half drive from where we live.

St. Jacobs Farmers MarketI love going to a market.  It is such a busy place.  To start, finding a parking spot is so typical.  Everyone wants to find the best space (including us).  People waiting impatiently in their car with their blinker on, indicating they own the spot of the elderly couple slowly packing their trunk and getting ready to leave.  Today was such a day.

 I love markets for their variety.  Variety in foods, in people, in color, in cultures, in noises.IMG_8764

imageAnd then there’s the clown… The girls were a bit skeptical at first but his entertainment attempt worked.  They were happy with his balloon creations and I’m sure he appreciated our donation.image

We decided to get our share of fresh, locally-grown produce at the end of the visit so we wouldn’t have to drag it all with us.  The benefit of that is that you get it for a much better deal.  The only dilemma you have is choosing which loud, auctioneering voice you most appeal to as the vendors want to try and go home empty-handed.  We came home with this.imageI might make roasted tomato soup this weekend.  These tomatoes look just perfect.  If I get around to it, I will share a great recipe that I’ve used several times already.image

Until then, good night!

– marga

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what I am reading 

I’ve been wanting to read To Kill a Mockingbird for a long time.  I know that it is considered a classic and many people have read or will read it at some point in their lives.


Have you read it? Perhaps back in highschool?  What did you think of it.  I’ve heard it contains some powerful themes.  This is my first time reading it and I look forward to it.

The kids are tucked in and the sun has set.  Time to put up my feet and turn to the first page…

– marga

diy ~ wall letter craft

This summer has been a beautiful one so far and we’ve spent lots of time outside.  I do love the occasional rainy day, though!  There’s something cozy and comforting about spending the day indoors.  Here’s an idea for a fun craft to do with the kids.

This is a very quick and easy way to add a little, colorful fun to a bare wall in your home!   I did this craft a few years back with the kids and the result was great!

What you will need:

– wooden or cardboard letters

– paint brushes

– craft glue or tacky glue

– vintage children books (you can often find these at thrift stores, yard sales, flea markets etc.)

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Now to get started, create a little craft space covered with newspaper or old sheets to work on.

Carefully tear pieces out of the books to use for your craft.  Try to tear pieces that have lots of color and still contain a full image.  When you have a nice little pile, you can start applying them to your letters. Make sure your letters are clean and remove any dust.  Work on one letter at a time.  With a paintbrush, cover  the letter with a thin layer of glue and carefully place the pieces of paper on top.

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When you are finished and all the little spaces are covered, apply one more coat of glue over the whole letter. This will keep the pieces of paper in place and give it a smooth finish. Finish the remaining letters and let them dry for a few hours.

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That’s it! You can mount them on a wall or set them on a shelf or dresser! Remember you can be creative and cover them with any sort of paper such as newspaper, wall paper, wrapping paper or any themes book that you’re willing to tear up!

Now go gather your supplies and check the forecast!

Have a lovely weekend!
– marga

random favourites | #1

Hello there! Here’s my first collection of random favourite things!  My plan is to post these on a monthly basis.  They will include a variety of items – from around our home, kids-related stuff, skin care products, food/drink, anything that I think you might enjoy as well!

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1.  Oatmeal Scrub + Mask from St. Ives.  I love this product.  I use it on my face almost daily.  It’s an exfoliating scrub which is still very gentle.  I find that it leaves my skin feeling clean and smooth!

2. This is aWallflower plug-in from Bath and Body Works with the fragrance Beautiful Day.  This is my favourite scent so far!  It’s perfect for this time of year.  It’s sweet and floral and not too strong.

3.  I found this cute, little dish at a local thrift store where I volunteer.  It’s perfect for my rings, earrings and other small pieces of jewelry!

4.  I ordered these sandals for our youngest daughter, Zara, and they are from the store Zara!  They had an online sale recently and I was so happy when they arrived.  They look so cute on her feet especially now that she has tanned, little toes.  They are made with real leather and I think the more worn and wrinkly they become, the more perfect they’ll be!

5. Hydrangeas are one of my favourite perennials.  We have a large bush out front and last year they never blossomed much.  This year looks much more promising!  I like to cut them and put them in a vase to bring a little summer inside!

6. Herb and Garlic Dip Mix from Epicure.  This is a great blend which I use a lot for making cold and warm dips, but lately I’ve been adding it to different dishes as well.  It works great in soups and pasta sauces.  Yum.

Thanks for stopping by!

– marga

tea and me

I have been drinking tea for most of my life.  I remember my mom having a cup of the hot beverage ready for us when we returned from school.   However, as I grew up, I much preferred coffee and would only have a cup of tea, along with chips and chocolate on Sundays before church.  This has changed recently!

Tea and I have been reacquainted.

For my last birthday, I received a tea mug from David’s Tea with an infuser from our youngest daughter.  It came with loose leaves called “mommy’s little helper”.  The flavor was so good!  It was a refreshing herbal tea with a hint of mint in it.  I have used it up quite a while ago, but have since been discovering different varieties of teas.  Some of which are great, and others not so much.  However, drinking tea has become a regular part of my afternoon schedule.  Not only do I enjoy drinking it, but there’s something satisfying in listening to the hot, bubbling water being poured into the cup and smelling the aromas that arise!

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Two of the teas that I am currently drinking are shown above.

I discovered “Licorice Spice”tea by Stash a while ago and it’s my all-time favorite!  It has a pleasant aroma of spices and a licorice flavour which I love – this probably due to my Dutch background; the Dutch are after all known for their love of black licorice candies.

“Rooibos Crème Caramel” by Teapigs – I picked this tea up from the clearance rack in our local grocery store.  It had a 50% off sticker on it.  I have no idea why as it is was so delicious!  It has a sweet, full and rich flavour.   I normally drink my tea just slightly sweetened, but I think adding milk to this tea would also work well.  I only have one tea bag left.  I should’ve grabbed them all.

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I’ve found this tea mug to be very handy.  As I mentioned above, it came from David’s Tea.  While your tea is steeping in the infuser, it is covered with a glass lid which can later be used as a holding dish for the infuser to sit in when you are ready to drink your tea.

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When you have a cuppa tea, you must have a piece of chocolate, of course.

Are you a tea drinker or do you prefer coffee?  Let me know what some of your favourite teas are!