Tuesday, February 26, 2013

An Inspiration to See | Oprah

Hi All! I hope you are all doing well. I have been busy in my craft room and enjoying every minute of it!

I have a couple layouts here to share with you tonight. The first is of Oprah's visit in January. I took my sister Carmen with me and we could feel the vibe throughout the arena. It just happened when Oprah arrived in our fair city the temperature had dropped to some of the coldest Centigrades we had seen all Winter! She talked about how she had wanted to spend more time visiting Canada, but through her laughter she said we could have warned her! Yes Oprah, we know it's cold here but we are so thankful you visited and you can come back anytime!

This next layout I promised I would share. I did this for Treasured Memories (you can see more on their inspiration blog) as a guest designer. One thing I love about Instagram is all the cute hashtags created and #catsofinstagram is just one of millions.

That's it for now. I hope you have a fantastic rest of the week!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Pickled Shrimp | A Recipe

I posted this photo on Instagram and Jayne over at Paper Wool and Thread requested the recipe. I promised I would share!

It's a recipe from Canadian country singer Paul Brandt and was posted in one of the newspapers but, I'm sorry I don't know which one it was. Hubby likes to rip out recipes and try them and I'm thankful he did that with this because these are amazing shrimp!

  • 1-2 bags cooked frozen shrimp
  • onions, sliced thinly
  • several  bay leaves
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 cup white vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp capers with juice
  • 2 1/2 tsp celery seed
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6 drops Tobasco sauce
  • Juice of 2 lemons
Thaw shrimp under cool water and drain. Layer shrimp, onion and bay leaves in shallow dish. combine remaining ingredients and pour over shrimp. Cover and chill 24 hours.

 A great appetizer for your next get together!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Month In Numbers | January 2013

Last year I attempted to do my "month in numbers" but I only managed one month! I have had to do some thinking on how I wanted to play this out and I think I have a sustainable plan. This is a new year and it will be a regular thing here on "Ginger's Life of Spice"! There I said it.. that's a commitment right?

If you are not familiar with Month In Numbers, you can head on over to Julie's blog where the MIN started.

Here is my layout.

and a closeup...
I tried to find a number of how much snow has fallen but wasn't able to... I just know it feels like enough already!

If you would like to see more Month in Numbers from other bloggers, Julie has a Pinterest page as well.

There you have it friends, my month (January) in numbers!
Have a fantastic evening!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday | 192

Welcome to another week of "What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday?" As you can see above, I have a little project I'm working on. We made a trip to Alaska last Fall and so this is the little mini album to commemorate the vacation. If you are interested you can see another photo up above in my header... we started in Vancouver.

Now, if you are really curious to see what else is on my work desk... I 'm not so shy.
I'm in a current state of disarray, because I'm expecting some new bookshelves to be delivered tomorrow... hence the piles, it is worse if you saw what's behind me :)

I will leave you with a photo of the finished layout of the sneak peak I shared on last weeks WOYWW!

I was asked to make some layouts with an inspiration kit (Echo Park papers, Doodlebug washi tape, Prima butterflies) from Nadine over at Treasured Memories. Thanks Nadine, I loved the kit! I will share the other two layouts in another post!

Thanks to Julia over at the Stamping Ground for hosting the WOYWW. If you would like to snoop at some other desks well then now is your chance!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Storytelling Sunday | February 2013

This is the third year of Storytelling Sunday where Sian over at From High in the Sky has many of us sharing stories of all kinds on the first Sunday of the month. She has us looking for those items of which are precious to us and would be hard to part with. You can see the details here on her blog.

When Sian had suggested we look for a precious item, initially I thought - I don't really have anything that I couldn't part with, except for all my photos and scrapbooking things. I moved so many times from when I was 16 up until 8 years ago when we bought our house that much of what I had collected over the years was thrown out or discarded. I also have a really bad memory for these kinds of things and will have to go searching under the crawl space sometime to see what is hiding down there that may actually be precious to me!

However; for this months take I did want to share some photos of my collection of dishes given to me from my grandmother.

I suppose these are precious to me in that I can still see my grandmother in her kitchen preparing dinner, opening the cupboards and pulling out these dishes. Many family dinners were eaten off of them.
She had several sets of dishes but I was partial to these and I told her so. They were given to me when I finished university and were kept in their box until we bought our house.
I do not have the full set as some pieces were broken before I received them. They rest in our cupboard with the glass doors to be looked at but are rarely used. Sometimes I think perhaps I should give them away, and maybe one day I will. For now I will continue to keep them and admire their simplicity and the memories they conjure.

Thank you for stopping by and having a read! If you would like to see other stories shared at From High in the Sky, then do pop by Sian's blog and have a look.