Sunday, January 26, 2020

Sunday Food and Pets Post - Snuggly Pets

Winter Sunrise

Hello my Friends! 😊

I hope you're all doing well and enjoying life! I love that the days are a little longer so that I can take the dogs out much earlier and see the sun rise! I took the above photo yesterday morning.


This is how my world looked this morning, we got two feet of snow overnight. Let the shoveling begin, bah! 😟


With that snowfall, the path to the woods is officially inaccessible.

Charlie, Marlene and Jack

So it's back-road walking until April. That arctic cold snap is gone and we are now having a nice "warm" spell. I'm very pleased because that means I can take all three dogs out each day for a walk! Usually I only take Charlie because it's too cold for Marlene and Jack. I hate to admit it but those two are getting on in age and they really suffer when it's very cold out.

Oscar, Dana and Leo

The cats are very happy to be snuggling by the heater on the couch in the living room!


We've mostly been eating leftovers and food from the freezer. Alex is vegetarian for the most part, but I often enjoy a simple dinner of baked fish and veggies.


Simple comforting meals are great for winter, like stir fries.


Soups and Homemade Bread are a staple in this house during the cold months! I made some Leek and Potato Soup for Alex and an Apple Pumpkin Soup for me! I always make double or even triple batches of soup so that we can put the leftovers in the freezer and have them for future meals.


I started four more Camemberts over the weekend, two are at the brining stage and two are air drying. These will be ready in March. 

Oscar and Jack, cuddling in Jack's bed

Big Boss Leo - How is he comfortable??

I know that some of my friends visit my blog only on Sundays. I posted the following message on my Thursday post, so I'm going to repeat it today if you don't mind:

On a personal note, I wanted to let you all know that the next few months will be jam-packed for me. I am taking even more art classes, I'm working on a project for a home business, and in a few weeks the house hunting begins! We'll be traveling from here in Quebec to visit homes in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. And if all goes well, we'll be moving in May. I may not post every Sunday but I will definitely be keeping up with the art date on Thursdays. I am so happy that so many people are joining in! It's very motivating and so much fun to see your art, so thank you!!! 💕

On that note, I'll wish you all a nice end to the weekend! Alex and I can't wait to get out of this area, all we can hear are the ROARS of snowmobile engines...day and night, it's horrible. When we moved to this village in 2015, you could hear a pin drop - but since a new mayor was elected he turned the village into a tourist area. I'm sure some people are okay with that, but we definitely are not!

I'll see you all on Thursday for our art date, the theme is Glow! 🌞🌞🌞

64 comments:

Sandi said...

I hope you find a quiet place. 😊

jaz@octoberfarm said...

so, that's what snow looks like! jack and oscar are so cute together. we are having another dreary day here. it's damp and chilly. those cams look great!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

There's nothing so cozy looking as sleeping pets!

Laurie said...

Everyone sounds content and happy enjoying winter. We have had a mild spell as well, thankfully bringing the snow banks down, we had six foot snow banks at our cabin, take all the time you need Rain, enjoy every minute, it’s an exciting time for you and I’m so happy it’s all coming together for you.

Leanna said...

I love your pictures of the sunrises and the fur babies. One thing is for sure, you eat healthy and well.

Christine said...

I am ready for Glow! Your good always looks so warm and comforting, much needed in winter! Wow you have so much snow, we are almost at January's end, that much closer to spring.

Elkes Lebensglück said...

what delicious food, I love cheese but also the other as well.
In this winter landscape, sometimes sun without. And your animals are happy, too, and are cuddling together on their blankets.
bad what your mayor is doing and all day tourism from myself.
That's why I always go to the sea very early or certain times when I know there are hardly any.
Good thing you are looking for a new house.
Have fun with the art course and good luck with your search!
Have a good week, Elke

Valerie-Jael said...

Your food always looks gorgeous, and I love to see your furry family! Glad it's a bit warmer. And I know all about feeling the cold more when you're old! I notice it day for day....Have a great week, hugs, Valerie

sandy said...

I enjoyed the cutie pies (dogs and cats) and what you fixed for dinners and wow , you are going to be SO busy. It will be fun to read when you have found your house.

Elephant's Child said...

What a beautiful post.
All of it.
I adored the photos of the wintry wonders.
My heart melted at your furry friends.
And I am salivating at your food.
I do hope you find the perfect home. Soon.

Toirdhealbheach Beucail said...

Two feet of snow. I cannot imagine.

Hot bread on cold days is always the best.

Lowcarb team member said...

That is a beautiful winter sunrise …
Love the look of your food, I love fish and veggies, and it's always nice to see your furry friends.

Have a good week ahead and my good wishes for your new home hunting.

All the best Jan

Leftycrafter said...

Two feet of snow is a lot. I have lived in places where we would get that much snow and it closed the city down. It looks so pretty but soooo cold. I hope you and Alex are able to find your forever home this year.

Leigh said...

How exciting that you'll begin house hunting soon. I so hope you find what you're looking for this time!

coffeeontheporchwithme said...

Oh, that's exciting that you are looking out of province for a place. Do you know those areas well? I went to school in N.S. for a year. Your food, well, leek and potato soup and bread - that's comfort at its best. -Jenn

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Oh Rain that's a beautiful view you have such a shame it's spoilt for you now being turned into a tourist area but i'm glad it's a bit warmer so you can take all three dogs out. Makes me smile seeing the dogs out in the snow and our baby not wanting to go out in the rain hee hee silly pup she is.
Your so well prepared with your batch making and freezing of foods and very clever making your own cheese. Sending warm hugs your way Tracey xx

wyomingheart said...

Hello Rain, and great post! Your fur babies look so adorable! Those Camemberts look fantastic! I am really pulling for you in that search for your homestead! I know how time consuming that search will be, and it will be good to hear from you, any time you have to post. Have a wonderful week, and stay warm!

Fundy Blue said...

I love all your adorable critters, Rain! I hope that your three little squirrels are making it through the winter well. I'm excited for the new things coming for you and Alex! Take care of what you need to do with no worries!

Becki said...

That first photo you took above kind of looks like a painting, Rain. What beautiful serene walks yours must be. And oooh... I've been enjoying Potato Leek Soup this winter, too. I've made it twice. I don't know it doesn't occur to me to blog about foods I've made - until I visit your blog. It could be because I don't make nearly as interesting foods as you do. ;^)

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

The snow looks lovely, but I understand the older dogs not being able to handle the cold. As usual, your food looks wonderful and your furry family are delightful to see. I do think that a cat can sleep on anything.

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Love all your snuggly pets! Was that frozen asparagus you used? I looked at the price today at the store and it was quite expensive. I don't blame you for wanting to move. Good luck. Nancy

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Wow on that snowfall amount, Rain, as all we have had lately is ☔️ and it’s unfortunate that the noise of jet skis have ruined the solitude for all of you. Good luck with the upcoming house hunting and when you can post about it, we will all enjoy reading about what’s going on. Also glad to read the art classes are going so well. I know how the cold can be problematic for older pets and humans too. By the way, both of those soups looked so good.

Mary said...

Cold beauty. . . . . . . but probably tiresome by now, especially with the annoyance of the snowmobiles! Hoping so much you will find lovely new home come spring.
Cheeses are looking amazing, and, like you, I'm busy making soups (some for the freezer) just about daily. Leek & Potato coming up today.

Sam I Am...... said...

I'm so happy you are following your dreams even if it means we won't be communicating as often. But know that you have inspired me and I know I will love seeing you in your new home and hearing about all your adventures! Good luck!

John M said...

I also like my peace and quiet.

Nicole said...

Ha ... I just thought this morning, I should make a leak potatoe soup ... guess I should check out your receipe.
I love my piece and quiet. I hate anything loud engine...lol

Nancy @ Little Homestead In Boise said...

Good luck with your home hunting!!!

Cathy Kennedy said...

Rain,

I could've sworn I left you a comment but I'll make this brief. I hear ya on being busy. Just do what you can or want in Blogosphere. We understand, one's priorities come first. Best of luck with your house search. I hope y'all settle on something this spring. I know how anxious you are to have your own place. Our search continues as well. Have fun with your art classes. I'm gearing up for the annual April A to Z Challenge. I began last week working on my sketches.

baili said...

i am happy that you started to walk again dear Rain

food is tempting
loved your pets resting together
wishing you all the very very best for all you want t do ahead ,specially hope you find better place and classes may go best for you

thank you for being inspiration all the time
hugs !

Martha said...

Winter is so scenic! If only it wasn't so cold :) Yesterday we had beautiful mild weather. It was wonderful to be outdoors.

I enjoy all your posts. They are very heartwarming.

Stefanie said...

Good luck with the house hunting. All that snow looks amazing and I really admire how you know how to survive in such conditions. The rice and veggies look good. I'm going to make some quinoa and a curry, stir-fried mix for lunch today. I should get started as I'm starving and by the time I'm done cooking I can go off my fast.

Magic Love Crow said...

Such a happy, beautiful post! Love seeing all your fur babies and all the good food! Wishing you so much on your wonderful journey!! A new business and house hunting! So happy for you! Big Hugs!

Rain said...

Thanks Sandi :) I hope so too! :)

Rain said...

Lol Joyce...yeah, you can have all of the snow here, I'll be happy to have your balmy temperatures!! I can't WAIT to open those cams!!


Rain said...

I agree Debra :):)

Rain said...

Thanks Laurie :) I'm super excited about the upcoming move...but the house hunting is going slow, slim pickins around the areas we're searching! I know something will pop up though. Our mild weather is all gone now, back to the deep freeze!

Rain said...

Thanks Leanna :) I think our diet varies from really healthy to lots of pizza lol!

Rain said...

Thanks Christine :) I love the food we eat! Yes, we are now in February...the longest month for me is now over! Here's to an early spring!!! :) (Hopefully!!)

Rain said...

Thanks Elke :) When we first moved here five years ago, it was so nice and quiet. Then the mayor started his plans and I guess a lot of people thought it was okay because they voted him back in. It's terrible to hear snowmobiles running up and down the street in the middle of the night. And we are so far from any town that if we call the police to complain, it takes them 45 minutes to get here and by then the idiots making noise are long gone. It'll be nice to get out of this area!!

Rain said...

Thanks Valerie :) Yeah, I just can't tolerate a lot of cold anymore. But I do get used to it when I'm walking the dogs, my bones really feel it.

Rain said...

I can't wait to share with all of you Sandy when we find our home! It's going to be fun and busy! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Elephant's Child :) The winter here is very beautiful and I do complain a lot lol...but I'd miss the four seasons if I didn't have them, I just wish they weren't so COLD!!! :)

Rain said...

Hi TB :) Yeah, too much snow...but it's not as bad as it was last year so I'm very thankful!

Rain said...

Thanks Jan :) The winter sunrises are beautiful, and so different depending on whether it's clear skies or not!

Rain said...

Thanks Marsha :) I hope this is the year too, but if we don't find the dream home, we're still going to buy a "starter" home. We just can't afford to rent anymore, it's draining us financially.

Rain said...

Thanks so much Leigh :) Let's hope it's better than last year!!

Rain said...

Hi Jenn :) Yes! I do know the Maritimes well. I lived on P.E.I. for a year, and also in Moncton for nearly two years. I had friends who lived all over Nova Scotia too. Our main goal is that we don't want to be near any large city/town so we can have more quiet. Where did you go to school?

Rain said...

Hi Tracey :) I giggled that your little puppy won't go out in the rain ha ha...Jack is very much like that. When it's time to bring them out and it's cold or rainy, he stalls...lots of stretching, sitting, "not" hearing us call him...then when we say "come on Jack, now." he walks slowly to the door lol...once he's out though, he's okay!

Rain said...

Thanks Dino :)) I really hope things go better this year than last and I will definitely be posting about it!! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Louise :) Just one of the squirrels stuck around, it's Spunky. We see him once in a while. He climbs the lilac tree outside my office window and then up to the roof and down the other side to another tree. It's funny. We call to him and he stops and looks at us! We think he built his winter home under our wood pile. No idea where the other two ended up but we do have lots of woods in this area. The lady at the squirrel rescue told us that the female squirrels rarely stick around, they go out looking for a mate. And because Algie (the female) and Frasier (the other male) were joined at the hip, we figured they ventured into the woods together!

Rain said...

Thanks Becki :)) You should post about your food! It gives people ideas on what to cook! I love seeing what people are eating, but I'm a bit kitchen-obsessed lol! The sunrises really are beautiful around here!

Rain said...

Thanks Arleen :) Oh I agree, the cats can get comfy anywhere, though sleeping on a hard surface like a computer really doesn't seem that comfortable lol!

Rain said...

Thanks Nancy :) That was fresh asparagus! We have a market in the next town over and they provide fresh veggies year round. The asparagus was on sale lately so I snatched a bunch of it up! I'm not a fan of frozen asparagus, I don't like how soggy it gets when it thaws out!

Rain said...

Thanks Dorothy! I'd love to have rain instead of snow! At least right now! :) I do like a "white" Christmas, but after that it's worn out its welcome lol. I'll be posting about the house hunting as I go along!! I'm hoping for the best!!! And honestly as I type this, I hear "vrrroooom"...(Saturday afternoon is the worst!)


Rain said...

Thanks Mary :) It's definitely soup weather!! :) I'm making more tonight!! I agree that the snow is beautiful, but yes, tiresome by now. We still have a few more months of it too.

Rain said...

Thanks so much Sam! :) That was so sweet of you! I wrote you a comment on your blog, I got your package!!! It's so nice!! Thank you!!! xxxx

Rain said...

It's so important John!! :)

Rain said...

I agree Sis, the loud people don't belong anywhere where I want to live! :) I hope we find a quiet little spot.

Rain said...

Thanks so much Nancy :))

Rain said...

Thanks Cathy :) Oh don't worry...I am slowly catching up to comments and haven't visited blogs in a little while. Oh, have fun with your A-Z challenge!!! I wish I could find time to join in, it sounds like fun!!!

Rain said...

Thanks so much Baili :) I loved your comment!! :) I'm really happy I can walk the pets all together, but it still depends on the weather. We are in a cold snap again, so Charlie is the only one getting a long walk the last few days!


Rain said...

Thanks Martha :)) I'm with you, it's beautiful but too cold. I hope where we end up that we have milder winters!

Rain said...

Thanks Stefanie :) I honestly don't know how I survive the cold like I do...I guess it's just habit, but I really would love to live somewhere that doesn't produce frozen hair! :)

Rain said...

Thanks so much Stacey :) Hugs! :)