Friday favs

1. From our window

As Tonia and her family were watching deer this week,

we were watching

 this little guy

Not quite so delicate and lovely as deer but cute in a waddling sort of way.

I apologize for the blurry picture – but I didn’t want to call him back

or ask him to turn around for a better pose.

When you have one of these little guys heading away from your house,

you don’t want to stop him.

Here’s a better shot from Wikipedia.

or maybe you remember this romantic character?

Ahhh … la belle femme skunk fatale!!

When I was growing up we didn’t have Saturday morning cartoons.

I used to read about them in the comics and I was so envious.

We only had one station and one cartoon show.

Every Saturday at 5pm, you’d find my brother and me

glued to the screen (black and white of course)

laughing along with Bugs, Elmer Fudd, Daffy, Wiley Coyote

and my favourite,

the hopelessly romantic, Pepe Le Pew.

2. The Birthday Saga continues:

A beautiful basket garden from my sister and her family in TO.

3. Books from my sweet boy and DIL in London

Three from one of my favourite British authors – Alison Uttley

Country Things, Our Village and Magic In My Pocket.

Country Things is an old hard cover copy with lovely illustrations by C F Tunnicliffe

On the inside I discovered this inscription:

To Miss Dyke

Wishing you a happy Christmas

from Renee, John and Judith

I love that!

Who was Miss Dyke?

A teacher? A governess? A lonely spinster?

A delicious mystery.

4. Our bird-feeding tree – for so long we were only getting the occasional visitor.

Now, all of a sudden, it’s bird-feeding central.

Not the best picture but I wanted to show you how many birds we are getting

(isn’t that basketball net a sign of faith?? 🙂

I counted 8 in the tree at one time but couldn’t fit them all in the picture.

and that’s not counting the juncos who love to pick up the scattered seeds on the ground.

Let’s not make any comments about the s**w

although I will mention that today the sun is shining

with the temperature  rising to a balmy 11C!

and I’ve heard another oldtimer’s saying that takes away a little of the s**w sting:

“New snow takes the old”

Do you ever wonder why Islanders have so many of these sayings???

5. and here you go – another delicious recipe.

Simple, light and lemony – a perfect spring dessert.

from Lost Recipes by Marion Cunningham – page 191:

~ This lovely dessert is an old favourite of mine from days past. The batter is mixed together in one bowl and the magic transformation happens in the oven – a creamy lemon pudding forms on the bottom and light sponge cake emerges on top ~

(LOL! Suzanne caught it – I forgot to add the measurements … honestly –  it must be something to do with 50+ Here is the correct version. I double-checked!)

  • Mix 3/4 cup sugar, 1/8 tsp salt, 1/4 cup flour in bowl.
  • Add 4 Tbsp melted butter, 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, grated peel of 1 lemon and 3 egg yolks
  • Stir until thoroughly blended
  • Add 1 and 1/2 cup milk
  • In separate bowl, beat 3 egg whites with 1/4 cup sugar until stiff but not dry
  • Fold beaten whites into the lemon mixture
  • Pour into greased 8 in square pan
  • Bake at 350 for 45 min or until lightly browned
  • Serve with whipped cream if desired

So good!

Hope you enjoyed this little Island visit.

For more Friday fun, drop over to see our charming hostess Suzanne, at Living to Tell the Story.


with love to you,


20 thoughts on “Friday favs

  1. Belated birthday greeting to you!You can keep the skunk and the snow…but I’ll share in your joy of having the birds back for the season…and I’ll borrow your lemon dessert recipe.


  2. Kari says:

    I really enjoyed reading your list. You sound like a happy person with a great sense of humor. Your pictures are great and I can only imagine that you have had enough snow for now.Thanks for visiting my blog. Oh and happy birthday!


  3. I can’t believe you still have s**w. And I’m so sorry — but the birds are coming and the sun will shine and you’ve got that lovely lemony thing going — spring is sure to come!


  4. Home Again says:

    Thanks again for sharing your favorite 5. I’m just printing off the lemon recipe for my dessert tomorrow. Sounds simple, elegant and all the ingredients are in my cupboards.Sharing Five has become a highlight of the week.


  5. What a delightful list, Kathie! A birthday basket garden (Happy Birthday!), old hardcover books with aged inscriptions to ponder, birds at the feeder, and a lemon recipe (Oh, how I love lemons!) — What great favorites (I left out the skunk on purporse … sorry).


  6. Kathie, loved seeing your birds amidst the s**w. As I type, we are getting another round of s**w here too. Ummmm, perhaps it’ll go south-ish of you? It’s very wet stuff and there’s mud underneath so it feels a little bit springy. The lemon cake looks so good and I just bought 4 lemons last grocery run.Jody


  7. i loved pepe le pew!! i hoped to find such a romantic fellow myself someday…although hopefully not so aromatic. remember the little black and white cat and her terrified eyes? *hee* poor pepe.bday hugs and wishes still coming your way.


  8. Islandsparrow says:

    OK girls – I wish I could say that I’m such a good cook that I don’t need measurements – just throw a little of this and a little of that – but that’s not the case. I forgot to add them because I was trying to be concise and put the ingredients and method in one list. Not very successful! So here you go – ingredients plus measurements 🙂


  9. I always enjoy visiting here. I’m glad that skunk was headed away…About the yummy looking cake.How much melted butter, eggs, zest?The birds have been going nuts around here, flitting and chirping.Have a wonderful weekend…


  10. One summer in Oregon, we had a skunk living under our deck! Finally caught him in a trap (yes, you can, if it’s low enough to keep the tail down) and repatriated him across the river in farmland.Love the birds! So sorry about the s**w~ I’m sending sunshine thoughts!


  11. I enjoyed your 5. The basket garden is lovely. Not sure if I’ve already said happy birthday, but if not, best wishes! The recipe looks delish and the photos of it are lovely.


  12. A skunk. I can’t say I’ve ever seen one live that up close! I kinda like it that way. And Pepe was my favorite too, along with that Martian dude. LOL.Look at all your birds. Yeah, a sure sign of spring. And I promise I won’t mention the "s**w" word. The recipe looks wonderful Kathie. Do you have measurements for all the ingrediants? I’d love to try it this weekend.


  13. I completely enjoyed your post. I really lifted me up. I love your sense of humor, your observant nature and your appreciation of old books. The recipe looks delish.


  14. I enjoyed your list very much! The old books with the inscription are a prize, for sure! It is fun to imagine who the previous owner of a book was and why she was given this particular book.A skunk walking away from the yard is a good thing, for sure.Watching birds at a feeder is a great pasttime!


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