Sunday, November 29, 2009


THE WINNER IS THERESE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Let me know when you would like your pie Therese, I'm assuming pie, because you make bread all the time. But I could be wrong.

I will do another one next month

So try again

Merry Christmas

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Did You WIN?!

And the winner is.............................................

Sorry Sam isn't home yet, you'll have to wait a little longer.
I'm off to clean the chapel.


Monday, November 23, 2009

Ain't life Grand!!!

Only a few days left for my give away and it looks like it will be a Nelson party. Those Nelson's are all over the webworld :-)
I made a yummy granola this week, it has been a hit in our house.

Here is the recipe and cost break down
10 c large flake oatmeal >>>>>>>>> $1.33
1 c dried milk >>>>>>>>>>> $1.66
5 c flaked coconut >>>>>>>>>>>> $2.45
6 c nuts & seeds >>>>>>>>>>>> see note below
3 tsp salt >>>>>>>>>>>> ?
1 - 1 1/2 cup canola oil >>>>>>>>>>> ?
1 cup of honey >>>>>>>>>>>> ?
3 tsp vanilla >>>>>>>>>>>> ?
3 cups of currents >>>>>>>>>>>>>> $2.82

1) Combine dry ingred. except currants
2) Add wet ingred. oil first is best
3) Place on cookie sheet, spead out and level
the thicker it is the longer it takes
4) Use spatual to turn every 5 minutes or so
It's done when it is gloden brown and hot to the touch
5) Add currents and let cool

? marks are items I had in my kitchen and I assume so do you.

The nuts I used are a mixture and you can add any you like
but I put in a mixture to add up to 6 cups
1 cup sunflower seed >>>> $1.41
2 cup walnuts >>>> $3.50
1 cup cashews >>>> $ 4.20
1 cup pumpkin seeds >>>> $ 2.72
1 cup sliced almonds >>>> $ 1.95

So as you can see the nuts are the most expensive part, but also
the tastiest. But you can certainly choose a cheaper variety or your
This makes ALOT so you can 1/2 it as well and still have a good amount

Hope you try it, it is YUMMY

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Give Away!!

Okay! So I see these all over the blog world, I mean every where. So it seems like fun...
I'm all about the fun! So here we go. I will bake homemade bread or a fresh lemon pie for
the winner.
Rules: I must be able to drive there in less than a day.
All entries by nov 27th
That's it ... I'm not big on rules either

So leave a comment and I'll put your name in the hat and I'll have Sam pick it out.
Not many people read this blog anyway so you have a good chance :-)
Spread the word if you want a challenge

Embrace the day
Ann (captain of the smith fun house)

Friday, October 30, 2009

Can I just Say... I LOVE MY LIFE!!

You know sometimes life throws you some curve balls, you wish hadn't come your way but you gotta catch them and throw 'em back.
So hence I love my life, when I check my blessings... I have a lot!!!!! I like where I am in life most of the time.
I still love my husband after almost 29 years, yikes that's a long time.
I have 5 wonderful kids, who I have to say are turning out rather fabulously, 1 beautiful little grand-daughter who lights up my life, she loves me and thinks I'm grand! It's nice to be loved like that again. She prefers me over Gil... but shhh don't tell him that. And another grand child on the way. What else can I possibly want, well maybe more money, but what are ya going to do? Next time I marry, I marry for money not love. :-) See how that works. 
I love NS and Canada which I think are kinda swell places to live, a little more $ to travel to a warm climate in the winter would be fab though. I have friends who are wonderful at finding things for me though.
I do have friends which are a blessing they make life fun and fill it with laughter. I like that. Thanks guys
I only have 2 kids living at home, which I must say is very manageable, indeed. Most of the time.

So here's to life, fun and love! Tell me what you are blessed with... 

Ann Out

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Now What?!

Well this is a very big week in our house. A day we have been anticipating for 9 years. Life will be very different... in fact so different we're not sure what to expect or even imagine what it will be like. As I say... I don't know who he will be but I support and sustain him. It is a big job and you can never really know until you have lived it. So I pray you will sustain the new "guy" as well, who ever he may be?!
As of this posting we have 3 more sleeps, till Gil's release. We looking forward to more time with family and friends, less stress and demands. More camping and Saturdays to walk on the beach and work in the garden. I also have a "honey do list" 9 years long. Gil will be busy :-)
But one thing we have decided is we don't want to fill the space with other busy-ness. Unwind will be the order of the day, I hope.
And if you are the new "guy" or the wife of the new "guy", please know we love and sustain you in your new adventure. Enjoy the journey and ignore the people who want to derail you.
So long

Thursday, March 19, 2009

This is us now--- wednesday march 18th, 2009*

And this is us 28 years ago... we look a tad differant. Sorry for the layout, craziness but Lesley is trying to help me over the phone.