r-anne-dom : a place for me (anne) to leave random blog posts.
Such as:
..knitting, sewing, and other random activities pursued
..Girl Guides of Canada : yep, Guiding Lives Here
..the 3 shops on Etsy : one features quality handmade items; the second has lots of patterns, & crafting supplies; and the third is stocked with Vintage
Enjoy the r-anne-domness!

September 14, 2015

Shop Local: Stone Paradise

Shop Local: Stone Paradise

We wanted to make an INUKSHUK for the garden.

Found all the perfect rock pieces at Stone Paradise!

September 10, 2015

Recipe - Pear Muffins

Recipe - Pear Muffins

My neighbour gave me LOTS of pears from his pear tree.

So I googled for some recipes.

And decided on pear muffins, but found 2-3 that sounded good.

So I took bits of each of them and made my own!


2 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar or brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg, beaten
1 cup milk
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
2-3 cups of mashed or finely chopped pears
1-2 tsp lime juice

Heat oven to 400 degrees.
I made my own paper liners for the muffin cups using this tutorial.
Line your muffin cups.
Spray the paper liners with a quick spray of nonstick cooking spray.

In large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg & salt.
In a medium bowl, combine the beaten egg, milk and vanilla.  Add the pears and stir.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry, and mix.

Spoon the batter into the muffin cups.

Bake for 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Ta da!  
Used up all the pears!!
Made 4 batches in total!

August 30, 2015

Day Tripping: Fresh Corn on the Cob!

Day Tripping: Fresh Corn on the Cob!

London Ontario

Best corn on the cob ... at the Johnson farm!

Clarke Road at Killaly.
Just north of the entrance to Fanshawe Conservation Area.
Bring small bills or loonies and toonies so you have the correct change.

And enjoy your corn on the cob!!

August 22, 2015

Day Tripping: Henry's Restaurant

Henry's Fish Restaurant

Okay, so maybe this isn't actually "day" tripping. :)
We were in Muskoka, fishing, and visited Henry's Restaurant for lunch.

Only accessible by boat but the best perch! Yum!

Since we all ordered the perch, they served it family style with one large plate of perch and another of fries. I think there was cole slaw too. :)

These 2 show our view from the window where we had lunch.

Lots coming in for a bite to eat!

We had a later lunch that day and as we were leaving, a storm was coming in, so we headed back to Woods Bay to dock. 
We made it there, and the storm hit just as we were tying up the boat so we covered it up and headed out.

So if you're out near Frying Pan Island, stop in for great fish and chips at Henry's Restaurant.

July 27, 2015

Shop Local: The Been Garden

Shop Local: 

The Been Garden




SHOP at the Been Garden in London!

I had a quick visit recently and can't wait to go back to browse and shop!!

(p.s. photos courtesy of the Been Garden - with thanks!)

July 26, 2015

Day Tripping: Parks Blueberries

Day Tripping: 

Parks Blueberries

Out for a lovely drive on a beautiful day ... to Parks Blueberries!

One of the blueberry varieties is "Draper"!!  :)

We bought my favourite blueberry jam and a couple other treats...then a lovely return drive home.

July 19, 2015

Sparta: Sparta Tea House

Sparta: Sparta Tea House

My second visit to Sparta ended with a lovely high tea at

Scrumptious goodies!

and a lovely pot of tea!

Surrounded by the largest collection of tea pots I've ever seen!

July 18, 2015

Sparta: Winter Wheat

Sparta: Winter Wheat

A visit to the Sparta area is not complete without spending some time at Winter Wheat.

A visit upstairs to the Birdhouse loft and you might even meet the man who makes them!

And of course all the whimsical art throughout the property. 

From unique uses of old kitchen appliances...

... to handcrafted garden decor ...

... to serene carvings.

And lots to give you a chuckle too! 

July 17, 2015

Sparta: Steed & Company Lavender

Sparta: Steed & Company Lavender

Known by many simply as "the lavender farm".  :)

I enjoyed my first visit so much, I came back for a second visit.

The smell of lavender is so calming!

And I bought honey!  
Mmmm... with lavender.  
From hives right here on the farm! 

(Click any photo to visit the lavender farm website.)

July 16, 2015

Sparta: Anything Used

Sparta: Anything Used
Home of Sparta Country Candles

Lots of garden and outdoor decor ideas!

And of course the Sparta Candles

Be sure to visit Anything Used while in Sparta!