April 2015 – week seventeen 

Welcome to another week of Fat Mum Slim‘s photo-a-day, where we are at week seventeen. We are well into April and it is still quite cool, though the snow is all gone and the grass is greening up nicely. Now on to this week’s prompts:

April 20; this happened; we welcomed some much needed rain. It is washing away all the winter grime and of course, April showers bring May flowers!


April 21 – season; I may complain about winter, but I really do love having 4 seasons. This is what my ‘spring’ is looking like today. Late afternoon sunshine on the marsh. 


April 22 – mess; These pretty horses decided they would go for an adventure this particular morning. They left a couple of messes on our front lawn. On the bright side, we had the lawn cut, aerated & fertilized for free. FYI, they did make their way home safely.


April 23 – snack; As the saying goes, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away!” I decided to play with my “PhotoToaster” & “ColorBlast” Apps for this shot. 


April 24 – fill the frame; some of the flowers in the spring bouquet hubby brought home for some color as it is snowing again today. 


April 25 – I sat here; …enjoying the spring sunshine on my stream. So happy it’s starting to warm up. 


April 26 – 4 o’clock; Its 4 o’clock and I’m editing photos from an earlier photo walk. This is an old collapsed barracks at Camp Picton. 

Thank you for visiting, and as always, I enjoy all your comments. Remember you can follow Fat Mum Slim on Instagram #fmsphotoaday or follow me @basildonkitchens.  

Until next time, Connie 😄

52 Photos Project – wee 51 :: simplicity 

Welcome back to this week’s edition of following Bella’s 52 Photos Project. It’s the second-last week of this endeavour. I’m so excited that I’ve been participating for the entire year, even though some weeks I have been a bit late. 

This week’s prompt is simplicity. Simplicity to me is the new lifestyle my hubby and I have chosen to follow. We moved from a busy urban centre, traveled east to set up home in an beautiful rural area.  We have thoroughly benefited from this move. 

This morning I went out to finally enjoy the warmth of the spring sunshine. It has been slow in arriving this year, and to be honest, it’s still not too warm, but just seeing the trees beginning to come alive again is fantastic. I looked around and this said “simplicity” to me. The simple joy of spring, sunshine, & nature in my own backyard…and I get to enjoy it everyday!

Thanks for visiting.  Don’t forget to head on over to Bella’s 52 Photos Project to see what others have submitted. Remember Bella is changing things up a bit.  You can also check the Flickr Group + Instagram. (Please tag your pics #52photosproject)  If you like you can follow me @basildonkitchens

Until next time, Connie 😄

52 Photos Project – week 50 :: indulgent treats

Welcome back to the 52 Photos Project. Here we are at week 50; only two more weeks to go.  This week’s prompt is ‘indulgent treats’.

I love to bake. My hubby has a real sweet tooth. It works for us. I still work full-time, so he only gets these treats on weekends…making it a little more special. This is my photo this week:

These are Cream Scones with Cranberries. They are easy. You may remember I made a batch a couple of weeks ago (recipe can be found here, that batch was made with lemon zest & currents)

Don’t forget to head over to Bella’s 52 Photos Project to see what everyone’s else’s indulgences are. You can also find us on Instagram #52photosproject or on the Flickr group. I can also be found on Instagram @basildonkitchens.

Thanks for visiting. Until next time, Connie 😄

April 2015 – week sixteen 

Welcome to another week of Fat Mum Slim‘s photo-a-day. We are at week sixteen already. As I’ve said before, time flies when you’re having fun. Now on to this week’s prompts:

April 13 – paper; my friend, Mr Sock Monkey, likes to read the local paper to keep current with all the “goings on” in the area.


April 14 – up; a big old oak tree, silhouetted against the clear spring sky. 


April 15 – dinner; I’m a very lucky girl. Hubby is retired, while I still work. He makes me dinner each evening. He is famous for his amazing salads!


April 16 – where I work; this is my desk at the end of a typical day. 


April 17 – an ordinary moment; this was the view as I stepped into the bedroom when I arrived home from work. The late afternoon sun streaming into the room was beautiful. 


April 18 – fluffy; on vacation in Florida, I always thought they had the biggest, fluffiest clouds….


April 19 – together; here is hubby, together with his new granddaughter for the first time. The best together moment, don’t you agree?


Thank you for visiting. As always, your comments are appreciated. Remember you can also follow along on Instagram #fmsphotoaday or follow me @basildonkitchens

Until next time, Connie 😃

April 2015 – week fifteen

Another week has come and gone. Here are this week’s photo prompts for the Fat Mum Slim photo challenge. 

April 6 – a shape; a pretty heart shape given to me by a far away friend. She is my cosmic twin & a heart seeker ❤️


April 7 – beauty; I always think of flowers when I think of beauty.  Here are my hollyhocks from late last summer with the early morning sunlight behind them. 


April 8 – breakfast; this was my breakfast this particular morning. 


April 9 – inspired; I am inspired by Mother Nature and views like this. 


April 10 – dark; these two chairs are on the dark side of this building, in the shade, waiting for warmer weather. 


April 11 – this smells so good; oh the dedication to photo-a-day…I had to bake something just for the prompt. These cream scones with currants made the kitchen smell heavenly. (Recipe below – for anyone interested)


April 12 – something green; spring is still slow in coming around here, so this is from the archives. I met this cousin of Kermit’s on a photo hike last spring at a local conservation area. “💚 It’s not easy being green 💚”


Thank you for visiting. Remember you can check out other photos on Instagram #fmsphotoaday or follow me @basildonkitchens. As always, your comments are much appreciated. 

Until next time, Connie ❤️

Cream Scones with Currants – yield: 8 scones

  • 1-3/4 cups (270 g) unbleached all purpose flour
  • 2-1/2 tsp (15 g) baking powder
  • 3 tbsp (45 g) sugar
  • 1/4 tsp (5 g) salt
  • 6 tbsp (85 g) cold, unsalted butter cut into 1/2″ cubes
  • 1/4 cup (40 g) dried currants
  • grated zest from one orange
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 tbsp (60 ml) cream (can be full fat or coffee cream) 


  1. Preheat oven to 425F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or Silat sheet. 
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Add the butter and work it in with your fingers or a pastry blender, until it resembles a coarse meal. Stir in zest and currants. 
  3. In a small bowl, beat egg and cream together with a fork. Add to the flour mixture and mix with your hands until the dough just comes together. (If the dough seems dry, add an extra tbsp of cream). 
  4. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Pat into a 6″ round, about 1″ thick. Cut into 8 equal sized wedges. Space the scones evenly on prepared baking sheet. 
  5. Bake until golden brown, about 12 to 15 minutes. Best served warm. 

Note:  for a richer, darker crust, brush tops of the scones with heavy cream & sprinkle with sugar before baking. You can also substitute lemon zest for the orange & raisins for the currants. 

52 Photos Project- week 49 :: pastel colours

We are getting close to the end of the 52 Photos Project for this year. Only a few more weeks to go. This week’s prompt is “pastel colours”. It’s been a bit challenging finding color of any kind, as spring is very slow in coming to these parts. I can still see some ice & snow in the woodland, but in the open area, it is basically gone. “Come on warm weather!”

My husband surprised me with flowers this week. It was a much needed boost of colour. Here is a portion of those pretty flowers. 


We are still linking up to Bella’s 52 Photos Project, until the end of this project. Don’t forget to check everyone’s posts there. Remember you can also follow & participate on Instagram #52photosproject or the 52 Photos Project group on Flickr. 

Thanks for visiting, until next time, Connie 😃

Five Photos, Five Stories – #5

I have been invited by Elizabeth of TeandPaper to join the Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge: “Post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or a short paragraph and each day nominate another blogger for the challenge”. I met Elizabeth on Instagram earlier this year. She posts photos & stories, poetry, creative journals…she has inspired me!


  • They had a dream; start a winery in ‘the county’
  • They left their jobs in the city
  • They started working in the area, in the industry; making contacts & friends
  • They moved here; became part of the community
  • They researched the lay of the land; the mineral composition of the soil (terroir), the location, the weather patterns
  • They bought the perfect piece of land (in their opinion)
  • They used social media to arrange a ‘planting party’…with great success
  • They are now a great new winery….
  • Congratulations :)

This story is true!  I was a participant at that very ‘planting’ party.  Over 100 volunteers planted 4 acres of vines in a morning.  There was much rejoicing, good food, music and happy revelry afterward! 

Today is the last day of this challenge.  It has been fun.  I may just continue to post a photo and a story occasionally.  Thanks, Elizabeth for the original invitation.  

Today, I’m going to invite anyone out there that may be reading this to join in the fun.

Thank you for visiting.  

Thank you for all the positive comments!

Until next time, Connie :)