Tuesday, 27 March 2012

A quick chat with Patrice...

Firstly, apologies for no Matriarch this week...I have been away staying with my in-laws for a few days (SUCH a lovely rest....no cooking/cleaning/washing/drying...BLISS!), and only got back yesterday.

Also, I have the lovely Heidi St John coming to stay with us, and she arrives later today! (more about that visit, later in the week.....)  So, cleaning, cooking and general preparedness happening today.  But, I DO need to eat, so whilst eating my toast and drinking my cup-a-soup, I thought I'd have a quick chat with Patrice! :-)

  1. What was your favorite book as a child?
How "child" is "child"???   I think I would have to say that I am an AOGG fan...AOGG?.....Anne of Green Gables!!!  Every single book in the series...from AOGG to Rilla of Ingleside. Do you KNOW how many people haven't read it, or even know that there are OTHER books in the series?!  It's shocking to me every time I find someone who doesn't realise!!!

(as an aside, I do love the films, but they miss out soooo much and change tooooo much for my liking!  Back off my hobby horse.....)

I just love the humour, and yet the sweet and touching elements of the books as well.  I LIVED those books as I read them! :-) Hmmm, maybe it's time to dig them out again!?

I was an avid reader, and was reading The Hobbit when I was about 12!   I still love to read....happiness is... returning from a few days away to the inability to easily open your front door, due to my book order for Tapestry of Grace having been delivered, from The Book Depository!!    *big smile* 

2.  Dark chocolate, Milk Chocolate, or White Chocolate?

Ohhhhh. DARK!  I absolutely ADORE dark chocolate - a bar of Bourneville....a big one, preferably...always makes me happy! 

 Or one of these little guys....absolute BLISS....*Mmmmmmmmm*

  I am also partial to just plain old Dairy Milk...I say plain, and old, but really, you can't beat Cadbury! 

3.   What's your biggest "pet peeve" when it comes to your kitchen?

Oooooh, this is tricky...only because I have a few! *blush*  

I am quite particular about a few things (ask my family....).  I like to stack my own dishwasher.  I just know how to get the most dishes in it, and I end up rearranging it if I let someone else do it!!!

I also find it slightly frustrating when my family put things away in the wrong place!!!! I am madly running around the kitchen, trying to find the right utensil, which is in the wrong place.  My lovely husband will sometimes tidy up my kitchen for me, and often things go missing after that.  But, I would *NEVER* complain in that situation, as I so appreciate the fact he has done it at all.  I do sometimes make some exasperated noises whilst searching, though! *blushes again*

And, I get rather frustrated when people put their dirty dishes beside the SINK, and not by the DISHWASHER....or indeed, nowhere near EITHER!!! 

4.  Do you use any type of water filter in your home? (Whole house, faucet mount, or pitcher)

We have a big container in our fridge for water.  I must admit though, that it's more for the purpose of having nice, cold water on tap in the summer, rather than for the filtering purposes.  Subsequently I do not change the filter as often as I should! ;-)

This is the one we have...^^^^^^^^^

5.  What's the herb you use the most in cooking?

Is garlic classified as a herb?....hmm....I don't think so?  Well, in that case, basil.  (with an "ah" sound not an "ay" sound, guys.....!)

I make a tomato based pasta dish at least once a week, and there is always basil in it!  I love it! :-)  I do plan to add to the herb bed we inherited, and try and use more fresh herbs.  We have sage and parsley in there so far, and I would like mint, rosemary, basil, coriander and lemon balm. 

Oh, and I buy my basil in a tube....:-D

So, that's my quick chat.  Back to making dinner, doing some  baking, and overseeing some bedroom tidying! 

I will post about my adventures of last week, and this week, at the weekend!


  1. ah, garlic. I put it in everything!!

  2. I hope that garlic is an herb because that is what I used for my answer to this question. :)

    Some things are just much easier if we do them ourselves, but it wouldn't be right to stand in the way of someone's blessing by doing that. I'm glad that you have a helpful hubby, too!

    I've never read AOGG, but it is on my list of things to do. I read the Hobbit in high school as an assignment. Unfortunately, I don't remember too much about the story.

    Back when my grandma was a little girl, they had to read Tale of Two Cities in 3rd grade, can you believe that? OY! I didn't have to read it until 9th grade.

    Have a great week!

  3. I have the dirty dishes in the wrong place problem, but it gets extended, so that rubbish is put beside the bin, washing on the floor in a pile beside the washing basket etc.

    Oh, and give me fruit and nut, every time!

  4. I'm stopping by from Patrice's porch. I love AOGG as well. I read all of them when I was a teen. I also love the movies. They are my favorites, but I agree they aren't even close to the books.

    As for the kitchen, I am the same way with the dishwasher. I will often times rearrange it just because the way my kids do it "isn't right". :-)

    BTW - I can be found at Ladybug's Abode.

  5. I hope your visit is a good one. I'd never heard of Heidi before this.I see you like the chocolate question!I'm an AOGG fan too! I don't understand why dishes can get that close to the dishwasher without going in. A mystery!!!