Time for a check in! It’s raining today, the first time the rain drops have joined on the decking in months – and it feels good to cool down. This has been a glorious summer with hot days, warm nights for socializing with friends and no mosquitos to swat!
Our ComFree listing has expired and after some deliberation we decided to put up the “For Sale By Owner” signs to let visitors to the community know that we continue to welcome inquiries and offers. A box with spec sheet is attached to the post – stop by and pick one up!
Thanks for checking in, contact us if you are interested in more info.
Summer is far from over… as far as we are concerned, it has only just begun! After so much information about the inside of the property it is time to share some of the built in benefits. We planted several fruit trees and bushes about nine years ago and we are enjoying the results.
We have always loved sour cherries and the Evan’s Cherry tree we raised from a very small sapling is growing larger with each year. It is a robust, small tree and the delicious fruit is easy to reach and harvest. Last week I noticed the cherry tree in the back yard with heavy branches drooping to the ground. I knew it was time to start picking soon… and I nearly missed it. Today was was high time to take the picking bucket out and spend some quiet time after disturbing the birds who were feasting. Within only 15 minutes, my bucket was full and I had harvested several pounds of juicy sour cherries! There are still plenty left for the birds to continue their feast…
(Special note: And yes, the tree will stay with the property! So, enjoy some tasty recipes and start imagining that you could be benefiting from this backyard treasure as the next owner of this property!)
No time like the present, pitting the cherries was easier and quicker than I thought. Most of the stones pulled out with the stems, others responded well to a gentle squeeze. The cherries were so plump and firm that I didn’t want to cook them down into jam, juice or compote this time. I found and adapted a couple of recipes to the ingredients I had in the house, and within a very short time I had a delicious cherry crumble for tonight’s dessert and sour cherry scones for tomorrow’s breakfast.
The Recipe: Sour Cherry Crumble
Preheat the oven to F 375
Measure out 4 cups pitted sour cherries and toss them with 1/4 cup of white sugar and 2 Tbsps Kuzu (use Arrowroot flour or cornstarch as an alternate thickener). Spread out in a baking dish. Set aside.
In a medium sized bowl mix together 1/ 2 cup brown sugar, 1 cup of all purpose flour, 3/4 cup rolled oats, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 cup sliced almonds, 1/4 coconut oil and 1/4 cup butter. This mix appears quite dry, don’t worry about it. Distribute the dry mixture over the cherries.
Bake for 30 – 35 minutes, until the cherries are bubbling around the outside and the topping is nicely browned. Remove from the oven. Serve with ice cream, whipped cream or coconut cream. Enjoy!
And just because I had more cherries I decided to try a recipe for Sour Cherry Scones
Preheat oven to F 425
Measure out 2 cups of sour cherries, set aside.
In a medium sized bowl combine 3 cups of all purpose flour, 1/4 tsp salt, 1 Tbsp. sugar (optional) and 2 Tbsp baking powder. Cut in 1/3 cup butter or margarine. Now add the sour cherries and gently mix them into the dry ingredients. Add 1 1/4 cup buttermilk. Mix just until combined, don’t worry about the lumpy appearance.
Turn the soft dough with the cherries onto a baking stone or in a greased round baking pan. Divide into 8 wedges and cut all the way through. Place into the oven and bake for 20 – 25 minutes.
Combine 3/4 cup icing sugar with 1 tsp almond extract and a small amount of milk or non-dairy beverage (I used coconut milk). Drizzle this glaze over the scones as soon as they come out of the oven. Enjoy warm or cooled.
Remember, this could be your baking next summer… Book your viewing now!
It’s time to share some images you get only by living outside of the city here in south central Saskatchewan.
Whether you love boating on the lake or enjoy a walk in nature or go for a drive – the vistas are endless! the image above was made on July 3rd close to sunset and it doesn’t do it justice as it was only made with a smart phone…
The group of 16 pelicans was captured on June 22nd on Loney’s Beach, one of the two public beaches in the community. These magnificent birds can be observed in flight every afternoon as they migrate from one fishing ground to another. I came across them on my daily walk!
If a picnic in nature is more your style, you can enjoy your own yard or a picnic at the beach. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy life. A research article last summer stated that Saskatchewan residents love cabin life. Check it out in this post from last year.
The last few weeks were well utilized: The studio is now a clean slate and ready to be transformed by new owners. Studio or craft room not your thing? Think guest cottage, party room, a place to gather friends for yoga and meditation… the sky is the limit! With just over 500 square foot living area on the main floor this space is waiting for YOU!
Just in case you missed the detailed write up about the studio in the past, this little kitchen area is part of the studio, located just left to the entrance door. The boiler both heats the water and regulates the radiant infloor heating during the cooler seasons.
The spacious work/living area has a built in desk and large cupboards for unlimited storage options. The flooring is a light grey laminate which is easy to keep clean and brightens the room along with the large Argon filled picture windows overlooking the lake. But wait – this is not all… Drop the overhead expanding ladder and reach the upper floor with additional built in shelving.
These shelving units line both the north and south walls. The ceiling height is 5′.
It is illuminated with full spectrum lights.
This upper level could also make a great alternative sleep area. Or use the space for more storage. Interested in seeing and experiencing the space yourself?
Contact us today for an appointment and a personal tour:
Colin <firstname.lastname@example.org> 306.631.8593
Anna <email@example.com> 306.631.8539
Where has the time gone? We have spent the spring and early summer reducing our possessions through studio sale days and sharing with friends. Meanwhile we are still waiting to find out if the offer we accepted a while ago will finalize on August 1st. However, with the housing market in Moose Jaw slowing down for summer and no definite sale for the people interested in our property at the lake we have decided to continue showing the property. (Offers will be accepted on and after August 1st on a first come, first serve basis.)
During these hot days we are sure glad that mowing is minimal at 101 Sandpoint Road. The field stone and mulch labyrinth are easy to maintain and provide us with extra time to relax and enjoy the summer sunshine.
The views from the studio / guest cottage deck are unobstructed and with the sun sail in place there is always a nice shady spot to relax under. The trees are in full foliage surrounding the property providing shade with chirping birds and unlimited nature sounds.
There is also great news to report on the back lot behind the property. The village has released it for sale, so if you are interested in securing land adjacent to this double lot, they are open to discussing details.
The perennials are in full bloom and life is great at the lake!
Contact us for a viewing! Call or send a text message to:
Colin 306.631.8593 or Anna 306.631.8539
If you missed the fly over posted earlier in the spring, here is the link once again.
The property listing with additional details can be found here.
…to think about summer at the lake. But why wait? My motto is: Strike while the iron is hot and these days, while the ice fishing is plentiful and not too cold either!
This image was captured during a snow shoe excursion on Buffalo Pound Lake on January 17th, 2017. What a great day – no wind, sunshine peeking through the clouds and the perfect day for fishing!
Bring out your canine friend, your spouse or partner in crime and check out the lake. Looking for something colder and more mid-winter like? I can’t promise snow anytime soon but if you are curious what it looks like when it gets colder check out this story.
Curious about living at the lake in winter and checking out a comfortable place? Give us a call or email us to set up an appointment for viewing.
Did you have golf ball-sized hail last Friday night? Chances are that if you live in Moose Jaw you were worried about the roof, siding and possibly windows of your house.
We had the thunder and lighting but no hail. The rain provided the trees and flower boxes with a good soak down which saved on turning on the watering hose. Meanwhile the weeds are thriving but the annuals are showing off their strong colour.
Call Colin or Anna or email us if you are interested in a showing: