Saturday, March 17, 2018

Hot Tea and Cold Medicine

March 2018 - Toronto ON

Random travel photos this week.

We're both battling colds this week so not too much excitement! In fact don't expect much of anything. Other than lots of TV binges of series.

I watched both seasons of Sensitive Skin with Kim Cattrall. Filmed in Toronto the scenes of the city are magnificent.

We both watched season one of Power, now have to find the next seasons.

Throw in some late night TV and movies along with some reading and that was it!


I made this delicious cream cheese apple cake - a keeper. Might use two loaf pans instead next time rather than 13 X 9.

Chili for dinner with salad, the rest of the kale bag that I bought and I added grapefruit and beets to it. I made this dressing with grapefruit. The salad dressing was disappointing, not a keeper.


I forgot to mention that last week a second cousin, Billy Brennan in Dublin got in touch with me. He found my blog and page on family history through a Google search. Since then we have been exchanging photos and questions.
He has inspired me to do some more family digging now that I have some other names and addresses.
Based on what I received I spent the day researching birth, wedding and death records, but still having trouble getting further back than my great great grandparents on my mother's maternal side.

Dinner was roast pork, potatoes, turnips and carrots.


We're still flagging from our colds so tomato soup seemed like a good idea. I haven't made this in years. When we are in Mexico we drink of lot of tomato juice. The first grocery order we did when we got home included cans of Heinz tomato juice so a perfect base.
In a large saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour, curry powder and onion powder until smooth. Gradually add tomato juice and sriracha. I had some frozen leftover rice so I added that along with grated Parmesan. Served with homemade gluten free croutons.


John crawled out from his blankets to meet a friend for lunch and I managed a trip to Bed Bath and Beyond.

Exciting times!

Fried chicken and homemade potato salad for dinner.


It felt like a total relapse and we both just curled up in the living room and vegging.


More energy but still coughing and hacking.

Steak fries and salad for dinner.

New Recipes

Mashed potato bites looks like a good way to use leftover mashed potatoes for lunch.


That was me this week.


The Woman at 72 Derry Lane reads like a Maeve Binchy story and definitely ended as one. There are quite a few errors/mistakes that really should have been caught by a proofreader/editor. Loved it? No, but liked it.

The Sleepwalker  by Chris Bohjalian - I liked The Guest Room but was not as enarmoured with this one. It starts very slowly and is quite repetitive but the ending is a twist.

Also by  Chris Bohjalian Tran-Sister Radio - what a great title based on the subject! Liked this much more than The Sleepwalker.  About gender reassignment there is a lot of medical descriptions in it, probably more than I needed, but it was a better read than the Stuck in the Middle with You, a true story.


The Only Cafe Toronto set near our old house, we often walked by this cafe/bar.
A Scotiabank Giller prize winner, the writer is a journalist, so the writing is descriptive with short sentences.


Friday, March 16, 2018

Weekend Roundup

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Starts with K

A double K this week from British Columbia in 2017.

Week's Favourite

None this week, we are both wallowing in our misery with colds so let's go to a warmer time.


Weekend Reflections

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August 2013 - Lunenburg NS

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Tuesday Treasures

Tom the backroads traveller hosts this weekly meme. 

I am reposting this from 2014 as it is fun to re-read some of our travels.

November 2007 - Egypt

I thought I'd post some pictures from our visit to the Valley of Kings in Egypt where King Tut's tomb was found. The tomb, which lies in an area that was not normally used for royal burials in the Valley center, was apparently quickly buried deep below the surface of the Valley of the Kings on the West Bank at Luxor (ancient Thebes).  We were awakened very early from our cruise ship beds because they were going to bus us to the Valley of the Kings as there was some issue with the ship going threw the locks to get us there.

We didn't actually go into his tomb as it was an additional fee, was very long line, and our guide suggested it wasn't worth it as there is nothing inside it (all contents have been moved to museums). We did go inside some of the other tombs but no photos are allowed.
This site contains some very good information.

So here are some random photos taken there.
Waiting to get on golf carts to take you into theValley.

Gotta love technology! Stay connected anywhere! Verizon Wireless "Can you hear me now? Good".

Funny how there's always a market place as you exit...umbrella is our guide's.

Just sitting and waiting...for?

One of the tomb signs.

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Foto Tunes

Tom the backroads traveller hosts this weekly meme. 

February 2018 - Mazatlan Mexico

???? you ask?   This square is where you can get yours shoes polished, resoled, fixed, and dyed. Not just your shoes but your boots, sandals and purses.
I am guessing they are drying.

Blue Suede Shoes

Monday Mural

I'm linking up at Monday Mural 
February 2018 - Mazatlan Mexico

Spotted on garage in Centro Historico, owner was kind enough to tell us who they were, cute.

Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, whom we saw a lot of in Guanajuato.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Home is great but I miss

Six Word Saturday

February 2018 - Mazatlan Mexico

What's Cooking?

March 2018 - Toronto ON

A very light week for photos so here is a food shot that Carol took of our breakfast place in El Quelite Mexico. Standard with every breakfast, the juice is missing.

Six Word Saturday

Our first day home and I'm up at 7! John has a great lie-in though. When we were away we decided on our first day home we would go to Burger Priest for burgers. They are great because they do a gluten free bun that John says is really good. Today they also offered a keto bun which John also declared as delicious.
Check out their secret menu!

After that we went to La-z-boy to arrange delivery of our sofa and chair. Friday!

Then Longo's to get some groceries. I'm so happy to be cooking in my own kitchen again. For dinner we had roast chicken, roast potatoes, carrots, sprouts and tomatoes with delicious home-made chicken gravy.

Inspired Sunday
One Word Sunday
Shadow Shot Sunday

We ha blueberry pancakes for breakfast and spent the day reading and watching golf and movies.

I use Toronto Public Library a lot for books. But I finally looked at their movies that available on-line and I'm hooked. First I watched Loving Vincent which I did love.

Then Tortilla Soup, a delightful comedy full of great Mexican food.

The food! Watching him making the menus made me look up the recipes.

And the music!

Oh yeah, the story line was good too!

Dinner was the whole enchilada! Well, the British one...Roast beef, mashed potatoes, sprouts and mushy peas with home-made gravy and Yorkshire pudding.

Monday Mural
Foto Tunes

It was catch up with errands day and John made a run to Costco.

Homemade chicken soup for lunch from Saturday's roast.

I also picked up the mail from a friend and had a nice chat.

I hadn't made this banana bread in a long time but wow is it quick! No mixer and one bowl.

Leftovers for dinner.

Tuesday Treasures

Trevor Noah interviewed David Chang about his food series Ugly Delicious so I had to look it up. Now I have to find a way to watch it.

From Food and Wine magazine:
Not only is it an international master class in some of the world's favorite comfort foods, the construct of the show combined with Chang's oftentimes-confrontational interview style offers powerful takeaways on multiculturalism and American history in every episode—all with an eye towards the future and how (or if) bringing people together around the dinner table can somehow open a gateway to mutual understanding and greater tolerance of our differences.

We went to the movies to see Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri. Loved it and it was certainly a lesson in tolerance.

Homemade pizza for dinner.


The air-conditioning guy was supposed to show up at 2:30 to get our order. I had met him at a friend's unit as he was doing hers and we arranged the appointment. He never showed after John and I waited around all afternoon.

I have realized that a roast beef gave me better value than a whole chicken. The chicken had cost me $13 and we had one meal and then a pot of soup for lunch on several days..

I used the roast beef to make beef with noodles tonight. This was a favourite growing up. Mom first made it after we had a meal out in a restaurant during Expo 67. This was a rare meal out for the family but Dad had worked at Expo and I think it was the only time the four of us went. This is a photo from that day. Dad was hopeless with a camera! That;s Mom, my sister and me with our backs to the camera.

I browned the meat with garlic and onions. Then browned onion, green pepper and mushrooms with the meat. Mixed it with some frozen tomato paste and some sriracha to the leftover gravy with extra mushroom stock added and poured over the meat and vegetables.

Served with salad it was delicious.

So the roast made three dinners and we both had it for lunch on Friday.

Thursday Doors Dublin

I met my BFF for a long catch-up over lunch. She lost her 26 year old nephew in a single car accident this week, quite a shock for the whole family.

Dinner was teriyaki salmon, broccolini and salad.


Some groceries, car wash and general housework as we awaited our highly anticipated new sofa and chair.


I don't love the matchie cushions but the foam in them is excellent so I will need to shop for some more interesting covers. But we love it! It's been a long time since we had a new couch!

Steaks for dinner with my Mom's potatoes and onion in foil, which I haven't made in a long time. Simply slice potatoes and onions and place on foil, top with salt, pepper and Italian salad dressing, fold into a packet and bake about an hour in the oven. Works great on a BBQ.

So this was a really quiet week getting settled in at home.


Still Mine well, I didn't finish it, I got a couple of chapters in, on a plane, and just couldn't get interested. Judging by the Goodreads reviews I wasn't the only one.

A Different Kind of Daughter her story was very interesting and I would have liked a bit more insight into her life.

A Complicated Kindness was good if a little slow.

It's not the East Village in New York City where Nomi would prefer to live, but an oppressive town founded by Mennonites on the cold, flat plains of Manitoba, Canada. It certainly read like Miriam Toews knew what it was like to live as a teenage, rebel Mennonite. Sure enough she grew up in Steinbach Manitoba, and we had visited the Mennonite Village Museum there last September and had a delicious memorable meal.


One of my wish list books became available and I am hooked! The Woman at 72 Derry Lane is set in Dublin so I am especially enjoying it but it does read like a Maeve Binchy story.


Friday, March 9, 2018

Weekend Roundup

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Starts with J

Jackrabbit Trail Interstate I-10 westbound to Arizona.

Speaking of jackrabbits, Odessa Texas is home to the world's largest jackrabbit.

Click here for more jackrabbits in Odessa.

Not many photos taken this week since it was our first week home and ended up spending time doing errands and chores.

So here's one from January. I kept seeing this taxi on Front St and finally got a photo of his license plate.



December 2017 - Toronto ON

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February 2018 - Mazatlan Mexico

Around the historic district.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Tuesday Treasures

Tom the backroads traveller hosts this weekly meme. 

I am reposting this from 2014 as it is fun to re-read some of our travels.

November 2007 - Cairo Egypt

I'm continuing our first day of touring in Cairo.

On the road as we left the Step Pyramids in Sakkara there are several carpet making schools on both sides of the road.

As you enter you will see women and children making actual carpets based on complex designs. You can watch how they stitch and knot the carpets and see the different materials in use.

We didn't buy anything!