Friday, September 28, 2018

You Butter Believe It!

2018 - Queen St. West Toronto ON


What a difference a day makes! Yesterday it was 26 ° (79F) with the major storms that blew in during the afternoon and a cold front it was 13 ° (55F) when I decided to head out. I made it to the end of the driveway and changed my mind.
I had planned to go to an outside art show but decided I didn't really want to wander at that temperature.

John's phone was found so he went to pick it up.  Gordon Ramsey had twitted this morning about sticky toffee pudding so I had it in my head to make one.
I used Martha Stewart's recipe and it was excellent, the only caveat that she says 25 minutes to bake and mine took 40 minutes.

A magnificent sunset.

Burgers and the best coleslaw from Costco's - Moishe's. Other than the coleslaw we are still sticking to eating from the freezer/fridge. I had everything I needed for the toffee pudding as well.

Going into this week I had a loose menu plan using what we have. We will need some fruit and vegetables, however for some meals.
I made more soup stock last week as well, from the freezer bag of vegetable scraps.

Inspired Sunday
Shadow Shot Sunday
One Word Sunday
Lens-Artists Photo Challenge

Gorgeous day as I headed out to Word on the Street WOTS down at Harbourfront.

I took the bus then subway then the streetcar because I needed to get the letter Q for an upcoming Roundup!

And then I made a stop at the Toronto Book Garden, I had spotted a few months ago but didn't have time.

The garden features paved stepping stones inscribed with all of the winners of the Toronto Book Awards, including Margaret Atwood’s Cat’s Eye, Michael Ondaatje’s In The Skin Of A Lion, Kamal Al-Solaylee’s Intolerable: A Memoir Of Extremes and last year’s winner, On The Shores Of Darkness, There Is Light by Cordelia Strube.

Speaking of the Toronto Book Awards...

The Word On The Street is a Canadian book and magazine festival held each September in Toronto, Kitchener, Lethbridge, Saskatoon, and Halifax.

Each city's festival features author readings, workshops, information booths, marketplace, and reading- and writing-related activities. The mandate of the organization is "to unite the country in a national, annual celebration of reading and writing and to highlight the importance of literacy in the lives of all Canadians."

I had a chat with a cook book author and bought one of her books. When I got home and googled her, Marie Porter, it turns out she had been on Masterchef US way back in season 4. She now lives in Hamilton ON.

Colourful AND noisy!

I dropped into a couple of Harbourfront galleries.

Foto Tunes
Monday Mural

Billboard as I headed downtown.

Recreational marijuana will officially become legal in Canada on Oct. 17, 2018, the prime minister, Justin Trudeau.

Oddly enough, it is also a local software company that started offering Web Hosting services in 1998.

My BFF and I went shopping at the Dundas Square Winners' store and came away with some good bargains.

I tried a new gluten free flatbread  and it was delicious!!! I would increase the amount of thyme and oregano. I served it with my new go-to bolognese sauce and spaghetti.


Rainy rainy morning as I met a friend for a coffee catch up that lasted 2.5 hours as we shared baked goodies.

We headed out to the Royal York Hotel, Library Bar, for drinks with a friend.


John played his weekly golf game very early in the morning. We then had an early dinner as we had tickets for Elton John's second sold out concert, his Farewell Yellow Brick Road.

He started at 8 sharp and didn't stop until 1045 no breaks.

Waiting for the streetcar.

Thursday Doors
Kammie's Odd Ball Challenge

Somehow I ended up being John's personal shopper today. I was in Winners and found a ton of sweaters for John so bought them for him to try. Then we took three back and got replacements!

Dinner was carbonara and I made these gluten free breadsticks that turned out perfectly, nice and soft. I've seen a video for this recipe on Facebook and they also used it to make biscuits and a fried flatbread.

So I found two good bread recipes that are keepers.

In the Pink click on #InThePink in the tags to see the weekly submissions.
Weekend Roundup
Weekend Reflections

I had gotten a ticket to a Heritage Toronto historical plaque unveiling at Metro Hall.

Kristyn Wong-Tam is a two-term City Councillor running for re-election in October.

The plaque was for British Home Children, who were they, I wondered as did many other people.

Over 100,000 destitute or orphaned children from the British Isles arrived in Canada by ship from 1869 into the late 1940s. The child aid organizations that arranged for the emigration claimed that Canada would provide better opportunities for a healthy, moral life. In turn, these children would provide farm labour and domestic help.

Upon arrival in Canada, the children were sent to distributing and receiving homes, and from there, to local families who agreed to provide lodging, schooling and an allowance in exchange for work.

The British Consul-General also spoke.

Click here for a fascinating article on one of the homes in Toronto.

Heritage Toronto will soon install plaques at the previous locations of two receiving homes in Toronto.

Eleanor McGrath and Wendy Pitblado, two of the driving forces behind a new documentary called "Forgotten" were in attendance.

A British Home Child interview.

A sample of a child's trunk.

After that I headed over to 401 Richmond to see the new displays.


I saw this on Twitter and thought it was funny.
From the Orkney Library - you can always tell when Sting has been in to return his books.

Not much reading done this week!


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  1. A great mix of scenes. Love the Elton John photos. Thanks for sharing, and here are MY SATURDAY SNAPSHOTS

  2. So happy John's phone was found -- I shouldn't admit how lost I'd feel without my phone! The book garden and festival both look great. And you got to see Elton John!!!! Wow.

  3. If I ever plan a trip to Toronto, I'm coming back to review all these great places. I save scraps in the freezer, but I am never really happy with the broth it makes- it seems very bland. What do you add to yours?

    1. You asked what I add to my soup scraps, lots of dried herbs during the first stage before I strain it and lots of salt and pepper. Depending on the scrap bag, it could be wither a chicken or beef bag or I might have one of each going in freezer. Once strained, I add more spices and might have some tomato paste opened in fridge. I really just wing it!

  4. The Word on the Street sounds like a book festival I'd enjoy. When we lived in Miami, Florida, I attended the Miami International Book Festival for many years. The festival offered talks by authors, as well as row after row of tents teeming with books. It seems like Word on the Street is quite similar. I'm curious about one statement: ... I needed to get the letter Q for an upcoming roundup. What's that? LOVE the title of your blog post!
    My Saturday Snapshot post features a walk behind a waterfall.

    1. Sandra, you asked me about needing the letter Q for a roundup. Tom hosts a weekly letter of the alphabet challenge and we just did the letter M so I was planning ahead.
      Tom's blog

      My letter M

  5. Oh my days! I am now craving sticky toffee pudding! Sounds like another great week Jackie.
    How fab that you got to see Elton John on tour. He is amazing isn't he?! And that sunset is just beautiful.

    Thanks ever so much for sharing with #MMBC. :)

  6. Hi,
    Lots of great shots. Loved the Book Garden.
    Have a great day!

  7. Your sunset shots are my favourites.

    There was an interview with Elton's longtime drummer in one of our papers the last few days. He says that for fifty years, he's always had stage fright every night leading up to getting on stage, and it's when the first song begins, it goes away. But it happens all the time.

  8. The twitter item is a hoot. lol The words festival is one I'd love to attend.

  9. Struggling with Internet connection, Jackie. Catch up with you later. :) :)

  10. I'm always so impressed by how much you do. Also, how did I not know that sticky toffee pudding is a thing? I must try some.

  11. Thank you for linking up with us for Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone. We will be sharing again on the last day of the month. Hope you will join us again.
    What a rich, full life of adventure you enjoy. Your photography is spectacular. Love the profile pic of you with the camera, too. I just finished reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society. Have you read that book? The situations you describe of Home Children reminded me of the children sent away from Guernsey during WWII.


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