Linking up at Marg at The Intrepid Reader
December 2020 - Toronto ON
More of the same. We stayed home on the weekend, as usual. John did take a walk on Saturday.
Love this photo someone posted! I love our mounted police.
Curbside pickup on Queen St. West
On Sunday we decided to head out for a drive at sunset to check out some of the decorated houses that were on a BlogTO list.
Not on any list, but cute.
On the list, mostly lights.
Not on the list.
On the list.
On the same street.
Random find, across the street from each other.
On the list, we were not impressed although it was state of the art. There were so many people here the street was blocked with cars.
One last unscheduled stop on the way home.
Monday morning sunrise, winter solstice, looking north Bloor and Islington.
The week passed uneventfully, lots of cooking and baking happened.
John did a Costco, Metro run. And a wine order arrived. We had a bottle of their wine last Friday (bought during our summer wine tours) and decided to order some.
We got these cute heat activated mugs from an acquaintance.
And Portuguese custards from a friend. We met in the lobby on Christmas Eve and had a socially distanced chat.
Boxing Day "afternoon tea" lunch.
Christmas morning kitchen music.
Big breakfast, mushrooms, eggs, bacon and tomatoes.
Some family zoom calls.
The turkey is done!
Trifle, Mom's way.
Quality Street chocolates.
Saturday we had roast pork, roast potatoes, carrots and mashed potato, parsnips and turnip.
Sunday I got a head start on Christmas Eve afternoon tea. I made the scones and the raspberry jam. Berries had been a good price last week for some strange reason.
I made the cranberry orange scones, had the cranberries in the freezer and the oranges needed using up.
Dinner was salad and garlic butter shrimp.
I updated the holiday menu, I had forgotten I needed to make a gluten free cake for the trifle. I also added a
cranberry lemon mousse for afternoon tea.
Monday I added the final dessert for afternoon tea chocolate muffins with fudge frosting, I love this recipe. I did cut the icing in half and had more than plenty. I got 12 large muffins and 18 mini muffins.
Dinner was chicken wings and fries.
Tuesday I made the fillings for my tourtieres, French Canadian meat pies.
Dinner was a simple stew made with beef short ribs, lamb kidneys and vegetables served with the leftover mash from Saturday.
Wednesday I made gluten free pastry for the pies and got two completed. This was my first successful pastry making and used this GFJules recipe. I had watched her video on Monday so had to place an Amazon order for a couple of things which came on Tuesday.
A totally new (to me) invention, changed my pastry life forever.
I made the fillings for our afternoon tea sandwiches. John made the gravy for our meat pies and he made the lemon mousse for tea and a couple of extras.
Dinner was quick and easy, steak and sauteed mushrooms, green peppers, onions. We needed to use up some of the vegetables.
Thursday Christmas Eve and we had our afternoon tea for lunch while watching some shows.
Dinner was tourtiere, fries and beans.
Christmas Day turkey, stuffing, gravy (stock made last week), Brussel sprouts, Irish (my Mom and aunts called them Irish peas) mushy peas, mashed parsnip turnip potatoes, roast potatoes.
Trifle, making my first ✅ever sponge cake, gluten free!
Christmas memories - looking for my mother's trifle recipe, I came across these in my Mom's writing.
No reading done other than slogging through The Tenant. I started reading Such a Perfect Wife.
I finished Rectify and will admit it grew on me towards the end. A little.
At John's suggestion I started watching Ozark and I am hooked.
Still working through Great British Bake Off, up to season 9.
John watched a series of James Bond movies.
We finished Ripper and Unabomber on Netflix.
Christmas Eve afternoon we watched The Bee Gees documentary. Absolutely fascinating and I learned all kinds of things about them. Also brings a tear...
And for fun Dolittle.
And then in the evening we watched Hillbilly Elegy if I had realized it was so sad I would have picked something more uplifting for the season.