Saturday, October 2, 2021

Glad Day

October 2021 - Toronto ON

Glad Day Bookshop is the first queer-focused Canadian bookstore, and the oldest queer bookstore worldwide. Serving the LGBTQ community since 1970, we offer the widest possible selection of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two-spirit, and queer literature.

Saturday and Sunday at home. Saturday was a baking and cooking day. 

Gluten free black bean and avocado brownies I swear you will enjoy. I added peanut butter to this batch.

Chocolate peanut butter cookies made with gluten free flour.

Sunday is usually laundry day as we get reduced energy rates on the weekend. And then the Ryder Cup (golf) with John cheering for Europe was on. Football season has also started.
I forgot to mention that we had our biggest lottery win ever $50! We are not dedicated diehard ticket buyers, it is usually if we think about it. 

An amazing sky on Sunday night.

The weather gods are letting me down, they keep saying rain, rain, rain and we haven't really had any.

Monday was another lazy day but we did take a trip to the new Farm Boy at Kipling subway. Their arrabiata sauce was only $4.99 compared to Longo's $6.49!
Also got large fresh cauliflower for $1.99, and some of their salad dressings (sometimes I just don't feel like making it).

Tuesday John had a couple of appointments and then played golf. He also golfed on Wednesday with his usual guys and Friday with a good friend (and one of the usual guys).
Tuesday I went to Yorkville intending to see some new murals but then just went to Manulife (BMT) Centre and found this one which was part of the Yorkville collection.

Wednesday I went to my BFF's and we went shopping and had lunch. I bought some baskets for two plants (wish I had bought more) and a blanket for our bed. We love the duvet but it is just too warm at the moment.

Thursday John bottled his wine and I went for a mani-pedi. 
I snapped these before my 10 AM appointment when it was quite warm in the sun, later it cooled down.

September crossword status.

Friday I headed to Marshall's and Michael's. I wanted wool to make a sweater my BFF had made. I also stopped into Kitchen Stuff. But no purchases except the wool.

A display on King St. West.


We are watching the latest season of Money Heist.
I finished The Grand. Not sure what I will watch next.
I did start watching 2020 Great British Bake Off.


I unfroze the tomato stock I had made with our abundance of tomatoes from August and made a tomato soup with potatoes (leftover), carrots and onions. I added red lentil pasta (bought last summer!!). John was thrilled to have soup and crackers.
Lemon parmesan Alfredo with prosciutto and mushrooms.

Sunday ham and broccoli quiche with Greek salad. The leftover quiche provided a lunch and breakfast during the week.

Monday lamb chops Brussels sprouts leftover loaded potato (Friday) pizza
But the leftover potatoes became potato cakes for Tuesday's breakfast/lunch for John.

Tuesday coconut chicken tenders gluten free (new recipe) with maple mustard dipping sauce and Greek salad/corn. Very good but would use air fryer next time.

Wednesday burgers

Thursday baked shrimp with feta (new recipe) air fryer marinated lamb chops, sauteed Brussels sprouts with maple syrup (so good) and new boiled potatoes. I marinated the chops in olive oil, lemon juice, rosemary, oregano, thyme and salt. Air Fryer at 400 F for about 4 minutes each side.

Friday steak with onions, mushrooms and green peppers.


I thoroughly enjoyed Hostage, I loved how we were introduced to the passengers allowing us to guess who the antagonist might be. I have not had a book make me cry in a long time. BUT that last chapter I NEVER saw that coming, what an ending!!!

The Wrong Family - another humdinger of a story, if perhaps, a little beyond belief. It could also use some proof reading corrections and tidy up some hanging storylines.
It just shows what happens when you interfere in other people's lives.

Finished The New Husband - boring, predictable blah.

Started The Twenty-Seventh City by Franzen, not sure if I'm going to like it.


  1. All your food pics look very tempting. I've heard of bean brownies but I bake so seldom that I always make the classic recipe that I learned in seventh grade!

    best... mae at

  2. It's a little startling to realize that the oldest LGBTQ bookstore only began in 1970. How lovely that it is in your city.

    Hmmm...Gluten free black bean and avocado brownies? And you promise I will like them? Very intriguing.

    I've started watching the most recent season of Great British Bake Off. Normally we can watch a whole season of something in a few weeks, so I'm not used to waiting, week to week.

    1. I promise you will love them! Trick is to make sure the beans are ground well!

  3. Love your weekend posts Jackie, so much info. Also the books you recommend which I order from the library but I would need an author name for some like "hostage" as there are many of that title :)


    1. Hostage is by Clare Mackintosh. I'll drop and post it on your blog, in case you miss it here.

  4. You stay SO busy, Jackie. I'm amazed at how much you go. Seems you and John are out most days each week.

    Those murals are awesome. And to have the chance to win a print, too. I really enjoyed that photo display on King Street. And of course, your food looks fabulous.

  5. great recipes, great photos (I think I know where you live!!) and a great week for you!

  6. That soda bread looks incredible! I've never made soda bread before, but you've inspired me to try.

  7. Great pics as always and I particularly like your new baskets for the plants. I did not know there was a Marshalls in Canada. When our Canadian friends from Toronto come to Florida , they always go crazy for the Marshalls. I thought they never had been to one.

    1. Yes, we have Marshalls around town. I don't usually find much in them, They are affiliated with Winner's and Home Sense, where I find too many good things!

  8. So very nice. Thanks for sharing. #weekendcoffeeshare

  9. Never heard of two spirit. Had to google it. Look like you been busy. Colorful art.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

  10. I wonder what 'two spirit' is, but not enough to check.

    I love my New York Loft duvet. It is warm enough for winter and light enough in summer. I barely used just a bedsheet over me last summer. I suppose it is so named as heat rises from below to the lofts of buildings.

    That's a nice view of the city, which I hadn't seen before.

    Competitive crossword scoring looks like fun, and you are winning.

    1. Sorry to disappoint however I am winning not Jackie. Thanks for the vote of confidence.

  11. I’be watched the first couple of episodes of the 2021 British Bake Off. I also finally found somewhere to watch their Stand Up to Cancer specials. Right this minute actually I’m watching the British Junior bake off semi finals.
    I’ll have to add Hostage to my WTR list.

    Wishing you a great reading week

  12. Beautiful plants and photos! Hostage and The New Husband sound good. I'd have to think about the other two.

    I hope you have a great week!

  13. Added Hostage to my list. I've read and liked SOME Franzen but haven't read The 27th City. I clicked your link and read some reviews. Sounds like a very odd book that takes some mind bending to get into. He has a new one out on Tuesday!


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