1972 work by William Kurelek, titled Balsam Avenue After Heavy Snowfall , showing the Toronto street where the Ukrainian-Canadian artist once lived.
Friday, December 31, 2021
Welcome to The Weekend Roundup...hosted by Tom The Back Roads Traveler
1. New Year
2. A Favorite
3. Festive - Tom's choice
Wednesday, December 29, 2021
Tuesday, December 28, 2021
Planned by Waterfront Toronto and designed by The Planning Partnership, Trolley Crescent was the first woonerf introduced in Toronto in 2014. This U-shaped street is located in the West Don Lands and runs east from St. Lawrence Street, past River Street then south along the eastern edge of River City, then turns west running parallel to Underpass Park back to St. Lawrence Street.
Never heard of a woonerf before? It’s a relatively new street concept in Toronto that has experienced great success in Europe. This innovative approach to street design places equal priority on pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles. “Woonerf” is a Dutch word that roughly translates to “living street”. While cars are intended to use the street, the specially designed paving—with no curbs or defined sidewalks—encourages vehicles to slow down and consider the other uses of the space. Essentially, woonerfs are designed to prioritize pedestrians.
December 2021 - Toronto ON
Check out this great calendar from She Does the City Toronto artist Gwen Hovey. Each month shows a different woman taking a “bath” in a different tea (eg: orange pekoe, jasmine, masala chai, matcha…). “I loved that I could make art of women relaxing and enjoying a peaceful moment.”
Monday, December 27, 2021
Since John's been gluten free (allergy not preference) he has missed his Tim Horton Timbits.
I found a recipe that resembles timbits and I have modified it to my preferences and is NOT deep fried.
¾ cup sugar
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp xanthan gum
¼ tsp salt
⅛ tsp nutmeg
3/4 cup sour cream or yogurt
¼ (57 grams) cup butter, room temperature
2 eggs - I sometimes substitutes 1/4 cup applesauce for 1 egg
1½ tsp vanilla
Cinnamon-Sugar Topping Ingredients
¼ cup melted butter for dipping
½ cup sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
Combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, xanthan gum, salt and nutmeg. Whisk the dry mixture until evenly combined.
In a mixer bowl combine eggs, sour cream, butter and vanilla. Add half the dry mixture to the mixer bowl and beat until combined. Add the remainder of the mixture then increase speed to medium-high and beat until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
Grease mini-muffin tins or use paper liners. Using a small scoop fill muffin tins ½ to ¾ full. (Note: If they are too full they will rise over the top of the pan and break when you try to remove them.)
Bake in 350°F oven for 18 minutes, do not under cook.
Cool on rack 5-10 minutes before carefully removing each muffin from the pan. Cool completely on wire racks.
Cinnamon-Sugar Topping Instructions
Melt butter in small bowl and add sugar and cinnamon. Mix very well.
Dip the top of each muffin into melted butter then into the cinnamon-sugar. Spoon the topping onto the muffins.
Last month I saw this cute selfie spot outside a store in the Eaton Centre.
It had changed when I walked by last week.
It will be fun recording the changes.
Youtube video of Toronto street art, many of which I have shown.
The Beckoning Hills Franz Johnston no date
Francis Hans Johnston RCA, also known as Frank H. Johnston and as Franz Johnston, (June 19, 1888 – July 19, 1949) was a member of the Group of Seven.
Sunday, December 26, 2021
Maud Kathleen Lewis (née Dowley; March 7, 1903 – July 30, 1970) was a Canadian folk artist from Nova Scotia. Lewis lived most of her life in poverty in a small house in Marshalltown, Nova Scotia, achieving national recognition in 1964 and 1965. She is best known for her cheerful paintings of landscapes, animals, and flowers, which offer a nostalgic and optimistic vision of her native province. Several books, plays and films have since been produced about her. Lewis remains one of Canada's most celebrated folk artists; her works and the restored Maud Lewis House are displayed in the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.
Saturday, December 25, 2021
Friday, December 24, 2021
1. Starts with "Z" Christmas
2. A Favorite
3. Red and Green - Tom's choice
Starts with Z - Christmas
The Virgin of Zapopan at Lake Chapala Mexico
Tuesday, December 21, 2021
December 2021 - Toronto ON
And just like that the days will get longer.
Local marker right next to our building in Sheldon Lookout, shows the location of the sun for the winter solstice on Lake Ontario.
We will notice that our sunsets have moved as far west as they do and will now slowly start moving to the right.
Annie Craig Drive shares its name with one of two steamboats that ran from Toronto to the Humber River in the late 1800s.