Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Woody woodpecker sighting

On my way to work the other day I saw this bird  just over the top of my garage.

 An amazing bird, you couldn't miss him! Lucky I caught him on camera...wish I could have gotten just a bit closer to him. Wow!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Blood red super moon

 Last night I went out to see the lunar eclipse. Light clouds appeared when the eclipse began. Oh pooh.

But then it cleared and it indeed was a super moon. Blood red at the height of the eclipse. Shot with my point-and-shoot so not perfect...but you get the idea. Very cool.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Late summer vacation in PEC

 Our summer vacation (in September -- the best time to go on vacation as far as I'm concerned), started with a weekend in Kingston with my two besties. We had some great meals and took the Thousand Island boat tour. Fun!

 Then we headed west and took the Glenora ferry to Prince Edward County (PEC). The Lake in the Mountain is said to be one of the smallest Ontario Provincial Parks around. Maybe, but it has a heck of a view!

 Right next door is the Miller House, where we went for a drink...

 They brew their own Lake of the Mountain beer -- six kinds -- and you get this view!

And a September vacation? Usually great weather and not many people around. Perfect.

 We visited Birdhouse City, with 100 or so birdhouses, many reproductions of famous architecture.

 We visited a the County Cider Co. that had an amazing view.

 They also grew grapes!

 Richard amongst the apples...

And we went to a wine tasting at Sandbanks Winery.

We brought some of what we tasted home.

The piece de la resistance was Sandbanks Provincial Park.

It was like being at the ocean.

And the only other creatures we were competing with were the one-legged sleeping geese.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Wild in the Kitchen, again!

Fifteen years ago my book Wild in the Kitchen was published. Recently, the publishers decided to print a second edition and create an e-book too. I've decided to celebrate with a book signing at our local cafe. If any of you are in the area, please drop in.

Monday, September 7, 2015

An American Girl in Paris

I wonder, are you getting sick of all my cake posts lately? It seems like months have gone by since I did cakes and then all of a sudden, I have several cakes to do at the same time! Life's like that I guess.
Maeve celebrated her ninth birthday by having an American Girl party. Apparently, the American Girl for 2015 is Grace Thomas, a gal who goes to Paris accompanied by her French bulldog "Bonbon" and opens up a patisserie. 
This cake is my version of Grace Thomas's baked offerings, as well as her doggy, all made of fondant. And the cake you might ask? French vanilla, naturellement!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Music cake

 I seem to be on a roll here...More cake posting. My friend Anick's little daughter turned 5 last weekend. 

She's just learning how to play the cello, so Anick thought a music theme would be fun.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Cake time

Grace asked for a pink-maned unicorn sitting on a rainbow. I figured a 12-year-old might get a kick out of a rainbow made of Smarties. I was right!

Meanwhile, Peggy celebrated her big day by locking up her guests at Escape Manor, where a series of clues led them to a key for escaping. 
Her cake had her beloved pets wishing her a Happy Birthday.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Succulent cake

 My friends Ken and Yvette celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on Sunday and they asked me to do the cake. Their theme was "Sun-kissed and windblown." Each table had driftwood she found from the Rouge River, filled with succulents.

 The cake slab was from a downed tree Yvette spotted one day on her way home from work. She rang the bell and told the lady why she wanted a piece of wood, and the lady gave it to her. Ken fashioned it to fit the cake.

A lovely couple who celebrated with friends a family. Congrats you two. Here's to many more years of happiness together.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Farm to Table Dinner

Last night Richard and I had the pleasure of attending the Farm to Table Dinner, put on by our local (and favourite) eatery, The Quirky Carrot
I was looking forward to eating a meal featuring food that was all locally grown.

 Service was in a barn at Avonmore Berry Farm in Avonmore...Two long tables with hay bales as seats.

Isn't this place just charming?

Tables all set and ready for guests. There were even cloth napkins for all. Very classy!

And I swore I'd photograph every last bit of food offered. Here goes!

Here's our charming hostess Julia serving a terrific hors d'oeuvre:
Corn cakes with bacon, avocado and candied tomato.

Next up? Buckwheat blinis with sturgeon caviar (can you imagine LOCAL sturgeon? Yes! It's from down the road in St. Eugene.) 
Even better, it was served with panache by the lovely Grace, Julia's daughter.

 There were also crostini with butter, radishes and Maldon salt. Fabulous!

 Here's Richard trying wild boar smokies with homemade ketchup and mustard.

OK, my bad. Somehow I missed snapping a pic of the zucchini fritters with lemon aioli (I was likely too busy stuffing my face with them!) 

And we can't forget the Beau's beer as well as a selection of assorted local cheese and grapes.
BTW that's Julia with Chef Bruce beside her.

 The buffet was amazing! Where to start?

 Roasted potato and green bean salad with walnuts and pesto vinaigrette.

 Market carrot and charred corn salad with jalapeno

 Quirky kale salad with shredded beets and carrots.

 A selection of amazing bread and rolls by Fleidermaus Farms.

OMG, all so delicious.

Too many good choices!! (Is there such a thing?)

 Heirloom tomato salad with feta cheese.

 Roast chicken...amazing...served with...

 ...smoked ricotta and tomato mash. Amazing!

 Quinoa-strawberry tabouleh.

 Somehow I missed taking a pic of the ratatouille (under the red cloth to stay warm) but I did eat it and it was yummy!

 Julia welcomed her guests and we all chowed down.

 After all that, there was dessert! Her charming staff served us strawberry-rhubarb crisp with a choice of homemade raspberry or blueberry or strawberry ice cream.

There were a bunch of picnic tables outside and since it was 30C, we decided to enjoy the summer air and eat outside. 
There was lightning most of the night but it never rained. A perfect evening!

I especially loved this photo of Richard and me taken by the amazingly talented Anick Bauer.
It seems to capture the moment so well.


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