Thursday, September 25, 2014

Chippy time

I have several resident chipmunks who love when I fill my former herb pot with peanuts. More fun than a barrel of monkeys.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Common mergansers

I just loved seeing these common mergansers on Lake of Bays last week on vacation. There were five of them, diving and swimming. Apparently the female hangs out with the juveniles all summer and the male takes off for some man cave somewhere or something. The female and young ones have rusty heads. The male has a dark green head.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Early morning Algonquin Park

 The mist rising off the water was so lovely the other day when we drove through Algonquin Park.

 Almost looks like a black and white photo.

 I especially loved how clear the water was, the blue sky reflection and the mist off the water.



Richard in silhouette on our favourite rock that juts out into the lake. We try and visit that rock as often as we can.


And we try to take selfies from that spot too. Fun!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Amazing burgers at Webers

Just last week, on our way from Toronto to Muskoka we went to the world famous Weber Burger joint. Last year we travelled that way on Labour Day and the line up was insane. This year it wasn't quite as bad, the service was fast and I'm so happy we got to try a Weber's burger.
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Apparently, this amazing fellow known as Key Man started twirling hot dots at the age of 16 on Weber's opening day, July 16, 1963 and has now flipped burgers for 45 + years and hasn't missed a beat. Weekend fans watch him flip 800 burgers an hour, flipping at break neck speed. Wowza!


We were doubly lucky because it was such a lovely day outside and we got to enjoy our burgers in the sunshine.

Yum, yum, yum! Can't wait to go back next year!

If you want to read more about Weber's here's their website:www.webers.com/

And more about "Keyman" the burger guy here: www.webers.com/keyman.html

Monday, September 15, 2014

Happy 60th Ron!

 My friend Ron celebrated his 60th birthday in Toronto last week and my gift to him was the cake.

 Ron has a larger than life personality and a joie de vivre that he shares with everyone he meet.  I wanted to make a cake to reflect this.

 I decided a film strip of his life over the past six decades might suit. I made three 9"x13" slab cakes and each one featured two decades of Ron. I cut the boards, reattached the cut piece for transport and when I got to the venue of the party, I removed the removable bits to put them all together as one cake.

And here is the finished product. What an adventure! Travelling 5 hours in 30C and then putting it together was just nuts but I wouldn't have traded it for the world. Happy birthday to you, dear Ron!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Fox and buck

Driving home this evening, I saw a critter in the road. It was a fox.I wondered why it was so still that I could grab a photo. Why, it was having a pee by the side of the road.

 Guess it wasn't too impressed with me. What a look!

 Round the corner on the road was a deer...a buck. He ran off, followed by a doe.

All this followed by a lovely sunset. A perfect end to a gorgeous Labour Day!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Late summer hummer

Richard snapped this shot of a female ruby-throated hummingbird trying to get some nectar from the remains of my bee balm.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Memories of Ben's Delicatessen

 If you're from Montreal (or have ever visited there), it's likely that you visited Ben's Delicatessen. Or maybe you wish you had.

 Ben's was downtown Montreal's hot spot for many years until 2006. I have many memories of tall smoked meat sandwiches and Ben's special drink, that kinda tasted like melted cherry Lifesavers. When I was young, my dad's office was right next door to this institution, so we visited it often.

 I had cousins visiting from the U.S.A. over the weekend and we ended up taking in the show at the McCord Museum, devoted the the history of Ben's Delicatessen.

A fun exhibit with clever displays (famous quotes were on the ketchup and mustard squeeze bottles) and a great place to take my visitors to ... what a fun day!

To read more about the exhibit, click on this CBC link

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Bye Bye Hayley

 Our wonderful summer student, Hayley, is off to university next week so we celebrated her last day with cupcakes that I had made the night before.

 The gang at work was pretty happy to get CUPCAKES!

Ah...sweet sprinkles and a sweet girl. Best of luck to sweet Hayley 
in her life ahead of her. Very exciting times!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Thanks to you

 I made this cake for our lovely Jean, who after 26 years of writing a column in our newspaper, decided to call it quits.

We feted her with a party on Friday night. Jean's corsage matched the cake!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Deer oh deer oh deer

 Driving home the other day, I took the gravel side road and saw some critters. At first I only saw one deer but two little heads popped up.

 Mom was very curious about me and stared at me for a longtime.

 She wasn't in a huge rush to leave...and just one more look...

Okay, I'm leaving now! Look at those little tails in the air. So cute!

Monday, August 11, 2014

A day at the fair

 We went to the Williamstown Fair this past weekend; time to check out all the winning jams, jellies, sewing and quilting, baking and floral arrangements.

 Then over to the farm machinery. I got behind the wheel of this huge harvester.

 At a price tag of $700,000 I had to see it for myself. Ten steps up to get behind the steering wheel. It has its own computer and a jump seat for a friend to tag along.

 Then to the Rare Breed Tent. One of my faves.

 I got a kick out of these geese checking out the Indian Runner Ducks next door.

 These slim ducks are shy and stay together in a sort of pack.

 Outside the critters were cooling off in the shade. Looks like the little calf is smiling.

Inside were some longhorn cattle. Always lots to see at the fair!

This year we decided to try the Mexican food. "Authentic" Mexican poutine (Richard loved that) and fish tacos. The poutine had shredded pork and a hot chipotle gravy with caramelized onions. Pretty darn good actually!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The ultimate hen party!

 Natalie's hen Charlotte turned five years old last weekend, so it was time to celebrate!

Natalie went to get Charlotte to show her the cake.

 Charlotte was supposed to help Nat blow out the candles...well she tried!


 One happy chicken...doing the chicken dance perhaps?

Charlotte got some great gifts. Even better than the cake were the meal worms one of the partygoers offered her. All in all, a very fun day for chicken and humans.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

The Monster Book of Monsters cake

My favourite triplets turned eight this weekend and their party's theme was Harry Potter. I thought The Monster Book of Monsters cake would be just the thing!
Happy birthday Ela, Leah and Nikki.

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