Saturday, May 27, 2017

inSPIREd Sunday

1981 - Grand Bahama Island Bahamas

In going through my photos for another post, I came across this church photo.

I googled it and learned that it is St. Mary Magdalene Anglican Episcopal Church.

Image result for west end grand bahama map

One Word Sunday

One Word Sunday is hosted by Debbie at Travel With Intent.

28 May: Rush

This sculpture immediately came to mind for the word Rush.


“Community” is a spectacular bronze sculpture consisting of 21 life-size figures, standing proudly on the grounds of Manulife Financial’s Head Office in Toronto.
It was completed in 2001 and the sculpture measures 2 metres high and is more than 8 metres in length.

30 April - Cliche

 7 May - Caring

14 May: Spectacle

21 May: Flag (or flagging)

28 May: Rush

4 June: Restless

11 June: Abstract


May 2017 - Toronto ON

Dilapidated yet goes for $1 Million

And since it was a long weekend, Victoria Day here's some $10 million "cottages" so sit back and imagine sitting on the dock with a case of Two Four (that's Canadian for a case of beer).

It's even in the Urban Dictionary!

(Noun) A case of beer consisting of 24 bottles. Usually enough for one or two Canadians. "Case" or "Box" are seldom used in lieu of two-four. Popularly consumed with a candle light dinner.
Wife: "How's the Kraft Dinner, eh?"
Husband: "Good there. Would ya mind gettin us a couple more Moosehead outta the two-four? It's in the snowbank on the left, eh?"

Since we are celebrating Canada's 150th birthday this year here is some more expressions you'll need if you come to visit.

John captured this last week on the golf course! Always thinking of me LOL.

Saturday saw some serious cooking being done after a run to the Bulk Barn for semi-sweet chocolate and Lanzarotta's for fruit and vegetables.

Caught some murals on the drive.

I made a mango banana loaf because I had both wasting away. EPIC FAIL not sure if I didn't leave it in long enough even though a knife came out clean. The mango was stringy. Not going into my recipe box!

It's not Canadian beer but it is Canadian cider!

I made lamb curry even though I couldn't find some of the items like curry leaves or galangal. I will go to Little India or one of our Chinatowns to source these.

Spice mixture being sauteed.

I added onions, potatoes, and carrots. Mixture before the coconut milk was added and the whole dish cooked and the sauce simmered down.

The chocolate cheesecake, however, was perfect. The only thing I did differently was that I made my own gluten free pie crust so my pan was a lot bigger than their 6 oz, therefore my dark chocolate layer (1 cup) barely covered the bottom. So I added four more ounces of the semi-sweet chocolate to the remaining batter and ended up with an all chocolate cake.

I served it with fresh raspberry coulis that didn't require any cooking. Some fresh raspberries and whipped cream completed the dish.

We watched a movie with Donald Sutherland Citizen X.

Sunday dictates a lazy day and we had roast pork with mashed parsnips and potatoes with mushy peas for dinner.

John playing around with his camera!

Monday was a holiday and John golfed with a friend while I visited with my BFF. Since the stores were closed (horrors!!) we had to make do with a visit to a garden centre.

It was cool and cloudy so we were happy that this centre carries a huge selection of home decor inside.

I had been using my "real" large colander as a fruit bowl. I bought a cute white one to use and free up the real one.

 And there is lots of Canadiana stuff for sale.

Once the guys got back we went to dinner. Wings and fries for John and I, goat cheese pasta for my BFF and butter chicken for her husband.

Tuesday I set out on a mission to get a black sweater. It was one of those days when I could have bought everything in the place, to the point that I even messaged by BFF saying that.
I restrained myself to three sweaters for summer dresses.

Then I went to Bed Bath and Beyond as they were supposed to have the Spicy Shelf. They were out of them, so she ordered two for me with free shipping (she asked if I wanted to pick them up or have them shipped, duh!) since they didn't have them. Works for me. I received an e-mail that they were shipped so more when I get them.

While waiting, forever, at the cash I spotted a door mat I liked, not as big as my original one. But it would work.

I could have kept shopping but had to meet John for the 11:40 shuttle. After a lunch of warmed up chicken wings, we headed out.

John and his creative camera setting.

I arranged a place for my new plant.

Wednesday we headed out of town for a funeral. My BFF's sister had passed away after a valiant fight with leukemia. RIP Janice Hearns-Gordon.

It was a lovely day and we hadn't been to this part of Ontario, about two hours away. We had given ourselves plenty of time so we sat by the river.

What should have been a two-hour drive home turned out to be much longer when we suddenly heard this horrible noise coming from our car so we turned onto a side street. We were literally within a stone's throw of home.

It turned out to be a totally flat tire! We waited about thirty minutes for our 24-hour roadside assistance to arrive.
BTW that is NOT a scratch, not sure what that white line is!

We decided to order dinner, Swiss Chalet after all that.

Thursday was a gloomy horrible rainy day. I took this at 7AM and the traffic didn't get better and the rain got a lot worse as we headed downtown for various errands.

John was going to take the car into the dealer so he could golf on Friday but it was so awful out that he forfeited golf and would take the car on Friday morning.

Spotted while shopping.

I made a VERY spicy tomato soup with canned tomatoes, chicken stock, rice and I threw in the rinds from a Parmesan cheese as suggested by numerous blogers.

I baked the same orange yogurt loaf again.

For dinner I wanted to use up the leftover mashed parsnips and potatoes along with the mushy peas so I had picked up some pork chops. I used this mustard and rosemary recipe and John grilled them.

Friday I was up early and printed off the Doors Open buildings to decide which ones we wanted to visit over the two days. I think one day will be public transit and another driving.

John took the tire to be replaced, there was a 2 inch gash in it.

I cleaned like a whirling dervish!

Photo taken 2007 in Cairo!

We have an old friend from Montreal coming to visit and he is bringing friends of his. We went to the restaurant in our building. John had a steak and I had the veal marsala.

We'll be heading out to Doors Open this weekend.


Going slowly this week.
A couple of scarves
Soap dispenser

Finished Love May Fail meh, was ok.

Started The Widow and loving it even though I think I know where the story is going.


Friday Photo Journal

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Friday Finds

Starts with U
Week's Favorite

The first two will be the same, except we’ll work our way through the alphabet. The second can be a favorite image or activity from the week. The third will be different each time.

Friday Finds ABC Wednesday

Letter U - We are traveling our way around the world. I will exclude Canada and the US from this round.

I will keep a running list at the bottom of the Friday post.

May 2011 - Uglich Russia

Week's Favourite - from the rhododendron gardens this week.

KIDS - since I didn't get any photos of kids this week I will use one from Russia.

  1. Alice Springs, Australia
  2. Bratislava, Slovakia
  3. Cartagena Columbia
  4. Delft The Netherlands
  5. Edinburgh Scotland
  6. Florence Italy
  7. Giverny France
  8. Hong Kong China
  9. Istanbul Turkey
  10. Jamaica
  11. Kalambaka Greece
  12. Lagos Portugal
  13. Melbourne Australia
  14. Normandy France
  15. Old Head Kinsale Ireland
  16. Prague Czech Republic
  17. Queenstown New Zealand
  18. Rudesheim Germany
  19. Singapore
  20. Tlaquepaque Mexico

Weekend Reflections

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May 2017 - Toronto ON

Our building reflected.

My Town Shootout

My Town Shootout

May 26: Fruits of the Season What fruits are ripe and freshest at this time of year in your town?

Living in such a diverse large city like Toronto it is feasible to find almost any fruit at any time of the year. However, late summer is when we get the freshest local fruit.
This is what was available this week at our local fruit and veg, there really isn't anything you can't find either here or in the many ethnic shops around town.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Tuesday Treasures

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Pictorial Tuesday

May 2017 - Toronto ON
John and I were in the TD building last week and came across this display. As i took a photo I thought "that looks like the Honest Ed's sign". John then took this photo and we said "yes, it is Honest Ed's!". It is constructed out of cans of food. The cans are then donated to the Daily Bread Food Bank.

Canstruction® is a non-profit competition that decreases hunger and fights poverty in Toronto and cities around the world. Each year, teams of designers, architects and engineers – students and professionals – donate their time to build massive, incredible structures from cans of food, with donations going to the Daily Bread Food Bank, Toronto’s largest community food bank. In this city alone, more than 800,000 client visits happen each year, approximately 32 per cent of them children, use food-relief programs.

With one can of food as a catalyst for change, One Can® to represent the building block of change, Canstruction proves that small acts of kindness improve the lives of people in need. Since 1992, Canstruction has contributed more than 17.5 million pounds of food to food programs around the world, demonstrating that we can win the fight against hunger.

Anyway, back to Honest Ed's.
Here's a few photos from previous years as we drove by.

Story taken from CityNews.
Toronto’s elongated goodbye to Honest Ed’s will reach an emotional conclusion on Tuesday, May 23rd, when the iconic sign is taken down.
A crane will begin removing the sign at around 11 a.m.
It will then be transported to storage for refurbishment. A portion of 23,000-bulb sign will then find a new home at the exterior of the Ed Mirvish Theatre near Yonge and Dundas streets.
Honest Ed’s has a storied history in Toronto. Ed Mirvish first opened the store at the corner of Bloor and Bathurst streets in 1948.
Over the years it became a colourful and beloved part of Toronto’s landscape, with Christmas turkey giveaways, quirky commercials and hand-painted signs touting the best deals in town.
Mirvish died at the age of 92 in July 2007, and his son, David Mirvish, took over the operation before its eventual sale and closure on Dec. 31, 2016.
“I’m sure (my father) would be delighted to see two of his great passions – Honest Ed’s, which in many ways was a theatrical setting for a grand parade of humanity, and the theatre world, which he loved – finally be joined together,” David Mirvish said in a release.

Here's a fun look into Honest Ed's office.

Honest Ed's 1983