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JDeQ
Burlington, Ontario
eating, drinking, laughing, travelling . . . living life to the fullest!
Interests: Travel, food, drink, books, current events, politics, art, theatre, movies, music - life really!
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It is amazing how quickly the plants start to grow once the weather warms up. I am not sure why but it is shaping up to be a gorgeous spring in the garden with more flowers and colour than normal.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at A Life, Lived
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Friends of ours are visiting Italy right now and posting fabulous pics from their rental on the Bay of Naples. Guess what my inspiration was for this week's Travel Tuesdays post? Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at A Life, Lived
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. . . and here we go, a week later . . . Paul and I had a relaxing start to the day. Breakfast was a bit later than normal and certainly a tad heartier. We figured this way we... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at A Life, Lived
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This seems appropriate today . . . Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at A Life, Lived
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Lately there have been reports of tourists getting a little too close to monuments. After some significant damage over the years Rome is cracking down on this. Here is how it played out over the weekend . . . €... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2017 at A Life, Lived
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You'll know why I posted this collection of pictures when you see my post on Thursday. ;-) Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2017 at A Life, Lived
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I worked half a day on the Thursday before the Easter weekend. On the way home I made my annual trek to Toronto's famous gourmet food shop the Cheese Boutique. I had nothing in mind, just wandering the aisles to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at A Life, Lived
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Hopefully things will go a wee bit more smoothly this year than last when mom was sick and Easter was cancelled. The good thing is that when I was setting up her Easter hunt this year I could use the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2017 at A Life, Lived
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Cat owners know that sleeping can sometimes be a challenge. Cats, by nature of their personality, think that they rule the world. Thus their sleeping behaviour is completely rooted in what they feel like doing on any given evening. There... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2017 at A Life, Lived
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You likely do not think of bacon when you think of Salmon. Unless you are such a bacon fan that you think of it all of the time in connection with anything. Salmon is a fish whose flavor pairs extremely... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 at A Life, Lived
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9 years ago close to 100 members of the slow travel community gathered in Savannah for a weekend of food, drink, chatter, and laughter. Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2017 at A Life, Lived
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In April 1916 my grandfather signed up to fight in WW1. A year later he found himself at the battle of Vimy Ridge. This is Canada's most celebrated military victory — an often mythologized symbol of the birth of Canadian... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2017 at A Life, Lived
This appeared on the McSweeney's website (which you should visit regularly if you do not already do so) It was written by Pete Lynch Great Parenting Blogs Through the Ages What Me Wish Got Tell Daughter before Wolves Took My... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at A Life, Lived
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I was thinking about our planned trip to Berlin later this year. I was there once before in January so I am looking forward to exploring the city again in some warmth. Of course, I had to go and view... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2017 at A Life, Lived
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So let me be 100 % clear - I HATE the title of this recipe. Piccata is a Italian specialty: nothing more than chicken breast cutlets, dredged in flour, browned, and served with a sauce of butter, lemon juice, capers,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2017 at A Life, Lived
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Canadians are notorious for being overly polite. Last night, for example, I was standing on the train platform with a colleague. She was blocking a woman who was trying to walk by. The woman loudly cleared her throat and said... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at A Life, Lived
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I was thinking today about spending my 50th birthday in Italy back in 2014. These shots are from the week we relaxed at a wonderful vacation rental in Montisi. Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2017 at A Life, Lived
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I'll admit that we haven't been doing a ton of cooking lately. Life has just been too busy with our opposite work schedules. Paul and I generally see one another two or three nights a week.When he or I are... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2017 at A Life, Lived
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The other day I realized I was hoarding English Muffins in the freezer. Don't ask. I have no idea why but I had 7 or 8 packages in there. As I searched the internet for recipes I might try which... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at A Life, Lived
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A friend of ours is traveling to California later this week and staying in the area we visited last month. She was asking for recommendations of places to see and do. Naturally I'm heading to the central coast region of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2017 at A Life, Lived
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I took Friday afternoon off of work to get everything ready. By 2:30 the food was all prepped, the table set, and so I lay down for a much needed nap. Once our guests arrived for our annual St. Patrick's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2017 at A Life, Lived
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We are having our usual St. Patrick's Day feast this evening. Our menu rarely changes from year to year although I do play with appetizers and dessert. Here is this year's feast: mini stuffed baked potatoes cashel blue cheese shortbread... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2017 at A Life, Lived
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It's pi day - the perfect day for math types. If you're not a math type pretend you're hearing pie day and eat a piece of your favourite pie!!! We were walloped with a late spring snow (although not nearly... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at A Life, Lived
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You'd never know it my my failure to proofread properly here but bad grammar really, really, really annoys me! Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2017 at A Life, Lived