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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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Last week was our anniversary and we had a min-getaway to Niagara on the Lake. One of Canada's more historic towns, Niagara on the Lake was once the capital of Upper Canada. Unfortunately, the town's close proximity to the US... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at A Life, Lived
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The first long weekend of the summer season . . . Victoria Day is in honour of Queen Victoria (duh). Canadians gather around the BBQ, drink beer, and light fireworks. We invited mom over for a BBQ but she is... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at A Life, Lived
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This was another of the menu items from our Cinco de Mayo dinner. It is a LONG way from those tacos in a crispy shell which we would have when we were younger. These tacos are fresh, with an interesting... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at A Life, Lived
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It is sort of weird. Today is both our 19th anniversary and our 1st anniversary. We met 19 years ago and always celebrated the day we met as our anniversary. Then last year we decided to do something special on... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at A Life, Lived
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Friends of ours are in Venice right now. While I love following my friends on their travel adventures it certainly gets me hankering for a return visit. The closest I will get to Venice this year is pouring through my... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2017 at A Life, Lived
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Here's to all of the fabulous women out there who make such a difference in the lives of so many and of course, my own amazing mom! Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2017 at A Life, Lived
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I LOVE a black bean salad. How strange is that? This salad is bright, colourful, and has an interesting contract of flavours and textures. Normally I reserve black bean salad for the summer months but this seemed to be a... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2017 at A Life, Lived
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Friends of ours are in Rome right now and posting the most fabulous pics on social media. I am jealous. It has been three years since I was last in Italy. SIGH If I can't get there in person I... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2017 at A Life, Lived
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Pickle juice-flavored products have been a popular trend over the past few years—there's pickle juice in a can, pickle juice soup and pickle candy canes—and now a chain of shops in Pennsylvania and Ohio is taking that obsession to a... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2017 at A Life, Lived
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A few months ago we attended an art show where one of our favourite painters was exhibiting. We have six of her paintings - three in my office and there here at home. After the art show we have two... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2017 at A Life, Lived
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Fresh morel mushrooms are one of the fleeting gifts of spring. For this reason you'll often find them paired in dishes with asparagus or ramps - other seasonal treats. If you are unable to find fresh by all means used... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2017 at A Life, Lived
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It is funny how random pics posted online can turn viral. This one is a good example - I bet all of you have seen it at one time or another. The baby's mom posted it on flickr (to the... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2017 at A Life, Lived
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A year ago Paul, mom, and I took off for a few days of wine tasting and eating in Prince Edward County. It was dull and dreary but we made the best of it! Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2017 at A Life, Lived
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Now that we are on the cusp of grilling season I'm digging out some of my favourite grilling recipes. They are plenty of folks who prefer a sweetish fruit salsa as an accompaniment to grilled meat and while I'll never... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2017 at A Life, Lived
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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 Apr 27, 2017 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 Apr 25, 2017 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 Apr 23, 2017 at A Life, Lived
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This seems appropriate today . . . Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2017 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