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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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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 1 hour ago 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 2 days ago 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 4 days ago 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 6 days ago 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
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I have not been cooking much at all since we've come home from California. Work has been obnoxiously busy so there has not been a ton of time to putter in the kitchen. Of course this means a lot of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at A Life, Lived
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This recipe is the easiest recipe EVER. I confess that prior to this I always used a packet of powder to make my hollandaise sauce for things like eggs benedict or to serve with steamed salmon or asparagus. This is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at A Life, Lived
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I dare any of you to try these . . . Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at A Life, Lived
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On the Saturday of the SlowBowl Shannon had arranged wine tastings at the Lompoc Wine Ghetto. The Wine Ghetto is a unique collection of wineries, tasting rooms, and production facilities located off Pacific Coast Highway 1 and 12th Street. The... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2017 at A Life, Lived
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It's a bit late . . . I know. :-) It was late even when we had it. Paul worked until 10 on the 14th so we ended up celebrating it on the 17th. We started off with charcuterie and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2017 at A Life, Lived
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It has been quite a bit like this lately . . . Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2017 at A Life, Lived
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Mom was over for dinner last night and she reminded me that I haven't really said much about the last weekend we spent in California. Our friend Shannon organizes an 'anti-superbowl party called the SlowBowl in an area of California... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2017 at A Life, Lived
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Hmmm . . . something tells em that the translations on this cup just are no very accurate. :-) Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2017 at A Life, Lived
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I've had a few people ask about our Paso Robles rental. This was the second time we have stayed there and we love it. The rental is an old school house - functioning from 1890 - 1944 - on the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2017 at A Life, Lived
This will be us shortly . . . Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2017 at A Life, Lived
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We are always trying to find unique and fun spots to explore when we travel in California. We had read about this winery and sculpture garden and decided to visit it on Wednesday before the expected rain arrived. This full... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2017 at A Life, Lived
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Tuesday was a beautiful morning - so beautiful that I sat on the front porch and listened to the birds as I drank my morning coffee. One of the nicest things about this house is that it is out in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2017 at A Life, Lived
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Monday seemed to be a sleepy day in Carmel . . . actually I have the sense that every day is a sleepy day in the off season. After breakfast in the hotel we wandered the town a bit -... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at A Life, Lived
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Saturday was a bit of a write off - we arrived in Carmel EXHAUSTED so essentially we just napped, grabbed some dinner, and slept some more! We woke up on Sunday determined to do better. Paul decided on a restaurant... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at A Life, Lived
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We arrived in California yesterday to news of the Trump government's immigration ban. This is a nice counterpoint from the Canadian Prime Minister who apparently remembers what being a Christian is all about . . . Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2017 at A Life, Lived
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Today marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day around the world. May we never forget the irreversible damage that can be done when the entire world stays silent in the face of true evil. Six Million. Never Again Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2017 at A Life, Lived