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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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On the weekend I had signed up for a virtual tour of the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. Emilia-Romagna is a region in northern Italy, extending from the Apennine Mountains to the Po River in the north. It's known for its... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at A Life, Lived
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I don't normally use pan-searing as a cooking method for salmon - we prefer to grill it. However, in Canada grilling isn't always the best option in January so pan-searing it was. We discovered that this method yielded delicious results.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at A Life, Lived
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Yesterday was an emotional roller coaster. First up was the euphoria of watching Trump leave Washington. Heck, even Jake got into the action and followed the chopper as it flew away from the White House. The ceremony itself was intense.... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at A Life, Lived
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I've started following an Italian on Instagram who lives outside of Naples. She has been posting the most wonderful pics of the city. It got me thinking of my last trip there. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at A Life, Lived
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I posted the other day about the short ribs I made recently. I served them with creamy polenta instead of the more traditional mashed potatoes. It's been some time since I made polenta on the stove. My go-to method is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2021 at A Life, Lived
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I mentioned in this post Beef and Porcini Mushroom Stew that it was a time for comfort food. I'm continuing that trend with this post. Before Christmas Paul and I made a trip to Ontario's Mennonite country to visit the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2021 at A Life, Lived
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My goodness, it is amazing how much our world has changed in a short period of time. Two years ago I was in the Norwegian city of Stavanger for a conference. We were talking about strategies to strengthen public education... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2021 at A Life, Lived
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OK. I have to admit that I am late to the baked oatmeal party. It likely comes from my aversion to the bowl of oatmeal I'd be served as a child. Hot, tasteless and with a consistency more appropriate for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2021 at A Life, Lived
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Good lord, if there ever was a time for comfort food it is now. I had stewing meat in the freezer and a big container of dried mushrooms in the pantry. Google pulled me to this recipe that looked pretty... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2021 at A Life, Lived
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So far retirement is grand. The one thing that would make it more grand would be the ability to travel again. LOL That will come. This morning I was lazing about the house - retirement is GREAT for that. When... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2021 at A Life, Lived
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I'm not going to lie - today feels a bit confused for me. It's the first Sunday of my retirement. It is the first Sunday where I am not making a list in my mind of all of the things... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2021 at A Life, Lived
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At midnight we celebrated two things - the end of a truly horrific year and the end of work for me. Needless to say we popped the cork on a really good bottle of champagne! A lot of people go... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2021 at A Life, Lived
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I went back to see what I was doing on December 29, 2012 (the year we spent Much of December in Italy) and I note that I was sick so I had a quiet day wandering 'our' neighbourhood. This was... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2020 at A Life, Lived
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I hope that those who recognize Christmas had a great holiday. There is no doubt that things were a bit different in the pandemic world we find ourselves in . . . there is a part of me that thinks... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2020 at A Life, Lived
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There is plenty of pressure to create a perfect gingerbread house in the Instagram era. Here is a solution for those who just can't manage to create a structurally sound house. Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2020 at A Life, Lived
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I've been AWOL for the past week . . . busy retiring. More on that later. For Travel Tuesday this week I am heading to Rome. These pics are from the year we spent Christmas in Rome. Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2020 at A Life, Lived
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We had a short stopover in Florence the year we spent December in Italy. While the visit was short the memories were full! Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2020 at A Life, Lived
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This is how it started . . . This is how it ended . . . One more thing checked off of the Christmas 'to-do' list. Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2020 at A Life, Lived
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This seems about right . . . Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2020 at A Life, Lived
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Here are some festive shots from the year we spent Christmas in Italy. Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2020 at A Life, Lived
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Today's is mom's 80th birthday! Here she is blowing out the candles on her cake last night during our family zoom chat. Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2020 at A Life, Lived
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This is another of those dead easy sheet pan dinners. The ingredient list seems long but it isn't really - don't be intimidated! This is basically chicken, veggies, tossed in olive oil and a spice mix. It does not get... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2020 at A Life, Lived
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Wow - 12 days of work left before I retire. It is getting real. Jake and Lucca seem to know when I am on an important zoom. Today I had to literally get up from my chair in the middle... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2020 at A Life, Lived
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Toronto's Distillery District is normally home to a large Christmas Market at this time of year. COVID has put a stop to that but there are still some Christmas decorations, although not as much bling as there would have been... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2020 at A Life, Lived
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After spending a couple of hours putting up Christmas lights yesterday I was searching for something to make for lunch. I was craving Macaroni and Cheese but most of the instant pot recipes feature cream cheese - an ingredient we... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2020 at A Life, Lived