Pears Are The New Birds

February 12, 2009

I just wanted to comment on a little trend I have noticed. Its starts in housewares, then ends up all over, on hats, jewelry, etc. First it was deer,

then it was birds,

with a brief foray into owls specifically:

and now its pears?

I don’t know what comes after pears. what am i, a fortune teller? i just wanted to make an observation, is all. : ) get your pears, while they’re hot!!


bus sweet bus

January 29, 2009

And now for something completely unrelated:

So I have been working at Gabriel Mackinnon, a lighting design firm in the market for almost a month now. Living in the lovely town of Almonte, working in the very hip neighbourhood of the Byward Market, around 60 km (!) away, and a city-wide bus strike combined to make it take 2 hours to get to work on a bad day. And then I still had to get home! Luckily I dig this job, so it has been totally worth it, but my life just got massively more pleasant. This week I started taking the bus! And it is glorious.  Thom Transport operates a commuter bus that runs from Pakenham to Almonte to Carleton Place to downtown, and then does the reverse at the end of the day. Instead of spending an hour in traffic cursing the gods, I get to SLEEP! Glorious sleep in Greyhound-type comfort. And I can have a little nap on the way home and be all refreshed and home in time for dinner. The lights don’t even work, so I don’t have to feel guilty about not working on the way. Everything is coming up Milhouse!

I’m done now, I just wanted to share my basking. Bask, bask, bask. OK, back to coding. Remember – I’m still a web designer! Designer of all trades, OUT!

wine and food pairing!

January 5, 2009

The New Year is upon us… and on new year’s eve I made a very special discovery:

Naked Grape Merlot + Miss Vickie’s Jalapeno chips = Delicious!

Yes, they each bring out the best in one another. I think this pairing works best if one has had a few beers and is at a garage party. I am on my way to a career in wine I think… I will suggest it to my next sommelier.

OK, back to work on some web projects. Stay tuned!

Its Almonte in the winter!

I took this picture on the way back from dropping Peter off this morning. The whole downtown of Almonte is covered in frost – so pretty. And cold: -24 with the wind chill this morning! Gross. Worth it though. ANYhoo!

This recipe is always a hit. Basically because you can wrap anything in bacon and people will devour it. A Kenora holiday favourite! Remind me to get some stretchy-waistband pants before I go home this year.

This recipe is from the Pellatt Community Cookbook, circa 2002. I am getting some good mileage out of this cookbook.

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

  • 3/4 c. Ketchup
  • 1/4 c. Orange Juice
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 lb. Bacon
  • 2 tins Water Chestnuts (whole)
  • 2 T Soya Sauce
  1. Cut bacon strips in half or thirds. Wrap around water chestnuts and secure with toothpick.
  2. Place on cookie sheet and bake in 350 degree F oven until bacon is done, not crispy.
  3. Boil the ketchup, OJ, sugar and soya sauce until sugar is dissolved.
  4. Place bacon wraps in casserole dish, cover with sauce. Bake at 300 degrees F for around an hour. (Until sauce is well boiled)

Serve with copious amounts of red wine to keep your blood thin enough to get through your arteries. : ) ENJOY!

So the move is ovah, and now we are residents of the bustling metropolis of Almonte! Now I have a real office, and a whole room just for sewing! Productivity is about to go way up, right? : )

I somehow lost my camera in the move, so I can’t post pictures, but it is actually a winter wonderland out here – we seem to be out of the heat dome of the city, so more snow falls and it stays longer, and it looks GORGEOUS! I shoveled last night and this morning. : )

Also – its about time for a song of the week! Song of the two weeks I guess…. This one has been sticking in my head pretty consistently, and maybe you’ve already heard it because its supa catchy, but WAIT – its a remix. Its not that I don’t like the original, but I like this remix more – its less polished and more raw, and more electronic definitely. I actually like a lot of DiscoTech’s remixes better than the originals, but I’m a jerk like that. Anyhoo – check it out:

T.I – Whatever You Like (DiscoTech Remix)

The credit train is pretty complicated… I heard it on the Hype Machine, but the blog post came via Pretty Much Amazing, and the song is by T.I., but the remix is by DiscoTech. Blerg. Enjoy the mess! Delicious mess. And now, back to work! Must find camera…  And cross country skis…


October 20, 2008

this blog was dead for month, mainly because it was FROZEN because of my copyright trouble! i am so bad. another good reason why it took so long to get resolved was because I was busy founding a new company!! this is a side venture, sort of a spin off from the web design company I was working for this summer. except THIS time, I am PARTNER! woot. you can check out our site:

We do web and print design, web app development and branding. And my role is generation of ideas, which is kind of my thing, so I am really liking it so far. So let us know if you need a website! I have real coders on my team now, so your code won’t be totally hacked like on my site.

anyway – enough about that. now, back to our regularly scheduled broadcast!!


October 20, 2008

Sooooo I got busted for copyright violation.  I blame the kings of leon. its not MY fault their album got leaked onto the internet, is it? IS IT!>?

anyhoo – theres still a song you should hear, and these guys are from winnipeg, so i think their position will be that they need all the press they can get! Just to be safe, go to their myspace page and listen to it. They will appreciate it!

to begin with: i love the album cover! and they are from winnipeg, which you have to fly through on the way to paradise, so bonus points there. also, the boy-girl harmonies and sort of electro-synth-pop thing that is popular now. also there is clapping, which i dig.

and in other news – things have been busy around here. ballet classes being started, hats being sewn, rings being cast… jobs being done! possibly a move in the near future…partying with a minor-league baseball team. all kinds of random stuff.

more importantly, the general feeling of the season is one of the end of summer, and on that note, a SUNSET! from my recent Kenora honeymoon camping trip to Little Gordon Lake. When I die, this is where I want my ashes spread… This is my paradise!

greetings from kenora!

i’ve been hella busy with wedding preparations, as well as the usual northern things like going kayaking, seeing bears and TONS of deer, eating sweet delicious pickerel and picking blueberries. i am so lucky that I got two trips home this summer. I can’t believe its been a year since I had walleye – terrible! In any case, my mom and I found time to make these blueberry muffins yesterday, and they are deLISH! If you can find some wild blueberries, wherever you are, you should, although I have noticed that even the farmed ones are tasting better this time of year. This is my mom’s recipe, I think she got it from Check out our batch:

Blueberry Orange Muffins (Makes 24)


  • 1 cup quick rolled oats
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 tsp grated orange zest
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3 cups fresh blueberries


  • 1/2 cup finely chopped nuts (We used pecans)
  • 3 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  1. Mix oats, orange juice and zest; blend in oil and eggs; set aside.
  2. In separate bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Add oat mixture, mix lightly. Fold in blueberries.
  3. Spoon batter into paper-lined muffin tins, filling two-thirds full.
  4. Combine topping ingredients, sprinkle over batter.
  5. Bake at 400 degrees F for 16 to 20 minutes, or until lightly browned.

Enjoy! I will post some fab wedding photos when I get back. And now, off to camping trip #2! Be good.

Ben Sollee makes cello pop. yessss…. and as if that weren’t enough credibility for you to give him a listen, he also is known for a tirade against kanye, set to cello. i have liked all of the songs that i have heard so far, but this one is my current favourite:

Ben Sollee – How to See the Sun Rise

[ via aurgasm]

And in other news… Had a chill long weekend of beach going, golf playing and order finishing. Also watched all but the LAST TEN MINUTES of the dark knight, before the power went out, the screen went black and the theater employees gave us free passes and told us to go home. Now I have to sit through 2 hours and 50 minutes of it again… all without knowing the ending!? Grrrr…. It was good though, I’m not complaining. Don’t shoot me please.

On a somewhat related note: this is a picture of the gorgeous sky on the way home from golfing at Richmond Centennial It called for rain all weekend but obviously it DIDN’T! Gorgeous. I was snapping pics at 80 km/h – classic lazy photographer. Pretty though…

i was in love with the clouds pt. 1

Coming up:

  • i am whitewater rafting with peter’s cousin from india tomorrow?
  • this weekend: canoe camping in the gatineaus!
  • and after that: shawndel wedding extravaganza! featuring my toast to the bride, which i must finish soon….
  • and after THAT! camping honeymoon at gordon lake!

this summer is shaping up to become summery. about time!

I might have a different idea from you of what the world’s greatest bruschetta is, but I have to say that my recipe is AWESOME! I think, anyway. If you don’t like balsamic vinegar (shame!) you might not like it, but if you do? Bliss!! So here goes, a nice summery bruschetta recipe, just as my first tomato turns red!

Danielle’s Killer Bruschetta

  • 1 baguette (if you’re in ottawa, try Art-Is-In Bakery: white, full of delicious salt and olive oil and totally terrible for you, and you won’t be able to stop eating it ever. Seriously, they call it crack bread.)
  • 2 medium ripe tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup finely diced red onion
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-1/2 Tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar (the best you can afford!)
  • 1 tsp. fresh basil, chopped finely (In the winter I put in some chopped chives or green onions for colour when I don’t have fresh herbs.)
  • 1/4 cup grated fresh parmesan cheese (leave this out for vegan alternative)
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit
  2. Slice baguette on an angle into 1/2″ to 3/4″ slices, lay out on baking sheet
  3. Combine remaining ingredients in small bowl, mix well. Adjust seasoning to taste.
  4. Spoon tomato mix onto baguette rounds on pan. Top with a sprinkle of parmesan.
  5. Toast in oven 15 minutes or until bread begins to turn golden. Enjoy!!

So thats my contribution for this week – I’ve been busy finishing orders that have come in: a tiny leaf ring for a tiny girl from my jewelry class, a custom parker cap for a girl from Art in the Park, and a custom Ruth cap for a girl in California. My hat is going to California! I am jealous. I am going to Kenora. AGAIN! No, I’m not complaining, Kenora is fabulicious in the summer, and I have many fun wedding-related parties to attend, so I am excited. Sure, there’s no DisneyLand there, but I’ll deal.

OK, back to it. Go make some bruschetta!