that is all, really. i was just enjoying a THIRD cup of gunpowder green tea. the heat turns down during the day, so i drink tea to keep warm.

(i took this photo a couple of years ago when I was living at the Sunnyside House. its just a little old, its still good, its still good!)


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!

‘Tis the season to drink delicious milkshakes that have whiskey in them… Making your own winter tipples is a long tradition in my family. Goes right back to my rum-running great great grandfather Peacock. My mom makes Kahlua every year, but I prefer the Irish Cream. This recipe is from a dude in Kenora named Godfrey. : )

Godfrey’s Irish Cream

  • 1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk (like Eagle Brand)
  • 1 cup Cream (Half and Half works well)
  • 1-1/2 to 2 cups Dark Rum or Whiskey (Preferably 2!)
  • 2 Tbsp Chocolate Syrup
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla
  • 2 eggs (This is for thickness – I usually leave it out because I think its weird, and it still tastes fabu.)
  1. Mix all ingredients in blender.
  2. Shake well before pouring.
  3. Store in Fridge up to 1 week (Longer with no egg)
  4. Do not vomit through nose.

And there you have it. Passed down through generations… The Godfrey family Irish Cream recipe. As the liquor ads say, enjoy responsibly this season!

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 passesĀ 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!