Sunday, January 3, 2021

Off to a good start

 Continuing on the positive sides of 2020. 

I tried a lot of recipes in 2020.

Some my family did not like at Hawaiian chicken, the breakfast crescent bake all of Youtube is raving about...not here I tell you! Hahahahaha

Yes that is the one! Ew !!!

Others were the breakfast burritos...super easy and you can freeze them. And the cowboy lasagna. Of course I had to tweak it...remove the corn add green and red peppers....and a lot less cheese. 

Today I bought a 13 pound brisket at the grocery store, portioned it wrapped and froze it. I plan to make a cola brisket and a corned brisket....I have no idea what that will end up as...because this is a super rare occurrence in Quebec super markets! I am thinking that since so many restaurants are closed, bulk distributors need to get rid of some specialty items. 

Cowboy Lasagna, 

Hoppin’ John to bring luck to 2021! 

Okay sweet folks, have a great evening, say warm and stay safe! 

Wear your mask! 

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

I just lost a filing and other 2020 fun happenings

 So this is Wednesday night...December 30th 2020 (the super year of fun! ) ....and I just realized...I lost a filling! 

Just how fun is that? It is never fun...but in 2020 it is super frightening and death defying! 

Right now it is 10:15 pm and way to late to call any stay tuned for more fun! Weeeeeeee

Monday, December 28, 2020

Let’s focus on the positive!

I will not mince my words.... 2020 was a total shit show.

But through it all I learned a lot of things. I watched some (a lot) of Youtube. i watched a lot of ladies cook, bake, clean and rock some fancy kitchen gadgets! 

With their virtual help, I built a 3 month pantry, started meal planning and tried multiple recipes....

Some were fails , some winners.....

And early next year, I will learn how to use the instant pot! I am stocked about that one! 

So I want to give many thanks to the following channels for keeping me entertained, teaching me valuable 

Tricks and tips and letting me visit in your homes! 

Moss Family TV

A Country Life

Large Family table

Large Family Love

Amy Maryon

Flo Lum

Frugal Fit Mom

Mandy in the making


Seeyou in 2021

Saturday, October 17, 2020

What I have been up to

 Well as you know...confinement is what it is...we enjoyed a couple of months of freedom and then the second wave hit. 

I miss the freedom...Going to the office, in the big city all by myself....ordering a bagel for breakfast...

Walking in the underground city..a maze of malls, tunnels, shops and restaurants. I miss the delicious ramen at Marusan with black garlic oil. 

My eyes miss seeing the buildings and colors of downtown Montreal. The office tower is closed. I could go in and work all alone...but my better half doesn’t like it...because I suffer from asthma. 

I used to work 3 days a week at the office, which means 9 meals out (bad girl) . But it kept me sane. 

Covid has forced me to cook a lot more and at the same time gave me the opportunity to make more time
Consuming recipes like perogies from scratch....these are so good! 

And who doesn’t love a good upside down pineapple cake? 
I haven’t made one of these in more than 5 years! 
Very good! 

And of course I am overloading in YouTube videos...lots of great recipe ideas...lots of different lifestyles...and I love learning things! 

Old family recipe stuffed peppers from Jehanne Benoit a Quebec classic.

This is a new one ...Swedish meatball..headed for the freezer
I I bought a spelt cranberry apple bread and it was so full of holes I decide to make french toast...delicious and I froze extras for other breakfasts.
Last but not least...this is zucchini, cheddar beer bread..
Smelled great but way less tasty than I expected!

So in a nutshell..I watch a lot of youtube ...homemaking videos with lots of recipes...which I try when they sound good.

I am definitely very lucky. I can work from home, can pay my bills and feel oh so very blessed. 

Do you feel blessed? If so please share! 

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Stocking up

So I  am not calling this prepping...because I have seen some crazy stuff on you tube....

I was pretty freaked out in March on my grocery trips so I just want to avoid this repeating.....

We have been pretty good eating from the freezer and the pantry...but once in a while I need some oysters!

But when I read that Melbourne was going back in lockdown...well it just might be a question of weeks before we are forced into lockdown again....

Because it will come back ..even if we all hate it!

So better be prepared before everyone starts freaking out about toilet paper again!

At least you have cute kitties to look at! This is the first time that Meghan (white and black) has touched Boubou....

In the meantime...stay safe and wear your mask!

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

So How you doing???

Here is it in a nutshell...on December 26th 2019, we both got sick....really sick. 

I even had to sleep sitting up because I could not catch my breath...we tried to see our physician or any physician and everything was booked solid. We had to share my inhalers...I know it is not recommended...but you have to do, what you have to do. 
We stopped feeling like death warmed over around January 9th 2020. 

I am so grateful I was able to work from home......

Do I think we caught Covid-19 early? Hell yeah! 

If China acknowledged it in late January it means it had been roaming for awhile....

It is my opinion and I am sticking with it. 

2020 so far has been the year of disappointments...multiple vacation plans cancelled, confinement....
Again I am so thankful to be able to work from home....the crazy grocery trips....

I remember the second week of confinement...going to a grocery store and no potatoes, no onions or carrots...just the weird vegetables that I rapini or fennel....

No fresh meat...I got the last ripped box of frozen ribs.....

No milk, no eggs, no canned good, no flour, no toilet paper

That really freaked me out. When got home I was soooo tired I had to take a nap.

I was really happy to be confined with Dan and the cats because we were always happy and grateful.
And that is really important in these crazy times....

This is a picture of deserted downtown Montreal...I have never seen that before! 

So that is it for today, stay well, stay safe and wear your mask!!!

Friday, August 9, 2019

A nice month

I know that August has just begun...but I am feeling good.

feeling good in my new space, feeling good in my head...I finally feel like I belong.

I don't need a huge space, I don't need a trendy neighborhood....Turns out I needed a smallish duplex, in a quiet neighborhood and a wooden fence.

When we bought the house, there was no fence in the back and I felt uncomfortable sitting outside like an over easy egg...

but it all changed with this...

 How can part of a fence make so much difference?
I don't know and it is between my 2 ears for sure!
But it makes a world of difference!
We have been hanging out in the yard nearly every day!

 I can hear my babbling mini Niagara (really loud)

 And tend to my mostly herb garden.

 Today I felt so good and inspired by all the local produce that I am making a lasagna with lotsa vegs
inside....for the freezer and probably a Mexican lasagna for the freezer as well.
I have strong squirrel genes and I like to make reserves....

in case you are wondering...we are still not totally unpacked and that is quite
alright alright alright...

I will explain in the next post!

Be well and stay thrifty