Friday, October 29, 2010

a story about love

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eight days after first meeting

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for someone special

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a little package should be arriving for a new little friend very soon.

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

secret snow

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I love how in Vancouver every year, it will start to cool down, and then it will start to rain, and rain, and then the clouds part for a day and suddenly the mountains are all covered with distant beautiful snow.

jam tasting

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I couldn't wait to try out the jam I had made the other week (even though I still have store-bought jam in the fridge), but the truth is that I am not a huge jam eater. If I had my choice though (which coincidentally I do) I would always have jam with croissants fresh from the oven. Nothing is better -- well Montreal croissants might be a little better.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

remains unnamed

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some thoughts:

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never going to stop

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This orchid of mine has been in bloom since at least February -- at least I bought him in bloom then,so it has actually been even longer than that. He is almost ready to drop off the last of his blooms -- but look! He already has a new stalk trying to poke out!

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

comfort in molasses

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Being at home everyday makes me want to cook and bake all day long. It has also been raining cats and dogs here in Vancouver so in addition to pinching all my pennies, I have also been trying to use up what's in my pantry, so that I don't have to go out in the rain. My mother's molasses cookies are one of my favorites and they have the good earthy ginger and clove flavours that are so nice this time of year.

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boots! new boots!

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I have not been allowing myself to spend much money right now (other than on food), but I have needed new boots for a long time, so I didn't hesitate when I finally found these boots that fit snug and suited my needs. I never had a set style in my mind, I simply wanted something that I could wear with pants or tights or leggings. An autumn through spring boot.

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Finally! I'm pretty happy with them, of course now that I have this style in my possession, I can think of all sorts of other boots that I need to fill out my wardrobe. Piece by piece...

Monday, October 25, 2010

spicy tortilla soup (for chilly autumn days)

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I have been wanting to make tortilla soup for months! Finally all the stars aligned (i.e. I had leftover chicken and the weather was cold and I had some time on my hands) and I was able to try out the recipe in the Rebar cookbook. I didn't follow the recipe exactly, but it's a good base that you can then adjust with your own garnish desires and personal tastes.

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Anything I can eat with avocado is my favorite thing to eat. I also garnished with fresh lime wedges, cilantro, and sliced green onions. Due to the spicy nature, the bread and avocado were a must -- a tall glass of milk didn't hurt either.

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

my old little staghorn fern

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I have had my staghorn fern for years now. He has gone through periods of huge growth and periods of near death. Right now he is healthy and happy. He has strong roots and beautiful new growth -- the only problem is this pesky fungus that keeps coming back to his soil. I've changed it once before, but it is back again.

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Gross, isn't it? Today I changed out all the soil again, for a nice sterile sandy medium, that hopefully will keep him healthy through the winter slow-growing months. In the spring I will eliminate the soil entirely and get some help mounting him to a wall hanging, where he will grow out of moss and bark, just like he would in nature.

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Happy staghorn in fresh new soil.

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Friday, October 22, 2010


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I had never made pumpkin pie before and I really missed having my Nana's this year, since I was across the country for Thanksgiving. I thought I would give it a try -- and it did work out fine, but I still miss the real thing. I doubled all the spices from the recipe off the internet and I still felt like it was a bit weak -- looks like I need to call my Nana for her recipe.

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with maple whipped cream.

Thursday, October 21, 2010


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When I was staying with my sister in Montreal over Thanksgiving her and I decided to make strawberry and peach jam since the weather was so disappointing. It was my first time ever doing it without my mom (and one of my sister's first times too, I think) and the jam turned more into fruit preserves -- jelly at best, but it still tasted great. When I got back to Vancouver I wanted to try again and had several cups of rhubarb and blackberries in my freezer that I needed to use up. But I couldn't stop at jam -- I wanted to make a chutney as well (that I mentioned yesterday). It turns out it is really easy -- soon I hope to make jelly too.

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Fig, pear, and plum sweet and sour chutney
Rhubarb, blackberry and strawberry jam

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

lazy afternoon

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Leftover roast chicken sandwich with toasted homemade bread (thanks H!) avocado, cilantro, cucumber, brie, and homemade fig, pear, and plum chutney.

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