Bokeh in the Trees

by Carol Browne on August 19, 2014 · 0 comments

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Bokeh in the treesTuesday’s usually a later night for dinner and stuff (we stay in Vancouver to hang out with friends). Tonight I will attempt to make some kind of cooked meal in the crockpot to take to work for lunch tomorrow. Now that we’ve got a trip to go on, I feel I should make every attempt possible to keep our monies for that and not on lunches out. I’ve heard some people just do that regularly – bring their lunch to work on the reg. Who has time for all the preparation? And planning? Clearly people who aren’t watching every episode of everything on netflix.

Tonight’s lunch experiment will include a spaghetti squash. I found a recipe where you put the squash in the crockpot along with the meat and voila! Spaghetti Squash and sauce all at the same time. I’ll post the recipe only if it works – I’m a little skeptical. But wouldn’t that be cool if it does work? I will let you know the results.

Wish me luck! And if this works, we will have brought our lunches two days in a row. Incredible!


“Just Like Grandma’s”

by Carol Browne on August 16, 2014 · 1 comment

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I think Johanna and I are becoming afternoon tea connoisseurs. Today we went on an adventure about 15 minutes away from where we live – all the way to Delta. I thought the tea house was actually in Surrey, but it is not. It’s located right across the street from Surrey in Delta.

Of course I documented this occasion, but not with my big camera. I used my phone as I didn’t want my big camera bag to wrinkle up my tea party dress. SNORT! Also, I got my toes done for the event. I went all out.

Totally worth it. Look how our table greeted us.

China teacups (not matchy matchy = adorable) and sprinkles in the sugar. Clever! I’ve not seen this before. I think I will steal that idea for home. On Faturdays. When we eat sugar. YES. Might as well be cute about it.

We each had the afternoon tea which included some savories and some, “dainties” AWWW! Dainties! I felt like I had just been invited to luncheon at Downton Abbey.

They brought us tiny mushroom pies – smaller than tarts – and I could have eaten about 5 plates of them. The pastry was whole wheat as well. So dreamy.

For the scones, we had a tray that contained a bit of raspberry jam, clotted cream and LEMON CURD.
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Teeny pies

by Carol Browne on August 2, 2014 · 0 comments

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That's one cranky pie!

Is it just me or is this a cranky pie? He’s a little on the frowny side.

This morning I was up before the crack of dawn. Mike had to BE at work at 7:00 (oof) so there was no stop for pancakes along the way this Faturday. I hope IHOP was okay without us. I really missed them. But I did get some hashbrowns from McDonalds on the drive in, so that was a very tasty treat, indeed.

I picked up some BC peaches in my travels and some lard and made 4 tiny peach pies in some 6 inch pie plates I found at Superstore. I was sure we weren’t going to be able to eat a whole pie, so making a few little ones would work better.

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We visited the Isreal booth.

Mike and I went over to the Fusion Festival today in Holland Park in Surrey. It was a nice event! Not too crowded and the temperature was just right – a little cloudy and cool.

The photo above is my favourite portrait I’ve taken in a very long time. We found him at the Israel booth.

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A Backyard Tea Party

July 6, 2014

Poor Abby. How did this happen to a nice dog like this?  How did she end up with a Cabbage Patch Doll hat on her head that my grandma knit for our baby dolls in the ’80s? Let me tell you. Alysia came over yesterday afternoon and brought Abby, the best behaved dog in the […]

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Today we went extreme kayaking

June 23, 2014

But first, kitty feeder update: 1) the cats were up at 2:30 am messing with the feeders. They knew something was in there. My sister had to shoo them away so she could sleep (her guest quarters = the living room couch). 2) at 3:51 am, Oscar was climbing on my back in bed. Sheesh. […]

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Hup Holland Hup

June 18, 2014

While Mike went to work all decked out in nearly every piece of Netherlands regalia he owns, I stayed all snuggled in the bed. Day 1 of my vacation started off slowly and late in the day. Delicious sleep! But, I did get cracking, eventually, put on my rubber gloves and got to cleaning up […]

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Bitter greens

June 10, 2014

I’ve been on a juice kick the last couple of weeks, but I’ve been trying to find the right combination of greens and lemon to take the bitterness away. It seems like the greener the veggies, the more bitter the juice is. Somehow, the lemon takes the sting out of the greens, but only sometimes. […]

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June 4, 2014

I really like the way these film photos turned out from the old Pentax ME Super. Definitely an outdoor camera on a sunny-ish day. Judging from the weather over the next few days, I should really be making the most of my lunch half hours and get some photos in. Another thing I really liked […]

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The old farm truck

June 3, 2014

Yesterday at the farm in Ladner I am up late on a school night for a few reasons. 1) I’m a bit of a  night owl. 2) I was out late-ish tonight. I didn’t get home until nearly 10 pm. 3) I had a hankering for Butternut Squash Soup. Weird. I know. But it had […]

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