My favourite layer of all the layers - scones & cream. So. Good.

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This weekend, well, these last two days, actually, have been filled with awesome things I suddenly love. Today, Johanna He-man-way and I dressed up in animal sweaters, hopped in the car and headed over to the Vancouver Airport for afternoon tea. Thanks, Groupon! WEWT! Seriously, that coupon was a great deal. We were served 3 tiers of lovely sandwiches, two delicious scones each - my favourite of all the layers (shown above) - and the top tier of beautiful and tasty desserts. I have to say, those cranberry orange scones with Devonshire Cream were ALMOST my favourite parts of today's afternoon tea. HOWEVER, the tiny square of matcha green tea cheesecake was the very, very best cheesecake I have ever, ever had. The best. After our relaxing meal, we drove down to another part of Richmond to IKEA. The good news is, after a very long lock out, the dispute has been settled. The downside? Not really ready for business as usual. No soft serve ice cream was available. SAD. I guess things will be up and running in the next couple of months. ALSO, I wanted to buy a Christmas tree panel of fabric for our office, but apparently, someone had bought the entire bolt of Christmas trees. Seriously. They bought the whole forest. Greedy. I only needed 1 tree. Not the whole forest. SHEESH. SO, the second thing I love is this phone app that Mike found on Friday - it's called tintype. So. Dreamy.

#TinType #Hipstamatic someone's happy for #Faturday. All hail #pumpkin pancakes

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There will be SO many photos to come. I love this app as much as I love green tea matcha cheesecake. I'm serious.


BOO! For 4 bucks!

by Carol Browne on October 22, 2014 · 1 comment

in Edibles, Festivities

Now kisthI'm showing another thrifty win from the weekend. Mike was reluctant to buy this quality Halloween decoration, but he relented after a little discussion and BOO is sitting in the living room right now with Doug. YES! I didn't want to leave him outside because he is very light and would most likely blow away. It has been a windy, blustery night. The lights have been flickering and everything. Boo! Spooky. I felt pretty crappy this morning, so, I stayed home, drank lots of liquids and snoozed. I got lots of sleep and feel better. I'm pretty sure it's not Ebola, but something's going around the office. I think I've slept it off now and will return back to the office in the morning. I cannot be sick any longer than today. We've got a graduation ceremony to plan. In other news, I have a big high tea day planned for the weekend with Johanna. We're going for fancy tea at the Fairmont Hotel at the airport. And apparently we're wearing matching animal sweaters in celebration. Just like they do at Buckingham Palace! I am SURE the queen wears a sweater with a cat on it for tea. I'd better get my fox/raccoon sweater in the washer.

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Happy Thanksgiving While the turkey is roasting in the oven, set the table with as many containers as possible that have lids on them. Also, have the squirt bottle nearby as to keep any cats off the table. Since we only set the table twice a year, the cats were curious as to what was happening.  Eventually we put the kitties in the basement while we ate dinner. But still, lids on everything. Bring out the pretty tablecloth! Mike's mom gave me this one. It's linen. And excellent. Fill the pickle tray with little pickles and tiny tomatoes. Pickle trayWhen the turkey is ready, bring it to the table and dig in! Dig in! Eat the entire dinner in about 20 minutes. That was delicious! Feel full for the next 3 hours. Phew! Happily, we've got lunches for the next few days and dinners, too. I'll have to keep the pumpkin pie until next Saturday. I can't eat another bite, but it turned out really well this time. I roasted the pumpkin last night and added fresh ginger and nutmeg. Really tasty. As we cleaned out the dining room/moved stuff downstairs, it became very clear our dining room is a very boring space - especially after making the kitchen feel so cozy. It's a little room off to the side of the house that we don't really use at all. It's just a storage spot. We need to do something with this space. Make it more welcoming and useful. Time to put on the old thinking cap.


Community service

by Carol Browne on September 27, 2014 · 0 comments

in Edibles, Family and Buddies, General, Stuff on the Street

The dumping of the shoesOver the last few days, we noticed someone had left his or her shoes on one of the lawns near our place. After several days of seeing them out in the rain, we decided to bring out the snow shovel (ew! Don't touch them with your hands! GROSS!) and put them to rest in the nearby dumpster. Mike did the heavy lifting while I documented our community service. RIP dirty, old shoes. Garbage shoes We've added a new tradition to our Saturday mornings. After going to IHOP for delicious pancakes - side note - I will be eating nothing but pumpkin pancakes between now and Halloween - we've been driving out to Vandula Farmers Market in Delta. This is on the way to Ladner. Ladner is quickly becoming my favourite farm area. I love it out there very, very much. The market has all sorts of fruits and veggies from local farms, and I did buy some tiny, sweet grapes imported from California. This market sells the most delicious, jumbo eggs from a farm in Mt. Lehman. We picked some up last week from the same market and these eggs taste better than any other eggs. They are creamy...almost buttery. I had no idea eggs could taste so scrumptious.


My endless tomatoes

September 23, 2014

Well, I found a sweet spot in the garden for tomatoes. I think they’re a little late, but they are growing like CRAZY and show no end in sight. The plants are weighed down with little green tomatoes and every day there’s a 4 or 5 nicely ripe ones for me to pull off and […]

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More words to live by.

September 14, 2014

I agreed to go with Mike to take photos at a BBQ event in Langley today. It probably would have been more fun if we had gone when we were hungry. We wandered around, listened to the country band – who sang old school country songs – which always reminds me of being a kid […]

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Are you feeling okay, little seagull?

September 9, 2014

Yesterday in between volleyball sets, I walked down to the water where I found this little seagull. I was hoping he felt okay because he was just sitting on the rocks (right near the sea) and didn’t seem to be worried that I was getting very close to him. Oh no. Not another sick bird. […]

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A Fall Fern

September 4, 2014

It’s been a banner day. All I seem to be talking about lately is food and clothes, so what the heck? I’ll keep with that for today. Also know that several Interior Design graduates have found work as Junior Interior Designers. Incredible. The Fall is really shaping up. Today I lucked out and found these […]

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I forgot about Cabbage Rolls

September 2, 2014

I met this donkey yesterday at the meat shop and listened to him make happy, loud crunchy sounds as he munched cob after cob of corn. He and his buddy were really into the corn. They pulled the husks off with their teeth sometimes, but mostly, they ate the corn husk and all. CRUNCH! Tonight […]

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Bokeh in the Trees

August 19, 2014

Tuesday’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 […]

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