More words to live by.

by Carol Browne on September 14, 2014 · 0 comments

in Edibles, Festivities, General

Money CAN buy happiness!

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 in Calgary. My mom and dad listened to country music all the time. We also didn’t wait in line for free hunks of meat with the masses. I guess we sort of missed out, but I’m sure there will be another BBQ to attend in the future.

As per the sign, cash buys bacon, not happiness. I found an excellent example of this in the crowd.

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Look at those feet! WEIRD!

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. I’ve come across several in the city and it’s just a sad state to see them not moving away from you when you get too close. Thankfully, this little guy got up when I got really close and I noticed his feet were a weird, pale, greenish colour. I think he felt okay, but he just looked a little odd.

His feet, definitely, and his eyes…very pale…I’m no ornithologist, but this little guy didn’t look or act quite right. Hopefully he’s just young and will fill in and get a nice pink colour on his feet like the other gulls do. I’m hoping for the very best for this little guy. Hopefully he’s eating garbage out of a dumpster just like his buddies. Fingers crossed.

In other news, even though I got home after 10 pm, I couldn’t help myself from making tomato soup. It had to be done today thanks to some lovely tomatoes from Lelainia’s garden on the weekend. Even though we continue to have a glorious summer (sorry, Calgary) soup definitely felt like the right way to go. We had soup tonight and lunch is served for tomorrow.

Again! Lunch ready for the next day! I’m on a roll.

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A Fall Fern

by Carol Browne on September 4, 2014 · 0 comments

in Edibles, General

A Fall Fern

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 brand new green boots at a Dress For Success Event for a very low price. Unsure of how I scooped such an incredible deal (they were clearly BRAND NEW) the person explained to me that companies go under and give them all their unsold inventory. They can’t store it all, and if the items aren’t suitable for job interviews, they sell these items at these fundraisers. Whoa. Such benefit at others’ expense – failed business owners and women who don’t have money for outfits for job interviews. Oh man. Good thing I can help? Yes. Help. Actually, it does help. Thank goodness.

Speaking of green things, we have been enjoying a dilly, sour cream, cucumber salad WITH mint! From our garden! And some lime juice (instead of lemon juice). And many onions. I used this recipe. I made it for dinner again tonight and it is the best.

See? Banner day! And it’s only Thursday. I wonder what Friday will bring?


I forgot about Cabbage Rolls

by Carol Browne on September 2, 2014 · 1 comment

in Edibles

Donkey portrait

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 I accidentally made a dinner the reminded me of my mom’s yummiest dinner – cabbage rolls. And I bought those ingredients at the meat store yesterday. Even the cabbage! My mom would carefully wrap a combination of rice, ground beef, and onions in a leaf of cabbage (that she would run hot water over all day long so it was very soft for wrapping). The cabbage rolls were then covered with tomato sauce and baked in the oven. Delish. The magic ingredient was a splash of vinegar right before serving.

Tonight I made a Ground Beef & Cabbage Casserole. This is the recipe I used. I didn’t even think of cabbage rolls until I took the first bite. Next time I make this recipe, I will make the following changes:

1) more onions. I will use 2 onions instead of just 1.

2) more tomato sauce. I only used a little this time.

3) a splash of vinegar right before serving.

I don’t miss the rice.


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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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“Just Like Grandma’s”

August 16, 2014

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 […]

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Teeny pies

August 2, 2014

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. […]

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Around the world in about an hour and half

July 20, 2014

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 […]

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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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