I just noticed that Tim Hortons have a new cup design for their coffee. So cute ! Looks a little like a wool type material with reindeer. I don’t think I’ve seen this new cup before in previous years, so this is a nice change. I don’t know about other folks but I think different patterns on coffee cups for different seasons and occasion is really cool and would make me want to buy more coffee. what about you?
Yes, we are turning our summer cottage into a Halloween Haunted House for friends and family and the spouse bought the oldest electronic instrument to provide all the scary sounds one can imagine for a haunted house. Now I didn’t think that it was going to be that scary, till I saw what the machine could do. It was very scary music alright! Of course, as soon as we had the try out with the other parents, they want More of these scary sound effect to scare the kids and adults. A friend who is a make up artist has agreed to help with the make up and I know that the kids are going to enjoy it very much. Some may cry and some may not go to sleep after they have seen our haunted house at our summer cottage but the neighbors at the cottage are also coming together to help us with the haunted house and one even is loaning us their pony for rides for the kids. It is going to be a blast!
PS : There will be hot apple cider and lots of cookies for the kids.
Tim Hortons have a special donut for all season and all occasions, this one is the Halloween donut and I think they will stop making it once Halloween is over. Chloe said it is pretty good and it is a little bit more expensive than the usual donut I think. But who cares about the price if the donut is good right? So Chloe have had this twice but she also likes the birthday donut as well and I can assure you if they are good and she likes it, it must mean that it’s ridiculously sweet.
While out searching for chips for a girlfriend from Singapore, look what I found!!! Yup ! must be new chip flavors from Lay’s. Looks so yummy right? I haven’t tried them yet but I’m going to do so soon.
This is like some kinda cucumber dip?
Woohoo! cinnamom buns.
mac and cheese ! yums for PB!
We had promised Jessica to bring her out for brunch for the longest time and even though she would be very happy with just Macdonald’s, we decided to bring her to The Snack Place – 2 blocks down the road from our store. As you all know, we don’t have a lot of family here from my side, so Jessica is like a cousin from the East that Chloe never had. The kids play well together and Jessica is the nicest lil’ kid we know and her parents are of course, awesome people and like some parents that we know around here.
Jessica ordered a cheeseburger with fries and a pop from the children’s menu.
Hyunjin’s fish and chips but she opted for salad instead.
Jessica enjoying her little pop.
Salad for Hyunjin.
My brunch is of course the all day breakfast but without the fries.
Fish and chips for Chloe from the Children’s menu.
Bonding time with her “cousin”
Girls having fun.
Jessica with dessert .
And chloe licking up the yummy goodness. Good to see that Chloe has good friends to learn from.
Take out lunch need not be expensive especially if you know the owners of the restaurant. Lotus soup was free and yummy – boiled with beef.
And half an order of Singapore noodles because I didn’t really know what I wanted to eat. So the soup and the noodles just hit the spot and i wasn’t even hungry till late in the evening today.
Yes, it was PB’s 41 birthday today and even though he doesn’t like any big celebration, we surprised him with a cake and chocolates. We tricked him into believing that we had forgotten his birthday and then came back to the store with a cake and sang him a happy birthday song. Although he didn’t looked too pleased – hahhahaha!! because he doesn’t liked all the fuss – we did love that we managed to do something special for him.
We were up in the city a few weeks ago, to haul some food home with some friends and this is but one of the many boxes that we hauled home. So PB said maybe he should look at some flatbed trailers , so that the next time we need to haul food home from the city, we don’t need to bring another car with us. Plus a flatbed trailer is great when we need to move furniture from home to the cottage, it would definitely be a great investment for us.
But coming back to all the food we hauled back from the city. Some friends laughed and joked about opening a Asian grocery store here but there isn’t enough Asians in this area for me to do that. Therefore, every couple of months, you see us going to Halifax and bringing all kinds of ingredient and paste home, even the noodles that I am used to back home, we can’t find them locally. I bought luncheon meat, noodles, paste, drinks from home and candies from home and anything I cannot find here even soya sauce. So yes, having a trailer may definitely work better for us instead of making the g/f bring her SUV with us.
The extended family and us had a BBQ at the beach because Godma Lynn came home from Toronto. This year we didn’t do the BBQ at the lodge because the water pump wasn’t working. We ended at the beach but I would have preferred it at the lodge but the kids loved the beach and the weather was awesome that day plus a volley ball game was in order too. Luckily, I bought some new sports bra from for plus size sport bras not too long ago, so I was pretty happy about joining in the volley ball game.
Joey the cousin’s hubby brought some clams to be boiled at the beach – and for those who loved clams I’m sure you would have enjoyed it but I didn’t eat any and I’m glad I didn’t because my tummy didn’t feel too well after the BBQ. But having clams at the beach was kinda different and I know that the rest of the family enjoyed it.
Need I say more? this came into our store from our dear friend Cory – one of the nicest people I’ve known in town. Gotta love friends like that right. But this went to my sister from another mother – who enjoys lobsters a lot.
Lots of meat and just caught.
Not at the local Sobeys but the Sobeys up in the city and I was kinda surprised and hope that the sobeys here don’t go selling pet food too because we do have pet food shops here like the Ascension Pet Needs next to Car Quests where Jungle Jim’s is. Love Sobeys but would hate if we lose a local business if they start doing that.
In the city, the population is greater, so they can afford to have a Sobeys that carries pet food but not in a town with less than 7000 in population.
I don’t own a pet but if I do, I would want to support our local business just because they know more than your ordinary cashier at Sobeys and they can do special orders for you as well.
I love Sobeys for their groceries but no don’t bring in the Pet food, just like don’t get into movies – because there are local stores like ours who does movies.
We were invited to a Christmas party by a business acquaintance and it was not in town – but in the city. We didn’t have any trouble getting there but I wished they had arranged for transport for us because we were not very familiar with that part of the city. Anyhow, we made our own arrangements for transportation and even though it’s not quite like the limo service tampa fl , it was still pretty good. I was all dressed up – for the party and didn’t want to be waiting for a cab – no way! I wanted to party in style – the hotel rooms were paid for and so was the short air-flight that we took – but I don’t understand why they didn’t arrange for a limo for us – that baffles me really. After the party, there was no cab available to take us back to the hotel and once again, I wished a limo service was arranged, the next time we go for this kind of party, I’m going to make sure we have a limo service to and fro the party.
It had been a busy week – sorry I didn’t update my food blog but it doesn’t mean that I wasn’t eating – i was eating a lot! with friends and family.And most importantly – this meal at Rudders because a very special boy just graduated from Grade 12. We were so honored to be invited to celebrate this special day with Josh. Josh is Chloe’s very special friend – Best Friend Forever For Life.
Hyunjin my Korean friend was invited by Lynette as well.
This is Lynette’s mom – Ros – we drove all the way from the city to attend Josh’s graduation.
Hyunjin bought some flowers for Josh – Josh was smitten.
And another shiny present for Josh from Hyunjin.
Josh and his father – Scott from Nfld – he flew all the way from Alberta to see him graduate – what a lucky boy Josh is. Very loved by everyone.
Josh and his handsome grandfather – Charlie.
Chloe grinning from one end to another with her BFFFL.
Now the good part ! the food! yummy steak – rare for Lynette.
Fish and chips for Chloe and Josh.
Ros’s fishcake and spinach salad.
Pan fried scallops with spinach salad for Hyunjin.
I had the same as Hyunjin but I had a ceasar salad instead.
Scott had the seafood platter, with lobster bisque and another salad.
Chloe’s dessert of Moon mist ice cream with chocolate sauce.
And the rest of us had the home made praline cake – it was yummy!
And here was Josh reading the card made by Ros – handmade and he was reading it.
More cards and presents of money for Josh for all his hard work.
Hand made card by Ros and heartfelt message. Thank you for inviting us to join your family for dinner Lynette – this was a wonderful time we had.
The crab came from my father-in-law and the Sambal paste came from Jen from passion4food.ca. Father-in-law had a few bagful of crabs left on his doorsteps and he had already cooked it – he gave me some to bring home. So today, I stirred fried it with sambal sauce from Tean – and it was darn yummy! gotta loved the father-in-law for sharing his food with me.
Spring is here and I’m hoping that the weather will cooperate with us – so that PB and I with Chloe of course can go to the Farmer’s Market around the county area. I loved the Farmer’s market so much – because it’s the best place to get all the good food – and home made with the best ingredients. And as for Chloe she loved all the handicraft made by these very talented and artistic people. There are some farm stools we saw last year and we didn’t get them and regretted much – so this time round – we are going to get some for Chloe and her friends. We are also trying to get some lawn chairs – that are hand-painted for our lawn because we are going to be landscaping it this spring. I look forward to buying all these wonderful things at the Farmer’s Market.
It’s not often that one see such a huge and old lobster – this one is so huge – I’m guessing it must be like 100 Ibs!
Normal lobsters are like 5Ibs – can you imagine eating 100 Ibs of lobster? i love lobsters but I don’t think I would eat that humongous lobster – would you?
I loved to use the oven to bake my food – from fish to garlic bread but you and I know that heating the oven up and then baking something for 10 -20mins is really a lot of electricity used. So I try to use the steamer instead more often – because the charges for our electric bills during the winter are very expensive. Unlike a friend who lives in NJ – they have nj electricity that promises savings for those signed up with them. Here, we don’t have a competitive rate – therefore, I have no choice but to use my oven efficiently.
So you asked how do I do that? well, if I wanted to use the oven that evening – I make sure that it’s not just one thing that I am going to bake. I will bake my chicken wings or cookies or whatever I need for the next few days – so that I don’t have to turn on my oven for just a 12 mins baking of a fish and then shut it right off. These days, you really have to save as much as you can – when it’s over the roof when it comes to electric bills. So like all others, we always asked ourselves – to keep the family warm or eat? I say keeping warm is very important – wished we had a competitor here for Scotia Powers.
Ever since coming to Canada – I’ve to learned to cook for myself – but one thing awesome about cooking here is I never have to cook for PB – why? because he likes his own kinda food – like potatoes, carrots, some chicken – not a lot of beef or sandwiches. So I never have to worry about cooking for him – he can eat a sandwich in the morning, sandwich for lunch and another sandwich for dinner. Yup! he isn’t adventurous at all with his food – but every Sunday – he will cook potatoes, carrots – some sort of meat for supper – for the entire family – so I can’t really complained right? Sure it is monotonous but better than my dad – having only cooked for his children once in our entire life – so I count my blessings.
I loved a good garlic bread – and found one that I liked very much here – so sometimes we also have garlic bread but not every weekend. And for lunch we dine out on Sundays – although PB doesn’t really like eating out either. So yes, for someone who lovesssssssssssss food like myself and being with a man who eats to live – well – quite bizarre right? but he has improved over the years – and he makes it a point to bring me and Chloe out to eat every week – although there are limited restaurants that he likes.