WHAT AM I FORGETTING? - 03/28/11 02:29 PM
Today is Monday, March 28th and I know I am forgetting something . . .
Is it that today is National Black Forest Cake Day?
I did not know that so that can't be what I am forgetting. (but I just might treat myself tonite!!)
Is it that today is Vince Vaugh's and Reba McEntire's Birthday? (dare I say, Kate Gosselin turns 36)
Nope, not really interested in these celebraties.
Maybe Lady GaGa's birthday which is also today: She was born in 1986
(I didn't want to know that - I have makeup older than that!)
How about today being
WHAT'S FOR DINNER? - 03/27/11 12:49 PM
Today the sun is shining, the birds are singing but the North wind is blowing cold. A perfect day for something warm on the stove and smelling terrific throughout the house. I have some chicken breasts on the bone so we start from there . . .
What you'll need is:
3 or 4 chicken breasts, bone in, or a selection of thighs and breasts combined. Mine were skinless but if yours have skin, cook skinside down first!1/4 cup olive oil1 large onion, diced3 or 4 garlic cloves, diced1 large can of diced tomatoes 1/2 of a red pepper, diced1/4
PARALYSIS BY ANALYSIS? - 03/24/11 10:18 PM
This came attached to an email this morning:
"Technology doubles every 14 months ... continue doing what you are doing and next year you will be 50% behind."
How do you react to that statement?
Does it make you feel excited?
Or are you on the other side of the spectrum feeling discouraged?
I'm in need of a new smartphone in the next few months as well as a new laptop/tablet/ipad ?? I've been doing my research and I have been asking people about their choices.
And that's just it - the choices are staggering.
What's the expression . . .
WONDERFUL DOG on WORDLESS WEDNESDAY! - 03/23/11 02:47 PM
Click here on DOG!
COUNTDOWN - 1 DAY TO ST PADDY'S DAY - Bushmills, Northern Ireland - 03/16/11 05:56 PM
Only 1 more day to Get Your Irish on . . .
If you've been reading my previous posts in my St Paddy's Day series, you'll know how much I love the Antrim coast in Northern Ireland. Well here is another treasure for you to enjoy: Bushmills . . . both the town and the whiskey!
I'm sure you've heard of (and hopefully enjoyed) the world famous Bushmills Irish Whisky? Well the Bushmills Distillery, located in the town of Bushmills in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, claims to be - and is almost unanimously considered to be - the oldest licenced distillery
COUNTDOWN - 2 DAYS TO ST PADDY'S DAY - The Giant's Causeway! - 03/15/11 05:38 PM
Only 2 more days to GET YOUR IRISH ON . . .
This is one of my favourite places to visit -The Giant's Causeway. It is to be found on the Antrim Coast about 3 miles from the famous town of Bushmills (more about it tomorrow!) It is made up of approx 40,000 interlocking columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. (anyone who knows me, knows I love anything to do with volcanoes)
The tops of the columns form stepping stones that lead from the cliff foot and disappear under the sea. (like an Olympic version of the game "Step
COUNTDOWN - 3 DAYS TO ST PADDY'S DAY - THE CROWN LIQUOR SALOON - 03/14/11 08:08 PM
3 Days left to get your Irish on . . .
No visit to Belfast, Northern Ireland would be complete without calling in to The Crown Bar for a pint or two or even a cup of tea, for in the Crown Liquor Saloon "there are no strangers, only friends who have yet to meet."
As one of the oldest and most loved landmarks in Belfast, where else would you find "a lovely burnished primrose yellow, red and gold ceiling, a floor laid in a myriad of mosaic tiles, brocaded walls ubiquitous highly patterned tiles, vigorous wood carvings throughout, ornate
THAT'S 2 HOMES I'VE SOLD THIS WEEK IN GANANOQUE - YAY - 03/14/11 08:06 PM
YAY YAY and YAY!
SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
I just love it when things work out for good people!
My Seller is celebrating today because we just had all conditions WAIVED on the offer for her home and she can now move forward with her life's plans!!
Is this the beginning of the Spring Selling Season?
If it is, and you're thinking of SELLING your home - please give me a call because we desperately need more listings. We have plenty of Buyers looking but there is a shortage of
COUNTDOWN - 4 DAYS TO ST PADDY'S DAY - IRISH FACTS & DEFINITIONS - 03/13/11 11:10 AM
TICK TOCK . . .
ONLY 4 MORE DAYS TO GET YOUR IRISH ON!
Do you ever hear Irish words or terms and not have a notion of what they mean? Well let me talk you thru a few of the more popular phrases and their meanings and a few more Irish Facts:
Blarney . . . 1796, from Blarney Stone* (which is said to make a persuasive flatterer of any who kiss it), in a castle near Cork, Ireland; reached wide currency through Lady Blarny, the smooth-talking flatterer in Goldsmith's "Vicar of Wakefield"
COUNTDOWN - 5 DAYS TO ST PADDY'S DAY - IRISH CUPCAKES - 03/12/11 03:17 PM
5 DAYS TO GET YOUR IRISH ON . . .
I've made these for the past 5 years now so I thought they were appropriate for our 5 day countdown to St Paddy's Day! (I make a Tirimasu version too which is pretty darn tasty but these little gems win the day on the 17th - YUM!)
1 cup Guinness1/3 cup butter¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder2 cups all-purpose flour2 cups sugar1½ tsp. baking sodapinch of salt2 large eggs2/3 cup sour cream
Baileys ganache filling:
8 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped2/3 cup heavy cream2 tbsp. butter, at room temperature2 tsp.
COUNTDOWN - 6 DAYS TO ST PADDY'S DAY - LEPRECHAUN PROTECTION! - 03/11/11 04:47 PM
Leprechauns have been protected on a European directive thanks to a group of lobbyists in Carlingford, Co. Louth.
"We are delighted in the knowledge that our little people will be protected from extinction and allowed to thrive on the mountains," said local man Kevin Woods. As he explains in the video, "there are only 236 leprechauns still living in Ireland on the Foy mountain at Slate Rock". He believes that this place is of the spirit world.
The story goes that in 1989, P.J. O'Hare, a local businessman and publican, was up on Carlingford mountain when "he heard
THE SOCIALIST PIG in Gananoque Squeals Success! - 03/11/11 04:45 PM
Back in August 2010, I wrote a post about my new favourite place in town, The Socialist Pig - a coffee shop extraordinaire! I loved it so much I received a gift certificate for my 50th birthday for 50 Lattes !!
I met there yesterday with a client/friend for lunch and had the most amazing meal with my new favourite hot drink: fresh lemonade with fresh ginger!!! Forget about all the wonderful health benefits to this concoction (and there are many) - it is just a fantastic taste.
But the soup of the day was out of this world
COUNTDOWN - 7 DAYS TO ST PADDY'S DAY - THE CLADDAGH RING - 03/10/11 08:35 AM
7 DAYS TO GET YOUR IRISH ON . . .
Do you have a Claddagh Ring or Claddagh jewelry?
It has certainly been a popular item over the years, the centuries even. The history is questionable but some believe the ring was first produced in the 17th century, in Galway, though elements of the design date to the late Roman period.
"Legend has it that an Irish young man, Richard Joyce, bound for the West Indian slave plantations was kidnapped himself in rough seas by a band of Mediterranean pirates and sold to a Moorish goldsmith who over
COUNTDOWN - 8 DAYS TO ST PADDY'S DAY - 8 MOST POPULAR IRISH NAMES - 03/09/11 04:49 PM
8 more days to get your Irish on!
Did you ever wonder which Irish names are the most popular?
Here's your Top Eight . . .
8. O'Connor - patrons of warriors
They might not be warriors themselves, but at least O'Connors descend from them! They trace their heritage and name from the Irish "Ua Conchobhair," meaning from Conchobhar, and is considered to be historically the most important of all Irish surnames. It represents the last of the true Irish monarchy.
7. Ryan - the little kings
The meaning of the Irish name Ryan comes from the old Gaelic
COUNTDOWN - 9 DAYS TO ST PADDY'S DAY - 9 Irish Toasts - 03/08/11 02:05 PM
Are you getting your Irish on? Only 9 more days . . .
Whether you be at home with family, or out with friends, these toasts always prove to be winners on St Patrick's Day:
1. There are good ships, and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea. But the best ships are friendships, and may they always be.
2. May you live as long as you want, and never want as long as you live.
3. May the roof above us never fall in, and may we friends gathered below never fall out.
4. May your
COUNTDOWN - 11 DAYS TO ST PADDY'S DAY - POT ROAST WITH GUINNESS GRAVY - 03/06/11 08:44 PM
Get your Irish on . . .
Pot Roast in Guinness Gravy 16 ounces Guinness3 to 4 pounds of chuck roast2 tablespoons Spice House English Prime Rib Rub Seasoning* 2 tablespoons olive oil2 large onions, coarsely chopped1 clove garlic, minced2 cups beef stockVegetables (see note near the bottom)3 tablespoons cold water2 tablespoons cornstarch
*amcelery salt, onion powder mixture.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Pour the Guinness into bowl and set aside to allow the Guinness to flatten. (sacrilegious some would say!)
Rub roast with combined seasonings.
In large non-stick pan over medium-high heat, add olive oil. Sear seasoned roast on each side until browned.
COUNTDOWN - 12 DAYS TO ST PADDY'S DAY - THICK POTATO AND CABBAGE SOUP - 03/05/11 05:43 PM
Get your Irish on with this fantastic soup . . .
Potato and Cabbage Soup
you need a blender for this!
1 medium white onion - sliced 1 clove garlic, chopped1 green cabbage/Savoy cabbage - cored and roughly sliced1 1/2 lbs. white potatoes - chopped in small chunks4 cups chicken broth2 sprigs of thymeolive oilSalt &PepperIn your soup pot, saute the onions for 3-4 mins in 1 tbsp olive oil over medium heat. Don't let them get too brown as this will discolour the finished soup.
Add in chopped garlic and cabbage. Stir and cover for 8-9 mins. or until cabbage
COUNTDOWN - 13 DAYS TO ST PADDY'S DAY - TRUE IRISH BROWN WHEATEN - 03/04/11 09:57 AM
HOMEMADE IRISH BROWN WHEATEN (BREAD)
Takes only moments to prepare and 30 min to bake!!!
2 cups all-purpose flour2 cups whole wheat flour1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda3/4 teaspoon salt2 cups buttermilk
Cooking spray (or parchment paper)
Preheat oven to 450F
Combine the flours, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Mix thoroughly. Make a well in the center of mixture.
Add buttermilk to flour mixture; stir until blended (dough will be sticky).
Turn dough out onto a generously floured surface. Knead lightly 4 to 5 times.
Shape dough into an 8-inch round loaf; place on a baking
WHO'S RANKED #9 IN THE COUNTRY? - 03/02/11 09:49 PM
I thought I'd take a look at our National rankings here in the rain, wondering where I placed in the country.
Well whoo hoo . . .
imagine my surprise to discover that not only am I now ranked in the Top 10 in Canada, but . . .
I'M IN THE #9 POSITION !!
How did that happen you ask?
Well it happened because I have these amazing 8 Bloggers ahead of me, leading by example!!!
Congratulations to Canada's best . . .
#1 Al and Peggy Cunningham, in Ontario @ 603,738 points
#2 Li Read #1 in British Columbia @ 540,367 points