Happy Halloween!

Do you celebrate? Are you giving out candy?

We dont get too many trick or treaters BUT I am bound and determined to keep up this tradition, no matter what!

Not this kind though, I promise!

Ours is an older neighbourhood but as people die and younger families move in, things will pick up. I’m sure of it.

One plus of not getting all that many kids is that I can afford to give out lots of good stuff! Chips and full sized candy bars all the way Baby!

Ha! Screw orange and yellow!

We dont have kids at home anymore so this doesn’t apply but still…there were definitely some shenangigans played on ours when we did!

Most notably a candy tax. I never tried to limit them on their loot though. They ate it and made themselves sick with wild abandon and that was that!

Do you/did you -or your parents- have a candy policy with your kids? Have you heard about the “Switch Witch”? What do you think about that? ( My views are ranty so I’m declining to answer fully, ha ha)

Ugh! Now here’s a true scary tale.
tee hee

Weather. Ruining everything, since forever.

Stay Safe, Have Fun and Blessed Be!

Things I’ve Learned #2…

since the last time I did this little exercise!

1. I know what I want to be when I grow up!! A consistently warm and friendly person with superb social skills, who makes people feel safe and valued in all interactions.

2. The thru hiker community is AMAZING! I’m not even hiking a thru hike and I’m meeting the nicest, most supportive people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing, in my life!

3. I am a hard ass about a lot of things. And sometimes I use “integrity” as a high and mighty excuse for that flaw. It’s fine to be rigid about some things but its a good idea to question yourself sometimes to make sure you’re being rigid about things that really matter and not just things that trigger your fear and ego.

4. Vanilla Chai Latte’s from Tim Hortons are really good! I was worried they’d be lacklustre but they are pretty tasty indeed. If you don’t want to pay the dollars, you can easily make one at home. Make some chai with half water/milk. Sweeten to taste. Add a splash of vanilla. Heat and whizz up some milk, float on top and finish with a sprinkle of the chai spices of your choice!

5. Homemade soup is the way to go. I mean, I KNOW this, but it’s always seemed easier to just open up a can and heat it up. I don’t think I can do this anymore. I made Split Pea and Ham Soup the other day in my crockpot and it was ten times better than canned. AND it took hardly any effort at all. I mean sure, I made stock from the bone and picked off the meat but the reward was worth it in the end. I chopped a few things and then let it all cook away until a glorious -but ugly, sorry no photos- thing was born.

Now I’ve got servings and servings of homey goodness in the freezer, just waiting for me ❤ I think I’ll try my hand at Italian Wedding Soup next…Do you have a favourite soup recipe to share?

|How about you? Have you learned anything new lately?

Simple Pleasures: The Zen Of Watching Other People Cook.

Being currently currently obsessed with hiking videos, this >🐥Chick🐥< is on YouTube all.the.time. There be vlogs, gear reviews, tips and tricks of people walking long trails, preparing to walk long trails or talking about their past long trails to watch and it’s an awesome way to pass these cold days . I almost feel like I’m really out there too and it’s giving me great insight into the honest truth of what a big thru hike looks like.

But when I’m not watching people live and breathe hiking, I’m watching cooking videos!

There is something so calming about the simple act of making food.

The sounds.

The visuals.

Watching raw ingredients turn into either works of art, or bowls and plates of homey goodness.

I love to watch people cooking their traditional foods and speak a language I don’t speak too. It’s fun to try and figure out what word means what ingredient! And I think my Spanish might be improving!

Some videos have no music or talking at all.Those are nice too, like being in a library or a place of worship.

The experience of watching these videos feels safe and familiar . Restorative too. I find myself comforted in knowing that, even though the human world is fraught with chaos, there will always be someone in a kitchen, somewhere, making a meal for themselves and their loved ones. Insert happy sigh here. 🙂

Here are a few of my favourite channels:

Peaceful Cuisine.

Di mi Rancho a Tu Cocina.

And then we have the ever sensual Nigella:

And quirky Chef John!

Do you enjoy watching people cook? Do you have a favourite channel or site? Please share!

Ain’t No Shame, In My Game!

We can blame thank a pregnant lady for this tasty combination! I would be remiss in sharing it with you because while some might cringe, they who set aside their judgements will be in HAPPY LAND indeed!

First you grab a bag of salty pretzels:

Photo by Lisa Fotios on Pexels.com

Theeeeen, you grab a can of vanilla frosting. Yes, you read that right.

Have you guessed where I’m going with this? YES, YOU SMARTY PANTS YOU!

You dip your salted pretzels in the frosting and it is fucking divine.

One would think…”Ew! Too sweet!” But au contraire mon ami! The salty pretzels cut straight through the sugar. The fat – GLORIOUS FAT – in the frosting leaves you feeling satisfied too. A few bites will do ya good.

Enjoy!

Monday Ramble, Trees, Existential Dread & Krampus Saves Halloween.

Happy Monday!

We had a family dinner yesterday -the third one in two weeks- and it was a hoot! Lots of laughs, silly dancing and singing, kids and dogs -well, DOG- racing around my teeny tiny house, and of course delicious food! I’m still enjoying the whipped cream my daughter in law brought over!

I take my coffee with whipped cream from now on, ha!

Have you tried Coconut Whipped Cream? It comes in a can like the regular ready whipped stuff and it’s DAMN GOOD!

I’ve got troubling news 😦

My old boy, Mooshum is starting to have major mobility problems. Now he’s always been hitchy. We think he was hit by a car when he was younger and the injury healed screwy because he most likely didn’t get veterinary care. (He’s from an under funded community originally and was a free range dog) Plus, he’s part Golden and Goldens are known for their hip dysplasia and such. So there’s that. He’s also 14 years old or so. So there’s that too! But the other day things really went down hill for him after our walk.

He lost the ability to rise up and when he did finally get his legs under him, his limp was pronounced. It was obvious he was struggling and in pain. Gah! We actually had to lift him up to standing a few times. I’ve massaged him and laid my hands on him and given him some emergency meds. It’s all helped and he seems stable for now. BUT I think the time has come to talk to the vet about maintenance pain meds for my boy.

Then after that…well, we’re one step closer to his death, me thinks. I wont let him suffer. He’s one tough MOFO, that’s for sure but there will come a day…and that day is coming soon. 😦

Grief is the price we pay for love.

If there ever was a dog who deserves to die in his sleep, its this boy. I don’t pray but every night I ask the Universe to take him from us gently in the night over anything else. It is my fondest wish at the moment ❤

Beautiful Boy.

That Douglas!

The big freeze is on its way. We’ve still got some leaves on our trees but soon they’ll be gone! Anything after Halloween is weather that means business, but the weather has been most lovely these past weeks! I hope it continues. I want to take my granddaughter to this trail I found this weekend. We were stalked by hungry chickadees who had no problem landing on our outstretched hands. Squee! I’m coming back with seeds -or else! Have you ever been bit by a chickadee? I have, ha ha it was hilarious but I’ve learned my lesson!

Ha!
Get out of here Santa! And don’t come back until after Remembrance Day.

Ha! More like 8 years. Although I’m in the uphill climb now.

My personal circus and monkeys have calmed their shit. THANK YOU GODDESS! It’s still a challenge to live in this world but it’s a challenge for most people. So there’s that 😉 We’re all in this together right?!

❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

I hope you breathtaking people have the most amazing week!

Love & Squishy Hugs!

Everyone Should Keep A List…(#6)

Of all the little things they love!

  1. A freshly tidied house!
  2. Rich & cheerful Autumn Leaves.
  3. Spooooky skeletons!
  4. Peaceful sleeping dogs.
  5. Funny animal videos.
  6. A good visit with a friend you haven’t seen in awhile.
  7. A big mug of hot and tasty tea.
  8. Elderberry syrup.
  9. Sneak cat attacks.
  10. My monthly Universal Yums box.
  11. A big bowl of homemade Butter Paneer.
  12. Gigantic hoodies.
  13. Gigantic socks.
  14. The anticipation of the first big snow storm.
  15. All the flowers that are still hanging in there, this late in the season.
  16. The spiders as they start to make their way indoors.
  17. The smell of dirt and outside that the Hubs brings in with him when he comes home from work.
  18. A good hair and face day. (Ha!)
  19. Freshly slicked up skin.
  20. Getting lost in the strange vortex that is YouTube.

How about you? Won’t you play along too? On your blog or in the comments. What are some of the little things you’re loving lately?!

Dill Pickle Pizza- Attempt #2

Awhile back after seeing a video on social media ,I was inspired to make myself a pickle pizza. You might remember that post HERE.

It was good, but I thought it could use a few improvements. I finally got around to doing just that and made version two for dinner the other night!

It was a pretty simple procedure so I’ll be presenting this to you in half assed recipe format

Pickle Pizza

Grab yourself a tube of pizza dough from your super market. Don’t accidently pop it open whilst putting your groceries away, like I did! Either way roll it out into a round or squish it out into a square. Get that dough out there in the shape that you want!

Make up some garlic oil and brush that over top of your prepared dough. Top your pizza with some goat cheese.

Smear it around a bit. Add some grated mozzarella and your thinly sliced dill pickles. Top with more mozza cheese and then brush a wee bit more oil over the crust of the whole thing. Sprinkle the edges with some good kosher salt and then give it a bake at whatever temperature the dough requires. I like to broil the top a bit too.

Et voila!

How was it? It was pretty good! The first few bites were excellent but over time I found the goat cheese to be most irritating. Too tangy and sweet. We still ate every bite and it was not a waste. Would I eat it like that again, sure but I’m driven to make the recipe match the taste I have in my head so expect an attempt #3 in the future!