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I am a married woman with children out of the home now developing my own interests, hobbies making my way through the heat of the experiences and days of my life. (Click on pictures to enlarge.)


Thursday, January 28, 2010

Skywatch Friday

For this week's Skywatch Friday I am sharing a few pictures I took of the skyline of Victoria as seen in the Inner Harbour downtown.
Victoria is the capital city of British Columbia, located on Vancouver Island. It is surrounded by water on two sides, the southern most tip of the island. Lots of boating to be seen here!
It is also home of some of the Tall ships. I think this boat looks kind of cool up against the gloomy sky!!

And to give you an idea of how mild and balmy the weather here has been for the dead of winter, the trees are confused! Cherry blossoms are blooming. The weather has been warm, shirt sleeve weather.

For more pictures of Skywatch Friday and the skies around the glove, please go and visit http://skyley.blogspot.com/
( I have been having problems with picture sizing so please click on each picture to enlarge it, thanks!)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Watery Wednesday

A meeting of minds!!

For more pictures of Watery Wednesday, please go and visit http://waterywednesday.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Bacon Explosion


My son Eric is the guest cook on this segment, cooking up for us one of his specialties. I have seen this recipe before but never tasted it or seen it made. It is not for the faint of heart, literally, this recipe is all about the pork!!
Above is some of the ingredients:
2 pounds Mild or if you like Hot Italian Sausage.
2 pounds of Maple cured Bacon
Barbeque Sauce.

To form the base of the Bacon Explosion weave together two pounds of bacon strips into a basket weave. By the time you are done you have a large rectangle of weaved bacon formed.

Meet my son Eric. Here he is combining 2 pounds sausage meat with onions, celery, peppers, and barbeque sauce. He is going to spread this over top of his bacon lattice.

Overtop of this layer he spices it to his liking and then adds a  layer of Jalepeno Havarti Cheese.

Now it is all ready to roll up into a log. Using the layer of Parchment Paper under the bacon to roll it up into a bacon log. Tuck in the ends carefully as well. Place the whole thing carefully onto a cookie sheet and brush liberally with Barbeque Sauce.

Bake this bad boy in  a 375 degree oven for about one hour. You probably will have to drain off some of the bacon fat while it cooks. Your house will smell divine!!

And here it is!! It really is wonderfull!

We served this with Garlic Mashed Potatoes and some Brussel Sprouts and Brocolli Crowns that I also roasted in some of the bacon fat.

If you choose to make this, you can play around with the ingredients to suit your own tastes. You can make a meatloaf mixture out of the sausage and add any of your favorite ingredients and spices to the mix. You can use your own favorite cheeses. The sky is the limit!!
I hope you try it out at least once!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Friday's Fave Five

My Friday's favorite fives are all happening right now!!
1) Taking the day off from work and sleeping in. I didn't get out of bed until 10am which for me is like sleeping in an extra 6 hours. Normally I get up at 4am to get ready to go to work. Usually a sleep in for me is getting up at 7. So I really got to sleep in this morning!!
2) The house to myself. My hubby works from home running our business but is in and out with it so this morning he is out and it is just me and the cats. I wouldn't like it too often to have the house quiet like this but once or twice is nice!
3) A pot of Starbucks Christmas blend coffee and some whipped cream to whiten it. So creamy!!! And a slice of Texas cut Raison Toast and butter to eat with it. I know, its not very nutritious but it sure is delicious!
4) The sound of the rain on my skylight. Its a relaxing sound to hear when you are warm and cozy in your home. I love watching the rain from the shelter of my home.
5) My new book that I borrowed from the library that I have been reading. It is called Exposure and Lighting for the SLR Digital Camera and I can read it slowly and try out its suggestions at my leisure. The heat is on, the rain is falling, the coffee is flowing and the house is quiet. Excellent learning conditions!

For more of Friday's Fave Five please go to visit http://susannesspace.blogspot.com/

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Skywatch Friday

For Skywatch Friday here are a few pictures taken at Matsqui Park along the Fraser River. The park consists of  a series of dykes that meander along the river and through farmer's fields.

Mount Baker and the Coastal Mountains are in view above farmer's fields. It was a warm, cloudy day, a good day to take the camera out for a walk!!
To view other pictures of Skywatch Friday please visit http://skyley.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Stuffed Baked Potatoes

Shepherd's Pie Stuffed Baked Potatoes that is!!
What to do with a bunch of leftover pot roast and gravy?
Take 4 large Russet Potatoes, coat in oil and season with salt and pepper and bake in the oven until cooked.

Stuffed Baked Shepherd's Pie Baked Potatoes.

1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped

1 medium onion, chopped, divided
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 pound ground sirloin 
1/2 pound button or crimini mushrooms, quartered
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 cups beef stock
2 tablespoons spicy brown or Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup shredded smoked Gouda cheese, for sprinkling on top
While the potatoes are cooling, place a medium skillet over medium-high heat with Olive Oil, about 1 tablespoon. Add the bell pepper and half of the onion to the pan, season with salt and pepper, then cook until the veggies are tender, 5-6 minutes. Transfer them to a large mixing bowl.

When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, slice in half and scoop out the potato flesh, taking care not to pierce the wall of the potato, and transfer to the bowl with the veggies (reserve the potato shells). Add the sour cream and paprika to the bowl and mash. Reserve warm.
Place a large skillet over medium-high heat with Olive Oil, about 2 tablespoons. Add the ground or chopped  sirloin to the pan and cook until golden brown, 5-6 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook until they start to turn golden brown, 4-5 minutes.
Add the remaining onion and garlic to the pan and cook until all the veggies are tender, about 5 minutes more. Push all of the ingredients to the edge of the pan and add the butter to the skillet. Sprinkle the flour over the melted butter and cook for about 1 minute. Add the stock, mustard, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce and some salt and pepper to the skillet and stir to combine. Bring up to a bubble and simmer until thickened, 2-3 minutes. I just used leftover gravy but you can make your own.
Fill the potato shells with the beef and mushroom mixture, then top each of them with the reserved mashed potatoes. Transfer to a baking sheet and sprinkle with the cheese. Pop the potatoes under the broiler until the cheese is melted and tops are golden brown.

These are a whole meal in a Potato!

On a separate note, potatoes can really be stuffed with anything to make a meal, a protien, a vegetable and some cheese and the possibilities are endless!!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Macro Monday

I have been trying for days now to get a picture for an amateur photography contest I enter weekly. The theme this week is Silver and it is harder than it seems. This is a silver ornamental bow and as you can see it is picking up all the colours in the room along with just the silver. Its not exactly what I was trying to achieve when I took the photos, but it is kind of pretty I think.

For more photos of Macro Monday, please visit http://lisaschaos.com/

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Today's Flowers, Straight out of the Camera Sunday

This image is from my archives, of a bouquet of flowers I recieved for my birthday in December.
For some reason, I had a really hard time photographing them, they didn't want to be I guess!!
This is straight out of the camera, as well so think I will add it onto that meme as well!

For pictures of Today's Flowers, please go to http://flowersfromtoday.blogspot.com/

For pictures from Straight out of the Camera Sunday, please go to http://www.murrieta365.com/

Friday, January 8, 2010

Friday's Favorite Five

1) Hard to believe it is already January, of a new year and a new decade. This time last year we were digging out of a couple feet of snow. So today one of my favorite things is the green! Sure we are having a bunch of rainy, soggy days, but I am loving not having to shovel it or be stressed having to drive in the snow.
2) Avatar 3D. What a wonderful movie to watch. The theater was packed, and everyone with their Blues Brothers Style 3D glasses. It was quite fun to see. The movie in 3D was magical. We sat close to the front of the theater and so some of the effects seem to float all around us. I highly recommend going to see this movie!
3) Facebook. Lately I have had contact with old friends from high school days thanks to a recent school reunion and a facebook page for my graduating class. It has been nice to catch up on all our lives since we parted ways in school.
4) Polarizing filters for my camera. I have been out and about getting used to them. My hubby gave them to me for Christmas. I love new toys for my camera!
5) Cinnaparts from McDonalds. These cinnamon buns are just evil but oh so good. Little pillows of soft sweet dough bathed in brown sugar and cinnamon and bathed in icing. That and a cup of coffee makes a sinful breakfast, which two days this week at work we all enjoyed. I guess the diet might start next week.

For more of Friday's Favorite Fives, please go to http://susannesspace.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Watery Wednesday

For Watery WEdnesday, I have chosen a picture I took at Matsqui Park outside of Abbotsford. The park is located along the Fraser River and has trails following the river that wind through all the farmers fields in the area. You can walk along the series of trails for miles.
This picture is taken along the river's edge looking up at the bridge span that links Abbotsford and Mission.

To view more pictures of Watery Wednesday, please visit http://waterywednesday.blogspot.com/

Monday, January 4, 2010

Macro Monday

Another Macro Monday is here, and for today I have pictures of one of the Chocolate treats I recieved for Christmas. I knew these came in Orange flavours but never dreamed it was in Mint. I I think half the fun of this treat is giving it a good whack on the counter to break it apart.It still looks like orange segments when its been whacked apart. Now all I have to do is discipline myself and eat it a little bit at a time over time!!

For some more pictures of Macro Monday, please go and visit http://lisaschaos.com/
(I am still getting used to this new blogger uploader, since just yesterday, so hopefully have done this right. Apologies if I have not!)
P.S. I still have a learning curve to go!!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Testing, Testing, Testing!!

I have been trying to enlarge my pictures for a while, so this is a test post to see if I figured it out.
Cross your fingers!!

Scarf watches TV

Another dose of Scarf for you. Lately she has been fascinated with what is going on with the TV. She will sit and quietly watch what is on the screen, and occasionally try and swat at something on the screen.
She looks like she is debating on whether she is included in those that might find the program disturbing. She sat for a while and watched the show, then meandered off to other adventures.