Lens Artists Photo Challenge – A Quiet Moment

…thanks to Patti  for hosting this week’s Lens Artists Photo Challenge

Quiet moments are much easier to find these days but as things start to open up I’ve noticed that parts of the park are becoming hives of noisy activity with groups of families and friends who are gathering for the first time in months. That said there are still lots of quiet moments to share with you.

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Deserted Beach
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Quiet Highways
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Breakfast on the Deck
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Overlooking the neighbouring city from the top of the ski hill (man-made)
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Neighbouring streets
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In the Park
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Chilling by the Lake
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Dusk over Lake Ontario from the Park in New Toronto
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Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Comfort Food

thanks to Sandy for hosting this week’s Friendly Friday Photo Challenge

Comfort foods during COVID-19 have caused me to gain at least six pounds. Despite walking an average 13 000 steps a day comfort foods which are high in carbs are my downfall.

My husband, when he’s feeling okay, has found a renewed love of cooking. I don’t complain and I enjoy what he prepares immensely. The best meals are the ones we work on together. Here are some of my favourite comfort foods that we’ve enjoyed over the last 10 weeks.

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Homemade Bread
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Roast Pork and Mashed Cauliflower
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Homemade Pizza
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Lemon Pasta with Pancetta
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Cowboy Cookies
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Breakfast made by Kevin (vegetable hash under a fried egg)
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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – A Sense of Tasting

…thanks to Cee for hosting The Fun Foto Challenge

Is anyone else as obsessed with food as I am during COVID-19? I suspect that most of us are if all the posts and Tweets and Facebook entries are any indication. We all started with a fetish for baking bread and then buying yeast and flour became a challenge. When we discovered that we could still buy bread and our waistlines were beginning to expand we backed off the bread baking craze for awhile (fresh baked bread is so much more tempting than store bought).

Many people were more concerned with having enough alcohol in the house. We’re not huge drinkers but I have to admit that I bought into the need for wine at the beginning and braved going out to buy several bottles. I wasn’t comfortable going into such a busy place even though the distancing rules were being followed. I wiped down all the bottles as soon as I got home.

Now that the those bottles are long gone I decided to try and order wine on line from two of our local wineries and my husband ordered beer from a local craft brewery. Both arrived within days and much faster than our grocery orders.

One way to combat boredom is to try and make our meals more interesting. My husband is the cook and I’m the baker. I haven’t done a lot of baking but I’m itching to do more. On the other hand my husband has made some fabulous meals during all of this. Here are just a few.

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Day 23 – Food

….thanks to Leanne Cole for hosting the 30 Day at Home Challenge

On day 23 my husband and I were inspired by Jamie Oliver’s 30 Minute Meals and together we made a wonderful meal for the two of us. It consisted of a Wacky Summer Pasta, Arugula and Watercress Salad with Warm Pancetta and a Pear Meringue Tart.
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Day 21 – Today’s Dinner

…thanks to Leanne Cole for hosting the 30 Day at Home Challenge

Today’s theme is What’s for Dinner? I didn’t see this prompt until just now but luckily we took photos of our dinner because it was pizza night at Chez Cormier and we like to share with our family. Unfortunately this year we’re only able to share from a distance with photos.11018-DA5-EE69-4-C3-B-AC09-D921581138-FA
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2020 Photo Challenge – #13 – Texture

thanks to Jude for hosting the 2020 Photo Challenge

This month’s final assignment – Get close to your subject and capture just the texture itself, without the context. Then Zoom out so that you capture both the context of the texture as well as the texture itself.

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Bread is my Enemy

….I love it but it doesn’t love me back

My husband and I have been busy cooking and baking and one of the things we’ve made and eaten together is bread. We baked the last loaf today. I haven’t sampled it yet but my husband had some with his tea about an hour ago. I’ve already gained two pounds plus and if this social isolation goes on much longer I’ll gain back all the weight that I lost last year.8714424-B-11-CC-4885-8-CC2-418-FA1-C91-F2-E

 

Walking and More Baking During Covid-19

….at times the streets are empty and it’s an eerie feeling

Today, however, was a beautiful sunny day. The dog walkers were all out and mostly they were alone with their pet. A few people that were walking together were clearly couples who were probably cooped up all day together anyway.

Everyone was very respectful of the acceptable distance between people and when someone came down the street in my direction, either I or the other person stepped off the sidewalk and continued walking on the road. Funny how a few months ago this would have seemed anti-social and weird.D5-FAD72-E-F46-E-4-AF0-82-FE-F7771149-B69-A
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Even in the grocery store people go about their business quickly. People seem to know what they need and they spend as little time as possible in the store. In my local grocery store there are no empty shelves and there was a lot of toilet paper today. The cashiers are all separated from the customers by plexiglass shields at the cash and they all wore gloves. There was tape fixed to the floor with six feet between strips and people observed the social distancing rules.

As soon as I got home I washed my hands, something that I’ve always done but now I’m super diligent about it.

The other thing that both my husband and I have started doing again is bake. Today we started the dough for bread that we will bake tomorrow and while I was in the mood I made an almond cake. We had the cake for dessert tonight with some strawberries and cream. Being aware of the Corona 15 (the 15 pounds that many people will gain during this pandemic) we ate only one slice and then I froze the rest for another day.5-BFA4-CB1-2-CCD-4759-98-D4-5326-D41-ADCF7
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