Which Way Challenge – October 14, 2022

thanks to Alive and Trekking for hosting https://aliveandtrekking.com/2022/10/14/which-way-photo-challenge-october-14/

Bridge to the rugby pitch
Walking through the park
To the end of the beach
Road to the ferry
Final trip to the cottageview from the car

Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian Family and Friends

….this year it was more about the pumpkins, decorations and squash

Usually the turkey is a big deal but when it’s just the two of us, we tend to keep things simpler. Leading up to Thanksgiving we stopped at some favourite places and picked up some gourds for decoration, lots of vegetables and yummy butter tarts.

Gourds outside Wendy Bs shop in Lafontaine
Inside Wendy Bs place
Pumpkins at Harris Farms
Cream of the Crop Squash
Thanks for the spending the day with me, Andrea
Sunday night’s dinner prepared by my wonderful husband

Kevin is Cooking Again

….that can only mean one thing….he’s feeling much better

I can always tell when my husband doesn’t feel well….he stops cooking. Kevin loves to cook. Next to painting, cooking is his happy place. I’m one lucky woman. The only downside for me is that his cooking is so good that I want to eat too much of it and I start to pack on the pounds.

In the last week he’s made red pepper relish, basil pesto, sun dried tomato pesto, plum jam, chicken curry and an amazing pork roast. He rarely makes cakes but today he made an Irish Apple cake. We had to freeze half of it and I packed some up for my neighbour.

Basil Pesto
Roast Tomatoes made last summer
Roasted Tomato Pesto
Pasta with the roasted tomato pesto and fried Italian sausage,
You can see the jars of plum jam in the background
A charcuterie board ….ingredients from the Cheese Boutique ….assembled by Kevin
An Irish Apple Cake

Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge – Review

….thanks to Sue W. and GC for hosting the Weekend Challengehttps://weeklyprompts.com/2022/09/24/weekly-prompts-weekend-challenge-review-3/

Reviewing my day in Hamilton. Had I known that I was going to do this I would probably have taken more photos.

My daughter and daughter-in-law had appointments in Hamilton to get their hair done and the car isn’t very reliable anymore for long trips so I volunteered to drive them in my car. I haven’t been back to the downtown core of Hamilton since our daughter moved to New Brunswick.

The first thing I did was drop the girls off at the salon and then I drove to Denninger’s. It’s a German deli that has been in Hamilton since Rudolf Denninger immigrated to Canada from Germany with his wife. The family owned business has grown from the original store on King St. in Hamilton to 5 stores, a warehouse and a manufacturing facility, employing 300 people in southern Ontario. https://denningers.com/pages/about-us

The visit was bittersweet because so many things in the store reminded me of my father, who passed away almost two years ago. I picked up many things that had a special meaning for me. My father loved chocolates, herring and small oranges like clementines. The cashier asked me if I was all right because I had tears in my eyes. I told him they were happy tears. I spent way too much money.


After my shopping trip at the deli I drove back to Mulberry and MacNab because I knew that I could park there for free and I walked up James St. to the wool shop. I had some money left on a gift certificate from the Hand Knit Yarn Store. It wasn’t for a large amount but I thought I would check out the new merchandise. I haven’t been there since before COVID, over two years ago. Everyone was very friendly and using up the remainder of the gift card was no problem. Again I spent way too much money. https://handknityarnstudio.com/

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After my purchase of yarns I walked around the corner to Arcana Salon https://www.arcanasalon.ca/ to check on the girls. Andrea had another 1 1/2 hours to go, so I walked back towards my car and my favourite coffee shop in Hamilton, Mulberry Coffeehouse https://www.mulberrycoffeehouse.com/. Along the way I stopped to take some photos of flowers and Interesting doors.


Once I was in the coffeehouse, I ordered a tea and a breakfast sandwich. It was very busy, as it always is and I was lucky to find a seat at a counter. I pulled out the book that I am currently reading but I didn’t get too far. Josie walked in with her new haircut and wanted to visit the Farmers’ Market which was within walking distance from the cafe. When I finished my tea we made the trek to the Hamilton Farmers’ Market and we were delighted to see that most of the vendors had survived the COVID restrictions and closures. I purchased two large bunches of basil and garlic after overhearing another customer talk about making pesto with his purchase. I thought it was a great idea. In the next post I’ll show you our busy day making and putting the pesto into jars.

Andrea met us at the market. We walked around a little bit more and I treated myself to a bunch of flowers. My Dad also enjoyed buying flowers for me and my husband used to do it weekly. We headed back to the car with our bags of produce in hand and then made our way back to Toronto.

That evening we shared a meal together and I cooked up the spaetzle that I bought earlier. Kevin had made a lovely beef stew that complimented the German noodles perfectly. To burn off some of the calories from our meal, the girls and I and Olive went for a long walk through the neighbourhood. What a perfect day!


The Chaos of the Artist Studio

….some artists thrive in chaos

My husband doesn’t like it when I try to clean-up his work space. I’ve learned to leave his art studio as is. He knows where everything is (most of the time) and what many people would consider an unorganized space, it’s a space that sparks his creative juices.

I can’t say I’m much better. My art studio is smaller and is currently cluttered with papers, bills and unused art supplies. I can only take the mess for so long before I have the need to clean and reorganize the space. I’ll share my space down the road.

Welcome to Studio K. Cormier: