Tuesday, May 31, 2022

THE FIRST FOUR


Valentine's Day Cookies
I am so behind in my blogging! I was going through my cell phone photos and decided a picture blog for the first four months of the year would have to suffice. My blog is like an online diary and now that I'm in my 50's a way to remember things. LOL!! Here's a little look at the first four months of 2022.   

First real snow storm of the winter, January 17th. 

  
52 and still making snow angels!

More Valentine's Day Cookies.


And Valentine's Day Cupcakes too!
Family Day weekend we went to my Cousin Andi's for a delicious feast and visit. First one since Christmas and much needed.
Prepping....

Cesar Salad to start. 

My delicious dinner!

Rob and I finally made it to Carlo's Bakery in Port Credit in March. I'd been wanting to go since it
opened. 
I hear they are opening a location in Yorkville this summer.

First brunch of the year at our favorite brunch spot, Toast on Bloor the end of March. 
I love their coffee and Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict. 

I actually did a blog for our Easter Weekend, you can find that here

Our fur babies Merry and Molly had their 7th birthday on April 30th. It's shocking to me that they are now considered senior cats when they still act like babies. 
Happy Birthday to the "snuggle sisters!"

Birthday cake for their human servants. 

They got this slithering snake for their birthday, Merry was scared of it, Molly was unsure of it. 
Now, let's see if I can get my May vacation blog done before the end of June! 

Monday, April 18, 2022

OUR EASTER WEEKEND

 

Adorable Easter Cupcakes for dessert on Good Friday.
I am behind on my blogging, but wanted to blog about our weekend while it was still fresh in my mind. It was the most enjoyable weekend we've had in a while, and was the perfect mix of family, friends, nature and time spent at home.

Good Friday we went to my Cousin Andi's for dinner. We hadn't had a visit since Family Day, so it was nice to catch up with her and Dave. We enjoyed a meal of ham, potatoes and vegetables.  

Saturday morning had us up and out of the house by 9am, as reports of the first warblers arriving by Dave the day before had us visiting one of his favorite spots. Golden and Ruby-crowned Kinglets were in abundance. I enjoyed just standing still with them flitting all around me, closer than an arms length away.  

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet
We were also treated to our first warbler sightings of the season, seeing both Yellow-rumped and Pine Warblers. Spring migration has all us birders a little twitchy to get out there and see who's arriving!
Yellow-rumped Warbler, aka "butter butts", and you can see why here. 

Pine Warbler
Dave tells me the Palm Warblers are next to arrive, so maybe we'll see them this coming weekend. Fingers crossed!

As per tradition in my family, our winter hat is set out the Saturday night before Easter Sunday for the Easter Bunny to fill, and he always does. 

The goodies the Easter Bunny left for us.
I baked a chicken for Easter dinner, but before we got around to cleaning up the kitchen we decided to go for an early evening walk in a park close to home. We weren't even out of the car and I spotted a fox Rob had seen earlier in the week.  

Thrilled to see this beauty. 

We also enjoyed watching this Belted Kingfisher fly around.  
We also spotted the Easter Bunny while we were driving into the park. How lucky is that, to see the Easter Bunny on Easter! (Not Rob's photo, but our view none the less)
Eastern Cottontail.
I had booked today off to make it a four day weekend, and met with my friend, Pat, for brunch at one of my favorite local restaurants, Toast on Bloor. We both enjoyed the Norwegian Eggs Benedict.

My favorite breakfast at Toast on Bloor.
It was a lovely long weekend and I'm sorry to see it come to an end. 
 




Monday, February 28, 2022

THE LAST DAY OF 2021

 

Merry was very interested in our last meal of the year.

Rob had December 31st off which allowed us to get out for a nice nature walk that morning. We were treated to some nice owl sightings. Rob spotted a Great Horned Owl almost as soon as we started our walk, and I found my third Long-eared Owl. We also enjoyed hand feeding some Chickadees before we returned home. 

Great Horned Owl.

Long-eared Owl.
 
Hand feeding a Chickadee.

Rob and I have never gone out for New Years Eve, or even gotten together to celebrate with friends. It's always been just the two of us with our pet family, so it was as normal as it's always been. I made a nice dinner, and we watched a lot of the 4th season of Cobra Kai which dropped that day on Netflix. As always, I'm thrilled if I make it to midnight, which I did. Might not sound too exciting to some, but we enjoyed our evening.  

New Years Eve Dinner, we were too full for dessert. 


Saturday, January 29, 2022

CHRISTMAS 2021

 

A special cake for a special dinner.

Here it is the end of January and I'm just getting around to doing a blog about Christmas. Unfortunately, Rob and I both had Covid19 to welcome the new year, he brought it home from work the end of December. It's taken a few weeks to get my energy back. But, enough about that, this blog is about our almost normal Christmas. 

We were once again able to join my cousin and her husband for our Christmas gathering a week before Christmas. She always cooks a delicious feast and I bring dessert. Since we didn't get together to do this in 2020, I wanted a show stopper of  a cake for our dessert on December 18th, and Cake Stars delivered! 

Together at Xmas time again!

Since we haven't had a big Xmas tree since adopting Merry & Molly, I always enjoy Dave and Andi's tree when we are there. It was a very enjoyable evening, wonderful meal, drinks, and gift exchange.  

Their gorgeous Xmas tree.

Closer look at the edible Cardinal.

If I know Andi, the fondant Cardinal is in her freezer, as he was "too pretty" to eat.

We couldn't stop staring at this cake, it was like a work of art!

Closer to Christmas I did my Christmas baking, Cherry Balls, Candy Cane Blossoms, and Short Bread Cookies. The bounty went to co-workers, friends and neighbors.

Shortbread Cookies ready for the oven.

I carried on the Christmas Eve Lobster Chowder tradition even though I was the only one to enjoy it. I made a half pot, and it was delicious!

It's not Xmas if I don't make Lobster Chowder.

Santa found Rob and I again, and after an enjoyable Christmas morning at home we went over to his parents for Christmas dinner with his family. They don't like picture taking, so I have none to share, but we enjoyed dinner and being together again.

My haul from Santa.

Rob's haul from Santa.

Sugar Cookies for Dolce Custom Cookies.

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas too!