Monthly Archives: March 2017

friday favourite – cougars

Got your attention, didn’t I?! Sorry, this post is not about the type of cougar that means an older woman looking to score a younger man! It’s about a boot made by a company called Cougar!

I was visiting my family last weekend in Guelph and learned about these Canadian waterproof boots from my mom. I picked up these red ones at a great shoe store in Elora, ON.


What a fun way to deal with wet spring weather. Apparently the company has been around for 60+ years making winter footwear with temperature rated insulation. I love their tagline –   Get Into Outside.


friday favourite – headline coffee

This Fairtrade coffee subscription caught our eye this week and is our friday favourite.

Headline Coffee is a delivery service of the Toronto Star, a daily newspaper, based on the fact that coffee and the morning paper are a good combination.

They source the beans from Fairtrade certified producers all across the globe, roast the beans in Toronto then ship them out to subscribers (only in Canada.)

Sounds like an easy way to taste some great coffee!



My ‘aunt’ Sondra just gave me a jar of her homemade mustard, a smooth, hot and sweet family recipe that was once sold commercially under the label Chalif Mustard.

It is begging to be spread on the sourdough bread I just pulled out of the oven.

And I am going to be begging Sondra for the recipe!


friday favourite – sourdough

I haven’t owned sourdough culture for many years and when I decided I wanted to establish another batch and bake some sourdough bread, all roads led to the King Arthur Baking School. The course was great, we made a ridiculous amount of bread AND we got to take home our own sourdough culture.

The biggest take-home message was that having sourdough culture is like having a pet! You need to feed it and maintain it and even name it. Apparently we now name our winter storms and the one that hit while we were inside feeding our sourdough and baking up a storm was called Stella. Guess what I am calling my sourdough…!

Stella is my friday favourite!






Before we learned to cook, we baked. We’d bake for our brothers who could gobble up a pan of brownies before the pan cooled. And endless batches of chocolate chip cookies placed in alternating rows of 3s and 2s to maximize space on the baking sheet.

Then we dreamed, like so many others, about having our own bakery/coffee shop. But wise folks have reminded us over the years about the delusional allure of rising at the crack of dawn every day to make the same muffin recipe. So….we are good and loyal patrons to many bakeries. Here are a list of some of the ones we love:

Guelph – Polestar Hearth Bread and The Bakery

Worcester Birch Tree Bread, On the Rise and Crust


New York City The City Bakery and Levain


friday favourite – podcasts

Two podcasts I am currently listening to are my friday favourites-

Crimetown:  Every season, we’ll investigate the culture of crime in a different American city. First up: Providence, Rhode Island, where organized crime and corruption infected every aspect of public life. This is a story of alliances and betrayals, of heists and stings, of crooked cops and honest mobsters—a story where it’s hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys. 

Missing Richard Simmons:  On February 15, 2014, fitness guru Richard Simmons disappeared. He stopped teaching his regular exercise class at Slimmons, cut off his closest friends, and removed himself from the public eye after decades as one of the most accessible celebrities in the world. Nobody has heard from him – and no one knows why he left. Filmmaker Dan Taberski was a Simmons regular and a friend of Richard’s. Missing Richard Simmons is Dan’s search for Richard – and the deeper he digs, the stranger it gets.

Listen to them and let us know what you think!


this was pot roast

My sister bought me a cute little crock pot a few years ago to make overnight oatmeal.

Lately I’ve been trying to make a one-person sized pot roast in it. I have used some lower steak cuts from my friend’s farm, added in these great little potatoes, local carrots, onions, BBQ sauce and red wine. It makes a great little dinner…and then I turn it into this on day two.

20170305_122414I sautéed more carrots, green onion and sweet potato. Added all the leftover pot roast bits in (beef, onion, carrot and juice), tossed in some beef stock, a little more wine, salt and pepper, and a cup of leftover rice. And voila I have lunch-sized hearty soup for a week.



stuff we love…to really dislike

Last week, I “chatted” with people for five nights in a row at my internet provider to try and make adjustments to my plan to cover I’m-a-new-netflix binger. Yes, I finally got netflix. And yes, there are still some of us who don’t have unlimited internet plans in Canada.


Signing in to a “live chat” became my nightly ritual. I even did a scribbled sketch about it on day 3 of the chatty week as I sat waiting…because I thought three days and three calls was getting ridiculous.

By Friday night (day 5), I finally dialed in to chat to a live person. Funny thing. He told me that all the other information I’d received – on the four previous nights from Hi my name’s Stella, Mitch, Michael and more – was incorrect. I smell a training opportunity.

I don’t know if I should trust the live voice. But I’m back online with nothing to love about the growing trend of live chats to get information. I’ve also heard (maybe I’m the last to know) that they are most likely staffed by bots anyhow. Customer service fail.