Monday, October 14, 2019

Book Club - Life WIll Be The Death Of Me by Chelsea Handler

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My brother always smelled like a bonfire.  He smelled like the beach and the woods all at the same time.  He smelled like home.

This was the opportunity to show my mother that she could depend on me, that for all the times I fucked up and for all the grief I caused her by never listening to anything either of my parents ever said and constantly getting into trouble in and out of school - that for her last wish, I was listening and I would show up.

Then I thought about my mother watching us from where she believed she was going, and thought, She's already laughing at us, and then I was laughing, and then my father, and then Roy.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Sunday, October 06, 2019

Cookbook Cleanup #7 - Brown Eggs and Jam Jars



Brown Eggs and Jam Jars! This is one of my newer books, I got it as a gift last year. I borrowed it from the library, read 3 pages and told The Mister that I wanted to own my own copy.  And so he had an easy time birthday shopping.

This is a big wonderful book packed with amazing photos, plenty of homesteading tips, and so many delicious recipes.

I made 7 recipes from the book -

Cinnamon Shortbread Bars with Dark Chocolate Ganache


This could be one of the most amazing cookies ever.  EVER.  It was a hit with family and coworkers alike and I will be making this on the regular from now on.  So delicious.

Roasted Cherry Molasses Cookies


A bit more time consuming than your usual cookies, but home roasted cherries in a cookie is pretty damn delicious.

Roasted Rhubarb Eton Mess


Dig my pretty meringues!

Everyday Sandwich Bread


What's better than one loaf of bread?  2.

Gingered Beef and Cheesy Bean Burritos


I added some salsa and extra cheese!

I also made Whole Wheat Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Orange Zest, and a most wonderful Chicken Leek Shepherd's Pie.

This book is a must have!  I look forward to continuing to explore the recipes this winter.


Cookbook Cleanup results so far - Bookshelf -4  Donated - 3

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

my favorites in september

September flew by even faster than August, which I didn't think was possible.  I still don't have my shit together.

Here's some things I enjoyed in September - 

Podcasts - 

NPR Pop Culture Happy Hour - short entertaining podcasts on movies, music, tv, plays....lots of fun information on (mostly) light topics.

Life Will Be The Death of Me with Chelsea Handler - I discovered this podcast at the gym one morning and it keeps me going on the elliptical - interesting guests and topics.  The ones with her psychiatrist are my faves.  I am enjoying it so much I borrowed the book from the library and am almost done it.

Audiobook -



Unlearn: 101 Simple Truths for a Better Life by Humble The Poet. SO GOOD.


Gratitude Journal:


I bought my Boo (bff) and I each a copy of this journal because we both need a swift kick in the ass to pull ourselves up.  


The C64 - 


This shows how old I am, but we had a Commodore 64 computer when I was a kid, and we had a super awesome game called Jumpman that my dad, mom and I all loved to play.  We spotted this game system in Toys R Us, and lo and behold - IT HAS JUMPMAN ON IT!!!!!!!!!
My dad bought this for me for my birthday - a truly sweet gift.


In Kamloops -

Klasske's Bistro - I wrote about this location years ago, when it was under a different name and owner, but the food is still delicious.  Chicken donair with spinach, tomato, cucumber, onions, banana peppers and sweet sauce.  Booyah.



Ms. Whimsy's Gift Emporium - a new and super cute store that's located on Second across from City Hall.  The merchandise is almost exclusively Canadian - from bags and hats to tea and chocolate to magnets and teapots to soap and bath bombs, there is a lot to see.  I heard a rumor there are Halloween themed bath bombs now, so I better go back soon.