Summer Slow Down

Summer has arrived in Muskoka!!

  The small town I live in is all of a sudden alive after many months of sleep…slightly poetic non? Oooooo French too.. 😀

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Port Carling at the end of Summer

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aerial view – Hub of the Lakes

Three times in two weeks I have narrowly missed being T-boned, hit head on and left questioning why some people have a driver’s licence at all!!

On my way home from work the other day I was waiting to make a left hand turn onto my road,  when the person waiting to make a left off my road decided  she’d just put the pedal to the metal and maybe push me out of the way? she missed me by mere inches!!

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Yesterday coming home some guy in a huge black SUV decided it was a brilliant idea to pass on a double line and on a corner….again scared the cheese right out of us, all of a sudden there he was!!!

And then again today!  I had just pulled out onto the road and was coming up the small hill near the “Corner Store” when BANG there was another unsafe idiot driver, she was making an extremely wide turn I mean wide she was in my lane!!! This time scared the cheese whiz out of me!!

There was actually and accident in a parking lot on the weekend!!!!  A head on collision???? Really??? in a parking lot!!!!  People must slow down and pay attention!!

Many people come to Muskoka to unwind, slow down and enjoy time with their families….why is everyone in such a hurry????  or maybe that’s it, everyone is so relaxed and breathing in the Northern air that they just aren’t paying attention? hmmm.

on a happier note and to change the subject

Daughter #2 is having a wonderful time in Alberta, so much so, that I received a text from her last night saying “Can we move here, I love it , I don’t want to leave”  so much for “Mummy I miss you , and I just want to come home and give you a huge hug 😀

I am so happy we were able to send her out “West” again, she was there in May for an exchange trip with her class, and was invited back along with one of her friends from school.

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With views like this I wouldn’t want to come home either! Will post some of her photos when she’s back

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Daughter #3 is having a great time with Grandma swimming, shopping, gossiping and trying to keep Grandma out of trouble. 😀

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Daughter #1 enjoys spending time with me now that her busy weekend is over and has nothing else to do… 😀

Son #1 is busy working so we don’t see too much of him 😀

Happy Monday!!

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Bake for their Sake!

Get Baking!!! What an awesome idea!!!

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Dear Friends,

This Friday, July 19th, a wonderful non-profit organization called Echoing Good will be hosting an online bake sale auction to raise funds for some really amazing projects that help bring food to children in need. The baked treats are being donated by a few of my favorite food and lifestyle bloggers…and guess what? I’m one of them! (not that I’m my own favorite!…but maybe…).

Echoing Good supports community led small-scale projects, like creating sustainable school farms, by setting up the project and providing the funds to get it going. Echoing Good’s school farm project is currently helping to feed over 1,400 children every day in Uganda. THAT IS AMAZING!!! You know who else is amazing? Molly Beckert, the young women who founded and continues to run Echoing Good. She absolutely blows my mind and I love all of the good she’s putting out into this world…

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Shakshuka

Shakshuka (Eggs Poached in a Spicy Tomato Sauce)

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Ingredients – Serves 2:

– 4 eggs

– 200g cooked haricot beans (you could use chickpeas or any bean though)

– 2 cans of chopped tomatoes

– 3 garlic cloves, crushed

– 1 jalapeno, diced

– 1 onion, diced

– 1 yellow pepper, diced

– 1 tsp cumin

– 1 tbsp smoked paprika

– 2 tbsp feta cheese

– 4 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

– 2 spring onions/scallions

– 2 tbsp green olives, sliced

– 2 wholewheat pita breads

1) Heat some oil in a pan and add the onion, pepper, jalapeno and garlic and cook for 4 minutes until softened.

2) Add the tomatoes, beans, cumin and paprika and cook for 5 minutes.

3) Crack the eggs on top of the tomato mixture and cook until the whites of the egg have set – around 10 minutes.

4) Grill your pita breads to head them up.

5) Scatter the spring onions/scallions, parsley, feta and olive on top of the eggs and tomatoes and serve with pita breads to dip in.

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