One woman's insight into her daily life and some 'adventures'.............cooking, collecting, travels etc. With a lil' bit of this and that...........

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Icy Niagara Falls

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This picture was taken exactly a week ago of Niagara Falls when we went over the border to Niagara Falls and Buffalo to do some shopping. This picture I took going over the Bridge to U.S.A....It is still icy, with all those chunks of ice floating around. When it is real cold the sight of more ice and snow it look amazing.
To the right is the Canadian side with all the Hotels.

This is the New York state side.....

Can you see all the people standing looking down at the Falls on the left corner....sure must be cold. Becuase that day it was pouring rain and windy.

Here we are in Niagara Falls on the Canadian side just before we hit the US border bridge and we were passing Planet Hollywood.

My fav chocolate Bar........yummmm.

Sure is one big Hershey Kiss.........on top of this building. This would last me a whole day of eating it.

See the Royal Canadian Mounted Police standing there. In the summer there is a Line/up to stand and take a photo beside him.
A main street before we turn left on the Bridge to cross over.
We love to go over the Border to shop.......even though I live in a bigger city and we have lots more Malls to shop and the same stores but Buffalo prices are so much better..... really it feels like a mini/vacation when we go over for a day or two.
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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Spaghetti Squash Roasted

Thank you Lisa for hosting "Tempt My Tummy Tuesdays"
from Blessed with Grace.
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This week I decided to do all very low calorie foods and get myself and family into eating more healthy. We normally do eat healthy but sometimes we go off the track once in a blue moon. So instead of pasta we had this for dinner, it was quite tasty. That was my daughter talking who normally would not touch it.

I was at the local Veggie store and they had a pile of these 'spaghetti squash' so I purchased one. It was pretty pricey, I paid $5.89 for it.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Cut the squash in half and remove seeds....scooping them out.

Drizzle a small amount of olive oil and brush it on the cut side.
Sprinkle on some salt and pepper and minced garlic if you like....or any kind of seasoning to your taste.

Cut side down, place the squash on a baking sheet.
Roast anywhere from 30 to 45 min.......depending on the size of your squash.

Let sit for 5 min. to cool down.
Scrape the flesh of the squash using a dinner fork.....moving around gently. Fluffing the strands.

You can dress up your squash with spaghetti sauce or just add parmesan cheese to it. You can even drizzle some olive oil on it that has been infused with herbs....and salt and pepper to taste.
Tip......Did you know that the spaghetti squash seeds could be roasted same as pumpkin seeds for an extra treat.

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Monday, March 15, 2010

Fruit Plates

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Pear Plate

Apricot Plate

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Blue Ducks

Thank you Sally for hosting "Blue Monday" for some fabulous inspiration at www.smilingsally.blogspot.com.

I have had these two ashtrays with the Ducks for ever since I can remember. They have these blue tones on them. Well actually the ashtray with all the Ducks was bought at a Yard Sale years ago and the one with the single Duck has been around my home and my Mom's for ages. Can't remember where it was purchased from and when??????

They have never had ashes in them.........

This is my fav ashtray, the ducky looks so cute trying to get a snack.


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Friday, March 12, 2010

Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake

Today is "Foodie Friday" which we have the gracious Hostess Michael from Designs by Gollum for hosting this weekly. Be sure and visit the other participants for some inspiration and great foods.

Last weekend I made this Hershey's Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake..............I had some pints of raspberries hanging around my fridge so I decided to decorate with them.
That weekend I had some nieces coming over for dinner and their favourite along with my daughter Jackie love Chocolate and raspberries...........so I created this cake.

I melted some Chocolate squares and drizzled on top.

I got the recipes off the back of the Hershey's Cocoa container.......for the cake and frosting.

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Raspberries and Red Roses

Today is "Ruby Tuesday"........be sure and visit everyone at www.workofthepoet.blogspot.com

Luscious Red Raspberries........

These gorgeous Red Roses my Husband Don bought them for me last week for my Birthday........ever since we have been married he always gets me Red Roses.

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Monday, March 8, 2010

Sweet Tulips

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Today for Mellow Yellow I'm showing my Tulips that are a bit of yellow and some red. I searched the Market that I was at for plain yellow Tulips but there were none available so I settled for these.
I always feel that spring is around the corner when I buy Tulips to put around the house after those gloomy cold and snowy winters.

Although Tulips are always associated with Holland, commercial cultivation of the flower began during The Turkish Ottoman Empire.
The Tulip was first introduced to Europe in the mid-16th century from The Turkish Ottoman Empire, and beacme very popluar in the united Provinces which is now the Netherlands.
The "Tulip" gained much popularity and was seen as a sign of abundance, wealth and indulgence in the Turkish Ottoman Empire. The era during which the Ottoman Empire was wealthiest and most powerful was called 'The Tulip Era' or in Turkish Lale Devri.

The Tulips came to Canada my home in 1945, the Dutch Royal family sent 100,000 tulip bulbs to Ottawa the capital in gratitude for sheltering Princess Juliana and her daughters during the second World War ..............thus for the future creating The Canadian Tulip Festival.

The 'Canadian Tulip Festival'.................claims to be the world's largest Tulip Festival, with over 500,000 visitors annually. This major cultural event is held in Ottawa, Canada, over the course of 18 days in May, concluding witht he Queen Victoria Day long weekend.

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my tid/bit on the story of the Tulip.