Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Summer Photo Backlog, Part Two

O, Canada!

My two big trips this summer were to both coasts of Canada!  Let's play a little game: can you guess which photos were taken in BC, and which in NS?  Answers are at the end of the post.

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***Answers!***
A. NS -- stopping by a beach on a nice day's drive.
B. BC -- Butchart Gardens in Victoria, a most beautiful and expensive place!
C. BC -- the ferry to Victoria Island.  Note the mountains FLOATING IN THE SKY!!  I had SUCH a fun time on the ferry ride. :)
D. NS -- sunset on the walk home from the beach.
E. NS -- Blomidon!
F. NS -- Fishbits at R+G Diner with A. and my parents!  We ALL got fishbits. :)
G. BC -- Butchart Gardens, where you can't take a bad picture!
H. NS -- stopping by a Dairy Queen on a nice day's drive.  Why aren't all Dairy Queens, and all other restaurants, equipped with a compost can option???  WHY???  Thank you for doing it right, random Dairy Queen and most other places in Canada.
I. BC -- a kiss at Butchart Gardens!
J. NS -- taking a walk on the back road in the woods by the beach.
K. NS -- pretty picture snapped stealthily in a totally overpriced and useless art boutique place that shall remain nameless ;)
L. BC -- the view out our window at UBC, which is pretty any time of day and never gets old!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Summer Photo Backlog, Part One

Since I haven't done a photo post since June (oops), I thought it would be nice to catch up!  Everyone knows I love food, obviously. :)  So, in vaguely chronological order, here is the first installment, Foods I Have Enjoyed This Summer!  Prepare to get hungry!

Here is A's birthday cake!  It's his favorite, the same one every year, banana cake with Super Secret Special Chocolate Frosting!

Lots of delicious little Hood strawberries, picked by me and A. and a visiting Brian!  We made lots of jam.

Oh, and I made strawberry shortcake, too!

Here is a day's harvest from our yard, during our ridiculously short summer!  Trust me, we enjoyed it while we could.

More yard bounty!

A really superb (and giant) piece of Boston Cream Pie, enjoyed on a boat in the Willamette River with A. and Cory G. and some scientists.  Everyone else at the table ordered the lemon cheesecake, and as the last one to order, I broke the consensus, to much good-natured kidding.  But why would you NOT order Boston Cream Pie????  And lemon cheesecake, what is up with that?  Maybe if it was NY cheesecake with the cherries on top and the little green pistachio sprinkles like they used to have at Linda Mae's, MAYBE, but since that is so hard to come by unless you verify it in a display case, I go with Boston Cream Pie.

A. presented this as a lunch/snack tray one day, and we devoured it.  I was obsessed with peaches this summer, getting them at the Farmers' Market as often as I could!!  Pregnancy craving, or good taste? You decide. :)

Speaking of peaches, A. and I canned a lot of them for the winter!  Thank you, Firestone Farms, and I really hope you stay in business for at least a few more summers!!

Fun fact!  A. and I have been grinding our own peanuts for peanut butter!  Why?  Because we are cheap, and all you need is peanuts and a food processor.  Our first batches were from some delicious Virginia peanuts given to us by Grandma J., and a subsequent few more were from the bulk peanuts at Winco.  Now, these bulk peanuts are already cheap enough, but they had a "too roasted" flavor for me.  I determined that we could roast our own with little effort.  We bought bulk raw peanuts, and after 15-25 minutes at 350 (careful! they go from underdone to burnt LIKE THAT), we had our own homemade roasty flavor.  Then we made peanut butter!  The flavor came out rather interestingly -- sweeter than I had thought, and a darker color because we didn't bother to remove the skins.

Just a little loaf of cheddar cheese bread!  All summer I/we have kept up the bread baking and pizza making!

Now, lest you think that this food scale is tipping toward the less-healthy side, I leave you with evidence that I also got in a few salads this summer!!