Sunday, December 31, 2017

Foto Tunes

Tom the backroads traveller hosts this weekly meme. 

January 2018 - Toronto ON

Monthly Theme - Photo of the Year

This month's theme  Linking up with City Daily Photo.

We did so much travelling this year I had a hard time picking one. But I think it is this hummingbird at Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC in September 2017.

And my favourite by John, taken in the same place is:

And my favourite photo of us was at my cousin's wedding.

Monday Mural

January 2017 - Las Vegas NV

Saturday, December 30, 2017

inSPIREd Sunday

Sally and Beth host inSPIREd Sunday!

I was getting worried as I had no posts scheduled. Had I run out of churches???

I started hunting around my posts and in my photo archives and found that I had never posted this most famous Moscow church!

May 2011- Moscow Russia

It was Victory Day, marking the end of WWII, a huge national holiday so the museum was closed.

The Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed.commonly known as Saint Basil's Cathedral, is a church in the Red Square. The building, now a museum, is officially known as the Cathedral of the Intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat or Pokrovsky Cathedral. It was built from 1555–61 on orders from Ivan the Terrible and commemorates the capture of Kazan and Astrakhan. It was the city's tallest building until the completion of the Ivan the Great Bell Tower in 1600.

The building is shaped as a flame of a bonfire rising into the sky, a design that has no parallel in Russian architecture. Dmitry Shvidkovsky, in his book Russian Architecture and the West, states that "it is like no other Russian building. Nothing similar can be found in the entire millennium of Byzantine tradition from the fifth to the fifteenth century ... a strangeness that astonishes by its unexpectedness, complexity and dazzling interleaving of the manifold details of its design.". The cathedral foreshadowed the climax of Russian national architecture in the 17th century.


One Word Sunday

December 2017 - Toronto ON

There Is Only One Way Left

Six Word Saturday

December 2017 - Toronto ON

Friday, December 29, 2017

Cold Turkey

December 2017 - Toronto ON

Six Word Saturday

For breakfast we made rum and cranberry pancakes with sausages. I used buckwheat flour instead and we thought they were a little dense but okay. I think I would use gluten-free all-purpose flour the next time.

I then spent the afternoon in the kitchen.
Cranberry lemon yogurt loaf was really good. On impulse I also made these loaded cowboy cookies which were also great. The recipe says it makes 36 big cookies I ended up with 57 pretty big cookies so I froze a couple of bags.

We both love turkey so I did a turkey breast so we could have some leftovers.

One Word Sunday

I decided to make pineapple banana bread which I had made before but in a bundt pan. The recipe called for two loaf pans so I used them. They were incredible when I took them out of the oven, golden and high. Within minutes John, what happened?!?!? They had sunk like a ship....

We had Asian chicken lettuce wraps for dinner.

Monday - Christmas Day

After a sparkling wine and scrambled egg breakfast I prepared vegetables to take to my cousin's for dinner.

As we turn onto my cousin's street.


Cracker selfie!

We stayed overnight and woke to an extreme cold alert with blue skies.

Getting a big breakfast of black pudding, bacon, sausages, mushrooms, potatoes and eggs ready.

Opening the sparkling wine.

We left mid-afternoon with a bag full of leftovers for several days! Hence the title, we have had turkey for several days and there is now a pot of turkey soup ready for lunches!


We (I) decided that John needed another winter jacket that wasn't as heavy as his big one which is too warm when we are going downtown and are mostly underground in the PATH.

We went underground from the Royal York Hotel to The Bay and he ended up with two jackets!

Then home to watch movies!


As the sun rose on a bitterly cold morning.
How cold was it? Strteetcar fleet decimated by cold.

Polar vortex, schmolar vortex. The winter we're currently living through just saw temperatures dip to -22 C on Dec. 28 for the first time in recorded history.
With wind chill values of -30 C!

Union Station renovations are slooooowly being completed. Some restaurants have opened and others are set to.
Can't wait until Wvrst opens this location so we don't have to walk up to King St, W in the winter.

I had a friend in for a girls' lunch.

Friday Finds
Weekend Reflections

We had planned to take the car and do some errands but not in this.

Instead we opted to just take the shuttle downtown and pick up what groceries we needed/wanted for the weekend.

Some sights from the bus - our entrance.

Looking at Lake Ontario.

 I've shown you these guys many times but never with snow!

 There were flowers of tribute at Johnny Bower's feet as Johnny Bower passed away at the age of 93 on December 26, 2017.

Our building when we got home.

And then we were treated to this sky! Quite a weather day.


I need to do my ear-end count!!

I started The Woman Upstairs and almost put it down but I stuck with it. I like getting inside a woman's head. OK so she totally annoyed me, just go and do it for goodness sakes!

Different Class is a tautly woven, slowly moving thriller that is building to a stunning denouement!

Friday Photo Journal

Weekend Cooking hosted by

Beth hosts Weekend Cooking where you can post anything food related.
Saturday Snapshots is hosted by West Metro Mommy.