Weekend Snapshots

Sometimes I don’t think I have anything interesting going on to write about.  I read so many blogs that are wonderfully organized and written and for some reason I think I have to live up to that, but that’s nonsense.  So here is a perfectly unorganized look at what we were up to last weekend.

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Carlo made choucroute last week and we finally finished eating it all.  I think we need to be vegetarians this week to balance out all of that pork!

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I’ve been reading a lot about cocktails, so I did some experimenting in the kitchen with blood oranges and maple syrup.

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The weather was gorgeous, so we took advantage of it with a walk to the park.  We really need to do this more often.

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I inherited 2 chairs from my grandparents and I need to reupholster them.  I’ve never done it myself, but I think I can figure it out.  This chairs need new foam and everything.  I think the hardest part is choosing the fabric.  We looked at some neutral linens, but the more I think about it, the more I’d like to use some bold fabric that I know my mother has that also came from my grandparents.  I’ll keep you posted.

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Early morning Olympic hockey gold!!

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We checked out a new patisserie in the neighbourhood.  It was alright, it looked beautiful, but we’re pretty sure they bring the products in from somewhere else.  We’re pretty picky when it comes to pastries, especially croissants.  I’m not biased, but my husband makes the best croissants in the city 🙂

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French Onion Soup

A few weeks ago we decided to make French Onion Soup.  So Carlo pulled out this book from his collection:

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It is called The Balthazar Cookbook.”  Balthazar is a French brasserie in New York City run by Keith McNally, Riad Nasr and Lee Hanson.  Therefore it must have the perfect onion soup recipe.

First we caramelized the onions:

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Then added thyme, bay leaf, garlic, stock and wine.

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A long time ago Carlo bought this little soup dishes.  We never use them, except for French Onion soup.  So, into the bottom goes stale or dried bread, then ladle the soup in and top with cheese.  We used Havarti, not Gruyere.

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I could eat this everyday.

Out with the old, in with the new

When Carlo and I were married a year and a half ago, his best friend Edgar gifted us a car.  A 2002 Mazda Protege.  Crazy right?  What’s even better is that it was a car that had been passed down through Edgar’s family and it was so sweet that they fixed it up for us to have a turn.  It was exciting to drive off after our wedding in our own car!

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Living downtown Toronto, a car is a luxury, not a necessity, but it sure made life easier.  Trips to the grocery store or to visit Carlo’s mom in Etobicoke were no longer daunting journeys.  It was now easier to visit my family in Carleton Place and our family cottage which is in the middle of nowhere.  The biggest problem I had with the car was that it was a standard transmission.  I do not know how to drive stick.  Carlo tried teaching me a few times, but I am a chicken and was too scared to drive it, especially in the city.  So I remained a passenger.  Thankfully my brother can drive it as well!  So Jeff and I took it up to our family cottage a few times.

The last time we took it to the mechanic, he let us know that it wasn’t in great shape.  Despite the car looking alright, he said something about the frame of the car being very rusty.  We weren’t about to spend a fortune on the 10+ year old car, so we decided to limit it’s usage to local drives.  No more travelling to the cottage, or to my parents’ place.

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This Christmas, my parents gifted us their old car!  It was so unexpected.  I knew they were trying to sell it, but I didn’t think they would give it to us!  The used car gods smiled on us again.  This time it’s a 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix.  And it’s automatic, so I can drive!

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Now I have to practice my assertive city driving.  Like our old car, it’s a little rusty.  Speaking of the old car, we had to let her go.  Owning two cars in Toronto is just crazy.  Carlo listed it on the good old Craigslist and it was gone 2 weeks later.  We didn’t get much for it, but we didn’t expect to.  Why is it sad to get rid of a car?  Here’s our last photo with it.

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Hopefully we’ll get to take Big Red on a few adventures in the near future 🙂