…At The Grindstones











{September 25, 2010}   Thankful…

With all of my recent adventures and experiences, there was one place that I had to go. I spent a few moments of silence in front of this, in Halifax, NS. Even though she was missing her accessories I focused my mind on the good that had come in the year, though there had been “much badness” and suffering and fear prior to and braided in there with it.. Β the end result was some amazing clarity, love, learning… so much that I can’t even begin to think of how to write out or describe any part of my journey and had to take that break and post videos that I didn’t make to be able to process it all, not that I’ve finished by any means.

So today, if you feel it…. go out and say thank you.. or drop a message to someone to say thank you or give thanks in general to whatever you believe in, especially YOURSELF.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a Circus party to attend to and need to find my crazy glasses.



{September 17, 2010}   A Message..



{September 15, 2010}   My Pumpkin Molasses Muffins

These little bad boys are an amazing snack for the week and can take care of your snack cravings or rushed breakfast no problem, especially with a nice little piece of cheese…

What I do is, when squash and pumpkin are in season (you can use either), acorn, butternut squash and pumpkin are all amazing.. Bake them in the oven with a bit of maple syrup in the middle to moisten and keep them baking until they are soft, takes a while, I just put on a movie for the whole thing. Then you scoop out the flesh (the seeds are scooped out before baking, you can bake those too), and measure one-cup amounts out. I put them in little sandwich bags and freeze them flat, and just take them out an hour or half hour before I want to make the muffins. The canned pumpkin in my mind is too salty and tastes like everything else that’s in the can.

This is me measuring out and bagging the cooled pumpkin and squash..

Then I toss one cup of pumpkin/ squash into a bowl with 1/2 cup margarine or butter and a loosely packed 3/4 cup of brown sugar, and 1/4 – 1/3 cup molasses.

Add a beaten egg, a tablespoon baking soda, pinch of salt…and the desired spices… I use cinnamon and cloves for sure, and sometimes ginger, allspice or pumpkin pie spice mixes.. to make these even better add smallish chopped dates (not raisins),as these little dudes bake the dates get all mushy and spread out and add a lot of sweetness. You can also add pecans or another dried fruit like figs, walnuts etc etc.

Then add one and 3/4 cup flour. I use soy and barley flour, wheat flour would be fine as well, buckwheat as well and mixes of any kinds of flour really, though I’d avoid oat flour as it tends not to work as well for me.. Bake at 375 for about 15-20 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. They are very moist.

They turn out small, but are perfect servings of fibre. Perfect for snacking and super healthy.. alright so there’s some sugar in them.. but they are easy to digest, great for people with problems in that area. πŸ™‚

Enjoy!

KQ



{September 9, 2010}   Gonna Grow Some Turnips



{September 3, 2010}   What the Q?

In Montreal, Instantly reminded me of:

And I’m seeing them everywhere.. Like Halifax:

I’ve seen it twice, and paid for it 4 times. Goes to show how much I really enjoyed it and enjoyed sharing it!!

KQ



{August 23, 2010}   Last Summer, In Halifax…

I did many many things….

I visited the underground pedways and sadly saw all of the things that had closed down or had gone out of business, and what they were being replaced with.. still, a good way to get out of the rain…

Visited the Town Clock… As mentioned in my circle blog here:

https://atthegrindstones.wordpress.com/2010/06/22/circles-dukes/

At Delicious dumplings and noodles from the Cheelin Restaurant in Halifax on the water over looking George’s Island and the sister city Dartmouth..

Walked by the new Bud The Spud- famous chip truck, now under new ownership and parked in a new place- still by the public library in Halifax in between the 2 – what once were- major shopping streets..

Went into the library for the smell that takes me back, and the coldest most delicious water fountain aka free water in the perfect place for a break on the library lawn .. with fries.. hehe.

Ate delicious cupcakes from Suzies Shortbreads, and picked up a bright pink box full of cupcakes to deliver to friends downtown who were working…mid-afternoon sugar rush..walked by the clock and checked out the so called candy cane smoke stacks and view..

Walked downtown over the Citadel Hill to mix things up…and busted our a pocket kite I bought the day before to see if the wind would take it, and it did…mostly.

I find this door kind of creepy…

“The Wave” Do not climb.. haha. Everyone does. Halifax Waterfront. We had people complaining between this and the poster boards about how sexual our landmarks were once..

The Pirate play ship by the Maritime Museum, once used to stage a wicked pirate battle.. The museum is pretty great too- and free Tuesday nights πŸ™‚ The play-boat used to be more interactive, with tire swings and fake cannons, more doors and “cup phones” etc etc and more educational stuff in there but year by year they’ve stripped it away..

I always preferred to play on the anchors though, but the last 2 times I went they were fenced off for construction 😦

Ship cat. We have lots of wharf cats too, there used to be a lot ..and I mean a LOT of kittens and cats closer to the port that people would go leave food for, but one year there was something about it in the news and I think they were all captured and sent away 😦

The ferry between Dartmouth and Halifax coming in to dock..

My favorite flower outside my childhood home.. or rather.. summer isn’t summer without that smell…

Later that summer I went to White Point Beach Resort in Nova Scotia, near Liverpool. Didn’t stay there but ate there and went to their beach..

http://www.whitepoint.com/

It’s a pretty great little beach especially for families since there aren’t too many places near the water where they can run off and you can’t see them.. I had great company and great chowder…

Saw an enormous Whipper-Snipper thing ripping down bushes on the side of the road as we drove to an old school turned perma yard and craft sale.. anyway I thought it was pretty hardcore..

The old school..

I bought a French textbook from 1930, and a set of postcards with covers of the old Goosebumps book series on them. It had some great crafts, and some boring touristy ones. some amazing prints, great book selection (put your money in the tin) and so many records I wish I could have taken back with me..

Check out this dated map of Canada hehe:

I took a few videos at White Point, the place I stayed, and one of the old school, look for those in the future,.. wooooo! I loved this arrow, this way for jams and pickles!

Oh yeah and I fed some bunnies πŸ™‚

More soon, I have about 5 or so accompanying videos from the second of the two trips that these photos were taken during..

More soon!

KQ



An amazing Chai Latte from Two if By Sea, in Dartmouth, NS

Cornflakes in Chocolate!

Penny Candy from a Gas Station!

Nicoise Salad from Le Pain Quotidien in Toronto, On

Cookies and Prosecco

Filthy Delicious Triple Pork Poutine

Huevos Rancheros with Soy Sausage

Mushroom and Onion Bacon Grilled Cheese, from, The Grilled Cheese, Toronto

Smile, it’s lunchtime!!

The most delicious Peanut Chicken I’ve ever had, Pi Tom’s, Toronto

SO DELICIOUS. I can’t wait to try new things on the road, and get back to cooking in my own kitchen as well!

KQ



{August 21, 2010}   Oot and Aboot Two

More random photos of my travels πŸ™‚

Delicious vegetarian dumplings with ginger sauce from Kings Cafe in Toronto

And their fantastic veggie Hot and Sour soup:

A beautiful house by the beaches in Toronto that reminds me of something from the East Coast, Annapolis Valley, Prince Edward Island, think Road to Avonlea or Anne of Green Gables..

Casual Fire Hydrant

The beaches, with inuksuks πŸ™‚

Baby ducks by the beaches, near the boat club..where I had my sandwich picnic..

A really neat building downtown Toronto, anyone know what it is?

An amazing tree along the bike paths

Peeking in the fence at the Firefighter training stuff:

“Sideways” Gelato garbage can in Leslieville..

The bumper to bumper Taste of the Danforth Festival. So crowded I panicked a little, got my Baklava and bolted…Β 

Got lost in some alleys on the way back, but enjoyed the art therein:

More soon,

KQ



{August 14, 2010}   Skinny?

Straight up I think this is ridiculous:



{August 14, 2010}   Oot and Aboot …

So many adventures, and lovely things that I experienced along the way that I haven’t yet been able to share…

From China Town in Montreal, I’d love to know what this is:

I don’t know why but I found this school group slightly offensive:

The Gates:

A restaurant that I can’t wait to go to:

Just doing some headstands , I love it, it reminds me of Egyptian Block statues

I LOVE this building in Montreal, but have never eaten there.. anyone know if it’s any good?

A creepy and beautiful deserted staircase and hallway that opened up into more mirrors and dark colours at the bottom..

The first set of Truck nuts that I’ve ever seen on the road..

A framed photo in an alley that brings back so many memories…

On the subway…

Reminds me of the trolley from Mr Rogers Neighbourhood

At Winners Homesense, artillery protecting the discount bedding:

Tanks for reading πŸ™‚

KQ



et cetera