These two pictures were taken in Toronto, Canada by my best friend LG.  This was one of their first snows early in the winter season just a few weeks before they lost power for several day.  They were lucky to have a fireplace to help keep them warm.   I like the brave sole who ventured out at early evening for a brisk cycle!  Many years ago I lived in Toronto for awhile and loved the city.  However, the cold didn’t agree with me and I returned to Phoenix AZ after 3 1/2 years.

45 minutes later….  I must confess a correction 😀 … the fireplace only used little paper logs that were worthless in this type of cold that penetrated the inside to the core.  The inside temperature of the house was around 5 C or approximately 41 F.  Too cold for any normal person to experience.  They survived with plenty of wine,  lots of extra blankets and multiple layers of clothes.

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Brave Brisk Ride

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. 

I’ve been busy wrapping presents and going out for last minute gifts.  I did finally find the perfect gift for that friend who has everything and then a bottle of Chocolate Port for my hubby at one of my favorite specialty groceries here in Southern Arizona; AJ’s.  No, we are not in Central Park!  Though I do long to go back.  This is one of those images that takes me to a Christmas like setting like when I was growing up in Idaho.  Here in Arizona, we do not get snow and I do miss it at Christmas.  Not the cold though.  I don’t miss the cold one itty bit.  I left the cold country many years ago as it seem to freeze me right to the bone.

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Winter at Central Park

I had a little fun with this image in Photoshop. Thought not perfect, the windows and the lighting outside is now aglow with light. I also enriched the color of the buildings and the cottage.  I don’t know if it’s re-opened but it was once a restaurant that was closed when we were there.

Okay, here is a challenge that I’m not quite sure that I’m up to but am willing, able and ready to give it a try. Normally, I post out my own recipes to this cooking blog but that doesn’t mean that I can invent or dream up one each day for 30 days. Whew! It would be a cooking frenzy in my kitchen and then nothing else would get done. There would be food and pans everywhere. Laundry would pile up. I’m self employed so none of my general work at home would crank out and I would get fat in the process. You know.. stuffed, whopper up-size, blimp, jumbo and I don’t mean shrimp. Don’t need to go there thank you very much!

So, to meet this goal there will be posts of delicious looking recipes from some of my favorite contributing cooks at BigOven or recipes from the cooking websites that I often visit. I still like Martha Stewart! These will be a variety of dishes that I would like to make in the future and even some that I’ve already made. There are many fine cooks and foodie bloggers out there, so look forward to seeing some fun food ideas.

NaBloPoMo November 2013

Another of my hobbies is photography, so over the next 30 days, you will be seeing some of the images that have been taken during my travels in the Caribbean, Europe and yes, even the good old USA. Here is one of my favorite pictures taken in Central Park during the winter months a few years ago while visiting New York with my husband and my good friend Linda. We trudged through sloshy weather during the two weeks there but I loved it all the same. Most of my pictures that trip where in Central park and one of my favs was the one of the carriage ride. The Carriage Ride in Central Park image was modified using Photoshop which was fun in the doing. I completely removed a pedestrian from the bridge that was behind the carriage and replenished the branches where he was standing. I love working with Photoshop.

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