Friday, October 6, 2017

This Week

This week I made the most delicious lemon snickerdoodles. I don’t know why but the word snickerdoodles makes me giggle. But there’s nothing funny about the taste of these cookies. They. Are. Really. Good. Click here for the recipe. I didn’t have butter extract on hand, so I replaced it with vanilla. And I also replaced about half the sugar with Stevia. The snickerdoodles (*giggle*) turned out to be a complete success.

"Snickerdoodles"

On Wednesday morning I drove to Montreal to visit my best friend. She fell last Saturday and she’s home from work this week with a concussion. I didn’t stay too long because I didn’t want to tire her. She’s a little banged up but doing okay. After a quick visit with her, I drove to my mom’s. She didn’t know I was coming and it was a nice surprise. One of the first things she said to me was “are you hungry?” Moms. No matter how old we get, they want to take care of us.



On the way to my moms I popped into an arts and crafts store called DeSerres. The company was founded in 1908 and has 33 locations across Canada. It is very tempting to spend a fortune in these places but I managed to get out of there without getting into debt. I did treat myself to a 24 pack of coloured pencils that was half price.

As for art, squeezing in time for it is challenging but I’m still on it. On days when there is very little free time, I work on quick and simple stuff. Here are some recent drawings.





While in Montreal, I also picked up bagels. You have not had good bagels until you’ve had Montreal-style bagels; many of them still produced by hand and baked in a wood-fired oven. I bought three packs for a total of 18 bagels. We ate two yesterday with cream cheese and the rest have been sliced in half and placed in the freezer.

Poppy seed (dark) and sesame seed (light) Montreal-style bagels (Image found on Wikipedia)

Speaking of cream cheese, I've discovered the most delicious brand in the history of delicious cream cheese brands - Arla. It is made up of very few ingredients that you can actually pronounce: pasteurized organic milk and cream, salt, bacterial culture. That’s it. How can you not love that simplicity? I buy organic when I can because who the heck wants to ingest all those horrible chemicals sprayed onto and added to our food. Scary stuff.


Is that enough for this week? I believe it is. Before I sign off, I’d like to thank everyone who visited my daughter’s blog ‘The Vegan Travel Bug’ earlier this week. You rock, blogging pals!

Have a super weekend, everyone. And Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canucks.

42 comments:

  1. I like the owl the most, very cute with the winter gear

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  2. Makes me want to travel to Montreal to try one of those bagels! Too funny about your mom asking if you were hungry. Its the moms in us, isn't it? You'll always be her little girl :)

    Loved the island drawing!

    betty

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    1. It is the moms in us, Betty! LOL And I have to say that it's a really nice feeling to be treated like a daughter now and again.

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  3. You're right about moms always wanting to feed their kids. My mom did it. I do it. Our son jokes about it and did the same to me when we visited his new place for the first time :) Our daughter just enjoys not having to make her own - lol

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    1. No complaints from me! Since I'm always doing the cooking around here, I love when I'm pampered like that :)

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  4. Yes, we have a DeSerres at West Edmonton Mall. It has a good selection of stuff but expensive, as ALL art supplies seem to be! But I buy a couple of things there from time to time. Have a great Thanksgiving, Martha -- your first one in your new home, right?

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    1. It is, Debra! But we won't be celebrating this year :( Seems we're all scattered all over the place. But I am planning Christmas here and that'll be fun!

      Happy Thanksgiving!

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  5. Snickerdoodles, bagels, cream cheese! Yum. I’m hungry now.

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  6. Lemon snickerdoodles? Pardon me, but Heaven is calling my name.

    Love,
    Janie

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  7. Okay, you have convinced me...I am off to Montreal for bagels! Bonjour!
    (I wish!)

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    1. Let me know when you go, Kay, and I'll meet you there! :)

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  8. You remind me of good times when my Mom was living and her house was full of good things to eat. aAs farm boys We could just help ourselves.

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    1. Sounds like great memories. I think about my childhood often, especially days when my mom made good stuff for us to eat.

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  9. Nice to catch up with your week, added your daughter to my blog list so I don't miss her posts! Do you know that you can brush a wet brush over your watercolour pencil work? Nice work!

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    1. Thanks, Christine! It's fun for her to have people visiting her blog. I think she'll do great with it.

      I can't do that with these coloured pencils but I do have watercolour pencils that I will use soon that I'll brush water over. I'm very excited about that! Next step to drawing :)

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  10. I hope your friend feels better soon. Those bagels do look good. Very nice drawings.Have anuce weekend!

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  11. Snickerdoodles. Fun to say, fun to eat. -Jenn

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  12. Lemon snickerdoodles! Those DO sound delicious. And great art!

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  13. One of my favourite foods is bagels with cream cheese and smoked salmon.

    Is that you in the boat?

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    1. Oh, I love that! That is definitely one of my favourite foods, too.

      Nope, not me in that boat. I don't swim well, so I'd be wearing a life jacket :)

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  14. You are a girl after my own heart, Martha!! I relate to most everything in this post!!
    First off, I hope your friend is improving by the day after her fall. Rest, and more rest, is the only thing that helps. It took me too long to realize this.

    DeSerres.....we know this place and have one in Halifax. In fact, Ron was the manager of its predecessor, Loomis and Toles, here in Halifax. Great shop with EVERYTHING!

    BAGELS!! A 'Montreal-Style Bagels' shop opened here in Dartmouth (across from Halifax Harbour) a couple months ago. The owners worked for years in Montreal and decided to open there own....HERE! We always have a supply in the freezer as well!!

    Snickerdoodles.....I am certain these would be wonderful. Sophie Doodle knows she would like them too!! lol

    Great art work.....getting pretty professional looking missy!

    Great post. Have a great Thanksgiving!!

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    1. That is so cool, Jim, about Ron managing it's predecessor. I wonder if he'd give me a discount if he was still managing one :) These are supplies can be quite expensive!

      Good stuff about the bagels. You really can't beat that taste. I've bought many different kinds over the years and can't find anything that compares to the Montreal style. They are just so good. When we were in Kingston, they didn't have them there (or at least I never found them) and we were too far from Montreal to get them. But now that we're close...holy moly...the sky's the limit! We are very close to Montreal and Ottawa, and everything is available to us.

      It's funny that you mention Sophie with the snickerdoodles because every time I pronounce that word, I think of her! LOL

      Happy Thanksgiving!

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  15. I just finished slicing 18 bagels too ~ from our NEW MONTREAL STYLE shop here. We have died and gonners to you know where! Love these tempting tidbits

    DeSerres is located here too, Martha. Back in the 1980's I managed an art and drafting supply store called Loomis and Toles Artist Materials. They were located in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Fredericton as well Halifax. In 1990, I moved on to another job at the university and DeSerres bought the Loomis chain. We drop in every now and again to see the latest in art supplies. Oh how I miss working there.
    Thanks for sharing all this!
    Ron

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    1. HAHA! 18 bagels :) You have to have that many. Anything less is just not enough. LOL. You are so lucky to have that type of bagel store near you. I really missed it while we were in Kingston. Now I can stuff our freezer with them all the time!

      I didn't know that DeSerres bought out another company. That is very interesting! They seem to be doing well. I find art supplies a little pricey but for some things DeSerres is much better priced than Michael's. There was no DeSerres in Kingston and there isn't one right in our city, but the nearest is only 40 minutes away, which is great. I've been to that one and this week I had a chance to visit one in Montreal. So happy! I can imagine how much fun it was working in that store.

      Thanks for stopping by. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  16. Snickerdoodles, (giggle)....that makes me laugh too. I've never made any! Did you go to Fairmount for the bagels? I'm envious of your 3 dozen...which by now I'm sure is less than one dozen lol...Oh gosh...the food issues...I'm planning on making my own cream cheese in a week or so. I'm so sick of food making US sick! I'm glad you found a nice cream cheese though! On Thursday past we bought some Mont Tremblant sesame seed bagels and they're gone. When they're fresh, they don't need anything else!

    I love your art! Love the witch!!! :) I used to go to the Deserres in Marche Centrale every weekend for whatever deals they had! The closest one is in Laval, but we have a good Michael's up north so I go there now, but the prices at Deserres were really good!

    Hope you have a GREAT Thanksgiving Martha!!! Enjoy!!! :)

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    1. Hi, Rain! You know, this is the first time I've ever had a snickerdoodle. Had I known they were so delicious, I would have made them years ago. LOL Oh well, at least I finally had some. I think you'd love them. The recipe I shared is particularly delicious. And very easy to make.

      I didn't need to drive all the way to Fairmount where parking is a nightmare. The bagels are now being sold at some supermarkets! I stopped at the Adonis at Place Vertu and they had a display full of these bagels. OHMYGOSH...sheer heaven. Believe it or not, we've only eaten one each till now. Crazy as it sounds! I've been doing so much cooking lately that we can't keep up with everything. I've put a lot of stuff in the freezer for other days.

      Good for you for your plan to make cream cheese. It'll be a much healthier choice. I stopped eating cream cheese years ago because they all seemed to be loaded with crap. And then I ran across this one. Just out of curiosity, I picked it up to read the ingredients and nutritional information...and holy cream cheese on a bagel!, batman...I was blown away. Finally, a real quality cream cheese. And the taste? Out of this world. That's what you get when you have simple - and real - ingredients. I am one of those shoppers that spends forever in the market. I read the ingredient lists, check out the nutritional information and compare between products. I want us to eat real food and I try as much as possible to buy organic. The less chemical we ingest, the better. Companies have been poisoning us for years with all the crap they put into our food and all the shit they spray them with!

      Okay, off my soap box...

      Happy Thanksgiving!

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    2. No soap box required, you speak REALITY. Last night we had a bag of supposedly "higher end" frozen tortellini...we couldn't finish it, it tasted like cardboard. So awful. I think it's great that you're doing a lot of cooking lately! I'm starting my Thanksgiving cooking at 11am...I have a whole list going! Enjoy your day!! :)

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    3. Sounds like it's going to be very tasty at your place! Enjoy. And Happy Thanksgiving!

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  17. Wow your art is STUNNING dear Martha!

    You are awesome artist!!!

    M captivated by specially the first scenery, so Gorgeous and how interesting the red sun looks! BEAUTIFUL IMAGERY INDEED!

    Loved the adorable owl.

    Sorry for your friend dear, Hope she gets better soon.

    Expressions on the cute face show the pleasure you got from those cookies!

    Yes for mothers kids never grow enough to take good care of themselves:)

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    1. Baili, thank you! This is my oldest and dearest friend, and it's always upsetting when she's not well. I hope with lots of rest, she gets better very soon.

      No matter how old a mother gets, she always wants to take care of her children :)

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  18. Homemade bagels are the best (I make them all the time), nothing beats good homemade goodness OR, a shoppe that still does the proper methods. The. Best.

    Hope your friend feels better and I also ask everyone that comes over, "Are you hungry?" It's something that I got from my grandma.

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    1. These bagels are incredible. They are the only ones that I stock up on. But making them at home is even better!

      I bet your grandma was super, like you!

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  19. those cookies sound so good - i will check out the recipe..and good for you - you are drawing and sketching! It's such a relaxing hobby. Your drawings are cute.. Love the witch!

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    1. I am having a great time with the drawing. I'm so glad I started it. Even if I only have a few minutes to contribute, I make an effort to keep practicing. I also watch a lot of videos that people share. I'm hoping to venture into watercolour pencil drawing soon and one day into painting. That'll be fun!

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  20. I agree snickerdoodles is a funny sounding name which almost invite you to giggle!
    I think your sketches are great.

    All the best Jan

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