Monday, 24 April 2017

Small Icebergs in at Flatrock

I hope I am not boring you with so many posts about ice, but there's lots of it I'll share!
I went for my evening walk out toward the ocean, and was surprised to see that all 
of the sea ice that was packed in tight to the shore yesterday, had moved off, leaving 
some lovely little bergs behind.  

It was too pretty not to shoot, so I called hubby, 
to drive over with my camera before the darkness came.

I'll let the pictures do the talking.......



Sunday, 23 April 2017

After the ice storm

After steady freezing rain and drizzle since Thursday, Hubby and I dreaded to 
go outside to assess the trees.  
Much to our surprise, it looks like Mother Nature just did a bit of "pruning" for us.  
Thank goodness, it was not near as bad as we expected!

Thankfully, it has warmed up and the rain has stopped.  Iit is up to 1* C now, so hopefully 
most of the ice will drop off before the evening cool. 
 The ice dropping off of the trees is almost deafening out in the yard now, but a 
very welcome sound all the same!

We have sun in the forecast for the coming week and warmer temperatures....
maybe spring is coming!!!!  

Have a great week.


Friday, 21 April 2017

Ice, Ice, Everywhere!

 We are right in the midst of some nasty spring weather here.  We have had steady 
freezing rain for most of the past 24 hours, and the weatherman says it'll go on 
overnight with high winds. 

 On my drive home from work today, I was amazed at how beautiful everything
 looked, covered in ice.   
I grabbed my camera and headed back out to get a few shots. 

 Here is one of the side roads that I pass each day.  
It makes me imagine a beautiful log cabin in beyond the trees, with a fire 
burning in an old wood stove, and the smell of strong coffee in the air.

  This fenced area gets me every time I drive by, no matter what time of year, but today 
it was breathtaking!  


I hope the temperature rises soon, or the rain stops.  
If this goes on much longer, the freezing rain may cause damage to the trees, 
and possibly put some power lines down.    

Have a great weekend, all!

Monday, 17 April 2017

Pretty Pouch Cove

Hubby and I couldn't resist a early morning stroll around Pouch Cove on Easter Sunday morning.  
We were having family over for the Easter feast around 4, so we grabbed the 
chance to get outside and enjoy some sunshine.  

Pouch Cove is about 10 kilometers east of where we live, and it is literally right 
on the edge of ocean....nothing east of there. 

Take a look........

There is always somewhere spectacular to walk...only minutes from our house.  
We'll never get tired of the awesome scenery around here.


Monday, 3 April 2017

Sea Ice in at Flatrock

The thunderous roar of a big sea is frightening, 
but to see and hear huge chunks of ice crashing against ice....

 As far as the eye can see....

A thick carpet of uneven, jagged ice brought ashore by the winds.  

Mother Nature is certainly a force to be reckoned with.

Here in Newfoundland and Labrador, we seem to be stuck in the never-ending winter!! 

Hopefully spring is right around the corner.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

March Morning Stroll around Quid Vidi lake

What a glorious morning it was on Sunday....Sunny, no wind and +3 degrees C (37.4 F).

Here are some of the sights I saw as I took a nice brisk walk around the lake..........

This monument reminded me that the rowers will soon be on the lake preparing for the annual Regatta.


Thursday, 16 March 2017

Stuffed Squid

This is a rare delicacy for us.  We used to have them often in Gambo, and this past 
fall, our good friends, Dave & Sharon got some, and got a bucket full for us!!  
Yes.......a bucket full.

You may know it as calamari, but here in Newfoundland and Labrador, most of us call it squid.

There are many recipes online for stuffed squid.  
We use simple bread dressing to stuff the cooked squid, then bake for about three 
minutes on each side at 350 degrees F.

We normally cook the squid, under pressure, for between five and seven minutes.  
These squid were extremely small, so hubby cooked them for only three minutes......

While the squid were cooking, I sauteed onion and tiny pieces of squid in butter, 
for the bread stuffing......

A simple bread crumb stuffing.  
We go very light on the savory so as not to overpower the taste of the squid.  
The addition of the tiny pieces of squid was brilliant.

Yum!  I wish you could smell through my blog.....

As quickly as you can handle the hot squid, they need to be stuffed......

and placed on a cookie sheet, then into the oven for about three minutes on each side....

just long enough to give a light golden color... 

We make these to serve as appetizers often.  
They are always a huge hit.
These were so tender....such a treat to have some, after such a long time.


Friday, 3 March 2017

The Brier is in town!!

We love mom loved curling, and I am so excited!!

I am actually an official Brier volunteer!!!!!  First scheduled shift is tomorrow morning, 
and I am like a kid around Christmas---can't wait to get down there 
and get in on all the excitement.

Hubby and I have tickets to a couple of the draws next week, so I am looking forward to that as well.

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Go Team Gushue!!!!!

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Smoked Capelin with Patridgeberry Jam on Bread

I love Saturdays!  I love to get up and enjoy a coffee....or two, while I listen to my 
favourite CBC radio station.  I mull over my plans for the weekend and decide
how I want to spend my day.  
This morning, hubby mentioned that "we" are getting low on patridgeberry jam.  
So,  first thing on my list this morning--make jam. 

As I was filling the jars, I thought of how my mom and dad loved patridgeberry 
jam, and how it was a staple in our home, as it was in most rural Newfoundland 
homes when I was growing up.  
Mom used to make patridgeberry tarts and squares, and sometimes served fresh, 
still-warm patridgeberry jam  as a sauce over steamed dumplings for dessert. 
It seems like most of my food memories from growing up are of fish, and there was 
always an accompaniment of patridgeberry "something or other".

I suddenly knew what we would have for lunch, and pulled a bag of hubby's smoked 
capelin from the deep freeze.  
Roasted smoked capelin, bread with patridgeberry jam and steeped tea. 

I remember how, as kids, we would grumble over the smell of roasting fish, or any fish being cooked.  Now, I cherish it and consider myself lucky and privileged to live in a
place where we have access to fresh fish, especially capelin

Hubby was outside most of the morning, snow-blowing and preparing our outdoor fireplace
for a big evening fire.  
He was pleasantly surprised to smell smoked capelin roasting when he came inside 
and wandered into the kitchen.  
He is usually the official fish cooker-upper at our house! 

Anyway, here are a few snaps of our simple, traditional feast .......


Of course, in light of today's post, I have to give honorable mention to my capelin trivet.
A gift from Rana  :) 

In closing, I'd like to encourage you to pop over here, to see some fabulous capelin art, by Newfoundland artist, Janet Davis of Norton Cove Studio.

Hope you all enjoy your weekend.