Roller-coaster Weather

This week has been a roller-coaster of crazy weather in Kawartha Lakes! So far this weak we’ve seen a massive thunderstorm roll through, bringing with it crazy high temperatures, it’s September and it felt like 43 degrees and now a couple days later we are looking at a high today of 12 degrees. Talk about opposite ends of the spectrum!

I hope this isn’t what we have to look forward to for the winter. If it’s going to be winter I believe it just need to stick with winter weather. There is nothing I dislike more than a constant cycle of melting and refreezing all winter, it just makes everything a mess and no one can do anything. At least if we consistently get snow and it sticks around there is all the winter sports to look forward to, there is nothing that can be done with slush!

Personally I can’t wait to have a solid layer of snow on the ground, I got a new pair of snow shoes at the end of the season last year and I’m excited to get to use them. Skiing and snowboarding are activities to look forward to and it also means skating and hockey 🙂

What are your predictions for this winter? What are you looking forward to?

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Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

½ Cup Pumpkin Puree

½ Cup Yogurt (I use Vanilla Greek Yogurt)

¾ Cup Milk (any type of milk the original recipe called for almond or soy milk)

½ – 1 Tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice

Pinch or two extra cinnamon if it suits your tastes

½ a Frozen Banana

Add, Blend and Enjoy! Yummy addition to breakfast or lunch 🙂

Easy Scallop Potatoes

This is the easiest scallop potato recipe I’ve ever made and it turned out well! Easy, easy, easy! I love scallop potatoes with ham so finding this simple version that has so little prep, I am thrilled.

4-6 Potatoes

1 medium onion (more or less to your preference)

4 tablespoons flour (more flour if you want it creamier)

3 tablespoons butter

salt

pepper

1 cup milk

1-2 cloves chopped garlic (optional)

garlic powder

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
  2. Slice the potatoes about 1/8-1/4 inch thick. Enough potatoes to fill your casserole dish. You can peel the potatoes or not whichever is your preference.
  3. In a casserole dish, lay down a single layer of potatoes. Lay some onion down and sprinkle some of the pepper, salt, garlic and flour. Repeat the layers until the dish is full.
  4. Place butter on the top of the layers.
  5. Pour the milk over the top of the potatoes until the dish is about 2/3 full.
  6. Bake for 1 hour or until potatoes are fully cooked.

Original link: http://www.food.com/recipe/easy-scalloped-potatoes-85397

School Year

School is back, I could tell this weekend that the college students were back in town. It hasn’t been that long since I was in college but I never did understand the thrill of standing on a sloping roof drinking. I mean I’m not terribly graceful fully sober nor is my balance anything to boast about so the idea of being intoxicated while on a roof never appealed to me. Something about that just screams Darwin’s law to me. Really the amount of times I’ve watched someone trip while walking on perfectly flat ground without even the influence of alcohol doesn’t lend me to believe anyone should be prancing around on a roof with alcoholic beverage in hand.

Never less I did see three such groups while on the main streets of town on Saturday night. Thus the conclusion the students are back – the usual residents of retirees don’t spend much time hanging out on roof tops! I am not saying that I never did anything that wouldn’t have shown the smarts that I thought I had; I did my fair share of stupid college stunts but I’ve always aimed to go out in a way that wouldn’t have my passing going down in a story of Darwin’s Law for future generations.

Hopefully all Fleming students are off to a good safe start for the school year, I’m sure they are having fun!  

“Whatever form …

“Whatever form it takes, camping is earthy, soul enriching and character building, and there can be few such satisfying moments as having your tent pitched and the smoke rising from your campfire as the golden sun sets on the horizon–even if it’s just for a fleeting moment before the rain spoils everything.”
― Pippa Middleton, Celebrate: A Year of Festivities for Families and Friends