Tag Archives: Birthdays

It's a great Monday. A little on the warm side, but when is it not warm for me? This past Saturday was my birthday. It seems to be a trend that I end up cooking my own (actually grilling) birthday dinner. Things will be different next year. My sister ended up in the hospital again. Third time in less than a year. A hot mess. At least it's not pneumonia this time.

Photo bomb by Kai the cat, of water colour portrait birthday gift, from my sister.
An unobstructed view. I love it!

I wasn't planning on watching the Olympics, outside of the opening ceremonies, but I spent a good portion of the weekend watching it anyways. Watching the Canadian women's 8 row team qualify for this Wednesdays final was pretty cool. As of this morning the Canadian men's team is going to the finals as well. For some reason I enjoy watching rowing. That's something that I would like to try one day, I don't know if my knees could handle it though. But my back, shoulders & arms would look fabulous!

My free shirt for the Olympics. I enjoy free stuff! Go Canada!

Swimming is a favourite event of mine as well. The fit bodies make me want to get out and start swimming. Okay, I actually need to know how to swim but that will come. Get the pool and then the private lessons. I did take swim lessons as a child but it didn't stick.

I also can't wait for track & field to start. I hope Caster Semenya places well, if not getting her gold medal. I wish people would stop talking about what happened in 2009 and just wish the young woman well. God forbid a female athlete perform better than the rest.

Are you watching the Olympics or avoiding them like the plague?

Anyway off to do reviews and editing. Have a beautiful & blessed day! Good luck to all the athletes!

Song of the Week: Marry Me Again, The Wilsons, See Marry Me Again. Love the Wilsons. Their music, reality show. Just a great vibe from them. (Links may not work in all countries.)

Till next time,



If you don't know what to buy someone for their birthday or money is tight, why not make them something. It was my sister's birthday this past Monday so I made her a homemade pasta dinner. From the sauce to the stuffed pasta.

Birthday lady finishing serving #2

I like my sauces cooked low and slow.

  • Saute several cloves of garlic for about 30 minutes (I got that tip from the Food Network show, The Best Thing I Ever Ate, the Garlic episode). Then I sauteed chopped red onions until they were caramelized. Dumped in two cans of whole plum tomatoes (I crushed them before adding to the pot). Added dried oregano and thyme, fresh cracked black pepper, Himalayan salt, palm sugar. Cooked on low heat for about 4 hours. At the end refreshed with some more oregano.
Pasta balls

I made the pasta at the same time.

  • Two eggs and flour. That's it. Salt the water and it will be fine.

While it was resting (about an hour) I made the filling.

  • Blended cottage cheese, until smooth. Panko bread crumbs, Asiago cheese, Grana Padano cheese, oregano, thyme, fresh black pepper, salt, fresh nutmeg, lightly steamed baby spinach (water squeezed out), chopped fresh brown mushrooms.
The finished product

She liked it (remember Mikey?). How do I know? She never over-eats and she had 2 servings.

In general people appreciate when you cook for them. If you don't have any gift ideas, buy a card and put a homemade dinner certificate in it. Or maybe a certificate to clean their house. I'm sure you know an older person who can't move around as easily as they used to, or a new mom, who is overwhelmed. There are tons of ways to show people you care, without spending money, whether you have it or not.

Leave a comment with any useful, non-monetary gift ideas. Not just for Christmas but for any occasion.

Song of the Day: Canned Heat - High Times - Singles - 1992-2006 (Double-Disc Version) Canned Heat- Jamiroquai, High Times - Singles - 1992-2006 (Double-Disc Version), 2006, Sony BMG Music Entertainment (UK) Limited. Click here to watch the video of Canned Heat. (Links may not work in all countries.)

Till next time,