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Chicken Ramen BBQ for the Thrifty

This Chicken Ramen makes a delicious and flavorful ramen in about half an hour in your Instant Pot digital electric pressure cooker! I used the left over bits from a $9 BBQ Chicken from local grocery Thrifty Foods. INGREDIENTS 1 tablespoon sesame oil 1 onion, sliced 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger root 4 garlic cloves, […]

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Living with the Instant Pot – Pot in pot steel cut oats

We have had our Instant Pot less than 1 week and we are firmly in love with it. Ours is the 1000W 6 quart. We have a 7.5” Steel bowl that we put to use for a “pot in pot” process classic. What is pot in pot? Well, you add the requisite cup and a […]

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Stamping out breast cancer with Erica and Sue.

Join Erica & Sue – Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators, for an afternoon of stamping in support of breast cancer research. Make six all occasion greeting cards while learning a few cardmaking techniques. When – February 25, 1 PM-5 PM Where – Cedar Hill Recreation Center How Early registration: $50 / after Jan 31 until Feb 11: […]

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And now a moment of shameless self promotion

The highlight of 2007, for me, was recording a CD worth of music… something I have always wanted to do. I grew up in a house that had a fair amount of music in it – A Heinztman piano from the 19th century was a household fixture and I started playing it when I was […]

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Michael Kaeshammer and his band in concert – Victoria B.C.

When Michael Kaeshammer sits down at a grand piano worthy of his dynamic range, the genuflection towards the likes of Albert Ammons, Meade Lux Lewis, Big Joe Turner and Pete Johnson (the Grand masters and caretakers of the Boogie Woogie music genre of the 30’s and 40’s…) is immediate, respectful and unmistakeable. Born in Germany, […]

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Good Eats – Masala Lamb meatballs.

We shared a 1/2 lamb with my sister and brother-in-law – and with that package came from great ground lamb. This was the perfect recipe for lamb. This is a fascinating mixture of spice with an intriguing Mediterranean flavour and a nice bite. This recipe was inspired from the latest issue of EAT Magazine in […]

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We interview jazz diva Maureen Washington – home at Christmas

Bonus Interview – It was a windy and wet Thursday night at Habit Coffee & Culture on Yates Street at the Atrium in downtown Victoria when we spoke with the lovely Maureen Washington – Jazz singer, mom of five, vocal coach, and mentor. Born and raised in Prince George, British Columbia, Ms. Washington draws upon […]

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Long time companion moves on to the infinite pasture of joy

Just got the news that my sister’s devoted companion of so many years, Sasha, has moved on to the next leg of her journey. Sasha has been the family canine companion, living with my dear sister Lisa, for many a year. And as everyone knows, the family pooch is often the cornerstone of this thing […]

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This house – a new series – Chapter 1 – welcome home

This is the first in a series of many, many blogs to come on the joys of home ownership in Victoria B.C. Canada. After a search of what feels like 20 years (yes, it can and often does take that long to find the right forever home on the Southern tip of Vancouver Island.) we […]

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Living in Victoria – Fernwood Bites

Fernwood’s tastiest event, Fernwood Bites, is back for the fifth year in a row. In partnership with Cook Culture & local restaurateurs, Fernwood NRG is offering food-&-drink-lovers a chance to sample Victoria’s finest fare at its annual tasting event and fundraiser. Happening in Fernwood Square on Sunday, June 22nd, the event will feature an evening […]

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