It's been hot-hot-hot over the past few weeks, so a great time to hang out near the water. Here are some views from one of the many beaches around here, later in the day, after many people have been through to cool off. Even when there are lots of tourists, it's still a very peaceful place to be.

Posted by Jen B On Wednesday, September 02, 2015 2 comments
Today marks the 700th post on the blog. I love celebrating these milestones. Sometimes I just can't believe the number is so high. It also makes me think about the coming years on the blog. I wonder if I will blog all the way to 1000?

Posted by Jen B On Monday, August 31, 2015 2 comments
Our favourite Chinese buffet is Mandarin. We affectionately call it Mandy, and a trip there means you don't have to eat for the next twenty hours or so. There are so many different and wonderful food items to choose from, and everything smells delicious. I have many favourite dishes there (I really enjoy the surimi salad from the salad bar), but I always need to save room for dessert. It's like being a kid in a candy store, there are so many options.

For the month of July, Mandarin celebrated Canada Day with some Canadian style dishes. Mom and I went to check them out and one of the dessert options was chocolate dipped bacon! I had never tried it before, and it was surprisingly good.

This photo depicts my dessert plate from our visit. If I remember all these wonderful flavours correctly, I had: chocolate dipped bacon, maple cheesecake, coconut cream pie (a must have), a honey twist, a bear paw (with added whipped cream and smarties), and a butter tart. Delicious.

Posted by Jen B On Friday, August 28, 2015 2 comments
I've been walking regularly, so throughout the summer I have seen the surrounding farmer's fields come to life. During the 30x30 challenge in May, I took a photo of a newly planted corn field. Now it's August and the corn is fully grown. Beautiful visual of the passage of time.



Posted by Jen B On Wednesday, August 26, 2015 2 comments

Simcoe County celebrated Pride Week from July 31- Aug 8th, with many municipalities raising the rainbow flag to celebrate. We live in Tiny Township, and even though Simcoe Pride has been around for a few years, this was the first time our municipality participated. We went over to the township office to watch them raise the Pride flag, and I was very proud that our small town was celebrating diversity.

A fair amount of people showed up for the event, which was wonderful to see, and I made and shared cupcakes with the crowd to celebrate.

Making rainbow cupcakes is one of my favourite things so I always love an opportunity to bake them. The recipe for rainbow cupcakes can be found here. I also made some rainbow cupcake toppers, which I have previously posted about here.

Posted by Jen B On Monday, August 24, 2015 2 comments
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