Monday, April 27, 2015

Rubbish Tuesday

Finally a home for all those photos I take of old items!!

Continuing with our travels along Route 66 featuring iconic motel signs and other landmarks.

November and December 2012 saw us taking our first winter sojourn away from cold and snowy Toronto. We drove across from Toronto to (eventually) Los Angeles and back in the spring of 2013. We made many stops along the towns of Route 66 on interstate 40.

Winter 2013 and spring 2014 saw us do the same trip but we took interstate 10, further south from Route 66. Spring 2015 did gave us a small opportunity to travel the old route.

A trip to Chicago gave us another Route 66 photo op.

In earlier years we had taken many vacations in California which also led to some Route 66 icons.

I am enjoying doing these posts as I research the hotels and motels along the way and learn many new things.
Wikipedia is usually my source.

November 2008 - San Bernardino CA

Randomness from the car.

My Recipe Box

I found this recipe on the Robin Hood flour site. I have never liked bought date squares so I gave these a try as I had everything needed on hand. They are so good!


1 lb (500 g) chopped dates (about 3 cups/750 mL)
¼ cup (50 mL) packed brown sugar
1 ½ cups (375 mL) water
1 tbsp (15 mL) lemon juice

½ cup (125 mL) butter, softened
1 cup (250 mL) packed brown sugar
1 cup (250 mL) Robin Hood® Original All Purpose Flour
1 cup (250 mL) Robin HoodOats
¼ tsp (1 mL) baking soda



liquid measuring cup
dry measuring cup
measuring spoons
9” x 9” (2.5 l) baking dish
parchment paper
medium saucepan
wooden spoon
large mixing bowl
hand held or electric stand mixer

Preheat oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Lightly oil and line a 9” x 9” (2.5 l) baking dish with parchment paper, overlapping 2 sides for easy removal.
Filling: combine filling ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring often, until thickened, 10-15 minutes. Cool.
Base and topping: Cream butter and brown sugar in large bowl with electric mixer. Add remaining dry ingredients. Mixture will be a bit crumbly. Reserve 1 cup (250ml) for topping.
Pat remaining 3 cups onto bottom of prepared pan. Spread with date mixture. Sprinkle remaining cup (250ml) of oat mixture.
Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until top is golden brown. Cool and cut into squares.


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Also posting at Sweet Shot Tuesday.

April 2015 - Fort Worth Texas

Automatic - Miranda Lambert

They have a wall of hand prints from various stars, and since Miranda (and Blake) happen to be favourites of mine I took this photo.

Let's pull the windows down
Windows with the cranks
Come on let's take a picture
The kind you gotta shake

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Mosaic Monday

Mosaic Monday

I'm posting at Mosaic Monday today.

March 2015 - Melbourne Australia

We enjoyed a delicious dinner in an unusual venue, a colonial tramcar, that meandered aimlessly through the city as we dined.

Silent Sunday

Silent Sunday

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

  • Scavenger Hunt Sunday

The rules are simple:
Anyone can participate.
You’re encouraged to take five new photos this week for the challenge. Creativity is also encouraged!
If you get stumped, you may use one photo from your archive (although I’m not too strict about it – I do my best to take fresh shots).
Link up here on Sunday (or Tuesday at the latest) – you can use the button above.
Leave comments for at least five entries around yours (with so many new participants each week, it’s the only way I know to be inclusive
Have fun

April 2015 - Toronto ON

I haven't played along in almost a year!!!

Weather - been rather a rainy week with a few snow flakes thrown in. This was the rather interesting view from our window earlier this week. Storm clouds kept moving in and out.

My Perspective - we've been away for four months so this is my first photo of the weekly flower arrangements in our condo lobby. They do larger ones in the main lobby but I like this small one in a side hall. 

Technology - not quite "techie" as in computers but I bought some attachments for my Kitchen Aid this week. Tried out the shredder on carrots for soup and it worked well.

Fresh - looking out after some rain.

Me - we were invited to a charity dinner this week and it was the first time in a long time that we got dressed up so we decided to take a selfie before we left.
The entertainment at the dinner was Chantal Kreviazuk playing for 150 people to support the Skate with Daniel foundation.

Monday Mural

I'm linking up at Monday Mural hosted by Oakland Daily Photo.

November 2008 - Palm Springs CA

Saturday, April 25, 2015

inSPIREd Sunday

Sally and Beth host inSPIREd Sunday!

March 2015 - Coober Pedy Australia

Highlights of our day in Coober Pedy.

As mentioned in that post Coober Pedy is renowned for its below-ground residences, called "dugouts", which are built due to the scorching daytime heat. The name "Coober Pedy" comes from the local Aboriginal term kupa-piti, which means "white man's hole".

 The Serbian Orthodox Church is the town's largest and most impressive underground church, with intricate rock-wall carvings and a gorgeous vaulted ceiling

The window that appears ground level on the outside actually soars 20 feet over the church within.


I'm linking up over here today.

Our World Tuesday Graphic

Our World Tuesday


March 2015 - Melbourne Australia

We were lucky to have met some Aussies on a Mekong River cruise and they graciously showed us around their home city of Melbourne in March. The Shrine of Remembrance was a highlight and I would love to spend more time there.

ANZAC Day, originally a commemoration of the landing of Australian and New Zealand forces at Gallipoli on the 25th April 1915, has grown to become perhaps the most important national day in Australia.

ANZAC is an acronym and stands for Australian New Zealand Army Corps, the name given to the body of troops raised by the two countries to aid the British Empire in the Great War. Throughout the war Australian and New Zealand troops, or 'Diggers' and 'Kiwis', would live, fight and die alongside each other creating a bond that still exists today between the two nations.

 ANZAC Day is also inextricably linked with the landings at Gallipoli in the Dardanelles Strait on the 25th April 1915. On this day ANZAC troops were committed to their first major action of the war, and though the campaign would ultimately prove a bloody failure and leave more than 8,000 Australians dead, it marked the beginning of the Anzac legend.

This legend was poignantly put into words by Sir William Deane, Governor-General of Australia on ANZAC Day 1999:

"Anzac is not merely about loss. It is about courage, and endurance, and duty, and love of country, and mateship, and good humour and the survival of a sense of self-worth and decency in the face of dreadful odds."

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