Sunday, August 3, 2014

The Art of Home Fries

It's a long weekend here in Ontario so I am celebrating with a special breakfast.

As I was cooking up some home put me in mind of my Grandfather, I called him Papa.  I was young when he passed away...but we used to live next door to my Grandparents and I was always there.

I loved my Grandma's kitchen...everyone was always visiting, there was always coffee (the good perked kind) and tea, lemon and butter tarts.  Plus there was a magic there...everything always tasted GOOD.

Now my Papa was always up early and he would cook in the basement...he made the best peameal bacon and home fries.  The secret with the potatoes is not to turn them too much...let them get crispy.

I have tried to imitate those home fries but they're just not the same.  The ones I made this morning were pretty darn I'll share...the recipe (if you can call it that).


I used the little white potatoes...poke with a fork and microwave for 5 minutes.  If you're using larger potatoes...adjust the cooking time.

Then slice into about 1/2 inch pieces, chop up 1/2 of an onion (I like the larger chunky style) and place in a bowl...spice it up....I used onion salt, Cajun spice, Greek spice mixture and toss with olive oil.

Preheat your skillet (medium/high) and add olive oil and a good pat go butter...toss the home fry mixture in the pan and let them fry.  I flipped and tossed them about every 3 or 4 minute...till they were nicely browned and crispy on the outside.

After they were done and plated...I added some salt to my taste.  My Michael thought they were perfect just they way they are.

Hope you're having a lovely day!  Thanks for's been too long since I posted.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

It's been a while...

Oh my gosh. It's been a long time since I posted. My Bad.

I was inspired to add a link to a new movie I can't wait to see. The trailer made me laugh out loud and I really really REALLY need to do that more often.

So here it is...

Made my DH watch the clip...he likes it too!

And about PARIS...wanted to share some of my favourite blogs.

Always interesting posts. NYC & Paris too...oh my. Great pics.

Amazing photos - it's almost like being there.

More photos to drool over. Very artfully presented as well.

That's just a small sampling. There are many wonderful blogs I love to visit.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

It's a winter wonderland again. Yesterday we got a surprise snow storm. It came down so fast, that we were not prepared for it. Mike was up the mountain and happening to be driving down into the city when it started and could see people spinning out. Not fun to drive in.

I ended up house bound for most of the day...missed my Saturday of browsing the Mall with my Mombo. Oh well...saved some money I am sure.

Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

A chilly November day!

Today is blustery and cold outside. No we don't have all that snow yet...but it's coming. Above is a picture of our backyard last year. BRRRR!

Going to bundle up to go out with my Mom (my Bestest Friend). We're always on the lookout for the perfect Christmas gift...even if it's for ourselves - lol. We help each other spend for sure. I have a long list to buy for so I've got to start early.

Last night I tagged along with my Mom and Nephew to see Megamind. It was my first 3D experience... it really was awesome! My Nephew was so the end when they played Michael Jackson's "Bad", he got up and was dancing. We had a hoot!

There has been a lot of stuff going on at friend and co-worker is leaving -- she's taken a new job. I am going to miss her terribly...we've worked together for 10+ years and cried on one another shoulders many times. I've also learned a lot from her. She's a wonderful broker who cares about her clients as if they were her friends. I don't think it's really going to hit me till she's gone. :-(

I know that everything has to change. I am just not great at dealing with it.

Speaking of change...they're coming out with a new Weight Watcher's Program. I am super excited. I can't wait! They're not launching for two more weeks! I've done some snooping on the internet, the program is out in the UK. So I do have some idea of what's coming. I really never liked the current program...I lost on Selection plan (which is so long ago). Looking forward to embracing the new program and getting myself to a healthy goal. So I'll have to fire up the other blog.

I just looked out the window...and it's SNOWING! I kind of like it now...but know after December...I'll be longing for spring.

Happy weekend to all!


Thursday, October 14, 2010

I am such a bad blogger. I've neglected to post since July! BAD! I mean to post regularly but you know what they say about good intentions.

I wish I had some exciting news to tell...but I don't...maybe that's my problem.

Tonight I got my DH to go for a walk with me. Fall was in the air. The smell of night, the leaves and someone having a fire....I love fall. I was back in time to watch Grays. Just started watching last season and I am totally hooked. How about you? What do you like to watch?

For my birthday last DH bought me a SERGER! I don't have it's on order. I can't wait. It has pre-set tension. I have a Singer right now but I've never been able to figure out the right it's been sitting in a closet for the last, oh...14 years. I have a Kenmore sewing machine, which I've had since I was 17 (my parents got it for me as a high school graduation gift). It's a great machine...I still love it. I am excited about the new machine. I'll have to post some pics once it arrives.

Work has been crazy...I wish I could turn it off in my head. I am constantly thinking about stuff I have to get done and remembering stuff I've forgotten. Feeling very unorganized. I keep trying to focus and get on top of things...get a system. But I keep drowning in it. Just too much to do and not enough hours to do it in. I know some people feel the work days, weeks drag on...mine FLY! I cannot believe how quick the day goes. I really don't know where the time goes...instead of thinking "good, it's 5pm quiting time", Iam thinking "OMG IT'S 5PM! Just one more thing". It's not good. I just keep trying to do 10 things at's not really workin for me. I got to do some work on how I do things.

Okay...I feel better now I vented.

Well...TGIF tomorrow. Have a wonderful weekend. I promise to post more regularly. REALLY!



Saturday, July 10, 2010

Summer has got a good head start, the kids are out of school, my morning drive to work is pleasant without the normal time for a lot of people. Yet I was in the mall Thursday night and they've got the school supplies on display & all the summer stuff is on clearance....a reminder that summer is short - so ENJOY.

Yesterday was also the beginning of the summer office hours - we close at 3:30pm on Fridays now till the 1st Friday of September. But...I worked until's called being buried and having a week to clean up your desk before you go for holiday. Not thrilled about working extra unpaid hours. :-( Are holidays really worth it? I wonder. It's busy as work, plus for all of July we have someone off, so you're short handed as well plus it's busy at home.

After I got home...skipped the gym cause it was too late by that time...we went for supper at Turtle Jacks. They have amazing Bruschetta. We shared the appetizer and I had a lovely Greek Salad for supper. It was delicious and the staff there are great.

Then I dragged Mike to Indigo...I've been looking for a book by Dr. Wanye Dyer which they didn't have. I bought another of his books instead: You'll See It When you Believe It - The Way to Your Personal Transformation.

I want to be Transformed. I'm really not liking "me". Which a friend told me is sad. I just wish I was different. I wish I didn't worry so much, that I was braver, stronger, oh yeah...and perfect. I know I know...not I wish I could let the Perfect thing go. I have a library of SELF HELP on my book shelf. You'd think I'd have it all down by now...but it seems the more I read, the more confused I become.

It looks lovely I'd better get my butt in gear and get out there.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!