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Packing for a Day Hike

Great list of things to pack for a day hike.

Addicted to Hiking

Dan and I hike a lot. We are already at 45 days out this year and it’s only July. One of the things that enables us to get out so often (too often?) is knowing what to throw in a day pack and having one ready to go when the weekend roles around.

Day pack: While any backpack will do, a hiking specific day pack will work with you, rather than against you. Look for a bag between 15 and 35 litres. If you’re a true fair weather hiker who typically takes short day hikes, a 15-20 litre bag will fit water, some food, and an extra layer. If you like to hike in shoulder season and head out for longer days, buy something between 25 and 35 litres. A bag with a waist belt and a sternum strap will be more comfortable once it’s loaded up.

A Good Day Pack Moves With You A Good Day Pack Moves With…

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In 1955, Colonel Harry Shoup received a phone call at work. A six-year old boy began reciting his Christmas list. Colonel Shoup wasn’t amused. But when a second call from another child asking to speak to Santa Claus came into the Continental Air Defense Command office (CONAD) he was determined to get to the bottom of it. Evidently, Sears Roebuck & Co. printed an ad with a phone number that allowed children to speak with Santa. The newspaper printed the wrong phone number. When Colonel Shoup realized this, he instructed his staff to take all calls from children and give them the location of Santa Claus. And when the United States and Canada combined their air defense units (North American Aerospace Defense Command or NORAD) a couple years later, “the tradition continued.” 

Since 1955, volunteers man the phones on Christmas Eve to field calls requesting information on the whereabouts of Santa Claus. Santa tracking went worldwide…

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We rang in the New Year at Peller Estates Winery enjoying an awesome meal with wine pairings. We spent the night in a hotel in Niagara on the Lake afterwards. The evening began at 7pm with cocktails (ice wine martinis – yum!) and canapés in the foyer. We then headed downstairs to the wine cellar for the sit down dinner. The looong table sat roughly 80 people (our guesstimate):




We enjoyed 5 courses and our favourites were the bison course (bison rib, tournedos and marrow – the bison was so tender you could easily pull it apart with your fork) and the potatoes were shaped like bones with the marrow filing piped inside – so creative!) and the dessert course – delicious!



After dinner, we went back up to the foyer for some sparkly, cheese, icewine marshmallows roasted over the fire out back (although we were too full!) and the countdown. It was a great night!

Before leaving the house we tried taking some pics – after several minutes of laughing hysterically and failed attempts, this one turned out pretty good (you can tell we were trying to keep the giggles under wraps hehehe). 🙂


Here’s to a happy and healthy 2014!

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This is laugh-out-loud hilarious… Couldn’t help but re-post it!!

39 Test Answers That Are 100% Wrong But Totally Genius At The Same Time | Distractify.

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I remembered this post and thought it deserved a repost! 🙂


May 11: Things that make you go hmmm.

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Can’t wait to go!

2013 PAirings

Between the Lines

2011 Rosé White Chocolate Macadamia Mousse

Niagara College Teaching Winery

2011 College Rosé
Crème Brûlée Mousse


2008 Select Late Harvest Meritage Lindt Dark Chocolate Cheesecake

Palatine Hills Estate Winery

2011 Lakeshore Orange Milk Chocolate Mousse


2009 Cabernet Franc, Estate Bottled
Bitter Chocolate Paté with Pecan Crunch

Peller Estates Winery

Andrew Peller Signature Series Ice Cuvée
Candied Bacon and Chocolate Sponge Toffee

COLANERI Estate Winery

2008 Virtuoso Pinot Noir Mocha Semifreddo Drizzled with Chocolate

Pillitteri Estates Winery

2011 Vidal Icewine
Chocolate Caramel Indulgence Cupcake


2011 Five Mile White
White Chocolate Dipped Lemon Shortbread Cookie

PondView Estate Winery

2011 Select Late Harvest Vidal
Banana Chocolate Tart

diamond Estates

2010 Lakeview Cellars Cabernet Merlot Reserve
Dark Chocolate Cup

Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery

2011 Cabernet Franc
Chocolate Pecan Tart

HInterbrook WINERY

2010 Merlot
Café Royale

Reif Estate Winery

“The Magician” 2011 Pinot Shiraz
Chocolate Chili Corn


2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature Series Northern Ice N’Ice Decadence – fruit enrobed in dark chocolate laced with ginger and Northern Ice Cabernet Sauvignon

Riverview Cellars Estate Winery

2011 Rosso Cabernet Merlot
Chocolate Chili Brownies


2008 Vidal Icewine
Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Small talk Vineyards

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot
Milk Chocolate Hazelnut Tarts


2010 Reserve Series Merlot
Mixed Dried Fruit and Anise Cookie

Southbrook Vineyards

2007 Matchmakers Cabernet Merlot Shiraz
“ChocoLoco Chicken Mole”


2009 Cabernet Franc
Milk Chocolate Toblerone Cheesecake

Stratus Vineyards

2011 Wildass Red Double Fudge Cherry Cake


Fresco Secco Sparkling Riesling
Opera Slice

Strewn Winery

2010 Gewürztraminer Terroir
Nacho Topped with Black Bean, Tomatillo and Spicy Dark Chocolate Mole


2011 Cabernet Merlot
Chocolate Surprise

Sunnybrook Farm Estate Winery

Pear Blossom Wine
Triple Chocolate Biscotti with Pistachios


2007 Merlot Triple Chocolate Fudge Brownie

Trius Winery At Hillebrand

Trius Brut Rosé
Caramel Chocolate Pop Crunch

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Produce on my Doorstep

For a while now, I’ve been wanting to look into havnig farm-fresh produce delivered to our house. So many people do this and it sounds like such a great idea to support the local farms. Imagine my excitement when I received a flyer in my mailbox last Friday from Mama Earth Organics. I dropped everything else, read the flyer, jumped up and down, then hightailed it online to check out their web site and signed up on the spot! I’m waiting for a confirmation email as we speak.

I’m so stoked! On their site, I took a peek at what the different types of baskets would include and the different sizes. We opted for the regular/couple size and will soon receive organic produce. I’m looking forward to being surprised every week to discover what we get. It’s like a foodie Christmas present. 🙂

They have recipes sorted by vegetable so if you receive something you’ve never prepared before, those will help. You can customize your order to “never send” up to 5 items so they’ll never be included in your basket (in case a particular food isn’t a favourite at your house). I’m super excited. 🙂

Stay tuned!

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In the spirit of the Olympics, here’s an old post. Every time there’s an Olympics going on, it takes me back to when we were kids and hosted our own… 🙂

Val City Gal

Yet another fond summer memory.

One summer when we were kids, we held our very own Olympics.

There were various events:

Marathon: Involved running a set number of laps around the island (Ile Bigras, right outside of Montreal/Laval).

Sprint: Short distance running.

Gymnastics: Best cartwheel, best roundoff, I think handstands were involved….

Diving: We had a pool.

Synchronized swimming: This was done in pairs and involved inflatable balls. It was a very avant-garde type of synchronized swimming. With props.

Swimming: Involved sprinting laps in the pool and a lot of splashing.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I seem to remember a “longest you can hold your breath underwater” event but not sure if that was part of the Olympics or just some form of older sister torture.

The parents were the judges.

The prizes in each event were 1st place $0.25, second…

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Giggled at this post. 🙂

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Trying to get motivated today…..

Played around with Google….

Found these…..


My daily To Do list….

And my personal favorite…

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The Dog’s Diary

8:00 am – Dog food! My favorite thing!

9:30 am – A car ride! My favorite thing!

9:40 am – A walk in the park! My favorite thing!

10:30 am – Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!

12:00 pm – Milk bones! My favorite thing!

1:00 pm – Played in the yard! My favorite thing!

3:00 pm – Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!

5:00 pm – Dinner! My favorite thing!

7:00 pm – Got to play ball! My favorite thing!

8:00 pm – Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!

11:00 pm – Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!

The Cat’s Diary

Day 983 of My Captivity

    My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength.

    The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet. Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates my capabilities. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a “good little hunter” I am. Bastards!

    There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of “allergies.” I must learn what this means, and how to use it to my advantage.

    Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow, but at the top of the stairs.

    I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released, and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously retarded. The bird must be an informant. I observe him communicate with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe. For now …

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