painting inspiration…


Project 365 Photos: #68

I finally got around to painting on the big hot pink canvas I prepared last year! The sunshine and blossoms we’re starting to enjoy inspired me and got my creative juices flowing again. I’m having fun experimenting with some new oil paints that can be cleaned up with water–who knew?

best mercredi petit-déjeuner ever…


mercredi petit-déjeuner

Project 365 Photos: #57

Okay, so this is laughable now. Imagine laughter verging on the brink of hysteria! My kids are both home sick with head colds AGAIN for the billionth time this winter!!!!!

Hey…Universe…it was barely funny the first few times…now it’s just poor sportsmanship!

So I let the alarm clock slide this morning and slept in until 9 a.m.!!!!!! It wasn’t a good sleep-in, though. It was one of those groggy, nightmarish sleep-ins, when you dream about a jet crashing into the local bay and you have to save everyone (yes, my ego IS that ginormous).

Now I’m all discombobulated. I can’t seem to get my wheels under me. However, I did manage to pull it together enough to pop into our local french bakery and pick up some soul food!!! I just got home and paused just long enough to snap this photo, then I gulped down my coffee and munched on the delicious apple danish, with big soft chunks of apple and delicately drizzled lines of sugary goodness on a soft, flaky pastry. My bad!


flatiron beauty…


Gastown Flatiron

Project 365 Photos: #48


It’s a blustery cold morning here in South Surrey, BC, and it took all the strength I could muster to climb out of bed after hitting the snooze button about a dozen times–always pushing the limit. If I forecast a few years down the line, I can see myself sleeping in until 11 a.m. every morning ’cause I don’t have any kids to drop off at school (nobody tell my husband I said that). But I’ll miss them dearly, unless, of course, they’re still in our darkened family room playing video games at the age of 25, and then I will be plotting their demise!!!!

But I digress…

The photo was snapped in Gastown, Vancouver on Saturday evening. I just love flatiron buildings. They class up a city instantly, and give it a little Parisian flare. N’est-ce pas?


pilfered primulas…


pilfered primulas

Project 365 Photos: #46

Here’s another photo I swiped out of my BFF’s (Whiskey Tango Foxtrot 4) garden. Thank goodness she’s so creative, or I’d have a hard time coming up with stuff on my own. Bah ha ha ha ha!!!!!

tipsy lemon meringue pie…


Tipsy Pie

Project 365 Photos: #42 & #43

Hang on…just have to unbutton my jeans.

Almost too fat to post today!!!! I’ve eaten so much lemon meringue pie that I kinda don’t ever want to eat pie again. Bah…that’ll wear off in a couple of days and I’ll be right back to my old pie-o-phile self  (almost didn’t put “that” word in the post…I think you know why).

I’ve got a long, sordid history with pies. My husband loves them, but I’ve been a lousy pie baker, like forever! One morning, years ago, I might have even thrown the third batch of pie dough in-a-row across our apartment so hard that it hit the living room wall where it exploded. All I heard was my hubby putting down his newspaper, and asking if everything was alright. No, it bloody wasn’t (keep in mind I have the temper that goes along with red hair)!!!

Fast forward to this weekend when I discovered a brilliant recipe for tender, tasty, fool-Jennifer-proof pie crust dough. Secret ingredient…no wonder I love it….VODKA!!!!! Apparently, too much water makes pie dough tough ’cause it promotes the formation of proteins (um…I think). But too little water makes it IMPPOSSIBLE to roll the dough out, and it ends up flying through rooms. So the answer appears to be vodka, which doesn’t allow the chemical bonds to form, and quite a bit of it evaporates in the baking process. Et voila!!!!

You’ll find the recipe on here. My own personal tip…use a double-insulated metal pie pan or tart pan (which is what I used). No soggy pies.


Vodka Pie Crust



serenity now…


serenity now

Project 365 Photos: #42

After a stressful day, I can always find relaxation behind my camera lens. When I’m styling a photo, I have to use all my concentration and imagination, so I can’t think of anything else. Thank goodness, ’cause I’ve had–in the lyrics of Pink’s latest song–a shit day!!!!!

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