Susan’s Last 10 Days in May Magic Bullet Muffin & Fat Back Buster UnDiet & Weight Release Thing

My new Magic Bullet

My new Magic Bullet

“Ya gotta’ get a Magic Bullet.” “You’ll love it!”

My cousin Liane recommends for the fifth or sixth time in as many months.

“What’s a Magic Bullet? Remind me again….”

(I’m going down the same path as my Alzheimer’s Mom….)

“It’s a blender-like thing you use to make smoothies, salad dressing, chopped nuts, all kinds of stuff. It’s so cool because it’s small, and it has these cups that screw directly onto the blender base.” Continue reading

10 Notes in an Ode to Joy

A beautiful accident

A beautiful accident

According to a happiness test I once took, I score highly on the “happiness scale.”

But I don’t often feel happiness. Rather, I frequently feel joy, which for me is a different and deeper emotion, and which can be evoked by the simplest everyday things.

There are countless notes in my continuing ode to joy; here are 10 of them: Continue reading

Solitary romance

IMG_5392I dine by candlelight thrice daily.

“Why waste romance on one meal alone?” I once asked myself. There seemed no justifiable reason to do so, so I’ve romanced myself at breakfast, lunch and dinner ever since.

The candles that cast the light by which I eat stand in various and sundry mismatched holders: a tall, white, ceramic and daintily painted one from my mother’s former home is paired Abbot-and-Costello-like with a short golden-clear bulbous one I found at The Pomegranate (my favourite antique store in North Hatley, Quebec, Canada). Continue reading

Quick & easy roasted honey lemon almonds

When I lived in the United Arab Emirates, which I did for 18 years, I adored the huge variety of coffees, nuts, spices and olives I could get in bulk just about anywhere. The selection here in Canada, in contrast, is less than stellar.

Go nuts. Repeat.The other week, I had a craving for roasted almonds with honey and lemon. Clearly I wasn’t going to find any at Loblaws, IGA, or the local the ‘depanneur’ (that’s a corner store Quebec-style). So I decided to make my own – it was quick, easy, and fun, and the result absolutely delicious (if I do say so myself).

Here’s the recipe: Continue reading