Date: September 11th, 2017 | Comments : none | Categories: Alberta, Canada, Elements, forest, Landscape, Mountains, Seasonal, Shadows, Sky, Travel, travel Canada, Trees.

Rocky Mountains, Hwy 1 near Banff, AB, Canada

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Rocky Mountains, Hwy 1 near Banff, AB, Canada -  more forest fire smoke Rocky Mountains, Hwy 1 near Banff, AB, Canada -  more forest fire smoke

 

Date: August 14th, 2017 | Comments : none | Categories: Architecture, Canada, Flowers, Landscape, Ontario, Seasonal, Travel, travel Canada, Water.

Old barn near Violet, ON Canada

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Loosestrife, creek at Violet, Ontario Canada Wind turbines on Wolfe Island, seen from across Lake Ontario, Kingston ON Canada

 

Date: December 31st, 2016 | Comments : none | Categories: blue, Canada, City Streets, Elements, Garden, Historic significance, Ontario, Storms, winter.

Happy New Year 2016-17! Photo taken during the Ice Storm of 1998, Richmond Ontario CanadaHappy New Year!

 

Date: October 29th, 2016 | Comments : none | Categories: Autumn, BC, Canada, heart shapes, Leaves, Seasonal, Shadows, Trees, Vancouver Island.

Autumn shadows, North Saanich, BC

 

Date: October 28th, 2016 | Comments : none | Categories: Autumn, BC, beach, Birds, Canada, Landscape, Travel, travel Canada, Urban and Provincial Parks.

Crows, Island View beach, Vancouver Island, BC

 

Date: October 27th, 2016 | Comments : none | Categories: Autumn, BC, beach, Canada, Design, Leaves, seascape, Travel, travel Canada, Urban and Provincial Parks, Vancouver Island.

Textures, Island View Beach, Vancouver Island, BC

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Bull kelp leaf, Island View Beach, Vancouver Island, BC Textures and colorful seaweed treasures, Island View Beach, Vancouver Island, BC

 

Date: August 31st, 2016 | Comments : none | Categories: BC, Canada, Elements, Landscape, Silhouettes, Sky, sunrise, travel Canada, Trees.

Denman Island, BC Canada sunrise

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Denman Island, BC Canada sunrise and odd roll cloud

 

 

Date: August 30th, 2016 | Comments : none | Categories: Animals, Autumn, BC, Canada, Flowers, Fruit, Garden, Green, Leaves, Seasonal, Travel, travel Canada.

Denman Island, BC Canada Sunflower seed head

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Graham Lake, Denman Island, BC Canada water lily leaves My friend's dog Cutie-Pie eating blackberries, Denman Island, BC Denman Island, BC Canada pears

 

Date: June 8th, 2016 | Comments : none | Categories: BC, beach, Birds, Canada, Landscape, Summer, Trees, Urban and Provincial Parks.

Driftwood roots with rock, Fred Gingell Park, Tsawwassen, BC

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Fred Gingell Park beach, Tsawwassen, BC

Old cedar stump driftwood, Fred Gingell Park, Tsawwassen, BC Driftwood, Fred Gingell Park, Tsawwassen, BC Driftwood, Fred Gingell Park, Tsawwassen, BC

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Driftwood, Elderberry flowers and cedar branches at Fred Gingell Park beach, Tsawwassen, BC

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Giant cedar stump driftwood, Fred Gingell Park, Tsawwassen, BC Giant cedar stump driftwood, Fred Gingell Park, Tsawwassen, BC Giant cedar stump driftwood, Fred Gingell Park, Tsawwassen, BC

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Ravens, Fred Gingell Park, Tsawwassen, BC

 

Date: June 7th, 2016 | Comments : none | Categories: BC, beach, Canada, Design, Elements, Smile, Urban and Provincial Parks.

Rock face, Fred Gingell Park, Tsawwassen, BC Canada

 

Date: May 17th, 2016 | Comments : none | Categories: BC, Canada, Design, Flowers, Garden, Leaves, purple, Seasonal, Spring.

Rhododendrons, North Saanich, BC Canada

 

Date: December 24th, 2015 | Comments : none | Categories: BC, Canada, Design, Flowers, Leaves, pink, Seasonal.

Christmas Cactus,  North Saanich, BC

 

Date: December 23rd, 2015 | Comments : none | Categories: BC, Birds, Canada, Garden, Vancouver Island, winter.

Female Quail in focus, North Saanich, BCQuail, North Saanich, BC

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Quail, North Saanich, BCQuail, North Saanich, BC

 

Date: December 20th, 2015 | Comments : none | Categories: BC, Canada, Seasonal, Trees, Vancouver Island, winter.

A few brief moments of sunshine through rain drops on the Christmas lights, North Saanich, BCA few brief moments of sunshine through rain drops on the Christmas lights, North Saanich, BC

 

Date: November 12th, 2015 | Comments : none | Categories: Canada, Cultures, food, Seasonal.

Tourtiere, a traditional French Canadian Christmas dish

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Every year about this time I start baking tourtiere, recalling such fond memories of my French Canadian mother-in-law, Marie Paule, who is no longer with us. Her pies were always amazing. She used to say that all the flavor is in the fat, but in my opinion the pork still adds flavor even after fat is removed from the cooked meat, and this allows you to have an extra slice!
To save time, using ready-made pastry works perfectly. Bake bottom crust first for 10 minutes or so at 350F, poking with a fork so it doesn’t bubble up and warp. Tourtiere filling:
1 lb. ground pork, 1 lb. ground beef, 4 medium sized potatoes, mashed, optional medium onion, chopped and 1 clove garlic or use powder, 1/2 cup water, 1 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp. each of thyme, sage …if using fresh herbs, double their quantity… pepper and cloves. Brown meats, removing as much fat as possible. Combine all ingredients then add a generous amount of filling to the partially-baked crusts then top with pastry cut-outs. this should make 2 pies. Bake at 425F for the first 15 minutes, then lower to 350F for about 45 minutes. Yummy hot or cold, with ketchup.

 


 

 
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