Cereal

Every single day, Gary has cereal. Two bowls when he comes in from the barn and then two bowl right before bed. That is a lot of cereal. I have estimated that one large box, lasts about 1 1/2 weeks. I should clarify, he only eats Bran Flakes. There is no substitution. No Honey Nut Cheerios, no Shredded Wheat, no Honey Bunches Of Oats. Just Bran Flakes. 
 I do not like Bran Flakes. I will eat them if you make me, or if I decide for 5 minutes I want to eat healthy breakfast. Blah. You have to eat them sooo fast or else you have soggy bran-y mush and that is a consistency that I just can not swallow. 
Back 11months ago, when Gary and I got married, I knew this about him. What I didn’t know was how this was only a glimpse into the crazy things he does. (crazy in the most loving way of course) 
I think in the past two weeks, I have said to him ” you are just insane!” so many times…I can’t even count. 
I usually laugh, shake my head, and then wonder what our kids are going to be like. 
When ever I tell Gary he is insane, his most common response is ” hahaha honeyyy, its not that bad, your forgetting about how good I am to you hahaha, remember last night we went out for quality time and I bought you ice cream, you should blog about this. You are sooo funny when you are frustrated, your hair just bops around and you say funny things” 
ps. Quality time when he bought me ice cream was going across the boarded to look at cows and we stopped at a dairy store so Gary could go to the bathroom and I bought myself ice cream and then we looked at cows for 2 hours and then came home. Obviously, this was a date night…
Seriously, he says my hair “bops” around. and then he can’t stop laughing.  I usually laugh too. It makes it hard being frustrated. 
Anyways. Gary’s strict cereal  preferences are a metaphor for his life…unexpected, strange and a little over the top
And if cereal is a metaphor for Gary’s life…
Maybe it is for mine too…
I bought Halloween Captain Crunch. Its like candy for breakfast. 
I would be lying, if I said the fact that the ghosts turn the milk green wasn’t a selling feature. 
Marketing companies really know how to suck me in. 
My Cereal shelf also contains Mini Wheats
Honey Puffed Kashi ( Basically Sugar Crisp…with a little less sugar) 
Apple Cinnamon Cheerios
 I also have instant chocolate oatmeal and 2 varieties of granola. Unfortunately I do not usually eat cereal or yogurt or anything like that for breakfast. I much prefer pie. 
I am not sure what this says about me other then the fact the I like to eat sweet stuff. Perhaps that I am a bad decision maker? 
I really just wanted to show you my Halloween Captain Crunch. Its tasty. 

Citrus-Mint Granita

I have a fabulous husband. I do.

This is Gary milking our cows for the very first time! 

I was their too…It was evidently a chilly day. 

 He’s great. Sometimes he brings me tea ( large earl grey doubledouble from Tim Hortans) or calls me from the Starbucks line to ask what I want. Sometimes he leaves me little notes telling me he loves me or brings me a card and a new plant to try and keep alive. But lately, the best, nicest, thing he does for me? Lets me sleep in through milking.
     As some of you know, a couple of weeks ago ( ? I have no actual idea how long it has been…it feels like forever!) we started milking cows. Our own cows. So obviously we are responsible for seeing that these lovely cows get milked every single day, twice. We milk at 5:30 am and 5:30 pm. So getting up at 5:30…sucks. Well actually its not that bad. Its usually beautiful in the morning at that time. But sleep is definitely lacking. So last night, he said I could sleep in! yay! and sleep I did. I didn’t hear the alarm go off, I didn’t hear Gary getting ready to go outside, I didn’t hear him come back in the house or crawl back into bed. I just slept slept slept till 9:30 am. It was lovely!
( how many times did I say lovely in that paragraph?)

     So now that I am refreshed and well rested, I can do some blog posts! Today is a dreary day but I am bundled up sitting on a big comfy couch on my back porch. with a blanket and my laptop. I am very blessed to have such a good life.

So basically, I have a recipe today! I made grapefruit/tangerine/lemon and mint sorbet/granita yesterday. Its delish, sweet and refreshing. I am going to call it Citrus-mint Granita. Because you could totally use any kind of tangy citrus that you wished.

This recipe is really simple. really. 
Citrus-Mint Granita
1 1/2 cup water
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup fresh squeezed citrus 
( I used 1 large pink grapefruit, 2 tangerines, 1/2 a lemon, I added some of the grapefruit and tangerine pulp too) 
A small handful of fresh mint. ( I used about 1/3 of a cup whole leaves) 
1) Put water and sugar in a pot over medium heat and stir occasionally until all the sugar is melted.
2) Add mint and fruit juice and stir. Bring to barely a boil then take off heat. Here I had a bit of a problem. One recipe I was reading said to put this all in a blender…so I did. Only hot hot juice in a blender equals hot hot juice all over your kitchen. Don’t do that. Your clean floors will not be sticky and thats not fun. 
3) Pour hot mixture through a fine strainer and take out all the chunkies. 
4) Put bowl of juice/fruit/mint mixture in the freezer until solid. I stirred mine once in a while to make it lose and icy. Next time I will pour into my ice cream maker. I think it will be more sorbet-like that way. 

Ontario

Yesterday was our last full day in Ontario. We have been here since Wednesday and are definitely ready to go home. Back to our new house (that we have hardly been in) and back to the busy hectic life that we live. We will start milking cows on our own little dairy operation super soon! and I am sure the hay orders are backed up till next year. You get the drift. We are busy…but we do love it!

So to make the most of our time here we did a lot of great things!
First and foremost, we stayed at The Fairmont Royal York (fancifully oldish) and visited the CBC building down the road to pitch our business to the Dragons Den. It was fantastically fun and I can’t wait till I am allowed to tell you all about it (which wont be till it airs on tv sometime next season).

But…just so ya know…this happened. Unloading hay on John Street in downtown Toronto…with a camera crew) 

While we were super down town (CBC and The Fairmont are down town Toronto) we walked the streets and ate at delish restaurants and went shopping in the hugest mall. It was insane. I didn’t take any pictures. Oh but I found some that Gary took…on the escalator.

Lovely. My eyelashes look super long 🙂 
We also went to an Anthropologie! 
Side note…I will never take Gary there again…I on the other hand…plan to return with money to spend 🙂 
I was KINDA excited…so Gary took pictures:

(I have a thing for crossing my legs in pictures these days…)

( I wore my winter, bulky coat the entire time…it was cold I tell ya)

Umm Gary this is getting a little embarrassing…(there are 6 more pictures!)

Ok totally time to stop taking pictures…”Gary STOP taking pictures!”
Then, becuase we were in a fancy, expensive shopping district ( cus thats where anthro was) we saw a fancy car…Gary took a picture.
Apparently Robert form Dragons Den drives a car like this…hes rich…a millionaire…obviously. 
I have no idea what kind of car it is… an expensive one.
Then, we left Toronto (actually the next day) and went to Barrie to visit my aunt Lianne ( who is actually not my aunt…but basically). We didn’t take a single picture. But we ate yummy food and talked about food and Gary made us watch a painful hockey game. Then I stayed up till 1:00am watching the food network. It was worth it.
The next day we went to a church in Barrie, Ontario and then drove to Kingston, Ontario. It was SUCH a beautiful day and the drive was amazing! 
We even got to take a fun little ferry! 

We honestly pulled up to this stop sign as the ferry was pulling away from the dock. But that was ok. We took some nice pictures while we waited. 

This was our sweet rental car. Nice and roomy. It even had a fun little thing in the glove box where you put your water bottle and it keeps it cool! Super fun! 

Fun little ferry over a bay in Lake Ontario 
The pictures pretty much end here. I took one in our hotel room in Kingston, but Gary is wears PJ pants and there are clothes and coats and shoes scattered all around. 
All in all, we had a fantastic trip and we are home now! I am really looking forward to getting comfortable in our new house and cleaning it and planting a garden and getting goats and baby chickens. 

Mexico

My dear dear husband and I are off to a sunny destination in T-minus 13 hours.
The house is a disaster. The bags are less then packed. I am writing a blog post. The said husband told me to write something funny on my blog.
He then said to write about him because he is very very funny.

He is sitting at the kitchen table across from me wearing the swim shorts he needs to pack.

We are also watching the rain man while we pack..or while I pack is more like it.

I need to do the dishes.