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Monday, August 25, 2014

Love this song...

Stay With Me"

[Verse 1:]
Guess it's true, I'm not good at a one-night stand
But I still need love 'cause I'm just a (hu)man
These nights never seem to go to plan
I don't want you to leave, will you hold my hand?

Oh, won't you stay with me?
'Cause you're all I need
This ain't love, it's clear to see
But darling, stay with me

[Verse 2:]
Why am I so emotional?
No, it's not a good look, gain some self-control
And deep down I know this never works
But you can lay with me so it doesn't hurt

Friday, August 22, 2014

Fake Food is Delicious!!

Below is my favourite new recipe. Fake or imposter ground beef but not mystery meat:)!!! Honestly, if I read the description of this on a menu I would probably not order it but making it myself and having tried it first at my sister's I was more then willing.
I have since made it for the kids and they questioned what it is because I am baking it in the oven and I admit I have lied and told them it is ground beef... special ground beef:) but they eat it up.  When we had it at my sister's, Daphne did wonder about the nuts in it so when I made it I really grounded them up.
I have even frozen it and used it later.  It really absorbs the sauce so you might want a bit extra on hand.
It is so delicious!

Meaty Veg-based Ground “Meat”


1 medium head cauliflower, trimmed and washed, broken into florets

2 cups raw walnut halves

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

2 cloves garlic minced

¼ tsp dried sage

1 tsp smoked paprika

½ - ¾ fine sea salt

2 tbsp bragg’s, soy sauce or tamari


Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a large rimmed cookie sheet with parchment

In a food processor, blend the cauliflower and nuts to a fine meal. Depending on how grainy you like your “meat”.

Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and add remaining ingredients. Use your hands to knead everything together, until the grounds are uniformly coated.

Turn the mixture into the pan and spread out evenly. Bake for 45 minutes to and hour, stirring every 15 minutes until the meat is dry and brown (if the layer underneath comes up looking wet and white then you need to keep baking). The grounds will begin to separate and intensify in colour as they roast.

Once the “meat” is cooked, you can cool, package and freeze it for later use or use it right away. Will keep up to 3 days cover in the refrigerator.

This is some I froze and reheated.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Sleepless in Barrhaven:(

It is 12:22am on Monday morning.  I can not sleep.  I was in bed, as I am most nights, right after I put the kids to bed.  Tonight it was approximately 9:30pm.  My habit for many months now is to watch a show/movie on Netflix and fall asleep midway through.  Mind you I never sleep through the night, so I will repeat this a couple of times during the night: wake up to pee then watch Netflix then eventually fall asleep.

It is not working tonight.  I have even gone back to my old habit when I couldn't sleep: reading.  I am reading Inferno by Dan Brown.  That is not working either.

This could be the problem? I drank more tea today then I usually do.  The usual is about four cups in a day.  Today I think I drank six.  Get the photo: I heart tea:) FYI that is a few days worth of tea bags.
At this point, I have taken some meds leftover from my surgery. Two Tylenol 3s.  In the past I have taken melatonin, which is great to help me initially fall asleep but does not help me stay asleep.  I have also taken larazopan (sp).  It is a perscription and can become addictive.  The last time I used it I saw how it could become stops being as affective so you need to use more of it to gain the results (sleep).  I exercise to sleep better too.  And prior to this evening, I have been having wonderful sleeps.  Tonight it isn't even that my mind won't turn off...on those nights I do what I can at the moment, organize and prepare or write out whatever else is cycling in my brain.

Right now I can feel the Tylenol starting to kick in, so sleep will be coming...
Just frustrating when it takes this long.

Sidenote:  My Netflix choice tonight was Craigslist Joe.  It was a great film.  Maybe too captivating didn't lend itself to my sleep.  It maybe an entire blog to itself...

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Tim W do you remember Grade 4?

So if you were to ask me my best year of elementary school I would choose Grade 4 at Georges Vanier in Kanata.

I, along with my best friend at the time, were the teacher's pet.  We got to stay in at recess and hangout in the classroom.

Our teacher was Mr Guerin, Steve Guerin.

My parents even had him over for dinner. My Mom made grasshopper pie.  It was a big deal.

What I remember about him was that he'd also been a nurse and a private detective.  He owned guns.  He might have  lived at home with his Mom and brother?  In my eyes he was a cool relaxed teacher that gave us freedom but still got what needed to be taught. Every gym class he'd play Abracadabra by the Steve Miller Band

Many years later this happened :
Member: Stephen Robert Guerin
Registration Number: 162134
Decision: Resignation and Cancellation

A panel of the Discipline Committee held a public hearing on October 20, 2003 into allegations of professional misconduct and incompetence against Stephen Robert Guerin, also known as Stephen Christopher Hart.
Guerin, 48, was certified to teach in 1979 and was employed by the Peterborough-Victoria-Northumberland and Newcastle Roman Catholic District School Board. Guerin chose not to attend the hearing nor to be represented by counsel.
Guerin faced 10 allegations of professional misconduct related to his criminal conviction on charges of weapons offences, possession of child pornography and the use of forged documents.
The panel heard evidence that Guerin used fraudulent qualifications in his application for a teacher's certificate, which was granted to him in the name of Stephen Christopher Hart, and that he also used forged documents in applying for employment as a teacher.
Guerin pleaded guilty in criminal court to charges of possession of child pornography, relating to possession of approximately 4,000 photographic images stored on his computer and sexually explicit movies involving children.
In March 2003 he pleaded guilty to criminal charges of using forged documents, carrying a concealed weapon, storing firearms in a careless manner and failing to report the loss of firearms. Guerin was sentenced to five months in jail, in addition to the eight-and-a-half months he had already been incarcerated, and three years probation.
The panel received an agreed statement of facts in which Guerin admitted to the allegations and pleaded guilty to professional misconduct. He agreed to surrender his Certificates of Qualification and Registration immediately. Guerin also agreed to never teach again in any public or private school in Ontario or elsewhere and to never seek reinstatement in the College.
The decision of the panel appears on the College's public register.

I still hold on to my memories but definitely tainted.