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spätzle – a budget friendly meal

spaetzleSpätzle, also known as spaetzle, is a soft egg noodle with Germanic roots.  My great grandmother used to make something similar to this with what she called, her German dinner (dumplings with roast pork and hot purple slaw).  Her dinners were the best!  Three simple ingredients are all that’s required to make spätzle.  Continue Reading →

FIFA Women’s World Cup and food stops

FIFA Women's World Cup 2015 - Moncton, NBThe weekend was a good one.  Mr. S and I were off to see two football games in Moncton…my first time watching a live game of football.  Yes, I use the term football because that’s what it’s called.  Only in North America is the game referred to as soccer.  Mr. S, being English, wanted to see England play Mexico.  We watched two sun-drenched games on Saturday and both teams we were rooting for won.  YAY!  I was at an international world event and the fan turnout, I felt, for the FIFA Women’s World Cup was amazing.  Canada is the host country this year with games played in six cities of which Moncton, NB is one of them.  The weekend started off in Nova Scotia and ended in New Brunswick. Continue Reading →

Calgary – a visit to see my daughter


17th Avenue CalgaryWhenever we travel to a new destination I always make a list of things to see and do.  It’s aimed as a loose itinerary for us.  Last Thursday I arrived for the first time in Calgary to see my daughter… a surprise birthday gift from her.  When I arrived I asked her what’s on the agenda for that day.  She rattled off a list and I was impressed.  Turns out all my vacation prep of years gone by has trickled down to my daughter!  She had made her list of things to do while I was there…I was chuffed. Continue Reading →