Summer of 2018 – Best Canadian Pecan Butter Tart Challenge!!!

The butter tart – a small pastry filled with sweet buttery syrup that is mixed with either raisins or pecans – or not – then baked to perfection with a crispy top – is known to be the classic Canadian treat enjoyed by many across the expansive country! My favorite of the three varieties of Butter Tart…

Halifax, Nova Scotia – Final Days

My final days in Halifax were spent with family, friends and eating food that just isn’t the same in Doha! The day before I left – I had a BodyTalk session with my Reiki Master who is in training to be a BodyTalk Practitioner. I was very much in the middle of my 21 day…

Windsor, Nova Scotia – Agritourism Day With Our Grandkids!

Michael and I, with our grandchildren returned to Windsor to visit Liz. This time, Liz stepped into the role as our agritourism tour guide of 3 farms – her horse farm, her partner’s cow farm and then an actual agritourism farm with exotic animals farmed for meat as well as the only halal and kosher…

Windsor, Nova Scotia – Welcome to Farm Land – Part II

Liz and I are both kayakers, and were sea kayak guides together at East Coast Outfitters. Liz was in my wedding party, and her gift to Michael and I were all the flowers for our wedding including bouquets, boutonnières, and the flowers that decorated the reception hall!  Michael and I were so grateful – little…

Windsor, Nova Scotia – Welcome to Farm Land – Part I

I drove to Windsor to spend the day with my friend Liz! Windsor is a farming town with a history that dates back to when the Mi’kmaq people used the land many years before European discovery, the Acadins lived there and then the land was a central area of the Expulsion of the Acadians by the…

Halifax, Nova Scotia – Food Shout-Outs!

Look Ho Ho is a must have when I’m in Halifax!!  While not the healthiest food, ’tis the yummiest sweet and sour chicken balls and my favorite egg rolls!!!  The flavor and texture of their meat egg rolls are so famous in Halifax, that people actually order bags of them to take back to wherever…

Halifax, Nova Scotia – An Afternoon At The Casino!

Today was adventure day with The Golden Girls (aka – my mom and my Aunt Carol Ann) with the Romancing the Stone Couple (aka – Michael and I)! My mom and Aunt Carol Ann wanted to go to the Halifax Casino! The day started with my forgetting that we were suppose to meet OUTSIDE of…

Wolfville, Nova Scotia – Luckett Vineyards

This was a girlfriend day!!!!  Johanna and I have been friends for many years.  We first met when I was hired to manage one of her family’s pizza shops – Pizza Girls on Mumford Road. I loved that job!  Pizza, garlic fingers and donairs were made from scratch!!!  Johanna and her sister Maria and I…

Halifax, Nova Scotia – Grandparent Fun!

Our time in Halifax is an important time to bond with our grandchildren and create fun memories! Here are some of our moments so far!!! S, xo Relaxing, watching Paddington Bear! Mini golf at Putting Edge! A visit with my parents! Taking Nathan kayaking at East Coast Outfitters with a stop on Hearn Island! Fun…

Halifax, Nova Scotia – Some Moments!

Food is one of my favorite things!!!  Good food is the best! Michael’s daughter Patricia and her husband Andrew invited us for yummy spaghetti dinner! Another evening with Patricia and Andrew was a steak (my top three favorite foods!) at Ristorante aMano on the Halifax Waterfront! I had mocha creme brûlée for dessert!!!  It was…

Halifax, Nova Scotia – Mom & DV!!

Today we visited my parents!!!  It was so nice to see them again!!!  xoxoxoxo Mom made seafood chowder and a cheesecake!!!  It was DELICIOUS!!!  No food is ever as good as your mother’s cooking!!!!  There isn’t a picture of the cheesecake because we gobbled it up so quickly!!!!  LoL!!!!! Love you mama and DV!!!!!  xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo…

Halifax, Nova Scotia – Back Home!

I’m back in the ‘Fax and absolutely jet lagged!  So far, my total ride in airplanes this summer is up to 16 and I’ve been in four different time zones in a little over a month! My circadian rhythms are totally out of wack!  Add menopause onto that and OH BOY!!! So, here I am…

2017 Summer Moments – Liz, Linda, A Mermaid, Sons of Maxwell, A Doll House, Family, Reiki, Cold Drinks on a Patio, Donair Pizza & Donair Sauce, Moon Mist Ice Cream, Pork Bacon…..and What Is a Touton??

I leave for Qatar tomorrow.  Back to expat life, regular routine and back to work, the start of a new school year at the American School of Doha on August 15th.  I wanted to reflect on my visit to Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.  To share some of the moments with friends and family. My visit…

Ingonish Beach, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

Our drive to Cape Breton Island was a fond one for me as I spent many summers of my childhood there.  Those days were spent on the south side of the island in Arichat  on Forgeron Road at the home of my grandparents! Michael and I headed north to travel the famous Cabot Trail on the Baddeck side…

Sea Kayaking Around Lawlor Island, Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia

Strolling along Fisherman’s Cove one evening, just a five minute walk from where we are staying in Eastern Passage, we spotted a kayaking tour business!  Upon entering we discovered that the owner is a friend, Fred Stillman! Fred owns Kattuk Expeditions with  Sea Kayaking McNab’s Island at Fisherman’s Cove!  Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!  If you are visiting Fisherman’s Cove we…

I Miss the Weather in Nova Scotia!

Living in the Middle East means living in an arid climate with virtually no rain or clouds or any sign of precipitation, including hot winds of the Arabian desert that blow scorching across your skin like a hairdryer on high and a constant sun that blazes down on you with oppressive heat.   Don’t forget…

Summer 2016 – Visiting Home – Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

My husband Michael and I went home to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada for a few weeks to visit family and friends.  We stayed at a perfect Airbnb loft apartment in Eastern Passage that is everything I know to be and love of Nova Scotian living!! While visiting family and friends we drank locally brewed and famous for,…