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…

Timmins, Canada – Bouncin’ in the Bearskin!

On the start of our journey to British Columbia, Michael and I flew from Timmins to Sudbury, Sudbury to Toronto.  From Timmons to Sudbury, we flew with Bearskin Airlines!  I kept calling them Bearclaw! The boarding passes are written in English, French and Cree. In the airport restaurant I bought a butter tart!  This one…

Ontario, Canada – Mostly Mileage!

In four days, Michael and I drove a total of 2,598 kilometers throughout Ontario. Now, here is something new to me…… There are many 18-wheelers on the Ontario highways.  These drivers are on a schedule.  No time to stop and pee…..so they pee in bottles and throw the bottles out the window.  These bottles are…

Kapuskasing, Ontario – Keeping Kool in the Kap!

Michael and I returned to Kapuskasing for one more evening with his brother Joel and sister-in-law Dana, but Dana was visiting with her mom and brother in Calgary, Alberta. We enjoyed an evening that started with playing snooker! I had a craving for butter tarts, so I decided to bike into town!  Michael joined me…

Millbrook, Ontario – Pretty Pedicure & Puffy Pastry!

On our way to Mississauga, we had a stop in Millbrook.  While Michael took care of family business at the small government office, I walked the village! I stopped for a pedicare at Nancy’s Oasis Boutique! Nancy is from Millbrook and has owned the shop for 16 years (I think?). This is one of my…

Peterborough, Ontario – More Millettes!

We drove to Peterborough to visit Michael’s other brother Jamie, his wife Robin and children Riley and Sophie! A lot of Ontario is farming country!  We saw lots of these beautiful yellow fields along the way! We arrived in Peterborough at sunset: Robin and I connected immediately! Brothers! Sister-in-law! Uncle Michael and Riley.  Sophie was…

Kapuskasing, Ontario – Joel’s Harley Davidson Collection

For all Harley Davidson fans, this is a collection you will enjoy!  Joel’s collection spans 14 years and two man caves! S, xo Brothers and their cars in Harley Davidson Man Cave #1! Dana’s shuffle board in Harley Davidson Man Cave #1! Close-up of some of the Harley Davidson memorabilia in Harley Davidson Man Cave…

Final Thoughts – Essex, Ontario

During our last days in Essex visiting my husband’s father Ron, and brother Joel who was down from Kapuskasing to visit us and his dad, the boys worked together to lay a new gravel driveway for their father.  Ron’s health is not the best at this time, but that didn’t stop him from pitching in…

Moments – Essex, Ontario

Here are random moments of county, country life here in Essex, Ontario! Or just moments of what it is like, for me, to be back in Canada! For example… Tim Hortons coffee here is the REAL deal!  Yes, we’ve tasted Tim Hortons in places as remote as the Saudi Arabian Jeddah Airport.  But nothing is…

Ron’s Classic Car’s – Part II

Let me introduce you to the other side of Ron’s garage!  This is the location of the man cave loft, tools, hoist, etc….! Note the pictures on the wall documenting Ron’s career of cars!   The first car I will introduce to you is the 1950 Ford Custom 2 Door.  This is a rare, six…

Ron’s Classic Cars – Part I

Michael’s dad has been an antique and collector cars aficionado since his teens.  Since that time he’s bought and sold more than 140 classic cars, as well as owning a variety of Harley Davidson motorcycles. Our tour of his beloved cars starts here in his custom made garage, built to hold 18 cars.  Ron has…

Back In Canada. Bring The Bacon!

My husband and I are back in Canada for two weeks. In the province of Ontario.  Essex, Ontario.  The reason why we’re here is to be with family. Our journey here was, as usual, a long one.  Yet, with the number of times I’ve flown from the continent of Asia to the continent of North…