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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Bay of Fundy

We decided to take a drive to the Bay of Fundy this weekend 'cause we felt like getting outta town and taking our new snow tires for a spin. Blomidon Provincial Park was the destination, though we knew we wouldn't be doing much hiking since A) Bea was with us, of course, and it was freakin' cold; -10C or so and windy and B) most of Nova Scotia seems to be closed from October to April. Yep, the trails and roads were closed, but we did cruise around the parking/picnic area until our noses and toeses frozes.

LOVE this snowsuit!!

cute waddle-prints :)

What's that weird white stuff on the beach? The beaches in California didn't have icicles!

It's sunny, it's sunny! Quick, capture this on film!!

It was still neat to see, and we got to check out some more of our new province. We'll definitely be heading out this way again when the weather gets better...

Here are Monday's tide data from Fisheries and Oceans Canada for a spot near where we were:
# High and Low Tides
# Date;Time;Height

Did you catch that? The low tide is 1.6 meters and the high tide is 13.4 meters. That's about a 35-foot swing over 6 or 7 hours. When we were there the tide was low and going out.

On the way, we spotted the Just Us! cafe, roastery, and fair trade museum in Grand Pre (how do I put an accent mark over the e?). I have already developed a weakness for the two Just Us! coffee shops here in Halifax, so we had to stop. Fun for the whole family :)

Remove stones and chaff; Roast; Cool; Package; Mmmmmm....

 Circle of coffee flavors: On the "tastes" side I'll skip acrid and caustic in favor of nippy or soft. On the aroma side, maybe something "nutty" like "toast" would be better than the "charred, ashy" scent :)

Saturday, February 4, 2012

In the Kitchen

I goofed this morning and made a huge amount of oatmeal. This is the third dish I've messed up while trying to half or double in the last week. I blame mommy brain. I hear that leftover cooked oatmeal reheats nicely, but I don't like to see that slimy goo looking out at me from the fridge. Also had some leftover cream cheese frosting from Scott's birthday carrot cake - which I made as cupcakes this time, so you don't need as much frosting as you would for a layer cake. What to do? I found these scones and I had all the ingredients, so I whipped them up and tried the frosting on top. The combo was so so, but I'll eat anything with cream cheese frosting on it. The scones are going to be really good with butter and jam, mmmm. They're pretty much just oats and whole wheat flour, so I guess I can say they're healthy :)

I also couldn't resist these cute pasta hearts for Valentine's Day. The way to Scott's heart isn't always though his stomach - sometimes it's through running socks, but I'll try the stomach this year. Adding beer helps.