Friday, October 12, 2012

Insta-Friday in real life, simple pics edition

Insta-Friday time! Time to share simple cell phone photos from our week.

Emphasis on the simple this time. I thought that when I got a new cell phone, I would take hundreds of exciting pictures. Turns out, we don't do a lot of photo-worthy stuff on a regular week. We hang out, tidy the house, take the kids to dance and basketball, eat food...not that I'm complaining. It's a nice life.

I take pictures of food, mostly. I made granola bars from my first-ever homemade granola, above. They tasted good, but nobody else ate them and eventually I threw half the pan away.

I made berry oat bars, which I showed you earlier this week on my What I Ate Wednesday post.

I also told you that I made Staple Maple Cake for our Canadian Thanksgiving. Here it is...before I poured on the penuche icing. It really is quite good, despite the rather dull photo.

When I told you that my son made peanut butter cookies for Thanksgiving, I didn't show you this photo. Check out the background. See the torn up tissue on the floor? It's actually chewed up tissue. Jolene the dog likes to eat tissue...and lots of other things, if you aren't paying enough attention to her.

Our one outing this week was the trip to my sister-in-law's house for Thanksgiving. I tend to get photos of the kids in the car. Partly to distract them from fighting for even a short time.

This appearance of unity was short-lived.

When they are really annoying in the car, I turn off their radio station. Their station annoys me like crazy, so I tell them I can't deal with two annoyances at once. Then, my husband and I get to listen to our music for a bit. Here, we are listening to the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I can close my eyes and pretend I'm 20 again...for a minute.

We drove through my beloved hometown of Hamilton, Ontario. Hamilton is roughly the mid-way point between Toronto and Buffalo, New York.

When I was younger, I couldn't figure out why people from other towns seemed to thing Hamilton was ugly. Turns out, they always entered the city via this side, above. Sixty per cent of Canada's steel is produced in Hamilton, and that makes for some ugly buildings next to the very lovely Lake Ontario.

But, if you enter the city from the other end, you will see that it also has beautiful forests, a charming university and an extensive trail system. I grew up on "the mountain," which is actually a tall escarpment rather than a mountain. I still clearly remember the fear I felt each time the Hamilton Street Railway bus would travel down the winding road on the side of the escarpment, tilting towards the (very low) guardrail.

Do you live in the same place you grew up, or have you moved far, far away?

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  1. Finally, someone who bakes more than I do! I want to run over for a cup of tea and an oat bar and chat while we listen to our good 90's music. Love the Chili Peppers - I actually feel like they keep getting better. Like us! ha! Have a charming weekend!

    1. That sounds really nice! Any time you're in the neighbourhood...

      Have a great weekend too. :)

  2. Looks like fun! Love family holidays. Even with the children bickering :)

    1. Yes, the bickering is a given part of any expedition around here. :)

  3. Another yummy week. I love the Red Hot Chili Peppers but I have to say they are one of the worst bands that I've ever seen live. I don't know why but every time I saw them they were just a mess, out of tune, all over the place... sigh. Love their albums though, and that was a long time ago so maybe they have improved with afe as the 'freshscratch' said :)

    1. I saw them live many years ago and I don't remember them being bad, but I have a poor memory! :)

  4. Ahh see that's why I love our 8 seater (with our two kids...) One child in the middle row, one child in the back. It makes for much more pleasant car journeys! ;)

    1. We have a van, but we use my car to save on gas. You are right, it is more pleasant when you separate them, though! :)

  5. Looks like a great week, Jo! Most of my phone pics seem to be of food too. :)


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