Photography in Downtown Kingston, Ontario

Spirit of Sir John A.

Here are a few more photographs that I took while visiting our hometown of Kingston, Ontario. The photo above has an old train in the background known as the ‘Spirit of Sir John A.” It is located by the waterfront in a location that used to be a train yard and station. Kingston was once home to the Canadian Locomotive Company for over 100 years! CPR 1095 is a steam locomotive built in Kingston in 1913 by the Canadian Locomotive Company. At the end of a long service with the Canadian Pacific Railway, it was rescued from the scrapyard by the Kingston JayCees in 1966 and presented to the city as a gift for Canada’s centennial in 1967.

Kingston patio

Kingston Photos

Kingston Photos

Kingston Photos

Kingston Photos

Most of the older homes that have a “pass through” (like where the window has filled in the spot is in next photo) it used to be where the horse and carriages would go through.

Kingston Photos

Kingston Photos

The image above shows the gas lamp on the west corner of Lower Union and King Street East. Gas street lighting just about ended with the 19th century, but one lamp remains and is still maintained by Utilities Kingston. (can you see it on the street corner?)

Kingston Photos

Wouldn’t it be cool to go back to the late 1800’s and see the streets all aglow with lights from gas lamps?

If you enjoyed my photographs of our beloved hometown of Kingston Ontario, please check out these other photos I have taken!

Downtown Kingston in Winter

Photos of Kingston in Summer

Photographing Homes in Historical Downtown Kingston

Grilled Chicken and Strawberry salad

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This salad is a wonderful summer salad, filled with a little bit of everything! It is a meal in itself and very delicious!!

Dressing

  • 1/3 cup of olive oil
  • 1/3 cup of sliced strawberries
  • 2 tbsp. of balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp. of honey
  • 1/4 tsp. of salt

Whirl all of the above ingredients in a blender until smooth. Season with pepper and chill.

You can grill 2 pieces on boneless chicken breast if you choose but I just used frozen boneless chicken breast pieces as a shortcut.

Salad

  • 3 cups of mixed bag of greens of your choice
  • 3/4 cup of basil leaves, coarsely torn
  • 454 gram size tub of strawberries, sliced
  • 1 Granny smith apple, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup of sweet onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts, toasted ( toast for 5-7 minutes in a 350′ oven)
  • 150 gram tub of feta
  • 2 sliced chicken breasts, grilled on the BBQ

Toss the salad with the basil in a bowl. Top with strawberries, apple, onion, walnuts and chicken. Drizzle the dressing and add the feta.

strawberry salad

We decided to add the dressing to our individual servings that way if we had leftovers, it would keep better.

strawberry salad

I highly recommend this salad. It is a recipe I cut out of a magazine at some point and I have had it in my recipe book for along time so I am not sure of the source.

Strolling to the Kingston Market

Kingston ,Ontario

One of my favourite things about staying downtown Kingston when we visit our hometown, is walking to the local Farmer’s Market. It is a lovely stroll on a beautiful summer morning and it is so fun to choose some local produce to bring home.

I brought my camera and snapped these photographs along the way of the buildings I saw. This fence caught my eye!

Kingston

Kingston Photos

Kingston Photos

Kingston Photos

Kingston Photos

Kingston Photos

Kingston Photos

We were heading to my brother’s house later this day and I was bringing dessert so I bought a homemade raspberry pie. It was delicious!

Kingston Photos

In June, strawberries are abundant in Ontario. The local strawberries are so big, sweet and juicy and so yummy. I really miss our annual trips to the strawberry patch! I did buy a basket to bring home of course!

Kingston Photos

Kingston Photos

Kingston Photos

Kingston Photos

Kingston Photos

Kingston Photos

On this past Saturday we went to the Farmer’s market in Wichita. It is also a very fun outing. I bought some big huge locally grown green beans, some crusty bread for dinner, and some local pasta. My husband and my Daughter bought a cinnamon roll to share too!  Click on the link to check out a post I wrote last year!

M&M messages!

M&M's

I was waiting to share these on my blog! I recently gave M&M’s with personal messages twice as gifts. First of all, I bought my husband a jar full for our 25th wedding anniversary. We don’t usually exchange anything too much but I thought this would be a sweet memento .

M&M's

The second time I ordered personalized M&M’s was was for my son’s Graduation. This time I had them delivered in a plastic container which was good for airplane travel.

M&M's

I thought they were a pretty fun gift idea! If you are curious about ordering your own, I did it online at the M&M website!

M&M's

I definitely surprised my husband and son with this gift idea!

M&M's

Have a Great Day!

Summertime in Kingston, Ontario Canada

Kingston

We recently were back in Kingston visiting family. One of the best things about Kingston is that its located on Lake Ontario. We stayed downtown Kingston and it is a short walk to the water. On our first morning my husband and I went out for a stroll. Last summer I took tons of photos of Kingston and I wasn’t sure there was anything else left to photograph, but I took a my camera on the walk anyway.

We headed down this road towards the water and the Yacht Club.

Kingston

Kingston

Kingston

We sat on the bench and enjoyed the view!

Kingston

Kingston

If you keep walking you come to this park along the water.  There are a few cannons that were put here long ago to protect the City!

Kingston

This Lion is also famous in Kingston!

Kingston

Kingston

Kingston

Apparently this next old building used to be a busy place many years ago!  There used to be a popular beach area out front but now this old building has public bathrooms. It is interesting though.

Kingston

Kingston

Penne with Broccoli, Mushrooms and Cauliflower

penne with broccoli,mushrooms and cauliflower

This was a really great meal and we barely missed having meat in it!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of Penne (dry)
  • 4 cups of broccoli florets
  • 4 cups of cauliflower florets
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 cups of sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup of fresh basil leaves or 4 tsp. of dry basil
  • 2 tbsp. of flour
  • 1 1/2 cups of milk
  • 1 tsp. of salt
  • 1/2 tsp. of pepper
  • 1 sweet red pepper cut into strips
  • 1/2 cup of grated parmesan

Directions

  1. In a large pot of boiling water, cook the pasta. Add the cauliflower and broccoli to the pot as well. I did the pasta about 4 minutes on its own and added the vegies for the last 5 minutes. Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, in large skillet, heat the oil. Cook the onions, stirring often until tender.
  3. Add the garlic, mushrooms and dried basil (if using) Cook and stir until the mushrooms are brown and tender.
  4. Sprinkle with flour ,cook and stir for 1 minute.
  5. Stir in the milk, salt and pepper, red pepper. Bring to a boil and stir constantly.
  6. Add in the pasta/vegie mixture and the parmesan and stir until hot.
  7. Stir in the fresh basil if using that.
  8. Sprinkle some extra parmesan!

penne recipe

penne recipe

penne recipe

I am happy that Friday is here again! I have a friend coming to visit me for a few days. We met way back in grade 9 when we became partners in Gym class! I am planning some good meals and some touristy things in the Wichita area. I can’t wait! I hope you are looking forward to the week-end too.

Have a Good One!

Cleaning out the Junk Drawer

I spent one whole Saturday cleaning out a junk drawer!

It was a bit like the children’s story book, “If you give a Mouse a Cookie”! On my list of summer-to-do-jobs was organizing my kitchen desk drawer and cupboard. We stuffed it full of odds and ends when we moved in and it has never been properly organized! I am embarrassed to tell you that we have lived here for almost 2 years!

So as the story goes, I empty out the drawer and find something that belongs in the bedroom. I take it to the bedroom and then that drawer needs organizing. While organizing in the bedroom I find something that belongs in the bathroom …. Well, you get the idea I am sure! Needless to say, this organizing the kitchen drawer/desk ended up taking all day especially since it led me to one big job.

cleaning out junk drawer

All that JUNK on the kitchen table went back into the cupboard in an organized fashion!

cleaning out junk drawer

Somehow I started organizing my cookbooks. I love, love recipes! I read them online, I pin them on Pinterest and I cut them out of magazines! This blog has made me a better cook and baker because I have discovered that I enjoy finding new recipes to try and make. I feel like I have tried a lot of new things and learned a lot too.

Now back to the story, cleaning out the junk drawer surprisingly led me to the job of organizing all of the recipes I have cut out of magazines. I had an old hand-me-down binder that I was using for recipes from magazines. I had hole punched the pages and stuck them in this binder. Some pages were loose and falling out the front and back and there was no real rhyme or reason to the whole thing.

So I went ahead and bought myself a new binder and I organized all those recipes and put most of them in plastic page protectors. OOOOO, the excitement!! Can you feel it too?

cleaning out junk drawer

Isn’t it beautiful?

cleaning out junk drawer

Along with cleaning out the “junk drawer” (RECIPE BOOK) I realized that although I LOVE looking through these recipes, there are tons of them I have never even made. That is so crazy! So I am on a mission to make some of these new recipes and I will be sharing them with you on this blog.

Once the Recipe Book was done, I made my first recipe, Penne with Broccoli, Mushrooms and Cauliflower.  (click on the link)

Call me crazy, but organizing the junk drawer really brings me a lot of JOY!!

Creamy Jell-O Layer Dessert

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Who doesn’t love a simple dessert and who doesn’t love Jell-O? This little dessert has 2 ingredients and it takes minutes to make. As a reward for all your hard work, you get a pretty layered dessert that your family will love!

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg. of Jell-O  (4 serving size)
  • 2 cups of Cool Whip – I used light
  • boiling water

Directions

  • Dissolve the Jell-O in 1 1/2 cups of boiling water.
  • Whisk in cool whip.
  • Pour into serving dishes.
  • Chill until set. You can add extra Cool Whip on top.

The Cool Whip can be frozen when you add it to the jello, no need to thaw it out!

* Makes 4 servings

Jell-O dessert

jello dessert

Once you pour it into serving dishes, the layers appear! Such fun! I tried 2 different styles of dishes, but I did love the crystal dish the best!

jello dessert

jello dessert

jello dessert

jello dessert

Isn’t it pretty? This would be a perfect little treat for a hot summer day!

A Graduation Milestone

Graduation

We traveled to Canada recently to watch our son graduate!

Graduation

I can’t believe how fast the time has gone and now he is ready for University!

The high school moved the ceremony to a big huge Sports and Entertainment Complex! It was amazing because #1 – it had air conditioning, #2 – we could bring as many guests as we wanted, #3 – the time was moved up to 4 p.m. so we could celebrate afterwards. Since our family lives so far apart it was a great occasion to whoop it up a little all together!

Our 2 Daughters and my husband and I settled into our seats along with my Mother-in-law and her husband. Just as the ceremony began so did the noise from behind us. Sitting directly behind us was a young Mom and Dad and their 2 young boys. (my guess was maybe a 1 year old and 3 year old) Graduations are long and a little boring so it really is NO PLACE FOR KIDS!! I say that kindly, because I understand that some parents don’t have childcare and may not have many options. However, if you are going to bring children it would be nice if the parents actually took responsibility for them! Since we were sitting in stadium style seating, these 2 little monkeys were literally right in our ear. They were UP and they were DOWN, letting the chairs fling back, talking and whining. The Mom and Dad gave the odd “SHHHH” (which was also annoying) and that was it. We tried turning and giving them the official dirty look but nothing. The boys were crashing into my Mother-in-law’s chair and her husbands too and he is just recovering from surgery that was only a week earlier.  Due to all the commotion and noise, we could not hear one word of the speeches going on. It made me so sad to think that I had traveled so far to see my Son receive his diploma and I was missing the whole thing.  Eventually my Mother-in-law’s husband made a comment to them, and we all held our breath! But to our surprise they actually got up and moved! What a relief! I wanted to tell them that one day it would be their son up on stage graduating, and I am sure they would appreciate being able to hear it .

Well, with them gone, we were able to enjoy the rest of the ceremony.

My other big decision was whether or not to go out to dinner afterwards. Doesn’t seem like a big decision does it? The dilemma was that we would not know what time the Graduation would be over with in order to make a reservation. We also had 6 Grandparents in tow and we wanted them to be comfortable and able to enjoy the celebration. A few weeks before the day I had the best idea. We were renting a small apartment in town and I realized that I could probably squeeze the eleven of us in there. Perfect! The plan was made and I kept everything as simple as possible. I bought buns, cold meat and toppings, salad, cheese and crackers and I made up a plate of vegies and dip. I borrowed my Mom’s crock pot to make some meatballs and that was our meal. It is not easy to entertain when you are not in your own home, but happily it worked out great. My Mom ordered a Graduation Cake for the day and I bought ice cream too. It wasn’t fancy but it was awesome. We were all together to let my Son know how proud we were of him, and that’s all that mattered!

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Graduation

Graduation

Oh yes, once last thing – I bought all the Graduation plates, napkins, table cloth and a banner on sale at Wal-Mart for a CHEAP price. Graduations in Kansas were long over with so the party supplies were .25 cents each!! I may have sprung a big .5o cents for the banner!!!

Graduation

Now, that is joyful!!

Chinese Casserole

chinese casserole

Me again with another casserole in the summer! Its only because awhile back I had company and made these for dinner. This casserole is a nice change from our usual dinners! It has a nice flavour and I love the crunch of the celery.

I should probably share it again in the Fall…

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. of browned ground beef 
  • 3 green onions
  • 2 cups of chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup of green pepper
  • 1 small can of drained mushrooms
  • 1 can of cream of celery soup
  • 1/4 cup of light cream
  • 1 tbsp. of soya sauce
  • 1/4 tsp. of pepper
  • croutons

Directions

  • Put cooked ground beef in the bottom of a greased casserole dish
  • Add in layers; onions, celery, peppers, mushrooms
  • Mix together soup, cream, soya sauce and pepper. Pour over the top.
  • Cover with croutons
  • Bake at 375′ F for 45 minutes.

Photo Directions

chinese casserole

chinese casserole

chinese casserole

chinese casserole

I ended up using an extra large package of ground beef so my casserole could have used a big more of the soup mixture. I also bought “Texas toast” croutons which just means they were BIG… a bit too big once we went to eat the casserole. I might have slightly browned it a bit too much … but you will do a better job if you make it!!

chinese casserole

chinese casserole

Have a super rest of the week!