Friday, September 29, 2006

BRR! i'm feeling kind of CHILI!

Breezy Day Chili

I took alot of colourful pictures, but alas blogger is being a butt munch again and its not lettingme add more than these two i have already added. CHA!

My mom has been making this chili recipe since as far back as i can remember. I hated chili my whole life until a couple years ago when i aquired a taste for kind of spicy foods and amazingly started enjoying kidney beans. The first time i made it, i didnt think it turned out very well. Now i don't think im an amazing cook, but i also don't think i lack culinary skill of..sort. But this chili, i want to be just like hers. So now we make it together so that i can do it exactly how she does, step by step. Eventually i won't need my floaties anymore!

after months of begging for chili through heat waves, my mom finally caved and decided it had cooled off enough for her to make it. So here it is, the D****** girls chilly day well, chili!

Breezy day Chili:

1.5 lbs ground beef (turkey or chicken cool)
1 large yellow or white onion, diced
1 yellow bell pepper
1/2 green bell pepper
1 orange bell pepper
1/2 red bell pepper
1 large tin diced tomatoes, unseasoned
1 tin red kidney beans (or 3 bean medley)
Chilli Powder
1 1/5 Tsp Cayenne pepper.Salt And Pepper To taste

On medium high, brown the meat in a large saucepan, breaking into small pieces. Once meat is brown, mix in the onions and turn heat up to medium high, stirring occasionally until onions are translucentt, (about 5-8 minutes).

Add the peppers, kidney beans, and spices.

Using an immersion blender, puree the tomatoes until it is only a little chunky, and liquidy. Add to the pot. Stir together, and bring to a boil. Once Boiling, cover and set to medium low (2-3) for about one hour.
Chili is ready when sauce thickens and liquids have reduced.
Serve with rice and sour cream, or any other tasty treats you prefer!

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Tasty Eats @ sunset grill.

We were recently in the Muskoka Area for labour day weekend and to support a friend in the big battle of the bands at KEE TO BALA, on a group camping trip. We ate lots of goodies...and meat...oh GOD did we eat LOTS of meat. It was a great weekend and our hungover selves decided on the way home that we would stop somewhere on the way back and get some breakfast. We stopped here, the sunset grill. It was in a really cute location, on the lakeshore. A few shops sit in the same plaza, such as a native ware shop and a cozy tea post and bakery. There was a big eatery boat floating by the shore, and looking very busy. Perhaps we will check it out next summer during our triumphant return!
So we ate at sunset, it was cottagy inside, and a little loud, but the food was pretty decent and the menu was not very big, offering mostly breakfast, a couple sandwiches and fruit and yogurt bowls. It made it easy for all of us starving children to narrow down our choices. We all had the same dish i recall, 3 eggs with either bacon or sausage with pancakes, home fries and toast. it was just right for that way back.
I would suggest checking it out...but i dont know where on the road we got off to eat!

Monday, September 25, 2006


Hmm, i think it's working now....

I've always had a sweet spot in my heart for One Specific Video Game. Super Mario Brothers. All the old stuff brings me that warm and nostalgic feelings. I have 3 tattoos, all of which will get posted over time. My most recent is what you see here, The super Nintendo Mario Star. I had it done last september and i thought it looked awesome. However once it healed i realized it was A) uneven and B) The black outline didn't take on the bottom. So i went back for my free touchup last week, now a year from when i had it done. I thought it looked awesomeeeee. I added red, i sharpened the colour. The outer "crust" came off a couple days ago mad. Im not very happy. The same spot i went to touch up is still toot hin, and doesnt have the same look as the other 4 corners. The yellow barelyyyyyyy took and now it's PEACHY PEACHY. It's supposed to be bright yellow. I'm going to wait one more week to see what happens before I call them and demand another touch up. Because I have had 2 other tattoos at a different parlour and they were perfect from the start. I don't get what the deal is with this new place that is supposed to have this great reputation, and why my tattoo is turning out to look like a flesh wound.

So here is my before and after, sans flesh wound looking pictures.

Side Note: I am the first to admit that these pictures are shit.

blog from hell


It took me 3 days to get this blog to upload a picture!

I bet it won't work again now.

Anyways, this is a picture i took following a butterfly on the road.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

A priss, a softy and a trailor park rebel

Ok... i didn't cook anything today but pasta and it was with leftover homemade sauce. If im gonna post pasta it's gonna be from the beginning to end. So here is a post about the pets matt, my sister and I have!

Lillix is 'our' cat, and just turned 3. I never liked cats growing up but decided they are cheaper and easier than dogs. Thusly, i found my kitten at a niagara falls seedy mall at the sweet price of $19.99. I decided to buy from here cause its a not so nice store and it felt like i was saving an animal rather than supporting a mill (which these days you never know). I fell totally in love with her and she had been my best furry friend since. The first night home she cuddled up to me and i slept with my arms around her. She's my baby! She lives with me and i pay for everything but she is our cat because she was made a family member a month after we started dating, and has been with us our entire relationship.

This cat is...naughty? bad? She cries alll the time. If her food is more than half a day old, if there's one 'entry' in her litter box, if you arent picking her up lalala. She has a nasty thing with eating any developed pictures we leave lying around and gets onto EVERY TABLE and EVERY COUNTER we have. She sleeps ONLY on your chest and butt and between your knees. She purrs louder then a jet engine and loves to do it right in your ear at 4am. But we love her cause cry baby or not she's got nothing but love to give. Has no bad tempers, and 1001 noises, some that sound likes barks and hello's! she plays FETCH! FETCH! and TAG!
She likes to play acrobat on the top edges of my loft banisters and dodges through them side to side 15 feet in the air! I have a heart attack every time.
She drives my whole family crazy but they cant help but look at that face and melt! her nick names are lilli, lix, lillykin, likkyboo, lillybitch and shut up im trying to sleep.


Mike is matt's family dog, whome we believe to be a SCHNOODLE, a schnauzer poodle mix. They rescued him through Paws Of Georgina 4 or 5 years ago. It's sad because he was a battered dog, and you can't touch his nose or he pulls away from you. HOWEVER, matt's family has taken such good care of him, and he has such a gentle dispostion, that all he does is cuddle!

He doesn't bark, doesn't bite, doesn't scratch or growl. He only barks at the doorbell but that is a recent thing we encouraged him to do and he still only does it half the time.

He will jump on you, in your lap, however he needs you to get himself some pets. When you stop he paws at you with both hands. Sometimes he does it WHILE you are petting him so that you will pet him better! He is very quiet, and calm and only gets hyper when he realizes there is a walk coming or that you are willing to chase him from room to room jumping onto beds with him. (if you don't jump on the bed with him he wont run to the next one! seriously) think im kidding but im not!
Mike is one of the best dogs you could ask for and i wish he could come with us when we move in together! We know what kind of dog to look for when we get our own ;) The only nickname he has is obscene and gives matts last name away so sorry:)


Soca has belonged to 4 of us. Matt and I were working at Paramount Canada's Wonderland 2 years ago when matt learned 5 kittens had been abandoned under a trailor behind the concert hall. We decided to save some but by the time i got there, 4 had been happily adopted by 4 other employees. Only one was left! After 4 hours of trying to catch her someone else caught her and put her in my cage. We took her home and she was matts new baby whom lillix was less than amused to meet. She stayed at matt's until his brother got so sick from her his throat was abismal and almost closed. We were all very sad to have to let her go but THANKFULLY! My sister and my brother in law decided they would like to have her. WOO! So Soca stayed in the family, and her and lillix are now cousins as opposed to sisters. But Lillix is the priss from hicktown and soca is the carnie trailor park rebel.

Soca is not much for the loving unless it is on her own terms or she sees or hears treats. That lasts a few seconds until she gets sick of waiting and digs her claws into your ass. She once jumped up on me and dug both hands and both feet into me, paws in my ass, me screaming and flailing the treats around. She's always up at the cottage, and always disappears, emergin later covers in cob webs and dust. She's trash i told you! Im glad she didnt end up as our cat cause i like a cat who i can pick up and carry around. Im happy shes still around and glad my sister will never ever want to part with her. Her nick names are sophi, sokey, soca-sue and as i like to call her, psyko treat monger

There. did i bore you? me too!

Wednesday, September 20, 2006


ok...i GIVE UP!

I have tried EVERYTHING to get images posted on here. I tried for 3 hours last night. My recipe post took me 5 hours. I worked on 3 different computers. I enabled, disabled, lalalalala cookies all over. NOTHING!
i give upppppppppppp
im tres sad. Cant post with pictures and i dont want to without them! I can't understand it. Is anyone else having this problem out there?

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

My First Ever Recipe Post!

Quiet Sunday : Proschuitto, Asiago and Arugula Panini

So here’s my first ever recipe post, I’m sure it might be long winded. I’m not a chef, I don’t really know lots of lingo, though I watch enough food network to get me by hahaha. So I hope I don’t put too much over-explanation in on you.


My family is Italian, and though we aren’t the uber into it kind, and only my dad and his side of the family speak it really, we still eat LOTS of Italian food, and follow any tradition that involves food! Mmmm……. Anyways. Sometimes on Sundays we eat our big pasta meal around the lunch hour and leave smaller meals for night time. Soup and Sandwich is always a popular choice. This week my mom made my dad this sandwich, and served it up with some of her delicious left over minestrone. I don’t have the recipe for that but keep your eyes open in the future.

Proschiutto, Asiago and Arugula Panini:

4-5 thin slices Calabrese bread
3-4 slices proschiutto (ours is home made but store stuff is just as yummy)
Asiago cheese, sliced thin (approx 5 pieces)
Arugula -3-4 pieces.
Mustard, butter or neither, (my dad likes a dry sandwich so his has nothing)

Lay out the 2 slices of bread, and add desired condiments in thin layer on each slice. My mom jumped the gun on my camera and so there is a special piece of meat on the bread already. I hope he feels special.

Next up, layer out the prosciutto on one slice of the bread, overlapping so that all meat stays within the bread parameters.

Add the sliced Asiago next, followed by the arugula. Now I myself have an affliction with warm lettuce of any kind so I leave it out. Hot lettuce is not essential to my sandwich!

Pop ‘er in your panini maker and let sit until golden brown, about 3-5 minutes.

If you don’t have a panini maker, you can use a regular ungreased frying pan and put a slightly heavy second frying pan on top of the sandwich. You just have to turn it over at the 3 minute point and it takes a couple minutes longer.


Slice and enjoy with a warm bowl of soup or a salad!

Monday, September 18, 2006


The Recipe Blog Queen

It's 3 in the afternoon here and im adding another post. I plan to add another one this evening as well. This is kind of addicting... i should be careful. mwahahahaha.
I'm sure i will post 3 things a day for about a week and phase out to one every few days, every week etc. I have the attention span of a bottle of windex.

But i thought I would post this one quickly while i waste some time before work.
I started this blog because i stumbled across another one that was alll recipes, or kitchen related or restaurant related. I love it! I check on it all the time and have rummaged from the most recent post all the way back to the first post in 2005. A really nice woman in Oregon has a really good nack for food and for balancing types of food, and healthy food. She has some super fun recipes she has taken out of familiar food tv recipe books and put her own spin on them. She's A+! If you really like recipes and want to see some really sweet ones, I pass along this site, as it's just so fun. ENJOY!

I found it and got excited thinking it said jem angela ville. My mind went "oooooo" a site with my name in it! im not french and im not bright so it took me a little while to realize it said something different.

Ps- working on matts computer and its being a real W**** and wont let me upload any photos.... i have to hold off on my first recipe post until tonight!

take care everyone! or the two people i know read this....

"Snack Cake!"

Ok....The sno-ball.

Fat people get excited about food. Its a fact. We can't help it! My food that i get excited about is the sno ball. The sno-ball is a snack cake manufactured by HOSTESS. Its essentially just a slightly dry chocolate cake shaped like a dumpling and filled with creamy vanilla icing. Then its wrapped in a fluffy marshmallow blanket and dipped in coconut...with a twist! They come in different colours. Purple at easter, green, red at christmas i think, and boy oh boy are they ever TASTY!
In high school my nickname was snowball because i loved them so much (and because that was also the name of the town i lived in..and im round and white hahaha).


they are only sold in select stores throughout the U.S.A. I live in Canada. Thusly this is a problem. however the distance between us makes me love the little sugar rush cakes even more! Matt was recently in Indianapolis Indiana visiting his dad. He was there one other time and couldnt find them anywhere. Luckily the second time was the charm! He brought me 2 packs and i could not help but document them! Its not often i get to enjoy!

So here it it. My sno ball afternoon!

Deliciously cute, round and pink. I almost didn't think i could eat it....

...I said Almost!

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Summers over!

its sunday, last sunday of the summer. I took a look at my garden today and realized everything got super big or super wilted. My flowers are all doomed. It's such a nice day out and im still in my pj's, blogging lol. I almost wish i had gone to the cottage to stand in the lake and take more shots before its too cold to hang out on the shore. Here are some of the photos i am most proud of, taken in my cottage backyard in Innisfil, Ontario. The lake is lake Simcoe. Unfortunately this blog doesnt do the photos justice!

wow im a blogger...


So this is my blog then i guess. Cool! Took me long enough to decide to get one!
Let me tell you a little bit about MOI!

Im 22 years old, born and raised in The Greater Toronto Area in Ontario!.

I went to school twice, first time around for Broadcasting television and film at Niagara College,

Then i decided life and a family were more important so i went to school for Computer Business Application Specialist at CDI College.

I currently work for a local music school as a lessons co-ordinator and desk girl. Working on movin up and out!

Still working on moving out, hopefully soon! I have been with my boyfriend Matty for over 3 years now and i guarantee you will hear all about him often. He's my food guinea pig!

With this blog i plan to post photos i have taken, a short story or 2, funny conversation, recipes and more.

I hope you enjoy it! sorry if you dont! lol.