My Sweet Marie

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For the first time ever, I know someone who will be representing Canada at the Olympics and I couldn’t be more proud, go David!!! I’ve had a few close calls where we’ve had Londoners going and I knew someone who knew someone but this is my first time that I actually know the athlete! I do have to say though, I haven’t had any contact with this young man since he was just a little guy!

You see, when David was just a wee boy  I took care of him in my home while his mother toiled away at her seamstress shop and his father was teaching! This was when I lived in Stoney Point, Ontario and did day care in my home. He was such a little cutie,  always so busy and always wanting to wrestle with Justin (another of my charges)! We then moved to London and I lost touch with his family. Oh I would hear the odd good news of them and his accomplishments but when I heard he was going to the Olympics, I was just so proud of him!

David Tremblay, 24, will wrestle for Canada in the 55kg freestyle division at the  London Summer Olympic Games. He intends to be well-positioned to take care of each of his needs while in  merry old England.

David says he wants to go there compete. His event is slated for Aug. 10. David says “I don’t want to just go there and have fun. I want to go there and do my  best, in case this is my only Games, so I can always say that I performed well,  that I was there and I was a real competitor, not just a spectator.”

David was the first local athlete to punch his ticket to London when he  won his weight class at the FILA Pan American Olympic Qualifying Tournament in  March in Kissimmee, Fla. He’s recorded podium finishes in five of his last six international events. Be sure to look for him on Aug.10th!! To support David, go to tremblaywrestlingcanada.com

Whoever you are rooting for, I hope you are proud and take in as much of the Olympics as you can! Friday afternoon, I will be glued to tv looking for David and cheering on all of our Canadian athletes!

GO CANADA GO!!!

Sweet Marie

Feel free to exchange the ingredients to suit your dietary needs, I can’t do the cheese so that will go on the side and people can sprinkle on however much they like! also a fruity yogurt would work for the dressing instead of the mayo, your call! Enjoy with a lovely Pina Colada!

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup mayo
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon Caribbean jerk seasoning (dry)
  • 3 cups shredded romaine lettuce
  • 2 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese (4 oz)
  • 1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained, rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups diced peeled ripe fresh mango
  • 1/2 cup chopped seeded plum (Roma) tomatoes (1 to 2 medium)
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 oz)
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions (8 medium)
  • 1/2 cup cashews

Preparation Instructions:

  1. In small bowl, mix dressing ingredients( first 4 ingredients) until well blended.
  2. In 3- or 4-quart clear glass serving bowl, layer salad ingredients in order listed, except cashews. Spoon dressing evenly over salad; sprinkle cashews over top.

    3. Toss when ready to serve, enjoy!

I get stats on all my readers and the country where they come from and lately I’ve been getting people from the  all over the world!! How do you find out about my blog, I am curious to know?

Yesterday alone I had readers from the Philippines, Sweden, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Thailand and of course,most of my readers are Canadian. I do get many American readers as well! Today I’ve had readers from Indonesia, Dubai and the Czech Republic! I’ve had many readers from the United Kingdom, Spain, Malta, Russia and even Hong Kong and India!

It warms my heart to know that my stories are being read, and hopefully shared all over the world! How do you find me? I imagine little pixie angels putting my address in for you when you least expect it! Thank you Pixie angels!

My stories seem to be what get you here but I see you like to read my recipes too! I wish I could have you all to dinner so that I could cook up a few for you all! I would love to hear how you make out with these recipes and if you have recipes to share with me!

Wherever you are, However you found me, I am so happy that you made it! Please do come back, and do so often! Please leave me comments and tell me a bit about yourself!

Sweetest regards,

Sweet Marie

Growing up my parents owned the Stoney Point Tavern. It was a very popular spot and most days my mother would start her day out early, prepping salads and soups, getting the fish breaded etc. One salad that she had to make daily by the huge buckets full was Chunky Salad. We had a salad bar and this salad was always a popular one, everyone loved it. It is simple to make and with it being summer, and the fresh veggies now available, I made a batch of it yesterday! Here’s the secret recipe, sorry Mom!

Ingredients:

  • 1 seedless cucumber, chopped in chunky pieces
  • 1 small cauliflower, chunked
  • 1 onion(red,spanish or vidalia) SPT did spanish onions
  • 3 stalks of celery, chunked
  • 1 big or 2 small tomatoes, chunky or 1 pint of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 large pepper(I like red but SPT did green)
  • Golden italian dressing or a batch of homemade italian.

Dressing

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2/3 cup vinegar
  • 1 packet stevia or 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste

Whisk dressing all together and pour over the veggies. Let sit for a couple of hours to marinade! Great as a side dish or all on it’s own!

Just after midnight on July 21st, a young man dressed in black armor from head to toe, calmly walked in a side entrance to a Colorado theatre filled with people, there to view the premiere of The Dark Knight Rises. He then tossed in two canisters of gas to stun the people, then oped fire on those trying to escape!

Twelve people were killed and 59 injured, all of the movie viewers scarred for life. James Holmes, a 24 year-old neuroscience grad, an intelligent man, a man who seemingly has no previous history of violence, emotionless while he KILLED these people. Do you wonder why? Do you wonder how? I sure do.

One of the young women killed was Jessica Ghawi, a 24 year-old aspiring sportscaster who had narrowly dodged death a month earlier in the Toronto Eaton Center Massacre! She was with a friend watching the movie together, he leaned over to apply pressure to the gunshot wound to her leg and she got shot again, this time fatally to the head. I cannot imagine his horror or the horror of all of the movie goers. These people were simply out to catch a flick together!

The other thing I try to remember is this young man, this brutal, emotionless man, has a family. He has a mother and a father. Put yourself in their shoes without judgement for just a minute. Would you not for a minute be thinking, dear Lord what could we have done to stop this? What did we miss? How could we have created and raised this monster? I really feel for them, I do and I pray that they won’t be judged or harmed because of their son’s actions. He’s a grown-assed man and definitely knows better.

I know he knows better a) because he has a BA in neuroscience, they don’t put those in bubblegum machines and b) he wore armor from head to toe. He had a bullet-proof vest on, throat armor, groin armor, leggings and an armor helmet. He knew exactly what he was doing.

There is rumour that he had coloured his hair red like the Joker, the villain in the Batman movies. There is no proof to this but still I find it disturbing. They put his mug shot in the Toronto Star and he’s actually smiling, what are you on Buddy?

To make matters worse, he rigged his apartment with explosives knowing he’d get caught and that the police would set them off when they entered. Luckily, somehow, they knew ahead of time. They evacuated the buildings nearby and sure enough, the apartment was riddled with soda bottles, explosives and wires everywhere.

Ironically, his neighbor from the floor below him had called the police to complain about the loud music coming from his apartment, but they said there had been a gunman open fire at the theatre so they couldn’t spare an officer to check out a minor noise complaint. She decided to go up and talk to him and found the door unlocked, and nobody answering but decided not to enter. She had a guardian angel working overtime right then and there! He had set the music to a timer, to go off when the massacre started. This was a well-planned plot of his. Luckily, she did not enter.

My heart goes out to all the families and friends of those deceased, those injured and for all those that attended the movie. They will all be affected and I pray for their peace, and I hope you all will join me in those prayers. To the family of the James Holmes, the gunman, I pray for you as well, that you may have answers and peace as well.

Deepest regards,

Sweet Marie

When camping you have to make do with the ingredients you have! On Saturday we got some fresh perch from the local fish monger and we thought rice would be a nice accompaniment! Ok, so I had brown rice with me, what else did I have? I had onions, canned mushrooms, Anita had red pepper, celery, etc. Here’s what we did to make an awesome rice dish!

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1/2 red pepper chopped
  •  1 can mushrooms or fresh would be even better
  • juice of an orange
  • 2 stalks of celery diced
  • 1/2 cup carrots diced
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 2 cups of liquid, we had only water but broth,wine or combo of all 3 would work
  • salt,pepper or any other spice you may have or like!

Directions:

  1. Start by browning the onions in olive oil.
  2. Add in any other veggies you want, mushrooms,celery,carrot, peppers.
  3. Once nicely browned, Squeeze the juice over the veggies, then add the rice and liquid.
  4. Cover and let simmer for 20-30 minutes or till all liquid evaporates. Stir once in a while.
  5. Enjoy!

This weekend, Denis and I camped with Anita and Tom, friends that have hung in there a loooong time with us!  We camped in Port Burwell  Provincial Park. We keep going back to this park for so many reasons, but mostly because it’s only an hour’s drive away, which is nice when you’re camping for three nights, AND the beach is just beautiful! Look it up at www.ontarioparks.com .

We spent Saturday at the beach and I mean the day! We headed out to the beach after a late breakfast of bacon and eggs and packed us a few bevvies and snacks! The skies were blue and not a cloud to be spotted for miles!  The guys played catch with the football, Anita and I basically just lied on the blankets with our books! We did wade into the warm water occasionally and we did walk on the beach, that counts for exercise doesn’t it?  We had an umbrella for shade when needed,  and I did see sunscreen going on,  so we all made out just fine!

The screen tent  provided us a nice dining spot on Saturday night where we had some local perch , along with a lovely rice pilaf and an awesome salad of spring mix, goat’s cheese and black cherries with a balsamic dressing! It was a feast like no other! I almost forgot, we topped that dinner off with some gluten-free brownies that I had packed too! You can be sure with Anita and Tom, we’ll be eating some good eats when we are all together!

You would think that with a long day at the beach, then a big dinner we’d need a nap but no, not us! After the guys cleaned up (yes they did!) we had us a competitive game of Euchre, guys against the girls! You got it, the girls beat them something bad! They gave a valiant effort but lady luck was with us on Saturday night! That and perhaps the tequilla shots may have altered their game some!! We were very encouraging tho of them doing shots…hee hee.

The guys decided we need to get the campfire going, (I’m sure it had nothing to do with us beating them twice) and a campfire we had! After a few comments about it being a waste to have a fire like this and not roasting weenies, we decided to get out the hot dogs and buns. We set the buns on the picnic table while the weenies were roasting and we could hear this noise from the screen tent. A very mischievous raccoon had gotten in the tent, on the picnic table and ran off with a whole bag of buns! I’m talking the whole dozen of buns! Lucky for me, he did not care for my gluten-free buns! Anita saved the day with her spares and we still managed to have hot dogs!

Around the campfire we shared many stories of camping past, ours and theirs and we planned to do it again next year. Life can get in the way of having fun sometimes and we  just have to plan things ahead of time, and then just do it! I appreciate how busy they are with their family still at home so for them to give up a weekend to spend with us, I am very grateful. We sure did laugh, and have fun so here’s to camping and making memories!

Cheers,

Sweet Marie