My Sweet Marie

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Here’s a little treat for you to make! It is delicious but not WW friendly! You’ll need:

Ingredients:

  • dark chocolate chips 1 bag
  • gluten-free pretzels 1 bag
  • caramel chips
  • sea salt

Directions:

  1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment.
  2. Melt your chocolate chips in the microwave. Pour 3/4 of them over the parchment paper’d tray. Spread out thinly.
  3. Lay the pretzels over that, I like the curly pretzels but sticks work too.
  4. Now melt your caramel chips or caramels, either will work. Pour that over all the pretzels in a drizzly wiggly way till it’s all gone!
  5. Now drizzle the rest of the chocolate over that, in a zig zaggy way!
  6. Sprinkle a bit of sea salt over it all and then chill for a couple of hours.
  7. Once hard in the fridge, break into bark and nibble away!

 

 

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From North Sydney to Quebec City it was about a 12 hour ride!  To make it just a tad longer, we were staying downtown and who knew it was the Summer festival! Almost all roads leading to our hotel were closed! It was insane, people everywhere! We finally arrived and checked into our hotel, Manoir de la Terrace. It’s a lovely little hotel with small rooms, nothing fancy but location was great.

Now, I should backtrack and tell you that the week before we left for our journey, I was talking with Anita, a good friend and she said her and Tom would be in Quebec the same time we were! They actually were there the whole week.  So once we arrived, we texted them and let them know we’re in town but exhausted and stinky! We needed sleep and a shower!

So the next day we started fresh, and headed out to see the sites! We saw Chateau Frontenac, the Citadelle, and just seeing the downtown is amazing. We caught up with Anita and Tom and they took us for a tour of the old part of town and we went to this bar where you sit in a shallow pool to have your drinks. So you’re in a chair but your feet are dangling in cool, refreshing water! Truly the drinks tasted better! We had a lovely Sangria punch, so good!  We walked through the festival, caught a bit of music, went out for crepes, what else can one ask of life? How lucky to be on holiday and meet with good friends! The next morning we had breakfast with them and then we toured just a little bit more then headed back on the road! Montreal here we come!

Montreal was to be our last stop and we have only 2 nights here. We arrived in Montreal and I called Murielle, a friend that we had met in Playa Del Carmen on our winter holiday! She was renting the condo next door and we just clicked. She’s a lovely lady and we had planned to meet up when in Montreal.  So we got no answer so we headed out to dinner. The place we chose, I won’t name it, was beautiful in décor but the service was lacking and the staff are uneducated when it comes to gluten intolerance. The server told me my dish was gluten-free and it wasn’t. I was sick all night. It was a jambalaya and it was delicious…I should’ve known then!

Anyhow, we woke up fresh the next day and Murielle phoned and we set up a meet time. She took us to the botanical gardens which we loved! They were absolutely stunning! We could have spent an entire day there but we only had a couple of hours there and then headed to the Musee Des Beaux Arts (Fine Arts Museum). There was an expo on there that she thought we’d like, she was right on! It was called Revolution. I can only say it was incredible, you must see it wherever it is now!  When we walked in, they gave us headsets, and as you walked around this huge exhibition, the music would change according to where you were standing, it fit the art, the display, the photos, whatever you were standing in front us. Mind boggling!  The music was all from the sixties, so think Beatles, Rolling Stones, Clapton, Janice Joplin, all of it. We were there for a few hours, in fact they had to kick us out!

From there we walked around downtown, the Just For Laughs was on as well so there were a lot of people floating about! We checked out all that and then we headed out to dinner in this restaurant called ‘Les Enfants Terrible”, which translates to the bratty kids, not sure where the name comes from, I think it was named after a novel.

The food was amazing, they went through hoops to make my meal gluten and dairy free which was really appreciated.  Denis had the fish and chips as Murielle had recommended it and he loved it. It’s a pricey place but the view at night is just so cool. We got to take some pics and check out the city from such a high vantage point, very cool indeed. I would recommend this restaurant for sure.

After our long walk back to the car, we did 24,000 steps that day, Murielle took us back to our B&B and we said our good-byes! She took us on such an adventure that day, truly we are blessed to have these people in our life. We will see her in Playa again this year, although we are staying in different places this year.

The next morning, at breakfast at our B&B Gite Dezery, we had another scrumptious breakfast and we shared many stories. Giles was one our favourites for this trip! He was funny, helpful and so gracious. He went out of his way for my dietary needs and I never felt like a burden!  So we said our good-byes with Giles and headed home!

Overall,, this trip was a dream come true for both Denis and I. We saw so many things and checked off many of our bucket list wishes. If you have a bucket list, get going and do the things you dream about, if you don’t, may I ask why not?

Love to you all,

Sweet Marie

I’m so sorry for taking so long to continue our Canada 150 tour this summer! No excuses, life is crazy sometimes!

So after leaving Dave and Janice’s and feeling a bit melancholic to leave their place, we headed towards Cabot Trail.  We meandered and took some lesser driven highways as we didn’t need to be in North Sydney till 11’sh that evening to catch the ferry.  We thought we had so much time that we enjoyed the scenic route!

Well let me tell you that the Cabot Trail requires more time than we had that day! I would recommend staying in the area for a few days and really taking the time to see it all. The views are astounding! I was amazed at the mountains and that perilous drive up to it! I was terrified for most of the drive! We enjoyed a lobster roll along the way ( I had my own gluten-free bread) and just stopped when we felt like it. You will find many little shops along the way.

We arrived at Highlands National Park only to have a picnic and need to drive to North Sydney. It was poor planning on our part for certain.  We enjoyed our picnic, took in the fresh air and the view and hopped back in the car to head to the ferry.

We arrived in North Sydney in time for a late dinner. We found a little restaurant with many cars out front, we took our chances and were so glad we did! The food was amazing! We made our way towards the ferry and stopped in the Tim’s parking lot to change into comfy clothes! It was to be a long night on the ferry and we were ready for it!

When we got to the boarding dock for the ferry I was astonished at the amount of cars and trucks, and when I say trucks, I mean semis! I mean hundreds of vehicles, maybe thousands! I sent a text to both girls and said “If we don’t make out of here alive, here’s where you go to find our wills!” I seriously thought we’d sink the thing! One daughter texted back with a LOL and the other was horrified! So funny how they are different.

Once boarded on the ferry, we found our seats/beds for the night. I should warn you, if you’re planning a trip to Newfoundland in the next year, book your ferry now! We booked in April for July and all the berths were taken! We got the ‘fancier’ seats and I use that term lightly here, they reclined at least. I took 2 Gravol pills and said good night to Denis, and like that I was out! Apparently he tossed and turned all night, it is an 8 hour ferry. He said every man, woman and child was snoring! I didn’t hear a thing, seriously, gravols are great.

Once off the ferry, we headed to Hwy#1, the Trans Canada Hwy. Let me tell you a little unknown secret about Newfoundland, there is one road, that’s not a joke, for real, only 1 highway.  You get on it, and it goes all around the island, so even though you are heading west, it says heading Hwy#1 East and that is because eventually you are heading East! This took us a bit to catch on!! UGH really.

So we finally get to Brian’s place at 8:30 in the morning and sit and visit over tea! He took us for a tour of his place, he has an older farmhouse on a huge property. So we toured all his buildings and the property. I was amazed at the view, he lives right on the St. Lawrence so he gets to see whales, seal, all kinds of wildlife on a regular basis. I guess we missed a moose just the night before that trekked right through his property! The sunsets were breathtaking!

We only had a few days in Newfoundland, also poor planning! Take at least a week if you’re going here, 3 days is not even close to enough time! We spent our first day with Brian, he took us for a ride in the area and we met some locals who own a B&B, and that was great. He had a whale carcass on his front yard, all laid out and told us the sordid story to it! They are storytellers these folk, I loved it! That night Brian made us a cod dinner, fresh from the water by the way. It was lip smacking good!

The following day we headed to Gros Morne National Park. It was a 2 hour ride to the park entrance, then you could drive for several more hours in the park! There  are several hiking trails and we did three trails. But there is so much to do here. There are beaches, trails, cycling, museums, kayaking, fishing, swimming, mountain climbing, boating, kite surfing, bird or  whale watching, not to mention all the winter activities! The panoramic views from some of the trails were simply beautiful and reminded me how lucky I am to call myself Canadian!

On our way to Brian’s, we stopped at a fishery and got more fish and while we were there we got some scallops and a few other goodies to whip up a thank you dinner for Brian. He was most gracious and let me take over the kitchen! We had yet another, delicious fish dinner and headed out for one last sunset at their place!

The next morning Brian took us for a local tour, showing us the rivers, the coast and some historical buildings in his area. It’s always great when travelling to tour with a local. You get all the folklore and facts in one fell swoop! I felt a bit like we were off-roading as some of these backs roads are not maintained one bit!  We went back to his place for a quick lunch then we hit the road. He gave us some ideas of little coves to visit before heading back on the ferry that night.

That evening we had dinner right in Port-aux-Basques where we’d catch the ferry back to North Sydney, N.S. . We had dinner at the Harbour Restaurant. It was good local fare. After dinner, we walked the boardwalk and took in a little market on the dock. We went to this one shop where they ladies inducted us as ‘Newfies”! We had to drink Screech, eat bologna, kiss the cod and wear the yellow rain gear! They snapped our photo and we had a good giggle over it! We headed to the car, only to find it had been bumped and our bumper was dented! UGH…just what you want on holiday! We reported it but there were no cameras in the area, so we decided not to let it ruin our holiday. Onward.

Back on the ferry with all the semis and cars, seriously this scares me! Gravol will fix that, hopefully it doesn’t sink cause I won’t be swimming! Maybe that’s why Denis wouldn’t take it!

Jump to 8 hours later and we are on the road to Quebec!  To be continued…


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