Trick or Treat?

Even if Halloween is over, the trick or treating may not be. Recently I had a trick of my own, on Sunday night after dinner I brought grapes to the table that had been sitting in my fridge for a week that my brother had failed to eat.

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Nested in the stems of the red grapes a Black Widow can be seen. The Grapes were from the Real Canadian Superstore located in St. Catharines, ON

Upon munching on several grapes I noticed this white string like web in the centre of the bunch. To my surprise a spider quickly stuttered out of it. Mid-scream I had come to the conclusion my family had been the victim of buying a bunch of grapes with the nest of a Black Widow inside. As the Widow climbed over the grapes and onto my mother’s plate, she quickly reacted by lifting her knife and sliced it in half. After the torso of the spider still squirmed after being split I quickly stopped screaming after realizing what had happened during that traumatizing experience.

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Sweater Weather and Crème Brûlée

October is coming to an end and November is almost upon us, amazing how fast the seasons keep changing! Fall has to be my favourite season for two reasons; firstly the changing of colours on the trees especially around cottage country or further up towards Algonquin Park.

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McKenzie Lake in the Fall, it is 20 minutes from the east gate of Algonquin park and is a natural spring fed lake. More than 75 percent of the land is still crown  land.

Secondly, because of sweater weather, cuddling by the fire to your favourite book, and always keeping warm with a cup of tea or hot chocolate. Over the weekend I had the pleasure of making one of my all time favourite comfort foods…Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée. The rich smooth custard topped with caramelized sugar is the perfect end to a cold fall day.

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Weekend Getaway: Niagara’s Wineries

DSC01050This past weekend I had the pleasure of going to various wineries across Niagara to experience the harvest but also what makes their wine unique from the rest.

The Niagara region is home to over 80 wineries with its rich soil and wet cool conditions which allows wine makers to create beautiful wines. Every year there are three celebrations to support wine in Niagara; in June there is the Niagara New Vintage festival, in September the Grape and Wine festival (Niagara Wine Festival), and in January the Niagara Icewine festival.

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