Monthly Archives: July 2016

Night Nation Run: Toronto

Last Saturday night I participated in a FUN RUN…it was so much FUN! Way back in February….I saw that the Night Nation was coming to Toronto…it was cold and dark so I thought why not sign up for a fun run? Then bring on the actual day… Saturday was a HOT and Muggy night…but there was a nice warm breeze…but it was SO HOT.

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At the last minute the friend I was suppose to go with texted me and told me she was sick! So I put a FaceBook status out there asking if any friends would like to come join me in 5 1/2 hours to run a race? My friend Michelle…figured out childcare and drove down from Barrie to join me! (Thanks to Michelle’s Hubby for rearranging his day… so they could swap off the child care duties.)
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So what is a Night Nation Run?

The Night Nation Run is the world’s 1st Running Music Festival. A 5K musical voyage filled with live music, lights, lasers, and celebration for the lover of Electronic Dance Music. Run, walk, skip or dance your way through this electrifying adventure with music carrying you every step. Your journey will take you through an illuminated racecourse to multiple on course DJ stages, each with its own unique exhilarating party, finishing with an explosive main stage after party featuring top EDM DJ’s and special guest celebrity performers.

We started off with a dance party at the main stage… then started to make our way to the start line!  Michelle and I actually randomly bumped into people we knew… (me from my university days) and Michelle use to run with them before she had babies! (then a random guy in orange photo bombed our selfie!)

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Michelle kept track of our distance…apparently it was just under 5km… but it was a fun run, so distance didn’t really matter!

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All the route markers were in ‘miles’…even though we are in Canada and run ‘kilometres’ but…that’s ok! (never did see the 3mile or the finish line marker….there was one, but it was dark by the time we got across the finish line.) Nation Night Run_0004

All over the course there were dj stations to dance, selfie stations for photos…and well just lots of people having fun! I must admit I did run a wee bit…but most of this ‘race’ was walked…with a really great friend!  It was pretty cool to actually get onto Woodbine Race Track…and run where the horses do…. even though some of the tunnels really were pretty ripe… heat + humidity + horse poo = a fast sprint through those tunnels! LOL

Once we got across the finish line it was time for the after party! (Reminder: sometimes your friends will take videos of you, if you hand them your phone and ask them to take a photo…)

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This is true… I am really enjoying running…but I do RUN for the AFTER party for sure!!!! Thanks again Michelle for joining me…it was fun to party with you!  

I just hope there is a break in some of this heat soon…because I have learned that I don’t enjoy running in the heat and humidity…and I need to keep on running for my next run that’s happening in September!

Happy 40th Birthday Jamie!

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Happy BIRTHDAY to YOU!
HaPpY BiRtHdAy Dear JAMIE…
Happy Birthday to you!!!!

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Life is a book and your forties are the chapters when it all starts making sense. Be happy that you are still 3,650 days away from turning fifty. And maybe can be a way that you can console yourself about turning forty.

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Hope your day is extra special it was really nice celebrating with you early this past weekend! Sending you heaps of love…. Your ‘little’ sister, Sarah 🙂

Schools Out for the SUMMER!

The past two weeks I’ve been in Winnipeg working on my final two courses in my Adult Education Certificate.  (This is something I started when I was working at Red River–but didn’t have time to complete the last two courses.  I hate having something ‘unfinished’ so it was time to return to Winnipeg to finish the courses as well as visit friends I hadn’t seen since I left Winnipeg 5 years ago!) School's Out for Summer_0012

When I was making these plans earlier this spring I didn’t realize what I was doing…. finishing up work, then 2 days later flying out to WInnipeg to be a student for 2 weeks! Eek…timing sometimes is crazy, but I did it… and now can JUMP for joy.. because school’s out for the summer and I’m on holidays officially! School's Out for Summer_0007

The last two courses were really fun… I met a lot of really neat people…with various experience teaching and a wide range of areas that they teach! School's Out for Summer_0001

WE got time to ‘play’…. I put together this fun 3D puzzle…with the help of a colleague. (Did I tell you how much I LOVE puzzles?) School's Out for Summer_0002

…during our mini-teaching sessions we got to do so many fun things! Like these really awesome mini-cheesecake bites.  School's Out for Summer_0003

I learned how to tie a windsor knot… which you never know when that might come in handy!
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One of the brainstorming ideas we talked about the napkin academy… and was given ‘permission’ to doodle in class!!! Also brainstormed words and ideas of what good educators should have… and then wrote them on our hands! School's Out for Summer_0005

…it’s always fun to have culinary arts instructors in your class on a mini-teach day!!! These  little puppy cupcakes were definitely NOT pinterest fails.. and the icing was oh so freak’n great! School's Out for Summer_0006

I presented on the new skill I learned, and shared some of the bread I had baked.  (See more of this story in my blog about making Artisan Bread). School's Out for Summer_0009

One of the fun demos we had was having an airbag deployed in the parking lot! It was pretty loud…and I must admit I jumped. School's Out for Summer_0011

Here’s my morning class of classmates from the past two weeks… Wish you all the best as you continue on your adventures in teaching and learning!

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Making Artisan Bread- Dough for $$$Dough$$$

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Today I ended up doing something I wanted to do for over 4 years!!! My friend Pat started doing Artisan Bread workshops in order to raise awareness and money for Seva Canada.   This was way back in 2012.  I was up in Pangnirtung seeing all Pat’s Facebook posts about making awesome bread in Winnipeg—even though I couldn’t smell it drove me crazy!

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Pat decided to combine her love of baking and teaching by giving something back to people that need the gift of sight. Seva has been working to do this…and a $50 donation can help change someone’s life! It blows my mind that something so simple can totally change a life… anyways.

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In the fall of 2014 Pat put out a Facebook message to her friends to see if they wanted to donate to help her reach a fundraising goal at that time.  I decided after researching a bit more about Seva it was something I wanted to support so did an online donation.  Pat so far has raised $18, 290  for SEVA by offering workshops! She promised me a bread making workshop the next time I was in WInnipeg… fixed (1 of 1)

I was so excited to join 3 other friends to learn how to make bread.  Pat did not disappoint!! We were Pat’s 58th bread workshop and numbers 211, 212, 213 and 214 that have baked in Pat’s kitchen.

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Pat had pre-made dough to make a seeded oat bread.  She started off with the teaching… how to slash bread, why we need to do that (to let steam escape) and then how to ‘throw’ a loaf into the oven onto the stone… (3 different ways)! At times I felt so overwhelmed with the information…but Pat was there step by step to reassure and help us out!
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Cloaking the dough was another new term I learned—basically it’s getting handling your dough ball to get all the gluten lines in a row. Dough for $$$Dough$$$_0006 Dough for $$$Dough$$$_0007 Dough for $$$Dough$$$_0008

Perfect dough… now to flatten it out to make Focaccia.  So yummy… or as Pat said, “Pizza dough without the cheese and sauce!” Dough for $$$Dough$$$_0009

Throughout the workshop we all took turns doing different steps of the process.  When it was my turn to ‘cloak’ the dough it was quite the experience.  I was nervous—because you shouldn’t handle the dough too much… and it was too sticky…(I didn’t put enough flour on it). But I got through it…with Pat’s calm help and guidance and ended up with a perfect dough ball. Dough for $$$Dough$$$_0010

It was fun when we moved onto the tasting portion of the day!!! OMG-this bread is so yummy… I can’t wait to get back to my own kitchen to make some more bread. Dough for $$$Dough$$$_0011

It was an awesome 4 hours of talking and learning… something that was well worth the wait! Dough for $$$Dough$$$_0012

 

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UPDATED (July 12th):

I thought that the workshop might be the end of my baking journey…but as luck would have it one of my assignments in my classes was to “learn something new”. I talked with Pat and went over to her house to bake in her kitchen again. She was gracious enough to take these photos of me baking a 1lb loaf and an orange-cranberry swirl from the master dough recipe!

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It was so awesome to see that I had remembered a lot of the steps. If I had a question Pat was quick to help out…but for the most part I proved to myself that I could do it!

Making the master bread recipe… 4 ingredients…so easy!

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…this danish dough whisk is awesome… I need to get me one of these bad guys! Dough for $$$Dough$$$_0019

After it’s all mixed up it had to rise for 2 hours in the bucket…then you can bake with it….OR keep it in your fridge…the older the dough is the more ‘sour-dough’ taste it gets!

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…it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3… when you have an excellent Bread Mentor and teacher! Once you have the master bread made…you can do so many things with it!
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The Cranberry-Orange Swirl is such an amazing bread…Dough for $$$Dough$$$_0016

…you just have to add the extra stuff.. then roll it all up, then let it rise for an hour! Then pop it into the oven.
Dough for $$$Dough$$$_0017 Thanks again Pat for your help and opening up your kitchen for me.  You have such a huge heart and I’m so glad I can call you my friend. If you are in Winnipeg and interested in a workshop let me know…I can see if Pat’s available!

Happy Canada Day

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Hope all my fellow Canadians are having a safe and fun day… I’m having fun celebrating here in Winnipeg, Manitoba!  I’m excited to see fireworks—since it’s dark enough at night to have them! (Something this gal hasn’t gotten to see for awhile!)

Remember to enjoy yourself…but stay safe, don’t drink & drive and wear sunscreen!

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