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The following pictures will speak for themselves.  Our guests have been spending their evenings on the deck watching the sunsets.  They have been truly spectacular.  My words are inadequate to describe the tranquil beauty each evening so I will let a few pictures do the talking.  To my sister who said “Ah sunset number 2,362” my apologies, add these to the list as I never tire of the sunsets from our deck!

IMG_2028They are never the same.

IMG_5910I take all of my pictures with my little Cannon Elf so there are no filters.  What I see is what I get!

P8160036Some look peaceful while others look threatening.

IMG_4957Clearly I am in awe with the beauty and uniqueness of each sunset.

sunsets june 08 015Are you tiring of the view yet?

IMG_1753Okay one more then I will quit.

Sunsets Sept 06005The water was as brilliant as the sky!

Thank you for looking at the sunsets with me.  They are magnificent and I can’t help but take hundreds of pictures.  If you really like them I could share a few more another day.  You can let me know.

Quick Poll… This recipe needs a name and the best name will win a copy of our Breakfast with the Broads Cookbook so please vote for your favourite name!

Here are the 6 entires:

You have until Monday, July 27th to place your vote!!

What a grand day to celebrate Canada Day!  After our guests left we snuck out to do a quick tour of the cars at the Show and Shine held in Gnages.  What a treat.  Seems every year the number and quality of cars increases.  Also the entertainment and all day live  background music is very pleasant while we enjoyed the day.Salt Spring Island Canada Day Car Show

Bird fun. I saw this man standing by the motorcycles petting and talking to the bird.  Both seemed to be loving each others company. I couldn’t resist the opportunity to see the bird up close. He was beautiful with a hint of peach mostly on his chest and his under tail feathers were a bright yellow.  I said “Hi” and in a very clear voice he said “Hi” back. I held my arm to his claws so he could step on and he promptly decided to gently ‘fluff’ my feathers’.   I had to give him back and move on but it was great to be his perch for a minute.

Canada Day Car ShowMotorcycles at the Salt Spring Island Car Show

Salt Spring Island Car ShowCars, trucks and motorcycles for every age and every taste.  I don’t think I could pick a favorite as there wasn’t one that stole my heart, but many of them.   Of course the company I had to wander with helped with the memories.

Car ShowOne last car show photo:  One antique and one son-in-law smiling for an antique!

Name this dish!

Name this dish!


Test out this recipe and then post your idea for a new name in the  comments below … we’ll pick our favourite 5 and get you to vote on your favourite name next week.

The winning name will forever have the dish name to their credit PLUS they can win a copy of the Breakfast with the Broads Cookbook!!

Anne’s No Name Cereal Dish

What you need:

  • 4 cups Muesli
  • 2 cups Apple Juice
  • 1 cup mixed nuts, seeds and dried fruits + ¼ cup for garnish
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon + sprinkle for garnish
  • Yogurt (flavor of choice) I used French Vanilla today.
  • Fresh Berries for topping.

What you do:

  1. Mix first five (5) ingredients together and cover.
  2. Refrigerate overnight.
  3. Stir mixture then spoon into parfait glasses.
  4. Top with yogurt
  5. Add fresh berries.
  6. Sprinkle with mixed nuts, seeds and dried fruits
  7. Sprinkle with cinnamon and add mint leaf.

There are many varieties of Muesli or Granola you can buy or you can make your own.

You can use any type of juice, any flavor of yogurt or any type of berries. It is very versatile. Personally I like the apple juice and cinnamon combination and there is dried apple in the mix as well.

I buy unsalted, unsweetened bags of trail mix seeds, nuts and dried fruits. It can be added to a variety of dishes, used as a garnish or eaten for a snack and gives a variety of flavors, colors, and textures to any dish.

If this is your only breakfast dish it serves 4 people. If it is one course of several it can serve up to eight.

The mix will also keep well in the fridge for a couple of days. Change the toppings and the flavor of yogurt and you can have a different breakfast dish tomorrow!

The World paid a visit to Salt Spring Island this weekend and it made a big splash.

I’m talking about the World Residences Cruise Ship.

Hundreds of people descended on the Saturday Market and turned what is already the busiest day in town into pure joy for the retailers and sheer chaos at the markets. People in Thrifty’s market reported line ups stretching all the way back into their produce section!

Locals could only really see the ship in the distance because tides were really low and the boat is enormous – requiring a decent depth of water to anchor in (I believe someone said 20ft). It had to stop quite a distance from town … which upset some people as the shuttle boats were going back and forth taking people from the ship to the town.

Funny that something which brought so many people anxious to see our beautiful island, the Saturday Market, the golf courses and our many shops still found a way to make some people unhappy!

I tried to convince Rick to reserve a space on the ship for a year when we retire but what he said in response is not suitable for a family audience so I won’t repeat it. Suffice to say that a trip on the World will not be a long one should we ever get the opportunity!

So… this week, we have a special request from a guest we had this weekend. Angela just loved Rick’s peanut butter tea biscuits and darn near begged for the recipe. Her husband then begged us to give it to her so he could enjoy them at home. Lucky for them we didn’t have anything else planned for this week’s newsletter just yet … and we’ve granted their request!!

Let us know how they turn out!

Peanut Butter Tea Biscuit

Peanut Butter Tea BiscuitsI’ve always loved these tea biscuits but Rick’s made a recent change to the recipe that makes them unbelievably fluffy and light … do try them and let me know what you think!

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 to 12 minutes
Makes: 12 biscuits

What you need:

  • 1 ½  Cups all purpose flour
  • ½  Cup Whole Wheat flour
  • 4 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ Cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 Cups buttermilk

What you do:

1. Preheat oven to 450ºF.
2. Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
3. Mix peanut butter and butter into the dry ingredients with a fork or two knives.
4. Slowly pour the buttermilk into the mixture. With a spoon, stir briskly 5 or 6 times to make soft, not sticky dough. Do not over mix as this will cause the biscuits to be tough.
5. Roll dough gently with a rolling pin onto a lightly floured surface. When the dough is the desired level of thickness (one inch thick is good), cut dough with a floured cutter and place on greased pan.
6. Bake for 5 minutes. Rotate pan 180º and then bake for an additional 5-7 minutes.
7. Biscuits will be lightly brown and puffed. Serve warm.

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