Trump Traumatized Comfort Baking

There are certain times in your life that you just need comfort and the warmth of home. Time to head back to Mom’s cookbook for some homey baking to soothe the Trump traumatized soul. I’ve written about the wonderful cookbook Mom made for us previously here.

shortbread cookies

Shortbread

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups flour

Preheat oven to 325. Beat butter until creamy. Sift dry ingredients four times. Add to butter a little at a time. Work in with a spoon as long as possible. Turn out and knead until it cracks. Bake for 15 minutes. Make sure they don’t brown or overcook.

 

Favourite Links of October | Favourite links

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I love this photography series so much. Have a look at these portraits of auto mechanics in the style of renaissance paintings by Freddy Fabris found here.

The coolhunter.com has a list of amazing places that just makes me what to hop on a plane and visit any one of the places listed here.

I read Ai Weiwei’s post on Instagram on Friday about how Lego refused to sell him their plastic blocks because his art was too political. Has it ever snowballed! BMWs full of lego? Have a read about it here.

Does what a brand stands for influence your spending habits? If it does then REI the giant outdoor chain in the States may be your new favourite store. They are calling it #optoutside and are refusing to open on Black Friday after American Thanksgiving but employees will still be paid. Read about it here.

These knit meals and food by Jessica Dance are wonderful, whimsical  and hilarious see them here. I think the hotdog is my favourite.

We searched for ages in June before we found Shakespeare and Co. in Paris. Yes, we used the GPS on my phone, an app and a good old fashioned guide book and it still took us a good long while. Apparently now when you find that elusive bookstore you can also go next door for a coffee. I find it a little disappointing and commercial but read all about it here.

Wow, poor old NSCAD. Will it survive the move when enrolment is so low already? Read about the move out of Historic Properties here.

Riverside Eats and Beats | Riverside

Riverside, which is a neighbourhood east of the Don Valley along Queen Street East, is hosting it’s annual Eats & Beats Fest on Saturday June 6th from 1pm to 6pm. Riverside is just minutes from the downtown core and is easily accessible by streetcar and contains many artist’s lofts, some galleries, and a wide variety of restaurants and shops including numerous unique destinations.

Riverside sign

During Eats & Beats in Riverside, area restaurants will be serving special tasting plates (the Eats part) and presenting live music (the Beats part). At many different destinations there will be live music and entertainment. There will be arts events including a live painting, outdoor spin classes, cooking demonstrations, craft sales and lots of kid friendly events.

Live music will get you moving and shaking and will range from Jazz to Samba to Celtic. The atmosphere will be electrifying and festive. Click through to riverside-to.com for a list of what to expect… BBQ and blues bands and flowers and coffee and knitting and burgers and fine arts and heritage buildings.

The Riverside area is a prime example of neighbourhood regeneration without gentrification or pretension. Look for the trademark quotes embedded in the sidewalk on the four corners of the intersection of Broadview and Queen which are part two of a public art installation “Time and a Clock” by Eldon Garnet. The four quotes read “Distance = velocity x time”, “Too soon free from time”, “Time is money, money is time” and “Better late than never”. Part one is placed on the Queen Street bridge across the Don Valley and reads “This river I step in is not the river I stand in”. Part three can be found in Jimmie Simpson Park further east on Queen Street atop banner poles and spells out TIME. – one of the touches that make the neighbourhood vibrant and unique.

Time sidewalk quote