Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween all!! It is quite spooky here today as it is very foggy out and quite chilly. There is a hoar frost on the trees making them look extra eerie. Tricker treaters will have to bundle up extra well tonight.

We sure had a blast at this years annual Noland Halloween Howler. Some great costumes this year and some extra creepy but tasty grub to nosh on. I hope you enjoy the pictures. Uncle Fester won for best adult male costume and Popeye for best female. The little old man from the movie Up won for funniest kids and a very creepy winged creature won for the scariest.

Our neighbor Eddie generously agreed to take photos with his great back drop and awesome camera. The pictures turned out superb. Ken and I were Mad Scientists and Amber our creation. We had a theme of that this year. The kids had a Mad Scientist party and the cake was all done up like that too!! Thanks again Lindy for doing an amazing job.

Well enjoy the pictures and yes those teeth of mine are the scariest of all!!


Steam Whistle Brewery

While I was in Toronto I had the great fortune to be able to go on a private tour of Steam Whistle Brewery. Sybil Taylor their Communications Director was fabulous to us all as they hosted myself and two of my girlfriends to an afternoon of beer and fun. What a great day we had. I love the flavor of their wonderful Pilsner. They only make one beer and they do it right. I am so excited to be coming up with some recipes for you using their beer but first I wanted to share what I have learned about this fabulous company.

Steam Whistle Brewery is a Canadian brewery that was founded in the spring of 1998 when three friends were on a canoe trip. While sitting around the campfire Greg Taylor, Cam Heaps and Greg Cromwell came up with a dream to again make quality beer like they did in the late 1980′s and 90′s at a microbrewery before it was bought out by a national brewer and closed down. The self-named “Three Fired Guys” dreamed of running their own brewery one day.

The dream went on and started to become reality when they were atop a building in downtown Toronto looking over the city scape trying to figure out a building to house their brewery. They came up with the name Steam Whistle at first to signify the end of a work day and time to relax with friends or colleagues with a beer. As luck turned out they were eventually able to lease the old train station in downtown Toronto, a perfect location for their brewery. Hence the steam whistle on a train!! What a fabulous spot in the heart of the city and in a heritage building too!! They fixed the turntable where the trains would depart and built their brewery using as much as they could preserve from the old building.

Now onto the important stuff the BEER!! They wanted to make a Pilsner that would compete with the best in the world. They wrote up a plan and quickly attracted investors with their vision and passion. They use traditional brewing techniques with natural and quality ingredients. Five ingredients go into every bottle. Spring water, malted barley, hops, yeast and passion from the dedicated brewmaster and staff. You can see the staff are happy and energetic about their job. The music is loud and fun and is selected by a different staff member each day. Loved that idea!!

As we toured the facility you can see the dedication into every step of making a fine beer. Their green initiative is impressive also. Having a painted on label saves the environment from the waste of paper labels, glue etc. Their bottles are made with 30% more glass so they can be reused up to 45 times. They use all natural ingredients, steam heating, energy efficient equipment and lighting. The list goes on and on.

Grab a case today and crack open a fabulous Pilsner beer!!! You can visit their website and have a look around or better yet come on down and take a tour for yourself!!

The Brewery

The Train Turntable

The Tasting Bar and Merchandise Store

Where it all begins!!

Kegs Come in Many Sizes

Working Hard

Their beer comes in cans too!

Fresh off the assembly line!

What a cool view! And check out that table!!

Filled, Fobbed and Capped!

Fresh off the line, the reward at the end!!

Aaaaahhhh, the best part, an ice cold beer!!!


Mouth Watering Mondays

Phew!! What a week that was. I am not quite sure I have ever had one so busy. I couldn’t go day by day, it was more like hour by hour. Think too far ahead and you will go crazy. Anyway, I survived it fairly unscathed. Going to Toronto and being treated so fabulously by Earls Restaurant, Steam Whistle and Motto’s Clamato was how my week started and it then finished off with a very fun and I hope fantastic Halloween party.

October is such a busy month but now comes our slower time getting close to the holidays. We do much less entertaining but do lots of baking, cooking and crafts still. More close to home quiet time.

I am revamping the Mouth Watering Mondays and will only be doing this segment on Mondays and not another post, trying to free up some time for the cookbook and some other projects. I am now including pictures and links to some of my favorite picks from around the internet. Things that have made me stop and pause and drool. I hope you enjoy this!!!

This Monday is focused on Halloween. First off we have this wonderful cake pop. These are not easy things to make. I know I have made them many times and never have they turned out this cute. Love the mummy cake pops from We Choose Organic.com by Niner Bakes. They also have pumpkin cakes pops that are adorable with a full set of instructions.

Halloween Pumpkin & Mummy Cake Pops

Now aren’t these cute, lovely little spiders made from one of my favorite chocolates that screams Halloween for me, Reese’s peanut butter cups. Yummy!! These adorable delectables are by Half Baked Harvest, go and see how easy they are to make!!!

This cake caught my eye, it looks difficult but the instructions make it look easy. Kids would go crazy for it and it would be the hit of any Halloween party. Got to Makoodle for the full instructions on how to make this fabulous Monster Cake.

This crazy little pizza has spooky and yummy written all over it. How the kids would love this before trick or treating!! For the full mouth watering instructions go to Within The Kitchen….is where life happens.

What a fabulous creative idea this is. Stamped wonton wrappers, brilliant!! I love the creativity and they sound so good too! Madeira Mushroom Filled Halloween Won Ton Appetizers by Hungry Happenings has upped the ante on Halloween with this one.

I saw this picture and stayed on it for awhile. How mysterious and enchanting is this cocktail for Halloween. Then I discovered it’s name La Llorona the Weeping Woman and I was completely sold. How fabulous is that, love it. Go to Muy Bueno Cookbook for the full spooky story behind this cocktail and how to create your own. Muwahahaha!!