Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Slurpees, Water & Golden Milk Lattes / Friday the 13th Supermoon Solar Eclipse

Over the years I’ve posted about Winnipeg’s love affair with the Slurpee.
One of the things Winnipeg prides itself on is being "The Slurpee Capital of Canada".
Oh, well, it’s better than being known as other types of capitals I can think of.

I know Slurpees are pure sugar.
And, yes, the resulting brain freeze headache is something this side of a kick in the head. 
But we are Winnipeggers and Slurpees are given away FOR FREE on July 11th!

A few years ago, as we sat outside sucking the slush and freezing what few remaining brain cells we had, the 7-11 manager walked by and said, “It tastes better when it’s free, doesn’t it?”
Oh, yeah!!

Paul and I have enjoyed quite a few Slurpees since we moved to Winnipeg in 1975.
But, to be honest, water is becoming our preferred summer drink.

Ah… water!
It is the single most important thing your body needs to survive. 
Really. You can survive longer without food than without water.
Water makes up more than half of your body weight.
It helps you digest your food, improves your skin and hair, and helps you to maintain a healthy weight.
Feeling hungry? Have a glass of water - or a cup of broth in the winter.
Way less calories than having some junk food and it's good for you.

Water helps your body do a lot of things. For example:
Water in your blood carries oxygen to all the cells of your body.
Lymph, a fluid that helps you fight off disease and infection, is mostly water.
Sweat rids your body of toxins and helps you to stay cool.

Don’t like plain water? No problem.
Try a carbonated water, such as mineral water or seltzer. 

You can also add natural flavour to your water.
Add slices of cucumber to a pitcher of water, stir, and place the pitcher in your fridge for a great, low calorie, inexpensive refresher.
The cucumber makes the water smoother and adds a slightly tangy flavour.

Lemon, lime, or orange slices, both alone or in combination, can also add a punch to your glass of water.
The citrus slices also combine well with slices of cucumber.
Mix or match and stay healthy!

Golden Milk Lattes are also good for what ails you.
Turmeric, ginger and cinnamon are said to have health benefits.
As well as being tasty!


Unsweetened almond milk can be used instead of regular milk in this recipe.
You can use a 1 inch piece of peeled fresh ginger in place of the ground ginger.
If you have fresh turmeric, substitute a 2 1/2 inch piece of peeled fresh turmeric.
If you do use the slices of fresh ginger and turmeric, transfer the cooked mixture to a blender and blend until smooth.

You can also enjoy Golden Milk Latte without refrigerating before serving. After you stir in the vanilla let it sit for 10 minutes, then pour the milk into a glass and enjoy. 

About those Slurpee posts - some of them had recipes. Why not check them out?

                        Golden Milk Latte

Makes 4 servings

Combine in a medium pot
1 teaspoon ground ginger
2 teaspoons dried turmeric
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 to 4 teaspoons honey or 1/4 Cup golden yellow sugar 
1/4 teaspoon salt
Stir in 
2 Cups milk

Bring to a simmer over medium heat, reduce heat to low and, stirring occasionally, cook for 15 minutes. 
Remove from heat and stir in
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
Let cool to room temperature.
Place in the refrigerator and allow to cool completely.

Fill 4 tall glasses with ice.
Stir and divide chilled latte between the glasses. 
Garnish with ground cinnamon and serve.

About the sky, thanks to the folks at The Farmers' Almanac

The term Dog Days of Summer means the 20 days before and 20 days after the alignment of Sirius with the Sun (from July 3 to Aug. 11).

Yesterday Jupiter became stationary in the night sky and resumed its eastward course, meaning Jupiter will no longer be in retrograde (westward motion). 
If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere you can see the planet high in the southwest sky as soon as darkness falls.

July 12 - New Moon at 10:48 p.m. EDT.  It is completely invisible to the naked eye.

July 13 - The Friday the 13th supermoon solar eclipse will be the first of its kind since Friday the 13th on December 13, 1974. The partial solar eclipse begins after dark at 9:48 p.m. EDT, and unfortunately will only be visible to penguins, as the viewing area will fall in open waters between Australia and Antarctica.

July 14 - Catch the waning crescent Moon pair up with Mercury after sundown. You may need binoculars to spot them, especially if you live in the mid-northern latitudes like the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

July 15 - Following its proximity to Mercury, the waning crescent Moon with move on to Venus. With the unaided eye or binoculars, you may be able to spot the soft glow of earthshine (twice-reflected sunlight) on the nighttime side of the Moon.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Blueberry Refrigerator Pie - Margaret Ullrich

Yippee!!! It’s almost July!
Time for folks north and south of 49th parallel north to celebrate their home and native lands.

Holidays like Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas come with their own menus.
Skip an item and the family never lets you forget it.
New ideas don’t stand a chance against years of tradition. Really.

But the July holidays are a bit more free wheeling.
For starters, there’s the weather.
If you have nice weather, it’s time to fire up the barbecue.
If you don’t, it’s time to fire up the broiler, or oven.

And - yes, it finally happened - the kids have finished another school year.
Schedules, books and lists have been tossed out the window.
The mood is totally spur of the moment.
A friend calls and says she’s having a pot luck.
You laugh uproariously and offer to bring the dessert.
Yeah… What were you thinking?

Don’t panic.
Right about now blueberries are on sale, or in your freezer.
The other ingredients are usually on your kitchen shelves or in your fridge.
This recipe is easy. You can do it. Really.

Throw it together and par-tay!!


In a rush? Use 1 1/3 Cups graham cracker crumbs.
A 9 inch springform pan is just as good as the tart pan.

This recipe also works with Saskatoon berries, or any other berries that are in season… or in your freezer.

Don’t like lemon? You can also use orange zest and juice.
Don’t have zest? Use another tablespoon of juice or a teaspoon of extract.

Thawed whipped topping is also good with this.
Taking this to a pot luck? 
Don't add the topping until you get there.
Or you can add a scoop of vanilla ice cream on each serving. 
Or leave as is. They'll never know.

                        Easy Blueberry Refrigerator Pie
Finely crush
50 Nilla Vanilla Wafers
You need 1 1/3 cups of crumbs.
Place in a medium bowl.

6 Tablespoons butter
Add the melted butter to the crushed wafers and mix well.

Heat oven to 350°F. 

Press the crumb mixture onto the bottom and up the sides of a 9 inch tart pan with a removable bottom. 
Bake 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool. 

Combine in a small bowl
2 Tablespoons corn starch 
3 Tablespoons water 
Place in a large saucepan
1 1/2 Cups blueberries
2/3 Cup sugar 
2 Tablespoons water 
Stirring constantly, bring to boil over medium high heat. 
Whisk the cornstarch mixture into the blueberry mixture. 
Stirring constantly, simmer over low heat 2 minutes, or until thickened. 
Remove from heat. 
1 Tablespoon butter
1/4 teaspoon lemon zest 
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
Stir until the butter is melted. 
Stir in 
3 1/2 Cups of the blueberries 
Pour the blueberry mixture into the crust.
Top with 
1 Cup blueberries 
Refrigerate 4 hours, or until firm. 
Remove side of pan before serving. 
Top with
1 1/2 Cups whipped cream (more or less)