05 Apr So I’ve been on a Jamie Oliver kick lately. I love him because he believes in using fresh ingredients and all his cookbooks have amazing pictures and a great theme/vibe. 

I finally got my act together and tried his Lasagna recipe from ‘Jamie’s Ministry of Food’ cookbook. I found the recipe easy enough to follow but I did have to decipher some British slang such as ‘2 rashes of bacon’ which means 2 slices, which actually made the process more intriguing. 

The finished product was so flavourful. It tastes like a dish you would get in a very well known Italian restaurant. I would highly recommend this recipe and also the entire cookbook.

So I’ve been on a Jamie Oliver kick lately. I love him because he believes in using fresh ingredients and all his cookbooks have amazing pictures and a great theme/vibe.

I finally got my act together and tried his Lasagna recipe from ‘Jamie’s Ministry of Food’ cookbook. I found the recipe easy enough to follow but I did have to decipher some British slang such as ‘2 rashes of bacon’ which means 2 slices, which actually made the process more intriguing.

The finished product was so flavourful. It tastes like a dish you would get in a very well known Italian restaurant. I would highly recommend this recipe and also the entire cookbook.

30 Dec

Awesome iPad Case

I got an iPad Air for Christmas and I was so excited to make a case for it. I went to Fabrications in Ottawa that has awesome fabric and then started to make my case.

I’m so happy with the way it turned out. I followed the Kobo Mini case tutorial that I had posted earlier.

24 Jun

Experimental Gardens

Today I was quite bored, so I decided to grab my camera and go somewhere close by to practice taking pictures. 

The Experimental Farm is beautiful and has the most amazing gardens.

Here are some of the photos I took:

21 Jun

Honeymoon Smashbook Case

I’m finally going on my Honeymoon this summer. I wanted to keep a scrapbook of sorts. I heard about Smashbook, a scrapbook where you ‘smash’ photos, maps, brochures, or anything else you find on your trip into a book.

Here is everything I’m going to bring for it:

Our Honeymoon Blank Journal by Journaling Jane

Portable Scissors given to me by my mother in law.

Washi Tape

SMASH Stick Black and Blue (Glue on one side, and a marker on the other)

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I wanted to make a case that had a divider between the book and the supplies.

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19 Jun

Kobo Mini Case Tutorial

I recently bought a Kobo mini on a whim. I didn’t really like any of the cases out there to buy, so I decided to make one!

First, you need to decide on inside and outside fabric. I would suggest that the inside fabric is fleece, felt or something cushy and soft.

You will need:

Front: 2 cut pieces in the outside and inside fabric: 5 1/2” by 6 1/4”

Back: 2 cut pieces in the outside and inside fabric: 8 3/4” by 5 1/2”

Cardboard: 4” by 5 1/4”

Elastic: 12 1/2”

Coordinating thread

1) Sew together the front pieces, right sides together with a seam allowance of 1/4”.

2) Flip right side out and press seam.

3) Take both back pieces and sew right sides together the top and sides sewing with 1/4” seam allowance. For the side seams, only go down 3” on both sides.

4) Trim corner careful not to cut the sewing, turn right side out and press.

5) Place right sides together of the front and back and sew side seams using 1/4” seam allowance.

6) Turn right sides out and press.

7) Place cardboard inside the front inside and outside fabric.

8) With your fingers, carefully fold the bottom raw edges inside making a seam to sew. Place the elastic where you would like it to go and make sure it is coming out of the bottom (like picture). Pin it in place.

9) Sew the bottom.

10) You have a Kobo Mini Case!

09 Jun Amazing poppy!

Amazing poppy!

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02 Jun

Doors Open Ottawa Day 2: Hydro Ottawa, Chaudiere Falls No.2

Here is a blurb from the Doors Open Ottawa:

Built by industrialist E.H. Bronson in 1891 during the lumber boom, the Chaudière No. 2 Generating Station is believed to be the oldest operating hydroelectric generator in Canada. The generators and turbines were completely refurbished in 2001 and a fourth generator was added increasing total output by 65 per cent. Despite being automated and controlled remotely, all of the original equipment has been preserved and looks exactly as it did a century ago.

The view waiting for the tour was great!

The Mill St Brew Pub was close by and looks gorgeous.

This machine caught all the garbage so it wouldn’t break the system.

Inside the building they had 4 massive wind turbines.

The next 3 pictures are original gauges from when it was built. They obviously no longer work and it all computerized.

02 Jun

Doors Open Ottawa Day 2: Traffic Operations

We decided to head back to see more for Day 2 of Doors open Ottawa. We had heard from a friend that Traffic Operations was cool so we decided to check it out.

Here is a blurb from the Doors Open Ottawa Website:

Built in 1974-75 to accommodate a branch of the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton’s Transportation Department, the Traffic Management Centre is considered one of the most advanced in North America. The first computerized traffic system was installed by Honeywell in 1976 to maintain 200 traffic signals, which at the time was the second system of its kind in Canada. In 1990, the City of Ottawa installed its own unique upgraded system. Now the operation maintains more than 1100 traffic control signals, over 600 signalized intersections equipped with audible pedestrian signals, the City’s central traffic control system and close to 200 traffic cameras. In addition the site is home to the City’s traffic sign manufacturing shop which produces over 20,000 signs annually and is also responsible for the City’s pavement marking program which applies over 5,000 million meters of line paintings each year.

This is the command center. It sort of looks like Nasa. There are huge screens showing intersections around Ottawa.  They are watching to help with traffic in case or snowstorms or accidents.

An awesome Sens Mile sign that all the Senators signed!

With the joystick there, they can look around each intersection about 1km in every way.

Each box/number here refers to a traffic light in the city. If one goes out, it blinks red and they send out a team to fix it. The response time in Ottawa to fix a light is 45min compared to Quebec which is 2 weeks.

This is the ‘Brain’ behind each traffic light. 

The difference sizes of stop signs. The make street, stop and all Ottawa signs on location here.

A very old vintage Ottawa Street sign.

Ottawa Traffic believes in UFO’s

Right now the city is changing all out traffic light from bulbs to LED. It saves us tax payers money which is awesome. The only problem is that the LED lights do not create heat so snow doesn’t melt off of them. The plastic bubbles in front of the lights are to keep snow away from the lights and sometimes you will see a team cleaning snow off of the lights.

These solar panels are starting to be brought out around Ottawa.

The oldest traffic lights in Ottawa were used from the 1920’s. Montreal still has some of these.

Stencils for painting.

A new paint car they came up with to paint the crosswalks.

This is a grinder. It grinds off any left over paint.

The huge painting truck that runs day and night in Ottawa. It paints all paint lines in Ottawa twice a summer and once rural.

01 Jun

Doors Open Ottawa Part 2

Today was the first day of Doors Open Ottawa, an event that let Ottawans into places and buildings where they normally cannot go.

We headed to the Science and Technology Museum where they let you into their storage facilities. The Museum has 45,500 objects and we got to check out the general collection and the transportation collection.

This post is pictures from the Transportation Collection.

We were allowed to go into the Governor Generals Train Car

. We had to wear these beautiful booties, I know you are jealous!

Pictures of the Train Car

Getting on the Train Car.

Very, Very narrow hallways.

The bathroom with matching toilet paper!

Bunk Beds are awesome!

The living room and dining room inside the Train Car.

An old wooden Train cart. This was used when we were building our train tracks. They were scared of the US invading us, so we made our tracks bigger than theirs so they couldn’t get to us.

They have also a huge collection of bikes.

A half restored car that they got like this.

An awesome old Toronto Transportation bus. It has spiral stairs at the back!

01 Jun

Doors Open Ottawa Part 1

Today was the first day of Doors Open Ottawa, an event that let Ottawans into places and buildings where they normally cannot go.

We headed to the Science and Technology Museum where they let you into their storage facilities. The Museum has 45,500 objects and we got to check out the general collection and the transportation collection.

This post is pictures from the General Collection.

Cool old Gas Pump

They had so many awesome signs.

Train Model

This is a birth chair used in the 1980’s. They stopped using it because doctors had a hard time catching babies.

Amazing old lamp posts.

Wall of vintage bikes

An amazing old music box that we got to hear play. Truly amazing!

Up close of the music box.