Living … One day at a time.

Hello, from a raining morning here in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Yup, it is raining.

Kind of disappointing that it has started to rain so early in the day.

But oh well, guess that is what Mother Nature wants to do and there is not much we can do to change it.

As I glanced out the bedroom window this morning into the darkness of the early morning the leaves appeared black on the trees.

I always have thought that was so cool.

They appear to be disguised early for Halloween OR maybe it is a trick.


Last night Alvin and I enjoyed the last walk with Teddy and his Aunt J.

His parents will return home tomorrow and then Aunt J will go back to her home in Saskatchewan.

When we arrived at their house last night she had a small brown lunch bag that she placed into the mailbox while we went for our walk.

She gave Mr. Alvin a bag with some treats of cooked liver, chopped into small pieces and a special cookie from the nearby Bone & Biscuit store.

There are no words to say just how excited he was when we got home and he realized there were treats in the bag.

After supper I worked on my third batch of crab apples – cooking up for applesauce.

Unfortunately I did not snap photos of Alvin and his treats, I took some quick video so that I could share with Teddy’s Aunt J.


1st batch of applesauce, pot holds the second batch and last photo is the sink half full of apples that I chopped for the third batch of applesauce.

Now I have three huge batches of applesauce in the fridge waiting for me to place in smaller containers to freeze.

Although it was a lot of standing – so rewarding.

On a cold winter’s night I will enjoy some applesauce … remembering how it came to be.

Thank you to my brother J for the apples.

My dessert last night (above) was applesauce with greek yogurt.

NOTE:  chopped crab apples and boiled in lemon juice and water.

So yummy.


Well here we go again.

Time to leave for work.

Last night was GREAT.

Hope yours was as well.



We need more kindness and respect in the world.


Always, Carol & Alvin




List of Ingredients:

(1) 19 fl oz or 540 ml can of chickpeas or Romano beans

Reserve 1/4 cup of the liquid from the peas or the beans whichever you use.

1/4 cup lemon juice

6-7 cloves garlic (chopped) (Note: I love garlic so only put in what you like)

10 shakes or twists of the grinder of sea salt (about 1/2 tsp of sea salt)

(3) tbsp tahini

(2) tbsp olive oil

I put all of these ingredients in my kitchen aid food processor and it comes out in the perfect texture.  Thick soup like.

Note:  you could use a pastry blender to mash up the chick peas or the Romano beans.

I also add at the end:  a couple of tsp of freeze dried parsley, couple shakes of cayenne pepper and black/red pepper.

It keeps in the fridge for 3-4 days.  Although mine never lasts that long.

I also bake my own “tortilla chips” – simply cut into wedges either whole wheat or whole grain tortillas …. I bake mine on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper.

At 375 degree oven.  They only take about 3-4 minutes.  It is a good idea to watch them closely.  I usually flip them once so that they are baked evenly.

They are the perfect combination “hummus” and “baked tortillas”….. I also have them with my homemade guacamole.  So good.

I like to try new variations on existing recipes.  This is so good.  Perfect appetizer or with raw veggies or a salad is good for a light meal.

It is healthy and so tasty.

I hope that you enjoy.  I will be adding photos to my recipes along the way.

Always, Carol

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