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Sight Supervisor

Published May 12, 2014 by inanortherntown

The town is growing at a rapid, some might even say alarming, rate. Since moving here 17 months ago, two new shopping plazas have opened, two new elementary schools are being built and a new subdivision with 600 homes is currently under construction.

All of the construction is near where I live and I’ve been a weekly “sight” supervisor for one particular plaza. Now that the weather has warmed up, I’ve increased my duties to a daily routine.

Reason #1
My favourite grocery store is coming there and from the outside it looks big – I’ve heard (from other sight supervisors) that the produce section will a major focus. (side rant: you can buy rotten produce here – stores don’t even blink to leave manky, slimy fruits and vegetables in the bin. I’m can’t figure out the logic, do they think I’ll decide to buy malodorous cabbage because the cauliflower and broccoli are rank?? WELL, THINK AGAIN.) Ahem. Moving on…

Reason #2
There will be UNDERGROUND parking – the first in town. This is huge!!! I will gladly get up at o’dark thirty to secure an underground parking spot while procuring my organic vegetables. Just think, when I exit the store, I won’t have to unearth my car from the snow or ice. AMAZING!!

Reason #3
Starbucks is opening up their second standalone store and it’s in this plaza. It’s within walking distance, I could take Baaj for a walk and mysteriously end up here!!!I’ve been peering in the window trying to gauge the progress and tonight my question was answered:

Walking distance to Nirvana

Walking distance to Nirvana

I know that I should be supporting independent coffee shops but there is only one in town (and it’s not within walking distance). The stand is cleverly hidden in a sports store. The barista is so affronted that you’ve found him and he has to get up from reading his book and actually make a coffee that he gets huffy. And rude. And stomps around. One time he told me that the special of the day was buy 1 coffee get 1 free but it didn’t apply to my order (I was paying for 4 coffees) because he had to tell me about it. I asked him how else would I have known but he just rolled his eyes and took my money…….That was……amusing ūüėČ


Amusing Things ….. Day 3

Published May 3, 2014 by inanortherntown

Today I am amused by my very own pretentiousness.

Way back in Ye Olden Days, when we first were married, we enjoyed a cup of coffee together before we went out to work. We were in the honeymoon phase of life and everything was shiny and glorious.

Until that one fateful day when someone complained that their morning swill was tepid and uninspiring and they WERE NOT PLEASED.

And thus the first stone on the road to pretention was paved.

We began by tossing our electrical coffee maker Рit was important to our marriage that our morning cup of coffee was hot.  We decided to purchase a glass carafe and filter cone and to boil our water to the correct temperature in order to enjoy a hot cup of coffee.

THEN, we quickly came to the conclusion that the best part of waking up was NOT purchasing gigantic red tubs of  pre-ground coffee.  For the sake of our happy home, we simply must procure whole beans and a grinder in order to enjoy a hot and delicious cup of coffee in the morning.

And lo, the second stone.

It wasn’t long before our whole beans had to be organic…….fair trade…..shade grown……..single source.¬† Our marital bliss depended upon¬†on enjoying a hot, delicious, and ethical cup of coffee each and every morning.

And with that, there was no turning back.

All was well, until this year, when I couldn’t find paper filters to fit our size cone.¬† I drove to four grocery stores before finding two lone boxes on a dusty shelf.¬† Something had to be done!!! Our very morning tradition was being threatened.

I found a reusable stainless steel filter but it wouldn’t fit on our coffee pot and with that…..the CHEMEX entered our lives.


The Chemex, cue harp music, is the only coffee pot to be display at the Museum of Modern Art. It is beautiful and functional!!

All was well, our way of life was no longer threatened.  We had a beautiful coffee pot and permanent filter. Our coffee ritual was once again secure.

Until one day, someone (and it wasn’t me this time) decided that their organic, fair trade, shade grown, single sourced fresh ground coffee wasn’t blooming enough.


And now we have arrived……this ridiculous kettle with bloom inducing spout is a permanent fixture on our stove.

Blooming Enough

I giggle every time I look at it – but I’d never go back.¬† The hot, delicious, ethical, beautifully made, blooming enough coffee every morning¬†is too good ūüėČ

The Secret Is Roasting The Bananas

Published January 26, 2014 by inanortherntown

Life is a bit crazy for me at the moment. 

I know you should never talk about your job on your blog for risk of being fired – I’m risking it.

Right before the winter break, I was notified that my position has a major yearly project to do and although up until that point I had never heard of this project, I was behind on meeting every deadline and could I get a move on?¬† Good times.¬† I’ve been working on the drafts and edits all weekend and I’m to the point of losing my mind.

Directly in my line of vision was a bunch of bananas gently rotting in the fruit bowl. The only sane thing to do was to get up, walk away from the project, and make my prize-winning* gold medal** Banana Bread.¬† The secret (but don’t tell anyone) is roasting the bananas – the natural sweet flavour is magnified 199%.

While roasting, the smell is amazing! Coming out of the oven, they don’t look so appetizing.


They smell better than they look!


Roasted Banana Bread Recipe

6 or 7 bananas placed on a foil covered cookie sheet.  Roast for 15 minutes at 350F.  Cool.

1/2 cup of vegetable oil

1/2 cup of applesauce

1 cup of white sugar

1 cup of brown sugar

4 eggs

1/3 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

4 cups of flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup of chocolate chips (optional, but who are we kidding)


1. Place cooled, peeled bananas in large mixing bowl, add oil, applesauce, sugar(s), eggs, milk and vanilla and mix until well blended

2. Blend in flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.  Add chocolate chips, if desired.

3. Place batter in 2 greased loaf pans.

4. Bake at 350 for 60 minutes (give or take 5 minutes)


Optional chocolate chips – mixed throughout the batter ūüôā


PS: Don’t you love my wooden cutting board? My very talented Father-in-law made it for me!! xo


















The kitchen smells great, my coffee has been refreshed, and now my break is over.










*No prizes or medals have been won – but everyone always asks for the recipe!

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