Chocolate Update

I made a new batch of coconut chocolate.  This time I used a little cayenne and black pepper in the mix.  Just a dash of each.  It adds a tiny little yummy kick!

Also, Ryan doesn’t like chocolate, but he LOVES these little chocolate pieces.

Finally, for those counting their points, each piece is 1 point.  Two pieces is 2.5 points.  Enjoy!


Book Store Flies

After the screening of The Garden on Saturday night, we stopped at a used bookstore around the corner and I bought a book about long-distance cycling for $4.  This was a traditional used book-store with the typical book-store-flies.  You know the ones.  They love books.  They love thinking and talking and sharing opinions. They wear mostly faded black.

Well this group was no exception and when I rounded the corner to pay for my book, I asked, “Who wants my money?” and they immediately broke into a round of quips about who would like to take my money and why. Witty folks.

Then, one girl standing beside me asked if I’d like to see a real “sea-bug” and as I pulled out my dollars I answered, “Well, I grew up on an island, so it may not gross me out.”

“Which island?” another book-store-fly asked.


A chorus of “ooohs” met my ears followed by a discussion about where it is and which time zone it uses.


They proceeded to ask me questions about the province: how many people, how cold, etc.  They seemed genuinely interested.  One guy told me that I was the first Newfoundlander that he’d ever met. So I curtsied.

After entertaining a few of their questions, I raised my hand, waved and said, “Good night, y’all!”

I bet that kept them quipping for a while.

Film Friends: The Garden

This past Saturday night Ryan and I attended the opening weekend of the oscar-nominated film (that Ryan worked on as the online editor and trailer editor), The Garden, at the NuArt Theatre.

In this first photo, the man standing beneath the marquee is actually Scott Hamilton Kennedy, the director.  He’d stopped to wave at us so I took his pic!


The Garden, by director Scott Hamilton Kennedy, won a Sterling award for best U.S. feature at the Silverdocs Film Festival. The Sterling Feature Jury praised the film for “its tenacity in storytelling in the face of injustice, and the filmmaker’s singular vision in bringing a gripping, dramatic, and important story to the public eye. The Garden has raw emotion, visceral energy, and nail-biting twists and turns. It unravels a complex and layered tale of the destruction of America’s largest urban farm that must not be forgotten.”

The Q&A that we attended at the NuArt was the best we’d heard yet.  It’s evident that Scott is in his stride as an indie-filmmaker and has heard almost all the questions about the film he’s going to hear.  He did an excellent job moderating.  Also, the impassioned and intelligent audience made for a great Q&A session.