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Alberta's weather continues to baffle me! (From Canada)

Sunday, October 14, 2012

WOW !!
We are well known for our summer thunder storms. In fact, our neighbors are from the Maritimes, and they had no idea until we had one last June. They actually stood outside in the cold rain watching the awesome lightening!

But this is unbelievable ...... we had snow last Wednesday, and last night we actually had one of our famous SUMMER thunderstorms! It was a great light show, let me tell you. It's always fun for the kids when all the lights turned out and the lightening strikes light up the room.

Oh, well, who would know this would happen in mid-October. I guess that's why they say "if you don't like the weather in Alberta, just wait a minute and it will change" !

SHEESH ............. emoticon

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GRANDMA_SANDY48 10/15/2012 6:22PM

    The weather here in NSW is also weird. We are supposedly in Spring and there was snow in Goulburn (a couple of hours from here) and on the Blue Mountains north of Sydney. We are having days when we need a heater on and then days it is hot! It is very strange.

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FEMISLIM 10/14/2012 11:16PM

    All are the wonders of our Lord !!

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LITTLEWIND53 10/14/2012 10:36PM

    I took my garbage out last night. As I left the building, there was no rain. Half way to the big bin, it started spitting, and by the time I got back to the covered back steps of the apartment building, the lightening was flashing..... Yes, summer storms in Mid-October. What next????
(From Edmonton, Alberta)

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WALLAHALLA 10/14/2012 10:03PM

    I think they say that about the weather everywhere. I've never been to Canada, but all of my friends that have rave about how beautiful it is.

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Oh, My Goodness, now this is a meal (very seasonal, very filling, and so yummy!)

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Pumpkin Black Bean Soup ........ makes 6 servings

(370 calories, fat 7, saturated fat 1,
protein 13, fiber 13, sodium 812, carbs 63)

2 T. olive oil
1 medium onion, cut in small dices
Juice and zest of two limes (divided)
3 cloves garlic, peeled
2 fresh red chiles (such as jalapenos), seeded and sliced (don't touch your eyes!)
1 bunch fresh cilantro, stemmed and roughly chopped
2 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp chipotle chile powder
4 cups vegetable broth
1 cup jasmine rice, uncooked
2 15-oz cans pumpkin puree
1 14-oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
Salt & pepper
6 T. plain nonfat yogurt (or sour cream)
1/2 cup shelled pumpkin seeds, toasted

Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium heat. Add the onions and saute until soft but not brown. Remove from heat.

In the bowl of a food processor or blender jar, combine half of the onions, lime zest, garlic, red chiles, half of the cilantro, cumin, chili powder and chipotle powder. Process until smooth.

Return stockpot to medium heat and add spice paste, stirring until fragrant. Whisk in broth and bring to a boil and stir in rice. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until the rice is tender.

Stir in the pumpkin puree, black beans, 1 tablespoon lime juice and remaining cilantro. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Add additional lime juice if desired.

Just before serving, check consistency, and thin soup with more broth or water. Serve immediately, garnished with 1 tablespoon sour cream or yogurt, and a few toasted pumpkin seeds.

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GRANDMA_SANDY48 10/14/2012 7:06PM

    Sounds yummy! emoticon

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JENAE954 10/14/2012 9:13AM

  Would love to try this without the oil, rice and pumpkin seeds.
Thanks much

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SHERYLDS 10/14/2012 8:49AM

    sounds wonderful.....I would like to try it without the rice.

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DOLPHINSINGER72 10/14/2012 12:06AM

    That sounds *so* amazing. Wow!

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I do really want to escape this winter wonderland they call home

Thursday, October 11, 2012

well, yesterday it snowed for the first time this season, fall that is, not winter, still the fall.

would someone let the weather people know what season it is.

it is darned cold, +2 Degrees, will be 5 below zero overnight, and snow again tomorrow!

why is it the weatherman can be so wrong and still keep his job - if I made that many mistakes in my job, I would quickly be unemployed ............ SHEESH !

This time next month I will be in the Carribean, do I really have to come home again !! ???

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CINDYWAGNER1 10/12/2012 4:44PM

    emoticon vacation planned. Enjoy!

WOW!! Snow in October who knew. I love snow but NOT right yet. Too early.

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ELSCO55 10/11/2012 11:10PM

    wow what a vacation

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FEMISLIM 10/11/2012 9:45PM

    Enjoy your trip and the memories would keep you going in the cold winter!

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

emoticon Well, I guess we don't get any fall this year, we have gone from lovely summer days to this morning when I woke up to snow falling.

MERRY CHRISTMAS ALL !! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Hope it doesn't stay around, the leaves have not even fallen off of the trees yet, my goodness what a shocker for a Wednesday morning!

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FEMISLIM 10/10/2012 11:10PM

    It is still pretty much in the 90s here.

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ERINMARIE424 10/10/2012 8:52PM

    I'll stop complaining about our unseasonably chilly highs in the 50's now.....

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WALLAHALLA 10/10/2012 7:18PM

    Wow! Who would have thought.

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SHERYLDS 10/10/2012 4:25PM

    Oh My !

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HIPPYCAT 10/10/2012 4:16PM

    I wish! We live in Phoenix, and October is the hardest month of the year for me. I know, realistically, that it won't really begin to cool down before November, but it's been so long, and it could always come a little early....At least we're out of the hundreds this week!

Wanna share?


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One month today I will be in the Carribean cruising ...

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Ah, I can't wait, so looking forward to this trip.

I leave on Nov. 9th and not back until Nov. 28th ...... and best of all I will miss some of the winter I tolerate every year. It will make the season so much shorter.

Since it's already getting highs of +2 degrees in the days, winter has started quite early, so this trip will be even more worthwhile to break up the season.


and where are you going for holidays this year???

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ILOVETOCRUISE 10/11/2012 6:52AM

    emoticon Have a wonderful time.

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ERINMARIE424 10/10/2012 8:56PM

    I love cruising! Where are you going?

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WALLAHALLA 10/10/2012 7:29PM

    sounds heavenly

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SHERYLDS 10/10/2012 4:31PM

    to the gym and beyond

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ADARKARA 10/10/2012 8:23AM

    Unfortunately all my vacation time was used up already, but hubby and I are heading to Richmond, VA for Christmas. =) Does that count?

Hope you have a fabulous time!

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JENAE954 10/10/2012 8:21AM

  Wonderful about the upcoming cruise.
You sure I can't come along? emoticon

Have a wonderful time and tell us all about it when you return home.

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