Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Paddleboat Father

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At first glance you may think this post is
about Sisters, family love or loyal friends
Perhaps a beautiful Canadian sunset on Georgian Bay

And it was all that
and so much more

But then upon further visual investigation
you begin to see a narrative of 
tenderness, adoration and memory making

Bonding, imprinting, spirituality

A lesson in nature
A quiet experience to recall in the future

It was a private, most certainly 
A time between Father and Child
or Uncle and niece
or Brother and Sister

It was serene
It was a floating testament to love

We, the girls on the shore
Silhouetted in pink sunshine

There were more oohs and ahhs
that drowned out the distance loon calls
We were mesmerized

We felt like peeping lake Toms
Shushing each other
and whispering ooey-gooey words

We actually could not believe 
just how adorable and blissful
this on-the-water dance was

What was this 'Paddleboat Father' doing?

It was as though he was granting 
his tiny Princess 
some almost impossible wish
A request
and then....
a symphony of 
echoed across the rippled golden surface
we sighed in unison
Le Sigh
Oh My God!

He paddled to the water's edge
to pick a delicate flower for her
Bending over to regally present it to her


Was there a camera hidden in the reedy ridge?
A cinematic Director
speaking into his ear
while they filmed this joyful event?

We stood frozen in disbelief
and marveled at his pure kindness
in his gentle botanical offering

This was and would be a defining moment
in this small child's life
We hoped she would remember
and if not
we hoped that the 
Paddleboat Father
would somehow find his way
to this blog
to save the images
so that some day
he could remind her 
Show her his love
over and over and over again

It wasn't hurried
or frenetic
It wasn't noisy or anxious

She was tranquil
So comfortable
So trusting
So innocent

It was a stillness of heart
as the ball of fire dropped into the horizon

A steadfast and true promise

As day follows night
He loves her

We'll leave my calling card on your windshield

If you are here reading this
We applaud you
You gave us hope that great men exist
Who do small things with purposeful intention
Men who will raise confident girls
into nature-loving strong women

The power of a flower
The power of a lullaby lake at sunset
The power of a Paddleboat Father

Patti Friday, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'

Friday, August 21, 2015

Cold Vegan Overnight Oatmeal

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When you pick your friends be sure one of them

He or She will be so eager to share their knowledge and recipes
of whole food plant based goodness

And they will feed you
and feed you
and feed you

You will glow with health and wellness after you spend a weekend with them
Not Lying 

So these images are my own masterpieces
that I have made since arriving home
from the most incredible, nourishing
(emotionally, spiritually, physically, nutritionally)
weekend with my lovely girlfriends

As you know I have been cooking my 
overnight oatmeal 
in my 2.5 qt crock pot

I have some ideas for you:

But this recipe approach is different
You make it cold!
And you eat it cold!

Editor's Note:  
"And no messy crock pot to scrub."

The first few nights I made my  
"Cold Vegan Overnight Oatmeal"
in the mug above
but then I decided to treat myself with this

Don't you just love the frosty chilled morning afterglow
of this jar?
You know it is going to be delicious
and good for you

God help anyone who touches it.

The recipe is so simple

Dry oatmeal
Almond milk
Frozen mixed berries
Pure Canadian Maple Syrup 
Almond slivers, raisins, Chia Seeds etc. (optional)

Before bed grab your ingredients and a container
Place 1/2 cup dry oats into bottom
Cover with almond milk (keep pouring until it soaks in and covers it)
Top with 1/2 cup or more of still frozen berry mix
cover and place in fridge

Go to bed

Wake up
Drizzle your 
"Cold Vegan Overnight Oatmeal"
with pure Canadian Maple Syrup

Top with a few spoonfuls of various toppings of your choice
Chia seeds etc.



Patti Friday, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'

Middle East Girls

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It was the best Summer with these two.
They are back in the Middle East.
I miss them already!


Patti Friday, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'

Friday, August 7, 2015

Foodies Anonymous Toronto Ontario Niagara Muskoka Master Chefs and Catering

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We are Boutique Chefs with infinite mobility. From Winery Gala's in Niagara, House Parties in Toronto, Dock Parties in Muskoka or Farm Weddings in Elora... Big or small. WE SPEAK FOOD!

A little bit about us at Foodies Anonymous...

​With over 70 years of combined industry experience, we are the master chefs of tomorrow - young and aspiring, creative and unique. We challenge the everyday event norm of meat, potatoes and soggy buffets. Our chefs have trained at some of the finest schools in the world and have worked side by side with some of the biggest names in the culinary industry, giving them the unique perspectives of the great masters of their trade.
Be awed and inspired, learn to play with your food again and have a great time while doing it!


JT, Tommo, Patty and Straiko of Foodies Anonymous

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Patti Friday, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'
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