| my summer garden |

Although we live in a climate that really only allows us to garden from May to September, I still try to get in as much as I can and enjoy the fruits of my labor all summer.  We live in an urban area in a semi-detached 100 year old home, and so my gardening is limited to a small area in the front of my house and also in our quaint backyard.  Every year I’ve been trying to fill in spots with mixed perennials, shrubs, and vines, all while constantly shifting plants around as they grow.  I wouldn’t say that I’m an expert, but my thumb is green enough I really love getting my hands dirty on the weekends.  I don’t plant vegetables except tomatoes and herbs because the local raccoons and squirrels think it’s a buffet and I also don’t get much sunlight in the yard.  Oh wait, I did plant green onions and garlic this year, the animals stay away from those!  Can’t wait for the weekend to see what has bloomed…

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| florida |

Just got back from sunny Florida!  It was a fun, HOT trip.  Temperatures stayed in the 90’s with some afternoon rain showers which helped cool off the crazy heat.  We stayed at Bonnett Creek Resort which is within the Disney complex, & where my brother has a timeshare.  No Disney World parks this year!  We chose to go Universal Studios this time, and so happy we did as all of us, including the adults had an amazing time!  Florida is always a good idea……

| frankie’s italian |

We finally went to Frankie’s Italian, a new neighborhood spot that opened up in Leslieville last April.  The concept is Italian home cooking, served tapas style on small plates.  Great for sharing.  The hubs and I had the burrata with olive oil, arugula and roasted tomatoes, amazing fresh baked bread, zucchini with fennel, lemon & parmesan, & two of the nightly special pastas; bucatini with olives, capers & baby octopus, and rotini served bolognese style.  Ok, this is my new go to fave italian resto!  Everything was delicious and made with fresh ingredients.  The service was very good as well.  I will definitely be back again, maybe even this weekend! Frankie’s Italian – 892 Queen Street East

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