Lockeport Beach, Nova Scotia | Quahogs & Sand Dollars | Vacation Fall 2011

Over vacation we took the kids to Lockeport beach! Luckily one of my nephews happened to be at my fathers house and we were able to take him too! The boys went beach combing and Maddy, wading while we strolled the entire beach. It was just after hurricane Irene. The beach was full of seaweed, shells, quahogs, sand dollars, even better the seagulls would find them and drop them on the beach to crack them open and the boys were chasing the seagulls away to take the scallop out of them:) Although nobody managed to catch a seagull(thankully cause I think they would have tired to cook it and eat it lol) they did grab 3 quahogs they dropped:)

Riley ducking out of the picture, but I got half of him! 🙂 Beach was beautiful!

The Crescent Beach visitor center in Lockeport, Nova Scotia. 🙂

 Above is a picture of the crevasses in a pile of rocks on the beach that I used to spend hours searching when I was a child with my brother, I found many crabs, sea urchins, snails, shells etc, it was just  cool spot to explore! My mom would bring us here, or my grandparents and playing in the rock was the favorite thing to do until we slipped and fell, or started fighting lol . But this rock, is actually one of my favorite childhood beach memories!
My nephew and his dead crab… not my choice of a cool find, but the boys liked him! lol Had to have a picture of course. <3

This is a sand dollar that Alex gave Maddy. The entire beach Maddy was looking for a sand dollar and she found one, but it broke, Alex found one and Riley was busy chasing sea gulls for their food! At the end of our beach hike  Alex gave my step daughter his full intact sand dollar… aweee 🙂

Alex also gave e something really cool I will be using in future jewelry photography pictures:

It’s really rare to find a sea urchin shell intact too! Thanks Alex, you have a big heart! 🙂

Scott  – W.G Acker 14-10-11 , So what does this mean? This picture was taken in August of 2011, so not sure who put it there or why, but thought I would post it and see if someone would tell me!

Squash Growing In Trees | Potatoe harvest | Stray Cat

Over my last vacation, me and Mike decided to go out one morning and harvest. hehe, to me this sounds odd as a while ago I wouldn’t have understood the word harvest, let alone have a garden, and be up early harvesting potatoes and carrots! While out working, our neighbourhood cat we call Maru, came over to inspect, and decided to lay down in the garden and watch and play and toss around the baby green potatoes that we threw to him:) In the pic below I guess he decided to pose for us hehehe 🙂

Here are the potatoes we harvested!
I also had some unexpected results from my squash! It grew in my neighbors tree!  Not only that,  it took over my entire garden eventually, next year I will learn from this lesson, plant it far far away from my garden on its own! Next year I may not plant squash as I really only eat them maybe once or twice a year!

See the squash up there, it was almost full grown, here is the end product:
My squash had fuzz!

Hidden Treasures Family Restaurant and Farmers Market Scones

Every Saturday, no matter how hard I try I find it impossible to sleep in! Today I got up extra early today, even before my morning glories to go to the market and check on jewelry orders.

My first stop at the market is still usually the chocolate section, then to scones, then maybe veggies and crafts!

I seriously think these scones could go mainstream, they are just awesome, I have tired making my own a few times, they are NEVER the same. I have had people say they look dry, and hard… NOOOOOO far far from it, they have a crust, but the inside is awesome, moist and like a flaky pastry… I wish they had a delivery service because I would order one right now. My favorite by far now is the carrot cake scone, pizza scone, onion/bacon  and pineapple coconut! If you live in Yarmouth, and you have never tried a scone from the market (or Hilltop Cottage Farms), TRY ONE.  Actually I think you should travel here just to try scones! They are awesome!

Speaking of good food in Yarmouth, NS, take the 10 minute drive out to Port Maitland and try the new Restaurant there Hidden Treasures Family Restaurant, the building used to be the old Yarmouth candy factory I am told. Inside is very neat and clean, the service is FAST, the menu prices INCLUDE TAX, the portions are large, the food is awesome!!! I am not one to go out to eat a lot, one because of the price, two I am not a fan of deep fried things. I heard people raving about how good the prices were and food and I had to go see for myself!

I had the stir-fry on rice, and a can of Diet Pepsi, wow. It came with garlic bread and everything was cooked to perfection! My total bill was $ 11.45 🙂 For how full I was and how good the food was, it was a great deal!

Here is their facebook group for daily specials:
http://www.facebook.com/groups/hiddentreasuresfamilyrestaurant/

Here is their menu as of September 2011:
HIDDEN TREASURE’S FAMILY RESTAURANT

APPETIZERS
Onions Scoops with dipping sauce…………………………………………….$4.25
Zucchini Wedges with dipping sauce…………………………………………..$3.95
Deep Fried Mushrooms with sour cream………………………………………$4.50
Onion Rings………………………………………………………………………$4.50
Mozza Sticks with sour cream (6)………………………………………………..$4.95
Garlic Bread………..$2.95 w/cheese……………………………………….….$3.75

SALADS
Garden Salad…………$5.50 Golden Treasure Salad……$5.95
Baby Spinach…………$5.95
Greek………………….$5.95 Chef……………… …..$7.95
Caesar…………………$5.95

SOUP OF THE DAY SEAFOOD CHOWDER
Cup…….$3.95 Cup………….$5.95
Bowl……$4.95 Bowl…………$7.95

SANDWICHES OR WRAPS (White or Whole Wheat)

Sliced Chicken….$4.25 Cold lobster…….$8.95
Egg Salad………..$3.00 Tuna Salad…….$3.95
Veggie…………..$3.25 Rueben………..$6.95
3 Decker Club…$7.95 B.L.T……………$3.75 Western…………$3.75

HOT SANDWICHES
Hot Chicken Sandwich choice of fries, mash, or rice………………………..…….$8.50
Hot Hamburg Sandwich choice of fries, mash, or rice……………………….……$7.95

BURGERS & ROLLS
Hamburger…$3.25 Cheeseburger……$3.75 BaconCheeseburger..$4.25
Jackburger………$4.25 Hot Dog…………$1.75 Cheese and bacon hot dog……..$2.75
Chickenburger……..$4.95 Chicken and asparagus roll…….$4.50
Fishburger….……..$5.50 Clamburger………………….….$7.95
Scallop burger…….$6.95 Cold Lobster Roll………………$7.95
MAKE ANY SANDWICH, WRAP OR BURGER INTO A PLATTER……………..$2.00 EXTRA

SIDE ORDERS

Fries (Fresh Cut)……….Sm..$2.50………………………………………..…..Lg. $3.25
Poutine………………….Sm..$3.95……………………………………….…..Lg. $4.95
Hamb Poutine………………………………………………………………………$4.95
Chicken Poutine…………………………………………………………………….$4.95
Lobster Poutine…………………………………………………………………….$10.95
Fried Onions & Mushrooms in garlic butter………………………………….…..$3.50
Rice Pilaf………….$2.95 ……………… Mashed potato & veg.$2.95
Cole Slaw…………$1.75 ……………… Potato Salad………….$2.50

SEAFOOD DINNERS

Best of the Sea (Lobster, Scallops & Bar Clams) served in cream or butter……… $19.95
Fish (haddock) Sm………$7.95…………………………………………………Lg. $10.95
Clams…………………Sm ..…$9.95……………………………………………Lg. $12.95
Scallops………………Sm…$10.95………………………………………………Lg. $13.95
Shrimp………………Sm…$9.95……………………………………………….Lg. $12.95
Combo’s any 2……..Sm..$11.95……………………………………………..…Lg. $14.95
Seafood Platter (Haddock, clams, scallops and Shrimp)
$18.95……………with lobster……..$22.95
Small Seafood Platter (Haddock. Scallops, clams and Shrimp)…………………$14.95
Hot Lobster Sandwich………………………………………………………..……$16.95
Hot Lobster Roll…………………………………………………………………….$14.95
Salmon W/Dill or Citrus Sauce………………………………………………..…$12.95
ALL DINNERS INCLUDE ROLL, CHOICE OF FRIES, MASH, RICE OR SIDE SALAD AND VEG.
Fish Cakes…………2/$5.95 …….3/$7.95

ENTRÉE’S
Chicken Parmigiana with spaghetti….$9.95
Broccoli Stuffed Chicken Breast………………………………………………….$13.50
Grilled Chicken over rice and veggies………………………………………….…$12.95
Pork Chops ………..1 $8.95……………………………………………….2….…$11.95
Liver, Bacon & Onions…………………………………………………………….$7.95
Hamburg Steak with onions & mushrooms……………………………………..$8.95
Rappie Pie with brown bread………………..$8.50
Stir Fry’s over white or wild rice.
Chicken…..$9.95 Scallop…$11.95
Veggie……$8.95 Shrimp…$10.95

SEAFOOD AND VEGGIE LOW FAT COOKING
Garden Fettuccini……………………..$8.95
Garlic Shrimp over pasta……………..$10.95
Greek Chicken and pasta……………..$10.50

CHILDREN’S MENU
Hot Dog & Fries Burger and Fries
Grill Cheese & Fries 1 pc Fish & Fries
6 Nuggets & Fries
Meal includes, juice or milk and ice cream……….$4.95

DESSERTS
Diabetic………….$2.95
Regular Desserts
Assorted Pies…………..$3.50 Bread Pudding………….$3.25
Cheesecake…………….$4.50 Ice Cream………………..$2.25
Cream Puff……………….$2.50

BEVERAGES
Hot Beverages………..$1.50…………..Soft Drink & Juice………………$1.50
Floats…………………$2.75…………..Herbal Tea……………………….$1.75

Also I finally finished my first and only super strong beaded lanyard. Hard to get a good picture of it but here is the result:

Rappie Pie Recipe | Yarmouth Nova Scotia Rappie Pie

Another cooking post! I made my first rappie pie with this recipe!

Rappie Pie Cooking

This one will be  chicken, I have seen, clam, lobster, pork, beef, rabbit, pretty much any meat or even veggie!

Rappie Pie

Ingredients:

1 large chicken

3 onions, chopped

12 potatoes or bag of pre grated and squeezed potatoes from the store that I used

salt and pepper

1/4 cup cubed and small pieces of pork fat

1 packet onion soup mix

1/2 tsp-1 tsp fresh savory, or poultry spice

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees

2. Cut chicken into large pieces. Place in pot with just enough water to completely cover. Dice onions and add to pot, feel free to add a bit of poultry spice, salt and pepper too and simmer until chicken is tender.

3. Remove chicken from the pot, reserving the broth. Remove meat from the bones. Cut meat into smaller, bite-sized pieces.

4. Grate potatoes. (or skip this step and use your bag pre grated and squeezed potatoes) Place grated potatoes in cotton bag and squeeze vigorously to extract all the water. The goal is to get rid of as much starch as possible by squeezing out all the water.

5. Bring the reserved chicken broth to a boil(add water if needed to reach cups needed SEE TIPS below). Scald the grated, de-starched potatoes in an amount of broth equal to approximately 2/3 of the water you extracted from the potatoes. (the bag will have the measurements) Blend the broth with the potatoes fast but in small parts, do not add all at once! Add 2 cups at a time, stirring takes some muscles so be prepared! Season with   1 packet of onion soup mix(taste as adding, don’t add much salt as the pork fat will add lots of salt so go easy). The consistency should be like apple sauce? It should have a bit of a gloss over it.

6. Slice the pork fat and lay on top of the pie raw. You can add some to the bottom as well, but again, don’t over do it.

7. In a large greased pan add half of the potato mixture. Add the chicken,  then top with remaining potato mixture. Place pork fat on top.

8. Bake for 1-2 hours, or until top is uniformly brown.

9. Eat with butter /ketchup /molasses or any other topping you desire.

 

TIPS

Measure out the amount of cups of water in your chicken pot (for Evelinas mix its 16 cups), take a visual note of the amount, so when you boil your stock to mix your potatoes, you have enough boiling stock, you may need to add water