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Those who know me well, (or have been down south with me,) would know how much I love palm trees.  Why?  Because the simple sight of palms would instantly relax me, as they carry the connotation that I must be someplace tropical and therefore on vacation.  And who doesn't like vacations? :)

So where was I going with this? Ah, yes, Kel and I were in a store one day and saw these mini palms called "Sago Palm".  Now, I've been on the lookout to adopt some greenery for the house.  The only problem is, I don't exactly have a green thumb.  In fact, it's more like a black thumb. (I've killed a number of plants in the past.. not really knowing why..)  So we decided to do some research before going ahead with the purchase.  What we found out was that it's not really a palm but a "Cycad", a group of plants that lived back in the prehistoric times.  It's a hardy plant that has no temperature or humidity preference, and extremely low maintenance, perfect as a beginner plant!  Heck, it survived and outlived the dinosaurs, so hopefully it'll survive me, as well. :)  Now, I just have to remember to leave it alone, and not over water him...

On a side note for anyone else who's thinking of adopting one of these cuties, they are poisonous to humans and animals if ingested, and unfortunately almost never properly noted at the store.  So you may want to think twice if you have pets or kids in the house.

What's that bubbling in my oven?

We went to the farmer's market up in Waterloo on Canada's Day.... and I ended up bringing home a lot of berries!  So what better to do with them, than make a pie? :)  With guidance from Moj over at Something Lemon, I proceeded to make my very own pie crust.  It was quite the adventure I tell you, not as hard as it looks, but definitely quite an experience!  Next time, I've got to learn to seal off the edges properly... midway the pie was bubbling over!

And here we have it, my first blueberry pie!

Yumm.. so much juicier when it's homemade!

Happy Canada Day!

One of the perks of working from home?  Saving time on commute equates time to make breakfast!  Make no mistake, there's another slice of melted havarti cheese hiding under the egg. :)