117: goodbye, jerkface

One of Tim’s friends is leaving Yellowknife for a house he bought in Nova Scotia, so yesterday we baked him a cake (filled with rum) and went out for dinner at a local burger bar.

(and in case you are wondering, the blue icing on the side is a bunch of penises)


1/30sec, f / 2.8, ISO 400.


Dinner in Chez Baker is always a bit of an ordeal.  We both like to cook, but don’t really enjoy cooking alone as much as we enjoy cooking for others.  So when one of us is visiting (in this case, I’m visiting) …we make it a bit of a big deal.  Tonight’s menu was grilled asparagus and peppers, homemade hummus, crackers/cheese/olives/pickles, fresh salad, and the remainder of our wine from the previous night.


1/80sec, f / 2.5, ISO 400.


1/50sec, f / 2.0, ISO 400.


1/50sec, f / 2.0, ISO 400.

111 + 112: no pew, no camera, and a dinner

I lied.  No video, because I shouldn’t be uploading firearms videos to my blog.  In which case, I missed 111, because I forgot my camera and I didn’t take any photos with my iPhone either.  I’m sorry about all the shittiness lately, I’ve been taking naps in the evening and waking up in the middle of the night to try and get aurora (northern lights) shots lately, but every night when I wake up at midnight-or 2am the aurora hasn’t been great, and it’s really messing with my sleep to sleep like this.  Anyhow…

…here’s 112:

Dinner last night.


1/50sec, f / 2.0, ISO 400.




Canon Rebel XS. 1/20sec, f / 5.0, ISO 400.
Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Buttercream Frosting, topped with mini Reese’s cups

Day Zero One Five: January Photo Challenge: SOMETHING NEW

Day 4 of the First Thirty-One over at Fourtuitous.com!  Today’s challenge was “Something New”.

I’ve had a craving for banana bread lately.  But my favourite recipe has wheat, and I have to ration out how much wheat I can tolerate in a week.  I wouldn’t have a happy tummy with an entire loaf of delicious, wheaty banana bread (“just like mom used to make” – actually, it’s her recipe).  So I modified it (and forgot an ingredient, but that’s besides the point).

I have some Bob’s Red Mill gluten free flour mix (I think it is chickpea and fava bean flour, tapioca and potato starch, and…hm, maybe one more thing).  I made some scones with it a few weeks back that turned out so well that I fed them to my roommate’s father, and he didn’t know they weren’t wheat.  It boded well, so I thought I’d try and alter my mom’s banana bread recipe to use it.  And I did.  1:1.  No dirty xantham gum, or anything.

And it was so good, I ate two slices, right away, hot with butter.


Canon Rebel XS. Photoshop CS5 for the triptych.

Day Zero Zero Five: Merry Christmas!

I’ve decided to do a fun little thing for Christmas this year.  I’ve taken a photo an hour (approximately) as a way to document my first Christmas in Canada away from my family.  We woke up at 7:00, and started opening gifts, and then we made breakfast and started prepping for the day.  For dinner, we headed over to my roommate’s parents house for a bit of a shindig.  With Turducken!

Canon Rebel XS. 1/80sec, f / 2.5, ISO 800.
(it’s Christmas morning, bitches)

Canon Rebel XS. 1/6sec, f / 4.5, ISO 1600.
(one of the favourite prezzies – I’ve always wanted one)

Canon Rebel XS. 1/4sec, f / 4.5, ISO 1600.
(Merry Christmas, little guy!)

Canon Rebel XS. 1/200sec, f / 4.5, ISO 1600.
(Christmas candles for a Christmas day)

Canon Rebel XS. Triptych, Photoshop CS5.
(how a real man makes breakfast)

Canon Rebel XS. 1/250sec, f / 5.6, ISO 800.
(well, almost. The Christmas Moose!)

Canon Rebel XS. 1/60 sec, f / 3.5, ISO 800.

Canon Rebel XS. 1/25sec, f / 2.8, ISO 800.
(he’s hiding behind the Christmas tree)

Canon Rebel XS. 1/25sec, f / 2.8, ISO 800.
(the partial prezzies haul)

Canon Rebel XS. 1/50sec, f / 2.0, ISO 800.
(love and cuddles)

Canon Rebel XS. 1/5sec, f / 2.8, ISO 800.
(reflections of Christmas in the living room window)

Canon Rebel XS. 1/25sec, f / 2.8, ISO 800.
(accidentally didn’t focus on the turducken, but Linda’s sweater is lovely)

Canon Rebel XS. 1/50sec, f / 3.5, ISO 800.
(dinner preparations)

Canon Rebel XS. 1/30sec, f / 3.2, ISO 800.
(my roommate’s father in the 70s, a spitting image of my roommate)

Canon Rebel XS. 1/60sec, f / 4.0, ISO 800.
(a family gathering, they asked for the flash!)

Canon Rebel XS. 1/25sec, f / 2.8, ISO 800.
slightly after 21:30
(a man inside a man inside a man – manception)

…and 22:30 and 23:30 are missing due to the blood:wine ratio in my body.  A Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

Day Zero Zero Three

Canon Rebel XS. 1/100 sec, f / 8.0, ISO 400.
The moose was back this morning while we were trying to burn the last of the yule log, and she brought an offspring. I actually got this close to them! Poor hungry buggers.

Canon Rebel XS. 1/25 sec, f / 4.0, ISO 400.
Roommate and a friend of the family spent the day prepping the three separate stuffings for their Christmas turkducken. Lorraine seems exceptionally pleased!