Hiking Mount Nemo

Mount Nemo is one of my favourite places. It’s where I went for my first outdoor climbing adventure with a few of the GRRLs. And I continue to be there as often as possible for climbing and, when it’s too cold for that, hiking.

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The last time we trekked out there, we had hoped for a last climbing day of the season. I got up early. Optimistically packed our climbing gear. And layered up (but not enough in my opinion).

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It was cold. And a bit damp from rain the previous day. Which made for not so great climbing conditions. So we just enjoyed the fall colours instead (like many others, the parking lot was nearly full when we got there!).

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I wish I had packed a winter jacket (a sweater, long sleeve t-shirt, and tanktop was not enough). But wearing my helmet and belay gloves helped. And moving.

I’m not looking forward to winter.

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Bacon Jam

I was trying to figure out how to begin this post. Half paying attention to each blogging and the Blue Jays game. (Yep, I wrote this a while ago) Then an Arby’s commercial summed it up for me: “Bacon is a present pigs give you when you’re good.”

Isn’t the “bacon-everything” trend over? Maybe. But really, bacon is awesome and I’m willing to give most recipes a try. Except maybe bacon-flavoured toothpaste.

But back to why you’re reading this post. Because I caught your eye with the title Bacon Jam. What do you do with bacon jam?

Homemade burger with bacon jam

Homemade burger with bacon jam

Use bacon jam to top:

  • Roasts (beef, pork, chicken, any roast!)
  • Sandwiches (especially hot sandwiches like grilled cheese or fried egg)
  • Burgers
  • Eggs/omelettes
  • Toast
  • Yorkshire pudding

I’m sure there are more delicious uses for bacon jam! These are just the things I’ve tried so far.

Convinced this is an awesome idea? Here’s how to make your very own batch of bacon jam!

Shout out to Chef Paul Harper who let me act as his sous chef for so many meals where we made bacon jam and lots of other yummy eats. This recipe is my best recollection/approximate of his bacon jam that our group of super amazing rock climber friends helped make for numerous occasions.

Bacon Jam

Ingredients

  • 1 lb of your favourite bacon (bacon ends are great for this recipe)
  • Onion or a bunch of shallots
  • Garlic
  • 4-5 ripe tomatoes
  • Worcestershire sauce
Bacon jam and fried egg sandwich

Bacon jam and fried egg sandwich

Directions

  1. Dice the bacon, onion, garlic, and tomatoes into very small pieces.
  2. Cook the onion until translucent – set aside.
  3. Cook the bacon until crispy.
  4. Add garlic. Stir.
  5. Add onions. Stir some more.
  6. Add tomatoes. Keep stirring.
  7. Add Worcestershire sauce.
  8. Cook until the mixtures makes a jam-like consistency. (Be patient! The tomatoes are very watery)

You’ll probably want to eat the jam right away — but you can store it in the fridge for later.

Huron Natural Area

For months I’ve wanted to check out Huron Natural Area. It’s about 5 minutes (driving) from home and in the middle of the city. The trail map it readily available online.

The other weekend was one of the colder ones this season and the forecast called for rain… and snow! We didn’t feel like going out of town with a chance of the hike being rained out. So we took this as an opportunity to check it out.

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Honestly, my expectations were low. I thought we’d be bored. I though we’d run out of trail and go home early. THIS EXCEEDED MY EXPECTATIONS! We hiked for about 10km!

The primary marked trails lead to a pond with a bridge and lookout point. (There was a sign identifying this as the perfect photo opportunity. It was right!)

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The trails were dotted with apple trees. We stopped to pick and eat some apples. Yum!

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And there were forest trails beyond the ones on the primary map! This was my favourite part.

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We even came across an old car, which had been in the forest so long that you couldn’t see a clearing in the trees where it would have come in.

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Hello world!

Obligatory “Hello World” blog post goes here.

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Hey there! Amber here. Blogging from Ontario, Canada. I’m a writer of sorts. I also do video things. I love rock climbing, cats, dogs, crafty things and cooking. Not necessarily in that order.

I used to blog a lot while I was a university student. I had a personal blog that talked about cooking on a budget. I used that to help me get started writing. Many classes required me to blog about academic articles, and projects.

When I struck out to find my career path (about 2 years ago now), I quit blogging cold turkey. I found lots of reasons not to blog. My interests have changed. I don’t want go back to the blogs I once wrote for. I’m tired of being on the computer at the end of my day… Yet, I still feel I need a creative writing outlet.

Guess what? I’m blogging again. The intention is to keep this a fun hobby. I’ll write when I feel inspired. I won’t feel obligated to post on any sort of schedule. I’m ok with holding onto something for a while before I share it. I won’t worry about getting photos with my DSLR – cell phone pics will suffice if that’s what I have available. I wish I could say I won’t look at stats — but I will. It’s nice to see what you’re interested in reading.

What will you find on this blog? You will find recipes, especially if I’m trying something new and adventurous. Lots and lots of cat pictures. Because I’m a crazy cat lady. Pictures and stories of camping, hiking, and enjoying the outdoors.

Happy reading!