Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Blockish Question, Olympics, Twitter

Exercise Block
This picture appeared on Facebook and I borrowed it. Maybe it provides me with an answer. How far is a block? Once I arrived in Canada about 38 years ago, I came across the description of a block. I didn’t understand what was meant and I still don’t. If you have problems walking, doctors will say “can you walk a block?” I don’t know how far is it? After all this time I still don’t have a clue. However, I like the answer in this picture. Can anyone define exactly what is meant by a block? Just realised it says “place the block on the floor”,  how many people are going to be toting this around? Not many I don’t suppose, they are damned heavy.

At the end of the day on Tuesday, Norway was top of the leader Russian Pairboard with 11 medals and Canada second with 9. This is absolutely wonderful for Canada. I am so excited for all the competitors so far and I do hope they manage to keep this up. A long way to go now though. I caught the short programme for the pairs skaters and the Russians, Trankov and Volosozhar, just walked it. The pair are absolutely beautiful to watch their short programme was skated to the tune of the Pink Panther. The Canadians are well up there so have a chance at the medals in the long programme. Unless something disasterous occurs though, I think the Russians will get it.

BluebirdI never thought I would do it, but I did it. The whole reason I did it was to get in touch with a particular author, but so far that hasn’t worked. I am now on Twitter. I have clicked on a few people to follow and some of them have been kind enough to welcome me aboard. Not sure how much I will use it, but I’m there with the rest of you who joined ages ago.

This recipe came to me through Yummly – something new. It appears to have originated in a blog called Mel’s Kitchen. I personally hate breakfast in bed, I would much rather sit at the dining table to eat. However, if you want someone to make you breakfast in bed, this sounds like a good one. If you can find that someone to do it of course.

Nutella and Strawberry Stuffed French Toast {Heart Shaped}
Yield: Serves 4

Nutella and Strawberry Stuffed French Toast {Heart Shaped}
Note: Feel free to make these double decker instead of triple decker. Also, you could cut the bread the day before to make the morning-of prep faster.

  • 3 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 8-12 thick slices bread
  • 1/2 cup Nutella (more or less)
  • 8-10 strawberries, stemmed and sliced
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Powdered sugar to taste

  1. In a shallow pie plate or dish, whisk together the milk, eggs, vanilla and nutmeg until well-combined. Using a heart-shaped cookie cutter or a sharp paring knife (free hand the heart shape, which is what I did), cut a heart out of each piece of bread. I like to save the crusts and excess bread for homemade bread crumbs - just toss them all in a Ziploc bag and put them in the freezer.
  2. Heat a nonstick griddle or skillet over medium heat (add a bit of butter if your skillet is prone to sticking). Dip each piece of heart-shaped bread into the egg/milk picture so the liquid soaks into the bread. Cook the bread for 2-3 minutes on each side until golden. Remove to a plate and repeat the process until all the bread is cooked. Whip the cream and powdered sugar (to taste, 1/2 tablespoon or so) until stiff peaks form.
  3. Spread a healthy amount of Nutella on one slice of cooked bread. Top with sliced strawberries. Spread Nutella on another slice of bread and place the bread Nutella side up on top of the strawberries. Top with another layer of sliced strawberries and a final piece of French toast. Dollop a bit of whipped cream on top and sprinkle with a bit of grated nutmeg, if desired. Serve immediately.
Have a great day


  1. Once I saw the french toast, I forgot what I was going to say!

  2. A block depends on where you live, anywhere from 15 to 20 blocks in a mile. If I walk around the closest block in my sub, it is exactly 1/2 mile.

    1. In other words, it really is subjective and means different things to different people

  3. I never thought about the size of a city block. Know I've walked more than a few in the day. We don't have blocks out here beyond the back 40, lol! we speak in terms of miles. So if the doctor ask how far I can walk I can safely say about a mile. It's a half mile from my house to the back pasture and creek.

    Heart shaped french toast? pretty.

    1. To me I always think in miles. When we lived in NC I used to walk 4 miles a day.

      Sounds good too.

  4. My daughter loves Nutella! I grew up on Long Island so if we were there, a block was a "suburban block" but once in the city, it became, "a city block". Nope, I have no idea.

    1. Everyone thinks differently about it.

      I love Nutella. Have you tried the new Chocolate Philly Cheese. Delicious.

  5. A block is whatever I feel like it is at any given time. In a city laid out like a grid it seems like it would be pretty simple, but out here in the suburbs it's an almost meaningless term. To me at least.

    And welcome to Twitter!

    1. So really it's silly when a doc says "can you walk a block" because it really doesn't mean anything.

      Not sure how much I will be on Twitter, but thanks anyway.