For Crying Out Loud, Just Say Something

We are all staring at our smart phones days and nights. From the age of 1 to the age of 99. The phones are ringing, beeping, and making all sorts of sounds to be noticed. So, why on earth don’t we respond?

Why on the phone, via text or e-mail cant we be polite just like we are in a face-to-face communication?

You received documents, or information, or e-card – just say “thank you”!

Someone asked you a question – just respond something, acknowledge, tell them you are working on getting the answer and will get back to them later.

Your phone rings and you cant answer? – text message takes 30 seconds and half a finger move to send – just let them know you are still alive

You don’t know who you are ignoring so don’t ignore. In any case those are people and people don’t deserve to be ignored.

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Travelling with Pets – Tisha’s Camping Adventure

Traveling with pets can be a real pain in the neck, especially when they are hyperactive, especially when they are young, playful and hyperactive, and even more so, when they are young, playful, hyperactive cocker-spaniels. It is very well known, that cockers are a cross-breed of a dog, a monkey and a kangaroo.    Tisha is a 5-year old boy, possessing all of the above features, will kiss you to death shall you try to rob my house and is mortally afraid of our cat Eddy.

Tisha goes for a walk

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Eddy – Our Furry Friends

In one of my previous posts I mentioned, that home for us is not just bricks and mortar, not just the roof and wall, but also, the soul of the house, good people, smell of freshly baked bread and of course our dear furry friends, who make our lives so full, so complete.
Today I would like to introduce our cat – Eddy and tell his unusual story.
Here is Eddy, but not everyone would dare to call him this name. We normally call him Edward, Edward Bruce von Schroeder!

Eddy_tough personality

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Foody Thursday – “Melting Moments” Cookies

This is quite a special recipe, from a very special book that was given to me by a very special person. i only got to work with her for a short period of time, but I am grateful we met.

Recipe from the book "500 Cookies" by Philippa Vanstone, given to me as a "Bye" gift by Sylvie Gilalfau. Thanks, Sylvie!

Melting Moments

For the cookies:
1 cup butter
1/2 icing sugar
1/2 tsb vanulla extract (I used vanilla sugar)
1 1/2 cup flour (make it 1 and 1/4 – will be a little easier to pipe cookies)
3 tbsp cornstarch

For the filling:

4 tbsp butter
1 cup icing sugar (this is a bit much, half should make it)
2 tsp vanilla extract (again vanilla sugar in my case)
3 tbsp fruit jam (I had strawberry)


Preheat oven to 175 C. Beat the butter, icing sugar and vanilla until light an fluffy. Sift flour and cornstarch and stir. Using 1 cm fluted nozzle and a piping bag, pipe the mixture into 2 1/2 cm rosettes on a non-stick baking sheet. Just like this

Ready to bake

Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden. Allow cookies to firm up slightly before transferring them to a wire rack to cool. (They are way to small for the wire rack – granite counter top works just fine)

Beat the butter and icing sugar with vanilla. Spread jam onto bottom of half cookies and then spread or pipe the filling onto the other halves. Sandwich together

Piping Filling

In a hot weather as we are having – store in a fridge!
Enjoy! My husband just had a couple with his beer, but I am not positive this is a good idea…..

Bon Appetit

Compliments of Marina Gavrylyuk
Real Estate Agent with Sutton Group Summit Realty

For more recipes:
Chicken Cutlets
Potato Pancakes!
Awesome Spinach Salad

Meeting an Old Friend

Pretty Funny thing happened to me today. I was sitting at my open house – and it was busy as hell – people were in an out non stop and I almost ran out of feature sheets. So, for the next knock on a door, I am running out – welcome in, blah-blah-blah – oops, this was the owner of the house and his wife, a little awkward shall I say? So we had a quick chat about house prices and days on a market and so on, then suddenly they were getting ready to leave, saying "come on, lets run, that agent is coming". Ok, I am a little intrigued, door opens, the couple comes in, lady does look like a real estate agent or sales person, so what? Then she looks at me and goes: "I know you! Oh, year, we were sitting at the same desk for our last OREA course!" Here you go, Marina, strike #2 for you, all within 15 minutes, LOL.
It was really nice meeting an old friend, very pleasant and unexpected surprise! Now I can tell the seller that that "AGENT" is not all that intimidating as they were thinking!

Old friends

Have a pleasant Sunday everyone! Or whatever is left of it…..

Successful People from Our Neighborhood – Matin Saliev

Please, welcome!

Matin Saliev – lives in Vaughan, ON, father of little dynamo. He cooks better then Gordon Ramsay, he is funnier then Russel Peters, he is young, handsome and single. Honestly, girls, I don't know where your eyes are!!! We met last week and my tummy still hurts, as he had us laughing for 4 hours straight, oh well, judge by yourself! I really needed to add “LOL” after every sentence, but hope you will figure it out.

Matin Saliev

Matin, how long have you been living in Toronto and where are you originally from?

I am from Dushanbe, Tajikistan, but I did not come to Canada straight from there, I was in the USA first. I was 18 when I first came to States. Before, I never worked back home as I was the only child in a family, totally spoiled, couldn’t even fix some food for myself. When my Mom told me I was supposed to add salt to my cooking – I was greatly surprised. I was cooking for myself for about 2 weeks, called my Mom, said: “Mom, this food tastes horrible!” So my Mom asked whether I was adding enough salt. I was like: “What? Why?” Anyways, I started adding salt and food was getting quite good ever since.

But how did you manage to get to the States?

My university is a member of IAESTE, kind of like student exchange. My marks at school weren’t all that great and I wasn’t sure which countries they were sending students to. I filled the application, showing USA as my first choice, then Germany and Switzerland. None of the other students picked USA, as this program was not working for this country. But I was not aware of this. So, that year they got first and only spot for America and since I was the only one wanting to go there – I got it!

What was your dream as a child? Did it come true?

I warned you not to ask me intimate questions!

This is not intimate question!

Yeah, but what I was dreaming about was quite intimate! No, seriously I wanted to see America!

So, it came true, were you disappointed as many others?

No, not at all! I wanted to see Statue of Liberty and I’ve seen it like 15 times!

What was your first job and what was your worst job?

I didn't really have the “worst” job, they all were good. The first one was a gardener. We came to Florida with a bunch of other exchange students and there were 33 houses we had to service. It was a very-very expensive resort; all kinds of celebrities were staying there. And they had like a wish list for the guests and one of the choices there was the type of the garden around the house. So, one guests is like: “I want orchids!” – and we are planting orchids for the whole night. Other guest is like: “I want roses!” – so we dig out all the orchids and planting roses instead. At that time the cost to stay at that hotel for the night was around $1200 – crazy money!

Could you tell a funny story from your life?

It was back home, I got sent for a business trip to the remote mountain village to install and set up some radio equipment for the Red Cross. I got the job done fairly quick and local people took me to a “hotel” which turned out to be a private house with washroom across the yard. Lade, the owner of the house, warned me that they have a dog, named Sharik (Sharik is Russian word for balloon, very common name for small dogs, like Yorke or Maltese) and that he is peaceful and friendly, and if I need to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night – not to worry about him. So, I woke up early in the morning – could never sleep well away from home – and went out to check out the washroom, you know, brush my teeth and stuff like that. The house owner had his Landrover parked inside the yard – you know, tiny little car, and it had some sort of funky furry cover sitting all the way across the hood and hanging a fair bit from each side. So, there I am going to the bathroom, and from the corner of my eye noticing that the cover on the car starting to stir. I was like: “Sharik? SHARIK?” and all I could see was this red eye, the size of my fist opening and staring at me. Sharik turned out to be a Caucasian Shepard. I ran back inside the house as fast as I never ran before…. Or after…. Yelling: “Bear! Bear in the yard!!!” The owner woke up and went: “Come on, there is no bear, they never come near, they are afraid of my dog! That's my doggy Sharik, just go, give him some bread!” “Sharik” swallowed the bread and kept staring at me as I was trying to sneak across the yard saying “Sharik, I will just go to the bathroom, brush my teeth, MAY I?”

Now you know not to judge a book by its cover, I guess. Do you like to travel and where would you like to go?

– Japan. I would like to see real sushi, meet real Japanese chefs and buy a real Japanese knife, the one that they are sharpening for 30 years.

What do you like to do when you have time?

I like watching movies, playing with kids.

How did you become a chef?

I was a waiter at one restaurant, went to another one and became a dishwasher, then started helping with salads, moved on to helping with hot dishes. And one day one of the managers from the restaurant #1 called and offered me a job as a chef.

Mister Chef
Chef Matin

What is the most challenging part of chef's job?

The most difficult is cooking a dish day so it tastes exactly the same, after day, after day. And you have to be precise with the recipe, can't change anything because your clients like the way this dish is cooked and seasoned, they come to order it.

What part of a job as a chef do you like the most?

When someone comes into a kitchen and says: “Who is the Chef? You? Great job, Buddy! I tried this dish everywhere, but yours is the best!”

Matin's Creations
Matin's Creations

So why don’t you work as a chef anymore?

I just want to cook for myself and my friends. The most strict critics are children: “I don’t like it – I am not eating it!” – “But you ate exactly same thing yesterday!” – “No, it tasted differently, not eating it!!!”

Would your son eat something but pizza and burgers?

Of course! You have to get them interested. When I am cooking something he does not normally like, I get him to cook with me. And then kids always eat what they cook.

Where did you learn to make your incredible sushi, in the States?

Not really. It happened here, in Canada, we went to the sushi bar with some friends, sushi was ok and we got a bill for $400. I said: “Are you kidding me? I can make those myself!” So, gentleman promised – gentleman got to stick to his word! I called some of my Japanese friends, got an idea, tried – it worked!

Matin's Creations
Matin's Creations

What is success for you?

Success is when you get really old and gray
and no one will have a single bad word to say about you!

What do you still want to achieve?

I want a large family. Want everyone to be healthy and beside me – parents, uncles, children.

Like 30 more children?

No, not 30. Although I do not mind the process, of course, but not to that degree, so may be 3 more. We like children, I mean in my country. Pharmacy stores are far, and kids eventually will grow up, so why bother to walk to pharmacy?

Is there anything you are afraid of?

Yes, to lose my dear ones or become ill.

What is home for you?

Home for me is a place where we get together, huge family. Home is my grandpa’s house, and every Sunday we all get there, minimum of 20 people, sometimes more like 50. And everyone starts talking at the same time and everyone hears and understands each other, and everyone feels great. But if someone new comes in, they think we are all crazy. Only my grandpa, he is 93 by the way, is the only one not saying anything, just sitting there and nodding.

Matin Saliev

Thanks, Matin, for the incredible interview! We wish you all the luck!

Compliments of Marina Gavrylyuk
Real Estate Agent with Sutton Group Summit Realty