Homecoming

I’m hoooooome!!

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Shot of the Northumberland Straight as we landed in Moncton this afternoon. Aahhh, love that Atlantic Maritime water :)

My scheduled move home couldn’t have come at a better time. We just had a death in the family and I am relieved to be near my mom and Nana right now. After a year with brain cancer, my beloved Uncle Robert passed away late Friday afternoon. It’s hard to watch my mom grieve the loss of her brother and my grandmother the loss of her son.

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That’s me (left) and my cousin Ellen on Robert’s lap. Ellen was my best friend growing up, and seeing her lose her dad is a heartache I can’t describe. Robert was a rock in my family and losing him is a great loss. 

I was with my sister Sara in Ottawa when we heard the news. I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to have family around. We woke up on Saturday talking about what we could do to ease our spirits that day. Obviously, we both agreed on brunch.

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A place that specializes in scones? Yesplease.

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It was very small inside. Maybe seven or so tables. You order and pay first, then they bring it to you.

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The menu!

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I was torn between getting a brunch dish or a “sconewitch.” In the end, breakfast food won over, it always does!

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Then there’s always the lifelong debate over sweet & savoury. I actually prefer my scones cheesy or spicy, so I went for cheddar.

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Got my “sweet” elsewhere instead ;)

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$1 brownies at the cash register. SO dangerous. Was a wonderful, fudgey appetizer while we waited for our orders.

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Plus my third coffee of the day. Don’t judge. I’ve been stress-drinking tea and coffee lately. And chocolate (as exhibited above).

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T’was brewed pretty strong!

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Sister Sara went for a sweet scone – Vanilla Cream with Blueberry & Raspberry jam. I had a bite and it was diviiiiine.

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I on the other hand went the eggs & ham route, piled high on my cheddar scone.

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The scone, while giant by my usual standards, was flaky, buttery, dense and everything a good scone should be. The scrambled eggs were actually way better than I’ve ever made them at home, and the ham of good quality. They give pretty good fruit on the side too. My only complaint about the place is the tables are too small. Not comfortable to eat at!

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Me and my big sis! With a certain blonde missing… (middle sister Jane). I’ll be seeing her again soon though for the funeral. The one silver lining in death is that it brings family together in a way that rarely ever happens.

Even though I’ll be living with my dad here at home, I’m currently staying at my mom’s place. I may be going over to my Nana’s too. You know, just to “be around.” To be supportive during this initial period of grief and distract them by making messes with my one arm. Everyone wants to fret over my other injured arm.

Despite everything, it certainly feels good to be home.

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Posted on March 27, 2011, in Recipes, Restaurants and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. I’m sorry about your loss.

    I went to the Scone Witch a few weeks ago and had the salmon sandwich, it was delicious! I agree with the place being too tiny though, we took ours to go and ate back at the office because of it.

  2. It’s so true, getting to be around family sure is the silver lining with death. I’m so glad you are able to be home with your family. I’m so so sorry for the loss of your uncle, cancer is a truly devastating, awful thing :(

  3. I’m glad you got home safely Susan. I can only hope for the best for you in the next chapter of your life.

    But can I please just follow you around forever because you always find the best breakfast places seriously.

  4. I am so sorry about your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  5. I’m so sorry for your loss Susan. You definitely had enough going on already. I am glad, however, that you are in a position where you are able to spend time with your family when it is most needed.

    On a lighter note, those eggs and the cheddar scone look delish! I’m not sure I’ve ever had a scone, but it looks, in your pictures at least, that they are kind of biscuit like which leads me to believe I’d enjoy savory too!

    Nicole G

  6. Oh dear. Another loss. :-(
    I’m so sorry, Susan. Can I reach out and give you a big hug? And please don’t forget your promise to visit the southern west coast…I’ll take care of you, I promise.

  7. Welcome home Susan!

    I’m sorry the circumstances were mixed. It’s great that you were able to be there for your cousin and the rest of your family though; I’m sure they are so grateful for you in their lives.

    Clearly I need to move to Canada, as you seem to have the most amazing brunch places.

  8. The scrambled eggs with smoked salmon thrown on top looks divine. Why have I never thought of something so simple??

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Take care .

  9. I am so sorry to hear about your uncle! I’m glad you are able to be near your family right now!

    I love scones so much. I haven’t had one since going gluten free but almost every weekend I claim I am going to try making them. I like them sweet or savory but my favorite is a raspberry chocolate one made by a local bakery!

  10. What a beautiful picture of home. Seriously, so pretty.
    I’m so sorry to hear about your loss, but sounds like you came at a great time to be able to support your family.

  11. Oh, Susan. I’m so sorry for your loss :( Brain cancer is such a horrible disease… :( Glad you are with your family at this time!

  12. I’m so sorry to hear about your Uncle- it really is such a blessing to have family close by, though! So true- I feel like the only time I see my whole family is at weddings and funerals!

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