Gananoque, ON Real Estate News

By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
Gananoque, Ontario One of the best things about living in Gananoque in the Autumn, is the local area apple orchards.  We're minutes away from fresh picked apples and freshly pressed Apple Cider.  I love sitting out on my porch (which just happens to be on the prettiest street in Gananoque) sipping on warm cider, inhaling all the wonderful autumn scents:  the cinnamon wafting up from my cider . . . it blends in perfectly with the wood smoke in the air from neighbours fireplaces . . . there's even a certain fragrance that comes from the gorgeous coloured leaves that line our street. But one of the most pleasant aromas would be of my Apple Cider Pie baking in the oven - like heaven must be! If you've never tried this pie before, you are missing out on something very special.   Ingredients ...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
Gananoque, Ontario I am so angry, disappointed and disgusted all at the same time!!!   We planted 2 ornamental Pea Shrub Trees at the end of our walkway about 8 years ago.   They thrived in the perfect sun/shade combination and rewarded us with lovely yellow blossoms each spring. At some point on Sunday, someone attacked one of them with a knife (which is another worry) and hacked it down!   They then proceeded to cart it down the street and stick it in a neighbour's yard. Our neighbour kindly brought it back to us, thinking the wind had done the damage.  (Until she realized the wind blows in the opposite direction!!) Looking at the stump (it pains me to even write that word) you can see the blade marks from a knife.  What kind of a person walks around with a knife of such size to do th...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
Gananoque, Ontario Our Canadian Thanksgiving is this weekend and we're as busy as the squirrels getting prepared. The fall foliage is fantastic this year and once again, we decided to bring some of it into the house to decorate the dining room for Thanksgiving.  We did a huge arrangement on the corner fireplace. We did another on the side table and then still one more on the marble buffet we built to insert in the window seat for those holidays when the table gets too full for food :0) The crystal bowls are placed, ready for the rich ruby red cranberry sauce, the orange and currant stuffing Of course, Thanksgiving wouldn't be Thanksgiving without the turkey . . .  we have a fresh 23 lb bird, ready and waiting :0) This year we're having two days of Thanksgiving to accomodate the differen...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
Gananoque, On I was showing a property the other day and noticed the most amazing acorns on this oak tree.  They were HUGE! The ground was littered with them and I was imagining the work-out the little squirrels and chipmunks would have trying to get these stored away for the winter!! I then wondered what the reason was for them being so large? And falling whilst still green?  What's that all about?? The Farmer's Almanac tells us, in our area, to get ready for a very harsh winter; the abundance of acorns and pinecones is nature's way of looking out for the animals. What are you seeing in your area?  Should we follow the squirrels example and get prepared for a long harsh winter? I don't think it could hurt! Let me help you find a warm and cozy home for you to squirrel away for the winte...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
Today is another gorgeous day in the Town of Gananoque.  Sunny, blue sky and 24 degrees.  (75 degrees old school)  Still nice enough to BBQ without mitts on :0) We've got some nice steaks that I want to cook simply with a brush of olive oil, s & p and a rub of fresh garlic.  As with everything, we'll have a green salad along with it but I think we need another side dish, hmmmmm . . . mushrooms?    Nah, did that last week. Potatoes?  Nah, don't need something that filling. I know . . . Onions!! Roasted onions with Balsamic Vinegar . . . These are Grrrrrr.eat !!  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and then butter a baking dish just large enough to hold 2 medium onions, halved. Cut the unpeeled onions in half, lengthwise through the root and stem ends. Cut a thin slice off the rounded side of...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
Hungarian Pork & Sauerkraut Casserole in Gananoque on a beautiful Autumn evening - aaah! This is such a warm and comforting dish and I don't want you to pre-judge the flavour.   Let me just say,  I am not a big fan of Sauerkraut.  Another one of those creations where I have to wonder "what were they thinking"?  " a distinctive sour flavour, both of which result from the lactic acid that forms when the bacteria ferment the sugars in the cabbage" Ya, that'll be popular!!! Again, I digress . . .  This casserole is made up of Rice, Pork, Sausage, Sauerkraut, Hard Boiled Eggs, and BACON!!! So let's begin: You will need: 1 cup of rice (white works best but choose your own)2 cups of chicken stock Place a medium pot on high heat and briing the stock to a boil.  Add in the rice and a pinch of sa...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
Gananoque, On I wanted to use the venison chops I had in the freezer and so I pulled out a recipe I hadn`t used in years and I am soooo happy I saved it.  Unfortunately, we ate the meal before I remembered to take a photo - oops.   Trust me though, it was delish! I realized that the stuffing on its own would be fantastic as a side dish for Thanksgiving or perfect in pork and chicken too.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cut a pocket in the side of whatever you`ve chosen to stuff:  6 venison chops or chicken breasts, pork loin . . . In a bowl, mix together one and a half cups of garlic croutons with half an apple (peeled & chopped), half a cup of shredded Cheddar Cheese, I used Old2 Tablespoons of dried currants, 2 Tablespoons of melted butter, 2 Tablespoons of Orange Juice, dash of Cinnam...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
Gananoque, ON The weather seems to be changing every day:  Autumn to Summer back to Autumn again.  I`m still in the mood for the grill and salads and this one is sensational with steak!    Cut one and one half pounds of potatoes (approx 8 potatoes) into pieces (I like bite size) and simmer for 8 - 10 minutes in salted water.  Drain and then toss with 2 Tablespoons of lemon juice.                 While potatoes are cooking, fry 3 bacon slices and set aside on paper towel to drain.             Whisk together in a medium bowl: 1/3 cup mayo1/4 cup of sour cream2 tbsp of lemon juicehot pepper sauce to taste Then gently stir in 1/2 cup of crumbled blue cheese and 2 finely chopped green onions. Stir the dressing into the somewhat cooled potatoes until well mixed and then add 1 diced red pepper...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD I have just listed the most stunning stone home for sale, just 5 minutes east of Gananoque, South of the 1000 Islands Parkway . . . 72 RIVER ROAD - ASKING ONLY $405,000. Sitting on 1.26 acres across from the mighty St Lawrence River, this stunning 2 storey stone home has been meticulously renovated throughout.  This gracious home exudes a warmth & charm of a life well lived. You will appreciate the wonderful craftsmanship of days gone by, Circa 1840; original woodwork & trims, huge wood-burning fireplace & wide pine floors. The warmth offered by the fireplace in the living room is an invitation to spend time with others; while the splendid views of the property are inspiring. This grand, long-standing residence gives the feeling of 'bei...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
I remember the first time I ever heard of someone buying a town for themselves.  It was back in 1989 and it was the actress Kim Basinger who bought the town of Braselton, Georgia after she divorced Alec Baldwin. I thought that was pretty cool back then (even though it didn't really turn out well for her) In current times it seems there are many towns privately owned and many more are now available for sale. From bankrupt towns, abandoned towns, towns like Buford, Wyoming population: One,  to different towns around the world it seems everything is for sale these days! And today, you can own a piece of history:  Custer's Last Stand - The entire historic town of Garryowen, Montana, will be auctioned off to the highest bidder on August 15. What would you do with a town of your own? I live i...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
I was reading on Flipboard (one of my fave items on my ipad) an article titled "How to Get 7 More Hours in your Day" and my curiosity got the better of me . . . What would I do with a 31 hour day? To be honest, my first thought was MORE SLEEP! But wouldn't that defeat the purpose? The article started with tip #1 being "Handle things once (saves 15 to 20 minutes)" I do that already.  This is something I learned way back when the Paper Dragon regularly threw up in my office! Tip #2 was "Don't listen to the news first thing in the morning (30 minutes)" Stopped that years ago too . . .  something about depressing not getting my engine running  . . . Tip #3 ? "Make good use of waiting time (30 minutes)" You guessed it . . .  I learned this lesson many years ago too and always have something ...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
A CHIP BUTTY in honour of the London Olympics is what my husband will be enjoying for his dinner tonite! (You couldn't pay me to eat this but he just loves them) ~ I believe this was first created in Liverpool. Just in case you are not familiar with this British 'delight' you take 2 pieces (rounds or slices, depending on where you are from) of plain white sandwich bread and butter them quite thickly - not a heartsmart menu item by any means! You then get chips (french fries) - they can be hot or cold - and pile them on to one piece of bread and on the other slice, you apply red sauce (ketchup or catsup!) or brown sauce (HP sauce) or Mayo (mayonnaise) Traditionally, it was always red sauce but it has since be adapted to suit the eater. I've even seen it with Garlic Butter over the chips!...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
It seems almost everyday someone, somewhere is complaining about Walmart!   It varies but usually you can count on someone being upset with: their staffing policy their outsourcing of product the unsavoury shoppers their size (the store not the shopper!) But today I am so happy with my local Walmart because I have found the world's greatest fresh blueberries and I have to share a photo with you: They say they are a "PRODUCT OF CANADA" !!!   (even though they also say 1 US dry pint and they have a label from Naturipe Farms in Florida - what's that all about?) I have no issue with the majority of our wintertime fruits and vegetables coming from warmer climates; otherwise we'd not have them.  My Father from Belfast remembered the first time he saw a banana and didn't know to peel it!   I d...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
CHILLED  CUCUMBER, COCONUT MILK SOUP WITH AVOCADO - good enough for Vegans!! (You will need a blender or food processor) 1 large English cucumber - remove the seeds if you use a regular cucumber.  If you want to peel it, go ahead but I don't bother most of the time. More cucumber is good too!1 ripe Avocadohandful of Cilantro1 clove of garlic1 green onion1 lime1 can of Coconut Milkshredded or peeled coconut for garnish Coconut Water to drink and/or thin the soup!   In the blender, add the cucumber in chunks, the flesh of the Avocado, Cilantro chopped, garlic cut in pieces, green onion cut in pieces and blend til smooth. Zest the lime and then add the juice to the blender. Add the Coconut Milk and blend until desired thickness is achieved.  I've added Coconut Water to get it thinner somet...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
I have always been a fan of cold soups from the very first time I made Vichyssoise in 4H Club when I was 11 years old!  (that recipe and others, another day!) But Gazpacho does seem to be my favourite these days.  Our time on the Costa del Sol was spent enjoying Gazpacho every day for lunch.  As many different versions as there was restaurants to try!   The most memorable was our last beachside lunch on Christmas Eve, the waves practically splashing the windows and us wondering whether our flight was going to be able to manage in the storm that was predicted.  (it did and we made it home to Belfast in time for Christmas with the family!)   But boy oh boy was that soup fantastic!! So now that we're back in Canada, this soup is my go-to choice on our hot and humid days.  There is no one r...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
TAPAS - CHORIZO SAUSAGE IN RED WINE - yum! Do you know what Tapas are? "Small irresistible mouthfuls of something savoury, seved with chilled white wine, beer or sherry" We live on Tapas in the summer months: an informal lunch or dinner will consist of about 5 or 6 dishes of what you might call appetizers.  Serves with an assortment of olives and nuts and usually a salad or two. This is one of my favourites: 7 ounces of Chorizo Sausage1 cup of red wine (spanish is preferred)2 tablespoons of brandychopped flat leaf parsley for garnish Crusty Bread I like to prepare this the day before I plan to enjoy it. Place the wine in a pot and bring to a boil.  In the meantime, take a fork and poke the sausage several times all over. Insert the Chorizo (whole) and reduce the heat and allow it to sim...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
Gananoque, Ontario Okay, so it is HOT!  So hot you don't want to move a muscle unless it is to bring a cool and refreshing beverage to you lips! (see the cool salad at the bottom - you'll want it for your cool lunch or supper I'm sure!!) It is TOO HOT FOR BIRDS TO FLY!!!  This guy is sitting on a new hydro pole that was installed and then abandoned behind my home.  He normally flies in, talks for a bit, and then flies away.  Today he is staying put! But things still need to get done.  By you, by me, by everyone . . . I find that our business sloooooooows done incredibly, based on the weather. People just lose their "get up and go" and appointments get postponed and decisions delayed . . . It is almost like they expect the world to stop revolving until it can cool down a bit! I am so tha...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
Gananoque, On It seems EVERYONE and EVERYTHING is feeling this heat.   Did you hear I received a call from Satan asking for his weather back?!  It is going to be the equivalent of 43 degrees Celsius tomorrow!!! That is 109 degrees in old school Fahrenheit.  IT'S EVEN TOO HOT FOR THE DOGS IN GANANOQUE do do what you can to look after your pets in this weather. (these are my two enjoying their pool - they are searching for their rocks on the bottom.  Sheila wants her face mask and snorkel and Kylie is dutifully going to get them!)  Now meet Gus . . .  he has a different idea of what to do with his pool . . . So, no matter where you are please, please make sure your pets are keeping their cool!   And . . . if you have a cool cat or dog or frog, and you're looking for a new cool pad for the...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
Gananoque, On I think our BBQ is on its last legs . . .  we usually are lucky enough to not need a replacement until the end of the season when great bargains abound!    I was casually looking at what is new and improved in the BBQ arena yesterday and I came across this little beauty . . . Is this little piggy going up in smoke?  On sale for $1697.00 !!!! I like my BBQs but I'm not sure I would be willing to part with almost $2000 (with tax) for this little piggy! Would this guy be welcome in your back yard? Are you looking for a new back yard? I can help . . .  give Susan Emo, your Gananoque Realtor, a call today and let her find you the perfect new yard (with or without a pig!)
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
PERFECT PATE FOR PENNIES! Let me begin by saying I really really dislike liver, immensely.  That goes for any of the organs that people insist upon eating such as kidney, heart, gizzards . . .   Blech ! Why would anyone destroy a perfectly good Steak Pie by polluting it with Kidney?    I digress . . . I will admit to absolutely adoring seared Foie Gras and also Pate.  If I purchase Pate it will normally be Duck that I choose. However, I received a text message today from my husband, asking that I pick up a baguette for supper as he had gone ahead and prepared 4 ramekins of Chicken Liver Pate for us!   (my husband isn't really a cook) It all began with him not being able to resist a bargain of any sort . . . $1.56 for a pound of fresh chicken livers - score!   (I'm not so excited but he ...
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