36 responses

  1. Jaya
    September 1, 2012

    Julie, I hope that life takes a turn toward sunnier days. I’m just down the street if you ever want to come knocking for some company! P.S. I love this sandwich sitting technique. It’s like the most rudimentary version of a sandwich press!!

  2. Barb
    September 1, 2012

    Hey! I like that sandwich press analogy! Clever.

    I know and understand the good day/bad day scenario. I ususally find cooking theraputic but some days it’s hard to muster the energy to even do that. Being positive is something you are very good at, however. You’ll find a way to weather the storm.

  3. Erica B.
    September 1, 2012

    ((hugs)) ♥

  4. Lisa @ Dinnerversions
    September 2, 2012

    Sometimes the simplest sandwiches are the best aren’t they? Hope life gets easier soon.

  5. Nicole Boyhouse
    September 2, 2012

    I’m sorry your summer has been less than ideal. Character building sucks. Seriously, I would prefer having no character.

    The old cheddar makes me wistful for the days that I was digesting cheese just fine. I lurve old cheddar. My husband gave me an old cheddar from Janice Beaton’s one Christmas and it was like the best gift ever.

  6. Jen
    September 2, 2012

    Julie – you’re the best! I love your blog and your fantastic food ideas for myself and family. Thanks!!

  7. margo
    September 2, 2012

    Extra old white cheddar re-ignited my 18 yr old hard-working son’s energy for bag lunches (and making them), as the summer came to an end. Now he’s off to University and I dare say they won’t be able to afford quality cheese like that. : )
    I know it’ll get them home again, though. : ) My guys are gonna love the sandwich sitting concept; brilliant and crazy, all at once.
    I’ve been gettin’ some character building this summer too. I’ve been saying my Happy Place this summer was raising a little basil farm… something I’ve never succeeded at before; oh yes, and making batches of Pesto. One other good thing: I do love Fall!! Let’s hope for a new season in more ways than one. XO

  8. ERNurseJennifer
    September 3, 2012

    Another fabulous entry. Love the idea. My nieces and nephew would love to sit on a sandwich! A ham and cheese sandwich brings back many school time memories.

    May your Fall, fall into place and lighten your load. Building character sucks …


  9. Deb
    September 3, 2012

    A sandwich that is Meant to be Squished. The perfect thing to pack in school lunches tomorrow! Thank you, and best wishes for a better fall.

  10. kickpleat
    September 3, 2012

    So sorry to hear you’ve had a rough summer. If you are in Van again, I’d love to meet up for drinks and a chat. I was actually going to say that summer bummers are the worst and realized that it might do double duty for this post! Love the sandwich idea!

  11. Maureen
    September 3, 2012

    I have always thought you led a charmed life…like so many blogs full of excting travel, amazing food and events. Sorry to hear it has not been a great summer.

  12. natalie
    September 3, 2012

    Ah… sorry to hear it has been tough. *Hugs*

  13. Melanie
    September 3, 2012

    Ugh. “Guts are hard to clean up once spilled.” A more true sentence couldn’t be found. I was in a spot where I lost my ‘cook’. It’s been the better part of a year since I’ve really seen her. Sometimes she visits – sometimes she hides for days even weeks. I just keep gathering those spilled guts up in bags and shuffling them out the door for this is my road and, one foot in front of the other, I will walk it (some days I try to dance it, some days I take a little break and stare at the scenery). Plod on sister.

    • JulieVR
      September 4, 2012

      Awesome reply – so well put. Thank you!!

  14. Shelagh
    September 4, 2012

    Been reading your blog for quite some time now. This latest entry really hit a cord with me though since my summer also went “south”. I knew I lived a charmed life…well, no more. Like most people whose life falls apart, I’m dealing with it one day at a time and for the most part, that works. Although I still read my favourite foodie blogs for diversion, I’m not inspired to either cook or eat for the first time in my life. I hope you see some sunshine in your life soon.

    • JulieVR
      September 4, 2012

      Shelagh, I’m so sorry to hear it. We all think it won’t happen to us, right? You just never know what life will bring. Living one day at a time seems to be the best way to handle the hard stuff.

  15. Andrea
    September 4, 2012

    Sending you a big hug and hoping and praying that the clouds clear soon for you.

  16. Corinne
    September 4, 2012

    Julie I am sorry you have had a tough summer.I hope autumn brings more joy for you. Thank you for inspiring a fall picnic. All of the best.

  17. bellini
    September 4, 2012

    It doesn’t sound like you have a great summer but you have memories of Kelowna and sandwiches to sit upon.

  18. Jan @ Family Bites
    September 4, 2012


    • JulieVR
      September 4, 2012

      You guys are awesome, thanks for all the good wishes. It’s funny how idyllic life seems filtered through a blog, isn’t it? Even the most mundane meals seem far more exciting than they actually are. And it’s tough to navigate just how much to share here, even though I’d just love to curl up with a gin & tonic and spill all…

  19. Alex
    September 4, 2012


    Thank you for getting me through some of those character building days, with your posts of what I could create from my fridge and cupboards, you cheered me up! Don’t forget how wonderful you and how much we all enjoy your posts, even if you are suggested that we intentionally sit on our sandwiches.

    I could have pressed this sandwich this weekend without sitting on it just by putting into my backpack on my trip into the mountains!

  20. Haruko
    September 4, 2012

    Hope you are doing better Julie. I think that is what we admire most in people, how they handle bad circumstance and bad luck. How they make the best of things and manage to turn things around. It sucks going through it though. Drag your feet until they feel like walking, then marching or running and then possibly until they feel like dancing….Move forward though…things will get better. We believe in you!

  21. christine
    September 4, 2012

    As the card on my desk reminds me:

    “The best way out is always through”

    Take care,


  22. Meta4
    September 4, 2012

    Open a bottle of whiskey and throw away the cork!!!

  23. Holly
    September 4, 2012

    There’s something about the modern age that has us believe that life should’t really happen. When I read Georgia O’Keefe’s biography, I was heartened to learn that “real” artists historically have taken long hiatuses when life happens – in her case, a year or two at a time, even. It made me feel less guilty when I needed to do the same. After all, she managed to be great, and so maybe the rest of us can, too. Maybe part of what made her great was the willingness to simply BE when life happened.

    Sending you love and strength…. and permission to only Blog when it truly works for you. Until then, we can wait.

  24. Maureen
    September 5, 2012

    My family has experienced some VERY tough things the past few years and yet very few people know what we have been through. When you are dealing with mental health issues and addiction very few people will understand. So we have kept it to ourselves all the while listening to others complain about the most mundane and trivial things. It takes a toll.
    I love reading food blogs but after awhile it just gets depressing-does everyone else have the perfect life with the perfect parities and table settings and excting trips and endless amonuts of money? (don’t get me started on fashion blogs) I have had to cut a number out of my reading list because I admit to feeling envy and despair.

    I don’t what you are going through Julie but many of us have probably been there. I will enejoy your blog all the more now knowing your life isn’t perfect ! :-)

  25. Sue (London, ON)
    September 5, 2012

    Sorry to hear your summer hasn’t been stellar. I too have had a less than perfect one and feel your pain. Hang in there. You have so many people sending you good thoughts, I hope that will help.

  26. natalie
    September 6, 2012

    @ Maureen ~ not sure if you will see this… but I wanted to tell you I feel your pain and understand. My brother has battled severe mental illness for 18 years. It is only by God’s grace that we were able to endure some of the very darkest days. It is so hard to understand. You also notice how much society degrades and make fun of “being crazy” and “being committed” etc. Blessings and hope to you!

  27. Elaine
    September 6, 2012

    I feel so torn: half of me is all, “This is such a beautifully-written post!” and the other have is like, “damn, character-building summers are the pits!” — very mixed emotions about this.

    Still. It is always a comfort, at least for me, that sandwiches exist, as do people who refer to the “dentally daunted” in their writing. Keep your chin up, pal. Nothing bad lasts forever.

  28. Laura
    September 6, 2012

    I loved everything about this post. :)

  29. Laura
    September 6, 2012

    (Except whatever parts of your summer were crappy, I mean!)

  30. Maureen
    September 6, 2012

    Hi Natalie-thank you for your kind words. I am fine both mentally (I think anyway! haha) and physically. The people I am talking about are in my family. If they had had cancer we could have shared freely and the sympathy and support from both the government and friends and family would have been amazing. BUT when it is the two last stigmas in our society -well you are on your own. People may think oh no that is not true..and as a Canadian that is what I thought too, until the reality of seeking resources and help becomes real life and not theory. It is tought to not be able to talk much about it(people who have no experience with it do judge) and also listen tho others whine about what is so trivial and easy to fix. Anyway this ain’t my blog. and I just hope that whatever Julie is dealing with is fixable soon. I never wish hardship on others. I do know that hard times make you a more compassionate and empathetic person. I know people who indeed have it all and yet they often truly do not understand what real suffering is. I and others like you have been given that gift and that is a good thing.

  31. Theresa
    September 7, 2012

    Sending hugs, good wishes and reminding you that my kettle is always steaming for a fresh cup of tea. I’m quite partial to gin & tonic though….. And I’ve got a spare room now that Robyn’s in university! You’ve got my number? Red deer is an almost escape. <3

  32. kael
    September 9, 2012

    Oh.my.EFF…that looks so good.
    And, I don’t know why, it reminds me of the baguettes stuffed with french fries they sell on the beaches in the south of france…drool.
    I love your site, although this is my first time commenting, and sincerely hope that the fall brings you a little less “character building”.

  33. Anita
    September 10, 2012

    I’ve been there. I hope that your autumn is better. Take care of yourself.

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