Archives For October 2010

Using Lite-Brite and a few other magical tricks, the David Crowder Band has made a very clever stop-motion video for its song “SMS (Shine)”:

Made with:

  • 1,200 separate Lite-Brite® images
  • 700,000 Lite-Brite® pegs
  • 2,150 man-hours
  • 83 friends
  • 148 pizzas

Respect goes out to them for this creative masterpiece!

Back when I bought my first gen iPhone (which I currently still use), I needed a screen protector. As a loyal follower of the iPhone in Canada blog,  I took their advice and bought the Zagg InvisibleSHIELD. Some 2 years later and I’m still using it.


The great guys at Zagg are offering an unbelievable giveaway: “12 Weeks of Christmas”. You don’t want to miss some of these amazing prizes. Here’s a summary of their prize giveaways:

If you’re like me, you want in on this great giveaway. Click below to get started:


  • At Belfountain Conservation. area with @prismanna and family. Father in law is taking pics galore! #
  • I think we lost my father-in-law. Scenic view + camera = MIA #
  • Al's Ben Cahoun makes history with his 1007 catch. #
  • @PastorPJR happy Canadian Thanksgiving bro! Wish u were here!! in reply to PastorPJR #
  • RT @lukemcelroy: @jonmanna I'm coming over! // c'mon over! we've got leftovers. Plus, Italians usually have the gift of hospitality :) #
  • @realmattbell what is ur blog url? in reply to realmattbell #
  • RT @davemanafo: thankful to spend the day …on mount royal walking/playing, eating on st. laurent, desert in ddo // u make me miss MTL #
  • Just heard great news from my sister and her family in AUS. God is faithful! check out their church: http://bit.ly/cLx1bx #
  • enjoying @joshuaseller new album, "My King is Coming". Wonder why i love the drumming? Answer: @paulmabury #
  • Inside-out This Week: Worship + Speaker, Katelyn V. // ATF $55 // A1 Concert – http://eepurl.com/bhBjf #
  • Just entered the @ZAGGdaily 12 Weeks of Christmas. This week's prizes: 12 iPod Shuffles – http://zagg.to/santa #
  • I believe sometimes God doesn't remove the problems, but He sees us through them. #fb #
  • Apple Event slated for Oct. 20 – what do you think…. OS X 10.7? http://tcrn.ch/9Id1LW http://twitpic.com/2xcdip #
  • this is what happens when a mouse messes with @prismanna's car http://twitpic.com/2xce1b #fb #
  • Joshua Seller – My King Is Coming http://t.co/doNjGsD via @chrisfromcanada #
  • I'm attending WorshipRises Songwriting Day — http://www.eventbrite.com/s/1lFi #
  • Price played an exceptional game tonight for the #Habs I'll take that as a #win #
  • RT @marcy8771: @jonmanna Wouldn't it have been better if they called the event Return of the Mac? // Perhaps lol #
  • "And when I'm doing well, help me to never seek a crown; for my reward is bringing glory to You" – Keith Green (O Lord, You're Beatiful) #fb #
  • reminiscing of Bible school and our 11th Hour days: http://youtu.be/dZWSkOmI0Hw #
  • RT @chrisfromcanada: interview with @joshmccabe from @nineofiveband//cool! I'm looking forward 2 having them come with ArticleOne on Nov 6. #
  • RT @trickeakia: @jonmanna I love it! Brings back good memories. Is that Priscilla singing backup? // yes… we were in Kingston, ON. #
  • RT @chrisfromcanada: My wife: "Ok but you're not allowed to wear it anywhere but the car." That's why she's awesome // my wife is the SAME! #
  • Don't normally watch it, but 30 Rock LIVE should be funny with Tracy Morgan. #
  • "oh my, what have i did"? – Michael Scott #
  • You cannot steal second base if your foot is still on first base. Risk is sometimes necessary! #fb #
  • Sitting in traffic on the mountain (Hamilton) when I should be home eating. #fail #
  • @danmacaulay if you go to wordpress this theme is worth the investment: http://bit.ly/aOrNpF in reply to danmacaulay #
  • I continue to be proud of Carey Price! #Habs #
  • On my blog I write about some of my favourite stops in Montreal: http://bit.ly/aLJxC1 #fb #
  • @Mattylockhart happy bday bro! All the best! in reply to Mattylockhart #
  • RT @philaud: I have several PDF's I want to combine in one doc. How do I do it? // use adobe acrobat Pro – go to File>Combine #
  • @chrisfromcanada ive bn using tweetdeck but dont lk how it doesn't show me how many (number) unread tweets in each column. trying hootsuite in reply to chrisfromcanada #
  • @EKULLR did u know that NINEOFIVE and Article One will be at my church on Sat. Nov 6 in Brantford? You should come. Tix are $10 in reply to EKULLR #
  • RT @marcy8771: Happy Birthday to the greatest hockey player ever to lace up the skates, Mario Lemieux #happybirthdaymario // Patrick Roy too #
  • Inside-out This Week: Open Mic // ATF REGs // Article One Concert – http://eepurl.com/bdIDQ #
  • i'll test it out for ya :) – orangethread live on http://livestre.am/oWr5 #
  • on my blog i share about a REAL Heavenly Taste (Part 2) as one of my favourite stops in Montreal: http://bit.ly/98bA10 #
  • on my blog i share about a REAL Heavenly Taste (Part 2) as one of my favourite stops in Montreal: http://bit.ly/98bA10 #fb #
  • @EKULLR u should come with squints and gang. U can even register "Sound Check" with Article One and chat/ask them questions. in reply to EKULLR #
  • Creatives: just in case u didn't realize it, this Sunday is 10/10/10 #
  • RT @Buehlerish: Anyone want to get together to watch the Leafs vs. Canadiens game tomorrow night? // if not, you could join me in Brantford #
  • RT @revtomes: The Bishop TD Jakes is Going to Be In The Catalyst House Soon! // The devil IS a liar (but you aren't) …enjoy it #
  • RT @lights: I saw a deformed leaf in the shape of a heart today // mayb it's a prediction of 2night's NHL game btween Habs/Leafs? #GoHabsGo #
  • @trickeakia are you at #cat10 ? Bryan Tomes @revtomes is there too in reply to trickeakia #
  • anyone want to get rid of a #Leafs #Habs ticket for tonight? I'll come pick it up. #
  • RT @tonymorganlive: Watching Abby's soccer game. She already has 2 goals in the first quarter.// there r 2 halves in soccer, no quarters ;) #
  • Pumpkin pie + roasted carrots + peas (a la calabrese) + pots and pans = Happy Thanksgiving http://twitpic.com/2w14rt #
  • Pumpkin pie + roasted carrots + peas (a la calabrese) + pots and pans = Happy Thanksgiving http://twitpic.com/2w14rt #fb #
  • RT @squ1nts: #Didyouknow that a male Lion may mate over 50 times a day? // aren't u glad ur not a lion! #
  • HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all my friends and family! So much to be thankful for, especially for God's free gift of Salvation. #fb #
  • Remember that you are called, chosen, and have a holy destiny! #fb #

To finish up with my mandatory Montreal to-do list, here is another favourite, which is truly heavenly!

Biscotti from Heavenly Taste (East-end, RDP).

Heavenly Taste

Having stopped there on our way to church, Mima shared her heart with us as we feasted on her biscotti which she graciously blessed us with.

biscotti

Mima is one of my friends from Emmanuel Church. Her desire is to serve the Lord and do what He tells her to do. Believe it or not, Heavenly Taste is only a small part of what she believe He wants her to do. Giving all glory to God, she was telling us that her business is flourishing and expanding because of what God is doing.

Mima

So what is God doing? Mima has a dream of helping the poor and meeting the needs of those who are less fortunate. She didn’t know how this would come to pass until one day she had an idea of a cookie recipe. She began making these biscotti and people loved them to the point where people at her workplace were asking for orders. When the demand became too much, she decided it was time to do this fulltime. She has never looked back since, and today she is beginning to see how this God-given idea is giving her the means to bless others.

Deuteronomy 8:18 says, “But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today.

What’s more, using her front counter as a pulpit to preach from, Mima said she has led some clients and friends to Christ through her testimony of a Heavenly Taste. What a great testimony of God’s greatness and power.

As her business prospers, she is aiming to use it towards blessing the needy.

As you read the Bible, it is inevitable to notice that we serve a super-creative God! Whether it is the sunrise, the creation, or even a cookie, God’s creative nature is in us through the inspiration of His Holy Spirit. Let’s allow him to use us for His glory.

What ideas have you been holding on to in the recesses of your mind and heart? Maybe it’s time you trust God and step out and act on it.

Do you have a “success” story? I’d love for you to comment and share about it. Testify!

After growing up in Montreal and moving away two years ago, I treasure every opportunity I get to go to Montreal. I made the trip this past weekend and there are a couple of things that have become mandatory on my to-do list – many of which are food-related.

1. Cannolis from Boulangerie Lasalle. (East-end, RDP)

Lasalle

Our friend, “Tony Cannoli”, is a master at making Sicilian-style cannolis. I’ve literally tried every bakery in Montreal and Toronto and NYC and can’t find one that compares to Lasalle’s. Now, if you really like his cannolis, Tony has created a giant version made using one pound of ricotta:

CannoliCannoli

As Priscilla has learned, Boulangerie Lasalla is a mandatory stop.

2. Latte from Café Milano (St. Leonard)

Cafe Milano

Another one of Montreal’s gems. My favourite quick stop for a coffee or latte is not the local Tim Horton’s or Starbucks. It’s Café Milano.

Milano's Latte

Established in the early 70’s, Milano’s bean is consistent and perfect. It’s withstood the test of time and is also the place to catch up with friends. I’ve never walked in there without saying hi to a few high school friends.

As Priscilla has learned, Café Milano is a mandatory stop.

3. My Nonno’s Garden and Nonna’s Kitchen.

Our last stop, for this post, is my nonno’s (grandfather) backyard garden and my nonna’s (grandmother) kitchen.

Nonno's Garden

Using hockey sticks and all, my nonno’s garden is his pride and joy. He took care of a certain “castor” to protect the crops (watch his reenactment here). When summer hits, my grandparents barely do any grocery shopping since most of the produce comes directly from the garden. Salad, peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, basil, long – and mean LONG – spaghetti beans and zucchinis, and much more. From the garden, it then moves into the kitchen where my  nonna then transforms it all into a beautiful, rustic Italian meal.

Nonna's Kitchen

We don’t just visit them for the food, but family is very important to us and so that’s what really makes this a mandatory stop. And usually, I’ll pick up some cannolis from our good friend, Tony Cannoli, and bring it to them (old Italians really like to eat their sweets).

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Where and what are your favourite (secret) hot spots?

Watch for the second part of “A Heavenly Taste” coming tomorrow.