Summer time popsicles – 3 healthy ways

With climatologists warning that this summer could be hottest on record, we are finding inventive ways to cool off. Popsicles or lollies are a simple way to do that. Conventional store bought lollies are nothing more then corn syrups, food colouring and artificial flavours. We are a smoothie crew. With some who desperately need the…

Power of prayer, Puppies and Sour Dills

Un.Sol.ics.ited : Uninvited, not asked for, or done voluntarily. We have all had our share of unsolicited advice. I got some at the beach. A Repost – for Canning Season I had a puppy. 1 year has gone by since then and he is much bigger now. He is not a covid dog, impulse buy…

Summer- No sugar added Strawberry jam

You truly know school is done and summer is upon us when strawberry season has arrived. There are beautiful days we ditch the books and laptops and head to the berry patches. I grew up within walking distance of the local farms. My mother never had to buy berries at the grocer and it wasn’t…

Garbage Can Potatoes – Garden Journal

I LOVE LOVE LOVE potatoes. I am pretty sure I am like Forest Gump listing all the possible things I could do with the humble potato. I remember grade 3 our teacher taught us how to grow a potato. We planted our thin slice with a eye or two in an oversized pot and left…

Lockdowns, underwear & Blue-Barb jam

With the dawning of the pandemic there has been many new “firsts” for us. Like online underwear shopping, because underwear is considered non essential retail, yes you read that correctly – NON essential. Those health board people might be risqué, it is not yet spring here in the great white North- we still have risk…

Home canned Tomato soup

Tomato soup is an essential childhood staple- soda crackers or grilled cheese sandwich to go along side. I became a tomato soup expert over my many years. Which brands where worth buying and which tasted like red tempera paint mixed with sugar. Trust me it is a thing and it is horrible. With my adventures…

Perennial edibles (zone 5) – Garden Journal

The edible landscape trend is growing in popularity. With the onset of food security issues brought on by recent event the trend is even more so. If your like me I try hard to grow and can through out the summer. My husband recently suggested with our up coming kitchen renovation that we add more…

Raspberry bars

Every once and awhile we find ourselves on the pre packed band wagon. It usually happens when we are super busy, we give in to the kids demands and say sure why not ….then quickly realize why we abstained in the first place. The most recent band wagon purchase was a certain cereal bar. You…

DIY Extracts- Mint

I sit and look out my window at the snow that fell overnight. Peaceful, It looks more like January then April. A family member came down joking about Christmas … True , something about freshly fallen snow puts one in the seasonal spirit. Instantly my mind wanders to Christmas baking. The smells, and the joy…

New to the pantry – Boba

We have stocked a new pantry item this week, boba. Typically not an item you would find in my pantry, but someone is experimenting with cooking and really wanted to try their hand at making bubble tea. Black “Boba” are extra large tapioca pearls, usually made with brown sugar. When boiled they turn a deep…