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. My son came down joking about putting up the Christmas tree. True , something about freshly fallen snow puts one in the seasonal spirit. Instantly my mind wanders to Christmas baking. The smells, and…

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 my pre teen is experimenting with cooking and really wanted to try his hand at making bubble tea. Black Boba are extra large tapioca pearls usually made with brown sugar so when boiled they…

Apple Juice – steam juicer

I know it is not yet harvest, but I always try and look ahead. Apples are amazing, incredibly inexpensive when in season and juicing them is just one of the many things you can do to stock them in your pantry. I have juiced apples and other fruit in the past using a juicing machine….

Nacho night- Perfect pantry meals

Thursday’s are my “no cook” night. We usually have a take out pizza. kids love the tradition. This past Thursday, we had nachos and dip. Introducing Skillet Nacho Dip. This skillet nacho dip is perfect for those who want to whip up a fast kid friendly meal. It is loaded with Mexican flavours bean, corn,…

Sprouting – a Garden Journal post

Sprouts, what a lovely word. It has been a just about week since I planted my space saver cucumbers and Scotia tomatoes – but I have had very fruitful results. (Pun intended). My seeds came in the Oh Canada- small garden seed heritage package and specifically designed for northern climate gardens. (avail on amazon )…

Chunky Granola clusters

I am a sucker for BIG chunky granola clusters. Granola is an amazing pantry staple. There is a brand that sells those chocolates covered ones that are addictive. I am sure you know the one I’m talking about. After eating too many bags, I decided to find a way to make my own clusters. It…