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…

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…

Food conspiracy- Dry Ranch mix

I have one child who is developing his taste for veg slowly. Very slowly. Dip is often requested. When it comes to creamy salad dressings I always questioned why creamy dressings could be shelf stable. If you think about it too long, you begin to wonder about all those food conspiracies. How much gunk really…

Holiday Smells- All purpose Pie spice

Pie spice is the smell of the Christmas season in our home. Whether in hot cocoa, baked goods or simmering whole on the stove – it beckons the holidays ever closer. Come here, lean in and let me share a secret with you. Are you ready….your being scammed. It’s true. All those spice blends you…

Festive Friday- Salted Caramel PopCorn

Kernel popcorn stand was a big Christmas treat. My sister and I would walk past the stands in the packed Christmas malls and the smell of buttery goodness would waft through the halls. The brightly packaged tins of crazy flavours of popcorn made a yearly appearance at our house. Next to dill pickle (YUCK!) my…

Festive Friday – Checkerboard Cookies

Holiday Baking is a Christmas tradition in most houses. Since my mother was a business woman and not the cooking type – we did not bake cookies at Christmas. Instead we were given beautiful cookie trays and baskets from her employees as gifts. As I got older, my mother sold her business and I strived…

Winter Blahs? DIY Tex mex Seasoning

What is it about winter that brings out the hot and spicy flavours of Latin America? If your like me I eat the most Mexican style food in the winter. Perhaps it is the wistful thinking of warmer weather, perhaps it is how it just makes your whole body cozy and warm. Maybe it is…

Festive Friday – Homemade Party mix

It’s Festive Friday once again. So why not take advantage of the time and the sales. After all who knows if we will end up in lock down again. So each Friday we will bring you a new Festive Holiday favourites from our house to your phone or tablet ….you get the idea. Right now,…

Fall fare- Pumpkin spice Syrup

We are kicking off our Thanksgiving with all things Fall. That includes, pies, stuffing, a great squash recipe and hot drinks! First up, the ever cliche pumpkin spice latte… but seriously they are yummy. Sources say 1934 was when pumpkin spice first started to rise in popularity as it could make bland ration food, during…

DIY – Honey Vanilla whipped body butter

Mask, Open door, sanitize, work, repeat. That is the way of the world these days and it is leaving our skin feeling a little more then neglected. With winter coming closer and closer and early morning temps in single digits – I knew we had to save our hides (so to speak) or risk some…