DIY Baking mixes …

Instant mixes are easy to grab and save time but at a cost. They tend to be over priced. I had long since stopped buying them, because of additives, preservatives and colourings. When I dedicated myself to creating a pantry for bit more self sufficiency, I wanted to replace all those mixes you see in…

Pantry basics – DIY Extracts

One of my Pantry basics includes vanilla. I must have vanilla extract in my pantry- which is why 2017 changed how I do vanilla. Most of North America doesn’t even know about cyclone Enawo, aka the vanilla bean destroyer – but ever since it stormed across Madagascar in 2017 – I have been making my…

Comfort food… Potato Bacon soup

Cold rainy days of fall means comfort food. Comfort food means many things to many people. For some, it’s ice cream sandwich, for others it’s a big plate of pasta. For me, it’s anything with potatoes. I could eat potatoes 100 different ways, and never tire of them. I blame my Irish roots for that….

Mango Salsa

I am a sucker for sweet salsas. There is just something wonderful about combining a salty crunchy corn chip with the soft sweet taste of mango. I remember the first time I ever had mango salsa. My mother bought it by accident. At first taste she expected the hot spice she was used to, to…

Chicken nuggets & Plum Sauce

Is there anything in the media that screams childhood more then Chicken nuggets? As a young parent I lived in the dillusion that nothing prefab would ever enter my child’s mouth. Then came a weekend at Grandma’s. My children mysteriously came home and knew the draw of the chicken Mcnugget and dip. When I asked…

Breaking the Fussy Eater- Canned Sloppy joe

It may seem a little deep South to consider canning ground meat. I have found recently in this dead heat, home canned meat is extremely handy and tasty to have on hand. I totally understand why they can it now with all this heat – (insert Canadian whine about 40 degree temps) The evening went…

Gardeners Bounty- Raspberry Vinegar

I have been wanting to make raspberry vinegar for a few years now. With our first real crop of raspberries just coming in – I am excited I can finally tackle the project. To be honest I cannot believe it took me this long. It is super easy. It is a recipe I learned back…

Hint of Luxury – Roasted Red Peppers 2 ways

What is it about roasted red peppers that give that luxury feel. It instantly takes a dish up a notch. Hummus, pastas, soups even basic grilled cheese – I love the taste smokiness and ease of prep of reaching into a jar. Even better when you know you made the jar yourself. When I started…

Netflix and Chill- Sweet spicy Peach Salsa

Peach salsa – fruity, slight tang, slight spice. Perfect summer accompaniment to corn chips. It is also my go to netflix and chill snack. Don’t judge I know you have one too… My husband HATES spicy foods. I love them – go figure. Peach salsa is our common food ground. I used to buy the…

School Lunch Envy – Fruit Cocktail

I always envied the kids that had wagon wheels or chocolate cupcakes or little Debbie brownies in their grade school lunches. It was like they struck pure gold. Every kid in the class would oh and awe when they opened their lunches – others look mournfully look at their own peanut butter sandwiches sadly. But…