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…

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…

Super Creamy Mac & Cheese

I am a huge fan of all things cheese, so Mac and cheese is a staple on the list of comfort foods. My crew however, are not a fan of most homemade Mac and cheese recipes. Many oven based recipes – the baking dries them out and they have crispy bits they avoid (I love…

Faith & a side of Salmon

Have you ever had a moment in life where the floor just seems to drop out from under you? Your walking along just fine and then bam! Everything turns dark, cold, and you struggle to breath. Nothing makes sense in that moment. It takes every muscle, every ounce of will just to take the next…

Garden planning… a Garden journal post.

Have you ever made gardening mistakes? I know I have. I do not have a natural green thumb it is been trained. I am still learning too. I learned- do not plant what you do not actually eat or preserve. Or you will have a bumper crop of eggplants like I had one year and…

Raising Rebels & Italian wedding soup

My boy came home and told of a very exciting day. A protest at school broke out to “free a student” who was wrongfully accused and disciplined and told to stand at the wall at recess. At the injustice of it all 15-20 middle school students begin chanting “FREEDOM, FREEDOM!” Reminiscent of a scene from…

Balloons & autumn Couscous salad

I love kid logic. Once when my kids were toddlers they were given a helium balloon. One day, It had floated to the living rooms 10 ft ceiling, far above the head of a toddler. In an effort to be independent – they devised a method to retrieve the ballon on their own. I hear…

Rice pudding – Traditional & Vegan

Rice Pudding is classified as a poor man’s food. I cannot remember exactly when I had rice pudding for the first time. It was during the big 80s recession, in a run down rental property my biological mother could barely afford. Bouncing cheques to buy diapers. From what I remember she did not home cook…

Great Debate- Twice baked potatoes

Let’s talk yeast, nutritional yeast that is. What is it? According to healthline website nutritional yeast is high beneficial to a vegan diet or lifestyle. Below is beef summary of nutrition info found on their site. It is a complete protein: Nutritional yeast contains all nine essential amino acids that humans must get from food….

Simplicity – apple sauce 4 ways

9 years ago, we had to have a maple tree removed from our front yard. A huge branch blew down and almost hit our house. That particular tree was 19 ft away from our home and cast wonderful shade over our front sunroom. Fast forward to this week: the struggle of online learning has wreaked…

Butternut squash risotto

Risotto, it is one of the first dishes you learn in culinary school. It was also the dish my head chef detested it with a passion. Perhaps it was because he suffered through marking students attempts at making it too many years. “Wallpaper paste…” is what he fondly called it. Now most risottos are made…

BBQ crunchy chickpea bombs

In school I was the library kid. You know the ones who quiet at the back and take the library books back on those trollies every morning. I even worked at the library through out high school. Which is why it pains me to say… my dog ate my library book. Yes, the rawmazing dessert…

Traditions – Vegan Banana Pudding

My husband has an annual tradition of “trying” to make parsnip fries. It’s now about 3 years 4 years running. I have my husbands permission to tell you all how it goes down… What happens is this. Our pastor calls a Fast at the start of the new year. The fast is essentially a vegan…

Roasted red pepper ‘Cream’ sauce – Vegan

I am pretty flexible. I don’t like routines and seldom legalistic. Somedays my husband wishes I had a bit more structure. That is the way our house approaches the Daniel fast, we are flexible. Some say you MUST ONLY EAT RAW veg at every meal. Call be a bit of a rebel but I say…

What’s for breakfast ? Coconut rice & fruit

What to eat for breakfast? That is the question I am hearing these days. My family normally would eat hot breakfast of eggs & toast. Or cold cereal with milk. After cutting out animal products my husband struggles to find suitable breakfasts that fills him. I knew eating breakfast without animal products or refined sugars…