I Love Craigslist!

As you probably know, we’re trying to renovate our house on the cheap, reusing materials and doing it as “green” as possible – Craigslist has been an integral part of that. So far we’ve found the perfect set of cabinets for our kitchen, our lovely new (to us) wood stove, a low flush toilet, aRead more

A wee bit of gardening, and popcorn.

Today was a beautiful, sunny day and I found myself with a bad case of spring fever – getting out into the garden was the only way of dealing with that.I planted out some Jerusalem Artichokes, transplanted my Arctic Beauty kiwis from the back yard onto the arbor in the front, and moved one ofRead more

Swedish Chocolate Balls

A very good friend of mine came to town recently for a visit (they’ve left the city, but still come here occasionally for dentist appointments, etc.). She’s Swedish and therefore had to do the mandatory Ikea trip while she was here, so I agreed to meet her there for lunch. I managed to spend theRead more

Apple Dip

If you have kids, you need this recipe. Actually, scratch that, I don’t think I’ve met anyone who doesn’t love this stuff, it’s a hit with kids and adults alike.Apple dip is a cream cheese based concoction that tastes just like caramel sauce. It’s so creamy and delicious that you feel like you’re being reallyRead more

My Favorite Cheese Ball

Normally I would say it was my husband (sorry honey), but around the holidays my favorite cheese ball is this yummy concoction I came up with a few years ago. I set out looking for a good one, but none of the recipes I found were exactly what I was looking for, so I startedRead more

One more sleep!

Today was a lovely day of baking, music, and a fun new Christmas story on the Vinyl Cafe (Dave decided to raise a turkey in the garage as a surprise for Morley). I made a few last things for tomorrow’s breakfast (everyone’s coming here to open gifts in the morning), most importantly our traditional gooeyRead more

Holiday Cheer

Buying fancy drinks to accompany holiday festivities can put a real dent in your wallet, but there are many that you can make yourself for a fraction of the cost, and they make wonderful gifts as well!The added bonus to making your own liqueurs is that they can be made with local and organic ingredients.Read more

Cheese Coins

December is a big birthday month around here (my brother, father-in-law, and husband all have their birthdays within a 10 day period). Now that the celebrations are more or less over (aside from a small get together on Saturday night), and the kids’ various activities have come to an end for the holidays, it’s timeRead more

A few fabulous finds.

I popped into a new thrift shop that’s gone in where a great furniture consignment store used to be, and was thrilled to find a couple of things that I’ve been wanting for awhile. I’ve always adored these little copper butter warmers but have never sprung for one because they’re ridiculously expensive. I’ve been usingRead more

Local Lovelies – Pottery

Food isn’t the only thing that I like to buy local. There’s a great potter’s club at one of our city’s community centers, and every 6 months they hold a sale where the members sell their gorgeous creations for very reasonable prices. Yesterday was the day of their annual Christmas sale. It’s always a bitRead more