Chocolate Fix

I posted this recipe on my homelearning blog almost three years ago, but it’s still such a favorite of ours that I thought I would post it over here as well, especially as I’ve been intending to share low cost recipes. When trying to lower one’s food bill it’s critical to cut out non-essentials, butRead more

My Latest Favorite Cookbook and the Perfect Summer Potatoes

Well, there goes another month without a post! Oops. It’s no secret that I am a cookbook junkie, so I have no problem admitting that one of my favorite pastimes is spending hours pouring through the pages of a new cookbook, imagining how each dish will taste. Whenever I hear of a cookbook that soundsRead more

Hollyhock Yeast Dressing

I’ve been talking about doing a post on my all time favorite salad dressing for a long time now – so long, in fact, that I took this photo in June of 2006 in preparation for it. I’ve been making a version of this salad for about 8 years. In the beginning, I used aRead more

Graham Crackers

I’ve been on the lookout for some good cracker recipes for years. My kids love snacking on crackers of all kinds, but the cost of supplying two good eaters with organic, unrefined munchies isn’t cheap, so I’ve been keen to make them myself. I got lucky several weeks ago when I scored a copy ofRead more

Grilled Eggplant

It’s been awhile since I’ve talked about anything other than the house, so I’ll spare you my thoughts on exterior doors/house colours/trim size for at least a few days and post a recipe instead. I’ve been wanting to share this one for a while, and since we managed to produce two lovely eggplants in aRead more

Yummy Apple Muffins

With the warm weather we’ve been having lately, some of the apples that we’ve had stored in the garage (we got 70 pounds last fall when they were cheap) are finally starting to go bad. I’m really happy with how well they’ve kept though, and will definitely stockpile them again.So basically I’m back to madlyRead more

World’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

World's best chocolate chip cookies.

There are times when nothing hits the spot like a homemade cookie (and if it’s still a little warm from the oven, so much the better). With the return to gloomy weather, there was a real need for some chocolate action, so I made a batch of these, which are the best chocolate chip cookiesRead more

House Prices, a Yummy Meal, and Green Building

It was an absolutely gorgeous day here today. Unfortunately we spent most of it inside the house in a state of mad panic, trying to clean up our construction mess before the bank’s property assessment guy came buy to have a look around and figure out what our house is worth. We’re starting to worryRead more

Muesli

With February drawing to a close, I’d been feeling pretty good about not having dropped into too much of a funk during this the dreariest of months. But it occurred to me today that I actually am a little less “myself” than usual, and it’s only really obvious in the kitchen. I’ve fallen into aRead more

Cranberry Orange Marmalade

We got some oranges in our grocery bin this week so I decided to use them to make marmalade. It’s always been one of my favorite jams, but I’ve never actually made it before. Many of the recipes I’ve seen take a couple of days to make, as the oranges either have to soak overnight,Read more