A Year With Dany, the Accidental Farm Cat

During the first week of January last year, our sweet old cat, Shadow, passed away. With both of our cats now gone, the house felt strangely empty – I’ve had at least one feline companion throughout most of my life, so this was new for us. At about the same time, my friend and co-worker was bringing homeRead more

Sheep-Free Haggis (Vegan/Gluten-Free)

Sheep Burns Supper Veggie

I’ve been on a sheep-free diet my whole life; I just don’t have the stomach for it. So what’s a good Scottish girl to do when her favourite January reason for feastin’ rolls around? Why, veggie haggis, of course! Burns Suppers are something we started doing with our kids back when we were home schooling. WeRead more

How to deal with a hole in your shitkickers.

Waterlogged farm boots.

Excuse my colourful choice of words, I’m nothing if not a bit crass. Cheap too, if you ask my kids. My son swears I won’t buy anything that costs more than $15, and to be fair, that’s not much of an exaggeration. But you can’t live off one small income in order to homeschool inRead more

11 Tips for Easing the Transition to a Plant-Based Diet

Tips for Easing the Transition to a Plant-Based/Vegan Diet

Are you thinking about reducing the amount of meat, eggs, and dairy you eat? Limiting your intake of these things is sure to benefit you physically, but it’s not always an easy adjustment to make, mentally. I have several friends and family members who have been told to adopt a plant-based diet for a varietyRead more

Sparkling Oranges

Sparkling Oranges - an elegant and delicious holiday fruit salad!

Our Christmas morning brunch routine has been the same for as long as I can remember: cinnamon buns with stockings, and eggs benedict for breakfast, usually with roast potatoes and fruit salad on the side. About a decade ago, I stumbled upon this recipe, and it quickly replaced our regular mixed chopped fruit. It’s simple,Read more

Christmas Traditions

I know some people are anxiously awaiting Santa’s arrival, but what I’m most excited about is getting to listen to the Vinyl Cafe Christmas special. I’ve mentioned my love of the popular show in the past, but if you aren’t familiar with this Canadian treasure, you’re in for a treat! While the Vinyl Cafe storiesRead more

Quinoa Tamale Pie Bake

Quinoa Tamale Bake - Hearty and delicious that even non-vegans will love!

The dark days of winter make me crave warm, hearty meals that stave off the cold. If it comes in casserole form and can feed a crowd, so much the better. As we head into the holiday season, I like to have some easy, crowd-pleasing recipes at the ready for when guests arrive. This oneRead more

Date Squares, A Love Story

Matrimonial Cake, also known as Date Squares/Bars - a family favorite, made vegan!

I acquired my love of cooking from my mom, who grew up on a remote homestead in the Peace River valley. The oldest girl of 6 kids, she was expected to pitch in as soon as she was able, so cooking was something she picked up early on. Matrimonial Cake, a staple dessert of ruralRead more

Winter Abundance

I’ve posted before about how much I love the winter garden, but it bears repeating. Don’t get me wrong, the summer garden is a wonderful thing, with its sweet fruits and vibrant colours, but a lot of the time, the summer garden is all about waiting for things to be ready. The winter garden, on theRead more

Beemageddon

Bees returning to the hive.

I’ve dreamed of keeping bees since I was in my early twenties, pouring over Harrowsmith Country Life and Mother Earth News magazines. When a girlfriend invited me to help with her father’s fall honey extraction while I was living in Nova Scotia, that was it, I was smitten. I did a lot of reading overRead more