The Good Life

I stumbled across this delightful BBC show from the 1970’s on Netflix last fall, and thought some of you might also enjoy it. The Good Life (also called Good Neighbours) follows the trials and tribulations of a couple who decide to turn their suburban London lot into a self-sufficient farmstead. The characters are charming, andRead more

Stella & Ruby

I had grand plans for a post about the foodie tour I did in Vancouver last week (so good!), but in the next 36 hours, I have to clean and cook for a dinner party with exchange students from Quebec, cook and decorate for my son’s 13th birthday party (as of tomorrow, both of myRead more

My Mind’s In the Gutter

I guess that should come as no real surprise following last week’s post, but this time I actually have gutters on my mind, not deformed produce.   Ever since we built the coop, we’ve been planning to install gutters on it in order to harvest rainwater for the vegetable garden (which lies directly behind it), but withRead more

Today’s Post Is Brought To You By The Letter “S”

Just a few quick photos from my day in the garden yesterday. The strawberry patch is suddenly bursting with flowers and fruit. Now as long as I can keep the robins in check, it looks like we’ll have a bumper crop. The wild salmonberry bush on the edge of my garden is also loaded withRead more

Cookbook Binge

One of my favourite things about our new community is the annual book sale, which benefits our tiny local library. It’s makes for a great morning, sifting through the gymnasium full of books, chatting with neighbours about your respective finds, and hauling home an armload of new treasures (for a mere 50 cents to $2Read more

Getting My Goat

I’m in need of some good, solid advice, and am hoping my goat-keeping friends out there might be able to help. I’ve been pining for goats for years, and the urge is starting to overwhelm me. I would be happy enough just to have them as pets (in lieu of the second dog and/or catRead more

Oat Fudge Bars

It’s been so long since I’ve posted a recipe that you’d almost be fooled into believing that I don’t spend every spare moment of my day perusing books, magazines, and the web for new food ideas. The sad truth is, while I do rely on a few old stand-by recipes, my stomach has a bitRead more

On Orchards and Reattaching Limbs

One of the joys of moving from the city is having enough room to put in a small orchard. While our city garden did have a few small fruit trees, it was never going to be enough to supply our apple habit. We were fortunate enough to be able to bring our trees with usRead more

Homemade Lip Balm

This morning, my daughter and I have been experimenting with making homemade lip balm. She had to come up with a chemistry-based project for an upcoming science fair, so she decided to study emulsifiers and how they stabilize liquids. Since I have some experience with whipping up my own concoctions, I was enlisted to oversee the project.   Read more

Cute Find of the Week

I was driving through the alley behind my mom’s house yesterday and spotted this adorable little side table sitting out waiting for garbage pick-up (gasp!). Of course, I screeched to an immediate halt and threw it in the trunk.      It could use a little sprucing up (who couldn’t?), but I think it hasRead more