Candle Making?

I’m going to order some beeswax to make candles, and I’m wondering if there are any candle making experts out there. I can’t decide between dipped tapers or pillars with multiple wicks. Is one more efficient than the other (as far as burning slower and giving more hours of light)? It would be fun forRead more

The Birds and the Bees (well, ladybugs actually)…

The resident Juncos are wondering why the heck their fountain isn’t working anymore. While we were away last week, the pump for our frog fountain (sitting on the rock with a bird on his head – you’ll probably have to enlarge the photo) went on the fritz. Looks like we’ll have to fix it rightRead more

Poppy heads and ladybugs.

I finally got around to clearing all of the dead poppies out of my garden today. While I love the way they look bundled together in a vase, I’m wondering if I maybe should have left them where they were. Closer inspection revealed masses of ladybugs in various stages of development all over them. ThereRead more

Celebrity Chef in the Garden?

I should have known when my husband was excited to hear that I had Nigella in the garden that we weren’t talking about the same thing. I was of course referring to the stunning blue flower that I found blooming this afternoon. He still hasn’t quite gotten over his disappointment… The really exciting thing isRead more

Homestead Dreams

Getting out of town on our holidays has (as it usually does) reignited our desire to move out of the city. We had only ever planned on staying for 2 years when we came here just before our daughter was born. We’d just finished university, backpacked around Europe for a few months, and decided thatRead more

Whipped Ricotta

Trying to use up the rest of last year’s frozen strawberries to make a little room in the freezer, I made strawberry whipped ricotta this morning. It’s so delicious, it’s like having strawberry ice cream for breakfast, but without the guilt. Put the frozen berries in a food processor and blitz until pulverized, then addRead more

Home again, home again.

We’re home after a great week of playing on the beach and visiting with friends and family. Just thought I’d post a few photos while I was downloading them. Here’s a parting shot of Vancouver as we left last week. This is a shot from my in-laws’ looking towards a smoky sunset (the smoke isRead more

The Plastic Sea

I’ve managed to get myself to a computer while on vacation (my in-laws are pretty decked out in the technology department).I saw this article in The Tyee and was sickened by it, especially while having such a great time on the ocean (their house in right on the water). The worst we’ve found on theRead more

Zabaione Con Crema

I realize I’m going kind of crazy with the posts today, but we’re leaving on vacation tomorrow and I may not be able to post for a week or so. I made my favorite blueberry dessert tonight and thought I’d share the recipe. It’s called (I’m sure the title was a dead giveaway) Zabaione ConRead more