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


Okay, so another whole month without a post. I really suck at this. Here are some photos of July’s happenings:    I spotted these humongous mushrooms growing in the trees a few feet from my deck at the beginning of the month. After doing some research and talking to a knowledgeable friend, we figured out thatRead more

Easter Feaster

What are the odds that we’d have two sunny days in a row over the long weekend – it almost never happens, even in the summer. As a result, I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time puttering around the yard over the past 48 hours, digging things up, and planting them somewhere else (will IRead more

Happy National Banana Bread Day!

Okay, to be honest, I had no idea that February 23rd was Banana Bread Day. I just coincidentally happened to be waiting for a batch to come out of the oven when I stumbled upon this happy bit of news online. But really, what a brilliant idea; who couldn’t use a reason to celebrate inRead more

Bacon Jam

I shared this link on Facebook yesterday, but it would be such a good addition to any New Year’s Eve party that I thought I’d share it here too. I know I’ve spoken quite a bit about being at least a partial vegetarian (I was vegetarian/vegan for almost half of my life), but that hasRead more

Saltspring Island 2011

We returned from our annual pilgrimage to Saltspring Island last week, and I thought I’d share a few photos. Misty morning at Ruckle Park. We shared breakfast with a hungry sea otter: (Well, he didn’t actually share, but that was just fine with me). Spent the mornings exploring the tide pools with Grandma: The tideRead more


  It’s Canada Day in these parts. If you need me, I’ll be (weatherman willing) outside catching some rays.   Happy long weekend!

A Chocolate Valentine Treat

Happy Valentines day! I hope everyone is enjoying a break from the February blahs, and that you’re taking the time to indulge yourself in the obligatory V-day chocolate binge. If you haven’t yet made it to your local chocolate shop, all is not lost. In a matter of minutes you can whip up a batchRead more