Things I Love – My Quilt

My mother-in-law made this quilt for us last year. It’s hard to believe that it was one of the first quilting projects she ever did. You can’t see it, but all of our names (including the pets) are sewn into the fabric as part of the quilting. It’s a treasure that I hope to passRead more

Things I Love – Grocery Delivery

I have a confession to make – I do my weekly grocery shopping at 11:00 in the evening, and I do it while wearing my pajamas.Don’t worry, I’m not the eccentric woman that haunts your local store in her bathrobe and curlers, I do my grocery shopping online (probably 80% of it), and have itRead more

Things I Love – My Clothesline

I don’t think there are many things that can beat the smell of laundry fresh off the line. When we were looking at buying this house, one of the things that sold me on it was its incredibly sturdy laundry line (I think it would likely withstand a hurricane). My husband just discovered that ourRead more

Things I Love – The Vinyl Cafe

My favorite way to spend a lazy Saturday morning (or Sunday morning, for that matter), is puttering around in my kitchen, baking and drinking tea while listening to the Vinyl Cafe on CBC Radio. For those who don’t know it, the Vinyl Cafe is a radio program much like those old time variety shows thatRead more

Saltspring Island – Favorites

There’s a store on Salt Spring that sells these handpainted rubber boots, and one of these years I’m going to spring for a pair in the hopes that they’ll bring a little cheer to those rainy winter days. Many of the boots have sheep painted on them, as the island is well known for itsRead more

Things I Love – A Good Night’s Sleep

So can anyone guess what this stuff is? Is it my latest granola recipe? An experimental garden mulch? A failed attempt at flower drying?They’re actually my favorite thing to sleep on – buckwheat hulls! What you’re looking at is what’s inside the pillow that I sleep on every night.I bought a pair of these pillowsRead more

Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

I bought a huge bag of basil at the farmer’s market on the weekend, and I realized today that there was a serious need for some pesto action or it was all going to go bad before I had a chance to use it. I was pouring over the copy of Giada De Laurentiis’ “EverydayRead more