Rainy Days

We seem to have reverted back to the rainy winter weather that we only managed to get rid of a few weeks ago, getting six continuous days of rain, something that’s apparently only happened here in July four times in recorded history (and there’s wet weather in the forecast for at least one more day).Read more

One Local Summer Week #3 – Gnocchi

This week’s post is a little late I’m afraid, but it’s still very fresh in my mind (and belly)! (Edited to add that after going to everyone else’s blogs, it turns out that I’m actually a little bit early in my posting – not sure what happened there!). The inspiration for this meal came whileRead more

Is it summer yet?

It has been an incredibly wet June in this corner of the globe. We’ve had rain on 18 of the past 25 days, and I’m starting to worry about the welfare of my poor tomatoes, eggplants and peppers. It’s been downright cold in the evenings, getting down to around 10 degrees celcius (50 fahrenheit). TheyRead more

Weekend Goodies

The first week in May is always fun for me, the biggest reason being that my favorite local potters club always holds its semi-annual pottery sale on the first Saturday in May. My mom and I were there when the doors opened as we always are, ready to find some new handmade pieces. I’m ashamedRead more

Yummy Apple Muffins

With the warm weather we’ve been having lately, some of the apples that we’ve had stored in the garage (we got 70 pounds last fall when they were cheap) are finally starting to go bad. I’m really happy with how well they’ve kept though, and will definitely stockpile them again.So basically I’m back to madlyRead more

World’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

World's best chocolate chip cookies.

There are times when nothing hits the spot like a homemade cookie (and if it’s still a little warm from the oven, so much the better). With the return to gloomy weather, there was a real need for some chocolate action, so I made a batch of these, which are the best chocolate chip cookiesRead more

House Prices, a Yummy Meal, and Green Building

It was an absolutely gorgeous day here today. Unfortunately we spent most of it inside the house in a state of mad panic, trying to clean up our construction mess before the bank’s property assessment guy came buy to have a look around and figure out what our house is worth. We’re starting to worryRead more


With February drawing to a close, I’d been feeling pretty good about not having dropped into too much of a funk during this the dreariest of months. But it occurred to me today that I actually am a little less “myself” than usual, and it’s only really obvious in the kitchen. I’ve fallen into aRead more

Chai Spice

There’s been a lot of talk around the blogosphere lately about trying to avoid the February blahs. While I usually suffer from this seasonal affliction, I’ve been surprisingly chipper lately. Today was an exception though. The weather has been drizzly for the past few days and everyone here is fighting a cold; combine those twoRead more

What’s in yer fridge? (and s’mores)

Quinn (aka Burdockboy) suggested in a comment on the previous post about our new fridge that someone should start “refrigerator tag”, where people post a photo of the inside of their fridge for all the world to see. Since I’d also been thinking that something like that would be fun, I guess I’ll be theRead more