Pumpkin Puree

The kids carved these very scary jack-o-lanterns yesterday morning, and after a full evening of scaring the neighborhood kids it was on to bigger and better things for this pair. The one on the left seems to know what I’ve got in mind for him. Since they were so lovingly grown in my mother’s gardenRead more


I mentioned in a post recently that I love the thrill of the hunt when it comes to saving money; I get a real charge out of finding something we need for a great price. I’m like a kid in a candy store whenever I pass through the doors of a second-hand store. My husbandRead more

Apples, Tomatoes and Pears – Oh My!

The mother-in-law of one of the moms in my homeschool group grows organic apples in the Okanagan, and last week she apparently had a bunch that were not in good enough shape to send to market and asked my friend if she knew anyone who would want them. I was the lucky benefactor of theseRead more

Stocking Up

I think the planets must have been in alignment today. On our way home from the kids’ gymnastics class, we popped into a store to pick up a few things, and wouldn’t you know it, almost everything I needed was on sale! A few of today’s finds. I love it when I find a greatRead 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

Pears, pears, everywhere

A good friend of mine (the one with the ruby slippers) has a pear tree in her backyard that she doesn’t particularly care for. Luckily for me, she hasn’t gotten around to chopping it down yet, so I get an annual box full to do with what I will. Since I’d already made my pearRead 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

Tomato Daze

I’m still dealing with tomatoes as they continue to ripen in dribs and drabs in our cool autumn weather. It’s supposed to be sunny and warm for the next week or so, and I’m hoping that the lack of rain will allow the rest of them to finish up. This morning I started drying what’sRead more

Garden Pests and Blueberry Pie

Have I mentioned lately how much I’d like to get out of the city? Vancouver is extremely safe as cities go, but as I sit here typing, there is a plain clothes police officer sitting in my tomato patch doing surveillance on (I’m assuming) one of our neighbors. At least they had the decency toRead more

Soy Milk

One of the best things we’ve done to help us save money while eating healthfully was to buy a soy milk maker. With it we are able to produce 1.5 litres of fresh, organic soy milk for about 30 cents. This is a huge savings over the $4 – $5 I would pay for theRead more