In Search of Simple

Simple living, homesteading, farm life.

First off, if you’re coming here from the “Things We Love” section of Harrowsmith’s spring issue, thank you so much for taking the time to stop by! I have been a huge fan of their magazine, books, and TV show since I was a teen, so it was an unbelievable honour to be featured; I’mRead more

Eggless Benedict

Vegan Benny - Eggless Benedict, no eggs or dairy, gluten-free option.

Eggless Benedict? I know it sounds a little crazy to attempt to recreate a recipe without using the featured ingredient (I mean, it’s right there in the name!), but what if you don’t want to eat eggs, or can’t for health reasons, or your feathered friends have taken a much-needed break from laying? Does thatRead more

Gomasio (Sesame Salt)

Homemade Gomasio with Nutritional Yeast (Macrobiotic Sesame Salt Seasoning)

I’ve always had a bit of a savoury tooth. While some people crave sweets, I would much rather scarf down a bowl of popcorn or potato chips. If you combine the flavour of roasted sesame with that, I’m done for. I can’t keep those sesame sticks in the house because I won’t stop until they’re gone.Read more

No Knead Oatmeal Sandwich Bread (Vegan, Oil-Free)

No Knead Oatmeal Bread - Vegan, Oil-Free

Bread is the cornerstone of any good farmhouse kitchen. It’s such a simple thing, made with the most basic of ingredients, but is pivotal to so many of our most memorable family meals. Like rice, corn, potatoes, and other starchy staples, it is the foundation of a healthy, satisfying diet. I started dabbling in breadRead more

Furniture Rehab: Turning Cast-Offs Into Family Heirlooms – Antique Restoration and Repair

Restoring second hand furniture.

My husband and I started our family shortly after graduating from university, so there was never really a time when we had extra money for things like interior decorating. Our apartments were furnished with hand-me-downs gathered from generous family and friends, and we were totally fine with that. Years later, with the advent of FreecycleRead more

Vegan Truck Stop Pancakes

Vegan Truck Stop Pancakes - Whole Grain, Egg and Dairy Free

Vegan truck stop – now that’s an image I enjoy more than I probably should. Having grown up with truck-driving uncles (I’m talking Smokey and the Bandit era truckers), I can’t help but laugh at the thought of them pulling in to fuel up at a roadside stop run by vegans. While that’s something I’mRead more

Tangy Cheddar Sauce for Nachos (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Oil Free)

Cheese Sauce for Nachos - Vegan, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free

To say that I love nachos would be an understatement. Corn chips are arguably the perfect snack food, and if you smother that deliciousness with refried beans, some good salsa, and a mountain of cheese, you’d be hard pressed to find anything I enjoy more. I’ve tried many variations over the years, not only becauseRead more

A Year With Dany, the Accidental Farm Cat

During the first week of January last year, our sweet old cat, Shadow, passed away. With both of our cats now gone, the house felt strangely empty – I’ve had at least one feline companion throughout most of my life, so this was new for us. At about the same time, my friend and co-worker was bringing homeRead more

Sheep-Free Haggis (Vegan/Gluten-Free)

Sheep Burns Supper Veggie

I’ve never had a traditional haggis. Call me crazy, but I just prefer sheep in their original packaging. So what’s a good Scottish girl to do when her favourite January reason for feastin’ rolls around? Veggie haggis, of course! Burns Suppers are something we started doing with our kids back when we were home schooling. WeRead more

How to deal with a hole in your shitkickers.

Waterlogged farm boots.

Excuse my colourful choice of words, I’m nothing if not a bit crass. Cheap too, if you ask my kids. My son swears I won’t buy anything that costs more than $15, and to be fair, that’s not much of an exaggeration. But you can’t live off one small income in order to homeschool inRead more