Holiday Cheer

Buying fancy drinks to accompany holiday festivities can put a real dent in your wallet, but there are many that you can make yourself for a fraction of the cost, and they make wonderful gifts as well!The added bonus to making your own liqueurs is that they can be made with local and organic ingredients.Read more

Holiday Chocolate Fix

The pace of the pre-holiday busyness (visiting friends, gathering food for the feast) slowed down momentarily this morning and I took the chance to make some more goodies. First on the agenda was one of Rachel Ray’s Five Minute Fudge Wreaths. I’m not really a fan of fudge, but I decided to give this aRead more

Cheese Coins

December is a big birthday month around here (my brother, father-in-law, and husband all have their birthdays within a 10 day period). Now that the celebrations are more or less over (aside from a small get together on Saturday night), and the kids’ various activities have come to an end for the holidays, it’s timeRead more

Christmas decorating!

We got our tree the other day and our house is now looking very cheery and festive! This is my favorite ornament. She’s just so cute! Bee took this photo of Baxter while we were decorating the tree. Could he look less amused?Click here to see more!

My light bulb moment (and holiday wishes)

As committed as I am to reducing my impact on the environment, I’ve always had a hard time with the whole compact fluorescent light bulb thing. I know that they use a fraction of the power and last 10 times longer than regular bulbs, but every one that I’ve ever bought has given off anRead more

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today was Thanksgiving for those of us here in Canada, and I had grand plans of posting photos of our scrumptious meal (which we actually had yesterday), but unfortunately it didn’t survive long enough for that to happen. Instead, I’ll post some photos of what we did with our gorgeous holiday Monday. We met myRead more

Saltspring Island – Roadside Attractions

I thought I’d post just a few more pictures from our trip, if you can bear it. One of my favorite things about Salt Spring and the other islands is the abundance of roadside farmstands. There is such a level of trust here that these stands are run on the honour system, with the cashboxRead 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

Saltspring Island – Ruckle Park

We arrived home today following our final holiday of the summer (*sob*). We spent the first few days of our trip camping on Salt Spring Island, one of our very favorite places in the world. My husband and I started going there together 13 years ago when we were still in university, and it’s becomeRead more


Just a quick post to say that I’m going to be away for 5 days or so. We’re off for a couple of days of camping, and then on to my in-laws’ again for their 40th anniversary bash.If you’re looking for more to read, why don’t you check out our homeschooling blog at ?I hopeRead more