Test Results

Two weeks ago I decided tell people about some tests I was having, and since then I’ve retreated back into my world of privacy about the issue; but I started something and now it’s time to finish the update. The first procedure happened. A small marker was implanted surgically and although the procedure was more…

Some Unknown Business, an Update of Sorts.

Since January, life has been a whirlwind. The cake decorator at work up and quit without notice so I’ve been back in the bakery a few evenings a week, and I’m still homeschooling during the day. It hasn’t left a lot of room for crafting and selling, but now that spring has arrived, the days…

DIY Chicken Breast Roast

Have you ever had an idea that you just couldn’t let go of? It happens to me all the time; Usually in the winter, usually in February, and usually it involves a lot of patience from my husband. Fortunately for him, when I got the idea in my head to make my own chicken roast…

The Make-Ahead Meal-Plan Experiment

Earlier this month, I made this post on Facebook: At the time there seemed to be some debate as to whether or not I understood what my husband actually meant :P. It was great fun, but none-the-less I took it upon myself to really try to be more efficient with our food purchases and consumption….

Extra Spicy Gingersnaps

This month is shaping up to be a pretty typical January, and we’re falling into our usual winter patterns; A renovation of some kind (the kitchen this time), lots of sewing and crafting, and the odd sick day. I’ve started my annual countdown to March break (8 weeks) and have been charting weather patterns to…

A Running Start at my Resolutions

In 2008 my sister Joan and I ran the 8km Alphie Shrubb in Bowmanville. We had planned it for months, and I was running almost daily, but I couldn’t seem to get past 4km. I apologized to my sister (who could run 10km) in advance, and we agreed that we would run what we could,…

Christmas 2014

Each and every August, I fall victim to the Christmas “bug”. That sudden, crazy bunny trail that dawns on me with the passing of my birthday; Summer is almost over. It’s almost fall. Starbucks pumpkin spice latte. With eggnog. It’s almost Christmas!!! Normal or not, my pinterest wall fills with idea’s for entertaining and decorations,…

Eggnog Cupcakes

You know I wouldn’t let the season go by without posting some kind of recipe, so here it is! This is my favorite dessert over the holidays, and gives you a quick fix in the summer months when Eggnog is no where to be found. It all started a few years ago when I was…

A Country Christmas

I hosted a craft show, and the past 3 months of my life have been a whirlwind as a result! It’s crazy how much work goes into one of those things; the endless hours at the computer, the endless emails, the endless expenses – it takes so much from you and seems to leave you…

Justice!

So remember last winter, I was sick and laying in bed when I heard a strange noise outside? I looked out the bedroom window and witnessed my neighbor shoot a squirrel out of his tree and kill it. It was a really traumatic experience for me, just the senseless cruelty of it… and here’s why:…

$8 Pumpkin Lamp

Craft pumpkins are the perfect decoration for fall, Halloween or Thanksgiving, but they are so darned expensive! I have bought a few and made floral arrangements from them, but what I’ve really wanted to do is make a festive lamp! I planned it out in my head; The jack-o-lantern face, the lighted cord attachment and…

Home School is in Session

I’m probably the last woman you would expect to find homeschooling. For years I took my little one to the bus stop, smiled and waved from the sidewalk and then headed either to work (Cake decorator) or back home for a day of gardening, relaxing or socializing. I frequented spa’s, had lunch with friends and…

She’s Still Little.

My girl was so excited for sleepover camp this year. All summer long as she went to various day camps I was reminded that this is her last summer for children’s programs. Age 10 is the limit for many of them, with the expectation that when you’re 11 you will take your babysitting courses and…

Roasting Garlic

I’m a big fan of freezing things in portion sized balls for quick access and no waste, like when I have too many zucchini so I grate and freeze them, or balls of cookie dough for a quick, fresh-baked cookie fix… or when I roast 3 lbs of garlic. It has a shelf life of…

Local Inspiration

In 2 weeks time I’ll be setting up a booth in London, Ontario to sell off some of my Home Decor items; It will be my first time and I’m excited! The nice thing about having a booth locally is that it will give me an opportunity to sell off those items that I can’t…

37 Things I’ve Learned.

Getting older is no big deal when you are surrounded by loved ones who want to celebrate you, and that is definitely a blessing I enjoy! For my birthday my husband and little girl served me breakfast, coffee and presents in bed (all my favorite words!) and then they whisked me away for a day…

How to Make a Light Box

For the past few weeks my little one has been enjoying various VBS camps at some friends churches, and she’s had such a great time! They’ve been to the water park, berry picking, the splash pad, and each morning is full of music, crafts, singing and dancing. So while she’s been having some fun and…

Dark Chocolate Cake GF/DF

Years ago I read about a cake called the Boca Negra, a cake so rich and chocolaty that the literal translation is Black Mouth. The cake itself is made with loads of bittersweet chocolate, bourbon, butter and eggs and is moist and dense with a slightly fudgy texture. I wanted this cake badly, but bourbon…

Homemade Chocolate Syrup

Chocolate syrup is a staple around here, because we are a family of chocoholics. It’s a versatile medium to keep on hand; I baste the layers of a gf/df chocolate cake to keep them moist, I paint a brush stroke of chocolate syrup on a plate before adding my dessert and fruit during dinner parties,…

Cinderblock Gardening

The latest craze for gardeners on Pinterest are Cinderblock gardens. The construction is simple – create a box shape with cinderblocks directly onto the grass in your lawn, holes facing up, and fill the interior with soil. Plant your plants and your done, with the exception of the usual routine maintenance of a veg garden….

Peanut Butter Cupcakes GF/DF

For the past 4 days we’ve been celebrating our little girls 10th birthday. We had a surprise party for her at a local berry farm, some of her cousins came to stay for a few days for lots of swimming and bonfires in the backyard, and yesterday we had a quiet family supper in her…

Quick Floor Mat, DIY

I’m not saying that my daughter is high maintenance, but like every other kid she wants something the second she sees it. Last week we were out running errands and she spotted a furry little carpet that she just had to have. I said no to the purchase but agreed to make her one if…

Learning to Grow Veggies

I AM a gardener. Gardening is a hobby that runs deep with me and from March to October I am in my element. Each day, from the first thaw, I enthusiastically rake away debris, look for signs of life returning and map out my projects for the coming season. We moved into this house 5…

The Owl Bag

I find the week after a holiday to be the most disrupted. I cannot figure out what it is about that one extra day of “free time”, but the four that follow are so disjointed that it’s hard to fall back into our well managed routines. And it’s not just me, my daughter is the…

Sweet Orange Breakfast Muffins (sf/df/gf)

The month of May has been a personal challenge for myself to go without white sugar. At first I thought it was easy – no cake or cookies, and eat sugar free jam. Honey in my coffee. It’s a no brainer, right? Until I discovered that sugar is in amost EVERYTHING. Mayonaisse. Ketchup. Spaghetti sauce,…

Sugar Free

But I like sugar. On an average day I will eat chocolate flavor cheerios for breakfast. Two coffees with two teaspoons of sugar each. Lunch might be cookies, if I’m out it might be a blueberry fritter from Tim Hortons. Around 3pm I get tired, like the rest of the world, so I’ll have two…

3 Years, 3 Months, 3 Days

One sunny winter morning a few years ago, I woke up full of excitement and anxiety. I saw my husband out the door and I showered and dressed. I went through the house and tidied fallen pillows, and smoothed the drapes and walked down the hall to the last bedroom on the left. I poked…

A Detox of Sorts

I don’t know anything about genetics, or diets, or the BMI. I don’t know what causes one person to never gain weight while another feels they can never lose it, and I have no idea what it is like to deal with either because the truth is, I’ve never had to deal with it. But…

GF/DF – DIY Pancake Mix

I was craving pancakes and for good reason – the sugar bush was promoting the springtime flow of sweet Canadian maple syrup and I drove by the stupid sign almost every day. Maple baked beans, maple cured bacon and those darn fluffy pancakes with fresh maple syrup around the wood burning fires in the melting…

GF/DF Ice-cream Cones

Baking gluten and dairy free still has its challenges, and making ice cream cones was a good example of that. The flour part was easy – I’m so used to making my own blends now that I wasn’t concerned, but there was the issue of replacing the heavy cream with something that could provide the…