Pear Mincemeat

Mincemeat has an interesting history, a bit of which we will get to in a moment. I thought though that I would start with the pears as this mincemeat has no meat in the recipe. I first came across a pear mincemeat recipe in a Ball recipe book at least two decades ago. It was […]

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Butterbeer Candle

Time for some Harry Potter candle making fun? Let’s begin by saying that it may take some tweaking on your part because the supplies I use are not necessarily the ones you will be able to get near your location. If you would like to connect directly with Wicks and Wax in Burnaby, British Columbia, […]

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Sour Cherry Pie

I am back for round two. I still have no idea what button I pushed that deleted the entire post and left me with one lonely “t”. My hope is that in the end what gets created now will be a better post. Sour cherries have a very limited season. They are generally ripe mid […]

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Almond Mocha Rice Krispie Treats

A quick no bake favourite with a full bodied twist, perfect for a java lover. Rice Krispies Treats were created by Malitta Jensen and Mildred Day in 1939 at the Kellogg Company home economics department as a fund raiser for Camp Fire Girls. They are a simple project for kids to put together, with a […]

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Mead Jelly

Beltane is about honouring life. All around you there are signs of abundant fertility. Beltane is the place between the fullnesses of spring and summer, where possibilities are sparked and conception happens. Heiros Gamos, the sacred union of Earth and Sky is celebrated.  Bees pollinate flowers so fruit can be harvested throughout the remaining agricultural […]

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Mushroom Linguini

Yes!, this is a post about Mushroom Linguini but more than that it is about making the most of what you have and getting through life’s challenges together. Over the last weeks, I have had various phone calls from people going shopping, fresh mushrooms and wildcrafted plants turning up on my door step, homemade masks […]

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Haluski ( Braised Cabbage & Egg Noodles)

There is some debate as to where exactly this dish originated. Hungry, Poland, Slovakia and the Ukraine all claim ownership and if Pittsburgh had a chance they would try too. Haluski is one of those simple, cost effective, tasty dishes that also qualifies as comfort food. With so many people looking for ways to keep […]

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Cauliflower Cream of Wheat Soup

We eat a fair amount of cauliflower in this house and its pricing in this part of the world is volatile. Keeping your eyes open for a good deal is always helpful and getting more than one meal out of a head is a bonus. This, once again, comes through the German side of my […]

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Three Fruit Cake

This is a recipe that has been in my family for generations, so when I discovered that I had over ripe bananas, sour milk, extra dry raisins and left over icing from another little project, it seemed serendipitous and a good time for a reminder that, with a little luck, food items can often be […]

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Egg Shell Chalk

Remember the egg shells I suggested be collected last week? Well this is the project! Homemade egg shell chalk. Who needs a clean driveway or patio anyway? I will be posting this a little early in 2020 as Covid-19 has lots of children at home and learning something new might be helpful. Under “back to […]

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