Doesn't every bowl need to be cozy?

You heat yourself a steaming bowl of soup. Your plan is to cozy up to the fireplace (or, more realistically for some, the fireplace channel) but that bowl is Just. Too. Hot. To. Carry. Enter: The Bowl Cozy. The denim pocket on one size ensures your hand is safe from scalding food, and the felted wool on the other side … Read More

Preserving the harvest

The green beans were enjoyed in the heat of the summer, some were preserved (I tried my hand at fermentation this season), the vines have been pulled down and composted, so all that’s left is the beans we let go to use for seed. They were hung and dried. Normally I shell them and save the seeds to plant for … Read More

Mother Nature’s clothes dryer

A few years ago, our family  paid one of many visits to a museum that was a re-creation of an historical village, one of my all-time favourite activities. In the back garden of one of the farm houses, there was an umbrella-style wooden clothesline. My young son shouts out “They copied us!” Well, in truth they thought of it a … Read More

Kombucha, allow me to introduce you to apple cider

I must admit, I wasn’t 100% comfortable when I became the recipient of a jar containing a free-floating blob of goo. Officially, of course, it’s known as a SCOBY  but … a SCOBY by any other name is still a blob of goo. Squirminess aside, I forged ahead with the experiment to make my own fermented tea. If countless people … Read More

Rosehips: better than oranges?

Rosehips. Perfectionist gardeners who trim their rosebushes diligently will never know what they’re missing. Those of us who allow spent blossoms to remain on the bush are treated to the beauty and goodness of rosehips. Foraging for rosehips is not for the delicate-skinned. Even though you want to protect yourself from the bush’s thorns it’s nearly impossible to pick these … Read More

Maybe *not* so traditional

Cookies are a part of everyone’s family traditions, aren’t they? My grandmother came from the former Yugoslavia and I can say with certainty that chocolate chip cookies were not in her extensive and delicious European repertoire. (Insert link for apple strudel, someday.)   When I was growing up, my  mother, who is also a fabulous baker, made chocolate chip cookies … Read More

A-foraging we will go!

Stinging nettles come by their name honestly. You really have to want to benefit from their nutritional value to harvest these babies. What are they protecting themselves from anyway, with all those prickly, itchy and yes, stinging little hairs? The benefits are worth the short-term (albeit REALLY uncomfortable) risks. And you can rest assured that once they’re bundled, dried, and … Read More