14 Mar

Honouring Saskatchewan Artisans

I have a small collection of handmade fashion pieces and each item has a story. Creative people with amazing hands have made these treasures. Some are heirlooms already, and the rest will take their place in our family history, eventually. I often carry my late mother’s tiny clutch bag, which was made by my great uncle in the ...  Continue Reading

05 Mar

Ink is the Link

Meet Amanda and Rob Soulodre, busy Saskatchewan entrepreneurs.    I am thrilled to be writing a food column for Prairies North, the magazine of Saskatchewan. My first article appears in the March 1, 2018, issue. I have subscribed to this colourful Saskatchewan publication for twenty years, and I consider it to be a celebrati...  Continue Reading

26 Feb

Oven-Baked Rice Medley

Preheat oven to 350°F Try this oven-baked rice recipe. It bakes in 30 minutes at 350°F, so it is ready in the time it takes to rest and carve a roast.  Pour two cups of good quality chicken broth (I prefer Campbell’s Stock First) into an ovenproof casserole and heat on high in the microwave for two minutes per cup. Saut...  Continue Reading

26 Feb

Slow Cooker Pea Soup

The original recipe for this soup was submitted by Claire Lajeunesse-Lewko of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, and featured in a Canadian Living slow cooker compilation. Step One: In a large bowl, soak 2 cups of dry yellow split peas in 6 cups of cold water, for twelve to twenty-four hours. I do this after my evening meal so tha...  Continue Reading

13 Feb

A Leather Postcard Romance

I began collecting postcards in fourth grade when my mother, finally, allowed me to participate in a chain letter. The invitation chain letter promised that I would receive hundreds of postcards but would only have to mail four letters. Over the following weeks, I received a mere dozen cards from around the world. As disappointi...  Continue Reading

13 Feb

Simply Delicious Coleslaw

This easy-to-make coleslaw appears on our family’s dinner menus with regularity. The vinaigrette dressing is a tangy alternative to mayonnaise. This coleslaw actually tastes better after spending a couple of days in the fridge, and it keeps well for over a week. I often double or triple the recipe for larger gatherings.    ...  Continue Reading

25 Jan

Remembering One Perfect Day

After the Christmas decorations are put away, and before the Valentine’s Day decorations fill our house with love, there is time to look through the bookshelves that adorn my walls. My hope is that while sorting, and dusting, I might also downsize my collection.  Although my grandchildren have outgrown some of my children...  Continue Reading

12 Dec

Christmas Pudding: A Museum Kitchen Mystery

In Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, eight members of the Cratchit family shared a tiny plum pudding. One taste was enough to inspire smiles of satisfaction and enthusiastic praises all around. Their appreciation of simple pleasures even warmed the heart of Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge, as he travelled with the ghost of Christmas Pre...  Continue Reading

04 Dec

Steamed Apple Date Pudding

Ingredients: 1 egg ¼ cup of brown sugar ½ cup of maple syrup ½ cup of milk 1½ cups of all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon of salt ½ teaspoon of baking soda ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon ¼ teaspoon of ground nutmeg ¼ cup of cold butter, cut into small pieces ½ cup of chopped dates 1½ cups of peeled apples, chopped ...  Continue Reading

24 Nov

A Time to Remember: Part Three

I dedicate approximately one third of my blog space to memories, because I have almost seven decades of living to share. My husband and I love looking back over our fifty-five years of scrapbooks. Our family and friends, who are also featured in these books, seem to enjoy browsing through the pages too. As important as detailed...  Continue Reading

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