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

05 Nov

A Time to Remember: Part Two

As long as I live, I will think of Rob Wurzer every November. Rob, our friend and business partner, passed away on November 4, 2016. We held his public memorial on what would have been his 58th birthday. He was born on November 11, 1958. The summer of 2016 will, forever, be Rob’s summer. As his health declined, my husband, wh...  Continue Reading

27 Oct

A Time to Remember: Part One

As people dash about, picking up Halloween treats and costumes, this weekend, they may notice that memorial Poppies are for sale. The last Friday of October, which happens to be today, marks the beginning of the Canadian Legion's yearly Poppy campaign. I learned a great deal about the history and protocol of the Poppy while re...  Continue Reading

21 Sep

Love Your Zucchini

One zucchini can provide an entire day of fun for you and a friend. Harvest is a time for trying new recipes and sharing old ones. Recently, my daughter and I chose to spend a day adapting already well-loved zucchini recipes. She prefers oat flour in all her baking. I often use spelt flour mixed with wheat flour. One awesome zuc...  Continue Reading

28 Aug

Lessons from a Leaky Teapot

My father was in his mid-eighties, and living in an assisted living apartment, when he began mentioning that he wanted to have a little metal teapot repaired. He asked my handy son-in-law to come over to have a look at it. Dad was sure the pot could be soldered. Everyone in the family heard my dad mention the pot, and we mental...  Continue Reading

17 Aug

Vintage Pineapple Refrigerator Desserts

My husband, the boy in the Get a Bigger Wagon books, happens to love, and remember, a rich and refreshing refrigerator dessert his mother used to make in the 1950s and 60s. In his mother’s old cookbook, it’s called Pineapple Slice. In those days, refrigerators were more common than air conditioning, so, in summer, people mad...  Continue Reading

31 Jul

The Travelling Tea Party

I am comfortable transporting a tea party to almost any location. Once, I even took a tea party, up a ladder, into a tree house. I have a dear, tea-loving friend, who recently moved to a new place, where she can receive more care. On my first visit, I wasn’t sure what the facility had to offer. I didn’t know if there would ...  Continue Reading

10 Jul

Jigsaw Puzzles Hold Precious Memories

I love sorting through bins and boxes, no matter where they’re stored. If you have ever spent time at a summer cabin you know there are comic books, puzzles, games, and paperbacks, stored there, that have been loved for decades. Recently, while trying, in vain, to downsize, I came across my first childhood puzzle from 1951, a...  Continue Reading