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05 Jul

Transplanting Grandpa John

In the late afternoon, on the chaotic day that my father-in-law died, this fig tree came into our lives offering joy, laughter, and friendship. Although my father-in-law had suffered several previous heart attacks, on the day before he passed away he was happily dispensing pharmaceuticals in our family drugstore. He told my hus...  Continue Reading

04 Jun

The Autograph Project

The Autograph Project was introduced in November of 2018 when I enthusiastically donated 30 autograph books to a class of grade four students. I have been welcomed into this classroom several times this school year.   We began the project by researching antique autograph books from my collection. One book belonged to my mothe...  Continue Reading

13 May

Tea for Two or Just for You

I smile every time I walk past a display of tea-for-ones. They sit proudly, wherever they are placed, their double handles making them look a bit impatient. They are sometimes called tea butlers, but I prefer the term tea-for-one. I also enjoy tea for two or tea for a group, but a pot of tea, just for me, will always refresh and...  Continue Reading

16 Apr

Celebrating with my Subscribers

Six years ago, today, I posted the introduction to my From the Cookie Jar blog. After all these years, I still enjoy writing about memories, ideas, and recipes.  My recipes are vintage and come from my personal collection of frequently prepared favourites. The recipe section of my blog has evolved a great deal since I began...  Continue Reading

28 Mar

Dear Bloomex, Something Went Wrong

Almost a year ago, I received a sympathy bouquet from a dear friend in another province. She and her husband had ordered from a company called Bloomex. The long flower box, tied with coloured ribbon, had been left on my acreage doorstep, on a scorching afternoon, without announcement by phone or doorbell. Inside the box, I found...  Continue Reading

04 Mar

Texture, Colour, and Flavour on Your Plate

In my column “Eats and Treats,” found in the spring 2019 issue of Prairies North, the magazine of Saskatchewan, I share the recipe for a delicious, stuffed pork loin roast and refer readers to my website for the other recipes featured in the menu.  Although my son-in-law believes that meat is the only part of any meal tha...  Continue Reading

03 Mar

Six Minute Lemon Pie Filling

Altitude affects the consistency of this recipe. I live on the prairies and add more cornstarch to less water when making this at home. When visiting the mountains, I make it with no changes. This filling can be served in stemware as a refreshing change of taste after a heavy meal. Add a dollop of whipped cream and a shortbre...  Continue Reading

20 Feb

Baked Beets and Onions

Baked Beets and Onions I have converted many beet-haters into beet-lovers by serving this dish. One of my readers tried this recipe using assorted beet varieties and told me it was delicious. She grows golden beets, and her family enjoys them each fall until they are gone. She says It would be nice to have too many so that she ...  Continue Reading

11 Feb

The Trouble With Getting High

Not so long ago, I experienced two cooking disasters in one week! How is that possible for a veteran cook like me? It happened while I was vacationing in the mountains. I know altitude can change baking results, but I had forgotten the lessons my mother shared with me as we travelled across Canada, in our funny home-made trailer...  Continue Reading

20 Jan

Colourful Carrot Raisin Salad

Most people have tasted this salad, even if it was long ago. Serving Carrot Raisin Salad always results in the sharing of food memories. It makes a colourful addition to a plate of food.  ½ cup raisins 1½ cups raw carrot, grated ¼ cup of mayonnaise 1 tablespoon of lemon juice 1 teaspoon of sugar ¼ teaspoon of salt M...  Continue Reading

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