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29 Oct

Halloween - Over the Decades

Halloween is here, again, and my brain seems haunted by past Octobers…MUAHAHA!  I remember going out to collect Halloween treats as a seven-year-old and having my candy stolen by older kids; I was devastated. As an eleven-year-old, I remember receiving a bottle of pop from our town mayor. I couldn’t believe my good fortu...  Continue Reading

29 Sep

Gingered Fig Muffins

I found this delicious recipe tucked inside a book that I purchased from a second-hand bookstore. This recipe is one of the most valuable treasures I have discovered. I have other treasures that were hiding in old books, including pressed leaves, postcards, addresses, funeral announcements, and antique bookmarks. When I find ...  Continue Reading

05 Sep

Remembering Romance Comics

In the early sixties, I often walked home from school with Gordie, the boy I married a few years later. We would part ways at his family drug store, and I would continue on my way.  Sometimes, I stopped to watch him wash the store windows, just so our conversation could continue.   Gord had worked in the pharmacy from an ear...  Continue Reading

11 Aug

Spinach Pie

Most recipes in my file are jam-packed with memories. This simple, delicious side dish came to me from Carol Ann Hanson. She left this life way too soon, and I miss her terribly, but she is alive in my heart every time I make one of her recipes.  CA, as we called her, was my daughters’ dance teacher for the years we lived in...  Continue Reading

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

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