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23 Dec

Thinking of You

Dear readers, I think of you almost daily! I have had many blog-worthy thoughts and experiences this December, but I scribbled most of them on sticky notes, and I plan to share them in the future. I know you are busy and that your E-mailbox is packed with messages.  This season, I have experienced overwhelming nostalgia, u...  Continue Reading

01 Dec

More Recipes for Prairies North Magazine Subscribers

In the “Eats and Treats” column of the 2019 winter issue of  Prairies North Magazine, I feature Vintage Christmas Pie, which is filled with spicy, fruit-based mincemeat adapted from my great-grandmother's recipe, which dates back to the 1800s. The recipe no longer contains minced meat, but I do include farm-fresh s...  Continue Reading

29 Nov

Mincemeat Bran Muffins

Mincemeat Bran Muffins The homemade mincemeat recipe featured in Prairies North Magazine (Winter Issue 2019) will take these muffins up a notch. Our grandkids enthusiastically devour them.  Preheat oven to 375°F Wet Ingredients:  In a bowl, beat the following ingredients.  2 eggs ¾ cup of oil 1 cup of sugar Ad...  Continue Reading

29 Nov

Mincemeat Oat Squares

I adapted this Mincemeat Oat Square recipe from one initially shared by Monique Benoit, daughter of Madame Benoit. See Canada's First T.V. Celebrity Chef to read about my connection to Madame.  Preheat the oven to 400°F Ingredients: ¾ cup of butter 1 cup of dark brown sugar (or less) 1½ cups of all-purpose flour ½ ...  Continue Reading

28 Nov

Vintage Hot Water Pastry

Vintage Hot Water Pastry My mother made this pastry recipe from farm-fresh pork lard, likely rendered by her mom. Later, she purchased a similar product from the butcher shop. I have occasionally used brand name lard from grocery stores, but it doesn’t taste quite the same. You will find extra ingredients in boxed lard desi...  Continue Reading

26 Nov

Conquering My Bully, Revisited

I published this story about conquering my bully, a few years ago, but I titled it The Night Our House Caught Fire. These two events remain tightly bound in my memory and have provided me with hours of reflection. Every November, as the furnace begins to cut in more frequently, I think about the faulty heating system that ...  Continue Reading

14 Nov

Crunchy Cauliflower Salad

(A delicious combination of flavours to accompany pork or chicken)  Ingredients: ½ cup sliced celery ½ cup apple, chopped 1 full cup cauliflower slices Mix with enough mayonnaise to coat vegetables. You can experiment with adding other ingredients to the mayonnaise, such as low-fat sour cream or yogurt. Note: To make a...  Continue Reading

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

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