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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

13 Dec

Maureen Haddock's Blog Chosen for Top 150

Last week, I received an email with an exciting first paragraph. It began, “We're writing to let you know that the team at BrandBallot has named Get a Bigger Wagon one of the Top 150 Food Blogs of 2018. Part of BrandBallot's mission is to research and curate the web's best brands and bloggers, and we believe your blog deser...  Continue Reading

21 Nov

Breakfast Tea

I remember, vividly, being thirteen. Gord, the boy, Haddock had given me an ID bracelet for my thirteenth birthday. It had my name on it but opened to a photo of him. It was awesome.  I was in the habit of meeting him before school in the morning. Preparing to look great at school was more important than eating breakfast. One ...  Continue Reading

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