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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

20 Sep

Small Town Treasures

Almost everyone we meet, at home or away, knows someone we know, and it only takes a short conversation to discover the connection. Saskatchewan people have the reputation of being particularly friendly, and I hope that never changes.   I met my hair stylist, and his wife, in 2007, and, by the fall of 2013, I started to write...  Continue Reading

03 May

Clues for Solving the Great Hosiery Mystery

The word hosiery refers to stockings, tights, and socks, collectively. I use the word tights when I am speaking about opaque or semi-opaque hosiery. I enjoy wearing an expanded offering of tights in the winter. The choices in colour, texture, and fibres add spice to a winter wardrobe and enhance the look of boots. In spring, I ...  Continue Reading

06 Apr

Controversial Names for Vintage Recipes

I have changed the name of my husband’s favourite cookies since a British friend informed me that Nig Nog Cookies might be offensive. I was saddened to hear this and did some research. Nig nog is thought to be the shortened version of nigmenog, a late 17thcentury word meaning very silly person. The original word is not offens...  Continue Reading

14 Mar

Honouring Saskatchewan Artisans

I have a small collection of handmade fashion pieces, and each item has a story. Creative people with amazing hands have made these treasures. Some are heirlooms already, and the rest will take their place in our family history, eventually. I often carry my late mother’s tiny clutch bag, which was made by my great uncle in the...  Continue Reading

05 Mar

Ink is the Link

Meet Amanda and Rob Soulodre, busy Saskatchewan entrepreneurs.    I am thrilled to be writing a food column for Prairies North, the magazine of Saskatchewan. My first article appears in the March 1, 2018, issue. I have subscribed to this colourful Saskatchewan publication for twenty years, and I consider it to be a celebrati...  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

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

08 Mar

One Can Never Have Too Many Scarves

My mother-in-law, at 97, still loves to buy a new scarf. One time when we were going through her closet we counted 88 scarves. She loves to give a few away, so we can shop for more. Trying on clothes is too difficult for her now, but she still has an eye for colour. Scarves are to a wardrobe, what spices are to a meal. They add...  Continue Reading

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