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24 Oct

Mind Blowing Caramel Coconut Icing

Every fall I receive beets from my friend Aline, and I make several Beet and Carrot Cakes to place in my freezer. In response to my past blog about Beet and Carrot Cake, I received many comments and emails. Aline told me her recipe for Beet and Carrot Cake was identical to mine, but her icing was entirely different. She shared...  Continue Reading

12 Oct

Patterns for Simple Gingerbread Houses

My Eats and Treats column for the winter 2018 issue of Prairies North Magazine is titled Starter Home - Gingerbread Style. To accompany that article, I am sharing a few ideas about making gingerbread house patterns.  Designing a bungalow pattern is easy. Start with a pad of graph paper. If this is your first attempt, count ...  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

12 Sep

Vintage Half Hour Pudding

My husband, the boy from the Get a Bigger Wagon stories, truly loves this pudding. He keeps the leftovers in the fridge and happily warms further servings in the microwave. He assures me that this pudding keeps well for three days.  I found the original recipe, written in fountain pen, in my mother’s personal cookbook, whi...  Continue Reading

25 Jul

Before Google, there was The Universal Handbook

This leather-bound book, published in 1938, was always on the coffee table in my mother-in-law’s home. Towards the end of her 98 years on the planet, the covers were held together with lengths of duct tape, and the pages were tattered and curled. It looked like a bible, but the family referred to it as her dictionary. Had I re...  Continue Reading

11 Jul

Caramel Puffed Rice Cake

The Boy, of "Get a Bigger Wagon" fame, loves this treat! Measure six or seven cups of puffed rice (not Rice Krispies) into a large mixing bowl. Mix the following ingredients in a saucepan, bring to a boil over medium heat, and boil for two minutes. ½ cup corn syrup ½ cup butter 1-cup brown sugar 1-teaspoon vanilla Pour ...  Continue Reading

08 Jul

Gertrude's Marinated Onion Slices

Our friend Gertrude made three batches of these onions in one week because my eldest daughter ate them, enthusiastically, on everything. My daughter was ten years old, at the time, and we were visiting Gertrude at the lake. This recipe is simple and the onions are delicious!!   Prepare Onions: Slice one large, sweet onion, ...  Continue Reading

03 Jul

Best Chocolatey Puffed Wheat Cake Ever

My son-in-law had a childhood memory of the perfect puffed wheat cake. After decades of sampling and searching, he was interested when one of his employees brought a pan of very chocolatey puffed wheat cake to a potluck lunch at work. My son-in-law tried it, and there it was – the texture and taste he remembered. The young man...  Continue Reading

14 Jun

The Summer Issue has Arrived

Every time a copy of Prairies North, the magazine of Saskatchewan, arrives in my mailbox, it feels like an invitation to curl up with a cup of tea in my favourite armchair and read a couple of articles. I pace my reading over several solitary tea times, savouring the highlights of Saskatchewan.  The summer 2018 issue has rece...  Continue Reading

05 Jun

Crispy Lemon Refrigerator Cookies

Refrigerator cookies are made in two steps. I often let the dough rest in the refrigerator overnight, so I can bake them just before guests arrive for tea the next day. The smell of cookies baking creates an inviting atmosphere. Most vintage cookbooks contain a basic recipe for icebox cookies with several variations on a bas...  Continue Reading

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