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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

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

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