The Main Menu: Pickling no longer difficult

In the old days, pickling or preserving occurred on the hottest day of the year. It involved a great deal of boiling water, scalding jars, cleaning fruit and vegetables, and sweat. In short, preserving of old was hard work. Thankfully, the process has been streamlined. Although it still involves preparation, science has simplified the steps, […]

Curley, the Westie, wins her dream

Every stray dog has a story. But until we crack the Bark Code and learn the language, I’ll keep making them up. We’ve had directionally-challenged travelling sales-dogs, beauty school drop-outs and banished princesses to name a few. The cute little elf pictured here? I’m guessing she walked away from a decent job at Santa’s workshop […]

Glenn Cochrane: Croquet tournament is a hit at Kew Cottage

I and the Wife and a host of other dedicated volunteers are poised to add another chapter to this area’s storied athletic history. It doesn’t have the smash-mouth reputation of three-down football or six-person hockey, but on the other hand participants need clear eyes, steady hands and a willingness to take a gamble. I am […]

With or without Jack, we must hope and love

In the corner of my bedroom is my father’s cane.  In the final months of his battle with cancer, it became necessary.  But it was also used with such an ease and, often, to great comic effect.  It became an extension of him.  So I have kept his cane – near. I think this is […]

Make your own craft supplies – it’s easy

A,B,C & tumble down D, The cats in the cupboard and can’t see me! Now that the big kids are heading back to school, have some fun in the kitchen with the littles! You don’t have to buy paint or play doh, you can easily make it and create another fun activity while you’re at […]

Food for thought (for pennies less)

Have you seen those couponing shows on the TV where they buy $1800 worth of groceries but end up paying only $5.47? I watched one recently and was absolutely blown away! But, realistically, I’m not turning my basement into a storeroom, or giving up my day job in order to do the organization required to […]

The Main Menu: Three great tomato recipes

When I was a kid, my favourite summertime sandwich was a slab of beefsteak tomato on fresh white bread generously spread with mayonnaise. The tomato was sprinkled with salt and fresh black pepper and another slice of bread topped the whole thing off. You cut the sandwich in triangles and devoured it immediately. This simple […]