(Cooked) Grape Juice in 5 Easy Steps

grape juice

This was the first year we had lots of grapes to harvest and preserve! I was thinking of making wine, but did not think that I would have enough or that it might be a bit too complicated, requiring blending of grapes, etc.; so I decided on juice (and jelly — apparently my husband loves […]

Camping Food: Southwestern Beans & Rice

Summer goals One of this summer’s missions was to get camping, finally. We started getting into it with our first born, but then we had a second and life happened and and and… And, we did it! We got back camping this year. First car camping a bit, then we streamlined and planned for a […]

My Grocery Bill Rant

making bread

I’m really trying to get our grocery bill down or, at the very least, keep it where it is at in spite of rising food costs and growing bellies. I find this hard. Rationalizing a lifestyle change, with math Between enjoying cooking and eating lots of whole foods, we spend a lot of money on […]

Toasted Yum Granola Bars

nut free bar

I hate to admit it, but it has been a long winter in our house. Between cold snaps, dressing a non-compliant toddler, illness, and some wicked cold snaps, I relished days where I could pull a jar of sweet summer sunshine out of my freezer. I will let the picture speak for its metaphorical self. […]

5 Flexible Family-Friendly Meals

local vs organic

Family-friendly meals: what are those? Pasta, right? It’s great for kids to try new foods. We always offer up new items and have a ‘try it’ rule in our house. Our kids are also not allowed to whine that they “not like it“, as the toddler might be prone to protesting, but are very much […]

Seeded Multigrain Sandwich Bread

seeded sandwich bread

I. Love. This. Recipe. I now religiously make it once per week. It’s infallible, makes great sandwiches because it’s fluffy inside, and it freezes really well. I can make two loaves but almost always stretch it out to three (somewhat shorter) ones, which is perfect for kid sandwiches. I slice two loaves once they’ve cooled completely […]

Bespoke Birthdays: Dirt Cupcakes

garden cake

Turning 5 is a big deal.  No joke.  Formal schooling begins.  Drawing skills are out of this world.  Chapter books are fun to read, even for the parents.  Serious distances can be done on bike (at least when pastries or ice cream is used as a motivator).  She can skip.  She can whistle!  And, she […]

Eat: Our journey with eating and food

eating food

At the root of it all Eating and food have been at the heart of my family since before we had kids.  Sharing meals with friends framed our university days and forms the bulk of my memories of life in Montréal.  I should have dropped out of my expensive neurodevelopment training program at McGill (that is, my […]

Blueberry Scones with Crunchy Sugar Topping

blueberry scones

The last of the summer fresh blueberries are rolling in to the market.  These blueberry scones have been a staple for us this summer: eating them on the cargo bike en route to swimming lessons, early in the morning; lingering over breakfast in the garden while the girls play; or, snacking on them while out […]

Vanilla Zucchini Cupcakes

vanilla zucchini cupcakes

The end of summer is full of big milestones for us: two birthdays and our anniversary, all squeezed in to two very short weeks.  The past couple of years the girls’ birthdays have been a bit, um, neglected due to one of them being born and then a family emergency.  This year my goal has […]