PB & Banana Rollups ~ Not just for kids!

I must admit, ever since I was a wee tot, I have always loved peanut butter and banana sandwiches.  There couldn’t be a better match made in the culinary world than these 2 plain ingredients in my opinion.  With this slight spin on the traditional sammie, kids will be even more enamored by them, not to mention, they are easier and less messier for kids to eat without the banana slices falling out.

This is also where you can sneak in some good, whole-grain goodness into without them knowing.


1 ripe Banana
2 Tbsp Peanut Butter (any variety, whatever …

My Garden’s First Haircut…

Surprisingly, after only a mere couple weeks of warm weather, parts of my garden needed a good sheering off.  Like sheep at the end of winter.  My resident Sage plant below was totally over-crowding my newly planted Tomatillos and due to the instant 30C heat in our neck of the woods, promptly started flowering…something it usually saves itself for in July.


So I took a few of the flowers and put them in a vase in the living room – the leaves give off that nice ‘sage-y’ smell and they really do look good as a cut flower arrangement.  I … Read more...

A Weekend of Firsts….

What are your momentous Firsts?  I am not talking about the usual First Kiss, First Beer (and corresponding First Hangover), First Child or First Divorce…. Rather, what are the things you have never done or thought you would have never done in your life?  But somehow ended up doing anyway, much to your own surprise.

So many things I had never had ANY inclination or urge to do….happened to me for the FIRST time this past weekend.

It all started with my dear husband, the love of my life, my best friend,  whom I was ready to take and have … Read more...

How to Make Home~Made Vegetable Stock

It is actually a really simple procedure which results in having your own great tasting, NO sodium stock on hand in the freezer to be used in soups, stews, risottos, fish/seafood dishes, etc.

I like to make my home-made stock right before grocery day.  I take all those odds and ends of veggies in the fridge that have been sitting around a day or two too long…you know, those carrots that look dried up, or the celery that is going limp, onions, radishes, even the peppers (any kind) that are now getting shriveled and wrinkly, or a smattering of broccoli, … Read more...

My Publishing Debut….

I know what you are thinking, she already ‘debuted’ a couple weeks ago…she must be losing it…But stick with me, this is different…this is for REAL publishing in a REAL magazine! 

Being a Realtor® here in Canada, we have access to some pretty awesome publications that are available to us and one of my favourites is REM – Real Estate Magazine (Canada’s premier business publication for the real estate industry, and yes, I took that from their site).

It is published once a month and when it comes in, I grab my cuppa tea and head over to the comfy … Read more...

And the winner is….

Happy Tuesday folks!  First, I want to thank all you great and kind people who entered for a chance to win either an Apron or a Clothespin Bag in my Site Launch/Giveaway Contest. 

I have had some really positive feedback from so many people and I look forward to writing and updating this blog pretty much daily…and henceforth, that you all still appreciate my ramblings!

So without further delay, shall we get on with the draw for a winner?!


tap…tap…tap…..(those are your fingers on the desk right?)


And the WINNER IS:

Betty Bartusevicius!

Betty, you shall be receiving an

Steamed at Your Garbanzos?

My usual method of preparing garbanzo beans (aka Chickpeas) is to re-hydrate them overnight in a bowl of water, and then cook the crud out of them the next day for hours on end…but this morning I was putting away my rice cooker/veggie steamer (I like to let it air-dry overnight after washing it) when I had a brain wave… (or a brain fart if it turned out badly)…I thought… why not cook the garbanzos in the steamer?!
Seemed logical enough to me.
This way, you don’t have to baby-sit the pot with stirring and have your stove running for

The History of Aprons…

I don’t think our kids know what an apron is…
Old Apron Pattern Pic1
The principal use of Grandma’s apron was to protect the dress underneath because she only had a few. It was also because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and aprons used less material. But along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.
It was wonderful for drying children’s tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.
From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in

Shock and Awe….Is Bad for Plants…

Yes, it is quite easy to ‘Shock’ your plants in preparation for their final place in the garden.  There is a transition period whereby you slowly ease your plants into the great outdoors a little at a time to get them used to the harshness of the world.

When plants spend time in your sunny window in the early spring or under grow lights, they are shielded from the burning rays of the sun that can scorch their delicate leaves and stress the plant.

To acclimatize them to the outdoors, start by taking your plants outside to a shady spot, … Read more...

Mother’s Day Gift ~ Lavender Sachet Pillow

What Mom wouldn’t want one of these gorgeous little pillows in her lingerie drawer? Filled with dried lavender flowers, it is the perfect scent that is neither too strong nor too subtle.

DSC04448All you need is some leftover fabric and dried lavender flowers (found at Craft Shops or grow and dry your own).

Take a 7″ x 13″ piece of fabric, fold in half (lengthwise, wrong sides together), stitch 2 of the 3 seams  with a 1/2″ seam allowance.  Turn right side out, stuff with dried flowers and then fold in the seam allowance of the last opening and slip-stitch … Read more...