Square Season

I’ve got the baking bug. Perhaps the result of months of watching the Great British Baking Show, the Great Canadian Baking Show and the Great American Baking Show. Watching nice people bake nice things and saying nice supportive things to each other has warmed my heart and given me the encouragement to dig out my…

Ted Ngoy, The Donut King

Last month a publishing company sent out the usual distribution email offering a copy of the book “The Donut King”. I was intrigued by the remarkable sounding rags to riches life story of Ted Ngoy. I asked for a copy and it was promptly sent and received. It’s a small book, 169 pages long. It…

Marmalade and Woodward’s

The internet continues to vex me. After having a simple but delicious slice of hot, buttery toast and marmalade that my sister-in-law made using Ma Made Marmalade, I had to Google search “marmalade” because suddenly I needed to know EVERYTHING about marmalade. This makes a delicious marmalade, without the horror of watching your hands turn…

It Never Gets Old at Fort Edmonton Park

Michael and I were invited guests to attend Sunday Brunch at Fort Edmonton Park this morning. With a bright blue Alberta sky, a crispiness in the air, I couldn’t think of a nicer thing to do. Arriving at Fort Edmonton on the off-season is in itself an adventure. YOU GET TO DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE IN…

Snacks by Janis Thiessen

Oh I love snacks. I grew up with a family that was all about snacks and snacking. We had a snack cupboard, and we were allowed to help ourselves to these snacks when we wanted to. The only caveat was that we’d only take “one or two” cookies, a “handful of chips”, or a small…

Can It Get Any Worse?

Last Thursday, September 14 I injured my knee to the point of complete immobilization. Doing what? Not from doing parkour. Oh no. I have blown my knee by sitting at a desk for more than six hours a day, five days a week, for decades. In the last few years, I have done next to…

Smoothie Fever

My sister introduced me to the miracle of smoothies several years ago. Never a veggie fan, I learned that smoothies are a delicious way to consume nutrient packed spinach, kale, celery and cucumber (to name but a few). Smoothies are unlike juicing in that you are getting the benefit of the whole fruit or vegetable…

Crum Coffee Bar

Edmonton has a new independently owned and operated coffee bar. The beautiful Mila and Christine Gossain sisters have opened Crum Coffee Bar located at 4640 Calgary Trail South, Edmonton. With plenty of free parking, it’s an easy stop when running errands, meeting a friend, or wanting to sit and relax and work through the Edmonton…

Beef Bone Broth

I rarely watch the food channels on television. I get agitated by loud electric guitar rifts  used for background music while trying to listen to high-strung extroverts show off their culinary skills. I know I’m being mean and generalizing, but it’s how I feel about television in general (unless its something quaint and soothing like…

Spaghetti alla Puttanesca

Also known as Prostitute’s or Whore’s spaghetti. Why? I’ve learned the aromatics from this dish is supposed to tickle the olfactory system, thus enticing a working girl’s customers to come pay a visit. Before I go further, let me give credit where it is due. I came across the recipe I’m using from an article…

Eggs in YEG

Although my parents, and my parent’s parents all grew up on farms with chickens roaming free and happily laying eggs, I grew up with grocery store eggs. I continued to buy grocery store eggs well into my 48th year on this planet. My first experience with non-grocery store eggs was done with some apprehension. A…

The Minimalism Game

September was declared the Month of Minimalism in Walsh Manor. I was inspired by Twitter’s and Edmonton’s cheerleader, reuse and recycle advocate, self proclaimed kook and social media sweetheart, Super Su. I embarked on a quest to rid our two bedroom abode of all its unloved and unused stuff. It was sold to me as…