homemade grenadine

When I was younger, a treat for me and my siblings was when our parents would take us out to dinner.  Unlike today, that didn’t happen regularly when I was growing up.  But when it did, it was a special event as I knew I would get treated to a Shirley Temple drink. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious

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easy to make grainy mustard

There’s an immense satisfaction when something homemade turns out well and puts a smile on your face.  It gives that boost in confidence and lets you know you can tackle the next project on a high note.  We love grainy mustard almost as much as we do Dijon.  In the past 20 years, I have…

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Ah, the annual holiday gift giving is upon us.  Our brains go into overdrive thinking of things to buy and our bank accounts take a beating.  I sometimes think we’re much too over-the-top with our purchases; the needs vs. wants dilemma.  In the past few years I’ve adopted gift giving from the heart which means…

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I love gearing up for the Christmas holidays as it’s one of my favorite times of the year.  People seem a bit kinder, smile more and the feeling of mutual respect resonates more during this time of the year than any other.  Not to sound the alarm bells, but there are only 46 days before…

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Almond milk is something I’ve been wanting to try for a while but like anything else I investigate, timing is always key and I need to be in the ‘mood’ to experiment.  When I found out just how easy it was to make and the taste didn’t put me off, I wondered why it took…

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yogurt popsicles

Mr. S. enjoys eating yogurt for his mid morning snack but he realized that the ‘deal’ we got on buying 16 was nearing its expiry date.  He would have to devour 8 in the next two days!  We’re usually good at checking expiry dates but this one must have slipped through the cracks.  We had…

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I remember the first time we ate a bagel from Picnic Artisan Bakery in Alderney Landing Farmers’ Market.  It was so delicious we made a beeline for her stall every Saturday morning.  And, you had to be there before 10am or you would be left with slim pickings.  Jessica Best, breadmaster extraordinaire, has since joined…

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When it’s cold outside there’s nothing more comforting and warming than homemade soup.  Soup, by the way, doesn’t need to be arduous nor does it need to take a long time to make to taste good. Carrot soup with feta and quinoa should make you take notice as this isn’t something ordinary but downright scrumptious!…

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vanilla ice cream

Hello 2014! I don’t know about you, but I’m really glad to see the back of 2013.  It was an unsettling year for us and things can only get better.  As I write this post it’s -18c (windchill lowering it to -26c)…bitterly cold!  It would seem a bit odd that I am writing about homemade…

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I had been meaning to stop by the historic farmers’ market. I told my husband that I wanted to go there for a specific reason but when I arrived that reason escaped me until I spotted a table across the way decked out in spices. Yes! Now it’s coming back to me. Costas Halavrezos, former…

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