The Kids Write Night Poems

We did some free writing over the weekend, and I asked the kids to write “Night Poems.” Usually, I have little prompts for them, encouraging them to write in a certain style or to choose a specific image to concentrate on … i.e. “Make a List of Things You’d See in the Sky” or “Write from the […]

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Apple Bourbon Pecan Pie with Bourbon Pecan Crust

It’s been a bourbon year at the Lunchbox Season. To go with our Drunk Cherry Jam and our Bourbon Old Fashioned Cranberry Sauce, we just had to get a pie in there…. How about an apple pie, with a bourbon soak and a good whallop of pecan pieces and halves? What a pie it is, my friends! […]

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From Weekday Main to Thanksgiving Side: Stuffed Acorn Squash

We came home from apple picking with a boat load of apples and a couple of choice squash. The beautiful green acorns were the first to go. Talk about Meatless Monday!! We filled those babies with a mix of diced apples, onions, kale, peppers, pistachios and quinoa. And, believe you, me, one half of a stuffed squash was an […]

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Earnest Apple Picking Peking Duck

It was an Earnest Apple Picking Peking Duck weekend…and that’s only the half of it! On Friday night, the kids had their first “exposure” to The Importance of Being Earnest. We were able to secure some prime seats at Hart House Theatre (thanks Trevor!) for the penultimate performance of the play.  The kids had quite a long […]

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Bourbon Old Fashioned Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Sauce is always A REALLY BIG DEAL AROUND HERE. We’ve taken to making our large batches ahead of the holidays and “putting them up” in jars to keep for the whole season long or to give as holiday gifts.  Over the past few years, we’ve come up with some amazing recipes!  Who can forget […]

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A Wicked Weekend

Saturday, September 27: A walk to the beach in the morning with Bea, and a stop on the rocks to look at the sunrise. Letting the dog loose along the cove so that he could chase the ducks. Pastries and hot drinks from Zane patisserie. Sending the girl to the art supply store to pick […]

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All-About-Me Pendants

Last week, Toby’s teacher asked them to make some salt-dough pendants which in some way shape or form told the class a little bit about themselves. I thought this was a great idea. And, I thought Toby’s idea of incorporating a “single word” on his pendant was fantastic, particularly when he told me that he wanted […]

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Word on the Street 2014

It’s become an annual tradition! We visited Toronto’s Word on the Street on Sunday, returning to our old favourite booths, finding new must-see publishers and venues, and listening to some fabulous authors read from their work.  Some of my own personal Word on the Street highs included: Listening to Adrienne Weiss read from There are No Solid Gold […]

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A Little Evening Gardening: Planting Spring Bulbs

I’ve been looking for opportunities to get outside with the kids in the evenings after school in order to shake off the cares of the day and to cure the sniffles [seems everyone has "the cold"].  Now “getting outside” doesn’t always require play or vigorous exercise. Sometimes, gardening is the best medicine! So, yesterday, thinking that we’d […]

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Small Batch Sweet Spiced Pickled Parsnips

Let’s face it, there’s been a chill in the air since August. No matter what the calendar says, it’s FALL! And, nothing says fall to me like root vegetables. Here’s our recipe for amazing Sweet Spiced Pickled Parsnips! Small Batch Sweet Spiced Pickled Parsnips makes 3 half-pints Ingredients 1 lb parsnips, 4 large, peeled and “coin-sliced” […]

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Drunk-Cherry Jam: Cherry Bourbon Jam with a Low-Sugar Option

We lost our beloved backyard cherry tree a few years ago, and we’ve been mourning it ever since. To pay some homage to that backyard beauty, we thought we’d drown our sorrows in bourbon, family-friendly bourbon-flavoured jam, that is. Drunk-Cherry Jam: Cherry Bourbon Jam with a Low-Sugar Option makes 750ml + a generous cook’s treat, […]

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Keeping up with the Kids, 365

“Stop taking pictures of the calendar,” yelled my youngest. “I’m syncing our schedules on my tablet, now!” While the giant paper calendar in the kitchen has its uses, it’s hard for our family to keep tabs on each other unless we’re standing right there in front of it.  And, let’s face it, we’re not home […]

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Easy Locker Magnets

Bea is attending a new school this year. And, for the first time, she has a locker.  To make her feel comfortable, I thought it might be a good idea to give her a few pictures of her favourite friends, stuffies, and animals to post inside her new space. While I struck out trying to source magnetic […]

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Fall 2014 Love To Do List

Welcome back to The Lunchbox Season! Here’s our Fall 2014 Love To Do List Invent a New Pie Knit Wristlets & Scarves Cider Donuts Apple Picking Fly Kites at Windfest Apple & Cheese BLT’s Drunk-Cherry Jam Candied Apples Pickled Root Vegetables Write Night Poems Fall Colours Nature Walk Funny Family Photos Make “Mix-Tapes” Chili and […]

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Summer of Funner 2014 is Coming!

Hey folks! It’s been a while! I had a stumble and fall and broke two metacarpals in my dominant hand…Now, post-surgery, and in the early stages of recovery, I’m in the throes of planning our greatest Summer of Funner yet! Join us after the extra-long Canada Day weekend at our sister site: Summer of Funner!! […]

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