Archive | September, 2014

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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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