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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The Kids Take on Surrealist Collage

On Saturday evening, we had the pleasure of attending a one-night-only pop-up show of the collages of artist, poet, and family friend, Ludwig Zeller.  We travelled over to Bathurst and Dupont to take part in the launch of The Year of the Quiet Sun, a project of Someone Editions, a small letterpress operation in Toronto.  We […]

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Cinco de Mayo: Papel Picado Garland

We’ve always been amazed by the paper-cutting talents of our collage-artist friends. And, we’ve had our own successes making window silhouettes for Halloween. So, to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, we thought we’d try our hands at making Papel Picado (perforated paper) and stringing a garland across the dining room entranceway.  You most often see Papel […]

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Weekly Treat: Soft Sparkly Ginger Cookies

It’s been a long time since we’ve posted a weekly treat for the lunchboxes! So, here goes….a softer-than-ever ginger cookie whose sugar coating twinkles in the emerging light of spring! Soft Sparkly Ginger Cookies makes 60 Ingredients 4 c all-purpose flour 3 tsp baking soda 1 tbs ground cinnamon 2-3 tsp ground ginger 1 tsp […]

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