Our Journey Home

Lawns

Until today I used to be able to say that I had never mowed a lawn in my life. And that would be a completely true statement. I grew up on a farm where mowing the ‘lawn’ consisted of getting a horse or pony and a book and laying out on the grass for a couple hours. As an adult either I lived somewhere that didn’t have a lawn to maintain or someone else took care of it and it…

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Dry clothes forever for $40 and some time

I finally did it. I hung a clothesline. I now have a 40ft made mostly by nature clothes dryer and it cost me $40 whole dollars. It was surprisingly easy to hang also granted I had some help. First we screwed in two hooks to studs coming off the house and the garage one of said studs was high up so there was some precarious ladder climbing involved. We thread the wire through each of the reels and into the…

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Amazing Honey

I have recently started to substitute honey for white and brown sugar in my recipes. Half of the required sugar is the measurement of honey that I have been using. 1 cup white sugar = 1/2 cup honey Honey is amazing!! If you want soft chewy cookies that stay like they were just taken out of the oven use honey! Shh…. I bet the cookie companies don’t want you to know this!

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A Root Cellar!

I have a cellar! The house that I recently moved into is VERY old. How old I don’t know but pre second world war easily.  And of course as such it has a root cellar as all houses should. I am thrilled. I grew up with a cold room and for those of you who don’t know a cold room is a room that essentially sits ‘outside’ of a houses normal structure and foundation, much like a cellar of old…

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My Pantry

I love food. It is such a wonderful thing. I love knowing the path of my food and being able to see it. My pantry is filled with glass jars. I hunt them down at garage sales and thrift stores. Apparently here in Kamloops those fabulous huge glass jars I keep finding with the white lids are what the cafeteria food for the hospital used to come in. They would sell them at the RIH Thrift Seller for a quarter.…

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Preserving Summer’s Harvest

I love summer. Who doesn’t. But what I love about it is the growing season and how the produce changes as it ripens and becomes ready for harvesting. The kitchen staples of apples, oranges and bananas are a perfect example of how out of touch we are with where the food we eat comes from. Bananas are terribly cheap, horribly cheap as a matter of fact and everytime I eat a fresh banana I think a little part of me…

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