How many recipes have you seen that list water as an ingredient? A pasta sauce recipe, for example, may say to add a cup of water. How much flavour does water have? Nothing. I am always preaching to be innovative while cooking and add ingredients other than water such as […]

The outside temperature now says seven degrees. The sky is blue and today there is a little brisk wind from the west. There are waves on the upper river and walkers have left their dens for outside exercise. It is amazing what a difference one week can make in your […]

My youngest daughter made a request of me several years ago, to write down for her the wisdom I have acquired from all these many years of being alive, with even more under my belt now. She gives me too much credit. For a moment or two or three, I […]

They were all strangers spread equally spaced around the Debating Table at the Bakery in Rainy River Monday morning. The weather had broken and they came out of hibernation in droves just as the Groundhog had predicted they would. But who were they? No familiar faces. Just sets of eyes […]

Finally, we are getting a much-needed break in the weather. This really cuts the stress of cows calving outside when the temperatures return to a much more bearable number. Sunday in the bright sun was the first day that I didn’t have any calves. I am sure they thought it […]

As this seemingly never-ending, brutal pandemic continues to wreak havoc on all of us, there has been one bright side for the fishing community in that more people than ever before are going fishing. Over the past several months there have been a bunch of different states and provinces who […]

Dahlias are considered one of the most spectacular garden flowers as they can provide the colour and excitement of exotic species that we are unable to plant in our zone. There are thousands of varieties of dahlias that range, from the showy dinner-plate size to the bright, little single ones. […]

I love my bed. Not the specific bed that I currently occupy at night now, but “my” bed, in general terms. It is my safe place, my place of comfort, my place of big ideas and small wishes, my place of remembering. I tuck myself into my bed when I […]

This is a retread as the Polar Vortex has my creative juices totally frozen up…. Moose sent me an email the other day claiming that men are deep thinkers and supported that argument with the hypothesis that the pain of childbirth did not hold a candle to the male equivalent […]

It is “Family Day” as I write this column. It is much like Christmas; we are together but separated. Our children are both 1700 km away from us. In many ways, “Family Day” is not as it was supposed to be. Planned by politicians, the “Family Day” February holiday was […]

February is supposed to a short month but with these extreme temperatures it is seeming rather long. I believe we have hit the two-week mark for cold weather, and I don’t remember seeing -40 on my thermometer so many times in a row. To say it has been challenging for […]