I resolve to . . .

Dec 26, 2015 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed It’s that time of year again. Did you make a resolution?  Have you resolved to improve on some area of your life? Are you aiming to reach a new goal? In the spirit of lists, and easing the stress of entering into a new year, I have prepared my Top Ten N

The perfect holiday table

Dec 19, 2015 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Okay, we're on the home stretch to Christmas, so I thought it was time to make sure you had all the crucial information for the big day.  We've talked about Christmas spirit, and traditions, and some of the treats . . . now we get down to the Christmas d

Keep the magic in Christmas

Dec 12, 2015 / 6:00 am

Photo: Kristin Peturson-Laprise Christmas shortbread We are getting down to the nitty gritty now - it's just a couple of weeks ’til the big day, so if you don't have your Christmas spirit dusted off, you’d better get to it.  Wait, did I hear a ‘Bah, hu

Naughty or nice?

Dec 5, 2015 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed We had our Girl Guide Christmas sing-along this past week, and of course among the favourites on the song list was ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’.  The young girls in the crowd were especially conscious of the warnings - you know . . .  &nbs

Time is the tastiest treat

Nov 28, 2015 / 6:00 am

Photo: Kristin Peturson-Laprise I read an article this week that said couples who spend time together are happier, and live longer.  I wondered just who had managed to bamboozle a government agency or research body into paying for that study, because it seemed like a no-brainer to

Traditions, old and new

Nov 21, 2015 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed I was catching up with family news on Facebook this past week, and it occurred to me that I was reading a new sort of Christmas card.  It made me think how little things have changed in my lifetime about this time of year. You may wonder if I have had a bit too

50 years of food

Nov 14, 2015 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed I'm writing this column on my 50th birthday. That's a lot of cake and candles!  Have to admit that I feel pretty good, better than I thought I would for a half century on the planet. The food I have consumed might have something to do with that, so here

Foodie on the road

Nov 7, 2015 / 7:00 am

Las Vegas Foodie Heaven Photo: Kristin Peturson-Laprise Only in America Photo: Kristin Peturson-Laprise 800 degree pizzas Photo: Kristin Peturson-Laprise Chartreuse soufflè Photo: Kristin Peturson-Laprise Chicken and waffles Photo: Kristin Peturs

Living in the moment

Oct 24, 2015 / 6:00 am

Photo: Kristin Peturson-Laprise Ella lives in the moment The title sounds so simple, doesn't it? We talk about the spiritual ideal of enjoying life’s moments to their utmost, being true to ourselves so that we can make the most of every moment . . . yet I have found it's

Seventh inning stretch

Oct 17, 2015 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Baseball isn't baseball without a hot dog October is a month when most things are winding down, but there is still anticipation and excitement for the end of the year. Gardens are getting wrapped up, farms are turning the ground over, and everyone starts to prepa

The light within

Oct 10, 2015 / 5:00 am

  Photo: Kristin Peturson-Laprise The last week or so, walking the dogs in the morning has been an ethereal experience.  With the sun rising later, we are often out just as dawn breaks, and with the first streams of light coming over the hills and across the lake, it seems

Turning leaves, new and old

Oct 3, 2015 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed "Just before the death of flowers, and before they are buried in snow, There comes a festival season when nature is all aglow."                                      

Finish on a good note

Sep 26, 2015 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed As we approach the holiday season with all its meals, parties and treats galore, I thought it might be a good idea to get us prepared. Being able to comfortably digest all those goodies helps in one's enjoyment of the event, so I am offering a few tried

An apple a day...

Sep 12, 2015 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed It is apple season, but that is not so much what I'm going to talk about this week. Rather, I thought it would be fun to look at some of those everyday expressions we use that involve food items. Some of the stories behind them are quite intriguing. And of course, s

Shifting gears

Sep 5, 2015 / 5:00 am

It’s happened again. I wasn’t paying attention and it snuck up on me. Just when I was getting into the groove, too… You know what I mean, I am sure. I am talking about the ominous turn of the calendar page. It is September. Summer is over. Even though I have put it down on the

Feeding the horde

Aug 29, 2015 / 5:00 am

This past weekend we hosted a family reunion for my Icelandic relatives. It truly was like having an invading horde at the house, and given that my family is of Viking descent it seemed somewhat fitting. It was a barrage of noise and movement, and a seemingly endless array of meals and coffee to org

The Okanagan at its finest!

Aug 22, 2015 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed The Okanagan has been known for its fruits for generations. People from around the world come here in summer to pick, buy and eat the many varieties fresh and in season. This year Mother Nature sped things up a bit, so we have already enjoyed much of the bounty. Peaches

Times they are a-changing

Aug 15, 2015 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed It used to be that families regularly ate together at a dining room table, and children were told to clean their plates, or there would be no dessert for them. Meals for the most part had a certain familiarity: cereal or toast for breakfast, a sandwich or soup for lunch

I am...happy

Aug 8, 2015 / 5:00 am

In recent years we seem to have transcended the stereotype that paints Canadians as almost-like Americans but with a colder climate and a funny accent, thanks in no small part to those beer ads that advertise all the passions Canadians have. All the wonderful pastimes we enjoy are certainly part of


Aug 1, 2015 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Summer is the season that seems to be the most anticipated and the one that flies by the fastest. My garden works in the same way... everything sprouts and grows and flowers and then all of a sudden I am in a rush to make sure we enjoy it all. Radishes and lettuce first