Hooked On Fish & Chips

Sep 8, 2007 / 6:00 am

She says: Abbott & Costello, movies and popcorn, spaghetti & meatballs, PB & J, cheese and crackers... there are many pairings in this world that just need to be together to make the experience memorable. Fish & chips certainly fall in that category, in my book. We wanted to grab something to eat o


Sep 1, 2007 / 6:00 am

She says: As I sat on the deck tonight savouring what could be the last hot evening of the year, I reflected on the high points of the summer and realized that this year was a bit more spotty to say the least in the usual spectacular heat we get in the Okanagan. It was not very consistent this year

A Last Hurrah

Aug 25, 2007 / 7:54 am

She says: Can you believe it? Summer is winding down and soon the kids will be back at school and the routines will be back in force. Where did it all go, and why is it that time – especially summertime – passes quicker when you get older? We have been lucky enough to have Chloae with us this month

Summer Camping

Aug 18, 2007 / 6:00 am

She says: Well, we did the big camping trip to the Shuswap and had a glorious time, just as we had hoped. We spoiled ourselves a bit with some friends in Salmon Arm, but we did get the canoe on the water and pitched our tent, too. The trip brought back old memories of summer vacations when I was a

Dog Days Of Summer

Aug 11, 2007 / 6:00 am

She says: They call this time of year “the dog days of summer” because the dog star, Sirius, rises and sets with the sun. The ancient cultures thought this bright star (the brightest in the sky, actually) added heat to that of the sun and that was why this time of year was the hottest. I think it

The Have’s and the Have-not’s

Aug 4, 2007 / 6:00 am

I was wondering what to write about this week and then two articles caught my eye in the New York Times today. It made me think and so I thought I would share with you some of my thoughts… The first article was on Zimbabwe and the latest draconian measures taken by President Mugabe. He and his gove

The Land of Super Size!

Jul 28, 2007 / 6:00 am

He says: Last weekend we felt like a change of scenery so we drove down to Washington, USA. We had no real agenda aside from the fact that we wanted to attend a Sock Hop dance in Waconda, population a hand full. Just like most blue collar families, Kristin and I always try to assimilate the cultu

Rich Food, Poor Food

Jul 21, 2007 / 6:00 am

She says: The topic of money came up in various conversations this week, and of course as I am generally won""t to do, I connected it to food. I decided this week I wanted to talk about rich food versus poor food. Now I don""t want you thinking that I am a glutton, someone who is greedy or voraciou

Save our Fruits and Veggies!

Jul 14, 2007 / 6:00 am

She says: I know I am going to sound like a nostalgic old fart this week, but if you will indulge me a little, I think I can bring you around to a pertinent point that requires everyone’s attention, even that of the “young farts”…(HINT: If you discover what is wrong with the picture we included thi


Jul 7, 2007 / 6:00 am

She says: I was thinking about writing this week and after a couple of precious meals with my busy husband the thing that came to mind was how much more you enjoy food when you share it with someone you love. Even when you eat alone, a meal becomes special when there is something to associate it wi

National Jam Buster Day

Jun 30, 2007 / 6:00 am

She says: I was thinking about Canada Day coming up, and celebrating our culture, and it occurred to me that there are lots of food days for celebrating too. (Did you know that there is a “Tapioca Day”, “Bologna Day” and even “Sneak Some Zucchini on Your Neighbour’s Porch Night”?) What would be a C


Jun 23, 2007 / 6:00 am

Chickens don’t have fingers, do they? She says: As summer dawns this week and the kids are released from school, it makes me think of all that time I remember as a kid myself, loose in front of the family fridge…what, I wondered, do most kids eat through the summer in today’s world? I read an art

Hunters And Gatherers

Jun 16, 2007 / 6:00 am

She says: This weekend we celebrate Father’s Day, and I thought it was only fair that we do some kind of tribute since we offered up our thanks to Moms. It seems fair to say that although Dads are certainly an important part of our everyday life, their special day is much less of a fuss than the on

News Flash

Jun 9, 2007 / 6:00 am

She says: I saw a news piece this week that spoke on the topic of urban myths, or what used to be called “old wives’ tales”. They were debunking all those things your mother told you when you were a kid - to get you to eat your veggies or brush your teeth. They were the kinds of things we wished we

Ba-be-cue Please!

Jun 2, 2007 / 6:00 am

He says: For the last couple years I have become a somewhat big bbq fan. I am talking about authentic ba-be-cue… yes, without the “R”. This past January, I contracted a welder to build me a rig that I could use for work and for pleasure. So this week I am very happy to report that I finally took

A Salad By Any Other Name...

May 26, 2007 / 9:00 am

As things heat up I am encouraged to see the garden grow, and know that soon we will have our own veggies from the garden. Salad is a staple at our house during the warm season, and I love being able to gather the ingredients from the back yard. I remember as a kid that the usual salad was with iceb

Watch For Smoke Stacks!

May 19, 2007 / 6:00 am

She says: Well, I am just the precursor to the main event this week, so I will be brief. As someone who is more the moral support for the BBQ-er in the household, I will not profess to have any expertise except perhaps in the potato salad or the table set-up. I just stand back and watch, and enjoy

Are You My Mother?

May 12, 2007 / 6:00 am

She says: I was thinking this week about how to write something that would be an ode to my mother, and it turned out to be a difficult concept, because I really did have the quintessential mother. She was all the things you would expect and want, in every way shape and form. I thought if I wrote ab

Sunshine On Cloudy Day

May 5, 2007 / 6:00 am

It has been cloudy quite a bit lately, and at our house things have been hectic, so in that environment of course it is easy to get stressed and down. We all have our ways of pulling out of that blue funk and so this week when I had to use a couple, I thought of sharing them with you. One of the th

The Good Things in Life

Apr 28, 2007 / 6:00 am

She says: Do you ever have those times when things just seem to go right, and that proverbial Murphy fellow is nowhere to be found? Well, last weekend I had one of those times and I thought I would share it. We went to Vancouver to see “Stomp”, a group of performers that do routines using various p