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

What makes it all go round

Jul 25, 2015 / 5:00 am

We had our little summer break last weekend and enjoyed ourselves immensely. We ate leisurely meals, we stopped at the side of the road to enjoy the view, we chatted with locals in shops, we danced the night away, we gazed at the stars. It was a truly glorious experience. Now we are back in the h

Be bop, blues and breakfast

Jul 18, 2015 / 5:00 am

Photo: Thinkstock.com Yes, readers, it's that time of year again... I'm off to the good old U.S. of A this weekend for our the annual Wauconda Sock Hop and Antique Car Show. My dance partner and I have become the token Canuck contingent at this little community event, drifting bac

Tastes of summer

Jul 11, 2015 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Every season has its flavours but dining al fresco lends an extra-special air to the tastes of summer. The pleasure of dining outdoors is something we regard as slightly decadent in Canada, what with our cold winters and short summers. Here in the Okanagan we are blesse

As Canadian as...

Jun 27, 2015 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Sitting on the edge of summer with our national day of pride upon us, I am reminded of that phrase our neighbours to the south use: “As American as hot dogs and apple pie”. It doesn’t sound like much of a meal, and I am not sure where they cornered the

Daddy's princess

Jun 20, 2015 / 5:00 am

Isn't it funny how Mother's Day and Father's Day differ? Everyone seems to think that Mother's Day is about paying Mom back for all the hard work she does, almost a guilt trip as often she is doing more than her share for the whole family. But Dad's Day is a quieter affair; get h

Here comes the sun

Jun 13, 2015 / 5:00 am

Photo: Thinkstock.com I was very touched this week, feeling the power of Mother Nature in those times it can make us seem small and insignificant. It happened a few times; once I was left feeling overwhelmed with joy at being able to experience life, another time I felt helpless and asham

Food trivia tidbits

Jun 6, 2015 / 5:00 am

Photo: Thinkstock.com This week my brain is mush, what with the start of the busy summer season and a ridiculous summer cold that I really don't need :) So, I'm regaling you with some water cooler talk, tidbits you can share around the dinner table that will amaze your guests with

Time for dandelions

May 30, 2015 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Phew, I feel better. I was beginning to despair that I would not be enjoying summer enough with all the work we have. But then, for the first time this year I sat outside after work just a short while ago, with my feet propped up and a beverage in my hand, enjoying the

Mediterranean Quinoa

May 28, 2015 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Ingredients: 1 cup cooked quinoa 2 cups kale, chopped 1 can diced tomatoes 1 can artichoke hearts, drained 1 chicken breast, diced Half a pepper (any color you like) Half of a zucchini 1/2 cup large onion, diced 8 cloves of garlic, minced 1 cup p

Eat your crusts!

May 23, 2015 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Do you remember hearing your parents say that when you were young? The rest of the comment was usually reinforced with the fact that there were children starving in Africa. Guess what? There are still children starving in Africa (as well as many other places) and there