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Happy Gourmand

Summer's a magical season

Jul 22, 2017 / 7:35 am

Summer is all about simple pleasure and new adventures. Winter is more about routine and the comfort of everyday life, and spring and fall are about the...

Here's to good taste

Jul 15, 2017 / 6:00 am

I know I am going to sound like a nostalgic, old fuddy-duddy this week, but if you will indulge me a little, I think I can bring you around to a pertinent point...

Dog days of summer

Jul 8, 2017 / 6:00 am

The hottest days of summer are often referred to as the dog days because the dog star, Sirius, rises and sets with the sun at this time of year. It is the...

I am Canadian, and happy

Jul 1, 2017 / 6:00 am

Canadians are sometimes perceived by outsiders as almost-like Americans, but living in a colder climate with a funny accent. What is it to be Canadian? Thanks,...

Are we there yet?

Jun 24, 2017 / 6:00 am

It seems we were all waiting with bated breath for summer to begin this year. Spring was a slow and poignant thing, and not the luxurious beginning to a...

Cool dads like it really hot

Jun 17, 2017 / 6:00 am

With Father’s Day this weekend, it seemed the perfect thing to write an ode to the barbecue. In this part of the world anyway, dads are generally the ones...

Eating at summer camp

Jun 10, 2017 / 6:00 am

Soon, the regular daily routine will go out the window as we head into summer. Kids will be out of school so there are no more bag lunches or after-school...

The wisdom of Pooh

Jun 3, 2017 / 6:00 am

Isn’t it funny how some things keep coming back to you throughout your life? I have a good friend who says that life keeps presenting lessons to us until...

Salad by any other name...

May 27, 2017 / 6:00 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...

Female energy of spring

May 20, 2017 / 6:00 am

May is a month for matriarchs, it seems. Mothers' Day was May 14 in Canada and this weekend we celebrate Victoria Day (Queen Victoria's birthday). In...

Getting down and dirty

May 6, 2017 / 6:00 am

They say April showers bring May flowers. In the Okanagan this year, we are all hoping very strongly for that to happen, since we are feeling a bit waterlogged....

Sweet story about Betty

Apr 29, 2017 / 6:00 am

Did Betty Crocker ever really bake a cake? My mom sent me an interesting article on Duncan Hines this week – the real fellow, not just the cake mixes. Did...

Eat dirt on Earth Day

Apr 22, 2017 / 6:00 am

The news is full of items on all the trends about food and eating – Slow Food, the Food Revolution, the 100 Mile Diet – but does any of it really...

Chicks, bunnies and tulips

Apr 15, 2017 / 6:00 am

Well, here we are, already at Easter. Are you ready? Probably not. In today’s world, time flies. There never seems to be enough moments to make the most...

A sip of coffee history

Apr 8, 2017 / 6:00 am

Take a break; be a part of history Perhaps it is the slow coming of spring and my need for a bit of extra warmth, but I have been thinking a lot about coffee...

Foolish food

Apr 1, 2017 / 6:00 am

April Fool’s Day is today, so I thought I would use that as inspiration to be a bit goofy. It could be cabin fever – the delayed arrival of spring...

Parents deserve break too

Mar 25, 2017 / 6:00 am

The kids are out of school – are they driving you crazy yet? If you don’t have any, you might be muttering that the mall or the movie theatre is...

Message in a bottle

Mar 18, 2017 / 6:00 am

We spent two weeks on the Mayan Riviera recently, enjoying the sand and the sea. It was warm, sunny and very relaxing, but also very troubling. The water and...

Seasonal shock therapy?

Mar 11, 2017 / 6:00 am

Springing forward is a great thing once you’ve done it, but I always feel like I was robbed of that hour of sleep on the Monday after. Usually though, the...

Thoughts of spring sprouting

Mar 4, 2017 / 6:00 am

Continuing on my train of thought from last week, I am blazing ahead with my visualizing of spring. I know it’s still a bit nippy out there, with grey...

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