Category Archives: house

Cake therapy

When it’s snowing in April – significantly more than a dusting – make cake!


Bike lot

Since having our bikes stolen this winter, Brett came up with a better system for locking them.  It makes it easier to park and access them too.


We are getting back to routine after 10 days camping in northern ontario and many summer weekends away. Also to regain some semblance of normalcy as the walls of our new kitchen come down and the dust rises.

I made a new bag for this laundry stand which i’m now using to store throw blankets in the living room.


And this morning, i made a new batch of calendula salve in preparation for the dry skin season.


I soaked a pint of calendula flower heads in olive oil overnight. I then strained them and added to the oil several handfuls of grated beeswax. I melted them together in a glass jar over a double boiler and poured it into small glass jars. You can get fancy and blend different oils (be sure to use ones that have a long shelf life and don’t go rancid too quickly) or add fragrances or other skin enhancers like vitamin E, but i prefer to keep it simple. We all use it instead of lotion the whole winter long.

Wild Mushrooms

Eily found morels in the garden at the cottage. We sautéed them with butter and meant to top our pasta with them but the boys were gobbling them up from the pan.

Another meal we were lucky enough to enjoy on the new/old outdoor table. Old because the wood came from a previous cedar arbour. New because my dad and i put it together the May long weekend, with only a few minor adjustments needed afterwards. But heck, i learned to use the chop saw.