Archive for September, 2009

Garden bouquet

garden bouquet

Isn’t it lovely? All picked from my very own garden! I know I will spend the rest of the fall and winter dreaming of this moment of having a vase of fresh cut flowers resting on the patio table on a perfect late summer day.

September 8, 2009 at 9:41 pm 2 comments

Superfood: Hummus

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Despite a sometimes overly busy lifestyle, we try to eat healthy, unprocessed, responsibly produced foods. We’re definitely not perfect, but there are a few recipes and habits that are making it easier to live up to the goal of wholesome eating. One of those is homemade hummus! Everyone likes it. It’s cheap to make and easy, and good for vegetarians (including vegans), and those with aversions to gluten, nuts and dairy. (more…)

September 7, 2009 at 12:42 pm Leave a comment

Late summer flowers

coneflowers

A few photos of flowers blooming in our late summer garden. This is the garden is in its best stage. It feels like it’s finally gotten started – I wish I could keep gardening for another few months! I try not to think about the fact that today someone stumbled across my blog by entering the phrase “first frost calgary” into a search engine! The days are still warm enough to ignore that and to focus instead on documenting this gorgeous time of year that we all have in mind during those other months of planting seeds, choosing perennials, leafing through gardening books and catalogues and dreaming of next year’s garden. (more…)

September 6, 2009 at 11:58 am

Chard and asiago strata

chard and asiago strata

In addition to muffins and scones, egg stratas are a big part of our weekend breakfast menu. I’ve written about this before, but after enjoying a new recipe today, I thought it would be worth revisiting. Strata, in my opinion, is one of the foods that actually tastes BETTER made with gluten-free ingredients – rice bread makes the dish much softer and fluffier than a wheat-based bread.

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September 5, 2009 at 10:44 am Leave a comment

Ladybug

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Seeing a ladybug crawl across the leaves of a plant is a universal symbol of all that is right in the world. Warmth and light, a temperate calm in the air, the grace and harmony of nature in one of its simplest and fullest expressions. Those old adages about truth and beauty. Timeless scene or tired cliche? I’m leaning firmly toward the former.

September 4, 2009 at 1:38 pm 1 comment

Apricot and oatmeal muffins

Apricot muffins

I’ve been on a muffin kick lately, which is not uncommon. Most Saturday mornings, you’ll find me in the kitchen making a batch of muffins and a batch of scones. I love this routine. It’s a perfect ritual to start the weekend – deciding which recipe to make, measuring and mixing, and making coffee in the 15 to 20 minutes it takes for baking. I always feel like I’ve accomplished something when I pull the trays out of the oven. The short time that it takes to stir together this batch of baked goods provides us with a tasty weekend breakfast to enjoy while we’re sipping coffee, and, perhaps more importantly given our hectic work lives, enough leftovers for an on-the-go breakfast during the week. (more…)

September 1, 2009 at 5:02 pm 2 comments


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