Food for Thought

My first attempt at making Potato Kale Soup with Chorizo spanish sausage.

Potato and Kale Soup

A few weeks ago I went out to lunch with my friend Lana. We went to a tiny bistro in a small neighboring town with a limited menu and seating but an interesting atmosphere with its barn wood walls. One of the things we all ordered was the soup of the day which was pototo, […]

My Reviews

Green Works Bathroom Cleaner

Green Works Perk

Green Works sent me a coupon for a full-size bottle of their bathroom cleaner via Klout Perks and I finally was able to pick up a bottle and use it this past week. I have been looking for an alternative bathroom cleaner for some time so this Green Works perk came at the right time. […]

Tilapia Fish Fillets from HighLiner.

High Liner Fish Klout Perk

I used the coupon HighLiner sent me via a Klout Perk to purchase a box of Pan-Sear Selects Tilapia (lime chili). The box contains 4 lightly breaded whole fillets for about $11.99 (CAN). It is a bit more expensive than what I would buy for fillets even though it only works out to about $3 […]

Amanda Hocking

She became an internet sensation among young adult book readers when she started publishing her vampire books online (LuLu/Amazon/Barns & Noble) and marketing them herself, many for only .99 cents. Within a year she had sold a million books before she was picked up by a traditional publisher. I learned about Amanda Hocking earlier this […]

Favorite Quotes

Rebecca West quote about birds.

Rebecca West Quotes

Journalist, Writer, Biographer, Novelist, Critic, Book Reviewer, and Feminist “Indisputably the world’s number one woman writer.” ~ Time Magazine, 1947 Rebecca West was the pen name for Cicely Isabel Fairfield (1892 – 1983), a British writer who was known more for her writing talent than for any particular book. West was no prisoner to one […]

A Good Idea at the Time

“If the whole human race lay in one grave, the epitaph on its headstone might well be: ‘It seemed a good idea at the time’.” ~ Rebecca West

Which is more important – Idealism or Innocence?

“The great challenge of adulthood is holding on to your idealism after you lose your innocence.” ~ Bruce Springsteen

What’s Happening at Home

Dead fruit flies in bottom of glass.

A Fruit Fly Serial Killer

This summer we developed a fruit fly problem. What is surprising is that it has taken this long, since we have been composting for years. We just seemed to hit the right amount of ripe bananas and compost to ignite a war between us and them. When we noticed the first signs of the little […]

Two white swans in water.

From Ashes to Swans

The March break went quickly. Most of Jeff’s time was spent around home doing odd jobs, hanging a few hooks, re-attaching the gas tank to our twenty year old truck, and marking papers (I took a day off here and there). This weekend we drove to Presqu’ile Provincial Park to spread my mothers ashes. We […]

Bark, Bark, Purr

Grey cat lying on bed.

The Cat’s in the Bed

Suzie and JD are complete opposites. Suzie is female and weighs 7 lbs. She has a delicate build with dainty paws but she is loud, bossy, and almost fearless. JD is a male and weighs 14 lbs. He has a thick build with huge fluffy paws but he is very quiet (when he meows he […]

grey cat on stairs

Dog Gone It

Shelby has been having some issues with the steps leading to the front entrance — she will not go down them. This behavior started the last few months and has been distressing more to Jeff than to me. He thinks it is a vision issue and I think it is a silly dog issue (I […]