Six-year-old granddaughter Blake Airey puts chocolate chip cookie dough on a tray to bake.  |  Joan Airey photo

Cooking with kids creates memories and fun

Learning how to bake increases children’s confidence and prepares them for full-time cooking when they are older

Kids love to bake and most of them quickly learn the right way if you take time to explain it. They are not allowed to take baking out of the oven until they are older but they can easily make pastry for butter tarts under supervision or measure everything for a batch of cookies or […] Read more

Meal planning can save money and time

It can be hard for busy farm parents to find the time in their schedules to plan ahead, but it is well worth the extra effort

It’s really hard to plan meals, hold down a job or run a business, get children to their sports and lessons and make the meals. Many farm women, like my daughter-in-law, run machinery, care for a family, write advertisements for their purebred operation and keep the cattle records and farm books up to date. They […] Read more

Chinese rice salad is one way to use up rice, peas and staples in our fridge.   |  Joan Airey photo

Enjoy planned-over meals, not leftovers

Planned-over meals can extend your budget and save time in the hectic lives many of us lead. At times we all eat leftovers, such as peas and rice, and knowing where we can use them saves time and money. Even leftover rice when we go out for Chinese food can be rescued to extend your […] Read more

Pregnant purebred cows graze in a pasture Jan. 19 on the Parker Ranch near Kamuela, Hawaii.  | Joan Airey photo

What’s not to like about ranching in Hawaii?

Cattle operation traces its roots to 1847 when an American sailor and his Hawaiian wife bought the first two acres

Purebred Charolais and Angus cows were calving in January on the Parker Ranch in Hawaii. Winter temperatures in the high 20s C contrasted sharply with what was going on back home in Manitoba the day we toured the Hawaii ranch. Family members were calving out cows in -30 C weather, making sure calves were born […] Read more

Kathleen Jenson of Churchbridge, Sask., displays a bison skull she is in the process of carving. She started out using the horns to create carved jewelry, but advanced to using buffalo skulls for her detailed carvings.  |  Joan Airey photo

Artist has a head for creativity

BRANDON, Man. — Buffalo skulls long saved from her father’s herd became a unique canvas for Kathleen Jenson of Churchbridge, Sask. The artist and single mother of two could immediately imagine what she’d do with them. She recently showcased her skull designs at the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair in Brandon. She carves an assortment of […] Read more

Rusty Rutherford has written a biography of his life in Europe during the war, his service in the air force and how he became a skilled carver.  |  Joan Airey photo

Air force retiree puts life experiences into book

PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Man. — Rusty Rutherford can turn a piece of wood into a life-like image of a bird, animal or anything that catches his eye. Rutherford’s carving hobby began after he retired from the Royal Canadian Air Force in the 1990s when a brother-in-law asked him to carve a duck for his cabin […] Read more

Karen Coleman sells her creations at in Oak River, Man. She designs and hand-paints desks, chairs, chests and birdhouses under the name Crazy Coleman Creations.  |  Joan Airey photo

Crazy ideas keep crafter busy

OAK RIVER, Man. — After a full day of work at a hardware store in Rivers, a Manitoba crafter heads home to her workshop to create unique designs. Karen Coleman recently showcased some of her items at the Mall in the Hall event in Oak River. “I don’t take orders as all my creations are […] Read more