A recycled brick path to a garden shed and brick flower beds were long awaited projects that were completed during time spent at home social distancing because of COVID-19.  |  Betty Ann Deobald photo

From masks to more free time: life in 2020

Who would have thought at the beginning of 2020 that it would be socially acceptable and perhaps mandatory to wear a mask to cover your face when going into the bank. A year ago, you might have been arrested or at least seriously questioned. Such is the strangeness of our world since COVID-19 came to […] Read more

: Make boxes for each guest with appetizers, side dishes or even the main course when hosting backyard gatherings this summer. These containers are biodegradable. | Sarah Galvin photo

Watch common touch points with backyard gatherings

Besides physical distancing, the most important thing to know about hosting a gathering during the COVID-19 pandemic is to eliminate common touch points. You can’t just plan a big buffet anymore. When planning your menu, how it is served is as important as the food. Take advantage of individually packaged items such as potato chips […] Read more

Cranberry chicken satisfies after a long work day.  |  Jodie Mirosovsky photo

Late summer bounty can be put to good use in the kitchen

The later stages of summer signal our garden harvests are in full swing. I try to use fresh fruits and vegetables in meals I prepare to keep us hydrated naturally as we head back to school, out to the field or to the office. Hydrating our bodies is important not only during summer, but all […] Read more

A Honey Lemon Vinaigrette dressing can be used on any salad that contains summer fruits and berries. Add some chicken, fish or slivered steak to the salad for a  satisfying meal.  |  Betty Ann Deobald photo

Enjoying the summer bounty with these fresh flavours

One of the eating joys of summer is the abundance of fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs. This summer many people have become more interested in gardening and are looking for interesting ways to enjoy the fruits of their labours. Basil Tomato Pizza The mayo mixed with the garlic and basil makes a wonderful flavour combination […] Read more

Grilled sticky, spicy fresh turkey thighs with orzo salad, charred veggies and fresh herbs can be roasted in the oven or made with a stovetop grill pan.  |  Angie Quaale photo

Mouth-watering recipes use fresh, local ingredients

Can it be said often enough that we are living in strange times? I waited in a bread line this week. An actual line to buy bread. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine this scenario. My local bakery, in an effort to maintain physical distancing in their store, has a two-customer limit so […] Read more

Anna Cressman reads Bartholomew and the Oobleck to her sons and their cousins after they all had fun mixing up and playing with oobleck.  | Betty Ann Deobald photo

There’s lots of ways to entertain children this summer

Cooking, reading and water fun provide a few options for parents looking to give their children something fun to do while staying closer to home this summer.   For more, check out the Saskatchewan in Motion Activity Calendar at www.saskatchewaninmotion.ca. It has a new suggestion every day.   Here are some ideas for sprinkler fun […] Read more

 Nothing beats good conversation over a hot coffee, cinnamon bun and fresh berries on the side. | Jodie Mirosovsky photo

Casual dining fare goes well with summer company

I always enjoy my visits with friends and family. Many live far away, but when we congregate on the beach or on the deck it seems that no time has passed and we fall back into days of laughter, reminiscing and getting to know each other again. Part of the fun is preparing food that […] Read more

 Olivia, left, and Keira Deobald  enjoy raspberry lemonade on a hot summer day.  |  Leanne Deobald photo

There’s no end to what can be done with raspberries

From pies and beverages to salad dressing and meat sauces, the distinctive sweet but tart flavour of raspberries can be enjoyed all year long in so many ways. Raspberry vinegar Made with fresh or frozen raspberries, this vinegar is a flavourful and versatile ingredient that can be added to salad dressings, meat sauces and beverages. […] Read more

Use only very fresh eggs for poaching. They are nice on top of a salad, a bowl of ramen soup or on toast.  | Sarah Galvin photo

Explore the versatility of cooking with eggs

Eggs come to the rescue in many meal situations. They cook quickly, are nutritious and versatile in so many recipes and we usually have them on hand. Eggs are packed with nutrients. They are high in protein. The yolk has just about as much protein as the white, and most of the nutrients are in […] Read more

: Summer berry trifle doesn’t need to be a complicated dessert. Instant pudding and store-bought angel food cake make it quick.  | Jodie Mirosovsky photo

Summer a time to savour flavourful dishes

What an interesting year it has been. We had to adapt to staying at home, planning menus based on what was in the pantry and experiencing togetherness with our families like no other time in recent history. This slowed-down lifestyle reminded us of a time when life was less hectic. I enjoyed having everyone around, […] Read more