I tried a couple of recipes from Emily Richards book Get in the kitchen and cook and everyone in my family loved them.
The next week I made Wild rice and goji berry stuffed squash; which is a meal in itself if you are cooking vegetarian but I grilled some chicken thighs to serve along with it for my meat loving husband. I think that the squash could be cut in quarters and stuffed if you wanted to make 12 servings for a large crowd. I love squash and this is certainly a delicious and nutritious way to serve it.
Come meet Emily Richards, the author of this book tonight at 7:00pm at the Guelph Main Library.
As you may know from my previous gardening post that I do not have a green thumb. I really want to have great gardens one day, it seems so relaxing to go out and garden in peace and quiet, I just don’t seem to have the time for it right now and find the thought of looking after a garden stressful.
I know enough about gardening to know that this is the time of year when you get your garden ready for winter. Below is a short video I found to help get you started.
The Canadian gardener: a guide to gardening in Canada by Marjorie Harris
The new Ontario gardener by Trevor Cole
I don’t know about your house but in ours being a parent also includes being the nurse and general all round caregiver to the household pets. Last week our dog Hubble had a huge mat in his fur. Already feeling guilty because he was a couple of weeks overdue for a clipping I took it upon myself to investigate. On inspection, I discovered that the fur was matted with blood and stuck to his skin. So as all good mothers would do I cleaned it up; soaking it and clipping fur to reveal a bare spot that required some TLC (Burts Bees Rescue Ointment is my favorite). I think that seasonal allergies got the best of him and he was doing a lot of scratching. How did I acquire these pet care skills? I have owned many pets, listened closely to our vet’s advice, consulted books and used lots of trial and error. Hubble is now on the mend and has made it to the groomers where she had the vet inspect his skin.
Here is a sampling of the many “pet care” resources that the GPL carries:
Halloween is a great time of year, the weather is more often then not amazing and everything can take on a sinister haunted feeling at night. I know not everyone thinks of Halloween as a holiday but I do. I love everything about Halloween, the decorations, the fun you can have dressing up, scary movies, and the amazingly creative frightning food you can make. Every year I go through the Martha Stewart Halloween magazine excited to see what new and frightening costumes and decorations they have that I just have to try out.
Right now I live in an apartment so I don’t get to do much decorating for Halloween 😦 But I plan on buying an old house so that I can turn it into a really cool scary looking haunted house every year. I love that you can take a beautiful old home and make it look haunted for halloween and make it look so elegant for Christmas or New Years.
Easy Halloween costumes for children byLeila Albala
Ghoulish goodies by Sharon Bowers
I was watching Market Place on the CBC a few weeks ago where they did a story on lousy labels: Home Edition. It was all about cleaning and household products that claim to be eco-consious. I’ve been using water and vinegar in a spray bottle to clean my mirrors and windows for a few years now but I had fallen for the labeling on household cleaners and used a lot of the so-called “eco-friendly” cleaners. I found some great recipes for homemade cleaners and they work just as well if not better than the commercial products. Below is a short list of cleaners you can make and what they clean.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner: Liquid castile soap, baking soda or Borax. scrub with a toilet brush.
Tub and tile cleaner: Apply vinegar full-strength to a sponge and wipe, scour with baking soda.
All purpose liquid cleaner: 3 1/2 liters hot water, 1 tbsp baking soda, 2 tbsp liquid vegetable soap.
Dishwasher detergent: 2 cups borax, 2 cups baking soda, 4 little packages unsweetened lemon Kool-Aid or generic. Mix together and store.
Carpet stain remover: vinegar, baking soda. Mix baking soda and vinegar into a past and work into stain with a toothbrush. Let dry and vacuum up.
Mildew/germ killer: 2 cups water, 25 drops tea tree oil, 25 drops lavender oil. Mix in spray bottle, spray on tile, do not wipe off.