Monthly Archives: September 2013



Fall is my favorite time of year, the weather is perfect, the trees are so beautiful with their red, yellow and orange leaves, and all the fall vegetables like squash and brussel sprouts are out. Fall really is the perfect time of  year.
FallMarketI love cooking in the fall with all the local fresh fall produce. There is nothing better than a hearty stew or roasted squash on a cool fall night. You can even go get the produce yourself from the farm in a lot of cases, it makes a fun outing with the kids or a great date. Here are some great fall cookbooks. Canadian Living’s best soups and stews by Elizabeth Baird, Good Housekeeping soups and stewsPumpkin and squash by Elaine Elliot
children-playing-outdoors-fallFall is a great time for kids too. They are back to school with their friends and looking forward to going trick or treating for Halloween. It’s a great time to plan a family day as well, you can go apple picking, go to a pumpkin patch or take the kids to a corn maze.

Fall Lawn Care


Your lawn can be the envy of your neighbours with fewer weeds and pests in just a few easy steps. Prizes, giveaways and lots of information. Come to the Westminster branch of the Guelph Public Library at 6:30 pm to learn about your lawn.


dog homeworkWhen your children start back to school and their brains are a little rusty from all the summer fun and relaxation they might need  some help to get started on their homework.  

The Guelph Public Library offers several options for homework help:

Information QuestionDo you have an information question? Each day the information staff at the Guelph Public Library answer several information questions via email, how can we help you? All you need is your GPL library card. Simply email us at Questions will be answered during regular operating hours at the GPL.

Ask OnChat live online with an information expert, we’ll help you find theinformation that you need. This service provides real-time chat research and information assistance with several Ontario public and post-secondary libraries. If the askON button is white, we’re available to chat. If the askON button is black, click on it to email the GPL information staff your question

Homework HelpThis free after-school service allows students in Kindergarten to grade 12 through the early university and college years, as well as Adult learners, to connect to tutors for one-to-one homework help sessions. Help is available in math, science, social studies and English. Students are immediately connected to a tutor in an Online Classroom. Live Homework Help is available seven days a week between the hours of 4 PM and 10 PM.

The Upper Grand District School Board offers online Math Tutoring, also called  Homework Help:

Homework Help for grade 7-10 math students

Grade 7 to 10 math students in the Upper Grand District School Board have access to live, interactive online math help. Homework Help is free, real-time math tutoring by certified Ontario teachers.  Students can log in from Sunday to Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. EST for 20 hours a week of individualized confidential math tutoring. There are discussion rooms for each grade where students can join in, videos of best tutorials and commonly asked questions are available anytime.  Other online math resources include math games and a virtual locker, where students can save their work.

Students need their Ontario Education Number (OEN) to set up their free registration. Register or sign-in at  

D.I.Y. soaps, shampoos and conditioners


So I have a slightly embarrassing story to share with you, I’ve been washing my hair with conditioner for the last week and wondering why my hair kept looking greasy.  I can’t believe I didn’t catch on when it wasn’t lathering up like soap. Now I want to try making my own shampoo so this doesn’t happen again and it will save me money. I asked around at work and the people who make their own like to use baking soda and vinegar.
Baking Soda Shampoo and Vinegar Rinse
~1 part baking soda to 3 parts water (Shampoo)
~1 part apple cider vinegar to 4 parts water plus essential oil of your choosing (Vinegar rinse)
Apply to wet or dry hair starting at the roots and working out. Let it sit for 1-3 minutes and rinse it off with warm water. Follow with the vinegar rinse by tilting your head back and distributing the vinegar through your hair. Rinse with cold water.
Here are some books that will help you in your journey to homemade hair products.
Soaps, shampoos and other suds by Kelly Reno
Soap making for fun and profit by Maria Nerius
Natural soap making

Fall fairs


With the EX over and Fall Fair season officially on I thought it would be fitting to do a post on the food of Fall Fairs. I’m not talking about the wildly outlandish food you hear about from the EX like the cronut burger or Nutella fries, I’m talking about the prize-winning preserves and pies of smaller fairs. 
pies1I love going to Fall Fairs and looking at all the prize-winning pies and preserves. I like looking at the presentations, the interesting flavor combos, and getting ideas for things to try at home. There is something about the food building that houses all the entries that just makes me think on a simpler time when people had time to make pies and preserves to be judged. I would love to not have to make time to bake or book a weekend off to do some canning, in a way I wish we could go back to a slower pace of life so that I could make pies and preserves. I know I’m idealizing the past, as many before me have done, but I can’t help but think I missed out on the golden age of competing in pie baking contests.
Here are a few titles to get you in the mood for Fall Fairs and fall cooking. Click here if you want to find a Fall Fair near you.
The Harrow Fair cookbook by Moira Sanders
Preserving made easy by Ellie Topp
Country cooking made easy
The seasonal baker by John Barricelli
Marmalade: sweet and savory spreads for a sophisticated taste by Elizabeth Field

Family fitness

Participaction ® Let’s get moving.If you are a parent you have probably seen Participaction or Bring Back Play! commercials.   Why is family fitness so important?  According to The Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card 63% of Canadian kids free time after school and on weekends is spent being sedentary.  Physical activity not only reduces the risk of disease but it also improves mental health.

Forgotten all of those great games that you played when you were a Kid.  Try the Bring back play App or check out these books at the library.

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