Monthly Archives: September 2014

Apple picking

applepickingIt’s now the perfect time of year to go apple picking, the days are warm and the night are cool. This is a great activity for the who family.
Here are some great books about apples and how to use them.
Cider: making, using and enjoying sweet and hard cider by Annie Proulx
An apple harvest by Frank Browning
From seed to apple by Anita Ganeri
The best apples to buy and grow
A day at the apple orchard by Megan Faulkner
Apples here! by Will Hubbell

Everything pets

Group of pets together in front of white background

Pets are a great way to teach your children about responsibility and they make great companions later on in life.
1395439_10153458685465043_1506101668_nWe got our fist dog when I was around 5, he was a full sized tri coloured collie named Trooper. I loved that dog and he taught me a lot about how to behave around dogs, what it meant to be responsible for another living thing and in the end he taught me an important life lesson that everything eventually dies. When we got our second dog, a yellow lab named Chester, I was older and already prepared for what it takes to care for a pet. Now I have my own dog, also a yellow lab, Jenny who has made it on the blog a few times. Over the years my dogs have taught me many valuable lessons and I feel that every child should have some form of a pet to teach them about life and responsibility.
Thinking of getting your child a pet? Check out some of these great books before you add a new member to the family.
Pets: a comprehensive handbook for kids by Frances N. Chrystie
Caring for your pets by Jillian Powell
The complete guide to lost pet prevention and recovery by Joseph Andrew Sapia
Your child’s fist pet by Amy Brayfield
Looking after small pets by David Alderton
Caring for your gerbil by Carol Koopmans
Extreme pets! by Jane Harrington
Fabulous fish by Alvin Silverstein
Rabbits by Kelly MacAulay
The wild side of pet ferrets by Jo Waters



Natural Home Remedies


Home remedies have become increasingly popular as conventional medicine can become expensive quite quickly. Home remedies have become very popular with a public that wants to take a more holistic approach to their health.
Always remember that  home remedies don’t provide miracle cures and aren’t meant to take the place of the advice and treatments prescribed by your health-care professional. You should continue to work and consult with your doctor about your health problems.
Here are some books to help get you started on your home remedies path.
The Doctors book of herbal home remedies
Traditional home remedies by Martha White
The ultimate natural health and healing book by Mark Evans
1,801 home remedies by Matthew Hoffman
A families guide to health and healing by Anna Maria Clement
Complete guide to natural home remedies

Cooking with kids

Learning to cook is a skill that everyone should acquire, you don’t have to be a chef but you should know how to make a few good meals from scratch. Teaching children to cook at an early age helps them learn how to take care of themselves as adults and helps them learn about healthy nutrition. Getting your children involved in preparing their own meals will also help them try new things that they might not be willing to try otherwise.
Here are some great books to get you and your children cooking.
Cooking by Judy Bastyra
The Geronimo Stilton cookbook
Emeril’s there’s a chef in my family by Emeril Lagasse
The Green Eggs and Ham cookbook by Georgeanne Brennan
Children’s cookbook by Katharine Ibbs
Mom and me cookbook by Annabel Karmel
Fairy tale feasts by Jane Yolen
What’s cooking?
Mermaid cookbook by Barbara Beery
Pink princess tea parties by Barbara Beery



Jewelry making


Jewelry makes a great gift, but when its hand made by someone you love it’s even better. I remember making dried pasta necklaces for my mom when I was kid and her loving them. As I got older I moved on to beaded jewelry that looked a little nicer to wear out in public. I don’t make anything anymore but I’ve never stopped liking handmaid  looking jewelry. Downtown Guelph has an amazing little store where you can buy one of a kind handmaid jewelry called Pretty Chic Boutique.
If you want to try your hand at jewelry making check out one of these great books.
Wire and bead Celtic jewelry by Linda Jones
Making jewelry by Dana Meachen Rau
Beyond the bead by Margot Potter
Ultimate necklace maker by Dorothy Wood
Jewelry upcycled by Sherri Haab
How to start a home-based jewelry making business by Maire Loughran
Jewelry studio wire wrapping by Linda Chandler
The workbench guide to jewelry techniques by Anastasia Young
Creative bead jewelry by Sigal Buzaglo

Publisher’s Weekly Top 10 Fall Cookbooks


I received a great email the other day from Publisher’s Weekly about new cookbooks that will be coming out this fall. Keep your eyes open for these great titles at the Guelph Public Library.
America—Farm to Table: Simple, Delicious Recipes Celebrating Local Farmers. Mario Batali and Jim Webster. Grand Central, Release date Oct. 7
Death & Co.: Modern Classic Cocktails, with More than 500 Recipes. David Kaplan, Nick Fauchald, and Alex Day. Ten Speed,Release date Oct. 7
Dinner: The Playbook: A 30-Day Plan for Mastering the Art of the Family Meal. Jenny Rosenstrach. Ballantine, Release date Aug. 26
How to Cook Everything Fast: A Better Way to Cook Great Food. Mark Bittman. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Release date Oct. 7
Make It Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook. Ina Garten. Clarkson Potter, Release date Release date Oct. 28
Marcus Off Duty: The Recipes I Cook at Home. Marcus Samuelsson. HMH/Rux Martin, Release date Oct. 21
Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen: 65 Great Chefs Teach Me How to Cook. Dana Cowin. Ecco, Release date Oct. 14
Mexico: The Cookbook. Margarita Carrillo Arronte. Phaidon, Release date Oct. 27
Prune. Gabrielle Hamilton. Random, Release date Release date Nov. 4
Thug Kitchen: Eat Like You Give a F*ck. Thug Kitchen. Rodale, Release date Oct. 7
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