Don’t Forget To Feed The Birds In Winter Weather

It’s cold and windy outside today, a sudden appearance of winter in Ontario. While I sit inside all cozy, the birds have been circling our feeders all day. I imagine they need a lot of fuel to stay warm right now. Most birds thrive on seeds in winter, since insects and fruit are harder to… Read more »

2012 Vegetable Garden Plan

This is the fourth year that I have sat down and actually planned out our yearly vegetable garden on paper. Our 2012 vegetable garden layout takes into account crop rotation, the fact that we have some new garden space thanks to an expansion last fall and some new, hopefully fun, crops we want to try.… Read more »

Looking Under The Yellow

“Be like Curious George, start with a question and look under the yellow hat to find what’s there.” ¬†James Collins While I’m not sure this is entirely what Mr. Collin’s meant, looking under the hat at my garden I’ve come to realize how little yellow I have in my garden. ¬†While I have the traditional… Read more »

Pink With Attitude

Well February is here, and it’s looking a little dreary outside. The snow has once again melted and when I look out my office window all I see is a lot of gray and brown with a bit of dull green thrown in. So to liven things up until spring arrives I’ve decided to post… Read more »

Winter Vegetable Barley Soup

I’m always looking for creative ways to use winter vegetables in meals. While we love roasted root vegetables by mid-winter we are looking for a change. Add to that the fact that homemade soup is a weekly staple in our house in winter and you have the makings of Winter Vegetable Barley Soup. We loved… Read more »

Winter Came But Will It Stay?

We finally had some winter weather on the weekend dropping about 4 inches of lovely, fluffy snow. Everything looks lovely today, all white and pristine. Unfortunately it does not look like it is going to last as they are predicting a return to unusually warm temperatures again this week. So far this winter we’ve had… Read more »

Kale With Bacon and Onions

We are fortunate to be able to pick kale in the winter that is growing in the garden under small greenhouse covers. In fact, overall kale tastes even better once it is exposed to a slight frost and it is very cold weather tolerant. While easy to grow, the hard part is getting my children… Read more »

Roasted Italian Sausage, Carrots, Parsnips & Potatoes

Winter is a time for root vegetables in our household and I am always looking for a new way to prepare them. Today I roasted parboiled carrots, parsnips and potatoes with browned sausage pieces. A twist on a classic country meal, it was easy to prepare, flavourful and hearty. Served with some fried kale &… Read more »

Harvested Winter Kale And Spinach

While I’m not sure what is happening to winter here in Ontario as we still have no snow on the ground, we have had some cold nights over the past few weeks with several nights down below -15C. But today was a lovely sunny day, enough to entice me out to the vegetable garden to… Read more »