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 Congratulations to Melanie! She is the winner of the Bernardin Home Canning Starter Kit!

Thank you to everyone that entered the draw!!

July 16, 2017

 Not that many years ago, canning and preserving was a way of life for most people and a necessity for a lot of families to get through the winter....for me, it just wouldn't be fall if my counter tops weren't loaded with bowls of prepared fruits and vegetables and there must be steaming pots of vinegar brine and the smell of spices wafting from my kitchen windows!

A lot more people today are taking notice of wha...

February 18, 2017

 Who doesn't love a good thrift shop, yard sale or auction?! I know I do...a couple of weeks ago, Isabel and I went to a localauctionfor a look around and I scored a box full of these antique kitchen utensils for $6! I know you're thinking "whatchu talkin' bout Willis?!"...but that's no typo! Wooden handled beaters, spoons, spatulas, a flour sifter and sugar sieve, a madeleine pan,  parmesan and cheese graters and a citrus jui...

 Put up your hand if you have ever imagined pursuing a dream that you have, only to burst your own bubble (or someone else doing it for you) by coming up with a hundred reasons why you can't...too busy with work, the kids, not enough money or time or maybe you just don't know where to start...I think most of us (except maybe the over achievers that we know and love to hate) can put up our hands to that!...

 Lesley D.,  is the winner of these 2 charming retro aprons...congratulations!

 Bev. M...is the winner of these lovely handmade aprons....congratulations! 

 Donna P. is the winner of these beautiful vintage aprons...congratulations!

 Helene D. is the lucky winner of these 2 pretty intricate aprons...congratulations!

Thank you to everyone that entered and keep an eye out for the NEXT GIVEAWAY coming soon!! :)

July 21, 2016

 One of my favourite things to do is hop in the car with my little girl and head out for a good ole fashioned treasure hunt! Isabel and I can't pass up a second hand shop, auction or yard sale...call us "tight wads" if you will, but nothing beats a good deal! Last weekend, we had some pretty good scores when we hit the second hand shop and a yard sale...I picked up this pretty hand made linen (I think it's linen) table cloth.....

 Congratulations to Monique D...she is the winner of this month's giveaway draw! 

 Monique is the proud new owner of the Benriner vegetable spiralizer...

 ...and Ali Maffucci's New York Times best selling cookbook "Inspiralized"! Congratulations Monique, I hope you enjoy your new treasures!!

Thank you to everyone that entered and stay tuned for my next giveaway in August!!  

** p.s. I might even sneak another little giveaway...

 Congratulations to Elicia P...she is the winner of the vintage, pastry making kitchen tools giveaway for the month of June!

 Thank you to everyone that entered...I really appreciate your support and love hearing from you all when you visit! Stay tuned for the next GIVEAWAY IN JULY!!

Alana :)

June 18, 2016

Whenever I go out for a walk, I try to remember my camera...sometimes, it seems like a pain to haul it around but when I look out over the countryside, I'm always glad that I did!

 Something as simple as a field of grasses in the warm glow of a setting sun, is just stunning to me.

A different camera angle or lighting turns the same field of grass into several lovely images...

 Call me crazy but I think that the light reflect...

May 22, 2016

 Even though a frosty morning with a fresh covering of snow holds a special place in my heart, I find the new beginnings of spring, literally a breath of fresh air as the perfume from delicate blossoms sweetens the breeze.

Ontario's symbolic perennial, the Trillium, is a beautiful reminder of warmer days to come.

 Forests come alive with woodland critters...

 ...and the early blooms of "Bloodroot" dot the wooded la...

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