where creativity and practicality collide

ring the bells that can still ring Leonard Cohen I am a “creative type” in a role of practicalities, or so it seems. The at-hand tasks of what we will eat and wear are my mission and while I love to embrace the slow life, sometimes I get bogged down by the never-ending tasks. I don’t want to worry about vaccinations and dentist appointments, I … Continue reading where creativity and practicality collide

hearty pumpkin spice cookies

Before I restocked my white flour, I experimented a little bit more and tried to make a “healthy” cookie using pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, oats and honey instead of sugar. I think these offended my children’s sensibilities of what a cookie is meant to be, but I quite liked them. Here is the recipe: 3/4 cup pumpkin seeds 3/4 sunflower seeds 1 tsp baking powder … Continue reading hearty pumpkin spice cookies

saturday is a state of mind

Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30 Ah, Saturday. We’ve waited for you all week. Nineteen years of school and … Continue reading saturday is a state of mind

tear-down town

We recently had the pleasure of watching our neighbour’s house being demolished. It has been a long process. The tenants were renovicted back in November and for a while, I doubted if the owners really would tear it down because nothing seemed to be happening. Prior tenants had been evicted in the past on the premise of a sale or renovation but no visible changes … Continue reading tear-down town

the three-step reset

Some days at home are longer than others. When I start to feel like I’m caught in an infinite loop of dishes and dumped toys, I try to catch a second wind by doing a three-step reset. Step 1: Turn on some soul-nourishing music Here’s what I’m listening to these days. I’m in a bit of a United Pursuit rut, but I don’t mind. Will … Continue reading the three-step reset

oaty almond cookies

I’m in a bit of baking spree right now. I recently flipped through “Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break” at the public library which describes the Swedish custom of taking the time to enjoy your coffee along with a snack or baked treat (basically the best tradition ever). Since then I have felt quite justified, nay compelled in my desire to have a cookie with my … Continue reading oaty almond cookies

thoughts from the cave

Many fall down,    few return to the sunlit lands. C.S. Lewis, The Silver Chair Greetings, friendly readers! Are you guys into the introvert/extrovert conversation? I’m pretty into it but I don’t like to admit it. On the one hand, it seems silly to try and categorize all people so diametrically but, on the other hand, it’s quite fun to talk about. For me, it’s … Continue reading thoughts from the cave