My thumb is more brown than green, but what I lack in expertise I make up for in enthusiasm! Like anything in the garden, it’s a process, right? Playing in the garden makes for some of the happiest, most enchanting memories from my childhood though. Raiding the berry patch. Observing ladybugs. Playing in the dirt. I… Read More How I Grow Green Thumbs, And You Can Too
Garden books are singing their siren song to me once more. My love of how to books (otherwise known as domestic porn) has taught me some mad skills: cooking, knitting, baking, and even sewing. Now for the green adventures! I love my garden, and it’s time again to plot my growing adventures for the upcoming season. Planting… Read More Garden Books Plot Up Magic
Spring, so the calendar tells me, is here. Although it is undeniably warmer I am still hungry for what I love about this season: green shoots poking up in the garden, buds about to pop on the trees… but to make that happen, we need rain. I keep anxiously scanning the clouds, hoping for… Read More Rain Dreams: Bring it on Spring!
Thanks to books, my new adventures in this new realm of sewing are both diverse and enchanting. Learning how to create my own clothes feels on par with venturing forth to fight a dragon for its treasure. Hand sewing, on the other hand, is more on par to strolling through the woods to discover a unicorn. While I… Read More Hand Sewing: Five Reasons To Love It
Ever have one of those ideas that, however much you try, you can’t ignore? That’s how I can tell it’s inspiration: the thought terrifies me. Yet still it persists in tickling my brain until I give it a whirl. Inspired ideas have lead me down many scary-but ultimately happy- paths. Like writing. Starting this blog was an… Read More A New Adventure: Sewing My Own Clothes
A cookie jar can be a magical thing, especially to my kids. Simply put treats into that jar, and hey, presto! Just watch them disappear. However, this can be problematic if I hope to eat one myself. Often those cookies disappear so fast I can’t help but wonder… could it be that something else is devouring them?… Read More Our Resident Monster Loves Cookies
Ultimately, I hope that I’m never too old to enjoy fairy tales. Those stories never cease to make me happy. One of my all-time favourite quotes was said by Walt Disney;”Growing old is mandatory, but growing up is optional”. Over time, it’s become my creed. Mr. Tilney and I honeymooned in Disneyland. My friends and I still… Read More You’re Never Too Old for Fairy Tales
Believing six impossible things before breakfast? Easy. How about doing one? Achieving even one thing is far more thrilling. Sorry Mr. Carroll, but it’s true. Around here, we eat the impossible for breakfast. Bagels. Baquette. Brioche… these are just a few of the breads I now bake up at home. Often. Homemade bread has always been at… Read More One Impossible Thing Before Breakfast
Saturday means one thing here at the Bookaneer: it is time once more for a poetry fix. This original poem was inspired by my love of peanut butter, plus my favourite animal to visit at the zoo. Have you ever seen an elephant eat a peanut? That’s one happy pachyderm. That got me to wondering what might happen… Read More An Elephant, Peanut Butter and… Poetry?
Science has never been my forte. Bewildered and confused: that’s how I spent time in science class. It’s so logical and precise- never words used to describe me. No, my interests are about a million miles off from the scientific… unless you count baking. Belatedly, I realized that baking is all about science. Baking is a delicate, delectable chemistry.… Read More Baking: Edible Chemistry is the Best