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The Old Smoke House and Candied Pork Belly


 It was a small wood shed tucked in the trees. The door swung outwards and an adult would have to duck to get inside. From the rafters would hang assorted cuts of meat and an old stove would supply the flavoring. The Smoke House was my Grandpa Louis’ domain – […]


Stability and Rhubarb Cake


 When I think of my grandma what I think of most is that she was always there. Always at home, in her seat at the dining table, slippers on, usually with a smoke in hand and the radio playing. I guess she was a bit of a recluse, but for […]


5 Father’s Day Gifts to Buy Today


 It’s finally spring in Saskatchewan! I know, it’s June already but May has been full of cold, windy weekends which didn’t really feel like spring to me. So now the weather is finally warming up. We’ve got the crops in the field and the ball diamonds are hopping. I want […]

Nana's meatloaf covered in tomato sauce
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Sunday Dinner and Nana’s Meatloaf


 Gemma and Mindi rush to the door, barking like mad. Mackenzie and Michael burst in, late and carrying their vegetables and dessert. Jennifer has just taken her meatloaf and scalloped potatoes from the oven and Milt is at the sink checking out a faulty drain. It’s Sunday in the Peterson/Dawe […]


Top Ten Mother’s Day Gifts


 Ah Mother’s Day…that day of the year when all mothers get to relax and be pampered by their grateful family – oh wait, does that actually happen? If you live in farming country, it’s not likely to. As my brother in law has been known to mutter, “who puts a […]

Cookbook Reviews

Magnolia Table


 As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. I had only recently become a fan of the tv show “Fixer Upper” when the stars of the series, Chip and Joanna Gaines, announced that they would be filming their last season. I wasn’t quite ready to be done with the […]

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Great Grandma Cora’s White Cake


 Anyone who knew her would tell you that my great grandmother Cora Mortenson was a heck of a cook. In fact, by the time she was ten years old she could bake almost anything, and later she would become a cook in the local hospital. Cora would often bake 4 […]

Cookbook Reviews

Flapper Pie and a Blue Prairie Sky


 As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. I had never read Karlynn Johnston’s blog “The Kitchen Magpie” ( but that didn’t stop me from picking up her cookbook. There was something about the retro colors and the classic Pyrex dishes that spoke to me. It made me feel […]