Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Keep Calm Craft On: Mo shawl, socks and yarn

Joining Nicole at Frontier Dreams for Keep Calm Craft On

Right now, I'm working on a shawl in light and soft Mo

I'm also working on some socks with natural, undyed yarn from our sheep

I'm itching to start working on some Little House shawls in Madelinetosh Tosh Dk (one of my favourite yarns)  that just arrived in the mail (but I will try to finish my other projects first!)

Happy crafting on!

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Keep Calm Craft On: mobile, gifts and a bag

this week I finished another mobile, this one inspired by the sea

and some more little wee birthday gifts 

and a bag to carry around some toys

Happy crafting on!

Monday, 7 April 2014

Feeding Our Families: Some Staples

This month for Feeding Our Families, I thought I would share with you some of our staple foods. These are foods that we eat regularly and that I always like to have handy.


We love chickpeas! I buy them dried and in bulk. I soak them overnight and cook them in my pressure cooker. I always put some some aside for the freezer, ready to use when I need them. To thaw them I just rinse them in hot water.

I add chickpeas to soups, pasta sauces, currys, salads, etc. I always have one or two containers of hummus in the refrigerator. Our absolute favourite way to eat them (everyone in the family agrees) is roasted.

Roasted Chickpeas

Preheat the oven to 375-400 degrees.

On a baking pan lined with parchment paper place the following:

-1 or 2 tablespoons of coconut oil (if it's in hard clumps, don't worry, you can stir it around once it starts to melt in the oven).

-4 cups of cooked chickpeas (you can used canned)

-1 tsp agave syrup

-juice of one lemon

-1 tbsp tamari

-1 pinch sea salt

- sprinkle of paprika (to taste, I sometimes use curry powder instead)

Place in hot oven and stir once the coconut oil begins to melt. Keep checking and stirring every five to ten minutes until done. You will know when they're done when they start to look crispy golden and slightly charred (be careful not to let them burn).

They make a great topping on any dish (we like them on top of salads, pasta or roasted veggies) or just nibbled plain for a snack.

roasted chickpeas on pasta

inspired by Renee, one of our new family favourites is roasted chickpeas on roasted cabbage and potatoes

Nutritional Yeast

Another ingredient in our pantry that we eat a lot of is nutritional yeast. We sprinkle it in and on just about anything and everything. One of our favourite recipes is this sauce/salad dressing that a friend shared with me a few years ago. It makes a large amount and keeps well in the refrigerator. I always have a jar of it ready. We eat it daily on our salads and vegetables. 

Nuts and Seeds

I buy bags of nuts and seeds in bulk. I keep them in the freezer and use them in many recipes. Although  nuts are expensive, a little can go a long way. I love to prepare my own almond milk. I also like to have jars of cashew cheese ready to use in sandwiches, on crackers, on pizza or to stuff pasta shells or lasagna. It freezes well so I like to make a double batch. Here is my recipe:

Cashew cheese

2 cups cashews (soaked overnight)

juice of one lemon

1 heaping tablespoon of miso

2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast (there it is again!)

2 tablespoons of olive oil

1 small clove of garlic

sea salt and pepper to taste

a few tablespoons or more of water (to right consistency)

optional: fresh or dried herbs, sun dried tomatoes

Drain and rinse soaked cashews. Add all ingredients to a food processor and puree. This cheese/spread is great plain, but you can also add herbs and/or sun dried tomatoes.

cashew cheese and homemade crackers


Kale is my favourite green. I could eat it every day. I love it raw or cooked. Unfortunately, my children don't all share my enthusiasm for it. However, they do enjoy it dried into kale chips or blended into smoothies. This is a green smoothie that my kiddos often enjoy for a snack.

Green Smoothie

1 banana

1 1/2 cups chopped frozen mango

1 fruit of choice (pear, apple, peeled orange or 1 cup pineapple work well)

1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries or strawberries

kale leaves (as much as you like, roughly 3 to 4 cups)

1 or 2 cups of water

I sometimes I  throw in half of an avocado

Blend and enjoy! This will also keep well in a jar in the refrigerator for up to three days.


Applesauce is a favourite dessert in this household. Some like it plain, some like it sprinkled with cinnamon and raisins. We also have it with porridge, yoghurt or vanilla ice cream for a treat. We bake with it (in muffins and cakes). We can our own in the fall and try to make enough to last all year round.


Bread baking is part of our routine and part of many of our meals. Most of the time I use the no-knead bread method from Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day.

There are many other staple foods in our kitchen, but I will save some more for another time. What are some of your staples? Please join in and share your ideas about Feeding Our Families by leaving a comment. You will find other Feeding Our Families posts on these wonderful blogs:

Melanie from Our Ash Grove

Jules from A Little Crafty Nest

Melody from Bespoke

Tonya from Joyful Living

Taisa from Small Wonders

Heather from Shivaya Naturals

Renee from Heirloom Seasons

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Spring Bulbs

Today we made some spring bulbs out of fabric and wool.

We first wrapped one end of a small stick (cut branch) with some brown roving. We then put a little scoop of  dried beans in the middle of a square piece of brown fabric and tied it up around our stick with some brown string or yarn.

The stick holds up straight in the pocket filled with roving and beans. This is our bulb.

We wrapped green roving around the rest of our stick. This is our shoot. 

We wrapped the tip of our stick in bright colours (roving) for the flower buds.

We tucked some green roving into the bulb-pocket for some leaves.

Some bright and cheerful spring bulbs!

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

April Storms - Tempêtes d'avril

We are just coming out of our second storm in a week. We have been unable to leave the house for several days at a time and the electricity has been going on and off. It's hard to believe that this is April!

Nous sortons tout juste de notre deuxième tempête en moins d'une semaine. Nous n'avons pas pu sortir de la maison pendant plusieurs jours et nous avons subi plusieurs pannes d'électricité. C'est difficile de croire que nous sommes en avril!

thank goodness for our wood cook stove!/heureusement que nous avons un poêle à bois!

Today the weather was beautiful. The winds calmed down and the snow and ice started melting. Finally we could get out! We managed to go visit some friends.

Aujourd'hui le beau temps est revenu. Les vents se sont calmés et la neige et la glace ont commencé à fondre. Enfin nous avons pu sortir! Nous sommes allés visiter des amis.

we had to climb up their icy hill/ il fallait escalader une butte glacée et enneigée

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Keep Calm Craft On: Pillowcases and Mobile

Joining Nicole at Frontier Dreams for Keep Calm Craft On

This week I sewed some new pillowcases for Lucie, my owl lover. I used this simple method.

I've been asked to create some wool mobiles. This is the first one that I've finished.

Happy crafting on!

Sunday, 23 March 2014


Lucie's work on the legend of Zarathustra (Grade 5, Ancient Civilizations)

Le travail de Lucie sur la légende de Zarathoustra (5ième année, civilisations anciennes)







La légende de Zarathoustra par Pierre Erny chez Triades