Cleanliness is next to Godliness

or…. If I have to clean it, at least make it a little fun! Who else besides me really hates housework? I get so little ‘down time’ that the last thing I want to do is the cleaning up. I mean, I could be crocheting…or baking…. or making jam…. or riding my bike….or kayaking….. or…

Homemade Skin Care

For the last six months I’ve been on a journey into making my own skin care products. Before I get into how and why, I want to give you a little background… I am one of those people that tries new things. Even when something worked well for me, I would often try something new…

OMG Banana Bread

I have a little confession to make…. I buy bananas….then I don’t eat them. It’s not that I have anything against bananas; I love them! It’s just that I buy them, put them in the pretty fruit bowl on the kitchen counter and promptly forget about them. I don’t know why. I’m busy, but that’s…

Herbs Three Ways (and a clever storage solution)

This year I planted my first ever veggie and herb garden. Well, except the one I planted when i was in the 6th grade which the neighbours’ dog totally destroyed in a frenzied romp through the plants just as they were starting to grow. So I don’t think that one counts. I have loved watering,…

Introducing my Grandson! – A good excuse to knit and crochet!

For the last eight months, I have been knitting and crocheting like a fiend for one very good reason… my daughter told me she was expecting her first child, and my first grandchild. What better excuse is there? It was that flurry of activity that gave rise to this blog. So many friends were interested…

Eco-Tawashi: How to crochet a cotton scrubby

What is an eco-tawashi? Tawashis are a Japanese style of scrubbing brush for wet cleaning. They can be made of plastic, hemp, wire or any number of materials. I recently figured out how to make eco-tawashis which are made of 100% cotton and are absolutely brilliant for doing dishes. They are also good for cleaning…

Homemade Buttermilk Blueberry Pancakes for One

One of my favourite weekend treats is the Saturday morning cooked breakfast, and one of my favourite cooked breakfasts is homemade buttermilk blueberry pancakes! Yummy! The problem is, I’m a single gal, the kids are all grown up and out of the house, and my dogs shouldn’t eat human food. Most recipes make enough pancakes…