Farewells and Finishes!

September already!

Where did the summer go? Quickly as it came after a rough spring, summer is winding down with a flourish as the temperatures soar this week.

Throughout these changing seasons, a couple of major changes have occurred at this address.

Firstly, way back in April, planning for a kitchen renovation began.The process involved selections of cupboard and counter styles, measuring and re-measuring, choosing paint colours and sink/faucets. Mostly, it was a smooth operation with only one major glitch that is being fixed now.

The almost finished result is a much brighter, updated kitchen with lots of cupboard space and work areas.

To celebrate, I made some apple crisp in the slow cooker. Local sunrise apples with a generous sprinkling of cinnamon are a welcome part of the local harvest from Herrle’s Country Farm Market.


Secondly, on a sadder note, our pup of almost 15 years passed on in early August. Cody‘s days were filled with lots of walks, running and exploring the backyard. Fortunately, he was able to enjoy most of his activities until this summer when he started to decline in energy levels and appetite. He left us with lots of memories. He found his way into everything, including a poem or two. In a farewell to him, here is a link to a post from a year ago:

White Lions and Creamy Pups










Slow cooker works for me, especially on cold wintry days, when a bowl of hot soup seems like the perfect fit for a meal.

If you like French onion soup, I would recommend making it in a slow cooker. The finished product provides a delicious lunch or dinner.

The most difficult part of making the soup begins with peeling & slicing many onions, approximately 14 of them! By peeling them under cold running water at the sink, I was able to prepare these tangy gems without any tears. Then, I used the food processor to cut them into thin   slices for the soup.  It was a lengthy process to cook the onions for several hours but the finished result was worth it, with left-overs for tomorrow.

Want to give it a try, you can check out the recipe by Claire Tansey at http://www.cityline.ca/2015/02/slow-cooker-french-onion-soup. Enjoy!2015 French onion soup!

2015 French onion soup!

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