This week has been a smooth start for our traditionally chilly autumn.

With evening temperatures close to the daytime level,  it has been so pleasant for walking in the neighbourhood after supper.


The sky has been alternating between light white clouds, blue background and even a bit of pink!

Apples are everywhere!

This is a great time to buy local and to enjoy a healthy snack, grown close to home.

Time to mix a bit of cinnamon with a few of the local varieties. Apple crisp in the slow cooker is a treat for dessert.

Check out this recipe for apple cranberry coconut crisp by Judith Finlayson. I have made this several times, with a few alterations. Not so much of a cranberry fan so I add blueberries. Whatever you choose, the result is delicious, fills the house with a wonderful aroma and is ready to serve in a relatively short time. Keeps well in the refrigerator for a couple of days.


Have a great weekend, All ! Maybe check out a local market or apple festival, or two! ūüôā


Cool autumn days, plentiful harvest of vegetables brings to mind one word–soup!

On the weekend, I had a family request for a vegetable soup recipe, so I wrote down (typed on the computer) an overview of one that I use regularly. Soup is a great dish for buying local produce. It varies according to availability of vegetables but generally looks like this:

           VEGETABLE SOUPPA! by Mom                            



 6 to 8 cups broth

¬†2 cups of chopped Vegetables–1 onion, 2 carrots, 1 celery stick, 1 potato

¬†Season with spice of choice–pepper, salt,,thyme, basil, rosemary, curry, small amounts, can add more later.

 1.   Combine all ingredients in a medium to big cooking pot.

 2.   Bring to boiling point.

 3.   Turn down to simmer until vegetables are cooked. 30-50 minutes.

 a.   If preferred, in last 15 minutes add a can of drained beans of choice. i.e. black beans, navy, kidney, medley

 4.   Serve with multigrain rolls, bread.

 5.   Store in fridge up to a week. Freeze some for a busy day!

Also, big news! If you are looking for an autumn read, recently published anthology of transformative poetry, Beyond the Dark Room is now available as an ebook. It has a “look inside” feature on site if you want to take a peak before buying. I am so glad to be a part of this book of transformative poetry with funds going to Doctors Without Borders.

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