Maple Madness

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Spring is for Maple Syrup!
We checked out the Sugar Shack at Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation area with the Williams Family and their Aussie friends Julia and Bryce.

Fields of Whirligigs

Monday, March 22, 2010


Over the March break my sister came down with her two boys and in an effort to keep them all amused we decided on a ferry ride. It was a pretty cold day and this offered a lot of amusement for free.





















The bonus in it all was that I finally got over to the Wolfe Island Wind Farm to see the turbines up close. They are amazing.



















The kids even enjoyed following the route the energy takes from turbine to Joe Smiths home. They had it all mapped out at the information hut. I love the unexpected lessons that we can take home and do more research on!


















Peppermint Patty's Day

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


Happy St. Patrick's Day! I'm not Irish but will celebrate just about anything.

To mark this special day my sons and I made Peppermint Patties from "How it all Vegan".






These things were SUPER easy to make and very yummy.















We tried to make hearts and shamrocks but once they were dipped it was really hard to tell. So do yourself a favour and go with round balls, much easier to shape and dip.
The filling is SOOO easy:
2 cups of powdered sugar
1 tbsp. vegan marj.
2 tsp peppermint extract
2 tbsp vegan milk ( I used rice milk)
Blend it all together until its a paste, form into balls, freeze 15 min. Dip into melted chocolate with a bit or margarine. SWEET!

Seed Sale on Saturday!

Thursday, March 11, 2010


This coming Saturday is the seed sale in Kingston, Ontario. Check out Seeds of Diversity for sales all over:




Here is all the info for Saturdays event:


Kingston Public Library Central Branch

Saturday March 13, 2010 10-3
Kingston's 3rd Annual Seedy Saturday invites you to a seed networking and education event for both novice and experienced gardeners. If you are interested in open-pollinated and heritage seed, seed saving, biodiversity in your garden and food security, this is the place for you! Attendees are encouraged to bring their own well-labeled, saved seed to trade at the seed exchange table. Seed from "Seed Savers Exchange" and a select number of local seed companies will be available for purchase along with several varieties of Canadian-bred foundation seed. Join us in discussing the possibility of creating a living community seed bank. Lunch will be available as well as children's activities. Admission $1. Learn more about garlic, dahlias, foundation seed, and what the future of food may be for us in these interesting times:
10:00 "The Story of Food" & "Banking Diversity" - USC Films
11:00 "The Small-Trial Garlic Bulbil Project and Leek Moth Control" - Paul Pospisil, The Garlic News, Beaver Pond Estates
12:00 "Good Foundations: Building Community Seed Security" - Jennifer Hutson, True North Seeds Trust, Journal of Culinary Garden Research, Seeds of Diversity
1:00 "Dahlias to Dazzle" - Margaret Pyke, Wolfe Island
2:00 "The Future of Food: Sustainable Local or Industrial Biotech? It's About Seed" - Andrew McCann, Seed, Farm and Food Activist
Contact: Katherine Rothermel 613-385-8569

Dog Fight

Wednesday, March 10, 2010



Every night at bedtime three dogs jockey for position in our room for the best dog bed. When they were younger they didn't seem to care where they slept, but as they age everyone wants the soft bed. I can relate.




On a seemingly different topic, I had a garbage bag full of old pillows that I was debating on what to do with. I had replaced a bunch of old pillows at Christmas time but was having a really hard time sending them to a landfill. So there they sat, waiting for inspiration to strike.



Yesterday it struck.



I pulled out my sewing machine, stitched two pillows together, grabbed a bunch of fleece I had sitting around (also waiting for inspiration to strike) and made some really big pillow cases!



I also made drawstring bags out of unbleached cotton. Why? To fill with cedar chips. The bag will get shoved inside the "pillow case" to keep the beds smelling nice and more importantly... repel fleas. Fleas hate cedar.


Ginger has claimed the cow print one for herself and has been spotted dragging it around the room. I'm guessing she's trying to break it in. Boda Zapha is looking pretty regal on his new red bed. And Zeke is still trying to sneak onto our bed at every opportunity but is still satisfied with his big jean bed.
Don't they look well rested......