Christmas Time Is In The Air Again – Mulled Wine Recipe

Sunday, December 1st.  A grey day.  The house perfectly silent. I climbed out of bed, donned my fluffy robe and head to the kitchen.  With the heat slowly warming the home and a pine scented candle lit,  I busied myself in the kitchen making breakfast; Oatmeal with cinnamon and almond milk and all the toppings…

Winter Braised Ribs with Mexican Mole

Christmas has come to an end. The shopping, the gifts, quality time with family and way too much chocolate.  It’s been mild as far as Winter goes. The rain incessant at times.  Dark grey clouds lay low hugging the tops of the coastal mountains; they feel almost close enough to reach out and touch.  There’s…

Weekday Journalling: Halloween fun, Arroz con Pollo and Christmas Carols?

I haven’t written in days.  I started 2 blog entries and jumped ship.  Writers block. No inspiration.  I guess being home with a cold doesn’t help. My energy levels are low and even the smallest tasks take effort.  Today the proverbial clouds cleared and although my dry cough persists my brain isn’t fogged over. Wish…

Making Fresh Pasta

I got a pasta maker for my birthday last month and being a long weekend and having all this extra time, my Fiance and I decided to try our hand at making fresh pasta today.  This was such a fun activity to do together and really was a team effort; we watched a few videos…

What I’m Loving – June/July Edition

I cannot believe it’s already mid July. Where has time gone to?  Before we know it, Autumn will arrive and then Winter.  Our wedding is in 145 days!. OMG.   Ok, slow down. It’s still only July and as much as I wanted to do a favourites blog for June there was just too much going…

A Sunday Roast

It’s 7:20 pm. Sunday. I’m in the studio. This is where my piano is kept as well as all my books, my favourite upholstered chair and a wooden armoire adorned with Indonesian carvings and filled with linens and candles.  I keep extra pillows on top of it and the warmest blankets that only come down…

Jenn’s Chicken Enchiladas

Today I thought I’d try a dish I’ve never made before. They turned out better than I imagined but I would best leave them as a weekend dinner, when I/you have extra time.  Even though I got home at 5pm today, with this being a new dish and the improvisation that comes with creating the…

Jenn’s Homemade Garlic Toast Spread

Today it rained. Hard. All day.  After running various errands and shopping into the afternoon I was relieved to remember I had cooked up a big pot of my delicious Chilli last night which meant I didn’t have to make dinner and could focus on assembling the nail polish stands that arrived in the mail…

Saturday Morning Pancakes (from scratch)

Salem (our black cat) sits at the window. These rainy Winter days are his least favourite because we don’t let him outside. The courtyard and garden are his world where he spends sunny day’s lounging under the shade of the hydrangea bushes and pretending to hunt birds and squirrels up in the Pine, high and…