salad.jpgAs  summer fast approaches, I’m eating more salads. The produce finally tastes less “wintery”, if that’s a thing, and the idea of eating crunchy veggies for days on end is more appealing as the weather heats up. One of my favourite all-time salads has only two ingredients……tomatoes and avocado. I could eat this every day if avocados weren’t so frustratingly exact about their time of ripeness!

Tomato-Avocado Salad——

1 ripe avocado, peeled, stone removed, and cut into chunks.

10 – 12 cherry tomatoes cut in half

Throw both of these into a bowl, squirt the avocado generously with lemon juice, add salt and mix.  That’s it.  You can add other things (cucumber, mint, pine nuts etc….), but the simple one is best, I think.  You have to pretty much eat it right away, but don’t worry, there won’t be any left.

So, when I came across a Buzzfeed article on ways to introduce more avocado into your foods, I was all over it. I’m going to try a few of these this long weekend, I think. Do you have any favourites? Let us know in the comments….

Food Fun for March Break

FOODAre you looking for ideas for March Break? How about trying out one or more of these fun recipes to make with your kids this week. Not only are they fun, but it’s a great way to spend some time together….

A DIY Cereal Bowl Cake that looks like, well, a bowl of cereal! YUM!

Tie-Dye Smores?  Say no more!

Rainbow Bagels with Funfetti Cream Cheese (they’d be just as fun with regular bagels).

Bunny Ear Ice Cream Cones, because, you know….Easter.

Funfetti Fudge (who cares how tricky it is to make…it looks wonderful!)

A giant Easter Peeps cake!

All right, yes, I became slightly obsessed with these fun desserts while writing this blog post (hint: never write blog posts while you’re hungry!), but you might find you have a mini-baker on your hands after trying a few. Thanks to the StudioDIY blog for all of the inspiration!

Happy Baking!

Frivolous Friday Fondue

FondueIt’s almost that time of year again…..maple syrup season!!  And if you live in Eastern Ontario, that means you’ll be eating a lot of this stuff on pancakes, waffles, and ice cream over the next few months.

So, when I came across a fun recipe that incorporated maple syrup into a more savory meal, I thought it would be a worth a share. Maple Syrup Fondue, anyone?

Design Sponge has a great series called, “In the Kitchen with…..”, and they recently featured a recipe by Laura and Dana Putnam of Finding Home Farms that uses maple syrup as a base for their tasty fondue. Pair it up with wonderful items like crusty breads, spicy meats, and crunchy veggies, and you have a brand new way to enjoy maple syrup.

Stop on over to the post right here to see more, and to get the recipe. You’ll need it once that sap starts running……

Pack a Joke!

It’s the new year, and that means school lunches again. If your kids are bored with their usual fare, it might be easy to spice things up…without having to design new recipes and get them to eat different things. How about packing Lunchbox Jokes!

SERENDIPITYOver at a blog called ALL THE BOYS, they’ve designed fun, printable jokes you can pack in school lunches. Print them on card stock for stability, or fun, colourful paper to make your child excited about lunches again.

The jokes are silly, and very age appropriate, so it will make lunch time extra fun as they search for the Joke of the Day. (Why was the man running around his bed? To catch up on his sleep!)

Lunch will never be boring again!

Skillet Cookies

It’s a cold day out there, and what better thing than to make cookies? Even better, how about a gooey giant cookie you and your whole family could eat for dessert tonight? (Yes, it’s the New Year and after three weeks of “eating well”, I’m dying for cookies. You got me.)

Skillet cookies are the real deal, and they don’t take a lot of time or effort. Just throw the ingredients together, put them in a cast iron skillet and pop them in the oven while you eat. THE BEST.

cookiesAt one of my favourite crafty websites, Skip To My Lou, they featured a post with TEN SKILLET COOKIE RECIPES. Ten! That’s a big choice, and one I don’t want to have to make today, but I will if it means something delicious to start off the week. We can always diet tomorrow.

What do you think? Skillet cookies for dessert tonight?

(Photo courtesy of Padurarsu Alexandru via

Stop Baking!

20151106_100614-1Today is the last day to register for our Christmas Cookie Exchange at the library. If you haven’t had a chance to do any baking yet this year, don’t dismay! We’re here to help!

Here’s all you have to do:

  • Register at the library by 8pm tonight.
  • Go home and bake one type of Christmas cookie
  • Bring them back to the library at 7pm on Thursday, December 17th
  • Exchange cookies with other participants
  • Take home a wide variety of cookies to enjoy!

We’re taking the stress out of the holidays! Call us for more information at 257-2702.

Starbucks + Christmas – Christmas = ???

10890728_1234187126596633_2133648073_nBy now, you’ve probably all heard the crazy argument going around the internet about Starbucks and their “plain” holiday cups this year. If you haven’t, you’re lucky. But just to summarize, when Starbucks rolled out their annual red cups November 1st, a former pastor in the US took offense to the fact that they were so plain, and free of all Christmas references, which he took to mean that Starbucks hates Christians, of course.

Now, as far as anyone can tell, holiday references in Starbucks’ previous red cups were only things like ornaments, or reindeer….and not really any religious references. This year, they kept the cups clean—only a graduated ombre to the deep red—to “usher in the holidays with a purity of design that welcomes all of our stories”, claims Starbucks President Jeffrey Fields. So why the pastor chose to take this fight to such an extreme level (and really, it has nothing much to do with being Christian and celebrating Christmas at all), leaves everyone stumped. He started up a campaign online to get people to say their name was Merry Christmas, so that the Starbucks employees would have to write that on the cups, and therefore, keep the Christmas at Starbucks, as well as fight the fight using the hashtag #MerryChristmasStarbucks.


Red cups, blue cups, reindeer or no deer….what does it matter? Coffee and books go together,and we’re fans of Starbucks here at the library. Does anyone really passionately care what the design is on the cup? Unless you’re the one who designed it, I don’t think so.

I’m pretty sure this former pastor, Joshua Feuerstein, who now calls himself a “social media personality”, just needs to chill out, and maybe take up adult colouring as a form of relaxation.

Just keep the red pencils away from him.

(Speaking of adult colouring, join us at the library on Wednesday, November 25th at 6:30pm for some fun zen colouring. There may even be Christmas things to colour!)