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Planning for Autumn Color

Here in Southern Manitoba, it's amazing just how hot it gets in summer (47C/117F with humidity) compared to how cold it gets in winter (-50C/-58F). On those days when the temperature soars to astronomical heights, one dreams of just a taste of a cool, autumn breeze. To conjure up the sensation of that breeze, we dream of autumn colour.

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Sunday Supper Series – Slow Cooker Roast with Harvest Vegetables

Early harvest has begun and thus the early harvest recipes! This is a super simple slow cooker recipe that is anything but the same-old, same-old. This allows you to utilize your multi-tasking skills by preparing the perfect comfort-food meal to gather family and friends around the table for Sunday supper while enjoying the dog days of summer with them at the same time.

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Fengli Chicken with Arborio Rice

... With a few choice ingredients, your end-of-the-day routine can take you a world away. A few minutes of combining these ingredients and you are transported to a place of culinary bliss. Enjoy the journey with this simple yet flavourful recipe. Ingredients Chicken 1 lb of boneless chicken thighs, cubed1 tsp salt2 tbsp olive oil… Continue reading Fengli Chicken with Arborio Rice

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Cream of Ridiculously Healthy Soup with Brie Croutons

... Basket full of fresh vegetables in the backyard garden. Warm and hearty soups during the cold, winter months are some of our favorite meals to make together. Especially when they are accompanied by a loaf of fresh, crusty bread, hot out of the oven. (This recipe is just as comforting and delicious in the… Continue reading Cream of Ridiculously Healthy Soup with Brie Croutons

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Rainy Day Accomplishments

... We get a lot of rainy days here in The Peg in the summertime. I love it, being from an area where precipitation is low causing a drought for the last several years.  The prairie rains turn the multitude of trees here exceptional and varied shades of green and one can almost hear our flowers… Continue reading Rainy Day Accomplishments

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A Very Berry Summer Salad

... Berrys of any kind are the epitome of Summer and picking them fresh from the fields is a favourite activity with family and friends, in the early morning hours of a hot, Southern Manitoba day. The sweetness of berries can be a perfect complement to more savory ingredients as in this very berry summer… Continue reading A Very Berry Summer Salad

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Crispy Baked Bunuelos

... These crispy, baked buneulos are a great alternative to the fried version and are definitely a favourite in our house. Instead of regular brown sugar, a brown sugar substitute, like Splenda, works perfectly for those with sugar sensitivities. Ingredients 1 package of 8" wheat or white flour tortillas 3 tbsp melted butter (for brushing)… Continue reading Crispy Baked Bunuelos

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Garden-Fresh Vegetable and Chicken Pasta

... July is the time, at The Olenick House, when the harvesting of fresh veggies begins, which makes for some delicious recipes for Darren and I to enjoy together at the end of a long, hot Summer's day. One such recipe is this hearty and healthy pasta dish chock full of protein and vitamin-rich veggies.… Continue reading Garden-Fresh Vegetable and Chicken Pasta

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Plant Menopause – Hilarious Notion or Interesting Fact?

... A number of years ago, I was thrown into menopause at a relatively young age due to an inherited medical condition. Leaving my dear husband to brave this new adventure right along with me. He's a trooper, I think I'll keep him. As part of this new adventure, we are creating a beautiful home.… Continue reading Plant Menopause – Hilarious Notion or Interesting Fact?

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A Bathroom Renaissance

... Before our humble abode became The Olenick House, it was a rental property, and as such, not a lot of imagination was impressed upon the design choices within. But when Darren and I decided to make this our home together, we knew that one day, we could really make it a special place. That… Continue reading A Bathroom Renaissance

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Gardening in Manitoba – A Unique Adventure

For most of my life, I lived in garden hardiness zone 10. Now I live in hardiness zone 3. Big difference, right? No kidding. Lol When I started my horticultural journey, some 20 years ago in Southern California, the garden centers and nurseries were filled with a plethora of plant choices and they still are.… Continue reading Gardening in Manitoba – A Unique Adventure

Musings of the Mind

The Pearl in the Equality Oyster

On the day I was born, the state of my country was in great disarray. Oddly enough, not unlike how it is at the moment. A brutal war raged in a far away country that left many struggling to reconcile patriotism with the ethical question of what it was all for. That was one imbalance.… Continue reading The Pearl in the Equality Oyster

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The Joy of Thoughtful Kitchen Design

... Good Housekeeping magazine published its first issue in May 1885, with the tag line "A family journal conducted in the interests of the higher life of the household". The essential message, in its early issues, was that the kitchen served as a purely functional space, separate from the rest of the home. It was to… Continue reading The Joy of Thoughtful Kitchen Design

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Simple, Garden Tomato Bisque

... Throughout the growing season, when the air is warm and fragrant and birds are abundant at the feeders, I am forever picking tomatoes from our vines. All different, heritage varieties grow in our humble vegetable patch, which with the help of the bees and other insects, tend to cross-pollinate. I don't mind that at… Continue reading Simple, Garden Tomato Bisque