The Olenick House

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 day… 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 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 be… Continue reading The Joy of Thoughtful 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 all.… Continue reading Simple, Garden Tomato Bisque

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Helping Houseplants Thrive in Winter

As autumn becomes winter, here in the true north, the jewel-toned leaves on maples and other indigenous trees become a vibrant canvas on which nature will apply her next brush stroke. The burgundy, gold and green palette has always been my favorite, now with a patina of fresh, clean white. All the home improvement retail stores… Continue reading Helping Houseplants Thrive in Winter

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A Long Winter’s Nap

Well, it's that time of year again, here in Manitoba. When we batten down the hatches and say goodbye to our neighbors for a few months. When it drops to -30 degrees outside, there's a choice to be made between socializing and surviving. Ha!

There is something to be said for this cold and stark time of year though. The elegant ...

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One Pan, Hearty Chicken and Potatoes

This is a fantastic recipe for those nights when you need to get a hearty and delicious meal on the table fast. One pan, six ingredients and your appetite. That's it! Ingredients: 4-6 bone-in pieces of chicken (with or without the skin) 6-8 red potatoes, cut into wedges 1/4 cup of your favourite Italian dressing… Continue reading One Pan, Hearty Chicken and Potatoes

Out and About

In Concert – Joe Jackson in Winnipeg

At those times when life gets hurried, with work and chores to be done, energy, come evening time, is often scarce. Leaving time to nurture our relationship to be a bit of a luxury. Yet all this hurried activity lends a strong air of appreciation for when those nurturing times come. This evening was date… Continue reading In Concert – Joe Jackson in Winnipeg

Out and About

The Lockport Craft Fair

One fine, Sunday morning, I awoke expecting to get started on my weekend to-do list. Made my tea, fed the cat and the fish, then kissed my hubby good morning (He wakes quite a bit earlier than me). Noticing the list in my hand, he said: - You won't be needing that today!  My eyebrows… Continue reading The Lockport Craft Fair

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The Blank Garden Canvas

As the temperature outside begins its ascent, I feel the urge to grab a sweater and venture outside. The gardens are calling to me. The soft, cool, April wind on my face lets me know that its time to start tempering the garden plants I've been harbouring inside all winter.  The life force within them has been… Continue reading The Blank Garden Canvas

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Nostalgic Chicken Enchiladas

Being raised just north of the Mexican border, I've enjoyed quite a bit of  'south of the border' cuisine. Ingredients for tasty, Hispanic recipes are abundant in that region, but up here in the true north, maybe not so much. I'm just a little farther away now. Haha So, what do I do to satisfy… Continue reading Nostalgic Chicken Enchiladas

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Date Night, Game Night

    As is usually the case towards the end of winter, Darren and I haven't gotten out much.  Mainly because it has just been too darn cold. I mentioned in a previous post that I recently had major surgery. So, I've been grounded in the house for the past five weeks which tends to grate… Continue reading Date Night, Game Night