... 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
... 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 compliment to more savory ingredients as in this very berry summer… Continue reading A Very Berry Summer Salad
... 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
... 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
... 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?
... 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
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
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
This light and lovely bundt cake is perfect for a special occasion, Sunday brunch, or any time you crave something quick and sweet...and you won't believe what's in it!
... 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
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 ...
... 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 Italian dressing 1/2 cup… Continue reading One Pan, Hearty Chicken and Potatoes
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
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
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