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friday favourite – fivefork farms

My spring flower share just started last week and it is such a great way to welcome spring! Fivefork Farms displays  a passion for growing,  arranging, and selling flowers that makes it a treat to go to the market and pick up my share each week. I usually end up buying more flowers…they are my friday favourite!



It’s happening again…spring! I know, it comes around every time, like clockwork. I was reading some of the spring blogs we posted last year – and here I go again with how much I love the spring season.

I was walking the dog on the weekend at a local conservation area (and my sister was hiking here) and I was thinking about how great it would be if spring lasted a little longer. When you still need a light jacket, maybe rubber boots even. And all around everything is waking up (including the walker and her dog) after the cold, dark winter.

Wild leeks and tiger lilies are the first greenery that’s up in the bush. Streams and creeks are flowing with clear, cool water. Tree swallow pairs are filling up the nesting boxes. And red-wing blackbirds are chortling in last year’s cattails.

And when I get home, I opened all the doors and windows wide to push all the dog hair to one side of the room – and flush out the stale air for some fresh, new, still-bug-free springtime oxygen.

What’s your favourite season?


friday favourite – cougars

Got your attention, didn’t I?! Sorry, this post is not about the type of cougar that means an older woman looking to score a younger man! It’s about a boot made by a company called Cougar!

I was visiting my family last weekend in Guelph and learned about these Canadian waterproof boots from my mom. I picked up these red ones at a great shoe store in Elora, ON.


What a fun way to deal with wet spring weather. Apparently the company has been around for 60+ years making winter footwear with temperature rated insulation. I love their tagline –   Get Into Outside.


first of the season

Spring-time inspiration hit this past weekend. Whatever it is that you love about the spring, this was the weekend to get started.

speyside woods

For me, it’s hiking. I love the anticipation and planning out the trail. We headed out first thing Sunday morning for about an 8 km loop on the Bruce Trail. We hit the jackpot with the first perfect day we’ve had this year for hiking. No bugs. Blue sky. Cool in the morning. Summertime warmth when we finished up.

I love watching the first plants pop through the forest floor. There were coltsfoot, hepatica and trout lilies just popping out. And I even found a few wild leeks, but they need a bit more time to grow before I harvest them for this.

There is something pretty perfect about getting back outside in the spring. What’s your first of the season favourite?



the soil is alive

I gave myself a week or so to get used to the spring forward time. And now, it feels like this fantastic transitional time of year. The darker mornings aren’t great, but after work I actually want to walk the dog. And I’ve noticed as we do our loop around the neighbourhood, I’m walking taller and happier. Could be the years of yoga, regular massages and weekly trainer…but I’m going to give the spring season the credit.

And although I wouldn’t really call myself a gardener…I completely understand the itching to get your fingers in the dirt and start digging and planning and scheming about what will grow this year. For me, it starts with cleaning up the dog poop that has been aging under the snow all winter! But after that’s done, I’m actually thinking (like I do every spring) about what I might, possibly, maybe do in the garden and yard this year.

So step outside. Take a deep breath (or three) and soak up all the new sunshine and warmer weather headed our way. And enjoying what is springing up in the soil.

Happy vernal equinox!


make mine maple

sapI think the best thing we “grew” on our hobby farm was maple syrup. We tapped about 1,000 trees, had a farm retail market and served up pancakes and maple syrup, maple butter on fresh tea biscuits, and made endless batches of maple sugar.

The sap is running and it always makes me nostalgic about the season. Thankfully I have friends who tap a few trees on their farm – so I can get a fix and some pictures (thanks JM).

Syrup season has us thinking about all the ways we love to use maple syrup.

Top a salad with this dressing – 1 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup red wine vinegar, 1 tsp mustard powder, 1 garlic clove, 1-2 Tbsp maple syrup, salt and pepper, fresh herbs (basil, oregano, dill).

Sweeten a smoothie – I add a glug of syrup to a banana/yogurt/spinach/milk/frozen blueberry smoothie.

Maple butter medicine by the spoonful – I have just a few jars in the frig in case of emergency.

For a salmon marinade – check out our recipe here

Try a maple leaf cocktail – 2 oz bourbon, 1/2 oz maple syrup, 1/2 oz lemon juice. Shake over ice.

And top off a latte or add to coffee.