Lovely Lavender! July 10 2010, 0 Comments

Lavender is an herb that everyone seems to know. It not only has a wonderful fragrance, but it tastes absolutely fantastic, lavender and strawberries, lavender lemonade (see recipe inside), lavender and white wine. 

I have lavender in my garden the smell is amazing, when you walk by the plants.

Lavender is derived from the Latin “lava re” which means “to wash” and that is what the Romans did with lavender.

Recent studies indicate that lavender will relive stress and headaches. I can relate to that I take a lavender bath nightly. A few drops of essential oil in the water not only make a nice fragrance but you feel refreshed and relaxed.

This week so far has been incredibly humid and hot here. So I left some of this wonderful Lemonade for the crew that arrived to work at my house this morning. There were a few funny faces, but it was all gone when I came home.

 Lavender Lemonade

- 5 cups water
- 12 stems of fresh lavender
- 1-1/2 cups sugar
- 2-1/4 cups lemon juice

Boil 2-1/2 cups of water with the sugar. Add the lavender stems and remove from heat.

Put a lid on and let it cool. When cool, add 2-1/2 cups of water and the lemon juice.

Strain out the lavender. Serve the lavender with crushed ice and garnish with a lavender Blossoms.

Serves 8.

I did manage to get a couple of hours by the water on the long weekend. This is the view from our dock.

The scaffolding has been set up and this will be my new furniture for a little while.

Stay tuned for the Reno updates!

Strawberry Time! June 25 2010, 0 Comments

It's Strawberry time and I wanted to share my Strawberry Salad!  Look inside for the recipe!

If you like red as much as I do have a look our Scavolini Flux Model with it's Red Metallic gloss lacquered doors. Just Google and type in Flux Kitchens by Scavolini and it is the first listing on the page.

It will take you through the whole catalog, and you can download it as well.

We recently installed a Red Kitchen in Kingston, the home a centre hall traditional limestone, very unexpected and dramatic. Gives the whole house a nice modern touch.

Try some more Red this time for the bedroom!

If you have a small powder room and you want to make a statement why not try red. 

In the Bedroom!

The powder room!

A Red Front Door - Red never goes out style it is always fresh. In Feng Shui a red front door means “Welcome”!

A sampling of Red's…

Just to name a few

C2 - Canadian Flag 038 and Bang   040                            

ICI - Ohara 19YR 14/629

Benjamin Moore - Carnival Red and Million Dollar Red

Pratt & Lambert - Red Banner 4-11

And don't forget the garden!

Strawberry Salad!

1 - (10 oz) package of spinach torn
2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1/3 cup raspberry vinaigrette
1/3 cup real bacon bits (optional I omit these in my salad)

Preparation: 10 min. Serves 6. Enjoy the salad and remember to support our local Growers.

Look to Nature… May 20 2010, 0 Comments

While going to the Rhubarb patch this Sunday we had some very cute furry visitors!

The garden always produces an abundance of rhubarb.  I like the strawberry rhubarb the best. 

The pink stalks are nice contrast to the dark green leaves. 

When choosing colours, look to nature for your inspiration!

Try these colours…

Minister Green (Farrow and Ball) # 224 - A great woodsy-green, nice as a backdrop for a collection of black and white photography.

Rhubarb (Benjamin Moore) # 2007-30 - A Pinky Red, great for a guest bathroom, makes an exciting statement! 

Recipe Idea - Rhubarb Crisp…

A great way to use up the Rhubarb is to Make Rhubarb Crisp!

It is quick and easy to make, great by itself and of course extra delicious with ice cream.  This recipe makes 8 servings; you can divide into 8 individual ramekins or make one big dish.

5 Cups chopped ( ¼ inch pieces ) rhubarb

2/3 cup flour

1 cup granulated sugar

½ cup packed light-brown sugar

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

Zest of one large orange

10 tablespoons of cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces

1 cup old fashioned oats   

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine flour, sugars, cinnamon, and orange zest in a large bowl.

Cut in butter using a pastry blender or your fingers until mixture resembles coarse meal.

Toss in oats and crumble topping over rhubarb. 

Bake until topping is browned and filling is bubbling - 40 to 50 minutes.

Serve warm and enjoy!

Deb Stagg uses the Rhubarb Leaf for her Garden Art.

She has workshops in leaf making visit her at

Healthy Plates May 09 2010, 0 Comments

Food for Life Nutrition & Cooking Classes for General Health, Weight Loss & Disease Prevention

Want to make healthy changes in your life – just not sure how to go about it?

Healthy Plates is offering a series of 4 Classes - Each class includes information about how certain foods and nutrients work to promote health and discourage disease, along with cooking instruction & demonstrations of deliciously simple and healthy recipes that can be recreated easily at home!

Includes demos, Tastings, Recipes, Tips and Lots of Information & Additional Resources

Classes run 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: 363 Main St., Bath

Monday June 7th Week One Raw Green & Fruit Juicing - Breakfast Smoothies. Recipes: Green Vegetable & Fruit Juice - Breakfast Smoothies.

Monday June 14th Week Two - Diet Patterns, Disease Prevention & Weight Control. Recipes: Vegetable Curry w/ Brown Basmati Rice – Mango Chutney.

Monday June 21st Week Three Beans Legumes & Pulses. Recipes: Vegetarian Chili – Chickpea Burgers – Black Bean Dip.

Monday June 28th Week Four Whole Grains. Recipes: Moroccan Grain, Nut & Seed Pilaf – Quinoa Salad $35 p/clas s or $120 for 4 Week Series. Cash, Visa, MasterCard & Debit Accepted.

Sign Up Deadline Friday May 21st – All classes are limited to six people so that you can enjoy preparing the dishes hands on and get the attention you may need. Recipes and fact sheets keep you informed throughout the course. Tasting is enjoyed during the clas s. Please bring your own apron, hand towel and reusable containers in case there are any leftover goodies to take home! Closed toe shoes are required for health & safety purposes.