What’s In My Tin? Apple Oatmeal Wheat Fingers

I promise, for now, this is the last of the apple recipes! For now.  Maybe.  I can’t guarantee it!

I have many (seriously, I have loads) cookbooks in my bookcases(s).  Yet, somehow, when it’s time to find inspiration, I often end up on the Internet.  In an effort to justify the purchase of all these cookbook  purchases (some dating back to longer ago than I dare think), I have decided to get inspired by them instead of the Web.  Well, I try anyway!


This recipe was taken from Barry Bluestein and Kevin Morrissey’s “The Complete Cookie, cookies for every occasion”.

I’m a fan of cookbooks that have lovely photos, so this one, which I’ve had since January 31, 1997(!), must have been purchased through Book of the Month Club.  There are no pictures, no drawings, nothing.  Oh, sorry, I lied.  There are a grand total of 8 photos in the middle of the book.  That said, they do have quite a few nice cookie recipes, including this Apple Oatmeal Wheat Fingers one.


I was astounded at how just 1/4 teaspoon of allspice could completely change a flavour profile.. We all know that apples and cinnamon go together but who knew that adding this smidge of allspice would take it to a whole ‘nother level?  Not moi, that’s for sure.

These were delicious, healthy and disappeared faster than I could say “Boo!”

You can find the recipe right here.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.  They will definitely be ending up in my tin again!

What’s In My Tin? Maple-Apple Muffins

Welcome back to another edition of “What’s in my tin?”

I’m still pretty much on my apple kick because, well, I still have a bunch of apples from David’s orchard!  These recipes only call for one or two apples at a time so expect another in the next edition!


These muffins take minutes to prepare and 22-25 minutes to bake so the boys often get spoiled with this first thing in the morning.  Or rather, they get to smell them being baked and then can take one or two to school for lunch!

Added bonus is these muffins are actually low-fat and healthy…  I’ve been making recipes from my Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too book by Susan G. Purdy


You can get the recipe here!

Remember, they are guilt-free… unless you choose to eat three of them but that will be just between you and your tin…


On My Mantle For September

I’ve stumbled upon many wonderful blogs of late. They have the most brilliant ideas, are wonderfully crafty and creative and don’t mind at all if we join in!

Sabrina, from the beautiful blog Wolves in London, has joined Gillian from the equally lovely Tales From a Happy House on presenting what is being displayed on their mantels during a particular month.

As we have just finished upgrading our dining room (where the mantel can be found) I felt it serendipitous that I join in too!  So voilà… I am officially a follower (can’t always be a leader, you know!)

September is apple time, it’s cooling down time (not that it showed this past week-end it’s 28°C weather), it is, for me, more of a new beginning than is January 1st. It’s also back to school and routine time and, top of my list, it’s the beginning of my favourite season.  Normally, you can sit outside without cooking or breaking into a sweat and not need heavy woollies to keep you warm – yet.  We had some really chilly days, to remind us that yes, Autumn was almost here (well, it was before September 21st!) and then that crazy heat last week-end but today, on this last day of September, we are again reminded that summer is definitely over.  I guess I’ll have to do the clothes switcheroo officially!


I should probably have taken the whole fireplace to give a better effect but that would have meant moving my table out of the way!  I was too lazy as it still has the three extension panels left in since last Sunday when we had a brunch with my sisters and their families (just a small group of 15 people….)

That said, it is lovely to finally have all my paintings, images, drawings and art up and on the walls at the perfect height (You must be happy now, Dad, eh?)  The charcoal drawing of my boys was done by a former neighbour of ours… She did an amazing job using two separate pictures of each of them, don’t you think?) This was done about 10 years ago, back when the boys were little and less lippy…. 😉

On the left is what I like to call my Botswana Collection.  Over the years, our neighbours, five houses down, have brought me gifts from their visits back home.  So kind of them to bring me a piece of their homeland.  The funny thing is, they are Indian!  I never realised there was a whole Indian community living down in Botswana until I met the Adams and until I watched  the wonderful “The Number 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency”, starring the fabulous Jill Scott.  Sadly, they stopped after one season… 😦

To the right are more odds and ends of the season.  I have had that candle holder since I was about 19!  I bought it on Ile aux Coudres in the Charlevoix Region, just an hour or so north of Quebec City.  It is a lovely place, accessible only by ferry all year long.  It is so small you can tour it by bicycle in a couple of hours yet there are artisans of every sort you can imagine!  Metal workers, glass blowers, apple orchards with all their goodies from pies, to jellies to ice cider (remind me to tell you how we could have gotten quite drunk sampling each orchard’s cider…)  Please note that I always light candles when I entertain and that these new ones replaced the ones that burned down on Saturday night!

I have a collection of tea pots and this one was chosen for the month of September as it is my most orchard-like one!  The apples are the ones I picked just a few days ago and they are piled into a lovely Murano heart-shaped bowl given to me as a house-warming gift from Patricia.

I hope you come back next month for my October collection.  Until then, check out the ones I linked above!  They are most charming indeed.

Gratitude Sunday (on a Monday) – September 29, 2014

Last Sunday (the 21st), I purposefully did not blog.  I (along with hubby) had spent the previous two weeks painting the dining room and kitchen (and, by default, the bathroom off the kitchen), canning, cooking, running around, entertaining, etc., that come that Sunday, I refused to turn on the computer – not even to read any blogs, emails, Facebook posts… After the brunch we served to my sisters (for their birthdays) and their families, and once we had cleaned up the kitchen, we just sat on our duffs and watched two movies and a few TV programmes!  I had lots of food that just had to be nuked to feed us, so all was perfect!

Little Italy

Yesterday, after our drive home from Mom’s, we stopped off at the Marché Jean Talon to pick up more tomatoes (yes, there will be more canning this week!) and to have lunch with our boys in Little Italy.  Such an absolutely gorgeous day, we lunched outside on a terrasse (must be pronounced with a French accent) and just enjoyed the sunshine.  We got home rather late and, while hubs washed his truck, I sat and read my book!.  Perfect Sunday afternoon.  When it was time to write my post, the blasted Internet started causing me grief.  After an hour of frustration – starting and stopping and starting over, I finally turned the bloody computer off and picked up my book again!

So, now that my rant is over, let me get to my list!



Gratitude List

  1. Being able to spend an afternoon in the sunshine with my guys, on a terrasse (despite having the sun in their eyes!) is a rarity lately.  Makes me so happy!
  2. Driving up to Mom’s on such a beautiful fall day, snapping away at the endless colours, truck windows wide open.
  3. Going to pick apples at the Verger des Dix-Terres and being able to pick Honey Crisps!  Plus Redcorts and Spartans… but Honey Crisps!!!
  4. Wearing shorts during the weekend of September 27-28 is da Bomb!  Even up north, the temperature reached 28°C!  (Way above average… yes, I know Global Warming but still enjoyable!)
  5. Knowing my words touched the person they were meant for…
  6. Reading other bloggers’ most interesting posts and learning and growing from them.
  7. Enjoying the moment for whatever it brings.

OK, Here Goes….

Soooo… Mick just finished the big edit of my very first cooking lesson.

With butterflies in my tummy and hope in my heart, here it is.

This is our very first attempt so a huge thank you to Laurie-Ève Barriault for taking your time to come over and film me and thanks to you, hubby, for taking time away from your own stuff to help me by putting it all together.

We’ll only get better as we go along!

Apples, Apples, Everywhere!

A nice selection of apples

A nice selection of apples

One last blast. Must get “rid” of these apples before the fruit flies invade my home! I’ve got the juice extracted to make a couple batches of jelly, a pot on already the stove cooking down to make apple butter, another about to go on to make a batch of apple sauce and now will start on some apple crisp and maple-apple muffins. It already smells wonderful in here!

For breakfast, I made the boys some apple crêpes. They passed muster!
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Hmmmm… now what else shall I make?

‘Tis the Time of Abundance

I so love this time of year! And this year is especially good. No, not garden-wise. My garden totally sucked this year, quite frankly. Each heirloom tomato plant gave me only one or two tomatoes. All my bell peppers got eaten by slugs and bugs as did my lettuce and basil.

The only things that did do well were the kale, the rainbow chard and some of my son’s hot peppers. A disappointing yield indeed.


That said, the Farmer’s Market had LOTS of stuff!

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With this delightful bounty I have made jars and jars of salsa – surely this time hubby will not complain of not having enough to last the year! He will, of course, take exception to my giving ANY jars away to “undeserving people”. You must understand, dear reader, that no one is deserving, in his eyes. Usually a most generous fellow, he becomes quite miserly when it comes to his salsa!
This week-end I returned to the market for another 44 lbs of tomatoes… we won’t be needing jars of tomato sauce either!

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As if I didn’t have enough to do… I went to my friend’s orchard and got bags of apples and pears which are in the process of being transformed into jellies, butters, jams…