Do you plan your own birthday parties? My youngest son Rex has been planning his own party ever since he could articulate his vision. Last year the vision was a projected movie on the living room wall, complete with a popcorn concession stand and monopoly money...

The highs and lows of the creative process are exhilarating and exhausting in equal measure. There's the rush of a job, an idea, or a vision in the night. Then there's the crash of knowing serious work is ahead. The serious work comes next, followed by...

Have you ever read the book Five Minutes' Peace? The one with the mama elephant who tries to escape her busy household by sneaking off with the newspaper to have a bubble bath? Just as she sinks beneath the bubbles, there are the little elephants, standing...

I have a new name: Beauty Calistra.  She sees beauty in all things. She is an Eladran. She is magical. This is huge. I've officially been welcomed into the world of Dungeons and Dragons, a place formerly inhabited by my husband James (a true nerd jock) my...

A few days ago I was driving into Halifax just as the sun was rising. I had just taken the red-eye from Calgary; I was in the mountains over the weekend for a wedding. I love weddings. I love dancing. I love seeing old friends....

This is a shelfie - a shelf selfie, featuring just a few of Julia Turshen's cookbooks. Some she has co-authored; Small Victories is all her own. Julia Turshen is my guest on the latest episode of The Food Podcast. I asked her to come on for many reasons...

I have a little tree in my backyard. It’s the pretty kind with a skinny trunk that flops over at the top like Rapunzel’s hair, spilling its leaves to the ground. Someone else planted it a long time ago, long enough for it to be completely encased...

    Our wedding anniversary was on the 21st, the day of the solar eclipse.  I don't have to get all Bonnie Tyler about this. I'm not falling apart. If anything, I'm coming together. It's coming together: marriage, life, kids and, the kitchen. Yes, I'm talking about the new kitchen, again. But...

Fresh garlic is big on the NS farmer's market scene right now. I bought some last week and popped it into my basket. I already had a head or two of dried garlic at home, but wanted the fresh stuff, mainly for their stalks. I pictured...

I love collaborating. When you read this message, or listen to my podcast, you are seemingly absorbing one voice. Yes, these are my words, but those words, ideas, thoughts, recipes...