Spotlight: Dalew Farms (Lavigne, ON)

I mentioned Dalew Farms briefly in another post, but I wanted to go a little more in-depth today.

There are a lot of people out there in the more remote areas of Canada looking for good, inexpensive, organic goods.

Northern Ontario is a region that is dotted with small towns stretched out along far distances.  It can be difficult to get high quality produce and meat in the few (sometimes only one) small grocery stores due to the high cost of transporting these goods from down south.

However, there are also many farms within Northern Ontario, and if you live near the Lavigne area then you are lucky enough to be close to Dalew Farms. Continue reading

363 Days

Although he doesn’t officially turn one until Monday, this Saturday we celebrated Little Man’s first birthday.  You know those parties you see on Pinterest where the supermom whips up an elaborately piped cake and intricate handmade decorations?  This was not one of those parties.  At our casa, a shindig is all about the hastily made sign, the tidy but not spotless house and the incredibly loud laugh of the Dreamboat and other loved ones.  After all, getting together with family and friends is supposed to be fun, right?

I spent most of the past week slowly puttering away in preparation for the arrival of our guests. Little Man’s great-aunt M came on Friday and we got started prepping the sugar-free birthday cake for the party.  [Check out the recipe at the end of the post!]

I was really excited about this recipe because Continue reading

Organically Raised: Conscious Cooking for Babies and Toddlers (Cookbook Review)

I am a book fiend.  It has taken years to develop the ability to walk out of a book store with only one or (gasp!) no books.  In high school it was books about art, in university it was politics and now that I am married it is books about food.  I love cookbooks!  With Little Man’s arrival, I began scouring bookstores for great cookbooks that tackle cooking for children.  Organically Raised by Anni Daulter has been one of my favourite finds so far.

Daulter refers to Organically Raised as “a cookbook with a conscience.”  In it she encourages parents to replace traditional (i.e. generally pesticide grown) jarred baby foods with delicious, organic homemade dishes.  Dishes are simple but flavourful, with everything from a steamed carrot, spinach, and beet blend to pan-seared halibut with lemon caper sauce and parmesan linguine.

The book is divided into Continue reading