They Call it the Blues

They Call it the Blues

Here at #5 the kitchen is bursting with blueberries! The Gelderman family has come through yet again with another outstanding crop of berries and there are more to come next weekend. They grow two types of blueberries, one harvested in July and the other in August. Both are great but we find the August berries… Continue Reading…

The End of July

The End of July

And that means putting on those thinking caps figuring what to cook for that special Leo celebrating a birthday.  In this case, me!!!  It’s no longer July…but it’s still summer and just think of all those people you can impress by inviting  them over to share an alfresco dinner! What that meant, here at #5… Continue Reading…

No Money Trees in Vancouver

No Money Trees in Vancouver

When you meet up with friends or strangers what is the hottest subject being discussed???   If you live here in Vancouver, it’s real estate and the ridiculous prices! Will interest rates go up? Will prices come down? Detached home prices seem to have fallen a bit but not the condo/apartments/townhouse market.   Sellers won’t… Continue Reading…

2 “R’s” of Spring

2 “R’s” of Spring

Ramps and Rhubarb! Yes, we are up to our knees in both! We fired up the stove at #5 this week stocking up our larder and freezer using these delectable spring delicacies. You can’t go wrong with rhubarb muffins or rhubarb coffee cake.  A must in our house is making the annual batch of rhubarb ketchup. Ramps aka… Continue Reading…

While Visiting Victoria

While Visiting Victoria

Last weekend we made a quick trip over to Vancouver Island.  It’s been about three years…far too long! Back in the day, before we really got the travel bug and when we still had a mortgage to pay off, we used to go over quite often.  Vancouver Island is very beautiful and if you get… Continue Reading…

My Freezer

My Freezer

We’ve always had a stand-alone freezer. And…FYI… I’ll freeze just about anything that isn’t standing still!  I don’t know how we would live without one! Do you freeze whipping cream? Are you nuts you might ask…hang on…I do all the time and it’s proven to come in handy. Thawed out in the fridge, it can… Continue Reading…

Make Some Meatballs

Make Some Meatballs

You’ve just have to say yes to these juicy, succulent morsels! When a friend posted that she was making meatballs,  I figured I’d better get busy and make some too! I’ve probably made  hundreds if not thousands of different meatballs in my former chef life! The big plus being, they are easy to eat from… Continue Reading…