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A Recipe for Mushroom Barley Soup

A Recipe for Mushroom Barley Soup-

Since I was a little girl, I had a favourite soup. The one that brings back the best memories is Mushroom Barley. The mushrooms in the soup have a soft texture and a beautiful aroma. The barley in this soup creates a lovely and satisfying thickness. As a whole, mushroom barley soup fulfills three of my five senses – taste, sight and smell.

Today, this soup brings me back to when I was a little girl. Simply catching a hint of the mushrooms, transports me back to the age of 5, 8, 13, 19, and so on…

Two summers ago, I visited my family in Europe and was reminded of this, my favourite soup. Most of the ingredients may be grown in your own vegetable garden and stored in a cold cellar. It’s the perfect soup to prepare on a cold winter’s day.


The Easiest Way to Clean Leeks

The Easiest Way to Clean Leeks

If you cook with leeks, you’ve probably experienced how tough they are to clean.

My first experience was like this: I didn’t know how to wash out the dirt, from between the leek layers. I tried to peel the layers off, rinse them, then chop them up individually. But this was messy and complicated.

I also tried to run water down between the layers, but this was also difficult since there’s very little room between them. Even if the leeks “seem” to be clean overall, there’s always some dirt stuck inside, between the layers and this is due to the way they grow.

I have a technique for cleaning leeks that is quick and simple. It also saves me a lot of time when I’m preparing meals and need to make dinner quick!


My Greenhouse Tour #2

My Greenhouse Tour #2

It’s been about a month since I planted the first seeds in the greenhouse and the days have become shorter. The weather has changed from summer to fall and the winds have picked up.

In a typical year, this would be typical weather for the season. However, in my case, I’ve embarked on a new adventure and already started learning and adapting. It’s definitely taking my mind off of what is happening outside.

From my first greenhouse video, to this second video, we’ve had to make several adaptations, to account for the high winds and the possibility of the greenhouse blowing away or being damaged. We’ve had a few leaks in the roof as well. I’ve also finished seeding the greenhouse and harvested my first vegetables!

It’s been an exciting time. Watch the second video in my greenhouse series and join me in my world.

My New Greenhouse Tour

A Walkthrough Tour of My Greenhouse

When we moved to our country home, I felt excited about building my dream kitchen garden. I researched ideas and designed it based on our family’s needs.

But, gardening season is relatively short in relation to the length of one-year, so I dreamt of ways to extend my gardening season. My garden is located over 400 feet away from the house, so trekking there in mid-winter, through hip-deep snow, to reach cold frames was unrealistic. Plus, opening the garden door would be next to impossible, due to all the snow.

I needed something close to the house, that would be easy to access and fulfill all my gardening needs throughout the summer and into fall, early winter, then very early spring.

I wanted something that I would be able to grow tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers in during the summer and hardy salad greens in the fall, early winter and early spring.