pink coconut meringues for Easter

pink coconut meringues for Easter

For most of the world Easter means springtime: tree buds bursting open, tiny flower heads pushing through soft earth, birdsong, kneesocks, marbles and skipping ropes. In eastern Canada, it means we can start hoping that winter’s over. These delicate, melt-in-your-mouth … Continue reading

uptown hermits

uptown hermits

I saw Kaitie on Sunday. She met us at the Toronto airport during our lay-over holding a homemade cardboard sign that said, ‘Mr. and Mrs. Hooton’, surrounded by hearts. For exactly 150 minutes, we secretly held hands under the table … Continue reading

lavender shortbread

lavender shortbread

I love lavender. The delicate scent and stunning color calms me. There’s a reason lavender essential oil is used in aromatherapy! I saw it growing as a hedge in Tuscany and have been thinking about this shortbread recipe ever since. My herb garden receives up … Continue reading

her father’s daughter

her father’s daughter

I met my daughter Sara when she two and a half years old. Ralph used to bring her to the aerobics class that I taught. She would happily sit with her blanket sucking her thumb, while Ralph took the class. … Continue reading