As summer hits full swing and the temperatures continue to climb, it’s important to stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water is important, but sometimes, you need an extra boost. This is where switchel can save the day. Also called haymaker’s punch, this drink has been around for many years. I first discovered switchel a couple of summers ago and it quickly became my favorite summertime drink.¬† This is the perfect thing to drink on those warmer summer days and especially when you have been out working in the garden or taking a hike. Switchel is a refreshing summer drink that can be made with littleRead More →

Ontario boasts 280 Provincial Parks. Neys Provincial Park is one of many located in Northern Ontario and offers plenty of hiking, boating, camping, and other activities. Located within a short drive of town, this park is the perfect place to spend a weekend or several days. Neys Provincial Park Camping With nearly 150 camping sites, Neys is a great place to stay for a few nights. Over half of these sites offer electrical services, which is great for those who camp using a trailer. Generally speaking, you shouldn’t have any problem getting a spot. However, if you are like us and decide to go lastRead More →

Summer means warm weather. Keeping cool is a challenge for everyone. Everyone appreciates a cool treat on hot days, including dogs. That’s why these frozen dog treats are the perfect thing to help your pup beat the summer heat. With a few simple ingredients and a bit of time in the freezer, you will have a bunch of treats ready for your pooch. Your dog will be thrilled if you make these for them. Of course, if you are looking for a different option, you can always make these peanut butter dog treats. Dogs go crazy for them! They can also be placed in theRead More →

Every gardener has challenges that they need to overcome in order to be successful. Some areas get hot quickly and can limit what can be grown. Other areas are more ideal for nearly year-round gardening, however, they may encounter more pests or diseases. Then there are places where the growing season is not only short but also includes a cool climate. I fall into the latter category. Though it can be a struggle to achieve a successful garden, these 6 tips for cold climate gardening will help those in cooler climates to reach their gardening potential. When I first started gardening here, I honestly wasn’tRead More →

Summer reflections

Summer is nearing its end. The days are starting to become shorter and the temperatures aren’t quite what they used to me. The time has passed quickly and before it truly comes to an end, I thought I would share my feelings about this summer. While there is still nearly a month of summer left, with school starting next week, summer is basically over. Honestly, fall is in the air, and that is what sent me down the summer reflections path. Summer reflections I have to admit, I’ve never really taken the time to look back and reflect upon a summer before. They tend toRead More →

As crazy as it sounds, summer vacation can lead to summertime boredom. Kids are always so excited to get out of school, whether that happens in May or June. But what is a parent to do when their kid comes up and says “Mom, I’m bored!”? It may be easy to come up with things to do for the first few weeks, but after a while, it can be tough. So today, I am sharing some summer boredom busters to help kids and parents make it through the summer. These will be a mix of fun and educational activities that your child can participate in.Read More →