Things to Remember

I used to embroider tea-towels. I remember the transfer tissues and ironing the pattern to the linen or pillowcase. My eyesight is too poor these days to do needle work, but I am grateful to be able to read this lovely piece from Kathryn.

Art-Colored Glasses

Apparently I am sucked into the Throwback Thursday vortex, for amid my housework wanderings I stumbled across some dish-drying towels that brought a flood of memories over me. The first thing that came to mind was curiosity about whether there are many others who grew up using tea-towels like these made of flour sacking material and hand-embroidered, often with a small posy or aphorism in the corner, and usually by Mom or some older relative, at least until we ourselves were conscripted for the task.

My mother enjoyed embroidery as a relaxation mode as well as art form, and the last batch of dish towels that I know of her having made were a series of line drawings of local native flora, based (with the author’s permission) on a book of lovely little watercolors of the same plants and flowers. I chose one representing a favorite alpine blossom, even though…

View original post 604 more words

Cookbook Time Capsule

A wonderful tribute to cookbooks, cooks, and women inspired.

Silver in the Barn

Here are my oldest and newest cookbooks. I don’t really have to tell you which is which, I’ll bet.


And in between the oldest and newest are dozens of other cookbooks collected over the years; some really good, others barely cracked:


My mother gave me that little red cookbook when I was newly married way back in the seventies.  Mom was a German girl who married my GI dad in the fifties and moved with him to Marshall, Minnesota.  This book and cooking with my Grandma were her introductions to American cooking. My mother remembers being amazed at how much food we had in the grocery stores compared to what was available in Germany at the time.  But she missed all the good cheeses, sausages, and breads that were familiar to her.

The book looks pretty battered, doesn’t it? And it is, to be sure, after 60-plus years but some of the damage to the cover was courtesy of…

View original post 713 more words

2014 Summer Fete at Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Homestead

Summer Fete 2014 was held August 10th, 2014 at the Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Homestead. The weather cooperated and we’re glad it did.

This gallery is a compilation of photos taken by Homestead staff and members of the press who came to record the fun and festivities. People of all ages took part in the garden party, a tour through the homestead, games, and music; they had their wee face painted and they petted the farm animals, including Harry the Goat! As well, there was a chance to interact with local vendors & demonstrators.

Susan Gamble of Sun Media spoke with volunteer co-ordinator Kate Belair about The Homestead on Blue Lake Road and the Summer Fete.

Today is our third annual event and we’re just trying to bring the community together. We don’t charge the vendors and we don’t charge visitors. We just hope people will learn about the place, our programs and Adelaide.


Cottage Cheese Batter Bread


Taken from an old Breads 4-H manual in Manitoba.

½ small onion
1 package instant yeast
2 ⅓ cup flour
1 tbsp margarine
1 tbsp dill
1 cup creamed cottage cheese (room temperature)
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg (room temperature)
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ cup warm water
2 tbsp sugar
Use the metal ‘S’ blade in your food processor. Place onion in the processor and chop to fine.
Add flour, spice, salt, baking soda, sugar and yeast. Pulse 6-8 times.
Add margarine and process 10 seconds, add cottage cheese and egg and process 10 seconds.
With motor running add warm water. Knead 10 seconds.
Place cover on feed tube and allow to sit in a warm location for 15-20 minutes.
Turn machine on for 5 seconds.
Proceed to shape the loaf.
Put into a 1 ½ litre (8 inch casserole)*
Let rise to double 15 minutes
Bake at 350º F. For 40-50 minutes.
Remove from dish and cool on rack.

*The author of the recipe writes, “I use my soufflé dish with straight sides. Using a dish that slopes to the bottom will possibly give you a loaf that is not cooked in the centre.”


Peace Garden Scholarship 2014

International Peace GardensFour young women were awarded a scholarship to spend the last week of June at the International Peace Garden on the Manitoba and North Dakota border. Their visit was part of an exciting new initiative between The Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada (FWIC) and the Peace Gardens. The delegates chosen* to attend were:

Holly Bus from Ontario, Hayley Campbell from Quebec, Sonja Mueller from Manitoba, and Bethany Saunders from Prince Edward Island who was unfortunately unable to attend.

 FWIC Ann Mandziuk (Manitoba) with Peace Garden scholarship recipients at the Gardens.

FWIC Ann Mandziuk (Manitoba) with Peace Garden scholarship recipients.

In order to be eligible for the scholarship, young women must meet the following criteria:

  • Between 17-19 years of age as of January 1
  • Demonstrate an interest in tourism, retail, horticulture, photography, creative writing, and music
  • Have community and volunteer experience

As part of the application, a candidate writes an essay describing her interests and detailing how the experience would benefit her.

This scholarship program is designed as an opportunity for a young women from each province across Canada to participate in a one week educational program which includes

  • The history of the International Peace Garden
  • Horticulture
  • Retail
  • Public Relations: engaging with the visitors to the gardens
  • Photography
  • Wildlife
Delegates to the 2014 International Peace Garden spruce up the Maple Picnic Area, a park that has been sponsored by the Manitoba WI and FWIC since 1951.

Delegates to the 2014 International Peace Garden spruce up the Maple Picnic Area, a park that has been sponsored by the Manitoba WI and FWIC since 1951.


planting annuals

In her recent correspondence with WI members, Marie Kenny reported that the young women enjoyed the week-long experience under the direction of the CEO, Doug Hevenor.

Doug was so wonderful! He kept us busy and made us feel comfortable! He was a great tour guide and definitely made the gardens show their true beauty.

Holly Bus, Ontario

Sonja Mueller of Manitoba, recalls her most memorable moments as

those spent with the other girls laughing and sharing stories. After a week at the garden I really realized how great an organization WI is; we can come together and teach each other from our own experiences.

Besides getting to know one another as Canadians, the young women also had the chance to meet international music students who were there to participate in the International Music Camp. Emily Jones, an Exchange Student from Australia staying in Manitoba, was also thrilled about her week at the Peace Garden and will have wonderful memories to share with the World President, Ruth Shanks, when she returns home.

At the end of her stay, each delegate prepared and submitted a report in a media of her choice to her provincial Women’s Institute office. She will also make at least one presentation to a Women’s Institute group or conference. You can view  Part 1 and Part 2 of a video presentation available on YouTube. More images and reports are found on this site, prepared by Emily Jones,

Everyone should experience the International Peace Garden at least once in their lifetime

Hayley Campbell, Quebec

 ***   ***   ***   ***   ***

*Due to scheduling conflicts or funding issues, WI’s from New Brunswick, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland, and Nova Scotia were unable to send a delegate.

Follow FWIC on Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter.

About WI

Women’s Institute is a local, provincial, national and international organization that promotes women, families and communities. Our goal is to empower women to make a difference.

About FWIC

The idea to form a national group was first considered in 1912. In 1914, however, when the war began the idea was abandoned. At the war’s end, Miss Mary MacIsaac, Superintendent of Alberta Women’s Institute, revived the idea. She realized the importance of organizing the rural women of Canada so they might speak as one voice for needed reforms, and the value of co-ordinating provincial groups for a more consistent organization. In February 1919, representatives of the provinces met in Winnipeg, Manitoba, to form the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada.