creamy vegetarian mac ‘n’ cheese


2 cups tomatoes, diced
1 cup leeks, sliced
salt and pepper, to taste
5 tbsp butter or margarine
3 tbsp all-purpose flour
3 cups milk
1 ½ cups Havarti Cheese
1 ½ cups Gouda Cheese
1 ½ tbsp mustard
6 cups Paccheri Pasta


1. Melt 2 tbsp of butter or margarine over medium heat on a large skillet. Cut up the tomatoes and leeks, and place them in the pan. Add salt and pepper, and continue to cook until softened and browned, or for approximately 20 minutes.

2. Preheat oven to 400°F. Meanwhile, grate the cheese and set aside.

3. Combine the remaining butter or margarine and flour in a medium-sized pot over medium heat until it becomes frothy. Next, add milk. Keep stirring over medium-high heat until mixture boils. Remove from heat. Add the cheese, mustard, and pasta. Mix well.

4. Put the pasta mixture into a 9” x 13” baking dish. Spread the tomatoes and leeks evenly over the pasta. Top with salt and pepper to taste. Place in the oven for approximately 40 minutes, or until the pasta is cooked through. You may need to stir halfway through!


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dining room: before and after

Hello, friends! Today is the day that I get to reveal our renovated dining room to you all! First, here are a few before pictures.

These were actually taken after I had already removed the hideous pink wallpaper from the lower portion of the walls. As you can see, we also needed to get rid of the carpet and (flickering) light fixture in addition to painting and patching the walls, and refinishing the floors. Below are the floors in the state that we found them.

I almost don’t know where to begin! When Geoffrey left for training over the summer, Remy and I worked on this room together. After the wallpaper came down, I set out to removing the carpet and underlay. It was soooo gross. Every square inch was covered in mouse poop, and the carpet was incredibly stained. That only took a few days, and then we had to wait a few months for Geoff to come back home and finish what I started.

We rented a floor sander in November, and he had the entire room sanded in about an hour. It was much easier than using a small hand sander! I don’t think that we’ll ever revert back to the latter when it comes to sanding floors. Duh, right?

Next, Geoffrey added quarter round moulding and patched and sealed the vents. Then we painted the walls and ceiling. We used the same bright white that can be found throughout the rest of the house for continuity. Now for some after pictures!

I ended up purchasing a new light fixture from Home Depot. I wanted one that was completely different from what was hanging there previously. Rather than a small, brass, and round chandelier, I chose a large, black, and rectangular one! I also purchased four Edison bulbs for it, as we have them throughout our home and just love them.

Geoffrey stained the floors after that. Then we hung some hooks that I also purchased from Home Depot, changed the switch plates, and I bought a few things to go on the walls. We stained the picnic table a shade darker to match the church pew as well.

I think that’s pretty much all of it! Thanks for joining me on this room tour. It was a long process, and we’re just thankful to be done! Onto the next room!


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simple valentine’s day trifles

Makes 2 servings

This is an extremely quick and easy treat to make for that special someone on Valentine’s Day. It is a dessert that won’t break the bank, nor will it cut into your already precious time. Place in champagne flutes for a special touch. It is impossible to mess up this recipe, and it is certified to be paid back in even sweeter kisses.

Simple Valentine’s Day Trifles


¾ cups raspberries, fresh
½ cups Oreos, broken
Whipped cream


1. Start by measuring the ingredients. You will need approximately five Oreos to amount to ½ cup of crushed cookies. Once the raspberries and cookies have been prepared, set aside.

2. Using the champagne flutes, fill each one with ¼ of the crushed Oreos. Place ¼ of the raspberries on top. Then add whipped cream. This should take you to the halfway point in the flute. Repeat once more. Then top with leftover crushed Oreos, and refrigerate until you are ready to serve.

Happy Valentine’s Day!


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diy: bath salts

This year, Valentine’s Day falls on a Wednesday. That might just equal a cozy night in. What could be cozier than a romantic soak in the tub, solo or not, with scented bath salts? You can make them more feminine or masculine smelling, depending on which fragrance you choose! This simple DIY is the perfect gift for any significant other.

Bath Salts for Your Valentine


3 cups Epsom Salt
2 cups sea salt
⅓ ounce essential oil


1. In a large bowl, add all three ingredients together in the order that they appear. Mix well.

You can put the salts in a glass jar to make them that much more appealing. Enjoy!


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vegan strawberry + banana crumble

I personally love to celebrate the beginning of a new year with a healthy recipe post. Today will be no different! Here is a recipe for a delicious and healthy dessert for those of you who have a vegan sweet tooth.

Vegan Strawberry + Banana Crumble

For the strawberry jam:
2 cups strawberries, halved

2 tbsp pure maple syrup

For the oatmeal crumble:
1 cup oat flour

1 ½ cup large flake oats
2 tbsp brown sugar
½ tbsp cinnamon
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
¼ cup pure maple syrup
¼ cup vegetable oil
½ tsp vanilla extract
1 cup bananas, sliced
1 tbsp large flake oats
soy margarine, to grease


1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease an 8×8 in. baking dish with soy margarine. Set aside.

2. In a small saucepan, add strawberries and maple syrup. Stir over medium heat for approximately 5 minutes. Mash the strawberries into a jam. Continue to stir and mash for another 5 minutes. Place in refrigerator to cool.

3. In a large bowl, combine oats, flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda. Add applesauce, maple syrup, oil, and vanilla. Mix thoroughly.

4. Remove half a cup of the oats. Spread the rest of the mixture evenly into the baking dish.

5. Place sliced bananas on top of the oats. Top with the strawberry jam mixture. Then spread the remaining oat mixture on top. Sprinkle the last of the large flake oats.

6. Put in oven and bake for 30 minutes. Let cool before serving.


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  • Welcome, friends! My name is Emory. I am a wife, mother of two (one earthside and one with the angels), and an animal rescuer. This is our life on the Canadian prairies.

  • Man, did Remy and I have a standoff this morning. All because she didn’t want to wear socks with her boots. She threw a massive tantrum, and I yelled at her. Afterwards, we went for our walk and everything was back to normal. That is, aside from her puffy eyes and tear-stained face. My poor girl. Parenting can be so hard sometimes. Thank goodness for children being so resilient. 
That disaster behind me is nearly gone. We’re currently installing the last of our kitchen shelves, and our new sink arrived this morning. I’m excited to have a less cluttered spare room!
Have a wonderful week, everyone. This room has not yet been touched by us. It is our master bedroom. Everything about it (aside from our furniture) is exactly the same as when we purchased our home. I think that if we do list in the near future, it will be the only room in our house that we did not renovate. Part of me wants to stay just to finish it. A small part.
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