Author Archives: Jenn vanOosten

Summer Supper Salads: Trudy’s Apple Beet Salad {aka Pink Salad}

Trudy's Apple Beet Salad, AKA Pink Salad: Summer Suppers

The first time I ever encountered beets was on one of my first visits to my now-mother-in-law’s house. She was preparing dinner, and one of the dishes that she and Brian made together was what they called “Pink Salad.”  I was hesitant, to say the least, about eating this pastel-coloured salad that combined cooked beets, hard-boiled eggs, and apples.   ... Read More »

Hi, My Name is Jenn, and I Hate Running. #AfLFamily

I don't Run

I have a confession to make: I kind of hate most physical activity. I mean, I love the romantic notion of being a runner out on an early morning jog, but I feel like I’m going to die when I’m out of breath. I want to be someone that lives life on a bike, but somehow little molehills turn into mountains ... Read More »

Italian Roasted Eggplant Salad – Summer Supper Salads

Show of hands: Who LOVES slaving over the hot stove to make dinner on a hot summer day? Alright, if you put your hand up, I know you’re a lying liar what lies at midnight.  The answer is: no one. No one likes making dinner on hot sticky summer days. Unfortunately, we all still have to eat, even if we don’t really feel like ... Read More »

Breaking the Silence

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I must not be the only blogger who struggles with this, but here it is: When I get into a busy period of life, such as moving / Christmas / everyone-in-the-family-gets-sick-one-after-the-other, I tend not to blog it. “Who wants to read about THAT?” I think.  The longer I don’t post, the harder it is to go back and post something. ... Read More »

Seatbelts, everyone! Take Chances, Make Mistakes, and Introduce Your Kids to Miss Frizzle! #StreamTeam

The Magic School Bus on Netflix

I grew up reading the Magic School Bus books whenever I could get my hands on them – which wasn’t very often, since they were some of the more popular books in the school library. I’ve always been fascinated by the possibility of the extra-ordinary fantasy world creeping into our ‘plain old boring’ world.  I desperately wanted Miss Frizzle for ... Read More »

Selling Your House for More: Step 2: Consult the Experts

Selling your house this year? Check out these tips to sell your house for MORE!

We sold our house this spring for a surprisingly tidy profit, but there was a fair amount of work involved before the house went up on the market. One of the most important lessons that my husband and I have learned in the last 9 years of our married life is that it’s not only a waste of time but also a ... Read More »

Faux Custom Art in Fifteen Minutes

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Have you ever noticed how incredibly expensive it is to buy large pieces of art for your walls? I don’t know – maybe it’s not that expensive if you’re not on a budget or you can’t think of a better way to spend $125 than on a one-of-five-hundred-thousand print from Home Sense.  Don’t get me wrong – I love having artwork on ... Read More »

To the Motherland… and Beyond!


My husband and I are both second generation Canadians, with all four of our parents originating in the Netherlands. Neither of us have ever been to visit, though both of us have always wanted to make the trip someday.  This past fall, two of our most dear friends packed up their worldly possessions and moved to Rotterdam for no fewer ... Read More »