A food blog dedicated to whole, local and seasonal foods, sweet treats, indulgent eats and minimal living.

Amanda Reynolds is a wife, cook, baker, pretend picture taker and lover of all things fall. Up until 2016, she was also the owner of a small bakery/cafe in Southern Ontario. She then sold her little dream for a less stressful life with more time for family and friends.

Food Blog, Recipes, Sweet Treats, Indulgent Desserts

There is something magical about taking simple ingredients and creating a comforting, cozy meal or delicious, homey baked good. There is little else that can ease my stress or lift my spirits more than the act of creating something with my own, small hands. It’s my version of therapy.

Amanda cooks on a very tight budget mostly out of necessity but also because she is determined to be able to eat well without spending hundreds of dollars a month doing so. Right now She’s managing to spend less than $5 a day per person on food and there’s somehow usually money left at the end of the month from that budget. She tries to live a fairly minimalistic lifestyle which usually means more time with her family, reading, writing and spending hours outside in between working. It also means less computer time (oddly), less phone time, buying less things and being more compassionate.

Her diet is ever changing based on how she’s currently feeling, the season and what her body requires at the time. It’s never the same but it’s usually healthy. More recently She has been experimenting with cutting out sugar, white flour, coffee and alcohol (like 95% of the time) to help tame her migraines and help her sleep better (it’s working). She eats meat two or three times a week, milk is not her friend most of the time but for some reason butter and cheese are aaaalways fine. The rest is usually a combination of different grains, beans and some lentils, seeds, nuts, fruits and vegetables, local if possible, imported if necessary.

We hope you’ll follow along as she figures it all out, cook delicious, healthy food, try to live a more compassionate life and hopefully start each day a little better than we were yesterday.

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  • How Much Pork Fat to Add to Venison Sausage?
    Venison is a source of protein that many people use because of its nature. The venison sausage is hard to make when you want because it has more minor amounts of fats that you need to add to the pork fat. Making the excellent venison sausage, you need the sausage with pork fat to produce …

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  • Curing Summer Sausage: Everything You Need to Know
    Curing sausages refers to cooking the sausages at a lower temperature in the oven for longer; hence, curing is time-consuming. Summer sausage is a great meal for the visitors that you can use the charcuterie board to impress the visitors. However, even if curing the summer sausage consumes a lot of time, you can still …

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  • Trail Bologna vs. Summer Sausage: What’s the Difference?
    Sausages are unquestionably a staple of American cuisine. However, with so many options now available, distinguishing between them can be difficult. You’ve come to the right place if you’re curious about the distinctions between Trail bologna and summer sausage. The critical distinction is that trail bologna can only be prepared with beef, but summer sausage …

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  • Thuringer vs. Summer Sausage: What’s the Difference?
    You might be wondering how Thüringer cervelat sausages differ from regular summer sausage if you’ve recently purchased a pack. I understand, as Thuringer sausage is essentially the cousin of summer sausage and has a similar appearance. The main difference is that Thuringer should be grilled and eaten right away, but summer sausage is served warm …

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  • How long do you cook deer sausage?
    People eat many different kinds of deer sausages, but deer sausage is among the healthiest of all. Therefore, when you need to consume sausage, consider choosing deer sausage to eat. To purchase deer sausage, you can choose to visit supermarkets, malls or make it by yourself at home. The problem comes when you have never …

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