Tips for Camping with Kids

Simple, relevant tips for camping with kids at any age, including necessary gear, healthy snacks and how to survive anything.

Camping is a longstanding Wimbush-Bourque family tradition. From a young age, Danny and I both have been deeply moved by the beauty and tranquility of nature.

That connection to the countryside was one of the reasons we moved to Nova Scotia. There’s a wildness here – starting right outside our back door and extending to the shoreline that wraps this ocean province.

Whether you have a busy toddler or an unmotivated teenager, I hope my tips for camping with kids will inspire you to pack up, get out there and make a few camping memories of your own.

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Summer Salad Ideas

A round-up of summer salad ideas from pasta to potato and everything in between.

Please indulge me as I serve up yet another post on salads. I promise this will be the last one for a while as we’re moving on to camping content for July.

I’m here to show you that salad doesn’t have to be boring. For instance, we’re going to talk about grilled salads, grain salads and great green salads. The works!

There are dozens of ways to get your daily veggies in summer. Every day I eat a different salad and it’s the way to go during these hot months. Read on for the recipe round-up.

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Wilted Mixed Greens with Bacon and Eggs

With a recent heat wave that melted us over the summer solstice, our garden greens are growing with a vengeance.

I’m harvesting young lettuce, spinach, baby kale and radishes from my yard, and loving the new chard and arugula from local growers. It’s that time of year when we can barely keep up with the salad greens.

Maybe you’ve got a constant supply from your CSA box or your own garden is prolific. Either way, we could all use some fresh inspiration for serving up leafy greens.

Today’s recipe is a wilted mixed greens salad with a warm bacon vinaigrette. Yes! It also features that delicious flavour combination of spinach + egg + bacon that is such a classic. Read on for the recipe and an introduction to the Jubilee cookbook.

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Antipasto Pasta Salad

Loaded with grilled vegetables, cherry tomatoes and cannellini beans, this antipasto pasta salad is the picnic dish you need this summer.

Picnic season is here to stay; can we send up a collective “Thank goodness“? I love the family dinner table and all, but after months of self-isolating, it’s a relief to change up the view.

Whether we’ve journeyed to a nearby beach or settled on our dock, dinner al fresco is always far more fun. And on those days when it’s too hot to cook, a hearty pasta salad and a refreshing drink is all we need to be happy.

Hit the jump for today’s veggie-forward salad recipe and a little more picnic inspiration for the season.

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Tips for Grilling Vegetables (with recipes)

Simple tips for grilling vegetables – and a round-up of delicious summer recipes for transforming seasonal produce over an open flame.

June in Nova Scotia is when the lilacs bloom at the tips of the trees and the edges of the lakes warm up enough for wading. The air is still crisp, yet inviting, and we’re gathering around the patio table a little more often.

For the next three months, my trusty charcoal grill becomes a handy extension to my tiny kitchen. It’s not all about meat, though. Every summer there is a bounty of produce just waiting to be transformed over an open flame.

Grilled vegetables like cherry tomato skewers, baby summer squash, and charred sweet peppers bring both intense colour and flavour to the plate. In this post I’ll share my best tips for grilling vegetables – paired with a round-up of recipes to get you inspired.

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