It’s funny. Although it has been a mild winter compared to last year, this year seemed rougher. February in particular was a dark and dank month. The weather was unpleasant, people were isolated, and it just. Dragged. On. But hey, the sun is coming back, the grass is green, and the weather was even tolerably nice enough to walk around without a light coat last week!
While my garden is probably not going to get a good start this year, I’ve decided I’ll make the most of it by filling my planter with herbs and edible flowers only this year. Change is as good as rest, and last year I wasn’t able to fit most of my favourites in. So this year it’s time to get those back.
I’m so excited; my son’s dairy desensitization is going well. On May 4, we’re going to go back to the allergist for another trial to see if we can begin feeding him boiled milk. While mixing it with flavoured gelatin sounds like something less than a culinary delight, if all goes well it means we’ll be well on our way towards the eventual raw milk challenge, able to give him dairy products in casseroles.
In the meantime, because everything is going so well, we’ve relaxed our attitude towards reintroducing dairy to our own lives. In particular, it’s been wonderful to bring butter back into my life, something that I was previously avoiding because of the way it can spread inadvertantly. Margarine is cool, but there’s nothing like the rich explosion of flavour butter can bring.
Hey it’s most chefs’ favourite condiment for a reason.
Thanks to working with Gay Lea, I’ve had lots of butter back in my life for baking, my risottos, and even my morning bagel. It’s felt good to know I’m supporting Ontario farms again by using more dairy products …even though I have to admit that the Gay Lea real coconut whipped cream is super good.
Kid and I have been squirting it right into our mouths. No shame. Coconut whipped cream is awesome.
It’s going to be a nostalgic sort of year, I think. I was already kind of down about my birthday. Last year, my husband’s relative’s family farm was severed into two parcels and the farmland sold off. This year, my husband’s aunts are moving out of the old cabin that’s left. There will be no more petting horses, having a horde of cats stare down at us from the old barn’s loft, or chasing of ducks down at the old farm.
We’ll have to find some new rustic places to get nostalgic over this year, now that my son is old enough to appreciate farm excursions and supporting local business.
But enough about that. You’re here cause I’ve got stuff to give away! #yolo. Gay Lea is giving away a Kitchenaid Stand Mixer (approximate retail value: $450) via the Rafflecopter giveaway attached below, but I’ve also got 1 year of free Gay Lea product (12 coupons for free Gay Lea product) to give away to one of my readers, too!
So to enter for the stand mixer, please use the Rafflecopter giveaway here. If you’d like to enter separately for the year of free product, I want you to tell me in the comments: what’s the best memory of a farm you have? And I’ll draw by random roll.
Can’t wait to read your stories!
- The giveaways will be open until April 30, 2016.
- Readers may enter across many blogs for the year of free product, but they may only win on a single blog.
- Entrants must be a resident of Canada, however those in Quebec are unfortunately unable to enter the giveaway.
- Winner(s) can expect their prize in approximately 4-6 weeks!
Disclosure: I am part of the Gay Lea Ambassador Campaign and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.