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Salad Elevation, Cast Iron Roast Chicken, and a 106 year olds first selfie!

Posted on September 24, 2017 by Bruce MacNaughton

Elevate your salad plate!

Thank you for this lovely photography taken in the Gardens of Hope, by Katherine McLaine.

I’ve been making an effort to get more vegetables into my diet over the years, and one of the ways I do this is by including greens in all of my daily meals. I personally love a big Greek salad with cherry tomatoes, olives, feta cheese, and a drizzle of olive oil and lemon juice. Or a mixed green salad with a splash of our Garlic Mango dressing.

It doesn’t take much to liven up a salad. You might add some protein like shrimp, or chicken. Some crunch with a handful of almonds or walnuts, something sweet like a sprinkling of cranberries or raspberries.

Perhaps you’d like to create a Mexican salad topped with ground beef, corn chips, salsa, and avocado. Or a Cobb salad with bacon, boiled eggs, turkey, cheese, and tomatoes… or whatever other toppings you might enjoy.

There’s no need for a salad to be boring!

We have a number of products that will dress up your salads so that you may even go for seconds.

Our bottled dressing and salad splashes from The Garlic Box are quite popular, view here.

And we have some customers who blend our fruit syrups and fruit vinegar to make their very own salad dressings. View Here.

What is your favourite salad to make?

Weekend reading, two articles that I thought might be of interest. 

Cast-Iron Roast Chicken with Crispy Potatoes Recipe....we are going to give this a try this week. Let me know if you do as well. 

A resilient 106 year old from Halifax, Nova Scotia takes her first selfie. Interesting read of a life well lived. Read here

In life, the greedy will be spiritually poor, while the generous will have a rich life whether they are wealthy or not. ~ Tim Keller

The need within all our communities for those financially less fortunate than ourselves is great wherever we live. When the heart aches, the soul creaks. Here is one local family that could use a hand. Take a read

Wishing you and yours a wonderful week ahead. 

With Love, 



So much fun in the summer!

Posted on July 22, 2017 by Bruce MacNaughton

What is a weed?

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.”

We avoid using harsh chemicals on the grounds of the Preserve Company and the Gardens of Hope. Chemicals in weed killers are harmful to human, animal, and bird health. I personally believe they are not needed.

We use a simple vinegar spray to keep weeds under control. All you need is a spray bottle! This is extra powerful if you spray when it’s hot and sunny outside. The vinegar essentially cooks the weeds. No chemicals necessary!

For an even more effective weed killer, add an ounce of dish soap per gallon of vinegar. For something even more powerful, add a ¼ cup of salt.

For more established weeds with large root systems, try boiling water. This works best on walkways. Do keep in mind that this method will kill insects living in the soil, so save this for hard to reach areas like patio and walkway cracks.

Whichever method you choose, vinegar or boiling water, you may need to reapply.

And before you go killing the weeds, remember the word of Emerson. Are dandelions all that bad? Personally, I leave as many as I can to feed the bees.

Do you have some natural methods for weed control to share? Please leave a comment!

On to something fun and fresh...

I love when individuals turn their passion into a business. I just love what Emily Carlaws obsession has turned into. Read More here

This week we are preparing for the second annual River Festival to arrive in the village of New Glasgow. More info here.  

On August 12, and 13th we are hosting the Prince Edward Island Visual Arts Festival to celebrate the artistic talent we have on the Island and hopefully, raise some funds to help add a sunroom to the Respite Cottage.