Fall into Stew

With the cooler weather it’s time for a change in the usual meals. I like to cook quick light meals during the summer especially when it is hotter out. But with fall here the oven is back on and I’m cookin up a stew. I love stew, not a big fan of soup I don’t like all the liquid. Yet my favourite soup is French onion, is basically pure liquid, it’s weird I know. Back to stew, it is a great meal in the fall and winter, it warms you right up and it can be so hearty you don’t need a lot. I usually make a huge pot and have it for dinner or lunches throughout the week. Instead of starting with my usual stew I decided to try something new. My creation was Fall Stew


Fall Stew

* 4 shallots (chopped)
* 3 celery stalks (chopped)

1. Fry shallots and celery in a large pot.

* 1 box of vegetable broth
* 8 cups of water

2. Add broth and water into pot. Bring to a boil.

* 1/2 butternut squash (cut into bite size pieces)
* 2 large carrots (chopped)
* 2 large potatoes (peeled & cut into bite size pieces)

3. Add butternut squash, carrots and potato to pot. Let cook for 10 min.

* 1/2 cup rice

4. Add rice to pot and continue cooking until vegetables are easily pierced.

* 3 tsp cinnamon
* 2 tsp paprika
* 2 tsp ground ginger
* 1 tsp nutmeg

5. Add spices to pot. Stir until thoroughly mixed.

* 1 can chickpeas (rinsed)
* 1 cup of corn

6. Add remaining two ingredients. Stir and let simmer until warmed.

It was delicious!


To Endure

“Keep a notebook. Travel with it, eat with it, sleep with it. Slap into it every stray thought that flutters up into your brain. Cheap paper is less perishable than gray matter, and lead pencil markings endure longer than memory.”

– Jack London

The Word From The Bird

Tweet Tweet! Life in a Basket is growing and has just created a twitter account. You are now able to follow me through twitter, Nicole @LifeinaBasket.

Thank you to the person that motivated me to join twitter. Thank you again to all my followers, supporters, friends, and family. This blog has grown so much since I first started. I wasn’t sure if it would become much of anything. But it has changed me and I absolutely love doing it.


Five Little Pumpkins Squashed In A Bowl

The change of seasons has begun and I love this time of year. Oh autumn how colourful you are. I especially love all the pumpkins everywhere. They are probably one of my favourite things. Carving pumpkins and eating pumpkin pie are some exceptionally memorable pastimes of mine. Now I am not one to go changing a good thing but I came across a recipe and thought I would give it a whirl. Pumpkin Ice Cream. It sounded a bit odd at first but then I got curious and had to try it out. I’m not going to lie, it’s unusual and I couldn’t eat it all the time but I was pretty impressed. It was a nice little treat to start off the autumn season.

Pumpkin Ice Cream

* 4 Bananas
* 1 cup pumpkin purée
* 1/3 cup maple syrup
* 1/2 tsp cinnamon
* 1/2 tsp nutmeg
* 1/2 tsp ground ginger

Blend all ingredients together. Freeze. Enjoy!

* may need to thaw slightly before eating
* dairy free
* no added sugar

Jibber Jabber


’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!”

He took his vorpal sword in hand;
Long time the manxome foe he sought—
So rested he by the Tumtum tree
And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

“And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”
He chortled in his joy.

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

~Lewis Carroll

All The Leaves On The Trees

I have always had an interest in family trees. I like family and I like trees so I suppose it’s not much of a surprise. As a teacher I would love to do a family tree project. The only problem is I teach toddlers. So I had to come up with an idea to make it work for them. I give you our class tree.


They loved making it. Each child got to dip their finger in paint and add a leaf to our tree. I wrote each child’s name under their finger print. One fingerprint wasn’t enough to satisfy the sensory hungry toddler however. So each child also got to make their own tree. It’s a great art project for the start of the school year for any age group. Feel free to share your own start of school project, I’m always looking for fresh ideas.

Light Or Dark

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”