Monday, July 12, 2010

Welcome Sarah from All Our Fingers in the Pie

One of the most amazing things to me about blogging is becoming friends with people from all over the world and Sarah, from All Our Fingers in the Pie, is one of those people.  Sarah has finally settled in the small prairie city of Swift Current, Saskatchewan after traveling and living in many other places.  Not only is she an amazing cook, but Sarah teaches cooking, and is always trying different recipes from home and abroad which she shares with us on her blog.   

Sarah has graciously agreed to do a guest post for me today.  Thanks so much Sarah.


Grace at Sense and Simplicity has invited me to do a guest post for her this summer.  It sounds like fun and I will be checking in to see what her other guests write.  We were all given the same 20 questions, but could choose as many or few as we wanted to talk about.    Here it goes...

Who do you consider to be a style icon (past or present)? 

I am a product of the 'flower power generation'.  I loved Twiggy, the Beatles, the hippie mentality, although I was way too conservative to ever participate! I tried to dress like Twiggy.  I have no idea why I did not cut my hair like her.  I would sketch pictures of her.  I thought she was so beautiful.  I was a total skinflint and it was so nice to see someone skinny be beautiful.    

What is your favourite way to entertain?

I love to put on a big spread!  I am obsessed about having enough food to feed everyone.  Sometimes I go to excess.  Did I say 'sometimes'?  Usually I go overboard!  I love to serve tapas.  Or I love to have an ethnic meal.  I just love to make food! 

What centrepieces do I have for my dining room table? 

I make them up as I need them!  I am basically cheap and hate to spend money and I hate having to store stuff.  I might find a pinata for a Mexican themed meal or use a special serving piece with food in it.  I especially just like a cluster of candles.  At Christmas time, I'll clip a few pine boughs and nestle candles in them.  I have an Indian pranta (brass dish) that I use for a collection of candles.

If you could live for one month in a house anywhere in the world where would it be and what kind of house would it be? 

That is a difficult question for a former realtor!  I love houses.  I love adobes, I love rustic cabins, I love open, airy, vaulted spaces overlooking the sea.  But if I were to choose, I would choose the villa in Enchanted April.  This is a wonderful, girl's movie set in 1920's Italy and England.  Four dissimilar women share a secluded castle overlooking the sea in Italy and embark on a journey of rediscovering hope and love amid their beautiful, tranquil setting.

What inspires you most - the mountains or the ocean? 

Truth is ... neither.  I am a prairie girl at heart and when I moved back, it felt right.  I love the big sky, the big open spaces and the smell of grasses.  I love all the horizontal lines, I think.  It is very calming.  I love the fiery sunsets and sunrises.  I love seeing all the deer, antelope, big owls and hawks, and roadside flowers.  It must feel like freedom, I think. 


  1. Nice to meet you Sarah!!

    When my family and i moved to Vancouver Island in December we drove across Canada. I had never been through the Prairies or the West. I have to saw i found the Prairies beautiful and very calming. Even though it was a very cold winter i saw beauty everywhere!
    Great post.
    Pamela xo

  2. Sarah as always your photography is stunning!! You could make a prairie lover out of the mountain girl with photos like that one :) Your dining room is lovely, someday I'd love to be a guest and pick your brain of culinary knowledge :)

  3. Pamela> nice to meet you, too! A drive across Canada is one of the most patriotic things you can do in your lifetime. I did that in 2007 and promised myself I would visit the east and Maritimes again.

    Andrea> you are so nice! I had to stop the car and lay on my belly when I saw that view.

    Kate> thanks:)

  4. Sarah seems to be so sweet. She was one of the first people to visit my blog faithfully, and I'm so glad to have virtually met her. It is nice to get to know her here.

  5. Memoria> you are so sweet! I love your blog and have learned so much. I have also learned that you are the most patient many yellow cake recipes did you try? Six?

  6. Sarah, this was a beautiful post. I loved it.

  7. Velva> thanks :) It was fun to think about. Thanks for visiting.

  8. Hi Sarah - I'm Angie from 'Can you all hear me at the back'. I've never visited you before but I have so much enjoyed reading your guesting. My brother in law lives in SK, in Warman, but though I know Canada is bigger than us English people can imagine, I have no idea of the geography of the place!

    I'll come back and read some more very soon.

  9. Angie> hi! Warman is near Saskatoon, where I went to University. That is about a 4 hour drive from me (which means about 400km) Glad you enjoyed.