About Me

I’m Julie, also known as Northern Girl.

I’ve been baking for as long as I can remember. My mother has a sweet tooth, so she baked frequently to satisfy it. I grew up with home-baked goods, and those are still the best to me. I don’t enjoy store-bought cookies: they don’t taste right and they are way too hard. I like trying new recipes, but we also have a wonderful collection of family favorites that evoke warm feelings from my childhood. Baking is something I’ve always enjoyed doing. It is something I do because I want to do it, not because of any obligations.

Cooking on the other hand, is something I came to later. I wasn’t interested in cooking, so did not do much of it growing up. As an adult, I learnt the basics, but it wasn’t something I enjoyed doing a lot. This changed when my step-daughter moved in with us and I needed to provide meals for the family. The convenience food that was convenient for our family of two wasn’t that for our family of three that included a teenager. I started cooking more, using fresh ingredients, and liked the results. I became more adventurous and found new recipes and can now say that cooking is something that I enjoy. I am proud when I make something new and my family loves it.

Eating healthy is important to me. So is eating food that tastes good. Fortunately, healthy food made with real ingredients, fresh ingredients, happens to taste great. I’ve been changing the way we eat, the way I shop, and how I prepare meals.

I started this blog in 2008, as a place to share my thoughts and with the hope that it would be motivation to take more photos.  I was also making jewelry back then and the blog served as a great place to share my work.

The one thing in life that is constant is change.  Over the past three years, for different reasons, I started spending more time in the kitchen, and less time in my jewelry studio.  I still want to share what I am working on, but now that is food and healthy living, not jewelry.  I opted to keep the same blog rather than start a new one because I think that it represents me well.  We all change, our priorities shift, and I think this is real.

I believe in sharing recipes.  It’s how we learn to cook and how we get better.  I have a pet peeve with recipes that are a “family secret”.  My recipe book is wide open.  I hope you will find it helpful in your own journey with food.

I have a full-time job. I’m very fortunate that I really enjoy the work that I do. I’m not so fond of my commute to and from work though, as it is a one hour bus ride each way. Working full time and running a household mean that there never seem to be enough hours in a day. I’ve been learning how to do things more efficiently, while staying true to what I value.

I grew up in Northern Ontario and I love it! The landscape calls to me. I love the ancient, worn down, gently rounded hills of the Canadian Shield, the dense forests of white pines, red maples, cedars and spruce and the rivers and lakes that are around every bend…

I now live in a large city (Ottawa, ON), but I still feel like a northern girl. I love to go camping, hiking and kayaking (provided it’s not on Lake Superior), but don’t go as often as I would like. I must remedy that!

I love summer. A hot sunny day is the best kind. In my dictionary, hot is at least 25 degrees Celsius. I’m not so fond of winter. Winter sports just don’t do it for me as I don’t really like being cold.

I have a great husband who is supportive, funny and kind. And he reads the instruction manuals for things! But shhh, don’t tell anyone…

 

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5 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hello Julie! It’s been a long time and I just wanted to drop a quick line and wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas. I have admired your handi-work on Facebook…beautiful stuff my friend. Glad I came across your musings! Take care…keep smilin’.
    Carly

  2. I start to type my email address on your website where it indicates newsletter sign up. It bounces me all over the place. It brings me to one of your recipes before I can type in the first three letters. The method here should take are of it, right?

    • Hi, sorry you had difficulties trying to sign up to follow. I am not sure what went wrong, as it appears to be working properly now. I signed you up using the email address you used here. You should get a confirmation email. Hopefully things will go smoothly in future. Thanks for your interest in my blog.

  3. Hi Julie!

    I was reading your Labradorite Blog page and I love it! I was wondering if I could use some of your ideas to educate others? Just wanted to make sure it would be alright with you.Thanks again for the great read!

    Cheers,

    Melanie

    • I’m glad you liked the post. Labradorite is such a beautiful stone. If you do use some of it, please link back to my post. Thanks for asking.

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