Preparing for a Trip

Travel food It's a busy day in the Dobbin home. We're preparing for a trip: 2 days and 1 night at the West Edmonton Mall. It's a combined birthday present for the two oldest whose birthdays are only two weeks apart. Packing is not as difficult as it used to be, because Naomi is older, [...]

New Year’s Tweaks

Surprise! Happy New Year to all! In and of itself the day means little, the point where the calendar starts again. However, it provides for us an opportunity to consciously think about our lives and reassess ourselves, as well as a convenient marker from which to start. Having resolutions does not mean that you are [...]

Open Gym

The kids waiting in line for the spring board. Every parent knows that it can be difficult to find things for the kids to do in the winter to keep them off video games, and get them moving. We found out that the local gymnastics club was having an open gym time so of course [...]

A Recipe for the Future

Looking up. To prepare a fortifying soup take the broth of beef from Canada and leeks from Egypt, and add thereto five potatoes from Peru or Ireland. To this add four carrots from Iran or Afghanistan, roughly cut. Chop into the mixture a brassica: either kale of Greece, cabbage of Savoy, or turnip from India. [...]

A Kitchen Day

Ready to eatCauliflower dough Grocery shopping is always interesting with our kids. We had to go and restock a few things today, mostly produce because we were running low. The first thing Noah (6) does is chase Naomi (2) laughing down the main aisle as you walk into Walmart. We were able to stop Noah [...]

Winter Play and Chores

After the fun and trimming. Being a rare beautiful, warmish winter day, I kicked the kids outside after lunch. There was no wind, so the snow was still clinging to some of the trees, though the sun had by then melted some of it off. The deal was that they had to be outside for [...]


I have always been interested in food: it's effects on our bodies, and the best way to fuel ourselves. This has become more important to me as a father. My job is not so much to put food on the table, but to put the right food on the table. After observing several different types [...]

Gardening is Around the Corner

Our yard in winter. Winter is just officially beginning, and the new year is approaching. It's an exciting time of year for us. There's hoar frost on the trees and snow falling gently. It's a winter wonderland, and I'm starting to think about the garden this year. In the fall I turned up some more [...]

Train Wreck

Isaiah's new train set. Our two year old daughter got her first hair cut...due to a toy train. The day started off like any other day. Madness, fights, and toys scattered about because it's Boxing Day. Our youngest son's new Thomas train set is set up in the living room adding much enjoyment in our [...]

Tower Garden Update

Lettuce, kale, pea. Just a quick update on the Tower Garden. After only 5 days the first few lettuces and kale are up. There's even a pea (top right) that must have the root started as it's above the vermiculite. We're so excited to watch as the rest sprouts up.