Half Baked Harvest


One of many unexpected joys in the pandemic has been finding a few new bloggers, perhaps the best of which has been Tieghan Gerard of Half Baked Harvest.
Her Sunday emails of her 9 favorite things from the week before, https://www.halfbakedharvest.com/nine-favorite-things-154/ has been a bright spot in many a pandemic Sunday when Andrew and I have been doing our best to create a weekend out of air.
I found Tieghan when I read about her 2nd cookbook, Super Simple, last fall, and I made several of its recipes over the holidays when the kids were home. More recently, I’ve made one of her blog recipes: chocolate brownie peanut butter ice cream bars.
This is a recipe in the category of “worth every calorie”.
OMG they are good.
Lately I have been asking myself – and Andrew – how we will know when the pandemic is over. Ontario’s Framework for Reopening our Province – https://www.ontario.ca/page/framework-reopening-our-province-stage-1
describes Protect, Restart and Recover – very catchy.
It looks to me that we are now in Stage 3 of “Restart”, which has included – yay!!- a cautious return to indoor dining.
Earlier in the pandemic, if I had thought about it, I was expecting to wake up to a headline that says, Whew! Thank heavens that is over!
Or words to that effect.
Now it all seems quite a bit more vague, with the final words in any conversations on this topic often being, I guess it’s over when there’s a vaccine.
Interesting – and of course all this makes it hard to plan ahead as a business owner.
There is certainty about the government programs ending – I mean, they have to!- but still great uncertainty about when the downtown towers will refill with surging crowds of workers, when our team members and our customers can interact free of masks, when we can invite friends over without wondering about their “comfort level” with an invitation to our home.
It’s interesting.
Some of the things that are getting me through:
– People in my life I can completely confide in, including at my work
– Late afternoon naps for the first time since I was two years old
– Chocolate Brownie Peanut Butter Ice cream bars

I recommend each of them to you.

About the author

Jean Blacklock

Jean opened the popular Prairie Girl Bakery in the financial district of Toronto in 2011. She owned and operated the business until it closed in 2021 as a result of the pandemic’s impact on downtown Toronto. Read more about her background in commerce, law, and entrepreneurship here.

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