Tag Archives: Easter

Looking for Gluten-Free Easter Goodies?




Gluten free Easter treats! Order from the Wonder Woman of Carleton Place

Moist chocolate cake, meringue buttercream with natural dyes, chocolate eggs!

7″ inch 2 layer cake $40.

Package of 4 cupcakes $10. PM Gwen Thirwall to order!



Was Jerry Flynn the Real Easter Bunny? The Carleton Place Bunny Run 2015


Magic was about in the town of Carleton Place on Saturday.

There were many tales of chocolate, and happy times on foot.

We needed to prosper, have fun, and not pussyfoot.

The Easter Bunny was on the lips of those who were dear,

Who was he, and would he appear?

And, if you couldn’t bring good news, then give us all some good beer Bronx cheer!

These gals were not talking, but they showed no fear,

They told one and all,

Let’s not have any tears!

Frosty was too busy to think– well just for awhile,

C’mon everyone, let’s just walk the darn mile!”

It was obvious that many knew the real Bunny was afoot,

It was murmured, and whispered, and tales were well put.

Everyone was so quiet, you could heard the drop of a pin,

But, was the real Easter Bunny dressed up as young Jerry Flynn?

They said they knew nothing. But I figured they knew a lot.

I looked and I wondered– which one was the cat?

The other just smiled, sporting her pretty fur hat.

But here he is again,

Is this where the real Bunny is at?

But then I wondered–might he be just be the Cat Without a Hat?

Kory claimed he knew nothing– so did his pal,

Mayor Louis and sweet Ana thought the Bunny’s real name was Hal.

Most remained silent that rocked the Moore House joint.

The Bunny is not up here, and they quickly made their point.

These gals just waved and said,”Oh My” and sighed,

Roy Brown stayed silent and just wanted to fly.

But here HE is again midst our local Tower of Power,

It was obvious that he might just be the man of the hour!

These dogs had no opinion, their smiles were not there,

They just whined and looked at me, then stared in the air.

So was Jerry the Bunny? Was he for real?

This is Cindy, Kory’s mum, and she has nerves of steel.

No matter how hard I asked for some kind of truth,

She told me I should not act like some sort of sleuth.

For the Easter Bunny is magical, and the secret is to remain,

I needed to stop talking and just use my brain,

Jerry Flynn might not be the bunny, yet we should embrace,

The real magic is actually our town,

Yes, that would be the town of Carleton Place.

Shot at The Roy Brown Museum in Carleton Place

Know People that Run Your Town- Jerry Flynn


Message from Kory– Thank you Kory!!

The Bunny Run has come to an end for another year, Let us all reflect on this amazing journey
This year was the BEST YEAR to Date, Seeing hundreds of smiles on the Children’s Faces are beyond priceless and in fact made my day!
Seeing so many people on the streets and shopping local was GREAT!
A Special thanks to Deputy Mayor Jerry Flynn, MP Scott Reid and Frosty, Easter Bunny
What an in creditable turn out we had, over 220 Children Participated!
A huge thanks to the 31 Business that have joined with us!!!
The feedback was Fantastic, people are still talking about how they enjoyed and loved the Bunny Run
I am so thrilled with how things turned out!
I want to take this opportunity to thank, Dollar Tree in Carleton Place Plus the Customers, H & R Block, Accountapotamus inc, People First of Lanark County, Volunteers at all levels, BIA, Politicians at all levels, Community Members, Family, Friends and the Media, I am so proud to have worked with everything, no thanks will ever be enough for what everyone has given!
Thank you to everyone that has been part of the Bunny Run 2015
Kory Earle

Holiday Greeting from Someone Who Writes too Much


If you know me you get way too many Facebook notifications and emails. I write too much and really can’t really stop. I guess I’m on a mission to get the word out there. The word is– live for each second, and don’t miss a thing, because if you blink, just once– it could all go away in a minute’s notice.

Be thankful for one more day that is added to your life. Enjoy the morning light, and the moonlight, life isn’t meaningless. Even though my opinions may be opposite to yours, I try to understand. Though our ways may differ, they come from the same place, our hearts. Sometimes in life you might have to start over. Keep fighting- as it’s all about surviving. We just can’t worry life away now–time is fleeting. No matter what you celebrate–enjoy the day, and hug your family. Each minute is worth it!

Photo of the Knight Family 1956 Cowansville, Quebec.

Arthur and Bunny Knight (parents)

Fred and Mary Knight (grandparents)

Linda Knight (me)

Baby Robin Knight

All have succumbed to cancer, except me. So I write to keep memories alive. At this point in my life it seems to be everyones:)

To quote  Max Keeping on Angelo’s Obituary: “Cancer is Such a Bully”!  May we send our love in droves to Max as well as our families.

Regrets Are What You Have Before You Get Eaten!


Eggs are a symbol of fertility, perhaps the most obvious, with second place going to the prolific rabbit. There. Connection made. But what about the chocolate ones? There is nothing very fertile about them when they get eaten. Do we get more fertile after we eat one?

In what household is there such a thing as “leftover candy?” Candy isn’t especially perishable, candy is not like hard-boiled Easter eggs.

It is not “leftover,” it is still candy. It doesn’t need to be “recycled.” It just needs to be properly stored and eaten in moderation until it runs out. Right.. say that five times with Cadbury Mini Eggs in your mouth! Yes, I am going to have regrets after this!

Here’s a tip. Don’t eat the brown jelly beans they are not chocolate.

I once ate two pounds of jelly beans for a charity dare. I promptly threw up a rainbow. I had regrets!

I don’t know if I could put away 33.3 Cadbury eggs in one sitting, but I’d like to try.

Leave me alone, let me eat my candy in peace..No regrets!

Peeps have no fat content — but five of the little guys have 34 grams of sugar — 20 minutes of moderate exercise will burn those calories off! Look at the regrets this wee chap has!

Like roasted marshmallows? Yes, you do!

Then try roasted peeps – it’s like Creme Brulee on a stick! Amazing!

Peeps Smores –Sally’s Baking Addiction


  • Graham cracker sheets
  • Chocolate chips (or use a Hershey’s bar)
  • Peeps


Break graham cracker sheet in half. Set one half aside.

Sprinkle other half with chocolate chips (or a couple small pieces of a Hershey’s bar).  Top the chocolate with a peep.

Microwave for about 20 seconds (the peep will begin to puff up). Remove from microwave and top with the reserved graham cracker half.  Squish down.  Enjoy!

Erotic Ode to Peeps with Precious Precarious Peep Photos —Since 2011

Erotic Ode to Peeps with Precious Precarious Peep Photos —Since 2011

Most Photos by Linda Seccaspina — I began this in 2011- and each year I retire some and add others.


The Village Peeps


               Village Peeps                                                        






                        Peeps in Peril!





  Abraham  Lincoln’s Last Peep  Show



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Downton Abbey Peeps



                                                     The Walking Dead Peeps 





                                                   Peaking Peeps!


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Peeps on the moon




   Peeps in Space with Scully




Passover Peeps             




Disappointed Peeps           




             Chillin with my Peeps








                   “Godzillian with my Peeps”


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                                   sick Peep!






                                                              Thelma and Louise Peeps




                                              Poppin’  Peeps and Jelly Sandwich






         Trump that Peep!!!



                                                            Peeps on the Pot!



                                                            Peeps on Fire




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Most of you know I am a few fries short of a Happy Meal so I give you my Peeps video made in California in 2011 LOL



An Erotic Ode to the Peep by Linda Seccaspina

I am sitting here in bliss with my parched lips slathered with my new Peeps lip balm. It is so delicious that it makes my mind travel back to the erotic TV ad that Brooke Shields did for Calvin Klein Jeans in 1981. It only had one sentence and it was,

“You want to know what comes between me and my Calvin Klein jeans?”

I am currently swirling my tongue around the Strawberry Marshmallow flavour while pondering the possibility of topping it with a layer of Grape Marshmallow Cream.

I think about the Peeps I have nuked in the microwave in years gone by. I dream of watching the Peeps silently awaiting their fate sitting on the Mikasa floral plate. I open the microwave door slowly and seductively slide the plate in and close the door forcefully. I press the ‘start” button and watch the Peeps grow like a slowly expanding helium balloon. I sense the smell of melting marshmallow filling my nostrils and after thirty seconds I open the microwave door. I blow on one to cool it and slowly swallow it whole, letting the warm marshmallow drip down my face.

Another Peep gone and on goes the sad genocide of the Peeps. I seek alternatives and procure the Peeps scented lip balm instead. I am orgasmic with joy as I pull the cap off and slide it over my lips. I can taste the Peep flavour as my eyes fill with tears with memories of Peeps gone by. The massacre of the Peep has ended.

So, yes Brooke,

“You want to know what comes between me and my Peeps lip balm?”


Absolutely nothing!


Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and Screamin’ Mamas (USA)





Chef Ben White’s Holiday Breakfast — Gluten Free Belgian Waffles


Classic Belgain Waffles

(original Recipe Emeril Lagasse)
2 cups flour mixture of choice
1 tsp Xanthem Gum
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs, separated
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 tablespoons butter(coconut oil or Crisco)melted
2 cups* milk ( I have used rice milk & Almond milk too!)
non-stick cooking spray
Preheat the waffle iron according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

In 1 medium bowl sift together flour’s, guar gum, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

In a second bowl use the wooden spoon to beat together the egg yolks and sugar until sugar is completely dissolved and eggs have turned a pale yellow.
Add the vanilla extract, melted butter, and milk to the eggs and whisk to combine.

Combine the egg-milk mixture with the flour mixture and whisk just until blended. Do not over mix.

In third bowl, beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until soft peaks form, about 1 minute. Using the rubber spatula, gently fold the egg whites into the waffle batter. Do not over mix!

Coat the waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray and pour enough batter in iron to just cover waffle grid. Close and cook as per manufacturer’s instructions until golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes. Serve immediately.

• Depending on the milk used you may need to add more our less to be a nice consistency to pour easily.



This is week three of Chef Ben White’s recipes.

Some of you know him as Blair and Teri White’s son. A few of you recognize him as the nephew of Bill and Bob White. I know him because he is my neighbour, Joyce White’s grandson. It doesn’t matter how you met him, you should be aware that the fourteen year old High-Schooler is an up and coming triple threat to the Food Network chefs. Ben and his brother Emmett share my Celiac disease, so all Ben’s recipes are gluten-free. His Mother has also set up a Facebook page called Go Gluten Free so everyone can share their gluten free recipes. As he told his father, local plumber, Blair White,

“Dad, you fix peoples pipes, I fix up people’s tastebuds

Cooking With Ben White — Gluten Free Deep Fried Pickles

Homemade Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

Gluten Free Red Cherry Licorice

Carleton Place- The Happiest Damn Town in Lanark County

For the Facebook Group:

Tilting the Kilt, Vintage Whispers from Carleton Place by Linda Seccaspina is available at Wisteria at 62 Bridge Street, the Carleton Place Beckwith Museum in Carleton Place, Ontario and The Mississippi Valley Textile Mill in Almonte.  available on all Amazon sites (Canada, US, Europe) and Barnes and Noble


Memories of Eating Easter Candy and Cake


All photos of edibles are in the reach of your fingertips. Photographed at Independent Grocers, Walmart, and The Old Towne Bakery in Carleton Place

Each Easter my Grandfather would go across the street to the candy store and purchase a large chocolate rabbit for myself, and a hen for my sister Robin. They had frosting trim, stood three feet tall, and were stored in bright colourful boxes full of enough white shredded paper to start a good fire later.


He also made a point of going down to the bakery and buying Hot Cross Buns. The buns were one thing, but what Grampy thought we were going to do with this huge amount of chocolate one only knows. However, my Grandmother knew exactly what she was going to do with it.

Mary Louise Deller Knight was going to freeze it like everything else that was considered leftovers. My Grandmother thought the freezer life span was forever, and she would some how fit that sucker into one of the tiniest freezers you had ever seen. A few months later in July, she would make some monstrous chocolate cake out of the Easter Rabbit for the annual Oyster Supper that my Dad convened at church.

As I have aged, I have discovered that Easter candy does not seem to travel as well in my body anymore. I get horrible heart burn, and have nightmares for the time span that I devour the sugary treats.

Last night I dreamt I was traveling on a bus for hours, and the night before I was trying to find Jane Austen. Austen was never to be found, but I did see a trail of shredded bright Cadbury Creme Egg foil so I assume she somehow got into my stash. The nerve of her!

Maybe I should have followed the advice of my Grandmother and just stashed the rest of the Easter candy on top of the fridge. Grammy claimed she always stored a lot of food on the top as calories were afraid of heights. Maybe this is my problem; I cannot lose weight because I don’t store candy at a high enough altitude. 

Happy Holiday weekend!

Read all about Jeff Mitchell and Serge Robichaud of Independent Grocers in Carleton Place

Don’t forget to visit and read all about them next week!

The Old Towne Bakery

73 Lake Ave. West
Carleton Place, Ontario
(613) 253-0666

Easter Hours

Closed Good Friday April 3, 2015
Closed Sunday April 5, 2015
Cloased Monday April 6, 2015

The Gnomes are Hiding in the Cadbury Creme Deviled Eggs


I have a bestie in the UK that is following our Carleton Place Blog. She is going to add some neat tidbits here and there.  They don’t have Nanaimo Bars or Date Squares in the UK, so next time Victoria will share how she fared out baking Canadian.

Welcome Victoria Norris.

Here is how she describes where she lives.

Well, I live in Ely (pronounced to rhyme with “wheelie”) but there is also an Ely in Wales, so I always write it as “Ely, Cambridgeshire“, or I suppose you could call it “Ely, England” just to avoid any confusion. This is going to be great fun!

Last week I posted a picture of Easter Flowers on Facebook and she posted one of her Spring displays in England.

This is our local Walmart in Carleton Place


Gnomes in the UK trying to take over Ely

Gnomes in Carleton Place chez moi hiding out from Winter.

Enough of the Gnomes and the Flowers–Let’s Eat!!

 Cadbury Creme Deviled Eggs

From Serious Eats

  • 4 Cadbury Creme Eggs, chilled for 1 hour
  • 1/2 cup vanilla buttercream, colored yellow with food coloring
  • red sprinkles, to garnish


  1. 1Unwrap your first Cadbury Creme Egg. Give it a long, hard look and ask if it is ready to meet its destiny.
  2. 2Using your very sharp knife, gently slice the egg in half lengthwise, following the seam that keeps the two egg halves together. The egg should separate into two separate halves fairly easily; each will have a dollop of fondant inside. Leave the fondant inside of the egg halves.
  3. 3Using a pastry bag fitted with a star tip, pipe yellow buttercream in a spiral so that it covers the entire exposed inside of each egg half (directly on top of the fondant). You’ll use about 1-2 teaspoons’ worth of frosting per egg.
  4. 4Garnish with red sprinkles to mimic the look of paprika.
  5. 5Repeat with the remaining egg halves.

Carleton Place- The Happiest Damn Town in Lanark County

For the Facebook Group:

Tilting the Kilt, Vintage Whispers from Carleton Place by Linda Seccaspina is available at Wisteria at 62 Bridge Street, the Carleton Place Beckwith Museum in Carleton Place, Ontario and The Mississippi Valley Textile Mill in Almonte.  available on all Amazon sites (Canada, US, Europe) and Barnes and Noble