My husband and I both grew up in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, and we had the absolute best childhoods. Long summer days at the lakes, swimming, fishing, and enjoying all that rugged Canadian Shield landscape. Yes, the winters were snowy, cold and long, but we didn’t know any different; and so, we built snow forts, lived on skates and skis and those snow storms didn’t stop us from anything.

But, alas, all that fun living was not without some good old-fashioned hard work. You see, both our parents were passionate about ways to forage, hunt, fish and save the fruits and vegetables of the seasons. Wild blueberries, saskatoon berries, raspberries, apples and garden fresh vegetables in the summer months, moose and deer meat in the fall, and fish all year long!

It is not surprising then to share with you that I have had a lifelong obsession with food! So many tales, stories, pictures and recipes to share!

Forever and always, not afraid to try anything and always eager to try new culinary and garden adventures. Content and happy at day’s end when I could savour the memory of a good wholesome meal or a brand-new bud, flower or fruit spotted in my garden.

From the time spent at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario getting my Bachelor of Science degree in biology and through the years of raising my two beautiful daughters, I have been constantly working on the development and enrichment of my knowledge of science and food. Cansanity has been a concept that has been in me for as long as I can remember. Watch, study, practice, build, perfect, share, repeat!

In 2022, our world is changing. Food, gas, and housing are at record high prices and everyone is looking for ways to stretch the dollar. We have been doing just that for years by growing our own food and preserving the seasons. This website was created so that I can share all that I know and have learned with you!

In thirty years, I have lived in four homes and with every home comes the best part – the yard! We have grown cherries, apples, gooseberries, raspberries, blackberries, black currants, red currants, plums and Concord grapes. We have grown in cold frames, boxes, pots, raised gardens and in-ground gardens. We have had great success growing garlic, lettuce, kale, carrots, beets, turnips, tomatoes, onions, potatoes, parsnips, arugula, spinach, peas, beans, peppers and more. We have had property the size of 30’x 125, 36’x110’, 55’x 110’ and now we live on a 2.5-acre rural property. Here is where we plan on staying and where Cansanity will grow.

We hope you visit us here at Cansanity.com often. We look forward to spending time with you through our website. It is my hope that the videos and content that I share with you will be intriguing and informative, but most of all, that they will be helpful and will brighten your day. When you find yourself getting tired of tasks, chores or just the plain old regular routine, escape into the world of gardening, cooking, baking and canning. Trust me it will not take you long to get hooked and for you to exclaim one day “This is Cansanity!”