Cats and Dogs – and a bird.

Ordinarily we focus on our creative endeavours in our blogs, but this story was too good not to share.

Our pup is almost 15 months old. She has been a wonderful addition to our family, being very sociable and eager to please. She appears to want nothing more than to be by our side as we go about our day, sharing our activities and our moods.

A cup of water at the coffee shop.

Given our pup’s gentle nature, we were not surprised when she became friends with a stray cat that took up residence under our front porch. Feeling a responsibility for the cat, we took it in only to find ourselves with an additional four kittens when the mother cat gave birth a couple of months later.

Our dog was immediately taken with the kittens, watching them through the days and nights and helping clean them. She would grow anxious when Mama cat absented herself from the nest for any length of time.

As the kittens grew, our pup became an active participant in their playtime.

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Thanksgiving day Ginger Cookies

October 11, 2021

Today is Thanksgiving, and we are wrapping up a weekend of cooking, harvesting produce, and eating plenty of turkey and pumpkin pie. I decided to make these chewy ginger molasses cookies this Thanksgiving Monday to add a little spice to the week ahead.

Chewy ginger cookies

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Summer Baking

Pineapple Whip Dessert

July 9, 2021

Something about summer screams out for fruit desserts.

That being said, I’m not sure this pineapple square from the Mennonite cookbook actually counts, given that it’s mostly whipped cream and butter. It also calls for canned pineapple, which won’t showcase your horticultural expertise or even your ability to obtain fresh produce. And yet somehow, it’s refreshing and somehow very suited for summer barbecues. My mom used to make it for family gatherings, and it was always one of my favourites.

It’s actually a fairly simple dessert. A traditional graham cracker crust with a buttercream filling and topped with whipped cream speckled with crushed pineapple. It’s quite attractive when all is said and done, and serves a crowd, although it does tend to go quickly.

Side notes: the crust tends to go soggy after a couple of days in the fridge, so plan appropriately for your crowd size. I would estimate that the 9×13 inch pan (one full recipe) would feed about 20-25 (depending on how many go for seconds…). Also, it’s a chilled dessert, so it’s likely best not to leave it on the buffet table for too long, especially given the heat we’ve been having this month (38 degrees last week!)

Pineapple Squares

Original recipe from “Squares and Slice” in The Mennonite Treasury of Recipes, 1961

This version has been adapted from the original based on personal preferences.

Yields one 9×13 inch pan


  • 3 cups graham wafer crumbs
  • ¾ cup melted margarine

Mix crumbs with margarine, press into pan. Bake 12-15 minutes in 350° oven. Cool.


  • ¾ cup butter
  • 2 ½ cups icing sugar
  • 2 eggs

Cream butter. Add sugar and eggs. Beat until fluffy and spread over base.


  • 1 can crushed pineapple (well-drained)
  • 1 ½ cups whipping cream

Mix pineapple with whipped cream and spread on top of filling. Chill before serving.


  • Make sure that the crushed pineapple is verywell drained before mixing with the cream. Otherwise, the dessert will get soggy from the excess moisture. Squeeze out the juice thoroughly and pat dry.
  • This dessert contains raw eggs.
  • This dessert is best after it has been chilled for several hours, but the crust may get soggy if left for more than a day or two.


In other news, we pulled in another basket of strawberries from our little patch in the garden last night, and I’ve had my eye on a recipe for strawberry buttermilk cake for a few days now. Stay tuned, perhaps it will make an appearance in the coming weeks (that is, if I get to baking them before they are eaten straight from the bowl…)


Garden Update: Midsummer, 2021

Sarina Fehr

The heat wave is over. For a week or more now we have been fighting with hose and sprinkler as if to put out a fire, hoping it will be enough to keep roots from drying and leaves from wilting. At last, with the sounds of thunder approaching, I can rest from the constant battle with the weather.

Front yard garden

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RTQ Sneak Peek!

We at ShiftersPress Collective are very excited about the upcoming release of our latest work: Read This Quickly (Or We All Die). We are so excited, in fact, that we couldn’t quite wait until the book is out and just had to share a bit of it with you. Enjoy the first chapter!

RTQ Chapter One:

From Steven:

My most professional apologies. The story you were expecting to read cannot be found in this book. Plot, characters, and syntax have all escaped via an inter-dimensional portal and have now become hopelessly tangled with reality (that, and we got blood all over the cover). Your only choice is to accept the good with the bad, taking the heroes with the villains. If you choose to shut this book and place it back on the shelf, simply pray that they do not find you.

We never meant to wreck the universe. Of course, nobody ever does. If you must blame someone, the vast majority of the fault lies with fantasy novelist Reese Richardson. She was the one, after all, who dreamed up the means for the creative world to suddenly flood over into this perfectly proper existence we call the twenty-first century. Thanks to her efforts, the villains are now running about, wreaking havoc in the streets and causing nearly as much damage as the protagonists.

Once more it is up to average people like you and me to don our grown up underwear and do what needs to be done—the very difficult task that nobody seems to want to do: wade laboriously through the uninspired writings of Reese Richardson and face down her poorly developed characters. It’s that or flee to an exotic beach somewhere and await the coming onslaught of terror with a drink in one hand and a sappy romance novel in the other. Your choice really.

Best of luck,

The Editors

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RTQ Cover Reveal!

We are completing our next collective work entitled, Read This Quickly or We All Die. A fantasy, humour, adventure story written in Terry Pratchett style.

The story follows the ludicrous adventures that befall a fantasy novelist when all of her fictional characters come to life and engage in a destructive battle between good and evil in the midst of a busy urban setting. Comedy and chaos ensue.

We hope to have Read This Quickly complete in April, 2019. For now, I’m very excited to share the cover art.

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