Murphy’s Law, locally distilled…a perfect drink for Canada Day!

June 29th, 2017

What is Murphy’s Law? A supposed law of nature? Anything that can go wrong will go wrong?

Well not in this case, Ben Murphy  whom I met through another business of mine is a young entrepreneur who started distilling moonshine in 2015 here in Ontario, Elmira that is, not too far from my house.

Ben started out on his career path as a police officer but after a match of boxing he lost his hearing in one year and could no longer continue down that path. He said when he was in West Virginia everyone there including their mothers was making moonshine, so it was not hard to learn the process and techniques that make a really good moonshine. However since the police have cracked down on the making of illegal moonshine in West Virginia he decided to start a legal business up here in Canada  after he graduated in 2015, called Murphy’s Law Distillery Ltd.

He has won several awards for his moonshine, bronze for Apple, Carmel and White Lightening Moonshine and most recently a silver for his Lady Maple.

I have known Ben for some time now and he is a modest kind of guy who uses local ingredients in his recipes. You all know how much I love local ingredients and thought I may share with you a product-one of a kind as he is the only first and only distillery of its kind here in Ontario.

Just the other day he dropped off some Apple Pie and Lady Maple for us to try. The moonshine mixes easily with ginger ale, soda or as it is, raw and delicious!

As for Murphy’s Law, a lot has gone really great for Ben, you can find his products at several LCBO’s and online or at his location in Elmira. And not where anything can go wrong but where anything can happen….

Check out your local LCBO or visit Ben for your taste of locally distilled “moonshine”

Happy Canada Day!


Fresh eggs, would you like a Rhode Island Red or a Plymouth Barred Rock?

June 16th, 2017

Our experience so far this spring having laying hens has been good, simply no different than looking after the dog and honesty just as rewarding. We get fresh eggs everyday!

As you can see from the picture below each hens egg has a distinct size, colour and shape that we can identify with which hen layed it.  The texture of the egg also varies as does the colour and shape of the  egg white and the yolk. Unlike the eggs form the grocery store that are exactly the same in size look and colour….and simply have little or no taste. I can say the eggs we, my family are eating now remind me of the eggs I used to eat when my mom had laying hens.

The debate will always be, which egg is better?  I can only say that with all the issues in front of us today, increased cancers, diabetes, vascular, stroke, heart attacks, auto-immune diseases and particularly food intolerance’s and life threatening food allergies..I personally believe we have a problem with food that is not grown/raised in small batches and the signs are quite obvious that we need to roll back our thinking as to how food was grown before the World Wars and eat food for quality not quantity or price.

The girls love to let the hens roam free, pick for bugs and eat grass and dandelions. They are beautiful and delicate creatures that we are enjoying taking care of and eating their eggs everyday. Here is a beautiful picture of Sally, and the two below are Mustang and Thelma. They do have very unique personalities.

The most interesting part of our time spent with the hens is our English Bulldog Thunder who hangs out with them on a regular basis. They get along just fine.

You decide what you think is best for your family, there are many places to get fresh farm eggs and or organic eggs in your community.

Stacey Fokas

Photo Credits “hens” Nicoletta Fokas, “Thunder” Stacey Fokas

Looking beyond the “layers”

May 16th, 2017

I mentioned recently that we were in the mood for chickens!

Most recently we bought a “coop”, four laying hens along with a few chicks. We eat an incredible amount of eggs in our house and thought this may be a nice addition to our “eat local lifestyle”.

The kids are and still are thrilled to help look after them, they delightfully named them, Thelma and Louise, Mustang and Sally…the layers, and the chicks Betty and Scarlet.

The chicks have been in the brooder, growing nicely, developing their feathers, and play fighting after long naps. They are fun and definitely have great personalities. Trying to fly the coop these days!

We are getting one egg per layer per day, that is not bad, they seem to be very happy. However the coop we started with is a bit small so we decided to recycle and re use the kids play set and then attach the two, giving them a warm house for winter and a place to held enough water, food and straw for bedding. Now there are four hens in the small blue coop now but when Betty and Scarlet are bigger we need a slightly bigger house.

We will also create some kind of run for them to be free to eat bugs, grass and dandelion. Now we have temporary fencing for them to get out and peck but I am sure they will be grateful once we make the permanent one.

I will keep you posted with our progress. Betty and Scarlet are below, very intensely watching me take their picture:)!

Start your own brood,

As you can see from the size of the coop below, you can have your own layers one day too! They really are quite easy to take care of, they even put themselves to bed at night.

Catch up with you later 🙂