If there’s one thing that can be said about the Life In Pleasantville crew it’s we’re hooked on Jamie Fraser and tartans and Scotland and Jamie. The hot Scot makes an appearance here every few weeks and you’re going to have to live with it. But we’re not only about sexy and Scottish; we do have a few cooler heads who provide real-life suggestions of crushes that aren’t fictional.
Candace Derickx: I did a segment last week on CTV Ottawa for Walmart Canada about creative ways to use your slow cooker for Thanksgiving. They sent me this plaid Crockpot to use and I fell in love, nay lust, with it. The plaid design is perfect for fall and winter comfort food season, but I also love it’s casserole shape. It also has great clips on the lid to make it portable. This baby retails for $53.98 at Walmart.
Kelly Williams: Fall is in the air and with it comes crisp mornings and breezes with a little bite. Even though I love this time of year, I know that it is the beginning of six months of me trying to keep warm. This year I have a secret weapon against the cold though, a 100% lambswool serape from LochCarron of Scotland. Mine is in the Stewart Eve tartan, so it is not only cozy, it is beautiful as well. I can’t help but think of Outlander’s Jamie Fraser when wearing this and that only adds to this shawl’s ability to warm me up.
Chef Christopher: I’m very picky when it comes to condiments and ketchup is one of the condiments I am most picky about. It’s such a staple of not only every barbecue but also part of a surprising number of recipes. (Meatloaf anyone?) I had more or less written ketchup off or had come to terms with having to make my own until I discovered Farm Boy Sun Ripened Tomato Ketchup.
Sold exclusively at Farm Boy stores this ketchup made with perfectly ripened, juicy California tomatoes might very well be the best store-bought ketchup I’ve ever had. The taste is far superior compared to the heavy sugar and vinegar flavor of some national brands and it also compliments burgers, hot-dogs, rib sauce, or french fries nicely. And yes, it’s even great with meatloaf.
Carrie Cargill: I have been on the hunt for every old, rusty piece of metal that’s been gathering dust on this earth for an eon and a half. In my quest to gather all the metal, I’ve been scouring garage sales, antique markets, and online stores looking for antiques and rusty bits. I don’t work in the winter so I’ve been foraging rusty bits like a squirrel does nuts for the winter. Over the next few months all these treasures will be transformed into signs and coat hangers and whatever else strikes my fancy.
If things work out how I imagine they will, the finished products will be available for sale. Stay tuned for photos of the results.
Jen Maier: I’ve been doing a lot of spinning lately trying to keep in shape and, on occasion, will take my teenager’s road bike out for a ride. As the weather cools I love to run errands on the bike snuggled in a sweater with the crisp, fall breeze in my face. But the bike isn’t practical and it isn’t mine. What I covet is the classic styling, traditional workmanship and heritage of the Pashley Britannia. This quintessential British cruiser has a hand-built frame and a vintage feel with comfort and practicalities like hard lined mudguards and chainguard, a sprung leather saddle and five-speed hub gears that make it worth the investment. The romantic, British styling tops it off to make this the bike of my dreams.