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Posted on 23 March, 2018 at 16:30 Comments comments (1)

Hello all,

Been a long time since we had a chance to post under this section... so we are taking it to the people! What would you like to discuss here?

Ideas, comments, and suggestions all welcome.

Talk soon!


Father's Day BBQ Ribs

Posted on 16 June, 2017 at 8:40 Comments comments (1)

In lieu of Father's Day, I thought I'd share this great Ribs Recipe we use every year!

Dry Rub 

2 tbsp brown sugar

1 tbsp chili powder

2 tsp salt

1 tsp ground pepper

1 tsp dry mustard

1/2 tsp onion powder

5 lb (2.27 kg) pork baby back ribs

Barbecue Sauce

1 tsp chili powder

1 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp garlic powder

2 tbsp (28 g) butter

3/4 cup (180 ml) ketchup

3/4 cup (180 ml) apple jelly

1/4 cup (60 ml) apple cider vinegar

2 tbsp (30 ml) molasses

1 tbsp (15 ml) Dijon mustard

1 tbsp (15 ml) Worcestershire sauce

Tabasco sauce, to taste

Salt and pepper 

Dry Rub

In a bowl, combine all the ingredients. Set aside.

On a work surface, use paper towels to peel away the white membrane (silverskin) on the back of the ribs. Place the ribs on a baking sheet and rub both sides generously with the spice rub. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or overnight.

With the rack in the middle position of the oven, preheat the oven to 325°F (170°C).

Wrap the ribs, two racks at a time, in heavy-duty aluminum foil. Transfer to a baking sheet. Bake for about 2 hours, or until the meat is tender.

Barbecue sauce

Meanwhile, in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, cook the spices in the butter for 1 minute. Add the remaining ingredients, bring to a boil and simmer over low heat for about 5 minutes or until the sauce becomes syrupy. Season with salt and pepper.

Preheat the grill, setting the burners to medium. Oil the grate.

Remove the ribs from the foil and grill for 4 to 5 minutes on each side, brushing with half of the barbecue sauce. Serve with the remaining sauce.

Reciep is courtesy of Enjoy!

~Jill :)

May Long Watermelon Salad

Posted on 20 May, 2016 at 17:05 Comments comments (0)

Here is one I found a few years ago on

Watermelon Salad


+3 tablespoons lime juice

+1 cup sliced red onion, cut lengthwise

+15 cups cubed watermelon

+3 cups cubed English cucumber

+1 (8 ounce) package feta cheese, crumbled

+1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

+cracked black pepper

+sea salt




In a small bowl, pour lime juice over red onions. Allow to marinate while assembling the salad.


Gently combine the watermelon, cucumber, feta cheese, and cilantro in a large bowl. Season with black pepper. Toss watermelon salad with marinated onions and season with sea salt just before serving.

Let me know what you think! Enjoy :)



Hi there! Welcome to my page

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Hi! My name is Jill Volk, and I am one of the Owners of Gutters, Lawns, and Windows. Ok, let's be honest here, I'm the brains behind the whole operation! While my husband Tim and his fabulous staff are usually the ones you'll see at your property, you can rest assured knowing that I'm keeping my eyes on them for you! As Tim always says, a home is not only where you live, but where you learn to love and I'm hoping the same is true about my page.

As a busy mom to twins Owen and Olivia, and our newest edition Emma, let me tell you life can go by pretty quickly. Whoever came up with the phrase "let's stop and smell the roses" didn't have my duties because I'm too busy shopping the kids off to dance, gymnastics, soccer or school, while teaching Emma a thing or two about naps along the way... And don't forget Tim, who always needs "a bag of soil or a pole extension from the store while I'm out to save him a trip"! What am I an Octopus? Sheesh, even with 8 arms I might still need more!

But life isn't hard for us. We don't look at it that way. We look at it as the way we choose to live and are comfortable with that. And as you get to know me, I'm sure you will see what I mean!

Let's use this blog as a way to chat. I'll share some of my favorite recipes, hopefully you'll share some of yours too! Who knows, maybe I can get Tim to post his famours BBQ Smoked Ribs recipe when he gets a chance. I'd also like to share with you some gardening tips from time to time, maybe hear some of yours, and anything else you would like to discuss.

Thanks for reading this --- I look forward to our next chat!

Jill :)