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New Members
We welcome new conditional equity member JoAnne Neely. JoAnne explains her reasons for joining Prairie Spruce:
 
One thing that struck me when I was contemplating joining Prairie Spruce Commons is that the best times of my life have been when I have been immersed in a community. I grew up in a remote area of the Cypress Hills in Saskatchewan and our sharing and caring with our neighbours was not only a survival mechanism, but also a way of life. No one was financially rich, as farming was a hard way to make a living in those hills, but we had enough and were rich in happiness with family and neighbours. 
Later, after I was married, we lived in a small community for 12 years. I was so immersed in the community that it was hard to leave the many deep friendships.  A lesson learned was that if you want to live in a vibrant thriving community, you have to be contributing and participating for that to happen.  Another community that I got involved with was the Whitmore Park United Church and after several years we moved away to be closer to my daughter's school. My daughters and I missed the caring and loving group that was 'the village' for my girls to grow up in. 
 
Now I realize that my community is my work colleagues and my company, something that we know we strategically and consciously work on in order to succeed.  Prairie Spruce Commons is community. The idea of co-housing and a close-knit community are something that I know is for me.- JoAnne Neely
New Recipes -
Haskap Berry Crumble
New Recipes
Laurie Gillies won last month’s fruit crumble bake off.
As promised, here is the winning recipe.

Filling
8 cups of Haskap berries (drained – see below)
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon of lemon juice
2 tablespoons cornstarch

Topping
1 cup flour             1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup oats             1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon each of cinnamon and ginger
8 tablespoons butter

Baking
Heat oven to 350. Mix up the filling. Adjust ingredients to your taste. Put in a glass or ceramic baking dish. Mix up the topping and crumble it over the filling. Bake about half an hour.

Laurie’s Tips Haskaps are one of the world’s SuperFruits and this one is super juicy! So drain the Haskap berries before you add them to the recipe. I set them in a strainer over a bowl and weighted it down for a few hours. I took one and a half litres of juice out of my berries before I baked and they still had amazing flavor and nutrition. Drink the juice, or freeze it into ice cubes to add to smoothies, homemade ice cream treats, or your glass of water. Yum!
New Adventures -
Running Back to Saskatoon
September 28

 
Guess who is taking a trip up to Saskatoon? Not Burton Cummings, but Prairie Spruce. In order to give those interested in what cohousing looks like in brick and mortar, we are doing a road trip to visit our friends at Wolf Willow, Saskatchewan’s first cohousing community. We are going to have a tour of their home, provide a potluck lunch for all, and have a questions and answer session.
 
Wolf Willow features a friendly welcoming community of seniors (55+) who have been living in their new community for two years. The building features a common kitchen and dining room, guest rooms, office, music room workshop, fitness area and a newly constructed sauna.
 
Come with us. There is still room on the bus. You can reserve your seat by emailing Murray at msteff@accesscomm.ca before September 15.
Upcoming
Creating Community
Events
 
Farmers’ Markets

Wednesday and Saturday
Mornings, weather permitting

Meet Prairie Spruce members for  informal Q&A
 

Food for Thought

Wednesday, October 1
7:00 p.m., RSVP
PrairieSpruceCommons
@gmail.com

Sample snacks featuring the amazing culinary skills of Prairie Spruce.
 

Road Trip to
Wolf Willow

Sunday, September 28
Leaving Southland Mall
8:00 a.m.,
Leaving Saskatoon 3:30 p.m.

RSVP by September 15
PrairieSpruceCommons
@gmail.com

Come with us to find out what it’s really like to live in cohousing.

 
Interested? Click to contact PSC.
New Traditions
Kate Nimegeers is a born and raised Saskatchewanian business student with a guitar. She has been busking since 2012.
Friday night was rocking in Regina as Kate and her friend, Jeremy, sang and played guitars in Lois’ backyard. They entertained us with children’s songs, covers and original works. Nora kept asking for more, and Tom kept the dance floor hopping.
Just imagine the concerts we can have in the common house!
Thanks to Erik, cohousing member, for all the photography at the house concert.  More of his pictures will appear in upcoming blog posts.
 
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