Canal Notes Has a Whole New Look!

I hope everyone enjoyed a lovely Easter! If you’ve looked at the blog in the last week or two, you might have noticed a few changes. I’ve been working on an update to a fresh new look and it’s ready to see.  I still have a few more tweaks I’d like to make, but Canal [...]

Canal Notes Clicks – April 8th

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Hope everyone is enjoying the early days of spring!  This winter has given us a longer list of home improvement projects to tackle before next winter comes along.  Winters in New Orleans are generally very mild, but we had a few really cold days this year, which felt even colder in a home which isn’t [...]

Tackling the Lead Paint Problems in and Around Our Home

Tackling Lead Paint Problems in Our Home

We live in an old house (by American standards!), which comes with all the character and charm and maintenance bills that one would expect.  And something I didn’t really think about beforehand: lead paint.  Our home was built in 1910, well before lead paint was banned (1978), and and the EPA reports that approximately 87% of [...]

Canal Notes Clicks – March 5th


Cooking… Made this French pound cake (Le Quatre Quarts) from Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking (volume 2).  Like every recipe I’ve tried from this classic cookbook, it was a hit. Simple and tasty with or without frosting (I used the Deluxe cream cheese frosting from the Southern Living cookbook). Just as an [...]

Easy Organic Shower Scrub

Organic Body Scrub

This is my latest obsession. After spending over a month in northern Europe over the holidays, and then coming back to an unusually cold spell in New Orleans, my skin was lizard-like.  I used all of my favorite moisturizing shower scrub from REN and needed something else right away.  I had been applying coconut oil [...]