Recipes from Avonlea: Josie Pye Pop Tarts

“Fortunately for you, Josie, the only thing you’ve ever had to wear twice is a sour expression.” – Anne Shirley

Josie Pye may be sour, but her homemade pop tarts are definitely delicious! Find the step-by-step recipe and video below! For more Avonlea recipes check out the Cooking with Anne of Green Gables Cookbook!

Josie Pye Pop Tarts

Course Snack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
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  • 4 tbsp butter melted
  • 10 phyllo sheets cut into strips
  • 1/4 cup raspberry jam
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp water


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.

  2. Line a baking pan with parchment paper.

  3. Layer 5 phyllo sheets on the pan, brushing butter in between. 

  4. On the fifth layer, add in a layer of raspberry jam, spreading evenly. Do not spread the jam too close to the edges or the jam will leak while the pop tarts bake.

  5. Add the next five layers on top, with butter in between.

  6. Brush the top and final layer with butter and cut into 8 rectangles. Do not separate the pastries fully, it will be easy to pull apart once baked.

  7. Bake from 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven.

  8. In a bowl combine powdered sugar, vanilla and water. Mix well.

  9. Drizzle the icing on each pop tart while it's still warm. Enjoy!

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Recipes from Avonlea: Energy Balls

Looking for a quick snack on the go? These energy balls are a healthy and delicious snack as you head out the door! Make this snack with your favourite ingredients, you can substitute honey for maple syrup for a vegan option and skip the peanut butter for a school-safe treat for your kids! Check out the recipe and demonstration video below! For more recipes check out our Avonlea Cookbook!

Energy Balls

Course Snack
Prep Time 5 minutes
Freeze 30 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 20 balls
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  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 cups oats
  • 2 tbsp honey or maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter or peanut-free alternative

The rest can be substituted for your favourite ingredients

  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup mixed nuts


  1. Mash the banana with a fork.

  2. Mix all of your ingredients together and mix well.

  3. Roll the mixture into bite-sized balls. The best way to do this is to dampen your hands before rolling each ball.

  4. Place in a closed container and freeze for at least 30 minutes.

  5. Enjoy!

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Recipes from Avonlea: Apple Shortbread

We always have apple pie around the autumn season, but have you tried making apple shortbread? The sweet, yet hearty dessert is the perfect dish after Thanksgiving dinner! Find the full recipe and step-by-step video below! Who knows, maybe while you’re picking the perfect apples, Gilbert might appear… Anne of green gables

Apple Shortbread

Course Dessert
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 16 servings



  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup flour


  • 3 large apples
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp flour

Sugar Topping

  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour


  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.

  2. First make the shortbread. Stir together butter, sugar, vanilla and salt into a bowl. Then stir in flour.

  3. Kneed together and then place in an oven pan lined with parchment paper. Bake for 15 minutes.

  4. While the base is cooking, make the apple filling.

  5. Core, skin and cut the apples into small, bite-sized pieces.

  6. Mix the apples in a bowl with flour, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.

  7. Next make the topping. In a separate bowl mix the flour, brown sugar and melted butter.

  8. After 15 minutes, remove the shortbread from oven. Layer the sugar and apples on the shortbread until there isn't any ingredients left.

  9. Turn up the oven to 350°F and bake again for 30 minutes.

  10. Remove from oven and let it cool for at least 2 hours. Cut into squares and enjoy!

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Recipes from Avonlea: Carrot Chips

“Aren’t you worried I’m liable to break another slate over your head?”

“I’m more worried I might break one over yours, Carrots.”

Try these delicious and healthy 3-ingredient carrot chips! They’ll definitely win over Gilbert’s heart! For more recipes check out the Cooking with Anne of Green Gables set.

Carrot Chips

Course Snack
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 2 large carrots
  • 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

  2. Wash and peel carrots. Thinly slice the carrots on a diagonal to make oval pieces.

  3. Place sliced carrots in a bowl. Add olive oil and sea salt. 

  4. Spread evenly on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. 

  5. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until they are crisp.

  6. Let cool and enjoy!

Recipe Video

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Recipes from Avonlea: Strawberry Parfait

Well, it’s taught me a lesson: not to stake my word of honour on cows.

The simple and delicious yogurt parfait is perfect for an afternoon snack. Add in your own favourite ingredients like nuts and seeds, oats, seasonal fruit and more! And if you can’t chase down your jersey cow to make the yogurt, just head over to the general store.



Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 23 hours 57 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
2 15 minutes
Total Time 6 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 7 kcal

Timeline of the Life of Anne Shirley

Within the eight L.M. Montgomery novels that bring readers into the life of Anne Shirley, Anne has lived through the Dominion of Canada, a couple of wars and some pretty significant inventions that has shaped our world today.
Here is a look at Anne throughout the years, derived from The Anne of Green Gables Treasury, by Carolyn Strom Collins and Christina Wyss Eriksson. We look at Anne’s life: from her birthday in 1866, to her marriage in 1888, all the way until her children are grown and Anne Shirley is 40-years-old. Along the way are events that have shaped Canada as a nation, events that would have influenced Anne Shirley’s life, opinions and conversation.
Green = Anne Shirley life event 
Red = Anne Shirley tragic evenT 
Yellow = Canadian significant event
[svtimeline] [svt-event title=”Anne Shirley is born” date=”1866″ class=”svt-cd-green” ] Anne is born in Nova Scotia and both her parents die of fever when she is three-months-old. [/svt-event] [svt-event title=”Dominion of Canada” date=”1867″ class=”svt-cd-yellow” ] Confederation of Canada, July 1, 1867. Sir John A. Macdonald becomes first Prime Minister of Canada. [/svt-event] [svt-event title=”P.E.I. Joins Canada” date=”1873″ class=”svt-cd-yellow” ] Prince Edward Island becomes a Canadian province. [/svt-event] [svt-event title=”Anne is 8-years-old” date=”1874″ class=”svt-cd-green” ] Anne is growing up, and goes to live with the Hammonds. [/svt-event] [svt-event title=”L.M. Montgomery” date=”1874″ class=”svt-cd-yellow” ] Lucy Maud Montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables is born in Prince Edward Island November 30th, 1874. [/svt-event] [svt-event title=”Transportation” date=”1875″ class=”svt-cd-yellow” ] The Prince Edward Island railway opens. [/svt-event] [svt-event title=”Orphan” date=”1876″ class=”svt-cd-green” ] Anne is now 10-years-old. She moves to a orphans’ asylum in Hopetown. [/svt-event] [svt-event title=”Telephone Call” date=”1876″ class=”svt-cd-yellow” ] The first long-distance telephone call is made between inventor Alexander Graham Bell, in Mount Pleasant, Ontario, to his uncle, David Bell, in Brantford, Ontario. [/svt-event] [svt-event title=”Green Gables” date=”1877″ class=”svt-cd-green” ] Anne visits Green Gables for the first time and falls in-love with the beauty of Prince Edward Island. [/svt-event] [/svtimeline] Anne of Green Gables [svtimeline][svt-event title=”Treaty no. 7″ date=”1877″ class=”svt-cd-yellow” ] Treaty No. 7 was signed at Blackfoot Crossing in southern Alberta by the Blackfoot, Blood, Peigan, Sarsi and Stoney. 35,000 sq miles of land were taken from the First Nations to the Crown. [/svt-event] [svt-event title=”Anne Tries to Fit In” date=”1878″ class=”svt-cd-green” ] Some major events take place in 1878, Anne bakes a “liniment cake,” breaks her ankle after falling off the Barry kitchen roof, and receives the puffed sleeved dress from Matthew. [/svt-event] [svt-event title=”Charlottetown” date=”1879″ class=”svt-cd-yellow” ] The first ever Charlottetown festival is held. 86 years later, the first Anne of Green Gables The Musical is performed during the festival. Now, the musical is the the “longest-running annual musical” awarded by Guinness World Records. [/svt-event] [svt-event title=”Teenager Anne” date=”1879″ class=”svt-cd-green” ] Anne dyes her hair green, Gilbert rescues her in the river, and she begins to study for Queen’s College. [/svt-event] [svt-event title=”Women rights” date=”1879″ class=”svt-cd-yellow” ] Prince of Wales College in Charlottetown is now open to women. [/svt-event] [svt-event title=”Anne Succeeds” date=”1882″ class=”svt-cd-green” ] Anne earns her teacher’s certificate, wins the Avery scholarship to Redmond College and begins teaching at Avonlea school. Davy and Dora Keith come to live at Green Gables in this year as well. [/svt-event] [svt-event title=”Matthew’s Death” date=”1882″ class=”svt-cd-red” ] Matthew dies of a heart attack when Anne is 16-years-old. [/svt-event][/svtimeline] anne and marilla [svtimeline] [svt-event title=”Peanut Butter” date=”1884″ class=”svt-cd-yellow” ] Canadian Marcellus Gilmore Edson first patented peanut butter paste. [/svt-event] [svt-event title=”CPR” date=”1885″ class=”svt-cd-yellow” ] The Canadian Pacific Railway is completed, creating a transportation link from the Atlantic to Pacific area. [/svt-event] [svt-event title=”Things are Changing” date=”1887″ class=”svt-cd-green” ] Diana is now married. Anne spends her last year at Redmond. Anne is now 21-years-old. [/svt-event] [svt-event title=”A Second proposal” date=”1888″ class=”svt-cd-green” ] Gilbert proposes to Anne for a second time and she accepts. Gilbert leaves to study at medical school and Anne accepts a job at Summerside High School. [/svt-event] [svt-event title=”Basketball” date=”1891″ class=”svt-cd-yellow” ] Basketball is invented by Canadian physical education instructor Dr. James Naismith. He was working at the YMCA Training School in Springfield, Massachusetts. [/svt-event] [svt-event title=”First Child” date=”1892″ class=”svt-cd-red” ] Anne and Gilbert are living in their home in Four Winds Harbour. Their first child Joyce is born, but then dies the same day. Anne is 26-years-old. [/svt-event] [svt-event title=”Jem is Born” date=”1893″ class=”svt-cd-green” ] Anne and Gilbert have their second child together and move to Ingleside. [/svt-event] [svt-event title=”Walter is Born” date=”1894″ class=”svt-cd-green” ] Anne and Gilbert now have two children. Anne is 28-years-old. [/svt-event] [svt-event title=”Stanley Cup” date=”1894″ class=”svt-cd-yellow” ] The first Stanley Cup was awarded to the Montreal AAA hockey team who defeated Ottawa Generals 3-1. [/svt-event] [svt-event title=”Twins are Born” date=”1896″ class=”svt-cd-green” ] Anne and Gilbert have twin girls, which they name Anne and Diana, but are commonly called Nan and Di. [/svt-event] [svt-event title=”Liberal Election” date=”1896″ class=”svt-cd-yellow” ] Wilfrid Laurier became Canada’s first French-Canadian prime minister. Liberals defeated conservatives in the federal election, after 18 years of conservative prime ministers. [/svt-event] [svt-event title=”Shirley is Born” date=”1898″ class=”svt-cd-green” ] Anne is 32-years-old when Shirley is born. [/svt-event] [svt-event title=”Rilla is Born” date=”1899″ class=”svt-cd-green” ] Anne is 33-years-old when Rilla is born. [/svt-event] [svt-event title=”Sickness” date=”1902″ class=”svt-cd-red” ] Anne is 36-years-old and becomes ill with pneumonia. [/svt-event] [svt-event title=”Olympics” date=”1904″ class=”svt-cd-yellow” ] Canada competes in the Olympics for the first time. It was held in St. Louis, United States. [/svt-event] [svt-event title=”Canada Continues to Grow” date=”1905″ class=”svt-cd-yellow” ] Alberta and Saskatchewan become the 8th and 9th provinces in Canada. [/svt-event] [svt-event title=”Public Hydro” date=”1906″ class=”svt-cd-yellow” ] The Hydro-Electric Power Commission of Ontario was created. [/svt-event] [svt-event title=”Wedding Anniversary” date=”1906″ class=”svt-cd-green” ] Anne and Gilbert celebrate 15 years of marriage. [/svt-event] [/svtimeline] wedding Anne and Gilbert

Sources: Historica Canada, Global News, The Anne of Green Gables Treasury: Carolyn Strom Collins and Christina Wyss Eriksson, Confederation Centre.

The History of the Tank Top: From Rebellious Swimwear to Fashion Staple

Estimated reading time: 4 mins

Tank tops are one of the most popular pieces of clothing, you can wear them pretty much any time of year, they are versatile and come in a variety of colours and styles. But did you know that they originated in 1912, albeit very different than they are now? Since Road to Avonlea and Anne of Green Gables are both set in this time frame, we thought it would interesting to examine one of the most popular clothing innovations to come from that time. Without further ado, let’s get into the history of the tank top and just how it evolved into the wardrobe staple of today.
Tank Top - bathing suits
Photo: Swimming World Magazine/ ISHOF

According to The Fact Shop, in 1912, two years before the First World War and long before the upheaval in fashion the roaring ‘20s would bring, 27 women participated in the swim competitions at the Stockholm Olympics. Every one of these athletically-inclined women were wearing a brand-new type of swim costume, which featured short-like bottoms and sleeveless tops ideal for fast and free movement. These bathing suits were not very different from the ones that men wore, but they were still considered to be shocking and immodest. The bathing suits came to be known as “Tank Suits” for the fact that they were worn while going into the “Swimming Tank”. Can you imagine the girls of Avonlea wearing such swimming costumes? Hetty King would have a coronary!

The freedom of arm movement these sleeveless tops provided became very popular, not only with women, but also with men. Soon, men began wearing shirts inspired by the Tank Suits under their everyday clothing as an undershirt. According to Keeping It Cool-The Evolution of the Tank Top, on League 91, Italian immigrants in 1930’s New York began the practice of wearing tank tops in public. New York was stifling in the summer time and these loose, sleeveless shirts typically worn as undershirts were the perfect way to stay cool! Despite this new phenomenon, it still was not acceptable to be seen wearing a tank top in public. While you were working doing hard labour? Sure. Going for a swim at the beach with your family? Bare arms were no problem! But never in polite society.

According to The Fact Shop, throughout the 1930s and ‘40s Hollywood films began to feature men wearing tank tops, picking up on the practice started by the immigrants to New York. The catch was, these men were usually the villains of the film. These characters were often brutish, beating their wives, or were rebels causing trouble in society. This led to tank tops becoming known by another popular, albeit unfortunate, name that has stuck around: Wife Beaters.

Fast forward a couple decades to the 1970’s, and there was a significant uptick in tank tops in celebrity culture. Characters in films still wore tank tops, and not only the villains, but female characters as well. It was no longer immodest to have the expanse of your arms showing and not only were actors wearing tank tops in their films, they were also wearing them out in public! According to League 91, one final push was needed though to make these garments a staple of everyday wear. When celebrities were seen dressing in tank tops, others deemed it socially acceptable as well. The appearance of heading to a workout or attend an athletic event, while not planning to do either, became popular and the tank top took its place as the mainstay we know today.

It is amazing to think that something that people wear on a day-to-day basis, whether as regular dress, to work out, or just to sleep in, could have evolved from a shocking but practical change in swimwear in the beginning of the 20th century.

Are you a fan of the tank top? If you are an Anne of Green Gables fan and like comfortable and soft tank tops, look no further than the Buried Hopes Tank Top available only on Shop at Sullivan.

Written By Adriana Pacheco

Recipes from Avonlea: Strawberry Shortbread Bars

Try this strawberry shortbread recipe at your next summer gathering or tea party. This recipe isn’t too sweet and is best served with fresh strawberries. For more Avonlea recipes, take a look at our Youtube Playlist, or take home the recipes yourself with the Avonlea Cookbook. Recipe derived by CountryLiving.

Megan Follows and Anne: Meant to Be!

Brief facts about Megan Follows and Anne of Green Gables

Today, August 30th, is the start of the five-day fan convention known as Dragon Con, down in Atlanta, Georgia. This year, Dragon Con features a guest that Anne of Green Gables fans are sure to be excited about… Megan Follows!

Over the course of Dragon Con, Follows will participate in a question and answer session. Follows will be talking about all things Anne! In that spirit, we thought it might be interesting to go back in time and delve into some Anne of Green Gables facts of our own.

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Before landing the part of Anne Shirley, Follows admits that she knew of Anne, but hadn’t ventured into any of the L.M.Montgomery books,
– “I was raised on the Oz stories. I didn’t read Anne of Green Gables until I got the part.”
(Detroit Free Press, 1987). Her lack of familiarity with the Anne of Green Gables of the books was not a deterrent when it came to the decision to audition for the role, which she found herself deeply interested in.

“I read it from the perspective at first of, what a fantastic character, I want to play this, who is this character, what can I bring to this, what can I do? I get to be No. 1 in a story as a young woman, I’m not the sister of, I’m not the girlfriend of, I’m not the appendage of a boy’s story. She is the story, sign me up” (Regina Leader Post, 2018).

Follows originally auditioned for the part of Anne Shirley when Sullivan Films first began their casting process. At first take, Kevin Sullivan was not sold on Follows being Anne. An additional 3000 girls would be seen before she would be considered again. This detail has become well known by Anne of Green Gables fans, but what you may not know is that not only did Megan Follows audition twice for the role of Anne, she had to re-do her second audition!

She recounted what occurred in a 2011 interview with The Globe and Mail, “I was one of the first people they had seen in the previous year and they’d since seen 3000 people and they hadn’t found who they were looking for. And I got another crack at it. I think I was there 3 hours working on the scenes and if I recall, doing some of them with nobody in the room with me, to a plant in the office. Then the next morning just before we were going to the airport, this frantic call came in. Mysteriously, the tape had been destroyed. I had 45 minutes to get back down there and do the whole thing again if I wasn’t going to miss my flight. Then I thought okay it’s in the hands of the fates.”

Follows’ persistence paid off, of course, and she landed the coveted role of Anne Shirley, but can you imagine if she had not? It’s hard to think of the Anne of Green Gables mini series without her!

Anne of green gables megan follows

Megan Follows would go on to star in the two sequels to Sullivan’s Anne of Green Gables: Anne of Avonlea (also known as Anne of Green Gables the Sequel) and Anne of Green Gables the Continuing Story, as well as to narrate audio book versions of the first three Anne of Green Gables novels for Penguin Random House.

What Anne of Green Gables questions would you ask Megan Follows? For those fans going to Dragon Con this weekend, we hope you enjoy your visit and for those who aren’t, now might be the perfect time to dust off your DVDs , or queue up your GazeboTV account and revisit the world of Anne of Green Gables and Megan Follows’ iconic performance as Anne Shirley.

Written by Adriana Pacheco

Recipes from Avonlea: Chocolate Bark

“Would you like to buy some chocolate, Felix? It’s very romantic.” – Felicity King
Both spicy and sweet, this chocolate bark is the perfect treat for anyone, especially for that special “lady love” in your life. Add as much pepper flakes as you like, or none at all. This bark only uses three ingredients and takes no longer than 30 minutes! For more Avonlea recipes, take a look at our Youtube Playlist, or take home the recipes yourself with The Avonlea Cookbook. Recipe derived from Midwest Living.