Recipe for Strawberry Muffins

Strawberry Muffins

Strawberry Muffins ~ I love everything about July! First of all...it is a LONG way from our dark, cold and snowy winter. Second, and just as important is the fact that everywhere you look there are baskets and baskets of fresh, local, luscious, juicy, sweet strawberries. To say I love strawberries would be a bit of an understatement because I adore them. Maybe my adoration comes from the strawberry's elusiveness? It's possible, because where I live in Eastern Canada these locally farmed, … [Read more...]

Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad

Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad

This Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad is one of my "go-to" summer salad recipes. It is really simple to make and you can customize the vegetables to meet your family's specific likes. You can also easily cut the recipe in half or even double it to meet the needs of the occasion.  I also really like that it has a starch and loads of vegetables all in one recipe; just add a protein (either within the salad or on the side) and you are all set to go! One minute before the pasta is done, add broccoli … [Read more...]

It’s Time to Take Control and Own the Throne {w/ 2 Giveaways!}

Own the Throne

Why is it, that as a society, we openly discuss some common health issues, but not others? We meet for coffee and tell anyone who will listen about our hypertension, gallbladder disease, insomnia, arthritis, bladder infections and kidney stones, but we rarely discuss bowel issues? We all have bowel movements and sometimes we have bowel problems, such as diarrhea or constipation. But, we don't usually talk about them, why is that? Look, I'm guilty too. I'm a nurse, and I definitely know … [Read more...]

Spaghetti Cheese Casserole

Spaghetti Cheese Casserole

I cannot remember when we first started making this outstanding Spaghetti Cheese Casserole. It feels like it has been part of our dinner repertoire since forever! It is one of those "old style" recipes that you sometimes find in community type cookbooks or tucked away in a big stack of yellowing recipe cards. I often made this casserole when our kids were little and into their teens, but lately, it seems to be Music Man's "go to" supper when he cooks. Hearty, filling, and delicious; I … [Read more...]

13 Essential Tips for Open House Success

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Like many in our age group, my husband and I are now empty nesters. Our children have not only moved out, but they have both relocated to different...and yes, faraway parts of the country. Our son has lived in Ontario for many years now and that always seemed like a very long way from the Maritimes...that is until our daughter recently moved to the Northwest Territories. Now suddenly, Ontario feels relatively close. We have reluctantly come to the realization that there is very little … [Read more...]

No Churn Rhubarb Ice-Cream

Rhubarb Ice-Cream

No Churn Rhubarb Ice-Cream ~ You may have noticed that many of my recent recipes have had a bit of a recurring theme. The theme? Rhubarb! As I mentioned in an earlier post, my sister lives in the country and has a big rhubarb patch on her property. She made the mistake of telling me to help myself…so, these days, I have raided her rhubarb patch on a fairly regular basis! In the past couple of weeks, I have made Rhubarb Sour Cream Muffins, Stewed Rhubarb (delicious over ice cream or spooned … [Read more...]

Cycling Duo Cross Canada to Raise Awareness for Huntington Disease

Huntington Disease

As a nurse, I am unfortunately, very aware of the devastating effects of Huntington disease.  Early in my career I had a patient with Huntington disease and to say Huntington disease is a heartbreakingly catastrophic disease, would be a gross understatement. If you are unfamiliar with Huntington Disease, you are most likely not alone. Although, not as rare as once suspected, it is still a relatively rare disease. A little background on Huntington Disease (HD) ~  HD is a debilitating … [Read more...]

Canada Day ~ Fun Facts, Trivia & Classic Videos

Canada Day

Canada Day ~ Tom Brokaw explains the relationship between Canada and The United States, in a pre-recorded short film that aired on NBC, prior to the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on Feb. 12th, 2010. The Molson Canadian 2006 commercial "I Am Canadian". Canadian Facts:  CAPITAL – Ottawa (originally named Bytown after Colonel John By, who headquartered there while building the Rideau Canal to connect the Ottawa River with … [Read more...]

Easy to Make Rhubarb Squares

Rhubarb Squares

Lately, you may have noticed I have been on a bit of a rhubarb kick! My sister lives in the country and has a big rhubarb patch on her property. She is very generous with her rhubarb and made the mistake of telling me to help myself...so, I have decimated the patch on a regular basis and have been cooking up a storm! I'm kidding...I haven't really decimated the rhubarb patch, I left her a few stocks here and there...lol! Plus, (this is how I justify it!) it's actually good for the plant to … [Read more...]

The Biggest Breakthrough in Toothpaste Since Fluoride #HealthyRoutines

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As a nurse, I know all too well, the consequences of not properly caring for your teeth. Nasty outcomes like gum disease, tooth loss, and bad breath. Taking care of your teeth and gums isn't just about preventing cavities or bad breath either.  Your mouth is often called the gateway to your bodies overall health and some evidence suggests that neglecting your oral hygiene may lead to systemic health issues as well. The more dental caries and gum disease I see, and the older I get, the more I … [Read more...]

How to Make Stewed Rhubarb

Stewed Rhubarb

A few days ago, I posted a recipe for Rhubarb Sour Cream Muffins and talked a little bit about rhubarb. Rhubarb is probably the one advantage to living in a northern climate! If you are not familiar with rhubarb, it’s a cool season perennial vegetable, that’s right…it’s a vegetable! Even though we most often treat it as a fruit in such confections as pies, crisps, squares, ice-cream, compotes and jams, crumbles, coffee cakes, sweet breads and muffins, rhubarb is actually a … [Read more...]

The Two Format Canadian Tire Catalogue is Wowing Canadians

Canadian Tire Catalogue

Do you know the Canadian Tire catalogue is back and is available in both a hard copy and a digital format? For me, there is something very relaxing about sitting down with a cup of coffee and thumbing through a paper catalogue. It's my time to plan and dream! However, in this fast-paced world in which we live, it is also convenient, in fact, I would argue, a necessity to also have information online and available at our fingertips. This year Canadian Tire not only brought back the familiar … [Read more...]

How to Make Rhubarb Sour Cream Muffins

Rhubarb Sour Cream Muffins

Rhubarb Sour Cream Muffins ~ One advantage to living in a northern climate (there aren't too many...lol) is rhubarb! If you are not familiar with rhubarb, it's a cool season perennial vegetable, that's right...it's a vegetable! Even though we most often treat it as a fruit in such confections as pies, crisps, squares, ice-cream, compotes and jams, crumbles, coffee cakes, sweet breads and muffins, it is actually a vegetable. Rhubarb is a cool season, perennial crop. It requires … [Read more...]

Are You Familiar with #WINKDay {w/Twitter Party Details}

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  Cancer and its treatment rob a woman of many things, including her sense of self. Your participation in #WINKDay will help a woman with cancer see herself in the mirror again and bring awareness to the social and emotional challenges she faces. All money raised will fund Look Good Feel Better workshops that provide valuable cosmetic tips and tools to lift her spirits and help her face cancer with courage. LOOK GOOD FEEL BETTER Look Good Feel Better offers free … [Read more...]