#WarmWishes From Our Friends at Tim Hortons

Tim Hortons

If you like to pick up a "Tims" on your way to work or before heading out shopping or if you follow along on social media, then I'm pretty sure you are aware that the Tim Hortons #WarmWishes trucks were recently doing something VERY special! On November 16 from 6 a.m. and 10 a.m., Tim Hortons set up in Moncton, N.B. among six cities across Canada asking the community to submit their good deeds and wishes to be granted by Tim Hortons. The Tim Hortons Warm Wishes trucks took wish submissions … [Read more...]

Santa Claus, Fact or Fiction? The Man Behind the Myth

Santa Claus

I must admit that as a young child, I suppose like many young children, I never really thought a whole lot about Santa Claus. Don't get me wrong, I certainly was aware of him, and like most children I nervously awaited and anticipated his annual visits. However, the origins of his story were far beyond the interests or attention span of an overactive youngster. That type of information was best left for the adults in my life. Something to be learned when I was much, much older, like say in my … [Read more...]

This Year, Give the Gift of Hygienic Humidification

Humidification

Call me crazy, but I really don't mind winter. (Shhh...don't tell my husband!) There is just something so cozy about being snuggled up inside a warm house with a ginormous blizzard raging outside. Plus, snow is so pretty and I love how it covers everything in a shiny, white, pristine blanket.  How can you not love how clean, fresh and quiet everything is after a recent snowfall? Even I will admit, this may be a bit much, but it is still really, really pretty! Give me a mug of hot … [Read more...]

Eating Nutrient Rich Foods Helps Combat the “Fall Spike”

Nutrient Rich Foods

Studies show school children bring germs home from school and spread them to their parents and younger siblings, causing sickness ranging from colds to severe asthma flare-ups – known as the Fall Spike. So, is it inevitable that we get sick during the Fall Spike?  No, it is not!  You’ll be happy to know, measures can be taken to decrease the likeliness of becoming a victim of the Fall Spike! Along with impeccable hand washing and receiving the annual flu shot you should: Make a free … [Read more...]

~ CLOSED ~ Create Some Treats and Make a Difference

treats

Make Some Treats and Make a Difference! My favourite time of the year and a time of year that is loved by many is quickly creeping up on us.  I have (just...lol) started some holiday shopping, some of the homes in our area (not mine, yet) are decorated for the season and Christmas parades have started winding down the streets of local communities. It's the most wonderful time of the year...or is it? Thanks to the good folks at Kellogg's and The Salvation Army, for many it promises to be … [Read more...]

Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato Pinwheel Appetizers

Pinwheel Appetizers

Last week I was going to a girls get together with some family and friends. I wanted to take some of the burdens off the host and offered to bring along an appetizer. (Although, that being said...there ended up being enough food on the buffet table to feed a small army for a week...lol, so I don't think I was much help!) A couple of Christmases ago, I made some Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Pinwheel Appetizers...but apparently, we were all quite hungry that evening.  As it turned out, they … [Read more...]

~ CLOSED ~ Traditional Roast Turkey with Apricot & Pecan Stuffing {w/Giveaway}

Roast turkey

The upcoming holiday season is by far, my favourite time of the year. And, I think the word "season" describes it perfectly, because the holidays are so much more than just a single day. This seems the only time of the year that we all share a joint purpose. It’s like some unwritten contract that we have all signed, promising to be more charitable, appreciative, tolerant and most of all, nicer to each other. It’s funny, but when I think about the holidays, my thoughts are never about gifts, … [Read more...]

~ CLOSED ~ #HoHoHoliday $400USD Giveaway {via PayPal, Open WW}

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#HoHoHoliday $400.00 USD Giveaway {Paid via PayPal, Open WorldWide}   Please tell me I'm not the only one who hasn't given a lot of thought yet to the holidays!  I know they are in the rear view mirror and will be arriving before too long, but I haven't even begun to get ready! I haven't started to write even one of my famous "to do" lists. By now, I usually have started making detailed lists of:   What to bake Gift ideas Decorating Parties Christmas Eve dinner, … [Read more...]

Homemade Macaroni & Cheese

Macaroni & Cheese

Once you make this easy recipe for Homemade Macaroni & Cheese, you'll never again reach for a boxed Mac & Cheese. Yes, you're right, making it from scratch does take a little extra time. But honestly, not that much and there is absolutely no comparison in the quality and taste! It's really easy: Add flour to butter and onion. Cook flour for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly.  You are basically making a roux and cooking the flour ensures you don't have an unpleasant "raw" … [Read more...]

Shoppers Drug Mart Holiday Beauty Gala & Twitter Party

Holiday Beauty Gala

If you have never attended a Shoppers Drug Mart Holiday Beauty Gala, you don't know what you are missing. I have been to a few and they are so much fun and at the same time, you are supporting women’s cancer charities like Look Good Feel Better Canada. This year's Holiday Beauty Gala is Saturday, November 5, 2016 ABOUT SHOPPERS DRUG MART BEAUTY GALAS This is the fifth year Shoppers Drug Mart LOVE.YOU. has launched the National Beauty Galas in support of women’s health. The Beauty … [Read more...]

9 Ingenious Uses for White Vinegar

White Vinegar

Most of us have vinegar around the house. White vinegar is a liquid consisting of about 5–20% acetic acid, water, and other trace chemicals, which may include flavorings. Although we often use it in the kitchen for baking, canning, cooking; vinegar is not just for use in the kitchen. It can also help with a variety of cleaning tasks since the acid acts as a disinfectant and an odor neutralizer. Even if you are familiar with using it, you may still be surprised at some of these nine … [Read more...]

#CanadasGarage Winter Prep Twitter Party

#CanadasGarage

Is it just me, or are our winters becoming worse every year? Lately, it has certainly felt that way! In fact, two years ago, here in Eastern Canada, we had a winter of epic proportions.  From mid-January until the end of March, here in southern New Brunswick, we received more than 17 feet of snow. Yes, you read that correctly, 17 FEET! While you may not receive 17 feet of snow in a few weeks, if you live in Canada, chances are you are going to need to deal with snowy, icy road conditions … [Read more...]

Back to School + Back to Germs = The Fall Spike #SuperstoreFluCrew

Fall Spike

Photo via VisualHunt.com You may have heard me say many, many times how much I love the autumn season. The gorgeous colours on trees, the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, the air is crisp and clean, summer vacations are fond memories, life seems to reset and we get back to "normal". It's a new beginning. What's not to love? Well, even I must admit, there is one major thing I do not love about the autumn. That's the seemingly inevitable, Fall Spike. BACK TO SCHOOL EQUALS BACK … [Read more...]

Cheddar Cheese Biscuits

Cheddar Cheese Biscuits

I love biscuits! They are versatile, so simple to make and can be used in either a sweet (think Strawberry Shortcake) or a savoury application. They are perfect slathered with a little peanut butter or honey for breakfast or a little snack and with the addition of some cheddar cheese, they are the perfect accompaniment to chili, soups, salads and stews. If I need a little something to "go along with" the main course. Biscuits are what I usually bake. Did I mention how easy they are to … [Read more...]