Autumn is in the Air & Halloween is Just Around the Corner

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Autumn is definitely in the air. The kids are back in school, pumpkins are popping up all over our neighbourhood, we've pulled out our wool sweaters, the leaves are changing colour and nearly every store you enter has an abundance of tempting candy and fall decor on display. This can all mean only one thing... autumn and Halloween will soon be here!  Witches, ghosts and pumpkins, oh my! I have found Hallmark to be the perfect place to buy all my themed home decor and party needs.  It's so … [Read more...]

I’m Back and Man Oh Man, Am I Ever Tired!

Man Oh Man

I'm back from my unplanned absence and man oh man, am I ever tired!  Late last week...or was it earlier this week...anyway, it was one of those times, (the days have become a blur and are all running together...lol), we moved for the fifth time. Now after moving five times, you would think we would have it all down to a science, wouldn't you? Not necessarily the case! In many respects we did; we had everything neatly packed, labelled and very organized as far as the movers were concerned. But … [Read more...]

Classic Potato Salad Recipe

Potato Salad

If I think of an iconic side dish, especially for family gatherings, special occasions and holidays. The first dish to pop into my mind would be a classic potato salad. Really, is there anyone on the planet that doesn't love a creamy, cold and delicious potato salad? I'm thinking these people would be few and far between! Like many of the classic side dishes, every family seems to have their own little twist on their recipe for potato salad; and we all think our potato salad is the … [Read more...]

Start the School Year Off in Style!

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What signals the end of summer for you? For me, it's when work vacations are just a fun memory, the days are getting shorter, there is a distinct chill in the air most evenings and we're looking at the long relaxing lazy, hazy days of summer in our rear view mirrors. But is not a totally sad time of the year. In fact, for the kiddos heading back to school, in many ways, the fall of the year signals a new beginning.  New teachers, new classmates, and learning new things. Hallmark carries a … [Read more...]

BLT with Cheese Focaccia Sandwich

Focaccia Sandwich

A couple of weeks ago I was craving Focaccia Bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar to dip it in. I knew I had all the ingredients on hand so I decided to whip up a batch.  The problem, if that's what you want to call it...lol...is the recipe makes two loaves. Our son was home for his vacation, though, so I knew I would have no trouble using both loaves. The first loaf I cut into small triangles and set out with some olive oil and balsamic vinegar for dipping. I would usually put the … [Read more...]

19 Alternate Uses for Your Dryer Sheets

Dryer Sheets

Did you know that dryer sheets aren't just for softening and reducing static in your clothes, bedding, and towels? I had used dryer sheets for a hundred years but had always tossed them out after one use. Not anymore! I've compiled a list of 19 alternate uses, tips and tricks for your laundry room's dryer sheets. Some are for unused dryer sheets, but many are for used dryer sheets. A great way to reduce, reuse and recycle! Freshen Old Books:  If some of your favourite old books … [Read more...]

Parmesan Crusted Baked Haddock

Baked Haddock

Even though we live on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, we don't eat as much fish as we should. Kind of ironic isn't it? Well, we have tried to remedy this and have recently made this recipe for Parmesan Crusted Baked Haddock, not once, but twice. It is that good! It's really easy to make too. You just put a few simple ingredients in  a bowl, give them a stir, spread over the fish, top with some crumbs, bake and voilà, a delicious main. Just add a starch (we did oven roasted potatoes, may as … [Read more...]

A Visit to Beautiful St. Andrews By-The-Sea, New Brunswick, Canada

St. Andrews

A couple of weeks ago I told you about our fun trip to Minister's Island in New Brunswick, Canada. Well, while we were in the area, we decided to stop for a visit and a late lunch in nearby St. Andrews By-the-Sea. Established in 1783 by Loyalists from Castine, Maine, St. Andrews is one of New Brunswick’s oldest and most distinctive settlements. Steeped in history, St. Andrews By-the-Sea offers a wealth of museums, historic sites and marine wonders for you to explore. We spent a … [Read more...]

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Where has the summer gone? It seems like just yesterday it was winter and I was longing for the lazy, hazy days of summer! Now we are creeping into mid-August and it's nearly time to exit summer mode and enter into fall mode. It's almost time to close up the cottage for another year, register the kids for hockey, skating, basketball and ballet. Get everything organized for back to school, back to university, and back to a more organized and normal life. Have I said I am going to miss the … [Read more...]

Tuna Melts Recipe

Tuna Melts

I have made Tuna Melts for as long as I can remember. They are perfect for a quick-lunch, a snack or even paired with a salad as a light dinner. When my kiddos were little and I would ask them what they wanted for dinner, they most often would respond with Tuna Melts.  In fact, even though they are no longer little, they still love to eat these delicious and easy to make open-face sandwiches. There are probably hundreds of variations of this easy recipe "out there" on the web. Mine is … [Read more...]

Quinoa & Brown Rice Mediterranean Salad

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I love almost everything about summer. From trips to the beach and picnics to camping and warm summer evening, this is my favourite season of the year. Another thing I love about the summer is meals are most often light and easy to make. Let's face it, when the temperature is hovering around 30°C no one wants to be stuck in a sweltering kitchen, tending to a big turkey dinner with all the trimmings...it is just WAY too hot for any of that foolishness! But, having said that. I still want … [Read more...]

Our Visit to Minister’s Island, St. Andrews, New Brunswick

Minister's Island

Minister's Island ~ Have you ever driven on the ocean floor? No? Well, that is exactly what you'll get to do when you visit the summer residence of railway builder Sir William Van Horne. This magnificent residence is open to the public during the summer months and only accessible by land during low tide. You can see a car driving over the now exposed sandbar toward Minister's Island. At high tide (which happens twice in 24 hours), this entire area will be covered by several feet of … [Read more...]

How to Make Refreshing Homemade Lemonade

Homemade Lemonade

In our "neck of the woods", we are now in the midst of a bit of a heat wave. When you couple the heat with our constant high humidity (we live very near the Atlantic Ocean) you definitely have the makings of an uncomfortable and a rather miserable day. Because we live in what is usually a cooler climate.  Think lots and lots of snow and super cold weather, most of us don't have air conditioning in our homes. I guess we feel that for the two or three weeks a year that we have this oppressive … [Read more...]

Follow Along As We Check Out Our New Leesa Mattress

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A few years ago we bought a new mattress for our master bedroom bed. The old one had been kicking around for... well, I don't know how many years!  It was still in pretty good shape though, so we upgraded the twin bed in our guest room with our old double mattress. Well, that was six or seven years ago now and our guest room bed is now in desperate need of a new mattress. I know this because occasionally if I am having trouble sleeping I will move to the guest room. That way I can read and go … [Read more...]