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...]

Mexican Hot Fudge Pudding Cake in an Edible Tortilla Bowl

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CreateYourBowl #CollectiveBias I did not grow up having Sunday dinners, but it was a Sunday tradition in my husband’s family. Before we had kids and when they were little, we ALWAYS went to my in-laws for a big dinner on Sunday. As the years went by and my mother and father-in-law became older, the dinners were held more and more often at our home.  Even now, with our grown children … [Read more...]

~ CLOSED ~ BBQ Turkey Club with Spicy Mayo {w/$75 Visa GC Giveaway}

BBQ Turkey Club with Spicy Mayo

Thank goodness summer has finally arrived! Schools will soon be out for the summer holiday, the days will be less structured and mealtime is going to be more casual. I love the relaxed, easy-going vibe of summer! One of my favourite food items to cook with in the summer is Canadian Turkey. Turkey isn't just for "special occasions".  I love having turkey in the summer months, it is so convenient and summer is the perfect season to cook, eat, and grill our favorite bird. Turkey is a light … [Read more...]

You Won’t Want to Miss the NeelyG Festival of Music

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Photo attribution: Ben Gillcrist Are You A Music Lover? If you are, you need to set aside July 15th-17th, 2016 to catch an absolutely stellar line-up of talent at the 2nd annual NeelyG Festival of Music. The Neely G Festival will feature the best of Folk, Blues, Roots, Celtic, Country and Bluegrass music for three fabulous days. We attended last year's inaugural festival and let me tell you, the quality of talent was unrivaled and the venue was magical. This year's festival features an … [Read more...]

~ CLOSED ~ Perfect Gifts for Dads and Grads {w/Giveaway}

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I don't know about you, but June is a busy month in our household! We have birthdays and anniversaries to celebrate, not to mention the all important dads and grads! It's often sometimes tough to come up with a gift that will be meaningful to the recipient but yet doesn't tax the brain or the bank too much. I find I can usually count on Hallmark to take some of the guess-work out of my shopping. They seem to always have the perfect gifts for every occasion, including Perfect Gifts for Dads … [Read more...]

13 Recipes for Your Next Camping Trip

Recipes for Your Next Camping Trip

  Original Photo via Visual Hunt 13 Recipes for Your Next Camping Trip ~ Finally, the weather has improved, spring has arrived and I have camping on my mind.  I’m not quite sure what I love about leaving my comfortable home with bathrooms, showers, bathtubs, stove, oven, electricity, running water and comfortable beds to live out of boxes & bags in the middle of nowhere, but I do! I have always felt I was born 100 years too late. I think I was destined to travel in a covered … [Read more...]

Our Visit to the Saltscapes East Coast Expo in Halifax N.S.

Saltscapes East Coast Expo

If you have never been to the Saltscapes East Coast Expo in Halifax N.S., I strongly urge you to mark it on your calendar for next year! A couple of weekends ago I was in the Halifax, N.S. area and by somewhat of a fluke, found out the Saltscapes East Coast Expo was happening that weekend. I am a long time lover and subscriber to Saltscapes magazine and even though I was aware of the Saltscapes Expo, which just finished its 12th year, I had never been in the area when it was scheduled. So, … [Read more...]

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies

If you are looking to re-create Peanut Butter Cookies like your grandmother used to make, you know the cookie; a little crunchy on the outside and totally chewy on the inside, then this is the cookie for you! This is a delicious, peanut buttery, old-fashioned cookie like your Grammie would have made. My hubby is a peanut butter cookie fanatic, so I thought this would be a fun cookie to make for him and hopefully it would bring back lots of great childhood memories. This is a very simple … [Read more...]