The New “Must Try” PC Insiders Collection w/Meal Recipes & Giveaway

It is mid-March and even though...THIS...happened overnight, I am still hopeful that spring is on the way! The days are getting longer, the temperatures are getting into the "plus" column and the sun is starting to emit some heat...not a lot of heat, mind you, but definitely things are warming up. I have even seen some brave robins flying among the trees in our backyard. I don't know about you, but I am longing for barbecues, beaches and sipping a glass of something cold on the back … [Read more...]

27 St. Patrick’s Day Recipes {A Round-Up}

St. Patrick’s Day is a week from today! It's a fun occasion when just about everyone you know will proclaim to either actually being Irish, or wishing they were Irish. Did I mention my maiden surname is Kelly, so I am not fibbing when I tell you my Irish roots run deep! I have a few "Irish" themed recipes of my own, plus I canvassed my blogging friends and asked them if I could share some of their St. Patrick's Day recipes too. Together we have come up with is a fabulous round-up of 27 … [Read more...]

Chocolate Banana Bread

A couple of days ago, I noticed "yet another" crop of overripe bananas languishing in the fruit bowl.  I had recently made Banana Bread, Banana Cake, Banana Oatmeal Muffins, Banana Chip Bread and although I love all banana related foods, I was in the mood for something different and I was craving chocolate...hmmm....Chocolate Banana Bread! So, basically what I did was take my grandmother's Banana Bread recipe, substitute 1/2 cup flour with 1/2 cup cocoa, white sugar for brown sugar and … [Read more...]

~ CLOSED ~ Spring Giveaway of $200 via PayPal, Ends 3/13, Open WW

Wow...I can barely believe that in just a couple of days we will be in the month of March! Don't get me wrong, I am definitely not complaining. But when I think back to Christmas, which in many ways feels like it was just a few weeks ago, I find it difficult to imagine that we are already heading into March. Weather wise, we have had a fabulous winter with really only two major snowstorms, which just happened to be two days apart that left us with 90 cm plus of snow on the ground. (It's … [Read more...]

Easy to Make, Broccoli Cheddar Soup

A couple of weeks ago, I was picking up a few items at our local grocery store and noticed a huge clamlike container of very fresh looking broccoli florets for only $1.99! What a great buy considering one bunch of two small heads of broccoli was $2.79 that same day. I should have snapped a pic of it, so I could show you, but that would have made too much sense...lol. We used about one-quarter of the broccoli at dinner that night, but I still had cups and cups of beautifully green … [Read more...]

It’s Heart Month ~ What To Do If You Suspect a Heart Attack!

I am very excited to announce that I was chosen as a 2017 brand ambassador for Bayer. As a brand ambassador, I  have been compensated for this post. However, as always, all opinions expressed are my own. It’s hard not to have hearts on your mind in February. Every store is full of them: chocolate hearts, heart-shaped cakes, heart-shaped frames. This annual celebration of romantic love isn’t the only reason to give that blood-pumping organ in your chest a second thought this month. February is … [Read more...]

Cranberry Orange Bread

Last week I was craving something sweet (which is nothing new...) to have with an afternoon cup of tea. As I stood, staring blankly into the fridge and freezer, I noticed a bag of frozen cranberries which were left over from Christmas. Then I remembered there was also a big orange in the fruit bowl...eureka, I could make Cranberry Orange Bread! Ever since Christmas, and knowing I had the frozen cranberries,  I had thought of making a Cranberry Bread. Originally I thought of pairing the … [Read more...]

~ CLOSED ~ Have You Tried the New Kellogg’s Products? {w/Giveaway}

Well, there is no doubt about it, we are definitely in the midst of the belly of the beast known as "Winter". The weather has been cold, snowy and icy and if you're thinking there is not much to look forward to, except, more of the same, then I have a fun surprise for you! This year, Kellogg Canada is debuting eight new products that are sure to satisfy your taste buds and make this long cold winter more bearable. From quinoa and dark chocolate to mixed nuts and real fruit pieces, these … [Read more...]

~ CLOSED ~ Focus on Family Roots {w/Giveaway & Twitter Party Info}

Focus on Family Roots ~ Shortly after getting married, my new hubby and I moved to the beautiful Kennebecasis Valley, which is an area in southern New Brunswick that surrounds the Kennebecasis River. There are several covered bridges in this immediate area, this one was built 103 years ago. Even though we both grew up in a neighbouring city, moving to the "Valley" always felt right. It was like we were going home.  Which in many ways we were. This is where my mom grew up, as did her … [Read more...]

Celebrate Chinese New Year with Family {w/Recipes}

Chinese New Year, the start of the lunar year, is the most important traditional holiday in China. This January denotes the beginning of the Year of the Rooster, as defined by the Chinese zodiac cycle. Celebrations will begin on January 27, 2017, New Year's Eve, and typically last around two weeks, making this the longest holiday in the Chinese calendar. Chinese New Year, Saturday, January 28th will officially usher in the Year of the Rooster.  Millions of people across the world are right … [Read more...]

~ CLOSED ~ Become an Expert Nutrition Fact Finder ~ It’s Easy! {w/2 Contests}

It's no secret that for the most part, we all strive to provide the best possible life for our family, especially our growing children. We do everything in our power to keep them safe, happy and healthy; that includes providing the best nutritional foods possible. But, how do we know what is good for our family and what is maybe, not so good? It's easy, we become a Nutrition Fact  Finder! Okay, I know right now you're probably thinking, what the heck is a Nutrition Fact Finder? I’m … [Read more...]

Grammie’s Banana Bread Recipe

I have been making this recipe for Banana Bread for as long as I can remember! In fact, even though I can't, I should be able to make this recipe from memory. (Possibly an age thing??) I actually do okay until it comes to the dry ingredients, I can never remember the exact amount of flour and baking soda...lol. When I was little, if there were ripe bananas sitting in a bowl on the counter my mom always whipped up a Banana Bread.  I remember asking my mom where the recipe came from and she … [Read more...]

4 Exciting Valentine’s Day Ideas for Couples

Valentine's Day is one of the most celebrated events in the world. Since it is drawing closer again, many couples, even singles, are particularly amped up for it. Various plans are now being made for this day and many of us can hardly wait. Photo via Visual Hunt If you are one of the people who observe Valentine's Day yearly, then you presumably know the typical drill on this day. These days, February 14th is no longer celebrated by couples alone, rather by nearly everybody. It is a day … [Read more...]

Daily Tips to Look and Feel Great in 2017

I am very excited to announce that I was chosen as a 2017 brand ambassador for Bayer. As a brand ambassador, I  have been compensated for this post. However, as always, all opinions expressed are my own. I really don't mind the winter months. Now is the time of year for turning on the heat, cozying up in front of a crackling fire or enjoying the warmth of a wood stove. Let’s face it, there is nothing as magical as sitting in front of a roaring fire while watching a white, fluffy snow blanket … [Read more...]