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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FREE GAS

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

Leesa

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...]

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...]

~ CLOSED ~ 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...]