Room Tour ~ Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Bedford, N.S. {Part 1 of 2}

Holiday Inn Express

Disclosure - We received a complimentary stay with IHG®, however, all opinions expressed are honest and my own. I am so lucky to have best friends that are also my sisters. We all live within a twenty-minute drive of each other and we try to get together as often as possible.  Sometimes it's just for coffee and a chat but at least a couple of times a year we like to take a little "girl's trip". Often it's just a day trip, maybe to a nearby beach or national park. Occasionally, we'll go on … [Read more...]

Banana Nut Oatmeal Muffins

Banana Nut Oatmeal Muffins

It's no secret at all, that I LOVE muffins! They are perfect as a grab and go breakfast or snack and equally perfect to enjoy while reading the newspaper and leisurely sipping your second (or fourth) cup of hot coffee. In fact, I find it hard to think of anything even remotely negative about muffins. Over the years, I have made many, many muffins of all sizes and flavours, but this recipe for Banana Nut Oatmeal Muffins definitely ranks very near to the top on my list of all time … [Read more...]

Mother’s Day Must-Haves {w/ Video & Giveaway}

Mother's Day Must-Haves

Mother's Day Must-Haves ~ Many Canadians celebrate Mother’s Day by showing their appreciation for mothers or mother figures. The Mother’s Day date in Canada is on the second Sunday of May each year. Celebrations of mothers and motherhood occur throughout the world and many of these can be traced back to ancient festivals. With Mother's Day just a couple of weeks away, Hallmark is keeping moms in the spotlight with products that are perfect for the upcoming season and are complete with warm … [Read more...]

Beauty Gives Back Twitter Party Supporting #SDMBeautyGala

Spring Beauty Gala

  On April 30th, Shoppers Drug Mart stores across the country are throwing an in-store Spring Beauty Gala. Gala guests will enjoy complimentary makeovers, skin care consultations, as well as free samples, refreshments, and snacks. This is the fifth year Shoppers Drug Mart LOVE.YOU. has launched the National Beauty Galas in support of women’s health. The Beauty Gala is a one-day event to help raise funds for The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation in Ontario, British Columbia and … [Read more...]

Chocolate Pudding Dirt Cups

Chocolate Pudding Dirt Cups

I admit it; when I was thinking about making these Chocolate Pudding Dirt Cups to celebrate Earth Day, I was leaning toward using a packaged pudding.  However, when Music Man went grocery shopping he remembered the worms but forgot the pudding...lol. In the past, I have made pudding from scratch, but it had been a long time. But I did remember that it wasn't difficult so I decided to give it a go! I am so glad the instant pudding never made it home because I had totally forgotten how silky … [Read more...]

Canadian Beef ~ Gather Your Family Around the Sunday Dinner Table

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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. My daughter and I, out to dinner with friends. 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 scattered across the country, it is a tradition that my hubby and I continue every … [Read more...]

19 Innovative Uses for Non-Stick Cooking Spray

Cooking Spray

Non-stick cooking spray is something that I use almost daily when baking and cooking. Whether to spray cake pans, muffin tins, a loaf pan or pizza pan, it is a staple in our kitchen. But, did you know there are many other uses for that trusty can of cooking spray? In the Kitchen 1.  No mess ~ When spraying do it over the sink or an open dishwasher to prevent any messes. 2. Knives ~ Fresh garlic and dried fruit can stick to your knife like glue. Give both sides of you knife a quick … [Read more...]

How to Make Confetti Chili

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Not sure what the weather is like where you live, but where I live there is still a cold nip in the air. Here in the Maritimes, this is the "I don't know what to wear" season. One day it is sunny and plus 10°C and the next day it is snowing and minus 10°C. I am not complaining. I take comfort in the knowledge that vacations, gardening, barbecues and lounging on the deck with a glass of wine in one hand and a book in the other are not too far away! While we are still experiencing cooler … [Read more...]

We Have Been Given A Gift Of Time

Time

Did you know that we have been given a gift of time? In case you thought it was just your imagination, it's not. If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, summer is considerably longer than winter. It’s true. I know, in the dead of winter it doesn’t always seem that way, but…take this year, for example, summer is almost a full five days longer than winter. And the really good news for all of us warm weather worshippers? Winter is getting shorter by one half-minute per year and will … [Read more...]

Have You Ever Visited a Sugar Shack?

Sugar Shack

Even though I have always lived in New Brunswick, which apparently is one of the three largest producers of maple syrup in the world, I had never been to a Sugar Shack. I couldn't let another spring go by without visiting one, so we booked a tour, bundled up and headed out to a local maple syrup producing facility, also know as a sugar shack. Because, by nature I ask a thousand questions, before heading out, I had to find out where the term "sugar shack" originated. So, if you're like me … [Read more...]

How to Make Perfect Meringue

Perfect Meringue

I have topped pies with meringue for as long as I can remember.  At least, since I was a pre-teen.  I remember my mom making Lemon Meringue pies and I would watch intently as she made the meringue.  I found it quite amazing that you could transform egg whites from this slimy gel-like substance to huge billowy clouds! The art of mastering the perfect meringue is something that takes time, patience and practice. Hopefully, though, I can help demystify the process and make it a little easier for … [Read more...]

Dogfighting! In this Day & Age…Are You Kidding Me?

Dogfighting

Photo credit: Bettie Page Styled via Visual Hunt / CC BY-NC Pit Bulls and Pit Bull Mixes are one breed of dog that is used in dogfighting. Really? How could anyone do this to these innocent creatures? These puppies were actually euthanized for the crime of being born a Pitbull mix.  {Which is a whole other conversation.}  Perhaps that was better than the life they may have been destined for. Every once in awhile something surfaces, or in this case, resurfaces, that makes me question … [Read more...]

Canadian Tire Spring Tune-Up Checklist & Twitter Party Details

Spring

Compared to last year's snowmaggedon that took place here in the Maritimes, we have had a fairly mild, but still a long enough winter! I can barely wait to pack away my winter clothes, put out the patio furniture and start digging in the garden. It is also the time of year when I am inspired to throw open the windows and let in the fresh spring air, give the house a good cleaning, paint walls, organize my closets and generally get ready for the long, lazy days of summer. As we prepare for … [Read more...]

Tangerine 4% Money-Back Rewards & A Twitter Party!

Money-Back

Psst...want to earn 4% on your purchase the next time you buy groceries, gas, eat out, buy building materials or a host of other products? Sound too good to be true? It's not, it’s the real deal. All you have to do is apply and you can start earning cash rewards on your purchases. Ordinary credit cards make it easy for you to spend money. But with the Tangerine Money-Back Credit Card, it’s also easy for you to save money with every swipe. Tangerine is pleased to officially launch its … [Read more...]