How to Make Nanaimo Bars {Recipe}

Nanaimo Bars

For those of you unfamiliar with Nanaimo Bars, you don't know what you are missing! These little cubes of deliciousness are a no bake square with a Canadian origin and named after the west coast city of Nanaimo, British Columbia.  Every self-respecting Canadian baker has a recipe for these amazing squares in their repertoire. They consist of a chocolate crumb-based layer topped by a layer of custard flavoured butter icing and then the entire works is slathered with melted chocolate. How could … [Read more...]

Top 20 Recipes of 2014


This is the time of year, that many of us take the opportunity, to look back on our accomplishments and missteps from the past year.  I think doing this can be very therapeutic; we learn and grow from our past experiences. Bloggers like to do this too. It is fun for us to take a look at our blogging statistics from the previous year and take note of posts that have been popular or not so popular.  Among other things, it is a great way to gauge reader interests and hopefully make your … [Read more...]

10 Sensational Reads for 2015

10 Sensational Reads for 2015

I am by no means a literary expert, but I do love to read.  Over the past several years I have read many, many, many books and although only based on my likes, I thought it would be fun to give you a list of my top 10 from the last five or so years. When I started going through the books, I soon discovered this was going to be no easy task.  There was something about almost every book that I liked. There were a couple I didn't care for and for a variety of reasons, there were many of these … [Read more...]

2014 Traffic Report {w/Linky}

2014 Traffic Report

I posted my first "traffic report" in 2012. I noticed several other blogs had posted their's, so being a very inquisitive person I had to find out what my stats were too. It is super interesting to see all of the yearly stats, discover where my traffic is originating, what sites are referring traffic, what blogs are referring traffic and of course, top blog posts and top recipe posts for the past year. I followed the format of some of the other blogs and then customized it a bit to make it my … [Read more...]

~ CLOSED ~ Pets like Presents Too! {w/$200 PC® Prize Pkg For One Lucky Dog}

Pets like Presents Too

This holiday season when you are out shopping for all the important people in your life, don’t forget that pets like presents too! At our home, we don't want Santa to forget our sweet little pets, so we always leave a note reminding Santa to put a little something under the tree for our four-legged friends! If you would like to pick up a little something for your canine family member, here is some inspiration. Check out these two baskets of goodies that the kind people at Atlantic … [Read more...]

Keeping the Mom and Daughter Tradition Alive #SeasonsTweetings

Mom and Daughter Tradition

One of my favourite activities during the Christmas holiday, or any time of the year for that matter, is baking.  Back when I was first married, my mom and I started a tradition of getting together a couple of days before Christmas for an epic, day long baking session. By the end of the day we would be very tired; but it was well worth it because we would each have tins full of cookies, squares and other holiday treats! In the wee hours of “baking day" morning, I would put on a big pot of … [Read more...]

This Year, Give the Gift of Iams

Give the Gift of Iams

Anyone who has ever had the pleasure of living with a cat or dog, knows just how quickly these charming little pets become an integral part of the family.  They are always in a sweet and loving mood, at your side no matter how you are feeling and can always be counted on for a snuggle and a kiss. And, like any family member, we want to do everything we can to ensure their health and happiness. My husband and I have been fortunate enough to have had kitties in our lives for much of our married … [Read more...]

This Year, Start A New Tradition ~ PC Holiday Must Try Products


There is now denying it, the season of entertaining is quickly approaching!  In fact, I sometimes feels that a runaway train named Christmas is speeding my way.  Between family commitments, work, decorating the inside and outside of the house, preparing for out-of-town guests, shopping, cleaning, cooking, wrapping and baking I sometimes feel that my head is going to explode. I love the holidays and everything associated with them. I also love to cook and bake, but there has to be a balance. … [Read more...]

35 Amazing Christmas Treats You Will Love to Make

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One of my favourite activities during the Christmas holidays is baking.  Back when I was first married, my mom and I started a tradition of getting together for a day long baking session. At the end of the day we each had tins full of cookies, squares and other holiday treats! Early in the morning, I would put on a big pot of coffee and apple cider, haul out some baking supplies, clear counter space and pop in some Christmas tunes.  My mom would arrive at my house early in the morning with … [Read more...]

~CLOSED ~ SKECHERS Shelbys Slip-On Boots with Giveaway

SKECHERS Shelbys Slip on Boots

I have a bit of a dilemma. I recently purchased an awesome brown shoulder bag that I plan to use this winter.  It's roomy, but not bulky.  In other words, the perfect companion when I am spending hours in the mall searching for the perfect Christmas gift for everyone on my list.   My dilemma?  My favourite boots, a pair of  SKECHERS ~ BOBS “Earthwise” Boots, are black.  While not a faux pas to wear black and brown together, in fact it is rather in vogue, it was the perfect excuse for a new pair … [Read more...]

~ CLOSED ~ SKECHERS Mark Nason Ampthill Boots with Giveaway

SKECHERS Mark Nason Ampthill Boots

I find many men, my husband included are very hard on footwear.  It seems every time I turn around;  his dress shoes or casual shoes have a hole in the sole, the upper is separating from the base, or the stitching is letting go…there is always a shoe catastrophe of one kind or another happening. That is until we all started wearing Skechers! That's why this year, the men in my family are getting Skechers footwear from Santa.  Not only are there a variety of gorgeous styles to choose from, I … [Read more...]

Ultimate Smashed Potatoes

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Tired of the same old "mashed potatoes"? Sure, plain mashed potatoes are really good, easy to make and are actually a Sunday dinner staple at our house. But sometimes it's fun to go the extra mile and turn the humble potato into the pinnacle of perfection; Ultimate Smashed Potatoes! Don't think, because they are "ultimate" these potatoes are difficult to make, because they are not.  All you need to do is a little bit of prep, then it is just a matter of smashing, adding and mixing. Nothing … [Read more...]

Family Fun at Hallmark’s Northpole 1820

Northpole 1820

I admit, I leave all of my holiday shopping for the last few weeks.  I wish I was one of those people who start shopping a year in advance, but I don't.  So consequently, I am now braving the holiday shopping masses! Thankfully, this holiday season, I have discovered Hallmark is helping to spread the magic with the exclusive line, Northpole 1820. These products come all the way from the enchanted city of Northpole and help bring the holiday spirit to your own home and those on you shopping … [Read more...]

Disney Pop-Up Magic Frozen Game

Disney Pop-Up Magic Frozen Game

 A 2014 Gift Guide Inclusion   Disney Pop-Up Magic Frozen Game If you have a little one between the ages of three and eight on your Christmas list...I have the perfect gift idea for you! I guarantee squeals of delight when this Disney Pop-Up Magic Frozen Game is revealed! I have always trusted Hasbro for awesome gift ideas, they always have the MUST HAVE gifts on every child's wish list!  Whether it be the latest board games, action figures, electronic games, puzzles, preschool … [Read more...]