Visit to the Winter Market and Lunch With My Sisters

Winter-Market

Here on the east coast of Canada, our winters are always very, very long. Unless you are an avid outdoor activities enthusiast, it is often difficult to find something fun or interesting to do. I love going to our local Farmer's Markets in the summer months and now our neighbouring community has started a winter market too! The market is located inside one of the large greenhouses at Cedarcrest Gardens.  I thought this was such a fabulous use of a greenhouse the would otherwise, for the most … [Read more...]

~ CLOSED ~ Kellogg’s Mini-Wheats #TryitHot {Giveaway, CAN}

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Even though Spring officially begins in six days, it certainly doesn't look or feel like Spring is even close to happening her in the eastern part of Canada.  This winter we have had close to twelve feet of snow, most of it falling in the last seven weeks!  And cold...we have been smashing records for cold temperatures too.  All in all, it was an epic winter and it is not over yet.  We have a blizzard warning for tonight with up to 40 cm of additional snow in the forecast! Oh well, there is … [Read more...]

Have You Ever Had Sex in a Pan? It’s NOT What You Are Thinking!

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Not sure how this yummy treat received its name, but I do know, the name is worthy of the dessert! I have made Sex in a Pan off and on now for the past twenty or more years. This is a bit of a throwback/retro type of dessert that you don't see everyday. If you decide to make this for your next dinner party, potluck or family get together, I can pretty well guarantee that all plates will come back licked clean.  OK, maybe not licked, but they will be clean! My daughter LOVES this dessert, I … [Read more...]

~ CLOSED ~ Spring Has Arrived at Hallmark {w/Giveaway}

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Even though Spring officially begins in six days, it certainly doesn't look or feel like Spring is even close to happening her in the eastern part of Canada.  This winter we have had close to twelve feet of snow, most of it falling in the last seven weeks!  And cold…we have been smashing records for cold temperatures too.  All in all, it was an epic winter and it is not over yet.  We have a blizzard warning today with up to 40 cm of additional snow in the forecast! I guess there is absolutely … [Read more...]

Interested in Glamping, not Camping? Try Carefree RV Resorts

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People wouldn't necessarily see me as an outdoorsy kind of person.  I don't even know if this qualifies as being outdoorsy; but I love camping!  I have always felt I was born 100 years too late and should have been a homesteader on the prairies. Over the years, when our kids were little, my poor un-outdoorsy husband would humour me and we would go camping a few times every summer.  Now, when I say camping, I mean sleeping in a tent with only a little bubble pad and your sleeping bag between … [Read more...]

Join the #SodaStreamChallenge & Twitter Party

#SodaStream-Challenge

Like many people, with the dawning of this past new year I made a resolution to myself.  Mine was to consciously start eating healthier and exercising more with the aim of losing some weight. How is that all going for me?  Well it went well for a couple of weeks. Then with the long, dark, dog days of winter, I started slipping. I know I need to get back on track and I am determined to do just that. I have thought a lot about what I need to do to achieve my goal and I have come up with … [Read more...]

Garnier Clean Plus Makeup Removing Lotion Cleanser #GarnierSensitive

Garnier Clean Plus Makeup Removing Lotion

I am a fairly low maintenance girl when it comes to a beauty/skin care regime.  Unless I am going somewhere very special I stick to the basics.  If I am staying home I just put on a moisturizer. If I am heading out to do a few errands I'll take a couple of minutes to also put on a lightweight foundation, a bit of blush, a light touch of eyeliner and mascara.  I am not a lipstick girl at all but I do put on a bit of gloss. When it comes to my bedtime facial routine, again I am very low … [Read more...]

Reuben Sandwich

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This is one of our go to meals when we are looking for something a little different for dinner, but still want to keep it easy and delicious.  One of the number one requested quick dinners by my family is our version of a Reuben Sandwich. I believe that traditionally, corned beef is used as the meat in this sandwich.  We have always used smoked meat, which I recently discovered is actually the Montreal version of the classic.  I have also often substituted a light mayonnaise for the … [Read more...]

The Aftermath of Multiple Blizzards!

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If you have watched the news lately, I am sure you have heard about the multiple blizzards that have pummeled the north-east coast of the US and Atlantic Canada. Honestly, we have been buried! I cannot recall another winter where we have had multiple, I think it's six now, blizzards in less than a month.  I think the snow count for the Kennebecasis Valley, which is where I live, since  January 27th  is way past 255 cm, which is about 101 inches, which is about 8 1/2 feet!  Anyway you measure … [Read more...]

Celebrating Chinese New Year 2015 with Lion’s Head Meatballs

Chinese New Year 2015

I find a fun way to become a little familiar with other cultures is to share in their significant celebrations. Did you know this year’s Chinese New Year 2015 celebration begins on February 19th and will usher in the Year of the Goat? What is Chinese New Year? Chinese New Year is the longest and most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. The origin of Chinese New Year is itself centuries old and gains significance because of several myths and traditions. Because the Chinese are … [Read more...]

There is No Tooth Fairy for Pets ~ This and Other #DentalPetFacts

#DentalPetFacts

About eighteen months ago, we decided our lone (and lonely) kitty needed a friend, so we adopted a beautiful little cat from a cat rescue program. This poor little kitty had endured horrendous abuse and was little more than skin and bones.  Although she was full-grown, the vet estimated her age to be about two years, she only weighed just a little over 3 pounds. I am happy to tell you, she is now the most loving (and loved) pet on the planet! She has more than doubled her weight and now … [Read more...]

Butternut Squash Risotto With Pancetta

Butternut Squash Risotto With Pancetta

My husband and I are not big on all the hoopla of candy and roses that are often associated with Valentine's Day. Sure, when we were dating I received roses and candy but honestly, $70.00 or $80.00 for a bouquet of roses and $20.00 for a heart-shaped box of chocolates, (which has about 8 chocolates), is not our thing. We would much rather spend that cash on a nice bottle of wine and ingredients for a delicious dinner at home. We do like to cook together and usually collaborate to make a nice … [Read more...]

Have you Read, A House In the Sky, by Amanda Lindhout?

A House In the Sky

I just finished reading the riveting memoir,  A House In the Sky by Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett.  To say I found it difficult to put down would be a bit of an understatement. The book tells a story of, Amanda Lindhout, who is from Alberta, Canada. As a young child, living in an unstable and turbulent household, she collected and cashed in bottles. With the money she earned, she purchased old National Geographic magazines. She escaped into the descriptions and photos of the exotic places … [Read more...]

161 Centimetres of Snow & Counting!

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I have lived in Canada my entire life.  I know to expect lots of snow, it's Canada after all, we get snow.  But 161 centimetres in nine days... and counting, now that's ridiculous. I live in the Maritimes, not with Santa at the North Pole! There is a reason I titled this post, 161 Centimetres of Snow & Counting.  Yes, you guessed it.  Today, we are expecting to receive an additional 25 - 40 centimeters of snow.  That will bring the 12 day total to between 186 and 201 centimetres!  Any … [Read more...]