Celebrate Earth Hour 2016 on March 19th #ChangeClimateChange

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Earth Hour 2016 is March 19th, 8:30 – 9:30 PM (Your local time) Earth Hour 2016 ~ Climate change is the biggest environmental threat to our planet and a huge concern for many of us. In Canada, where I live, we are already seeing its impacts, particularly on our Arctic and our oceans. Participating in Earth Hour is a simple way to show that you want to be a part of the solution and it sends a powerful message that together we can make a difference. If you wish, you can follow the link and … [Read more...]

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

Saint Patrick’s Day

Ireland ~ Photo credit: autumnal fires via Visual Hunt / CC BY-NC-ND "May you be in heaven half an hour before the devil knows you’re dead.” Anonymous ~ Irish toast Saint Patrick’s Day is the one day of the year everyone either is or wants to be, Irish. And why not! I mean really, it looks like so much fun. Who doesn’t want to spend time with friends telling Irish stories, singing Irish songs and raising a glass or two to..well.. you decide. Whether it’s the religious … [Read more...]

Pistachio Cupcakes

Pistachio Cupcakes

Pistachio Cupcakes I wanted to make something special for Saint Patrick's Day, but  I didn't want whatever I made to be too Saint Patrick's Day"ish"...I wanted to be able to make the recipe throughout the year. So, what's a girl to do but hit Pinterest! After 583 straight hours of browsing Pinterest, I finally decided on Pistachio Cupcakes. Pistachios are green and the pistachio pudding mix that I have added gives just a hint of green to the batter, but not so much that you couldn't … [Read more...]

Becel® Makes Your Creations Simpler #BecelBlendBar

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Blend Bar by Becel® temporarily located in Loblaws at Maple Leaf Gardens You don't have to know me for long or have visited my site for more than two minutes to know I LOVE to bake and cook. Rarely a day goes by that I'm not cooking up one experiment or another. Like some sort of culinary mad scientist, I'm often showered in flour and will have every inch of space on the counters and the island piled high with ingredients and tools of the kitchen trade.  Could be everything from bowls to … [Read more...]

7 Surprising Saint Patrick’s Day Myths

Saint Patrick's Day

St Patrick's Day 2015, Dublin, Ireland ~ Photo credit: Giuseppe Milo (www.pixael.com) via Visual Hunt / CC BY-NC I thought we would have a little fun today looking at some popular misconceptions surrounding Saint Patrick and Saint Patrick’s Day. When repeated often enough, it’s amazing how even the smallest premise can become legendary. I hope you find at least some of  these as surprising as I did. Myth #1 Saint Patrick was Irish. Despite being the best known, and one of only … [Read more...]

~ CLOSED ~ It’s Springtime at Hallmark {w/Giveaway}

Springtime at Hallmark

Compared to last years EPIC WINTER, this year, here on the east coast we have escaped relatively unscathed. We've had a few snowstorms, but nothing compared to the snowmageddon of 2015. I have actually been seeing and hearing sounds and signs of spring's arrival. I have noticed a few perennials cautiously poking their heads through the soil and just today I heard a robin singing. (Trust me, they were NOT singing last year!) I am so happy Spring officially arrives in one week. I … [Read more...]

Daylight Saving Time ~ Thank-you Canada

Daylight Saving Time

I love Daylight Saving Time.  For me, it signals the beginning of the end, of a long, dark winter, and the start of a new, and gentler season of promise, which is how I view spring. Oh, I know it can still snow, but I also know that the snow won’t last, and soon the grass will turn green, and flowers will begin reaching for clear blue skies. Some supporters of Daylight Saving Time will point to energy savings, as the primary benefit of setting clocks ahead. Others cite a reduction in … [Read more...]

How to Make Irish Coffee

Irish Coffee

I am a big lover of hot coffee cocktails, like Irish Coffee. And it is no small wonder, you do remember I live in cold Canada, right? The first hot coffee cocktail I ever had, was a Spanish Coffee. I don't remember where it was, but I do remember it was pure heaven...and I may have had two! For years, Spanish Coffee has been my hot coffee cocktail of choice and in place of dessert, has finished off many a special occasion meal.   We have recently started adding Irish Coffee to our hot … [Read more...]

Reminder ~ Enter to Win a 4 Night Trip to LA to See Bryan Adams

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  Zoomer Magazine is giving away a pair of tickets to the Bryan Adams concert in Los Angeles...and that’s not all! In addition to the concert, you will also get to meet Adams during an unforgettable meet-and-greet experience. (I am so jealous!) Here’s what the winner will receive: Round trip economy airfare for two persons to Los Angeles, California (the “Destination”) from one of the following major Canadian airports (Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina, … [Read more...]

Have You, or Have You Ever Considered, Making a Bucket List

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Have you, or have you ever considered, making a bucket list? You know, a list of things that you just “need” to, or, at least, want to do, before you, what the English euphemistically refer to, as “kick the bucket”. The whole idea of bucket lists became popular after the 2007 release of the movie of the same name. It seemed everyone was, not only writing down but actually following through with their notions of what they simply had to do, to make their lives fulfilling and … [Read more...]

How to Make Chicken Parmesan

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My husband is what I refer to as a Chicken Parmesan fanatic! This is his favourite meal and always his request when I ask him what he would like for his birthday dinner or any dinner for that matter. Have I ever mentioned that his birthday is the end of July, in the oppressive heat of summer? Standing over a hot stove in the dead of summer is true love...lol Believe it or not, we have even made Chicken Parmesan on our wood stove. A few Christmases ago, our son was living in London, Ontario … [Read more...]

~ CLOSED ~ Win the trip of a Lifetime ~ A Night with Bryan Adams in Los Angeles

Trip to LA

You could not have been a girl growing up in Canada in the 80's and not been in love with Bryan Adams I cannot count the number of times I have danced, with my now husband, to Straight from the Heart, (Everything I Do) I Do It For You and Heaven!  And who doesn't know every single word of the Adams' mega hits Straight From The Heart, Summer of '69, Run to You, Please Forgive Me, and Cuts Like a Knife?  I know I sure do!  Good times...lol! Unfortunately, I live in the middle of nowhere, … [Read more...]

Poise Impressa Bladder Supports, Are They Right For You?

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Let's face it, bladder control is not a topic we tend to discuss much with others.  I'm a nurse and although the rational side of me knows stress incontinence happens to many women, including me, I have never really had a frank discussion about bladder control problems with anyone. I'm not sure why we don’t talk more openly about bladder control issues. We're definitely not alone. "Stress incontinence affects nearly 50 percent of women who have had children by the age of 40"* and stress … [Read more...]

Buyer Beware …Of the Fine Print!

Buyer Beware

I try to eat healthily.  As a former Operating Room Nurse, I have far too many times seen the consequences of a lifetime of eating the wrong types of food. Most of these patients weren’t to blame for their dietary choices. They lived in a time when nutritional information on foods was very limited. Nowadays, the consumer is well armed with valuable information on many areas of nutrition, from the general, what foods to eat and what foods not to eat. To the specific, what foods to eat and … [Read more...]