Homemade Pan Rolls

Homemade Pan Rolls ~  Let’s be honest, I think just most of us would agree, there is absolutely nothing that smells as delicious as homemade bread baking! It makes me drool just thinking a lot it. Having said that, I haven’t been experiencing that delicious aroma very much lately. When my kids were younger and I was working full-time and life was super busy, I made bread way more than I do now. Go figure? You would think it would be the complete opposite, wouldn't you? I guess that old … [Read more...]

5 Tips for a Mishap-Free March Break

This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label. March Break is rapidly approaching. A time for a welcome change from the wintertime routine and hopefully an escape for some much needed rest and relaxation. Whether your idea of a vacation is relaxing at home, spending some quality time with family in a warm location or a deluxe trip to Vail for some skiing; we all want our vacation to be mishap-free. A well-deserved rest … [Read more...]

Glazed Lemon and Cranberry Muffins

A couple of days ago I found a bag of frozen cranberries, left over from Christmas no doubt, in the back of my freezer.  Since muffins are my favourite thing to bake and I also had a fresh lemon on hand, I decided to modify my recipe for Blueberry Muffins and try to make some Glazed Lemon and Cranberry Muffins. Wow, what a great decision! And, if I dare say so myself, they were incredible. They are light but not at all dry, I think that’s because of the sour cream. They have a bit of tang … [Read more...]

Just in Time for National Battery Day, 5 Tips for Safe & Easy Battery Recycling {w/Giveaway}

My family and I are big proponents of following the three “R’s” - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. We have dedicated bins in our garage for all our recycling, consciously avoid over-packaged items, use reusable bags, have a big compost bin, used cloth diapers when our kids were babies, have switched to energy efficient light bulbs, and the list goes on. We actually dispose of very little in the way of “garbage” that is destined for landfills...and thankfully, we’re not alone. The majority of us are … [Read more...]

Cinnamon Coffee Cake Loaf

Hands up, who loves coffee cake? Maybe an easier question would be, who doesn’t love coffee cake!  For me, there is nothing quite as homey and cozy as curling up with a steaming cup of coffee and a small...okay, okay...a big slice of homemade coffee cake. What I really like about this coffee cake loaf, besides the amazing taste, is the manageable size. It’s not a huge cake that will be constantly tempting me for days on end. The loaf size is a bit smaller than a cake and once cooled … [Read more...]

Type 2 Diabetes and Heart Disease

Diabetes and the havoc it can wreak on our bodies is a topic that is near and dear to my heart. My family has a long history of diabetes, I have aunts, nieces, and cousins with this disease.  In my years of working as a Registered Nurse, I have also cared for a number of patients with diabetes. Type 2 diabetes can lead to several health problems including blindness, foot ulcers, and amputations, but heart disease is the most common cause of death. Diabetes can “literally” be a … [Read more...]

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins As many of you probably know by now...I am more than just a little obsessed with muffins! But, in my defence, what’s not to love about a muffin? They’re perfect with a cup of steaming coffee while reading the Saturday paper and also convenient as a grab and go breakfast on a busy workday morning. I also like muffins in the afternoons with a hot cup of tea or after supper as a bit of a dessert. Let’s face it, muffins are the ultimate convenience … [Read more...]

It’s Time To Trust Your Gut

Who else is feeling sad that we're in the middle of winter? I sure am! Fall is one of my favourite times of the year. There is always so much happening - family get-togethers, visiting parks, Halloween, trips to the Farmer's Market, cozy sweater shopping...my list could go on and on! While I miss the crisp, cool, but sunny days of the fall, I feel like it always takes the fall and back-to-school season to get back to routine after the chaos of summer. Think about it, during the summer, we … [Read more...]

It Happens Once in a Blue Moon

Have you ever responded to a question with, “once in a blue moon“, or thought, I haven’t done that in a blue moon? I think many of us have and of course, we mean it generally as a colourful way of saying, I haven’t seen you in a while, or, it’s been ages since we talked. Photo by Ganapathy Kumar on Unsplash Like a lot of older sayings, “a watched pot never boils” springs to mind, the passage of time and technology have changed the significance, or at the very least, the impact, of these … [Read more...]

QUICK & HEARTY TURKEY BARLEY SOUP

Turkey Barley Soup I love the slow, easy pace of this time of year. The hectic holidays are just a memory and life has settled back into somewhat of a routine. Work and school have resumed and the off hours are reserved for fun winter activities like ice skating, tobogganing, skiing and snowshoeing. The cold weather and lots of outdoor activities make the winter months the perfect time of year for body and soul-warming comfort food. This is the time for hearty stews, casseroles, chili and … [Read more...]

Management Solutions for Bladder Leakage

Bladder leakage is the involuntary loss of bladder control. Beyond the physical impact of the condition, bladder leakage can have a broad-reaching effect on one’s emotional, mental and social life. As a woman who has experienced bladder leakage, I know firsthand how vital it is to have the proper protective products available. Otherwise, fear of leaks, which can be both uncomfortable and embarrassing could limit my everyday activities. Without the confidence of knowing I am protected, … [Read more...]