Who Will Care for the Carer? #CareForACarer

If you have ever been the carer for a loved one (“carer” is a term used to describe someone who provides unpaid assistance to someone in need), you will definitely understand what I’m about to say, “being a carer is often a lonely, stressful and overwhelming task”. I know this is true because I have been there. Before their deaths, I cared for my mother-in-law and along with my siblings, cared for my mom when she was in declining health. “Old women in Oxford Church of Christ” by Sami Ben … [Read more...]

How to Make Caramel Squares

Years ago, I made these squares quite often and they were always a huge hit. But for some reason...my age perhaps??.... I forgot all about them until a couple of days ago. I was thumbing through some older recipe books and discovered this recipe, scribbled on a piece of paper, shoved between some pages. I love so much about these squares! They’re caramel, which is a nice change and the caramel frosting is amazing. Plus they’re chock full of coconut and walnuts, so really, how could you go … [Read more...]

$450 CDN #BlizzardBucks Giveaway, Open WW, Ends 12/4

I don’t know about you, but I am already starting to stress over the upcoming holidays. There is always so much to do! Between buying gifts for everyone on our list, entertaining, lots of big dinners and special treats; cash will be flying out of my wallet faster than a runaway train. If you’re in the same situation and will be going through cash at an alarming rate, do I have the perfect giveaway for you! A group of 27 bloggers, including me, have banded together to lighten the … [Read more...]

Dietitians Can Help You Combat the Fall Flu Spike {w/$100 Giveaway}

Fall has arrived in all its glory! Unfortunately, the not so glorious Fall Flu Spike has also arrived! This is the time of the year when those of us spending our days in enclosed spaces, such as classrooms, shopping malls, office buildings and entertainment venues are more susceptible to becoming sick with influenza and then bringing those germs home to our families. In fact, studies show school children often bring germs home from school and spread them to their parents and younger siblings, … [Read more...]

Chocolate Walnut Ice Box Cookies

The cooler weather these days has me back in the kitchen, baking up a storm and this time it’s Chocolate Walnut Ice Box Cookies. I don’t know about you, but I find I don’t tend to do as much baking during the warmer months, as I do in the fall and winter. It’s most likely related to the hot, humid weather + hot oven = even hotter kitchen equation! I was digging through some old recipes yesterday and found this one for Chocolate Walnut Ice Box Cookies, that I haven’t made in years. I … [Read more...]

11 Remembrance Day Facts

Photo attribution: Oak Lawn Images   "In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, ..." These are the opening lines of Canadian Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae's famous war memorial poem, In Flanders Fields. McCrae, an army surgeon, wrote the entire poem while sitting on the tailgate of an ambulance on May 3, 1915, during the second battle of Ypres, Belgium. His ode to the fallen has become synonymous with Remembrance Day ceremonies around the world. 11 … [Read more...]

4 Tips to Avoid the Dreaded Fall Flu Spike

Even though I am still missing the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer, there are so many things about the fall season that I love too.  The gorgeous reds, oranges, and yellows of the deciduous trees, visiting our local Farmer's Market, marvelling at the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables and the brilliant blue of the sky on a cool, crisp autumn day. However, there is one thing about this time of year that I do not love and that is the arrival of the much-dreaded cold and flu season, … [Read more...]

How to Make Turkey Pot Pie

Here in our home, we love turkey and eat it often. It's often the star of not only our Sunday dinners, but many a weeknight meal too! I love how tasty and versatile turkey is. Not only is it perfect for a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings, but is also the star of many other meals such as sandwiches, casseroles, soups, salads and my personal favourite, Turkey Pot Pie. I have made this simple and absolutely delicious, Turkey Pot Pie my entire married life. It’s a great … [Read more...]

October 29th is World Psoriasis Day ~ What You Need To Know

If you don't live with it yourself, I am pretty sure you probably know someone who has the skin condition, psoriasis.  I personally know a couple of people and in my career as a nurse, I helped care for many people who were living with psoriasis. If you are unfamiliar with this condition: Psoriasis is an inflammatory condition characterized by lesions, which are areas of inflamed skin where the cells grow too fast. This creates red, scaly, thick patches of skin (called “plaques”). … [Read more...]

Grateful for Poise and Fundy National Park

I am very fortunate to live within driving distance of gorgeous Fundy National Park. If you are unfamiliar with it, Fundy National Park is located in New Brunswick on Canada’s Atlantic Coast. It features 20 kilometres of dramatic shoreline along the Bay of Fundy, which is famous for having the world’s highest tides. The Park also has multiple well-equipped campgrounds, a solar-heated saltwater swimming pool, kayaking and canoeing opportunities, a nine-hole golf course and the reason that … [Read more...]

How to Make a Traditional Apple Pie

Is it just me, or did anyone else think the summer flew by at light speed? Honestly, I can barely believe that we're more than halfway through October! When I think back over the summer, it seems like just a few weeks ago that our daughter and her two sweet puppies were home for a visit…and that was the end of May! While I will definitely miss the summer, there are many things about the autumn of the year that I love too.  Cool nights that make it easier to sleep, bright blue autumn skies, … [Read more...]

~ CLOSED ~ Cold and Flu Season Essentials {w/Giveaway}

This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label. Although I am still missing the summer, I have to admit, I do love this time of year. The gorgeous colours of the trees, the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, the crisp, clean air and the brilliant blue of the sky. Even though the autumn is not the beginning of a new year, for me, it always feels like it is.  With the end of summer, our lives seem to reset and we get … [Read more...]

11 Blog Conference Essentials

I’m really excited, and a little bit nervous, to be attending my first blog conference! In my “other life” as an Operating Room nurse, I, along with my peers, attended many conferences, but this is different. I have never, in real life, met any of the people who will be there. Plus, I am also carpooling and sharing a room with two people I have never met. But, what the heck, my motto has always been, if you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I will always dance! I have communicated … [Read more...]

Autumn in Southern New Brunswick, Canada

Although I love the summer and I’m already missing warm summer evenings sitting on the deck, there is just something so absolutely beautiful about the autumn of the year. In my part of the world, Atlantic Canada, we have four VERY distinct seasons. Title:  Wood’s Farm Photo attribution: Catherine White, Oak Lawn Images Just in time for our Canadian Thanksgiving celebrations, the sky takes on this wonderful deep shade of blue and the deciduous trees put on a magnificent display of the … [Read more...]