How to Make Hot Cross Buns {Recipe}

Hot Cross Buns are an Easter/Springtime tradition for us.  In the past I would always buy them, but last year, I decided to make them... and they were DELICIOUS! If you are not familiar, Hot Cross Buns are a spiced sweet bun made with currants and other dried fruits and marked with a cross on the top.  In many countries, they are  traditionally eaten on Good Friday, but are now popular all year round, especially in the spring. In many historically Christian countries, these buns are … [Read more...]

Easy to Make, Broccoli Cheddar Soup

A couple of weeks ago, I was picking up a few items at our local grocery store and noticed a huge clamlike container of very fresh looking broccoli florets for only $1.99! What a great buy considering one bunch of two small heads of broccoli was $2.79 that same day. I should have snapped a pic of it, so I could show you, but that would have made too much sense...lol. We used about one-quarter of the broccoli at dinner that night, but I still had cups and cups of beautifully green … [Read more...]

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 make … [Read more...]

How to Make 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...]

The Relationship Between Type 2 Diabetes and Heart Disease

Although I am not a huge fan of the cold and snow, February is actually one of my favourite months of the year. The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is now a distant memory and I have lots of time to reflect and make plans for the coming year. I find this is a great time to reconnect with priorities and invest in yourself, especially when it comes to staying healthy.  February is also Heart Month, which is the perfect time to think about your future by protecting your heart health. … [Read more...]

Bountiful Breakfast Bowl with Turkey Sausage

Disclosure: This post is sponsored in partnership with Canadian Turkey. As always, all opinions are our own. 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 … [Read more...]

19 Alternate Uses for Your Dryer Sheets

Did you know that dryer sheets aren't just for softening and reducing static in your clothes, bedding, and towels? I had used dryer sheets for a hundred years but had always tossed them out after one use. Not anymore! I've compiled a list of 19 alternate uses, tips and tricks for your laundry room's dryer sheets. Some are for unused dryer sheets, but many are for used dryer sheets. A great way to reduce, reuse and recycle!o Freshen Old Books:  If some of your favourite old books … [Read more...]

Cake Mix Cookies

These are the easiest and simplest cookies you will ever bake, but they taste like you have slaved in the kitchen over a hot stove all afternoon.  Honestly, you may as well throw a bit of flour and sugar around the kitchen, because no one will believe you made these Cake Mix Cookies  so quickly! I used to make these all the time when my kids were little, but I forgot about them and hadn't baked them in years.  I was flipping through my big ziplock bag of recipes (really, that is where I keep … [Read more...]

Banana Oatmeal Muffins

  By now, I am sure many of you know that I LOVE muffins. I love baking them and unfortunately, I also love eating them! This past weekend, my sister, a friend and I were having a big multi-family garage/yard sale at my place.  The sale was starting at 8AM but we decided we needed to meet by 7:30 to put up some signs and make a few last-minute adjustments to the placement of some larger items. I knew we would be going through multiple pots of coffee...another of my weaknesses, so I … [Read more...]

5 Tips for Recovering from the Flu {w/Recipe}

Although I am still missing the warmer weather, I do admit to loving this time of year. We recently had a couple of major snowfalls and the ground and trees are blanketed in a thick, white luxurious coat. This is a great time to get out of the house and go for a long walk in the crisp, clean air. Even though we're a month into the new year, for me, it always feels like it is a fresh start.  With the end of the warmer weather, our lives seem to reset and we get back to a more “normal” routine. … [Read more...]

Grammie’s Oatmeal Molasses Brown Bread

I mentioned in an earlier post how most of Canada is now in the midst of the "dog days" of winter.  I live on the east coast and we have already been totally pummeled this year and winter has officially, barely begun. On December 23rd we were entombed in ice more than an inch thick, lost power for days (many for up to 11 days!) had four successive snow storms and are now in the midst of bone chilling, record-breaking cold temperatures. What is a girl to do with all of this wild weather but … [Read more...]