Big-Crunch Oven-Baked Turkey Tenders

Disclosure: This post is sponsored in partnership with Canadian Turkey. As always, all opinions are our own. Summer is my favourite season of the year! Everything slows down and the daily routine of the school year has flown out the window. Life is less structured and way more relaxed. Even when we're not officially on "vacation", for me, the entire summer feels somewhat like one big holiday...a holiday that I am always sad to see come to an end. However, the reality is, with the end of … [Read more...]

Our Visit to Minister’s Island, St. Andrews, New Brunswick

Minister's Island ~ Have you ever driven on the ocean floor? No? Well, that is exactly what you'll get to do when you visit the summer residence of railway builder Sir William Van Horne. This magnificent residence is open to the public during the summer months and only accessible by land during low tide. You can see a car driving over the now exposed sandbar toward Minister's Island. At high tide (which happens twice in 24 hours), this entire area will be covered by several feet of … [Read more...]

Kings Landing Historical Settlement, New Brunswick, Canada

Disclosure: I visited Kings Landing as their guest. All opinions are my own and have not been influenced in any way. I have visited Kings Landing a couple of times in the past and for the last several years have talked about going again. But life always seemed to get in the way and for a variety of reasons, the return trip never materialized. Photo attribution: Catherine White, Oak Lawn Images This year I made a pact with myself to make it happen, and it did! My sisters and I got up … [Read more...]

How to Clean & Cook Fresh Mussels {Recipe}

Our son, who lives in Ontario, is soon coming home for a nice long visit. Although he loves to do lots of fun things while home, such as a trip to the Fundy Trail, one of his favourite things is to have some local seafood, like fresh mussels. If you're not familiar with mussels, it's the common name used for members of several families of bivalve molluscs, from saltwater and freshwater habitats. These groups have in common a shell whose outline is elongated and asymmetrical compared with … [Read more...]

Chocolate Chip Muffins

When my kids were little, I baked a lot of muffins. Usually blueberry, bran, pumpkin, banana, rhubarb...I tried to keep them relatively healthy. However, the type they always begged me to make was Chocolate Chip, they were far and away their favourite! My daughter now lives on her own. She is only about 15 minutes from home, but if I know she is dropping in, I always try to make a special treat. Sometimes it's cookies, a sweet bread and often times it's muffins. She usually NEVER eats any … [Read more...]

Day Tripping on the Fundy Trail, N.B., Canada

Earlier this week we visited the breathtaking Fundy Trail which is located in southern New Brunswick, Canada and is part of the Trans Canada Trail system. This photo was taken at St. Martins beach on the way to the Fundy Trail. We stopped here for a quick visit. The tide is on its way out, but at low tide, you can reach all four huge caves which are located in the background of this photo. It was not our first time visiting the Fundy Trail. My siblings and our families try to get together … [Read more...]

Brazilian Style Grilled Turkey Breast with Salsa Verde

Disclosure: This post is sponsored in partnership with Canadian Turkey. As always, all opinions are our own. I love this time of the year! The weather and temperatures have been gorgeous and after what seemed like a winter and spring that lasted an eternity, summer has finally arrived in all its glory. No one, including me, wants to spend these beautiful days of summer in a hot kitchen. That's why your BBQ can be your best friend! Grilling up a tasty meal can be the best way to get a … [Read more...]

A Visit to Beautiful St. Andrews By-The-Sea, New Brunswick, Canada

A couple of weeks ago I told you about our fun trip to Minister's Island in New Brunswick, Canada. Well, while we were in the area, we decided to stop for a visit and a late lunch in nearby St. Andrews By-the-Sea. Established in 1783 by Loyalists from Castine, Maine, St. Andrews is one of New Brunswick’s oldest and most distinctive settlements. Steeped in history, St. Andrews By-the-Sea offers a wealth of museums, historic sites and marine wonders for you to explore. We spent a … [Read more...]

Deer Guard ~ Do The Deer Think of Your Planters as a Salad Bowl?

Deer Guard ~ Until a couple of days ago, we had some pretty lush looking planters on either side of the garage door...notice my use of the word "had".  The poor deer have come to think of our planters and flower gardens as one big salad bowl.  I don't blame them, massive subdivisions have sprouted up overnight and the deer have nowhere to go. This is part of the herd, sorry for the winter shot. The deer have been in stealth mode lately, hiding out and having babies! I don't mind them grazing … [Read more...]

Simple & Quick to Make ~ Tuna Rice Casserole

Tuna Rice Casserole ~ We have all had those days when you lift your head up from a full day of working and notice it's 4 o'clock. Often, I know exactly what we're having for supper, but still, there are many times, I have absolutely no idea what to make. This recipe for Tuna Rice Casserole is perfect for those, "I have absolutely no idea what we're going to have for supper days! It's quick, it's easy, it's tasty and you most likely have everything you will need sitting in your pantry … [Read more...]

Super Easy Strawberry Shortcake Shortcut

I love to cook and bake, but some days you just need to take a shortcut. Today is definitely a strawberry shortcake shortcut day. (Shortcake shortcut...is that alliteration?) Yesterday, because I have been craving strawberry shortcake, we picked up a couple of boxes of fresh strawberries. I HAD every intention of making biscuits today for the strawberry shortcake...but, it's way too hot and humid today to even think about turning on the oven! We still wanted the shortcake though, so I … [Read more...]