Quick One-Pot Turkey Veggie Pasta {w/Giveaway}

Disclosure: This post is sponsored in partnership with Canadian Turkey. As always, all opinions are our own. Even though it is “officially” spring, as I gaze out my kitchen window, the ground is covered in a white, snowy, winter blanket. However, I know the springlike weather will soon arrive and I am not going to allow this year’s lack of green grass, robins and spring flowers to dampen my enthusiasm for any planned celebrations. The coming weeks are filled with special occasions and … [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...]

Canada Day ~ Fun Facts, Trivia & Classic Videos

Canada Day ~ Tom Brokaw explains the relationship between Canada and The United States, in a pre-recorded short film that aired on NBC, prior to the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on Feb. 12th, 2010. The Molson Canadian 2006 commercial "I Am Canadian". Canadian Facts:  CAPITAL – Ottawa (originally named Bytown after Colonel John By, who headquartered there while building the Rideau Canal to connect the Ottawa River with … [Read more...]

Getting in the Christmas Spirit with the CBC Harbour Lights Campaign

One of my favourite Christmas traditions is getting up at 5 AM and heading to the Saint John City Market for the CBC Saint John's Information Morning team's annual Harbour Lights show. All proceeds raised from the show go to feed hungry families in Southern New Brunswick. We have been going to the Harbour Lights show for the past ten years and there is nothing like gathering in the pre-dawn hours as a community to help raise money for those in need. This year, radio host Hance Colburne … [Read more...]

Reverse Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you are looking to shake up your usual chocolate chip cookie recipe, here is a simple little switch.  All I did was take my recipe for Pudding Chocolate Chip Cookies and substituted the vanilla pudding with chocolate pudding and the semi-sweet chocolate chips with white chocolate chips. I have made some version or another of this recipe since I was 12 or 13. They are easy to make, moist, chewy and unbelievably delicious.  Coincidentally, or probably not so coincidentally…as they both came … [Read more...]

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Have You Read The Birth House by Ami McKay?

The reading group I belong to chose,  The Birth House by Ami McKay, as our book choice for October. Synopsis: The Birth House is the story of Dora Rare, the first daughter to be born in five generations of Rares. As a child in an isolated village in Nova Scotia, she is drawn to Miss Babineau, an outspoken Acadian midwife with a gift for healing. Dora becomes Miss B.’s apprentice, and together they help the women of Scots Bay through infertility, difficult labours, breech births, unwanted … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday ~ Lest We Forget (w/LINKY)

Lest we forget the sacrifice made by the brave men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces. Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (Photo attribution) … [Read more...]

How to Sterilize Jars in the Oven

I love the fall, it is possibly my favourite seasons.  The hustle and bustle of summer travel, day trips, guests and non-stop entertaining has settled down.  After a carefree summer, we are now getting back into a routine and starting to prepare for the coming winter.  Like the autumn of the year, life seems to be slowing down. For many, part of the winter preparation including preserving the fruits of our labour. In my case, it would be the fruits of someone else's labour, that I was given … [Read more...]

What Type of a Person Could Horribly Abuse a Tiny Kitten? {With an Update}

What type of a person could abuse a tiny little kitten that weighs less than 4 pounds?  Is it a power trip? Yes, you must be very strong and powerful to beat a kitten, how does that make you feel?! Is it a control issue? Yes, you are the boss when you kick a little cat or kitten, how does that make you feel?!  Is it just pure hatred?  Yes, you think you are a superior person when you kick, throw and beat a tiny defenseless cat or kitten, how does that make you feel?! … [Read more...]

The Blogging from A to Z Challenge 2013 – Road Trip! {Letter “Z”}

Phewww...the end of the A - Z Challenge, I feel like I just completed a marathon of sorts. Exhausted but very proud to have crossed the finish line! As I searched online references I enjoyed the opportunity to dig through lots of information and brush up on my Canadiana. It's also been a lot of fun trying to find places in Canada to correspond with each letter of the alphabet...some letters were definitely more challenging than others! I hope everyone who participated had a great time, I … [Read more...]