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...]

A Fun Day in Support of the JDRF

This past weekend I had a wonderful time participating in a yard sale/barbecue/bake sale in support of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Their mission is to cure type 1 diabetes (T1D) and improve the lives of those living with the disease. Like many of you, I have a family history of diabetes, specifically, type 1, with aunts, uncles, nieces and cousins who have this illness. So, supporting diabetes research is near and dear to my heart. If you are unfamiliar with type … [Read more...]

The Contents of a Well-Stocked Pantry

We moved a couple of years ago and are now a bit of a drive from a major supermarket. There is a small store fairly close by, which is great for emergencies, but it's not well stocked. To save on time, gas and inconvenience, now more than ever, we find it important to have a well-stocked pantry (and fridge).  Banana Oatmeal Muffins made with pantry staples. With some basic pantry supplies on hand, you'll easily be able to prepare a family meal or a last-minute dinner for … [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 … [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...]

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 “T”}

I am very excited to be taking part in the Blogging A to Z Challenge 2013.  This is actually my third challenge; the first year I featured a recipe for each letter and last year I drew on  my nursing background and used "parts of the human body" as my inspiration! This year I have decided to change things up a bit.  I live in Canada and believe it is one of the most beautiful countries on the planet; so I have decided to feature a different Canadian "place", for each letter of the … [Read more...]