Day Tripping at Fundy National Park, N.B., Canada

Earlier last week, my sisters, one brother, and our significant others went on an end of summer day trip to Fundy National Park. It wasn’t our first visit to the park, we only live about an hour away, so we try to make it up at least a couple of times a year. When our kids were young, we were there more often, as we often camped at one of “Fundy’s” campgrounds. Red Adirondack chairs at Bennett Lake. "Looking for that special place where all your worries melt away? At 12 enchanting … [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 September! 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...]

One-Skillet Turkey, Mushrooms and Polenta Cakes

Disclosure: This post is sponsored in partnership with Canadian Turkey. As always, all opinions are our own. I don't want you to get me wrong, I love the relaxed vibe of summer, however, I have always found something very comforting about the fall of the year. For the most part, vacations are over, the kids are back at school and dad and mom are back to work. Life, in general, seems to go back to normal. Another thing I like about the fall is the cooler weather.  Which for me often … [Read more...]

How to Make Pesto

Making your own basil pesto is very easy and the taste is beyond anything you will ever find in a jar.  Don't get me wrong, I don't always have fresh pesto on hand and have used the jarred type on many occasions.  It tastes good and does the job, but it is NOT homemade!  Homemade pesto is so delicious and fresh tasting.  Once you have made your own, you won't want to use jarred again. If you grow basil or have access to big bunches from a farmers market or a friend's garden,  I highly … [Read more...]

Live Your Life Without Bladder Leaks

Disclosure: This post is sponsored in partnership with uresta®.  As always, all opinions are our own. As a woman who gave birth to two, 9 plus pound babies, it’s not a big surprise that I have experienced some bladder leakage for much of my adult life. Add to that the fact I am no longer in my 30’s or even 40’s and my muscle tone is not what it used to be...and that equals even more bladder leaks. From new moms to grandmothers urinary incontinence doesn’t discriminate - it can strike no … [Read more...]

Our Getaway to New River Beach Provincial Park

For the past ten summers, my sisters and I have gone on a camping/glamping trip to New River Beach Provincial Park. We all have grown kids, many of whom are scattered across the country (and come "home" for summer vacations) so coordinating dates for this trip has always been a bit of a challenge. Naturally, if the "kids" are home, none of us want to lose any of the precious time that we have with them. Some years we have gone on our trip as early as mid-June and this year it was the last … [Read more...]

Blueberry and Lemon Scones

Here on Canada's East Coast we are in the midst of blueberry season! We're lucky in this part of the world to have thousands of acres of wild blueberries that grow naturally in the acid soils of Atlantic Canada. Blueberries are one of the most popular summer treats of all time. They are sweet, succulent, full of nutrients, and can be eaten freshly picked, as well as, incorporated into a variety of recipes. I have been experimenting with lots of blueberry recipes - Blueberry Sour Cream … [Read more...]

How to Make Blueberry Pie

After a long, hot summer, I love the fall of the year. The blistering temperatures and high humidity have been replaced by comfortable temps and a cooling breeze. Another reason I love this time of year is the abundance of local fruits and vegetables available at markets and roadside stands. One of our favourite fruits is blueberries. They grow in wild abandon in fields all over southern New Brunswick. Not only are they delicious, blueberries are very high in antioxidants. One of my … [Read more...]

The Twisted Sisters Visit Hopewell Rocks, New Brunswick

A few days ago my sisters and I went on a little girls getaway.  As I mentioned in my post outlining our trip to Cape Enrage, N.B., we only had a couple of days, so didn't want to venture too far.  We decided to have a staycation in our home province of New Brunswick.  We wanted to explore, or re-explore in some cases, the beautiful Fundy coastline. We rented the cutest little cabin in the tiny hamlet of New Horton, N.B., planned some delicious meals, packed our suitcases and coolers and were … [Read more...]

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...]