Kings Landing Historical Settlement, New Brunswick, Canada

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 bright and early last Tuesday morning and after a stop for our prerequisite road trip coffee, we were on our way! If … [Read more...]

Grilled Turkey Sausage and Summer Greens Pizza

This past winter, I can vividly remember looking out the windows at the mounds of snow surrounding our house and mentally counting the days until warmer weather.  Now finally, after a long cold winter, the warm summer days and nights have arrived.  Very soon now, summer vacations will begin and the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer that we dreamed about all winter will become a reality! While I still don't mind spending the occasional afternoon in the kitchen, puttering around and making a big … [Read more...]

Important Conversations to Have this Father’s Day

This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label. With Father's Day quickly approaching, I can think of no more appropriate time to have an important conversation with the men in our lives about taking better care of themselves. Let's face it, most dad's, husbands and men, in general, are super busy, independent (as in...instruction manuals are for other people and asking for directions is unheard of...lol), and tend to put … [Read more...]

Are You Newly Diagnosed With Atrial Fibrillation

As many of you know, I am a nurse and as such enjoy taking any opportunity to educate people on a variety of health issues. I'm certainly not claiming to be an expert on these conditions, but often times I find people will ask me, "what should I do about this",  or maybe, "can you explain this to me"? I think what happens is, no matter who you are and what your background, when a doctor says you have a specific medical condition, it's often overwhelming and a lot to take in. So, when asked, I … [Read more...]

100 Interesting Facts About Canada to Celebrate #Canada150

Canada is having its 150th birthday this year, to celebrate I thought it would be fun to come up with a list of 100 Interesting Facts About Canada to Celebrate #Canada150. While a variety of theories have been put forward for the origins of the word Canada, the name is now accepted as coming from the St. Lawrence Iroquoian word kanata, meaning "village" or "settlement". (This post is part of a blog hop so be sure to scroll to the bottom to see all the #ECMCanada150 blog posts.) Image … [Read more...]

~ CLOSED ~ Instant Pot Prize Pkg Blogger Giveaway, $280 Value

I love to bake and cook and have been hearing so many fabulous things about the relatively new Instant Pot. If you're unfamiliar, Instant Pot is the latest 3rd Generation Programmable Pressure Cooker designed by Canadians with the objectives of being safe, convenient and dependable. It speeds up cooking by 2~6 times using up to 70% less energy, and, above all, produces nutritious healthy food in a convenient and consistent fashion. I am very sad to say, even though it is on my "wish … [Read more...]

Hot Flashes Can Be Unbearable, But Help is Out There!

If you're a woman, there's a pretty good chance that hot flashes are something you may experience at some point in your life. Hot flashes are frequently a symptom of menopause and perimenopause. A feeling of warmth that spreads over the body and often begins in the head and neck regions. Hot flashes are a common symptom experienced by women prior to and during the early stages of the menopausal transition. However, not all women approaching menopause will develop hot flashes. … [Read more...]

~ CLOSED ~ $425USD Summer Lovin’ PayPal Cash Giveaway

$425USD Summer Lovin' PayPal Cash Giveaway ~ After a long, cold winter I think it's finally safe to say summer is on its way! School will soon be out, the days will be less structured, the sun will be shining and the barbecue will be getting a good workout.  Summer isn’t just about relaxing though, it’s about slowing down and spending some well needed time taking a break and being with family and friends. I love the relaxed, easy-going vibe of summer! Whether you're planning a vacation, … [Read more...]

Mom’s Lemon Loaf with Lemon Icing Drizzle

Lemon Loaf with Lemon Icing Drizzle ~ Since moving to a temporary house a few months ago, ALL of my recipe books are still packed away and in storage. I didn't want to unpack anything that wasn't necessary, only to have to repack it in a few months. I remember packing my treasured recipes thinking, well if I need a specific recipe, I'll just check the blog. Most of my often used recipes are there. Well, you can imagine my surprise when yesterday I decided to make Lemon Bread (or Loaf) … [Read more...]

How to Make a Classic Caesar

Tomorrow is National Caesar Day so I thought now would be the perfect time to share a recipe for a Classic Canadian Caesar. I was FORCED to make a couple Caesars just to be certain everything was perfect and to snap a few pics...being a recipe blogger is tough work...lol I still remember the first time I had a Caesar. It was the first Christmas, Music Man and I were married. We were visiting Music Man's family and his brother brought out these huge glasses of deliciousness. It was … [Read more...]

Fiddlehead, Leek and Gruyere Tart

In case you're not familiar with them, a fiddlehead is the curled, edible shoot of the ostrich fern and is considered a seasonal delicacy in many parts of North America. I have not always been one of those people expectantly awaiting each springs fiddlehead harvest.  Yes, I do really like fiddleheads and their unique shape and taste. I have eaten them many times, both at home and in restaurants. So what is my issue?  Fiddlehead cleaning needs to be meticulous. So, when you're a bit of … [Read more...]

Vaginal Dryness ~ Everything You Wanted To Know But Were Afraid To Ask

I'm an "older" nurse who has worked since before many of you were even born. So, trust me when I say, I have heard and seen just about anything and everything medical related. Nothing surprises, shocks or embarrasses me. Just ask my family! Plus, I grew up in a family of nurses, including several aunts and both of my sisters. Let me just say this...family gatherings are never dull! So when I was asked if I would be interested in interviewing Dr. Marla Shapiro on the topic of vaginal … [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...]

Tex-Mex Turkey Rice Bowl with Avocado Dressing

  Tex-Mex Turkey Rice Bowl with Avocado Dressing I love to roast a whole turkey on the weekend.  The house is filled with the most mouth-watering aromas and there is just something so homey and comforting about those delicious smells wafting from the oven. Plus, (shhh...don't tell my family, they think I slave over a hot oven all day), but a traditional roast turkey dinner is one of the easier meals to prepare. And, not only is it a delicious dinner on Saturday or Sunday...big … [Read more...]