Homemade Macaroni & Cheese

Once you make this easy recipe for Homemade Macaroni & Cheese, you'll never again reach for a boxed Mac & Cheese. Yes, you're right, making it from scratch does take a little extra time. But honestly, not that much and there is absolutely no comparison in the quality and taste! It's really easy: Add flour to butter and onion. Cook flour for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly.  You are basically making a roux and cooking the flour ensures you don't have an unpleasant "raw" … [Read more...]

Busting the Stigma Around Embarrassing Problems

This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label. Busting the Stigma Around Embarrassing Problems ~ I’m an older nurse who has probably 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 and no subject is off-limits. Just ask my husband and kids! Add to this the fact I grew up in a family … [Read more...]

Cranberry Sauce Two Ways

This may sound a little strange, but one of my favourite parts of a big turkey dinner is the cranberry sauce. Sure, I like the main event. The turkey, squash, brussel sprouts, corn, mashed potatoes, gravy and especially the dressing, but I LOVE cranberry sauce.  For me, every fork full of turkey and dressing is always covered in gorgeous, ruby-red, cranberry sauce. Yes, you can buy canned cranberry sauce in the grocery store, but, don't. Honestly, it is so easy to make and tastes so … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Master Thanksgiving Prep & Planning

Disclosure: This post is sponsored in partnership with Canadian Turkey. As always, all opinions are our own. Although I’m sad to see the long, laid-back, lazy days of summer come to an end, I’m actually excited for the start of autumn.  I find the cooler weather, vibrant colours, fuzzy sweaters, big family dinners and returning to more of a routine to be comforting. Speaking of big family dinners. Thanksgiving is almost here and Canadians are gearing up to celebrate one of their favourite … [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...]

How to Keep Your Allergies Under Control

This post is sponsored by Nasacort 24HR Canada. To be sure this product is right for you, always read and follow the label. I can barely believe another summer is drawing to a close. Honestly, where does the time go? My birthday was in early summer and I could swear that was just a couple of weeks ago! We’ve been enjoying the last few weeks of summer by spending as much time as possible in the great outdoors with lots of day trips to the beach, hiking and a few picnics. Just recently, … [Read more...]

Apple Crisp

We all need to have a fabulous recipe for apple crisp in a repertoire.  It is not heavy like a pie and has all the same tastes, but with fewer calories. Not only is it the perfect dessert for a Sunday dinner, Thanksgiving or even Christmas, it is also easy to whip up for a midweek treat. I have made and tasted many apple crisps over the years, but none is as delicious as this one.  Honestly, you will want to hide in a closet with a pint of vanilla ice cream and a pan of this apple crisp and … [Read more...]

Where Did the Summer Go?

Where did this summer go? It seems May was just a couple of weeks ago and I can hardly believe it is now September! Although we didn’t do any major travelling, this was an awesome summer! The weather cooperated and with the exception of a few brutally humid days, it was perfect. Not a great photo at all, but our daughter grabbed a selfie of us. This was the first time in more than two years that we had all been together! Our son (a teacher) was home for the majority of the summer, which … [Read more...]

Saving with Quber {w/Giveaway and Twitter Party}

Music Man and I have talked for years about “someday” driving across Canada. We’re on Canada’s east coast and the plan is to take our time and drive to Victoria, British Columbia. The distance is roughly 6,000 km one way, so...although it will be a trip of a lifetime and take the best part of a month to drive out and back, it won’t be cheap! There’s gas, food, lodging and incidentals to consider in the total cost. As I mentioned, we have been “talking” about this for years, but we're getting … [Read more...]

Back to School Tips & “Meal Starter” Turkey Ragu

Disclosure: This post is sponsored in partnership with Canadian Turkey. As always, all opinions are our own. My birthday is in early May and I would swear that was just a couple of weeks ago...where did this summer go?  Even though I dread the thought of the long, relaxing days of summer coming to an end, the slight nip in the evening air is making it all feel real! With the end of summer upon us, we’re getting ready to adjust to new habits and back-to-school routines. Making the … [Read more...]

8 Smart Ways to Keep Your Kitchen Clutter Free

We have all walked into someone’s kitchen to find ourselves marvelling at how neat and tidy it looks. Not a spatula or a spoon anywhere within eyesight. It is at this point that we wonder to ourselves how they do it and what magic keeps their kitchen in organized bliss. The truth is, decluttering your kitchen and keeping it clutter-free doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, it’s not magic at all, and anyone can do it. 1.) Keep Things in Cabinets Kitchens look much neater when its … [Read more...]