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...]

Orange Loaf with Orange Icing Drizzle

Orange Loaf with Orange Icing Drizzle ~ A couple weeks ago, because they were on sale,  I bought a big bag of oranges.  We did well eating them the first few days and then...well, we seemed to forget about them. Consequently, a couple of days ago when I was rummaging in the crisper, I came across three lonely oranges that, while not "bad", had certainly seen better days. I hate to waste food, so I was wracking my brain to come up with a recipe to use them in. I remember years ago … [Read more...]

Help End the Cycle of Violence Against Women {w/Twitter Party}

May 1-31 marks the Canadian Women’s Foundation’s annual Campaign To End Violence. As the only national foundation in Canada, the Canadian Women's Foundation is dedicated to giving women and girls a chance for a better life.  They specialize in helping women move out of violence, out of poverty, and into confidence and leadership. The Canadian Women's Foundation's Campaign to End Violence is an initiative to raise awareness and funds for more than 450 emergency shelters and violence … [Read more...]

2017 Spring WOW Guide Twitter and Instagram Colouring Contest

We all know that kids love to colour and are always so proud of their work. Now you have an opportunity to showcase your emerging Picasso or van Gogh and just maybe they will be the winner of a new bike in the 2017 Spring WOW Guide Colouring Contest! Definitely a budding Picasso right here! It's fun and easy for the kiddos to enter. All you need to do is grab your new Canadian Tire Spring/Summer 2017 catalogue, which is now available! (If you didn't get your copy in the mail, just … [Read more...]

The Agricultural Alphabet Starts with Bee

The Agricultural Alphabet Starts with Bee ~ I’m someone who truly appreciates nature, including, and probably most importantly, the wondrous bounty of fruits, vegetables, and flowers it provides us with each year. My sensibilities as a cook are always greatly heightened with the arrival of each year's new crop and the anticipation of using fruits and vegetables literally bursting with flavour and freshness. Photo credit: Florian Martys via VisualHunt.com / CC BY-NC-SA Let's face it … [Read more...]

Let’s Do Our Part to Give Poverty The Boot {w/Twitter Party}

Did you know Roma Boots merges fashion with philanthropy to give poverty the boot? Well, they do! Their mission is to bring impoverished children throughout the world hope, love, and lasting change through aid and education. For every pair of boots sold, a new pair is donated to a child in need. Honestly, why can't every company do this? It would make such a huge difference in the lives of so many! ABOUT ROMA BOOTS Roma was founded in 2010 by Samuel Bistrian, who wanted to … [Read more...]

~ CLOSED ~ Hop into Spring with Kellogg’s {w/ Recipe & Giveaway}

It's time to Hop into Spring with Kellogg's ~ Compared to the epic winter of a couple of years ago, when we received 17 feet of snow. Yes, you read that correctly, 17 FEET, this past winter, here on the east coast, we escaped relatively unscathed. We had a few snowstorms, but nothing compared to the snowmageddon of 2015. The sights and sounds of spring's arrival have been in full force these past couple weeks. The perennials are cautiously poking their heads through the soil and the birds … [Read more...]

32 Easter Treats “Everybunny” Will Love

32 Easter Treats "Everybunny" Will Love ~ Most of this past winter I have longed for the warmer days of spring. Finally, the snow is now melting and the temperatures are starting to rise. I even heard some brave birds chirping this morning! Maybe, just maybe, spring will actually arrive this year! Other than the snow melting, the days becoming longer and the temperatures moderating, even though the calendar says differently, to me Easter marks the "official" arrival of spring. I remember … [Read more...]

Double Chip Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies

Double Chip Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies ~ I do believe one of my favourite things to bake is cookies. There is just something so satisfying in mixing up a bunch of ingredients in a bowl and an hour or so later having a big batch of fresh from the oven, still warm (or hot...depending on how long you wait to try one...lol) cookies cooling on a rack. Sure, in a pinch, I have purchased packaged cookies from my local grocery store. But, let's face it, there is really nothing as tasty as … [Read more...]

Southern Italian Turkey Pasta Puttanesca {w/Video}

I didn't grow up having traditional "Sunday dinners", however, my husband's family did. When we were first married and when our children were little, we ALWAYS went to my in-laws for a big dinner every weekend. As the years went by and my in-laws became older, the dinners were held more and more often at our home.  Even now, with our grown children scattered across the country, it is a tradition my hubby and I continue each week. And, both of our kids, even though they live alone, almost … [Read more...]

~CLOSED ~ The New “Must Try” PC Insiders Collection w/Meal Recipes & Giveaway

It is mid-March and even though...THIS...happened overnight, I am still hopeful that spring is on the way! The days are getting longer, the temperatures are getting into the "plus" column and the sun is starting to emit some heat...not a lot of heat, mind you, but definitely things are warming up. I have even seen some brave robins flying among the trees in our backyard. I don't know about you, but I am longing for barbecues, beaches and sipping a glass of something cold on the back … [Read more...]