5 Tips for Recovering from the Flu {w/Recipe}

Although I am still missing the warmer weather, I do admit to loving this time of year. We recently had a couple of major snowfalls and the ground and trees are blanketed in a thick, white luxurious coat. This is a great time to get out of the house and go for a long walk in the crisp, clean air. Even though we're a month into the new year, for me, it always feels like it is a fresh start.  With the end of the warmer weather, our lives seem to reset and we get back to a more “normal” routine. … [Read more...]

Grammie’s Oatmeal Molasses Brown Bread

I mentioned in an earlier post how most of Canada is now in the midst of the "dog days" of winter.  I live on the east coast and we have already been totally pummeled this year and winter has officially, barely begun. On December 23rd we were entombed in ice more than an inch thick, lost power for days (many for up to 11 days!) had four successive snow storms and are now in the midst of bone chilling, record-breaking cold temperatures. What is a girl to do with all of this wild weather but … [Read more...]

Butternut Squash Risotto With Pancetta

Butternut Squash Risotto with Pancetta ~ My husband and I are not big on all the hoopla of candy and roses that are often associated with Valentine's Day. Sure, when we were dating I received roses and candy but honestly, $70.00 or $80.00 for a bouquet of roses and $20.00 for a heart-shaped box of chocolates, (which has about 8 chocolates), is not our thing. We would much rather spend that cash on a nice bottle of wine and ingredients for a delicious dinner at home. We like to cook … [Read more...]

Money Resolutions Twitter Chat

Disclosure: This is a partnered post with Tangerine Bank. However, all opinions and views on this post are 100% my own. Oh, mid January, how I dread you! It's dark when I leave for work and dark when I come home. The temperatures haven't seen the plus side of zero in weeks and all the fun family times and excitement of the recent holidays are a distant memory. And to add insult to injury...along with the normal monthly expenses, the holiday bills are starting to roll in. To prevent this … [Read more...]

Cranberry Orange Muffins

I think by now you are all aware of my obsession with muffins. Honestly, I think I could live on muffins alone! That reminds me of something. I remember working as a nurse on some of the hospital units and physicians would occasionally admit patients, usually women, under the diagnosis of "Tea and Toast Syndrome". What usually happened was, these wee women were living on their own. They didn't have the will or inclination to go to the bother of preparing a nutritious meal, just for … [Read more...]

Oven Subs are Delicious & Simple to Prepare

My husband first made these delicious Oven Subs several years ago, I have been hooked ever since!  We will often have them on a Friday or Saturday evening when we are looking for a simple meal that requires minimal preparation and time. One of my favourite things about these is the ability to customize the sandwich to suit each person's individual tastes and wants. I am not a big meat eater, so I always make mine a "veggie" sub, my husband on the other hand is a meat lover, he always packs … [Read more...]

10 Easy Tips to Save on Your Energy Bill

The cold winter months with tons of snow and bone chilling temperatures have officially arrived. I don’t know about you, but after all the fun, family and food that happens during the holidays, getting back to a “normal” life has been tough. My daughter and I bundled up and heading out for a cold winter walk. January, February and even March here on Canada’s east coast can be brutal. I’m already longing for the warm days when I can sit out on our deck...but with lots of snow and minus 21C … [Read more...]

The Top 10 Recipes of 2018

As cliché as it sounds, I really find it difficult to comprehend it is now 2019.  Can you believe it has been 20 years since 1999 has come and gone? Do you remember all the Y- 2000 millennium hype? I sure can! At that time, I was working in the Operating Room of our regional hospital and I remember we spent months preparing for any possible untoward outcome....and thankfully, there were none. Before totally engulfing myself in a new year of blogging and challenges, I always find it … [Read more...]

Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato Pinwheel Appetizers

Last week I was going to a girls get together with some family and friends. I wanted to take some of the burdens off the host and offered to bring along an appetizer. (Although, that being said...there ended up being enough food on the buffet table to feed a small army for a week...lol, so I don't think I was much help!) A couple of Christmases ago, I made some Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Pinwheel Appetizers...but apparently, we were all quite hungry that evening.  As it turned out, they … [Read more...]

Do You Prepare A Nativity Tray?

Christmas Eve is tomorrow...YIKES...and I want to share with you a tradition in our home. This Christmas Eve will be our seventeenth year to prepare a Nativity Tray, which is actually a medieval English custom. I first read about this custom in the book, Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach. I thought it was such a wonderful thing to do. To me, it epitomizes the spirit of, “goodwill toward men”. If you have the Simple Abundance book you can read all about the Nativity Tray on the … [Read more...]

Hello Dolly Squares {aka Magic Bars} ~ Special Edition

This recipe has been around for as long as I can remember. Just about everyone I know has some version of the super popular, Hello Dolly Squares (aka Magic Bars). I have no idea where the name of these squares originated. However, in my active mind, I imagine this scenario: Fifty, sixty, seventy or one hundred years ago someone created these squares. She (yes...c'mon, it had to be a woman who created these delicious layers of yumminess!) had no name for them, they were just a layering of … [Read more...]