CLOSED ~ Kellogg’s Treats Make a Difference! {Giveaway}

It’s that wonderful time of year again when snowflakes fall, and festive lights brighten the sidewalks. It’s also time to celebrate the fifth annual Kellogg’s Rice Krispies #TreatsForToys program! To make sure no child goes without the magic of the holidays, the Kellogg’s Rice Krispies #TreatsForToys program has once again partnered with The Salvation Army to encourage Canadian families to create a toy-shaped Rice Krispies treat and submit a photo on TreatsforToys.ca or share it in social … [Read more...]

Turkey Falafel Bites – Appetizer

One of my favourite times of the year, the Christmas holidays are quickly approaching.  It’s funny, but when I think about Christmas, my thoughts are never about gifts, either given or received. My memories always centre on things like family gatherings, seeing old friends, the smell of a delicious Christmas dinner cooking. The emotions a special ornament can evoke as you carefully remove it from storage and hold it gently in your hand for the first time since last season. These are the … [Read more...]

Who Will Care for the Carer? #CareForACarer

If you have ever been the carer for a loved one (“carer” is a term used to describe someone who provides unpaid assistance to someone in need), you will definitely understand what I’m about to say, “being a carer is often a lonely, stressful and overwhelming task”. I know this is true because I have been there. Before their deaths, I cared for my mother-in-law and along with my siblings, cared for my mom when she was in declining health. “Old women in Oxford Church of Christ” by Sami Ben … [Read more...]

How to Make Caramel Squares

Years ago, I made these squares quite often and they were always a huge hit. But for some reason...my age perhaps??.... I forgot all about them until a couple of days ago. I was thumbing through some older recipe books and discovered this recipe, scribbled on a piece of paper, shoved between some pages. I love so much about these squares! They’re caramel, which is a nice change and the caramel frosting is amazing. Plus they’re chock full of coconut and walnuts, so really, how could you go … [Read more...]

~ CLOSED ~ $450 CDN #BlizzardBucks Giveaway, Open WW, Ends 12/4

I don’t know about you, but I am already starting to stress over the upcoming holidays. There is always so much to do! Between buying gifts for everyone on our list, entertaining, lots of big dinners and special treats; cash will be flying out of my wallet faster than a runaway train. If you’re in the same situation and will be going through cash at an alarming rate, do I have the perfect giveaway for you! A group of 27 bloggers, including me, have banded together to lighten the … [Read more...]

Dietitians Can Help You Combat the Fall Flu Spike

Fall has arrived in all its glory! Unfortunately, the not so glorious Fall Flu Spike has also arrived! This is the time of the year when those of us spending our days in enclosed spaces, such as classrooms, shopping malls, office buildings and entertainment venues are more susceptible to becoming sick with influenza and then bringing those germs home to our families. In fact, studies show school children often bring germs home from school and spread them to their parents and younger siblings, … [Read more...]

Chocolate Walnut Ice Box Cookies

The cooler weather these days has me back in the kitchen, baking up a storm and this time it’s Chocolate Walnut Ice Box Cookies. I don’t know about you, but I find I don’t tend to do as much baking during the warmer months, as I do in the fall and winter. It’s most likely related to the hot, humid weather + hot oven = even hotter kitchen equation! I was digging through some old recipes yesterday and found this one for Chocolate Walnut Ice Box Cookies, that I haven’t made in years. I … [Read more...]

11 Remembrance Day Facts

Photo attribution: Oak Lawn Images   "In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, ..." These are the opening lines of Canadian Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae's famous war memorial poem, In Flanders Fields. McCrae, an army surgeon, wrote the entire poem while sitting on the tailgate of an ambulance on May 3, 1915, during the second battle of Ypres, Belgium. His ode to the fallen has become synonymous with Remembrance Day ceremonies around the world. 11 … [Read more...]

4 Tips to Avoid the Dreaded Fall Flu Spike

Even though I am still missing the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer, there are so many things about the fall season that I love too.  The gorgeous reds, oranges, and yellows of the deciduous trees, visiting our local Farmer's Market, marvelling at the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables and the brilliant blue of the sky on a cool, crisp autumn day. However, there is one thing about this time of year that I do not love and that is the arrival of the much-dreaded cold and flu season, … [Read more...]

How to Make Turkey Pot Pie

Here in our home, we love turkey and eat it often. It's often the star of not only our Sunday dinners, but many a weeknight meal too! I love how tasty and versatile turkey is. Not only is it perfect for a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings, but is also the star of many other meals such as sandwiches, casseroles, soups, salads and my personal favourite, Turkey Pot Pie. I have made this simple and absolutely delicious, Turkey Pot Pie my entire married life. It’s a great … [Read more...]

October 29th is World Psoriasis Day ~ What You Need To Know

If you don't live with it yourself, I am pretty sure you probably know someone who has the skin condition, psoriasis.  I personally know a couple of people and in my career as a nurse, I helped care for many people who were living with psoriasis. If you are unfamiliar with this condition: Psoriasis is an inflammatory condition characterized by lesions, which are areas of inflamed skin where the cells grow too fast. This creates red, scaly, thick patches of skin (called “plaques”). … [Read more...]