A – Z Blogging Challenge – C

This recipe is from a former co-worker of mine.  I'll caution you to resist the urge to double the recipe, if you do, trust me, you'll eat it all!!  We make it every Christmas and it is unbelievably good!!  "C " Cranberry Pistachio Bark1 pound good quality white chocolate (I use Belgian)1 cup dried cranberries1 cup shelled pistachiosMelt chocolate in the top of a double boiler.  Let cool to room temperature.  Roast pistachios at 350 degrees F. for 5 - … [Read more...]

Living Green, One Tip at a Time – (a weekly feature)

Living Green, One Tip at a Time - # 6  -  Reuse  (part 1)Garage sales:  shop at and hold garage sales, it's a lot of fun and a great way to reuse products.Reusables:  switch from disposable to reuseable products:  food and beverage containers, cups, plates, writing pens, razors, diapers, towels, shopping bags, etc.Donations:  Donate (and buy used):     - household items - clothes, furniture, dishes, books, sports equipment, … [Read more...]

~ A – Z Challenge 2011 ~ the letter “B”

I LOVE to cook and bake so I thought I would do recipes for the A - Z  Challenge 2011.  They're all tried, tested and true and I hope you enjoy them!! This was my Mom's recipe - it's simple, it's easy and it's so delicious!! "B" Mom's Banana Bread 1 cup white sugar 3 ripe bananas 4 Tbsp. melted butter 1 1/2  cups flour 1/4 tsp. salt 1 tsp. baking soda 1 egg In a medium bowl sift together flour, salt and baking soda.  Set aside.  In a large bowl mash bananas to a thin … [Read more...]

~ A – Z Challenge 2011 ~ the letter “A”

I LOVE to cook and bake so I thought I would do recipes for the A - Z  Challenge 2011.  They're all tried, tested and true and I hope you enjoy them!! "A "  Artichoke Dip 1 bottle artichoke hearts 2 large cloves garlic 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese 1/2 cup mayonnaise Drain and squeeze out artichokes.  Finely mince garlic.  Combine all ingredients and mix well.  Put in small ovenproof dish and bake at 350 degrees F. for 20 minutes.  Serve with crackers or sliced … [Read more...]

Ten Amazing Foods

As a bit of a follow-up to last Wednesdays post,  I did some research and based on their nutritional and health benefits, compiled the following list of what I found to be the top 10 foods. (In no specific order) Berries Apples Tomatoes Broccoli Almonds Olive Oil Salmon Whole grains Yogurt Citrus Fruits Do you agree/disagree? What are your picks for top 10? Bon appetite !!! Monica … [Read more...]

Our book club’s choice for April

This is the book we are reading for April.  I LOVE animals so I'm very much looking forward to reading this book.Apparently, the story is told as a series of memories by a 90+ year old man, Jacob Jankowski, who was a veterinarian and now lives in a nursing home. Has anyone read it?Did you like it?Will I need kleenex???Monica … [Read more...]

Living Green, One Tip at a Time – (a weekly feature)

                                          #5  EARTH HOUR 2011 - It's time to go beyond the hour"Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand against climate change. … [Read more...]

Eating a Healthy Diet

Eating a healthy diet is important for people of all ages and is a critical factor in determining how we look and feel.   However, as we age our dietary requirements change and we often require fewer calories but just as many, if not more, of the same nutrients.  (Ex. Calcium & Vitamin D)So, how do we know we are achieving our satisfactory daily nutrition? Well, because “I am Canadian” I will refer to Canada’s food Guide.  (I’m sure most other countries have … [Read more...]

Living Green, One Tip at a Time – (a weekly feature)

# 4 Reduce-Reuse-Recycle Part 1 - Reduce (...con't from  March 12  )As much as possible, create a tree-free home: -       replace paper napkins with cloth napkins-       replace paper towels with a special set of cloth towels or cut up old t-shirts for great towels and just wash and reuse -       purchase bleach-free, toilet paper that is made from the highest post-consumer waste content … [Read more...]

Osteoporosis

Approximately, 1 in 4 women over the age of 50 have osteoporosis.  Sometimes referred to as the “silent thief”,  it usually has no symptoms and is a disease characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue.  These lead to increased bone fragility and risk of fracture,  particularly of the hip, spine and wrist.   The following are crucial to your bone health: Getting plenty of calcium -  Your bones depend on calcium for … [Read more...]

Our book club’s choice for March

This month our Book Club is reading, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See.  I've just started reading it but some of the members  (the "keeners"!!) have already read it and seemed to have gained a lot of insight into another culture.  Have you read this book?  What are your thoughts?Don't give away any surprises...remember I've just started it!!MonicaMarch 27/11 - Update - just finished this book, I quite liked it and found it to be an absorbing … [Read more...]

Living Green, One Tip at a Time

# 4 Reduce-Reuse-Recycle     Part 1 - Reduce The critical first step of waste prevention has been overshadowed by a focus on recycling. Please help to promote a greater awareness of the importance of the "Reduce" part of the Reduce-Reuse-Recycle mantra. Simplify: Simplify your life as much as possible. Only keep belongings that you use/enjoy on a regular basis.  By making the effort to reduce what you own, you will naturally purchase less/create less waste in the … [Read more...]

Living Green, One Tip at a Time ~ Tip #3

Living Green, One tip at a Time -   Tip #3 -  Plant a Tree or Two or Three Tip #3 - Plant a Tree or Two or Three ~ Most of us know that planting trees can help the environment. Trees trap CO2 emissions, minimizing the effects of global warming. Did you know they also have many other beneficial effects such as:  cooling your home capturing dust particles from the air reducing noise pollution imparting beauty and serenity stabilizing soil and preventing runoff … [Read more...]

Hot Flashes 101 ~ Hot Flashes and Menopause

Photo credit: Gary Soup via Visual Hunt / CC BY Hot flashes and menopause -- it's almost impossible to think of one without the other. Hot flashes are the most common symptom of perimenopausal and menopausal women; according to some studies, affecting about 85% of these women.  Most women have mild to moderate hot flashes, but about 10–15% of women experience such severe hot flashes that they seek medical attention. When you're having a hot flash, you may experience: a feeling of … [Read more...]