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Dec
9
2016
Dec 9, 2016

 

thingsthatwedo.com - martelli-organic-cornmeal-polenta

I’m not the best baker and I’m certainly not the best cook on the planet but I do like to try new things (within reason). Recently, my adorable neighbour/pal called me over to get food. She’d made too much polenta and lovingly insisted that I take some home.

Well, how could I resist?

Best part: the polenta was delicious and she convinced me that it was easy to make. In theory, all I had to do was get some cornmeal, add it to boiling water, and by the magic of cooking, it’ll make polenta that I can cut into chunks, fry up and pair with whatever I so please.

Hey, it sounded easy (in theory) but the first task was to find the cornmeal.

Enter my local Italian grocery store. I browse the aisle and all the different brands of cornmeal that are available. My eyes land on the Martelli Organic Cornmeal Polenta.

Why? - Continue Reading

Dec
5
2016
Dec 5, 2016

thingsthatwedo.com - froot-loops

I’m a big fan of label reading. I don’t claim to understand everything I read (nutritionist I am not) but I try my best to navigate the ingredients and make purchases that make sense for my family. Occasionally, I’ll browse the aisles and ponder the varieties that intrigue my eye. My daughter does the same thing (an important life skill if you ask me).

During one particular trip to the grocery store, I decided to pick up the box of Froot Loops. I won’t lie, I’ve had the odd Froot Loop here and there. They’re sweet, they’re crunchy, and they are oh so colourful.

Have you ever taken a good look at a box of Froot Loops? - Continue Reading

Nov
30
2016
Nov 30, 2016

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Sigh, I suppose it is about time for me to post another recall update.

Reading material: from the FDA What to Ask Your Doctor Before Taking Opioids

Reading material: from the FDA – 2016 Food Safety Survey Report

Reading material: from the FDA – Microbiological Surveillance Sampling: FY16 Cucumbers and Hot Peppers

In Canada – Kickee Pants Recalls Layette Converter Gown & Knotted Hat Set sized 6-12m and 12-18m
Reason for recall: Flammability HazardClick here for more details

In the U.S.:Sabra Dipping Company’s Recall of Hummus Prompts Secondary Recall of Mediterranean Chicken Hummus Sandwich
Reason for recall: Listeria Click here for more details

p.s. by now you should be aware of related Sabra recalls. If not, here are some of them:

In the U.S.: National Recall by Sabra Dipping Company Leads to Secondary Recall of Deli Sandwich in Pittsburg (PA), Cleveland (OH) and Buffalo (NY) Markets

In the U.S.: Sabra Dipping Company’s Recall Prompts Secondary Recall of Mediterranean Style Chicken With Hummus Sandwiches in Washington Due to Possible Health Risk

In the U.S.: National Recall by Sabra Dipping Company Leads to Secondary Recall of Deli Sandwich in Northern California and Nevada

In the U.S.: Sabra Dipping Company’s Recall Prompts Secondary Recall of Vegetable Products

In the U.S.: Sabra Dipping Company Issues Voluntary Recall Of Certain Hummus Products Because Of Possible Health Risks

In the U.S.: Sabra Dipping Company Issues Voluntary Recall Of Certain Hummus Products Because Of Possible Health Risks

In Canada: Food Recall Warning – Certain Sabra brand hummus products recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes

Read on for more recalls about other products…
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Nov
28
2016
Nov 28, 2016

thingsthatwedo.com - a-pentatonix-christmas-cd

December 25th may be right around the corner but I am having a Pentatonix Christmas right now.

As in, RIGHT NOW and I have no intent of slowing down.

Yes, Pentatonix has been blaring in our home every single day for the past 3 weeks. I’ve been having a jolly good Pentatonix Christmas and I’m ECSTATIC. There’s Christmas music and then there are the sweet harmonies and melodies made by Pentatonix who continue to make acapella magic. If you haven’t picked up your copy of A Pentatonix Christmas, you should. - Continue Reading

Nov
21
2016
Nov 21, 2016
Posted in: Recipes

thingsthatwedo.com - caramel peanut crunch

This is living proof that you don’t always have to know what you’re doing in the kitchen to make something tasty.

There I was standing in the kitchen aimlessly staring at these caramel squares that somehow ended up on our table. Then it hit me: I wanted to melt them down to make a snack of some sort. The only problem was, I wasn’t prepared so I had no recipe to lean on. I threw caution to the wind and decided I’d just rummage through the cupboards to see what I could pull together. I ended up with some peanuts and pretzels.

Perfect. - Continue Reading

Nov
17
2016
Nov 17, 2016

thingsthatwedo.com - scotch-essentials-sweater-pill-remover

If you’re a regular reader of ThingsThatWeDo.com you’ll know I’m not a big fan of shopping. It’s an activity that just doesn’t agree with me. Malls with all the bright lights and noise are just far too excessive in my humble opinion. Now, clothes come and go and your favourites are always the first ones to get tossed because they’re overworked and overtired and show their age far too soon.

Enter Scotch Essentials Sweater Pill Remover. My big kid found this for me during one of our random excursions. We were browsing the aisles at one of our local stores and she gives me a poke and a jab towards the Scotch Essentials Sweater Pill Remover. Intrigued, I picked it up and read the box. - Continue Reading

Nov
14
2016
Nov 14, 2016

thingsthatwedo.com pic - product recall 2015 pic

Recalls galore, from flammability hazards to fall hazards to fire hazards and more and this isn’t even a comprehensive list! Take a gander below, be sure to sign up and receive recall notices directly in your email, and always be wary.

Reading material: from the FDA Food Safety for People with Diabetes

Reading material: from the FDA – Beware of Illegally Marketed Diabetes Treatments

Reading material: from the FDA – How FDA Helps You Make Healthy Food Choices

Reading material: from the FDA – How to Treat Impetigo and Control This Common Skin Infection

In Canada – Ganz recalls Ganz brand children’s sleepwear
Reason for recall: Flammability HazardClick here for more details

In Canada and the U.S.:Kidde Recalls Talking Combination Smoke and CO Alarms
Reason for recall: alarm is faulty so you think it’s working but it’s not. That’s my summary but read actual details by clicking on the link. Over 1 million were sold in Canada and over 3 million were sold in the U.S. so this is no laughing matter. Click here for more details

In Canada – Trane Recalls Furnaces
Reason for recall: Electrical HazardClick here for more details

In Canada – Mini Kids Inc. recalls Peng Da Bao Bei brand children’s sleepwear
Reason for recall: Flammability Hazard Click here for more details

In Canada and the U.S.: The L.D. Kichler Co. recalls Kichler Krystal Ice Ceiling Light Fixtures
Reason for recall: Fire Hazard Click here for more details

In Canada: Peg Perego recalls Children’s 850 Polaris Sportsman Ride-On Toy Vehicle
Reason for recall: burn and fire hazard Click here for more details

In Canada – Recall Re-Announcement: IKEA Canada recalls IKEA Chests of Drawers
Reason for recall: Physical Hazard Click here for more details

In Canada – Updated and Expanded Recall: Samsung Electronics Canada Inc. recalls Certain Top Load Washing Machines
Reason for recall: Physical Hazard Click here for more details

In the U.S. – ICAPP Voluntarily Recalls Certain Lots of Frozen Strawberries
Reason for recall: Hepatitis A Click here for more details

In Canada and the U.S. – Pier 1 Imports recalls Glass Knobs
Reason for recall: Laceration Hazard Click here for more details.

In Canada and the U.S. – GD Midea Air Conditioning Equipment Company recalls various brand dehumidifiers
Reason for recall: Fire Hazard Click here for more details.

In Canada and the U.S. – Trek Bicycle Corporation recalls Farley Bicycles and Framesets
Reason for recall: Fall Hazard Click here for more details.

In Canada and the U.S. – Fox Factory, Inc. recalls Mountain Bike Shock Absorbers
Reason for recall: Fall Hazard, Physical Hazard Click here for more details.

In Canada – Updated Food Recall Warning – Mr. Christie’s brand Arrowroot Biscuits
Reason for recall: potential off-taste Click here for more details.

DO YOU HAVE A COMPLAINT ABOUT A PRODUCT?

Remember, I can only give you a snapshot of all the recalls that come out. Be vigilant and make sure you go directly to the source!

Health Canada – how to report a consumer product. If you experience an incident with a consumer product, you need to know how to report it. Click here to read more.

In the United States, if you have a complaint about a particular medicine, medical device, or food product, contact the FDA. Click here to read more.

Problems with E-Cigarettes, Vape Products, Hookah, Cigarettes or Tobacco? Tell FDA

Stay tuned to ThingsThatWeDo.com. We’ll continue to keep you all posted of product recalls and safety tips!

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