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Jan 31, 2018 - crate 61 organics lemongrass soap

Our family likes to try new soaps. There are so many to choose from, so many scents and so many different styles. Carefully pick them and they’re relatively inexpensive too. Pick extra carefully and you might even get decent ingredients.

See this bar of Crate 61 Organics Lemongrass Soap? Well, we picked it up on sale as a combo pack which meant each bar was just under $2. Particularly enticing was the scent: lemongrass? We’ve never tried lemongrass scented soap before so decided to give it a go. - Continue Reading

Jan 25, 2018
Posted in: Recipes - hot milk cake

Is my name Julia Child?


Am I world renowned chef extraordinaire?

Gosh, NO.

So, it should come as no wonder that I occasionally make boo boos while I explore the world of food and all it has to offer. I am however, always trying to make my own little adjustments to recipes. I can’t help it. I’m like a child in a culinary sandbox. I adjust sugar content, add some healthier ingredients, and generally hope that I’ll get a decent result (fingers crossed).

One day, I stumbled on to a hot milk cake recipe. I never even knew a thing called hot milk cake even existed until I went gallivanting on the internet to find something new to try. Well, this is what I got. - hot milk cake

Hey, it was my first time making hot milk cake so I had no idea what it was supposed to look like. Sure, there were photos for me to reference but it didn’t mean mine will turn out that way. I mean, somehow I got a giant air pocket in the cake. I have NO idea how I did that!

Later on, I take a closer look at the recipe and well…it turned out that I misread the recipe and added far too much milk. So, what was a hot milk cake was now a hot extra milk cake! Who knew? - Continue Reading

Jan 3, 2018
Posted in: Thoughts pic - pig

I’ve been slow to post in 2018. I recognize that. It’s not that I can’t post or that I don’t have time to post (which is rare since I’m often too busy and spread out far too thin but hey, aren’t we all in our own ways?). No, it has nothing to do with that.

I think I’ve been slow to post because quite frankly, my first 2018 post of the year will sound almost identical to my Christmas post of 2017. I’m not being melancholy or melodramatic but 2017 gave me much to think about and reflect upon and I’ve come to appreciate that life isn’t about those big ‘ah HA!’ moments or all the dollars we throw at one another.

Life really is about the cherished memories we need to hold dear and the cherished memories we spend time creating. What’s lost often can’t be found and that’s a lesson many of us experience in varying doses so we should all remember to appreciate what we have in our lives and you know I’m not talking about the material frills and thrills. pic - snow 2014

I think back on 2017 and there are so many fleeting moments that I wish I could hold on to forever. Some were incredibly loving and teary while others were ridiculously funny (only to those involved!). Many involved good food (oh, my newfound love of pecorino cheese – good golly, that’s a keeper and I didn’t even get a chance to post about it but seriously, pecorino is delicious with a capital “D” in my books) and even more involved unexpected ‘thank yous’ or looks of gratitude from people I didn’t know.

As 2018 makes its presence known, let’s all make a pact to be better to one another, not just to the people you know, but to the people you don’t really know and to the people you didn’t even know existed. pic - winter  fun in the snow

Imagine how amazing 2018 would be.

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Dec 25, 2017
Posted in: Thoughts pic - christmas

An odd saying perhaps but fitting nonetheless.

Today is December 25th, Christmas as many would know it to be. For those who celebrate, there will be family traditions and presents to open but this holiday season I’m reminded of family and cherished memories.

Every day should be a valued day whether it be Christmas or not. Holidays like Christmas should remind us to be thankful of those around us and for those we don’t know that have crossed our paths and made our days a little brighter. The neighbour who randomly shows up with treats; the person on the transit who opens the door for you when your hands are full; the laughs you’ve shared with loved ones; the work colleagues who seem to be the only ones that get your jokes.

Take a moment to appreciate all that’s in your lives. It’s not about how much you have or how lavish your life may be. Take a moment and find the true meaning of what’s important to you. pic - christmas

Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and here’s to an even better 2018.

Reminder: this post was written by and for only and reflects the opinion of one wee small family. If you see this post anywhere else except on my site at, know that I have not consented to having any part of this post (or this website for that matter), to be re-produced, copied, or re-printed anywhere else. Practice ethical posting!

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Dec 12, 2017
Posted in: Recipes pic - chocolate pretzels with sprinkles

The holiday season is busy, chaotic, and unpredictable. Oh sure, you think it’s predictable but rarely is it ever. There is always something unexpected that shows up – a sudden invitation to a dinner party, a last minute event at your child’s school that requires baked goods, fantastic teachers leaving for maternity leave, you name it, it happens. There are farewells, greetings, and who knows what.

Now, I’m not the most prolific baker but I do have a handle on some recipes now and even then, I can’t necessarily get the time to turn on the oven. That’s when these little gems come in handy. - Continue Reading

Nov 30, 2017 - pc matcha green tea cheesecake

Have you ever seen this product on the shelf before? Matcha green tea cheesecake?

Huh? What?

This came to me courtesy of my adorable neighbour who regularly shares goodies with me. One time she made this delectable kale and quinoa salad – I ate the entire bowl for breakfast, no joke! I totally have to try and make some one day.

Anyhoo, I get a text from one fine evening and she shares this PC Matcha Green Tea cheesecake with me. Curious, I decided to take a slice. A closer look at the box told me this cheesecake also came with a coconut and cookie crumb crust. I like coconut so I was really hoping this would be a tasty treat. - Continue Reading

Nov 22, 2017 - cadbury dairy milk with pretzel and peanut butter

Anyone who regularly visits knows that I’m not a giant fan of chocolate. I’ve reviewed a number of chocolate products and most get mediocre comments at best. I often find chocolates too sweet to even do it justice. On the rare occasion, I find something I really really like that makes me really happy.

Enter Cadbury’s Dairy Milk chocolate bar with Pretzel and Peanut Butter. Boy, talk about a tasty piece of chocolate. The flavours of this chocolate bar blend so well I’m surprised other companies haven’t tried to mimic them! What makes this Cadbury’s Dairy Milk chocolate bar with Pretzel and Peanut Butter so special? - Continue Reading

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