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Apr
30
2014
Apr 30, 2014

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You’re at the toy store looking around for a fun little gift for a child you know. Then you spot this little package. Oh, it’s a magic WORM?

Interesting.

Well, I got this for my big kid a while ago. She likes worms and she loves to learn how to do new things so I figured this little magic worm would be a big hit.

Yep, I was right.

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Apr
29
2014
Apr 29, 2014
Posted in: Recipes

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Wow, now you know we’re getting adventurous. Over the past little while, my daughter and I have been baking more often. This weekend, we decided to make brownies. That’s a huge leap for me because the last time I made brownies a few years back it did NOT turn out so well. We browsed through a number of different recipes and finally settled on one that we then modified slightly to suit our taste buds.

If you like a light brownie that’s chocolaty but not too rich, then this recipe might just be for you. The best part is, if you know we can make it, you can too!

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Apr
28
2014
Apr 28, 2014

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I love pomegranates. I love how pomegranates taste. They burst with that little pop and crunch releasing tart yummy goodness. Pomegranates are high in antioxidants but they are a pain to eat. The only problem is, cracking open a pomegranate has never been easy.

A long while back, I heard about a neat way to open a pomegranate but didn’t get a chance to try it out until now and I’m glad we did. It was fast, easy, and kind of fun! Mind you, I couldn’t remember exactly HOW we were supposed to do it so I’ll just tell you the way we did it.

First, lob off a portion at the top of the pomegranate exposing some of the inner beauty of the pomegranate. At that opening, take your fingers and do a little tugging and pulling to stretch it a bit more. This part is crucial.

Next comes the fun part.

Hold the pomegranate, open side facing downwards in your palm. Keep your fingers spread out slightly and make sure you have a big bowl underneath. Then, take a big spoon/ladle and gently whack the pomegranate. Next thing you know, you’ll have little pomegranate seeds flying right into the bowl.

Take a look!

I have to say, this was the easiest way to enjoy a pomegranate. We had a big giant bowl to scoop and devour and the best part: it was all fresh. If you’ve never tried hacking into a pomegranate this way before, give it a try especially after a long day at work!

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Apr
27
2014
Apr 27, 2014
Posted in: Thoughts

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Oh my, can you believe it? ThingsThatWeDo.com is almost 3 years old! I haven’t done the math yet but that’s a lot of posts when you consider we still post daily. It’s been so busy in our home lately that it suddenly donned on me this quiet weekend morning that our 3rd anniversary is right around the corner.

Over the past 3 years, ThingsThatWeDo.com has certainly grown quite a fair bit. On this very quiet weekend morning, I’m going to sit here and reflect about the past 3 years.

Remember my ’30 day habit’ posts? Oh my, that was interesting. WAAAAY back when, I had these terrible eating habits. I used to love snacking at night. Once I established my 30 day habits, my health and body changed. Who knew small little changes like brushing my teeth with my daughter and skipping the morning coffee line could make such a big difference?

Fast forward to today and I’m happy to say that for the most part, I’ve been able to maintain those habits. I brush my teeth with my daughter at night (thus minimizing my chances of eating after dinner) and the doctor’s office confirms that my body continues to benefit from these small life changes.

I won’t go into details about the whole 30 day habit thing, but if you’re interested, you can click here to read those earlier posts.

For the time being, our family is going to enjoy today before the busy week starts all over again. My daughter and I will put our brain waves together and see if we can come up with a fun post for May 7.

Let’s just see!

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Apr
26
2014
Apr 26, 2014

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I was at a local specialty kitchen supply store, browsing around, taking a look at the different products. Of course, there’s the usual – pots and pans, cupcake holders and all that jazz. Then, I saw this container: Wilton Candy Dips.

I do a double take.

What is THAT?

Now, those of you who are experienced bakers might be quite familiar with this product but I’d certainly never seen it before.

Question is: would you use Wilton Candy Dips?

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Apr
25
2014
Apr 25, 2014

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Time for your weekly dose of recalls. Learn about bikes that fall apart, mitts that overheat and burn, different forms of tobacco and of course, LEAD.

Recall – Canada and United States: Felt Bicycles – Triathlon Bicycles Reason for Recall: part of the bike can break, thus posing some serious dangers! This is a joint recall in Canada and the United States. Click here to read more.

From the FDA: Recognize Tobacco in its Many Forms I’m not a smoker so this reminder from the FDA was an intriguing read. Dissolvable Products? Who knew? I certainly different which is why it’s good to stay informed. Click here for more details.

Recall – Canada: Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Plate with Stand Reason for Recall: lead. Enough said. Click here to read more.

Recall – Canada: Kombi Sports Inc. – heating gloves, mitts, chargers and lithium-ion rechargeable batteries Reason for Recall: the batteries can overheat and burst. Lovely, that’s one way to get your hands warm minus the smell of charring flesh! Click here to read more.

DO YOU HAVE A COMPLAINT ABOUT A PRODUCT?

Health Canada – how you can 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.

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

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Apr
24
2014
Apr 24, 2014
Posted in: Thoughts

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One day, I went out with a friend. She had errands to run and I went along for moral support. Tasks are done and we find ourselves in a pet store full of fish and other living things that live in water. We browse and I see the usual – goldfish, frogs, more goldfish, snails, you know that sort of stuff.

And then I see THIS.

Do you know what it is?
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Apr
23
2014
Apr 23, 2014

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Remember those green onion roots that we plunked into water? Well, guess what? They’re still alive! Take a look at the green onions now. Over the past little while, the roots have been sitting in water on our kitchen table. Every day, we observe their growth and made note of changes.

It is absolutely fascinating to watch those little green onions sprouting new roots, sprouting new life. On most other occasions, we would have thrown out those roots and look at them now. Every day, my daughter would wake up and then exclaim at all the changes that happened over night.

Now, I have to be honest, we could have been more scientific about the entire process. We could have measured how tall the green onions were growing and charted the information but we didn’t. Nonetheless, it continues to be the highlight of our day.

Next step: getting some dirt and planting these little green onions!

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