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May 31, 2015
Posted in: Recipes, Thoughts - no bake chocolate almond pretzel bites

If you’re looking for a recipe for no-bake chocolate treat in today’s post, you’ll be disappointed. If you’re looking for a mildly humorous read on how I clean out leftovers in my fridge, then today’s post just might hit the mark.

I think it’s safe to say that I generally don’t follow recipes. I read a lot of different baking recipes (and no-bake ones) and I tend to fiddle faddle with them until I get something I might be interested in making. On this particular occasion, I realized I had a lot of little bits left over in my fridge. I had some leftover dark chocolate that no one cared for, some almond slivers that I’d been neglecting, and a handful of pretzels from who knows where. I didn’t feel like eating any of them and I was pretty sure no one else in the home wanted to either. But, I didn’t want to toss them out.

So, I did some deep thinking. - Continue Reading

May 30, 2015 pic - product recall 2015 pic

There are few recalls in today’s post which is a good thing. The bad news: these are scary recalls. Nails and needles in potatoes, Staphylococcus bacteria, and a knife with a locking mechanism that doesn’t work? Sure, there’s no e-coli or salmonella in these recalls but that doesn’t take away from their severity.


1. In Canada- Updated Recall: President’s Choice brand hummus and dip products
Reason for Recall: Staphylococcus bacteria. Yikes!! This is extra scary for me given my love of dips and spreads. Not cool! Click here for more details.

2. In Canada – Loblaws Farmer’s Market brand and Strang’s Produce brand Russet Potatoes
Reason for recall: tampering of the product. Potatoes have been found with needles and nails in them! So far this has been issued for select provinces in Canada but I felt it was important to bring awareness to the matter. You can never be too careful! Click here for more details.

3. In Canada and the United States – Gerber Legendary Blades Recalls Cohort Knife
Reason for recall: laceration hazard which sounds funny given that it’s a knife being recalled. The recall however is being issued because the lock mechanism may not work as planned which means you could end up with a cut when you least expect it. Over 11,000 units sold in Canada and over 150,000 sold in the U.S. Click here for more details.



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.

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.

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May 29, 2015
Posted in: Thoughts pic - robin of 2015

This is the elusive robin that I’ve been trying to take a photo of since Spring arrived.

Confession: okay, it’s not the one and only robin I’ve been trying to snap a photo of since Spring arrived. In fact, I’ve been trying to snap a photo of A robin since Spring arrived but I’ve never been quick enough to do so. I’m either getting finger-slow (as opposed to slow for anything else) or I’m camera-slow (as in I’m too slow grabbing said camera to take the photo) or quite frankly, I spend so much time staring at the robin that I forget to get the camera.

On this particular occasion, I just happened to have my phone in hand and there just happened to be a robin busily attacking its meal for the moment. Next thing you know, ‘click click’ and I’ve got myself a photo of a robin from the Spring of 2015. Okay, it’s not a GREAT photo but it is A photo. It’s better than nothing!

Sounds goofy, I know, but I love seeing robins in the springtime. That moment when I see my first robin of the season, I love that feeling. The robin might as well be saying, ‘bye bye winter’ because that’s exactly how I feel when I see it.

What can I say? I think robins are super cool.

Thank goodness it’s Friday, folks. It’s the last Friday of May 2015. It’s about time we get some decent weather!

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May 28, 2015 - pc organics vegetable stone wheat crackersWhy PC Organics Vegetable Stone Wheat Crackers? Well, that depends.

If you like crackers and you’ve been munching away on them then you may want to compare the ingredients on your favourite box with this box of PC Organics Vegetable Stone Wheat Crackers.

There’s a particular brand of veggie crackers that my big kid tried a while back. She liked it but I wasn’t a big fan of it. I took a gander at the ingredient list on THAT box of veggie crackers and I was completely grossed out.

Fast forward to this box of PC Organics Vegetable Stone Wheat Crackers and I was intrigued enough to pick it up for a taste test. - Continue Reading

May 27, 2015

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it’s times like this that I yell, “See SEE!” (and that’s not the grossest pic I could have used. Do a simple internet search of images for ‘ticks’ and  you’ll see much worse. I’m not kidding.)

Our family, like many others, likes to be out and about in the warm weather. There are so many outdoor activities to enjoy. Hiking, swimming, having fun in the playground, camping, these are just a few of the fun things you can do in the warm weather.

Inevitably the “T” word comes to mind. Then, my ‘ew gross’ face appears and I feel like flinching.

Almost everyone knows about mosquitoes but I’m always surprised at how little people seem to care about ticks.

Ticks and Lyme disease.

There’s no denying it but the two go hand in hand.

So, what is a family like mine to do about ticks?


Make sure the entire family knows about ticks and the harm they can do. Tick bites are no laughing matter. They may seem small but they could be carrying a myriad of bacteria. The better protected you are, the less likely you are to fall prey to a tick bite.

The hubby did a little research and has learned of areas to avoid. He’s learned about preventative measures to take so we’ll be that much safer when we do go for a hike in the woods. Even the big kid has learned her fair share of tick facts.

Things to do: learn about ticks. I’ve include a few links below from the FDA and Health Canada to get you started.

From Health Canada: Risk of Lyme disease to Canadians

From Health Canada: Prevention of Lyme disease

From the FDA: Beware of Ticks … & Lyme Disease

From the FDA: Protect Yourself Against Tick-Borne Disease

Ticks. One word: gross.

One more word: avoid.

End of story.

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May 26, 2015 - summer fresh light hummus

The weather may be getting warmer but that is not why I like the Summer Fresh Light Hummus. If you’re a regular reader of, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of dips and spreads (well, okay… most dips and spreads) and sometimes I’ll use them on my breakfast toast instead of the typical jam or butter.

For a while now, I’ve been testing out different types of hummus with different flavour profiles and it suddenly hit me that I miss eating just regular plain old hummus without all the bells and whistles. I end up at the grocery store, I browse the shelves with all the dips and spreads and decided on the Summer Fresh Light Hummus.

Hey, the Summer Fresh Light Hummus boasts to have all the flavour with 70% less fat (see the first pic). Guess what? They were right! - Continue Reading

May 25, 2015 - PC waffle cones with PC chocolate ice cream

No, I haven’t done it yet this year but I’m sensing that it’s about to happen sometime soon. The weather is getting warmer which means in the very near future, my freezer will have a few cartons of ice cream just screaming to be enjoyed.

Come on, you have to admit that photo of ice cream wedged inside a waffle cone sure does look enticing, doesn’t it? - Continue Reading

May 24, 2015
Posted in: Recipes - lemon cake with marble twist

I’m a decent baker and one day when I grow up, I’m going to be a great baker. One thing I’ve got going for me: I’m creative and sometimes I can be a bit of a baking daredevil (because I’m not going to climb a tall building any time soon).

You see, I have this one fall back cake recipe that I’ve used many many times. It started out as a lemon cake recipe (I’ve posted it before and I’ll include a link at the end of this article so you can find it easily) but since then I’ve tried to do different things with it. Sometimes, I’ll switch up the flours and I’ll add a bit of ground flax or whole wheat flour. Other times, I’ve added a cinnamon streusel topping. It always seems to taste pretty good (THANK GOODNESS).

On this particular occasion, I wanted to make my big kid an extra special treat as a school snack but I wasn’t really in the mood to be overly adventurous to test out a new recipe. It suddenly came to me: why not use the basic cake recipe from my lemon cake recipe, separate some of the batter, add some cocoa and turn it in to a marble cake?

Yep, that’s what I did. - Continue Reading

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