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Jul 31, 2015 - pc elk crossing ice cream

I honestly don’t know how the folks at President’s Choice do it but they are constantly coming up with new ice cream flavours and new products in their PC lines. It’s an amazing feat and I’m sure a lot of research and brain power goes into every single product that makes it on to the shelf.

Case in point: Elk Crossing Ice cream one of the many ice cream flavours in the PC’s signature Ice Cream Shop flavours lineup. I was at my local Loblaws when I came across its yellow and white packaging. That tub of PC Elk Crossing Ice Cream spoke to me. Actually, I think it was calling my name or maybe the peanut butter cups that were in the tub of PC Elk Crossing Ice Cream were calling my name. I’m not sure which but I’m sure I heard something.

Either way, that tub of ice cream came home with me and I’m glad it did. – Continue Reading

Jul 30, 2015
Posted in: Thoughts pic - nature 2015

Wow, when time flies, it flies FAST.

One minute school was out. Next minute, we’re getting ready to go back to school. The Pan Am games have come and gone but the hot weather is STILL HERE. Mind you, I’m not complaining. It’s summer so I expect it to be hot (although super hot days tend to freak me out a bit because I just don’t recall temperatures being this high when I was a child but that’s a story for a different day).

So, what’s up with all the rambling? – Continue Reading

Jul 28, 2015 - mushroom phyllo pocketsYes, they’re made with phyllo pastry but it’s so much more than just little bundles of delicious goodness.

No folks, these are little mushroom phyllo pockets that my daughter and I put together a while back. I should have completed this post years ago but never got around to it. Then, one day, I’m reviewing all our images and realized a)I never posted about these mushroom phyllo pockets and b) we haven’t made them in a while.

We love phyllo pastry but don’t use it quite as often as we’d like. Using phyllo pastry is easy enough but it does take a little TLC. The end result though, is almost always miraculously decadent and delicious.

What makes phyllo so amazing is how incredibly versatile the fillings can be. Savoury or sweet, the options are endless. Translation: a big kid’s culinary paradise! – Continue Reading

Jul 26, 2015 pic - clueless in the kitchen book

It’s no secret, I’m not a great baker and I’m probably a decent cook at best. I cook for the family but would never arrive at a potluck with anything I’ve made on the stove. I’ll bake for potlucks but that’s about it.

Through thick and thin, there have been a few cookbooks in my life that just SPEAK to me. Over the years, I’ve tossed out a number of recipe books because they didn’t work for me but there are two books that I use all the time and I’ve had them since my early days (translation: pre-baby and maybe even pre-getting married) and they’re both from the same author: Evelyn Raab.

Evelyn Raab is a miracle worker.

I have two of Evelyn Raab’s recipe books: Clueless in the Kitchen and The Clueless Baker. Here’s what my copy of Clueless in the Kitchen looks like today. All things considered, the cover is still in pretty decent condition although the pages are quite well loved (translation: butter stains, folded corners, you know, that sort of thing). pic - clueless in the kitchen book


My copy of The Clueless Baker looks so much better. It isn’t as old as the other book but trust me, the pages are equally loved. - the clueless baker book

My daughter loves both books. She’s read them to the point where she’s actually memorized her favourite pages (the definitions are particularly funny)! Evelyn’s books are humourous and witty but most importantly, they make me want to bake and cook.

Well, there I was at the bookstore browsing through the cookbook section when a glimpse of a familiar book caught my eye. I couldn’t resist and yanked out the book. There it was: a fresh copy of Evelyn Raab’s Clueless in the Kitchen cookbook. pic - clueless in the kitchen book

I just stood there with that book in my hands and sighed. Yes, it says ‘a cookbook for teens’ and while I may not be a teen (and I wasn’t when I first bought this book), the recipes stand the test of time and age of the chef nouveau!

When you’re good, you’re good. What can I say?

This post is dedicated to Evelyn Raab: thank you for making recipe books for people like me. You take the intimidation out of cooking and baking. If it weren’t for your books, I’m pretty sure my child wouldn’t have fresh baked goods and home cooked meals to enjoy!

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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Jul 25, 2015
Posted in: Thoughts pic - bee 2015

Take a moment.

Look carefully.

This is what I love to see: Mother Nature doing what she does best. Life has been pretty busy lately and sometimes I feel like there’s barely any time to think let alone walk slow enough so I can appreciate the world around me.

A quick glimpse at the gardens I walked past and I take a double take.

There it is.

Time seems to slow. My feet stand still. I stop to admire. I grab my phone to snap a few photos (I couldn’t even see the image on my phone so thank goodness they turned out okay!). pic - bee 2015

Despite all our attempts to make our lives better, really, it’s the simple things that matter. Yes, we all need to earn a living to pay bills and cover our expenses but this world wouldn’t be the same without these little guys.

Honey bees, bumble bees, they all serve a purpose. Yes, they might be a little annoying especially when you’re having a picnic or barbecue (although I think wasps give them such a bad reputation!). Without bees, I wonder: would we have the trees, the flowers, the crops that we have now? What would the world look like without them?

I don’t want to imagine that EVER.

Today’s post is dedicated to all the folks who work to make this world a better place for these little creatures.

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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Jul 24, 2015 pic - product recall 2015 pic

I don’t know what’s going on but there seems to be a lot of recalls and updates lately. Apologies for this post. I didn’t want to do a recall post so soon after the last one but I also didn’t want to have too many recalls lying in the background waiting to be shared. Take a look below and make sure you’re well informed!

1. In Canada:Party City Canada recalls Spring Magic Re-Lite Birthday Candles
Reason for recall: Flammability Hazard and not because they’re candles but because they can spontaneously re-light! Now, not many have been sold but it warranted a mention so we can all stay informed. Click here for more details.

2. In Canada and the U.S.: UPPAbaby recalls Strollers and RumbleSeats Bumper Bar Reason for recall: choking hazard. With over 8,000 units sold in Canada and over 27,000 sold in the U.S. and multiple models affected, this is serious! Click here for more details about this Advisory.

3. In Canada and the U.S.: Teavana recalls Glass Pitchers
Reason for recall: you could get hurt. Over 4,000 units sold in Canada and over 52,000 sold in the U.S. Click here for more details.


Here are a few recent developments to keep track of.

1. If you live in the United States:
From the FDA: Public Advisory Committee Meeting on Essure Permanent Birth Control
Date to remember: September 24, 2015
Why? The Obstetrics and Gynecology Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee has a meeting open to the public to discuss a particular product for permanent female sterilization.
Click here to find out more details.

2. Another one if you live in the United States:
FDA to Hold Public Meeting in Preparation for International Cooperation on Cosmetics Regulation (ICCR) Meeting
Date to remember: September 10, 2015
Why? Because, if you can attend, you deserve to have your say.
Click here to find out more details.

3. Good for everyone! Learning more about Food Sold in Glass Jars
Most of us have probably purchased food in glass jars but we sometimes forget that there are certain safety precautions to be Click here for more details.

4. Health Canada taking new action to improve acetaminophen safety, reminds Canadians about safe use
You know acetaminophen and I know acetaminophen but do you know why Health Canada is taking this new stance? Click here for more details.

5. FDA Strengthens Warning of Heart Attack and Stroke Risk for Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
Looks like Canada isn’t the only one making changes. Click here for more details.



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.

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

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Jul 23, 2015 - charlie and the chocolate factory pop up book

The Roald Dahl books are a big hit in our home. We’ve watched the original Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movie with Gene Wilder a gazillion times and the novel is a staple in our home.

Recently, my big kid and I stumbled across this gem of a find: the Roald Dahl Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Pop-Up Book. I never even knew this version existed until we saw it sitting on the table waiting to be purchased. With illustrations from Quentin Blake, this book was a winner even before we opened it.

No joke, this Roald Dahl Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Pop-Up Book is a definite winner.

– Continue Reading

Jul 22, 2015 - nature valley peanut butter granola thins

I love almost all things peanut butter because I’m a firm believer that almost everything tastes better with a dollop of PB on it. Ice cream? Definitely. Morning toast? Yep. Dinner? Totally.

I practically jumped at the opportunity to grab this box of Nature Valley Peanut Butter Granola Thins. It was on sale at my local grocery store for under $2. Look, I KNOW it says ‘peanut butter flavoured coating’ (translation: likely, not real PB) but I just couldn’t resist. I mean, granola plus PB? Come on! – Continue Reading

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