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May
28
2016
May 28, 2016
Posted in: All reviews, Thoughts

thingsthatwedo.com pic - chameleonI love the smell of freshly cut ginger. It’s so rich, so intense, and so so very fragrant. I use fresh ginger in a number of dishes and it never disappoints. Over the past few years, our family switched to using organic ginger because it tasted better and by better, I mean stronger. What I’d need 3 or 4 slices of regular ginger to accomplish, I could do it with just a few thin slices of organic ginger do pack the same punch and boy did each piece pack a kick.

I’m not kidding. A little sliver of organic ginger goes a really long way. I’ve used it to make fresh ginger tea with a good helping of honey (I hate getting sick) and I’ve used organic ginger in a number of different stir fries.

Now, I’m not a ginger expert by any means but sometimes things catch me a little off guard.

Case in point, see picture below. - Continue Reading

May
25
2016
May 25, 2016

thingsthatwedo.com pic - kids 2015

Okay, I know I’m supposed to post intermittently but sometimes, I just can’t contain myself. I know posting sporadically means I can’t always be as swift as I’d like but I try to get information out as quickly as I can without causing myself too much undue stress.

Well, this is a special post for our readers who live in the United States. I recently received an update that the FDA will be releasing new Nutrition Facts label on packaged foods. Why? The new labels are supposed to make it easier for all of you to make those informed consumer choices about the food you eat.

I’m posting 2 links you might find useful as you do a little research on this subject.

From the FDA Voice: Unveiling the New Nutrition Facts Label

From the FDA website: Changes to the Nutrition Facts Label (with a lot more concrete details)

This is incredibly exciting so do yourself a favour and read up on all the new changes!

Reminder: this post was written by and for thingsthatwedo.com only and reflects the opinion of one wee small family. If you see this post anywhere else except on my site at thingsthatwedo.com, 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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May
24
2016
May 24, 2016

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It’s times like these that I really don’t miss my product recall posts. It seems like everywhere I turn there’s yet another Listeria recall. Well, don’t let those overwhelm you. Stay mindful and don’t forget, there are other recalls too including baby carriers that pose fall hazards (yes, to the baby, you read that correctly) as well as a series of other recalls.

In Canada – Dollar Tree Canada recalls Doctor Playsets
Reason for recall: Choking hazard Click here for more details

In Canada and the U.S. – Black Diamond Recalls Black Diamond Brand Camalots and Black Diamond Camalot Ultralights
Reason for recall: fall hazard. Click here for more details.

p.s. related to this, Black Diamond Recalls Black Diamond Brand Index Ascenders (left & right), also joint recall in Canada and the U.S.

In Canada and the U.S.: Recall Re-Release: Miniland Educational Corporation recalls Moogy Fastening Toy
Reason for recall: possible choking hazard Click here for more details

In Canada and the U.S.: Klein Tools recalls Digital Clamp Meters
Reason for recall: electrical hazard Click here for more details

In Canada and the U.S.: phil & teds USA Inc. recalls V5 Dash Strollers
Reason for recall: pinch hazard Click here for more details

In Canada: Canadian Tire Corporation Limited recalls AutoTrends Heated Seat Cushion
Reason for recall: burn hazard Click here for more details

In Canada: Updated Food Recall Warning – Organic Matters brand Organic Hojicha Green Tea
Reason for recall: Salmonella Click here for more details

In Canada: Toys”R”Us recalls Imaginarium Safari Stacking Cubes
Reason for recall: choking hazard Click here for more details

In Canada: Buffalo Import & Trading Co. recalls Montania Mountain children’s jackets with drawstrings in the hood area and around the waist
Reason for recall: strangulation hazard Click here for more details

In Canada: TwinGo LLC recalls TwinGo Original Carrier
Reason for recall: fall hazard. Of all the recalls, I think this one worries me the most – a baby carrier that could have a fall hazard for the baby in the carrier? Ugh..makes me shudder. Click here for more details

In Canada and the U.S.: Robert Bosch Tool recalls Bosch Small Angle Grinder
Reason for recall: risk of burn from overheating Click here for more details

LISTERIA!

Listeria continues to stay centre stage. Keep in mind, this might not even be the most extensive list so if you want the most comprehensive updates, do yourself a favour and subscribe to the appropriate lists to get ongoing recalls and updates (e.g. FDA and CFIA, see links below, keep scrolling!).

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May
20
2016
May 20, 2016
Posted in: Recipes

thingsthatwedo.com - cinnamon apple bread pudding

I have to admit it, I can’t believe I’m going to say this, but I think I’m getting better at this baking business. I actually baked my first ever bread pudding! Not only that, I made it extra special because I added cinnamon, fresh apple sticks, and some applesauce for good measure. All that baking must have come in handy because it gave me the confidence to try something new. This cinnamon apple bread pudding is actually quite easy to make with ingredients that most of us have ready in our pantries. - Continue Reading

May
15
2016
May 15, 2016

thingsthatwedo.com - gh cretors chicago mix popped corn

Let’s cut to the chase: if you’re looking for something yummy to snack on, you should really try the Chicago Mix by G.H. Cretors Popped Corn. I mean, I love eating popcorn but I don’t always like the pre-packaged stuff. Sometimes, it’s too bland and sometimes it’s too salty or sometimes it’s just plain old stale. So when a friend recommended I try the Chicago Mix by G.H. Cretors Popped Corn, I jumped in for the taste test but I did so with some hesitation.

Well, this Chicago Mix by G.H. Cretors Popped Corn is my newfound favourite popcorn. - Continue Reading

May
11
2016
May 11, 2016

thingsthatwedo.com pic - product recall 2015 pic

Sigh. Product recalls, they’re relentless! Here are a few key highlights. For the most up to date, be sure to sign up to get recalls directly in your emails. See below for more details but I’m telling you right now, Listeria is the big headliner so I’m just going to clump them all together.

In Canada – PAPP International Inc., dba Beaver Books Publishing recalls Search & Smile Board Book Series with mirror
Reason for recall: Choking hazard Click here for more details

In Canada – Loblaw Companies Limited recalls Joe Fresh® Boys Swimsuits
Reason for recall: pinching and injury hazard. Over 300,000 units sold since 2013 so please check your closets! Click here for more details.

In Canada: Northern Transition recalls children’s jackets with waist drawstrings
Reason for recall: entanglement hazard Click here for more details

In Canada: Specialized Bicycle Components Canada Inc. recalls Flux and Stix Lights
Reason for recall: Burn hazard Click here for more details

In Canada: Casablanca Fan Company recalls ceiling fans
Reason for recall: product safety Click here for more details

In Canada: Munchkin Baby Canada Inc. recalls Munchkin Latch Lightweight Pacifier & Clip
Reason for recall: choking hazard Click here for more details

LISTERIA!

By now, I think almost everyone has heard about all the Listeria recalls. Here’s a long list of recent recalls related to Listeria. It’s by no means comprehensive (I doubt anything ever will) but at least it gives you some perspective to ponder. Advance notice, it’s a long list.

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May
10
2016
May 10, 2016
Posted in: Thoughts

Mother’s Day, a day that has different meanings for different people and different families.

On Mother’s Day, I received a “Happy Mother’s Day” email from a friend of mine. Contained within that email was this video link, Anita Renfroe’s song “Momisms” sung to the familiar William Tell tune.

I watched and had a giant chuckle. While my big kid isn’t quite old enough for me to say all the momisms mentioned in Anita Renfroe’s song, I have to confess that I’ve already done my fair share. The fretting about, the worrying if my kid is too hot or too cold, if she’s been polite, if she’s done her homework, if she’s ready for school, and the list goes on and on. The hubby watched it too and had a good laugh.

I think it’s fair to share that most of those ‘momisms’ are actually ‘parentisms’.

Would I change any of it? I don’t think so.

I even showed the video to my big kid who also thought it was funny. She did point out that I don’t tell her to stop texting (thank goodness we haven’t reached that stage yet) but even she noticed that we did pester her from time to time.

Sigh, what can I say? I’m a mom and the hubby is definitely a dad.

Will we ever change? I highly doubt it.

thingsthatwedo.com pic - kids pic

It should then come as no surprise that we spent Mother’s Day as one family unit. We hung out, we had breakfast together, and appreciated each other’s company and yes, I baked too. I made a classic coffee cake (that actually turned out perfectly if I do say so myself) and tried my hand at a new lemon cookie recipe (definitely needs more lemon juice next time).

If you have any spare time this week or if you just want a little giggle, watch Anita Renfroe’s ‘Momisms’ video. In fact, you may have to watch a few times to fully take it all in.

Reminder: this post was written by and for thingsthatwedo.com only and reflects the opinion of one wee small family. If you see this post anywhere else except on my site at thingsthatwedo.com, 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!

Copyright© 2016 ThingsThatWeDo.com. All Rights Reserved.

May
7
2016
May 7, 2016
Posted in: Thoughts

thingsthatwedo.com pic - ice cream in cooler weather

Happy birthday to us, happy birthday to us, happy birthday to us…happy birthday to us!

*throw confetti*
*bring in the giant birthday cake*

Today is a big day for us: ThingsThatWeDo.com turns 5 years old. What began as a little pet project has now grown into a 5 year labour of love and dedication.

Over the past 5 years, much has changed. We’ve all grown a little older (and hopefully a little wiser) and we’ve all become busier (judging by our email correspondences!) but ThingsThatWeDo.com continues to focus on easy family things. The product recalls continue to pile up (no change there), reviews on different products and foods continue to roll along, my big kid occasionally contributes a thought or two, and we even changed up our look to include bigger photos (although I definitely don’t have a career as a future photographer!).

thingsthatwedo.com - crayola fun effects twistables

Biggest personal achievement this year for me on ThingsThatWeDo.com? I’d have to say it’s my ongoing determination to bake. Sometimes, I post my mistakes because we all need a good laugh and other times, I’m stunned at how tasty my baked goods are. I’ve also come to the conclusion that my oven runs too hot and my new ‘quality’ baking sheets are too good at what they’re supposed to do. They make my cookies brown faster than what I’m used to. With my old baking sheet I had a lot more freedom to make mistakes because under-baked cookies are always better than over-baked ones.

Case in point.

thingsthatwedo.com - burnt cookies

Despite the burnt smells and the fumbles, I still trek on because when I’m good at baking, I’m really good.

thingsthatwedo.com - soft ginger cookies

Things to do today of all days: to celebrate life’s little achievements.

Today’s post is dedicated to all of our readers at ThingsThatWeDo.com. Through the years, we’ve shared different conversations by email and we’ve had quite the few chuckles and you continue to stick by us when we switched to intermittent posting. Thank you for your ongoing feedback and support, for growing and laughing with us, and for staying true to who you are.

Stay positive, stay well, and continue to make the most of each day.

Sincerely,

Jenna (big kid thumbs up)
ThingsThatWeDo.com

Reminder: this post was written by and for thingsthatwedo.com only and reflects the opinion of one wee small family. If you see this post anywhere else except on my site at thingsthatwedo.com, 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!

Copyright© 2016 ThingsThatWeDo.com. All Rights Reserved.

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