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Jan 23, 2017 pic - pig

Odd how that question comes up occasionally. Regular readers of will know of the Paderno Nature Trust pan that I’ve had since March 2013 and how much buzz my Paderno posts seem to generate. Some folks would email and rave about their Paderno pans while others weren’t quite as positive.

I haven’t talked about that pan since November of 2015! I didn’t even realize that much time had passed!! Given that it’s now 2017, some of you have wondered about that Paderno Nature Trust pan and whether or not it’s still in my home. – Continue Reading

Jan 18, 2017 - making polenta

A little while ago, I posted about my love for the Martelli Organic Cornmeal Polenta. I’ve used it to make polenta numerous times and I finally feel ready to share my polenta making experience with all of you. Now, I should preface by saying I don’t have exact measurements when it comes to making polenta but I think that’s half the fun. I’ve learned to trust myself when myself when it comes to making polenta, to judge when to stop pouring the polenta into the boiling water, when to turn off the fire, and what to pair the polenta with.  While I may not be the best baker or the best cook, making polenta has been quite the culinary growth experience for me.

Making polenta for the first time…

I was convinced that making polenta would be an unbearable feat but truth be told, it wasn’t as hard as I thought it’d be. My beloved neighbour/pal convinced me that all it took was a little cornmeal, boiling water, and cooking magic to make the polenta. – Continue Reading

Jan 13, 2017 pic - snow 2014

I’m a big fan of ‘thinking outside the box’. There’s magic to be found within each of us but only if you take the time to discover it (is that even grammatically correct? Well, you know what I mean).

Case in point: big box of treats for sharing but there are no plates available. What is one to do? Well, truth be told, there were plates available but they were far away and no one at the table wanted to go get them. IIIIII certainly didn’t plan on moving any time soon.

My brain goes into over drive. My eyes search the table to see what might pass as a plate or bowl. There isn’t much really and I can’t very well tear the box holding all the treats. I decide to roam into the nearby drawer (which is much closer than the plates). My eyes fall on the roll of aluminum foil.

Bingo. pic-instant-bowl

Instant container.

A few quick moves and I’ve transformed a small square of aluminum foil into my very own personal bowl perfect for the mango pudding that I was sharing with a gal pal. Sorry, the pudding didn’t last long enough for me to take any more photos than the terrible ones you see here! pic-instant-bowl

What started off as a social gathering with food and laughter also became an exercise in creativity and ingenuity. Sure, it was born out of pure laziness since no one wanted to fetch the plates. While others simply used napkins to eat their dainty pastries, you and I both know napkins would never have held up well against the mighty pudding.

End result: pure brain genius at work.

Yes, I do amaze myself sometimes (and yes, it doesn’t take much!).

Things to do: think outside the box even for small moments such as these. I could also tell you about the time I used elastic bands and paper clips to help out a friend who’d broken her eye glasses but I’ll save that one for another day! 🙂

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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Jan 9, 2017 - lets-do-organic-organic-cornstarch

I have moments when I’m convinced I must live under a rock.

For the longest time I’ve wanted organic cornstarch to cook with but I didn’t want any old organic cornstarch. I wanted organic cornstarch that was also non GMO.

Now, some people might say, ‘Really? Organic non GMO cornstarch? Do you not have anything better to do with your life than lament for organic non GMO cornstarch?’ and they’re right. I’ve got plenty of other things I could be doing with my life (including cleaning the home but you know, that’s a chore that never ends holiday season or not). At the same time, things get stuck in my head and I end up pondering about life’s little wonders like…organic non GMO cornstarch.

And then, I spot it at my local health food store. Let’s Do…Organic Cornstarch. There it sat unassuming as ever on the store shelf and I had to pick it up to take a better look.

Yep, there it was. – Continue Reading

Jan 5, 2017 pic - product recall 2015 pic

First recall post of the year, I can’t believe it but there it is. Now, I have to apologize. There are just so many recalls that come out that unless I post about them daily, there’s just no way to keep them all current. So, I’ve only listed some of the more recent recalls but this is by no means an exhaustive list. Do yourself a favour and sign up for product recalls in your area. Always use these recall posts more as a reminder for yourself than anything else. Some may not affect you directly but it’s always good to be in the know!

Reading material and a bit of homework too: Do you live in the U.S.? Have your say. What do you think about the word “healthy” on the labels of the food you buy? If you live in the United States, this is some homework you may want to dive in to. Find out how you can share your thoughts with the FDA. Click here to learn more.

In Canada – Tupperware brand Southwest Chipotle Seasoning
Reason for recall: Salmonella Click here for more details

In Canada – Peekaboo Beans Inc. recalls Bean Playsuits
Reason for recall: Choking hazard Click here for more details

In Canada – Party City recalls Toy Tambourines
Reason for recall: choking hazard and laceration hazard Click here for more details

In Canada – TL Care, Inc. recalls Organic Newborn Robes
Reason for recall: Flammability Hazard Click here for more details

In the U.S.: Route 11 Issues Voluntary Recall For Sour Cream & Chive Flavored Potato Chips
Reason for recall: possible Salmonella Click here for more details

In the U.S.: TreeHouse Foods Amends Best By Dates in Voluntary Product Recall of Macaroni & Cheese Cup Products
Reason for recall: possible Salmonella Click here for more details

In the U.S.: American Roland Food Corp. Initiates A Recall Of Roland® Manzanilla Olives Stuffed With Anchovies
Reason for recall: product quality issue Click here for more details

In Canada: Milliken recalls Dry Carpet Cleaners
Reason for recall: may contain harmful bacteria. Note: a number of different name brands fall under this label so do check if you use dry carpet cleaners! Click here for more details

In Canada and the U.S.- Tea Living Tea Collection recalls children’s knit denim jacket
Reason for recall: Choking Hazard Click here for more details

In the U.S. – Southeastern Mills, Inc. Announces Recall of Certain Food Ingredients and Food Mixes
Reason for recall: Salmonella Click here for more details.

In the U.S. – Herr Foods Inc. Announces Voluntary Recall of Herr’s Brand of Smoked Chipotle Flavored Kettle Cooked Potato Chips and Peddler’s Pantry Smoked Dried Chipotle Kettle Cooked Potato Chips
Reason for recall: possible Salmonella Click here for more details.


Remember, I can only give you a snapshot of all the recalls that come out. Be vigilant and make sure you go directly to the source!

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, How to Report Product Problems and Complaints to the FDA Click here to read more.

Problems with E-Cigarettes, Vape Products, Hookah, Cigarettes or Tobacco? Tell FDA

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

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Jan 3, 2017
Posted in: All reviews pic - kids 2015

First post of 2017: it’s “good bye 2016” and “HELLO, 2017”. I, for one, am happy to see 2017 arrive. I don’t know about you but 2016 was quite the hectic year for me (mostly work related so I’m so glad that chapter is DONE.). The Christmas holidays were a welcomed treat that I really really REALLY needed. Family, friends, food, laughter, and some much needed R and R, I mean life is great when there’s time to appreciate the simple things in life.

As you can tell by this somewhat tardy post, I took my time getting back into the swing of things. With the holiday festivities slowly winding down, I can already sense the increasing back-to-work angst. You see, I decided to take a few extra days off so I wouldn’t go back to work right after January 1. While I greatly appreciate the extra time at home, I can feel the ever rising ‘OMG, I have to go back to work’ brewing at the back of my brain screaming to make its way into my every waking thought. However, I’m determined to not let that voice win.

After all, Spring is RIGHT around the corner. I can feel it already. Sure, it’s still freezing outside but Winter Solstice has come and gone and the days are getting longer and longer.  It’s no longer pitch dark when I get off work = BONUS!!! It’s really only a matter of time. pic - nature 2015

In this very moment, I choose to focus on positive things. Life is too short and I’m too good at fretting to do otherwise. So, to kick off 2017, here are some of my current favourites:

Food – oh wait, that’s not a new favourite. It happens to be an ongoing favourite as are family and friends! Silly me. However, all three deserve an ongoing mention because quite frankly, without them, life just wouldn’t be what it is. Over the holidays, I shared more stories with family and friends including one particularly captivating memory that involved a chimney, a present, a door bell, and Santa. Brilliant! pic - christmas

The new Pentatonix Christmas album (sure it’s not NEW anymore per se and it may not be Christmas anymore but I’m still listening to it!) - a-pentatonix-christmas-cd – this is a food blog website that I recently discovered over the holidays with fantastic recipes. I made pikelets (delicious) and flatbread (also delicious) using recipes from the site and I’m this close to creating a fan club for Nagi, the magician behind the site.

So, long story short: embrace 2017. In a time when the world is going topsy turvy, it’s easy to fall flat on your face in despair. Choose to be positive, to make the world better for those around you whether with a smile or a kind word. Random acts of kindness are still a favourite of mine. I’ve done a few already and it’s only January 3rd! pic - kids 2015

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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