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Apr 30, 2017 - pacific-organic-pumpkin-puree-pumpkin-loaf

For the record, I love Pacific Food’s organic Pumpkin Puree. It is my absolute pumpkin puree. I discovered it at my local health food store. It was on sale and I decided to pick it up and try my hand at making my own pumpkin loaf. My entire family loves eating pumpkin loaf but I never dared to make it. I mean, pumpkin puree? I had no clue how to use it.

Armed with this box of Pacific Organic Pumpkin Puree, I tried it and made the best pumpkin loaf ever which I promise to share one day soon. For now, let me focus on this delectable pumpkin puree because quite frankly, it deserves the attention! – Continue Reading

Apr 25, 2017 - lancetre organic le port royal cheese

Once upon a time, I used to think all cheeses were alike. See cheese on sale, buy cheese on sale. Eat cheese, enjoy cheese, yummy yummy in my tummy.

As it turns out, eating and enjoying food isn’t quite that simple or that easy. Over time, I learned to read labels and pay attention to the ingredients that went into my body. Sure, I don’t always choose the healthiest options but I’m at least more mindful of what gets consumed.

Then, one day, I discovered L’Ancetre cheese and I’ve been hooked ever since. Recently, L’Ancetre has come out with even more options for us conscious consumers. Check out their Le Port-Royal cheese, an organic cheese made with 50% less salt and a hit of garlic and parsley!

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Apr 20, 2017

My home is a mess, an absolute mess. There are papers and piles everywhere because well, life is busy. Let’s just leave it all that. You know we’ve all been there at one point or another. Well, I’m currently there right now (who am I kidding, I’ve been here a while).

So, when I had a spare minute to go through some of my piles, guess what I discovered?

India Arie.

Do you know who she is?

If you don’t, you need to watch this video, featuring one of her earlier works, which also happens to be titled “Video”.

This was the first song I ever heard India Arie sing, many moons ago, and listening to it after all these years reminded me of why I adore her so. In this one song, India Arie reminds us to love ourselves as we are and not be confined by materialistic, superficial elements that often get thrown our way.

Don’t believe me? Here’s a quick sample of the lyrics from her “Video” song:

“I’m not the average girl from your video
And I ain’t built like a supermodel
But I learned to love myself unconditionally
Because I am a queen
I not the average girl from your video
My worth is not determined by the price of my clothes
No matter what I’m wearing I will always be
When I look in the mirror and the only one there is me
Every freckle on my face is where it’s suppose to be
And I know my creator didn’t make no mistakes on me
My feet, my thighs, my lips, my eyes, I’m loving what I see.”

(India Arie, “Video”)

The lyrics are humble, easy, powerful, and so so true. The song may be almost 20 years old but when you’re good, you’re good. Its message: timeless.

As we raise our children in an ever changing society, imagine for one second how different the world would be if we all just loved ourselves as we are, when we can be proud to just be ourselves and in turn, respect others for who they are.

One can only hope.

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Apr 15, 2017 - sensible portions chia and quinoa pita crisps

This was a random buy. I was intrigued. Pita crisps? Chia and quinoa? Hm…The Sensible Portions Chia and Quinoa Pita Crisps looked promising. Non GMO, quinoa and chia seeds, no cholesterol or trans fats, the Sensible Portions Chia and Quinoa Pita Crisps seemed like an ideal school snack alternative. - sensible portions chia and quinoa pita crisps

Cut to the chase: so happy I discovered this product!
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Apr 10, 2017
Posted in: Thoughts pic - pipe cleaners

I try to be a label reader. I really do. Generally, I like to pick up a product and read its label before I plunk it into my shopping cart. I know money is hard to come by. We all know that.

Is it easy to read labels though?

I’m not so sure.

Let’s do a little exercise, shall we? Imagine you’re at the grocery store and you happen to walk by the little containers of applesauce. You see two applesauce products sitting side by side one another both from the same company.

Let me introduce you to Exhibit A.

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Apr 5, 2017
Posted in: Recipes pic - streusel coffee cake
Am I natural baker?

Um, NO.

Do I try? Do I make an effort?


Am I also humble enough to admit when I fail?


Am I will to persevere and keep trying?


Case in point: streusel topped coffee cake. I’ve always loved those streusel topped coffee cakes that you get from the grocery store. The crunchy bits on the top are my favourite. What I didn’t like was how sweet the store bought coffee cakes were. The excessive use of sugar seemed to overwhelm all the other flavours in the coffee cake. – Continue Reading

Apr 1, 2017 - bolthouse-farms-berry-boost-smoothieSometimes, I wander the aisles in the grocery store. I have a few minutes to spare and I pick up different products to gander at their choice of ingredients. I read a few labels, I think, and I move on.

On this particular day, I picked up the bottle of Bolthouse Farms 100% Fruit juice smoothie. There are a variety of flavours. The one you see pictured here is their Berry Boost smoothie.

I take a good look at their bottle, the packaging, the words and then I start thinking. For starters, I never make smoothies at home. I just don’t. I’d rather eat the whole fruit. Occasionally, the family might pick up a smoothie while we’re out and about but really, they’re not part of our everyday repertoire.

Oh, I should apologize in advance: I took these photos while I was in the store. They’re not the best quality, wobbly handling and all. What can I say? – Continue Reading

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