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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 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

Nov 13, 2015 - paderno with cheese toast - nov 2015

Yes, you read that correctly: Paderno.

It’s been a very long time since I’ve mentioned my Paderno Nature Trust pan. Of all the reviews I’ve done, I feel as though the Paderno pans were the ones that generated the most varied feedback. The last time I posted about my Paderno Nature Trust pan, it was back in February 2015. It’s now November 2015 and what do you know, I still have my Paderno pan.

I continue to use my Paderno Nature Trust pan for the basic staples in my home. I make pancakes, French toast, omelets, grilled cheese sandwiches, and I’ll often use it to warm up leftover pizza and other doo dahs. I still believe the Paderno pan seems to work better when I temper it. – 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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Mar 17, 2015 - russbe reusable snack and sandwich bagsPlastic snack and sandwich bags, we’ve all used them at one point or another. With children running around, using these disposable bags seems like a no brainer but the truth is, they get tossed and add to our garbage piles. We often try to use our snack and sandwich bags more than once as a way of curbing the garbage but sooner or later, they do get tossed.

It should come as no surprise then that I was so excited to find Russbe Reusable Snack and Sandwich Bags as my local grocery store. They seemed like such a perfect replacement for the disposable bags. It came with 2 sandwich bags and 2 snack bags with fun colours and appealing designs.

Question is: are these Russbe Reusable Snack and Sandwich Bags any good?  – Continue Reading

Feb 6, 2015 - clubhouse pure vanilla extractCopyright© 2015 All Rights Reserved.

I browse, I look, I see, I ponder.

That’s what I sometimes do at the grocery store. I mean, it’s like a food library in there! Find the cover appealing? Pick it up and have a good look. Pick up a box, read the label, discover what’s inside. If I had the time, I could probably be in a grocery store for hours.

On this particular occasion, I zoned in on a bottle of Club House Pure Vanilla Extract. I always wonder about words like ‘pure’ and ‘natural’ so I wanted to take a closer look. I mean, how pure is it really? There’s really only one way to find out.

Guess what I found? – Continue Reading

Feb 4, 2015 pic - paderno nature trust pan feb. 2015Copyright© 2015 All Rights Reserved.

Every so often I do an update on my Paderno Nature Trust pan. The last time I even thought to talk about it was back in October 2014. It’s now February 2015 and I still have the Paderno Nature Trust pan. I still use it about once a week mostly for French toast and pancakes. On the odd occasion, I’ll use the Paderno Nature Trust pan to warm up leftover pizza or rice pilaf.

So, how’s the Paderno Nature Trust pan doing? – Continue Reading

Nov 11, 2014 pic - rasp microplaneCopyright© 2014 All Rights Reserved.

I know where my strengths are and they certainly aren’t in the kitchen. I’m a decent cook and I’d like to think that I occasionally have moments of pure genius creativity that leads to some pretty awesome meals. I wouldn’t be half as amazing as I am if it wasn’t for this one little kitchen gadget: the microplane.

Yes folks, the microplane.

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Oct 17, 2014 - paderno oct 2014Copyright© 2014 All Rights Reserved.

Back in March 2013, I received a Paderno Nature Trust pan from the folks at Paderno. Long story short, this is an update post about said Paderno Nature Trust pan. Why? Well…how do I say this? I often get asked how the pan is doing so I figured I’d post updates here and there.

It’s now October 2014 and guess what? I still have the Paderno Nature Trust pan. Does it still work? Yep. I usually use it to make omelettes, French toast, eggs, and that sort of stuff. I also use it to warm up leftovers like pizzas and tarts. That way, I don’t have to turn on the oven (remember, that’s another one of my pet peeves).
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Sep 14, 2014 - seventh generation natural dish liquidCopyright© 2014 All Rights Reserved.

Dirty dishes, we all have them. Dish detergent liquid is something we all have to use but they’re not all created equal. Some have a lot of garbage ingredients and just aren’t worth using which is why I like to try out different brands of dish liquids to find that I can live with.

Allow me to introduce you to Seventh Generation Natural Dish Liquid. There are a lot of different scents or you can pick up an unscented version as well. I decided to test out the Seventh Generation Natural Dish Liquid with lemongrass and Clementine zest. Let’s see how well it works. – Continue Reading

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