Thursday, November 24, 2011

Who Knew??

I am an avid user of Bath and Body Works lotion.  But sometimes, I get carried away and buy so much, there is not enough days in the year to wear it.  I went to apply one of my favourite lotions after neglecting it for a while, only to find that is smelled funny.  Just off.  Not a big deal.  I will chuck it and but some more, after all, I have no idea when I bought it, and there is no stamped expiry on the bottle.  So I venture into my local BBW store, and as I am running around smelling everything, a very nice employee approaches me to see if I need any help.  I tell her I am hoping they have some Secret Wonderland since I think mine is expired.  She says, "Just bring it in.  You will get a new one.  No receipt. 100% satisfaction guaranteed."  So even though, I admitted to having no idea how old this cream was, I can still take it in and get a new one.  Fabulous!  I love customer service like this!

Have an awesome Thursday, and to my American friends, have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Sunday, November 20, 2011

Chicken Fajitas

So I fell off the face of the Earth. Or rather, I feel like I was pushed off.  The Universe just wants to laugh at me as I find my way back.

So I thought I would share a fabulous recipe to welcome myself back to my poor deserted blog. And maybe, in the next few weeks, you may hear my rants about why I drank a lot of wine neglected my blog.

2 Large Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
2 tbsp Canola Oil
Dash of Fresh Pepper
1/2 Red Pepper, sliced
1/2 Red Onion, thinly sliced
1 tbsp Lemon Juice
1/2 cup Mild Salsa
1 Tbsp Cilantro
10 Flour Tortillas
Optional Toppings:
Sour Cream
Cheddar Cheese
Hot Sauce

Cook chicken in oil until no longer pink.  Add peppers and onions and cook until tender crisp.  Add lemon juice, salsa and cilantro.  Cook on low until heated through. Place tortillas on a plate and microwave for 15 seconds. Scoop fajita mixture onto tortillas and top with grated cheddar, sour cream, and for fun, a little hot sauce.



Saturday, August 6, 2011

Back-To School Shopping...Already??

Where on earth has this summer gone?  Being a bargain hunter, I have noticed a lot of emails from stores saying "Back-to-school sales", so I decided to try something a little different this year.  I will not spend more than $10 on a piece of clothing for my kids.  This includes pants, hoodies, polos, pajamas, whatever.  Today's trip to the nearest Osh Kosh & Carter's store cost me $48.93 CAD and this is what I got:

10 pieces of brand name clothing for an average of $4.89 each...Not too shabby!


Sunday, July 24, 2011

Beach Bums

What do you do when the temperature hits 35.4 Degrees Celsius or 95.7 Degrees Fahrenheit?  Pray for snow, then remember you have to shovel it, then head to the beach!  This week we were very thankful that Lake Ontario never seems to warm up.  Cobourg Beach, in my opinion, is the cleanest and safest beach around.  Highly recommended!


Friday, July 22, 2011

iPhone VS Blackberry


It's true my friends, I am stepping out of the stone-age and into modern technology.  But, I have no idea where to start.  So I am asking for a short comment on which phone you would choose and why.  That's it, one simple question, iPhone or Blackberry??


Friday, July 15, 2011

This Is So Fun!

Can you guess what these fun little containers have in them?  Homemade, kid-friendly, lip-smacking, tasty lip gloss!  A very good friend of mine came up with this fantastic idea, great for little girl's birthday parties, mommy and me time, or a rainy day activity.  Slip over to 3JewelsInMyCrown and see how you can make your own fruity lip gloss!

Have a fabulous weekend everyone!


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Death to House Work

This post is a bit of a rant about the way I am feeling lately.  First of all, my house is for sale, which basically means, just pretend you live in it.  I hate house work to begin with and a for sale sign means I have to do it constantly just in case someone decides to come through it.  My children are 2 going on 20 and 6...enough said.  When the agent calls, I run around like a headless chicken, jamming our dressers full of unfolded clothes and kicking toys under the beds.  If people could only see it my way they would appreciate the mess and see that this house has lots of floor space for the 8034680 pieces of Lego my son owns.  And they could also see there is ample room for a never ending train track which runs through the rec room, into the laundry room and back, then circles around the computer desk.  And to top it all off, they would notice the fabulous air flow that makes the dust bunnies scurry out from underneath the furniture when the wind blows.

Where is Mary Poppins when I need her to clean my damn house?!

Here is hoping this house sells soon so I can enjoy summer outside and not worry about the mess inside.



Wednesday, July 13, 2011

I've Been Featured!

Skinny Bean

I am flattered to be featured by a fellow Canadian blogger over at Skinny Bean!  I have only just begun blogging and I am still finding my way around this blogger world.  

Thank you so much Jill!


Wordless Wednesday

~These are the moments we live for~


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Cucumber Salad

Local cucumbers and tomatoes, what could be better??


1 English Cucumber
1 Medium Tomato, seeded and chopped
1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
3-4 Tbsp White Wine Vinegar
fresh ground black pepper
sea salt

Peel some of the cucumber skin, and slice.  Cut each slice in half.  In a medium bowl, add cucumber and sprinkle with sea salt.  Let sit in the fridge for about 5-10 minutes to allow cucumber to crisp.  Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine mustard and vinegar.  Add to cucumber and stir.  Add tomatoes and pepper just before serving, and mix well.  Enjoy!


Thursday, July 7, 2011

Naturally Clean Produce

Baking Soda

Baking soda has a million and one uses, but my favourite is cleaning produce.  With all of the things we find stuck to our fruits and veggies like waxes, pesticides and just plain dirt, I think it's important to clean them the best we can.  Simply rinse produce, sprinkle with baking soda, rub, and rinse.  Done!


Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Picture Perfect Photo Challenge #2 - Faces

There is nothing cuter than a really bad case of bedhead on a toddler.    

You can visit For The Love of Blogs to like this picture and view many other amazing photos.

Thanks for stopping by!

Naan Pizza

In my opinion, Naan flat bread makes the BEST pizza crust.  They are also the perfect size for individual pizzas, especially when there are picky kids involved.  Here is my recipe for a great pizza.


Small container of pizza sauce
Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
Parmesan cheese, grated
All natural smoked salami, 
All natural oven roasted ham
Sweet cocktail tomatoes, thinly sliced
red pepper, chopped

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Ahh Fruit flies!


Let me just say, I HATE fruit flies.  I swear they follow me home from the grocery store, hitching a ride on everything I buy, even if I didn't buy anything from the produce department.  This week I bought strawberries, and even though they are long gone, I have fruit flies.  So I turn to the only thing that works: Wine.

1. Grab a cereal bowl.
2. Pour enough red, or sweet fruit wine, to cover bottom of bowl.
3. Cover with plastic cling wrap, and pull tightly.
4. Use a toothpick and poke about 20 holes.
5. Leave sitting out over night, and voila!  The little buggers should be trapped and half drunk!


Saturday, June 4, 2011

My Daughter's Christening Gown

I made this gown for my daughter's Christening.  I used cotton thread and it took me weeks to complete with a tiny crochet hook.  I have been asked many times, how much would you charge to make a gown?  Honestly I have no idea.  Therefore, I have never made another one.

So friends, just out of curiosity, how much would you pay for a handmade Christening gown?

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

My Sucky Advice

Well, I did it.  I finally convinced my 2 year old daughter that her sucky is lost forever.  And honestly it is lost.  All 5 of them are lost and I refuse to buy more.  She is surprisingly fine with it.  Except when she is mad at me, of course.  When my daughter was born, she came out screaming, and didn't stop till about 10 months old.  During my last night at the hospital, I had asked the nurse to take her from my room so that I could get a solid 2-3 hours of sleep, since she would not settle.  The nurse was kind enough to take her for about 6 hours and woke me up in the morning with a very content baby, sucking on a disposable nipple stuffed with tissue.  Apparently they had run out of actual soothers, and out of desperation, made one.  Thus started the days of the "sucky".

Don't get me wrong, I am open to the idea of soothers.  They worked well for both of my kids.  But by the time they were 2, the suckies had to go.  So here are my tips for getting rid of the sucky:

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

What A Find!


Have you seen these?  I stumbled upon these "glasses" at the Gourmet Food and Wine Expo in Toronto.  They are a must have for summer at the cottage or on the deck.  They look and feel like real glass, yet they are made out of BPA-Free polymer.  You can drop them, squeeze them, toss them in your picnic basket.  They will NOT break.  They even have a neat little thumb notch for easy gripping during that long walk from the wine cooler to the lounge chair ;)  You can find a retailer or purchase some from here.

Happy Hump Day!


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Just Dance!

I recently purchased Just Dance 2 for the Wii.  This game is such a good workout for everyone.  My neighbours probably think we are all nuts when they catch a glimpse of us dancing in the front window, but it is so worth it.  Here are my kids dancing to their favourite song, the Monster Mash.


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Salmon Cakes

I was so amazed at how well these turned out.  Even the kids thought they were wonderful!


2 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 tbsp butter or margarine
1 tbsp fresh chopped parsley or cilantro
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
1 egg, beaten
1 can of salmon, drained, boned and flaked (or you can use boned and skinned salmon to save time)
2 dashes hot pepper sauce (optional)

Boil potatoes until tender.  In a large bowl, mash potatoes with butter until smooth.  Stir in parsley or cilantro, mustard, salt, lemon juice, pepper.  Mix in egg, salmon and hot sauce.

Heat a large skillet or griddle on medium heat.  Add Canola or olive oil.  Using a large spoon, scoop mixture into roughly 6 patties, onto hot skillet. Shape and flatten with a fork.  Cook for 5-7 minutes on each side.  Serve with tartar sauce if desired.


Monday, May 16, 2011

Crochet Dish Cloths - Free Pattern

5.5mm hook
50g cotton yarn, medium #4

Ch 5, join with sl st to from a ring.

Round 1 - Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc throughout).  [2 dc, ch 2 (dc 3, ch 2) 3 times] all in ring.  Join with sl st in top of ch 3.

Round 2 - Ch 3, dc in next 2 dc.  (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch 2 sp.  Dc in next 3 dc.  Repeat around.  Join with sl st top of ch 3.

Round 3 - Ch 3.  Dc in next 4 dc.  (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch 2 sp.    Dc in next 7 dc.  Repeat to last ch 2 sp.  Dc in next 2 dc.  Join with sl st to top of ch 3.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Bossy Pants


Good Hump Day Morning!

Yesterday I was so excited to finally get my Tina Fey book in the mail. So excited in fact, I actually skipped washing the supper dishes, just so I could start reading it.  I literally laughed out loud at most of the first and second chapters.  I have been a fan of hers for as long as I can remember, and she is just as funny in the book as she is on T'.V.  I have only read a few chapters, but I highly recommend picking up a copy, just to have some good laughs.

I hope everyone has a wonderful sunshiny day!


Friday, May 6, 2011

The Not-So-Missing Salty


I think everyone recognizes this little guy from the Knorr Sidekicks commercial.  If not, let me explain.  Knorr has started to remove salt from their products.  The commercial has this sad little Salty wondering the streets, sobbing in the rain, looking for a new home.  

I am thoroughly convinced that he lives in my house.  I try my hardest to buy healthy food and snacks for everyone else in my house, but when it comes down to my eating habits, I will always choose the salty one.

I crave salt like a person craves nicotine.  I know what that feels like, since I smoked back in the day.  Sometimes I wonder if I should go and but a salt-lick, just like you see cows licking in the barnyard.

The good thing is, I don't generally add salt to food on my plate.  I just eat the prepared salty food like nuts, chips, popcorn and so on.  The bad thing is, my fridge is full of fruits and vegetables and I ignore them.  I am an educated person and should know better, but I can't seem to stop myself.  

So my question is, how do I kick this habit?  I am in a rut!


Thursday, May 5, 2011

Cheese Crisps with Minted Avocado Dip

Happy Cinco de Mayo!  I couldn't wait to make these little appetizers with help from The Pampered Chef.  Start out making Cheese Crisps.  All you need is a cheese of your choice.  I used Old Cheddar.

Preheat oven to 375F.  Slice cheese into 24 pieces approximately 1/4 inch thick, and about 1"x1".  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread cheese slices evenly.  Bake for 11-14 minutes, or until bubble and "lacy".  Move to a cooling rack and let cool completely.

Minted Avocado Dip

1/3 cup sour cream
2 tsp freshly squeezed lime
1 clove garlic, minced or pressed
1/2 tbsp  fresh or dried chopped mint
1/2 tbsp cilantro
1/4 tsp salt
3 dashes of hot sauce, or to taste
2 large ripe avocados

In medium bowl stir sour cream, lime juice, garlic, mint, cilantro, salt, and hot sauce.  Cut avocados in half and remove pits.  Scoop out flesh into a small bowl and mash slightly with a fork, keeping it a bit chunky.  Add to sour cream mixture.  Mix well.  Add more sour cream if desired for a creamier dip.  Top cheese crisps with a dollop of dip and serve.  Dip can be kept in the fridge for about a day if covered with plastic wrap that is pressed into the dip.


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Taking a Stroll Thursday Twitter Hop

The Things We Find Inside

Come join the hop!  Follow Me and find some new friends on Twitter.  We love new friends!