The Core Needle Biopsy I Had to Check for Breast Cancer

Every year for the last 10 years I've been getting an annual mammogram. I started going fairly early on because I had some nasty mastitis issues during my breast feeding years and my doctor wanted to keep an eye on the scar tissue. Then I was added to the breast screening program and it became a regular thing.  The process is pretty straightforward - go in, take everything off from the waist up, have a technician put your boob on the cold glass plates, flatten the plates around your breast and crank it really tight. Turn this way, grab that…

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A Letter to my daughter

Dear Baby Girl: I want to talk to you about high school. Just so you know, it isn't about learning stuff. It isn't about getting good grades or how many friends you have. It's not about remembering a locker combination. School is about learning to deal with the ups and downs of life, with disappointment, with heartache. It's about learning to cope when everything sucks and you can't find an ounce of motivation to write one more useless essay on a subject you don't care about and will never use. It's about learning not to give all your time to the…

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a cup of tea

When I was a little girl my mornings would start with a sweet milky cup of tea on my bedside table. I’d open my eyes and see the back of my Dad as he headed to the next of the four kids to tell us it was time to get up for school. I had a white cup with Mickey Mouse on it and I could only drink it out of this cup. I remember sitting up in bed with my covers around me, putting the cup to my lips and tasting the warm sweetness of that first cup of…

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Whatever Makes You Happy

This is a re-post from a couple of years ago - I thought it was a good time to remind people of this. Remember to find some time to relax this week. :)  I read a fantastic post a couple of years ago by Jennifer Powell about celebrating something when YOU want to - not when the calendar says you HAVE to. (Moveable Feast) I really feel like I can do this now without feeling guilty. Happy  My husband and I have rescheduled celebrations in the past because we haven't had a choice and always felt it was a let down to people. Not to mention…

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The Ugly and Delicious Mushroom Pork Sauce

I was challenged recently to find a new flavour combination using mushrooms and some kind of meat - something brand new that I'd never made before. I'll be honest this boggled me since I use mushrooms with most things and wasn't sure I could come up with something new. But I succeeded! I've made this 'sauce' a few times now and my family loves it. You can have it with eggs for breakfast as I will show here, with rice or with mashed potatoes. One friend who tried it thinks it would be good with biscuits or toasted English muffins. …

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Mega Mushroom Yum

Mushrooms - one of nature's most versatile treasures! You can use them on their own or to enhance other flavours. I love these fun fungi and add them everywhere. When Mushrooms Canada asked me if I had any good recipes my mouth started watering thinking of the possibilities. I decided for the first recipe that crostinis would be a good one to start with since there are so many combinations that are easy and work well. Seriously you can take whatever you have in your kitchen, toss it in the frying pan and add it to your toasted bread. Taadaa! Easy…

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How my Kitchen Grew Up

After living in the same house for 15 years we decided it was time to freshen up a few things - especially now that both the kids are away at school most of the year. We are hoping to take our space from a “Kid Friendly” place to a calm, mindful and tranquil “Adult Friendly” environment. The plan My inspiration comes from the different elements I’ve introduced into my life, my blog and my followers over the past year - the beach glass I collect with my husband along Lake Ontario; the healthier choices I am making for food and…

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Lacy Angel Wings Christmas Ornament

DIY Cuteness At this time of the year people start looking for crafts that are unique and adorable. Have I got the perfect idea for you!  You can use these on your tree, on gifts, or as gifts. I think they'd make lovely placeholders too. To make them you need pipe cleaners, wood beads, lace with a straight edge and a seam on one side. Also a fine tipped marker and something to hang them with. I added faces to the wood beads before I put them together in case I messed it up. You can pick whatever colour of…

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Apples, Apples Everywhere

I’m so excited that it’s 'apple picking season’. I have a TON of memories about apples in my life. Growing up in Ontario I have been so blessed to be able to enjoy this fruit fresh picked every year.  I remember going out with my Dad each year to pick the perfect apple. My three siblings and I would resist going to the apple farm early in the cool autumn mornings but then we wouldn’t want to leave. My dad would force us to get bundled up soon after the new school year started and we’d begin the trek out.…

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A Beginner’s Guide to Charcuterie

Do you know how to "charcuterie?" Do you even know what that means? Basically it's a cured meat board with cheese and other good stuff. It is a delicious addition to gatherings of any size. They are easy to put together too. My husband doesn't like to be overwhelmed by details so when he goes shopping for the ingredients I ask him to get some cheeses and cured meats that he likes. It can be that simple. I wrote this post for those of us who want more information about what goes on to a charcuterie board. To help with this,…

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Visiting the Salvador Dalí Museum

Recently my daughter found herself with a few days off in between semesters so we did want any sane Canadian would do and swapped our white snowy beaches for white sandy ones. In a rare and unexpected weather week, we encountered the coldest temperatures Florida has seen in decades. This led us to visits to some inside venues - including the highly recommended Salvador Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg. Let me show you a little of what we found... The building itself is a lovely homage to Dalí's use of opposing shapes and the fibonacci sequence with a garden in…

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Keeping it Simple

Summer is going by as fast as ever - especially with the kids both working. It's all about them having their first real summer jobs with full time hours this year. They are both very busy as rangers at a local campground and for me it means lots of driving, arranging of schedules, pickups and drop offs. I think they are enjoying themselves and while I know it is a big change for both of them, they are aware they have landed quite the awesome summer jobs as teens. simple Because of this, life around here has become more hectic with 4 jobs between the 4 of…

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Our Romantic Getaway

If you are thinking about places to go this summer with your significant other, please allow me to suggest one of my favourite parts of the Muskoka Region in Whitney, Ontario:   The Scenario We had a crazy insane summer. My husband had two jobs, I had two jobs, both our kids had a job each. Very different schedules and hours with no public transportation and only two cars that both ended up dying half way through the summer. To say it was stressful would be a terrific understatement. I love my husband and having been with him for 24 years…

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Visiting the 8th Wonder of the World

Brought to you by Niagara Canada and The Co. The Niagara Region in Ontario, Canada is one of my favourite places to visit. There is such a diverse selection of things to do, places to see, and experiences to have that you need to go for at least a few days each time to do it right. Visits with family or friends you can’t go wrong. I am so grateful to live only a few hours away from the 8th Wonder of the World. We are currently planning our next trip and it will include investigating local history of the…

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It’s Worth the Drive to Watertown

Watertown, NY Before you start your engines to head down to Niagara, New York, consider going the other way first. That's what my daughter and I did recently when we were hunting down awesome deals on clothing, shoes, gift items and also looking for some exploring. I can only imagine how amazing it would be in Watertown, NY for their Black Friday sales.  We live on the eastern edge of the GTA so it's about equal distance for us to Niagara or Watertown. But here is one of the best parts of going to Watertown - it took us 3 minutes to get…

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