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A Kingston Winter Adventure

Magical Lights and Sounds Recently we had one of our favourite experiences in Kingston - the Lumina Borealis at Fort Henry. It runs until February 4th Thursdays to Sundays and you have to go to see it! https://youtu.be/Mcz8cH1D2jo Fort Henry is a World Heritage site where the St. Lawrence River meets Lake Ontario. We have enjoyed visiting it a few times since my son started going to school in Kingston last year and if you'd like to see more, you can find a few more details about those visits here. "Hearts warmed through frost and snow, will be the ones to see and…

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Stress Relief in a Cup

Stress? Me?  It is the time of the year I usually want to stick my head in the sand, cocoon in my house, or stay in bed. To say I find the holiday times stressful is an understatement. And they seem to be coming earlier every year - have you noticed that? Not to mention the time change and less sun during the day - it came so fast this year. If only I could nap every day around 2pm. stress Usually I charge ahead being super human in November and December and on my first day off I crash like a dropped puppet -…

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Whatever Makes You Happy

Happy 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 the resentment it has generated. But, as this blogger points out, the purpose of the celebrations, or special meals, is to celebrate THE PEOPLE. I'm a flexible person and I don't care when…

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Best Apple Cake Recipe

My very good friend and incredible baker Maria Jose Condesa recently visited me. She was determined to help me deal with the apple surplus I had from my tree this year. It seemed to be an excellent year for my fruit trees. They have grown so high! Not so good for tomatoes though. This apple cake is very delicious warm out of the oven, cooled down or re-heated.  As I watched her prepare and bake this cake I realized how lucky I am to have: An apple tree in my backyard; A country to live in that has ever changing…

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Quick & Easy Pastries

I love puff pastry. I think you can put just about anything in puff pastry and it tastes great. I've heard these called handpies, pastry pockets and turnovers. Whatever you call them, they are delicious, and flakey, and wonderful. Years ago, "pre-kids", I used to make spanakopita from scratch. I'd take dozens of large cumbersome layers of pastry, brush them gently with melted butter, and stack them up layer by layer. This was a time consuming process but always worth it. Now I have discovered pre-buttered puff pastry and I'm so excited. It's only $2.99 for a pack of two sheets. I've…

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Cheers to 24 Years

A Good Long Time #24years  I can't believe it's been 24 years since I met the man of my dreams. Ironically we grew up within a dozen blocks of each other in Toronto, Ontario but never met until we went out of town to celebrate Oktoberfest in Kitchener that fateful night. It seems only fitting that this anniversary be celebrated with beer – it being a 2-4 and all. We were invited by Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island to explore the area and enjoy some of their excellent selection of fall delights including canoeing, beer, great food and culture. This area is rich…

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Friday Night Movie Night

Ever since the kids started school we've declared Friday night the time for sitting around the tube, eating popcorn and watching movies together. Even now with one of our 'littles' away at school, we still keep up the tradition. It involves the treats of pizza, pop and popcorn.  It's nice to have a tradition in this day and age. The social lives are busy with the teenagers and my husband works two jobs away from home but one thing that is constant is our Friday night movie night.  How do we decide what to watch? It's a matter of polling to see if the mood is…

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Sweet Enough

I recently found out I have metabolic syndrome and was told to dramatically reduce the carbohydrates I take in. My understanding is that it means I have taken in so much sugar for so long that my body is sort of immune to it now. sweet Considering I am basically a sugar addict I'm finding this challenging.  The good news is that while cutting back on carbs, I actually have to increase protein and fat content. (I'm allowed because my cholesterol levels are great otherwise I don't know what I'd do.) The protein and fat makes me feel fuller longer.  I've always had…

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Please Don’t Try to Eat my Ford

On the road again... Late this spring Jennifer Pitt and I braved the roads to visit our Prime Minister and his cabinet far, far away in Ottawa ... Only to find it was their week off! So instead we decided to attend one of our favourite annual blogging conferences - BConnected. (Just kidding - that was our goal all along.)  Here's a quick look at how the road looked to us: https://youtu.be/cJH13vjUXMg Ford Canada was kind enough to loan us a little fireball of a car called the Ford Fiesta 5 Door Hatch Titanium. ( By the way, did you know that if…

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Family Bonding in Burlington

Bonding Time During Our Staycation We've had a big change this past year - our oldest child went away to university and lived in residence in another town. (Click here to see more of this.) bonding As a very close family, this adjustment was not an easy one for any of us but we survived. Now, after a year of our son being independent, we need to make another adjustment to this adult who came home to live with us for the summer. It's another big one too. I have felt a bit of distance between the three of us and my…

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Grab the Healthy Snacks

Healthy is the key word It is a very exciting time in our household - both kids are home and they have amazing summer jobs lined up at a local campground.  Even though my daughter is still in school, she started work a month early. Her typical routine now involves getting to school by 8:10am Monday to Friday, then heading to work right after. This shift ends at 11:15pm on Friday, and starts again at 8am Saturday and Sunday. It's a lot of work for her to get all those lunches and dinners prepared - especially with 'end of year' school assignments and exams looming. She…

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Ginger Sandwich Cookies with Lemon Filling

Prepare for ginger "gastrogasms"... ...with this cookie when you try it - it is ridiculously delicious. The ginger flavour is perfect and the sweet and tangy lemon icing makes me want to lick all the leftovers out of the bowl. Together they are the best match made since my husband and I met.  This recipe came from the new cookbook called Lick Your Plate and I was very excited to receive it earlier this month. I asked my family to pick a few recipes we could try out. After extensive thinking and LONG turns, this is what they came up with: (How crazy is…

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Winter Adventures at Cedar Grove Lodge

It’s fun to mix things up and get away now and then. In Ontario we are lucky to have so many places to visit and staycation in. Recently I headed north for a week of R&R with some friends for winter adventures. We were invited to stay at Cedar Grove Lodge in Muskoka. I heard the agenda for the first time as we were driving up there. Our winter adventures would include snowshoeing, cross country skiing, an art gallery, dog sledding, restaurants and visits to local businesses. In this post I will be focusing on the amazing place that hosted our wild week…

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Mom’s Unplugged Invades Kingston

Girls Weekend When you are a parent working your ass off to keep your sanity in check, your kids alive, and your world moving along you tend to need to force the issue of chilling out. It's important to get away and breathe different air around different people once in a while. Recently a few friends and I decided to get away from our kids. We needed a little help justifying it so we called it work and are spreading the word about some amazing adventures you can take with your pals. Follow along with us at #MomsUnpluggedCa beginning with a trip…

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Last Minute Cookies

First thing this morning my daughter informed me she needed some cookies for a party in her 4th period class. Today! So it was time to pull out the old faithful and favourite shortbread recipe from the back of the Canada Corn Starch box. I've made this so many times over the years for all occasions and I believe this one is the best.  I'm not sure how long this recipe has been around but I do know I've been making it for decades. I've seen and tried many variations of it but I always come back to the original.  You can roll…

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