Category: Delicious Stuff

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Cha-cha-cha-changes and the Green Acres Inn

I have been writing a series about my son living at university in another town. I like to explore his temporary home whenever we go to visit him either for pick ups or drop offs. It is a town our family has grown to love. The series is called #QueensUmum and it is about our adventures in Kingston, Ontario.  I would never have found this lovely place if not for the fact that my son is attending Queen's University. It's limestone buildings are rich with the history of Britain and Canada.  We've stayed in many fine hotels since the summer of 2015. Recently, my…

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Become a Bacon Believer

There are many crazy things on the internet these days. So many. Last year, Hubs and I discovered the mad talents of the Ninja powered, safety oriented and video savvy Crazy Russian Hacker. This man combines elegant speech with wildly clever demonstrations for a myriad of breathtaking and awesome life hacks. Seriously - he is one cool dude and I admire his confidence. In an attempt to read something other than the usual health conscious bloggity-blog that pops up at this time of the year, I decided to post about one of my favourite things - Bacon. The timing for seeing this video was…

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A Break in the Chaos

It's that time of the year when it seems like everyone is going in different directions. Talk about chaos. Especially today. My daughter had 3 Christmas concerts to perform in. Two were during school so I picked her up when the bell rang and took her out for a break to our favourite coffee shop.  Things have been very different this Christmas with my son living away in residence for the first time in another city. Our usual traditions of getting the tree up and decorating the house felt different. I've certainly noticed a difference and I know my daughter has too.…

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K-Cups Guilt #RecycleYourPods

Coffee-topia and the K-Cups Dilemma Last year I received a Keurig machine to review. I was of course impressed with the freshness of each cup, the perfect water temperature, the variety of flavours available to me. The teens in my family love it too. So convenient and unique to each individual. k-cups But what really concerned me was the waste. So much for such little things! Apparently now, there are so many k-cups from just Keurig machines in landfills that if you stacked them up, they would reach around the world ten times! This is nuts! My municipality doesn't recycle them.…

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Crazy Coconut Oil Cures

For years I've been battling with my dog's stinky ears. Mazey is a ShihTzu and seems to be prone to ear infections. We have tried every kind of over the counter and prescription drops, creams, ointments, sprays and washes available for the last 7 years. Dogs usually contract ear infections because of yeast or bacteria in the ear canal. Ear mites, foreign bodies or excessive ear wax can lead to infection. Symptoms include constant scratching, head shaking, foul odour and/or a discharge. For Mazey it's the smell. Horrible. Don't they look like sweet smelling flowers? Last week a friend told me…

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Fire, Friends and Food

This evening I spent a wonderful time with some of very good friends having a "Gathering Around the CrockPots." One of the kids made this super awesome sign to welcome everyone. We lined up the crocks, dished out the food and snuggled around a big table outside to enjoy our feast. There was a Chicken Mushroom crockpot, a Thai Chicken crockpot, Freezer Leftovers Soup crockpot, and the Simple Lasagna CrockPot that I brought. ( You can find that recipe on the Yummy Mummy Club website here. ) After dinner we enjoyed a fire in the backyard pit. It's a lovely…

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Turkey Talk

For those of you enjoying your turkey numnums today, here is a recipe I posted last year that is perfect. Not mine but oft repeated online. (Not sure who wrote this but it’s too funny not to share) STEP 1: GO BUY A TURKEY STEP 2: TAKE A DRINK OF WHISKEY (SCOTCH) STEP 3: PUT TURKEY IN THE OVEN STEP 4: TAKE ANOTHER 2 DRINKS OF WHISKEY STEP 5: SET THE DEGREE AT 375 OVENS STEP 6: TAKE 3 MORE WHISKEYS OF DRINK STEP 7: TURN OVEN THE ON STEP 8: TAKE 4 WHISKS OF DRINKY STEP 9: TURK THE…

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Mum’s Sausage Tomato Casserole

This recipe was taught to me by my mum. I have very early recollections of her preparing the layers, peppering each one as she made it and the delicious smells that steadily grew. This is one of my favourite meals. You will need: ( All the amounts depend on what you like best. This list will tell you the minimum you need. ) 1 pack breakfast sausages, ( or whatever flavour you love, ); Can of diced tomatoes - drained; 1 Large onion; Green beans drained - canned, or frozen - canned works best due to the consistency; Potatoes to make enough…

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The Ugly Pumpkin

I was at the grocery store recently and of course there are pumpkins everywhere. It doesn't matter where you look this week you can't miss them. It must have been a good year for pumpkins. There's all sorts of different colours and varieties these days - even at the boring old grocery store they've spiced things up and have a few interesting varieties. Yesterday I saw orange, green, white and pink. But this post is about the ugliest pumpkin I've ever seen. It was called a peanut pumpkin. To me it looked like something had gone terribly wrong on the…

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Lisa’s Cake Lollies – a Blissful Bite

I have recently become enamoured of a local business that sells decadent little bites of bliss on a stick. They are absolutely adorable mini cakes, in a ball shape, covered in icing, and made to look fancy. Lisa's Cake Lollies is another one of Bowmanville's best kept secrets. I ordered some for my son's 18th birthday party this summer and they were a HUGE hit. I've taken them to friend's places for dinner and they made the other desserts look bad. At our family reunion this year someone brought some amazing gourmet cheesecakes in several flavours but they were barely touched! These…

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Taco Star Crescent Roll Pie

This is a recipe my family loves. I think it came from a Pampered Chef cookbook originally. It is meaty, cheesy, full of flavour and super delicious. Let's get right into it now. You will need: 2 crescent roll tubes 1 LB ground beef (or ground pork, turkey whatever you like) 1 packet of taco seasoning 1 1/2 cups grated cheese - I use nacho flavoured but you can use cheddar, mozzerella, whatever you want Shredded lettuce Diced tomatoes or salsa Sour cream What you will do: Preheat oven to 350ºC. Brown the meat, drain fat if necessary. I mix a couple…

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Lunch Adventures

Welcome back to my friend and guest poster Nan Kulset. I had no idea such a pretty area existed in downtown Oshawa. Some interesting twists happen on this lunch break. I wonder where you'd end up if it was for an hour. Thanks for sharing Nan!   Having a Slice of Life on a Sunny Day in Oshawa It was raining on and off all weekend. My body was craving some sunshine today. Being stuck inside all morning pushing paper, pushing a keyboard and people pushing my buttons finally pushed me over the edge. Taking matters into my own hands, I…

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5 Fun Family Things to do in Burlington Part 2

More Family Fun in Burlington! Day 2 After a great sleep at the Waterfront Hotel our friendly driver Don picked us up and drove to Beach Life Forever. He was the person who got us everywhere we needed to go on our first day on this adventure too. I love having someone drive me to the airport - I will definitely call Airways Transit the next time we take a trip. Don was a great driver. Friendly and knowledgeable about the area. 3. Burlington Beach Rentals - Yoga Here are some of the other fine bloggers I was on the tour with. There…

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Egg-sperimenting

So I have this Microwave Egg Cooker thing. I received it as part of a swag bag at the BConnected Conference in Ottawa this spring. (Egg Farmers of Canada was there!) I put it away when I got home and forgot about it until recently. I thought I'd give it a try and here is what I found. First you crack an egg and put it in the cup, pop the yolk, add a bit of salt and pepper: Nuke it for 30 seconds with the lid on and it looks like this: This is what turns out: It's pretty…

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Awesomely Simple 18th Birthday Party

Play Ball! Recently we celebrated a family birthday with Thing 1. The nice thing about birthdays in the summer in our part of the world is that you can enjoy them outside. On this particular day, the birthday boy opted to have a baseball / pool / bbq party. We served baseball style food, drinks and snacks. I was surprised that 17 & 18 year olds would be happy with this sort of party but they seemed delighted. This beautiful cake struggled in the humidity. It was still very delicious! The day was kind enough to give us perfect weather and…

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