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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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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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Girls Movie Night Has Arrived!

We have been talking about doing a Girls Pizza / Movie Night for so long and it is finally here! There will be lots of yummy treats, wine and pizza. The only thing is we aren't sure  what to watch yet so I am bringing the following 3 Netflix ideas to the table: The Discovery SUPER weird idea that this scientist has discovered where you go when you die. Or has he? Millions of people around the planet decide to kill themselves to go where he says they will go but what really happens to them? I have seen this movie and…

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Do you ever get that feeling?

Have you ever been watching something on your phone, or other device in public and felt like you weren't the only one? It seems that 45% of us have noticed someone 'backseat bingeing', and some were actually embarrassed about what they were watching. I don't know about you, but I'm not going to watch anything in public that would make me feel embarrassed. Especially since in a recent survey conducted by SurveyMonkey, it was discovered that 27% of the 'snoopers' have actually interrupted the viewer to start a conversation about it! This cracks me up.  When I travel I like…

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My body this year

As we enter this last month of the year, I am thinking about some of my accomplishments from the past 11 months. There are many including financial, career, family, creative and of course health. It wasn't until I sat down to think about that I realized how well things have gone. I figure it is appropriate now to end the year sharing a little about how I started it - with the specific intention to improve my health. Surprisingly it's just little things. I move more and am more aware of my eating habits - and I have changed these…

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Travelling the Adult Way

We just came home from an amazing vacation in Mexico. Full of things to do, see, smell and taste, my husband and I were enthralled with it all - including the margaritas. We had not flown anywhere without the kids in 22 years. It was epic.  We snorkelled in the Caribbean Sea in Cozumel, explored the grounds of 7000 year old pyramids in the Yucatan, and swam in two natural cenotes near Playa Del Carmen, amongst other things.  My brother and sister in law hosted our visit and organized the exciting site seeing. My brother was an excellent tour guide…

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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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Very Scary

Are you a fan of scary movies? I am not. At least not any more. Something about being in control of my own life and having kids made me a scaredy cat of all that crazy stuff. When I was "not an adult" and had very little responsibility for my life, I loved scary movies. No longer. I just can't do it. Nope. It's not about being afraid of every day stuff - I can deal with that. It's when my imagination gets engaged and I realize all the things I am SURE are not real suddenly look so real!…

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Chilly Cozy Time

It's that time of the year where the weather in my area turns the warm muggy days of summer into the chilly, darker days of fall. This is my favourite time of the year and not just because the kids go back to school. It's also the beginning of bath season! With both my kids living away from home for college and university I am finding I have more time to take care of myself. I am a creature of comfort and tactile pleasures - I love the feeling of clean sheets on my bed fresh from the dryer, or…

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Empty Nest Bingeing

Up until a few weeks ago, there would probably have been great discussion about what show we should watch during the infrequent times we'd watch tv as a family. As the kids have grown up, we've spent less and less time together watching movies and shows. It's not that our interests became different - actually we all seem to watch the same kind of shows now that they are older. It's more that we had different preferences for when we watch. I'm more of an early evening kind of watcher whereas my kids prefer to stay up later. empty nest…

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Wandering in Perth, Ontario

When the kids were little we used to drive into a new area and explore it without a plan or a map and we called these trips 'Adventure Drives'. This summer marked the last time my daughter and I would have any adventures together until she returns from her first 18 months of college. We decided to bring back this old tradition to make fun memories to last the whole school year by visiting a few new places around Ontario. One of our stops was Ottawa where we walked our feet off checking out all the anniversary celebrations - stay…

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Decisions, Decisions…

Have you had one of those nights, or days, when you couldn't decide what to watch? Sometimes we want sci-fi, or comedy, other times something educational. I like that about Netflix - they separate shows and movies into categories to help us decide. We want to make sure that the rare moments we get to sit down together and enjoy some tube time are satisfying, entertaining and useful. I find when I have had a particularly adventurous day and am especially pooched by the end of it that science fiction or adventure is what I look for. I like disappearing…

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The Meaning of Netflix

I ran a contest on my Instagram account recently for some free Netflix and the qualifier was to nominate a friend who didn't have it. I thought that would be a tall order - doesn't everyone have it by now? Why would anybody want to have cable with the commercials, delays, and frequent broadcasting disruptions?  I was very surprised to learn that there are people out there who don't have it. Crazy right? I was asked 'What is Netflix' and I had to think about how to properly answer this question. Technically it is a service that allows you to…

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Romantic Options for Relationship Building

Imagine a weekend away at a romantic retreat for you and your honey - a welcoming fire, five course dinner, wine, outdoor hot tub - total pampering. What would you do? I have some suggestions based on the options we had on a recent visit the Couple's Resort just south of Algonquin Park in Whitney, Ontario.  There are so many things I love about this place - especially the flowers! Outdoor Activities There are so many options to choose from! You can journey around the gorgeous Galeairy lake like we did with a canoe or kayak quietly paddling by the islands blooming with…

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Peace of Mind on a Trampoline

Brought to you by TENA and TheCo. Every month I gather with a small group of female friends to get grounded and celebrate being a woman. It’s called a HER Women’s Circle, (Her Empowerment and Renewal) and for me, it is all about learning to become our true and authentic selves, inside and out. We confirm our strength as women, support each other, embrace our humanity and set our intentions. We have learned to trust each other in this special circle and share things here without judgement or the automatic reaction to jump in to try to solve someone's problems. We listen.  We…

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