Category: Thinking Stuff

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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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Winter Skin Care

At this time of the year most people I know suffer from very dry skin. I drink lots of water and use cream constantly but it is still flaky, itchy and rough. To properly moisturize I need to remove the dry flaky stuff first so the cream will get absorbed into my skin versus the top layer of dry skin that acts like a barrier. It is necessary to slough or exfoliate the top layer of skin before you can get to the part that needs it.  scrub In an effort to find a 'natural' treatment for dry skin, I did…

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How the Strike Stole Christmas

This post was submitted by concerned Ontario College student Emma Harris.  It was 5 weeks before Christmas, And all through the campus, Not a student was stirring, Not even a hippocampus (apparently). The seasons have changed but the strike has not. With Christmas fast approaching, over 500,000 students in Ontario are waiting to hear a solution to this historic strike. In the weeks leading up to the strike my classmates and I were reassured that “it’ll only last a week or two”; and that they’ve "never lost a semester before”. That is obviously not true now that we are entering…

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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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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 Hand Up, Not a Hand Out.

Food banks are so important to communities and it's getting to be that time of the year when people start thinking about them. Here is something I bet you didn't know: I will admit that in the past five years, my family has needed help from them. A Hand Up I was in school full time, just starting the second year and bound by contract to complete the course. My husband got laid off from a job he'd had for twelve months and a day with no notice or severance. Right before Christmas. It isn't that we weren't trying to…

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Look Deep

I just sat and stared into my husband's eyes for 4 whole minutes. It was worth the look. I was surprised that I went through a range of feelings from being uncomfortable, happy, sad, bored, laughing, crying, strange. How bizarre that was.  I thought how handsome he was, how serious looking, this man who usually can't sit still for that long. I was embarrassed that I was crying. I wondered how much longer we had to go. It felt like forever. I wanted to hold his hand. I marvelled that his eyes were able to hold mine for so long. I wanted…

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Unique Tattoos

Ever since I was a young child I've been able to see veins through my skin. Not ALL - that would be gross! Just some veins here and there. I have pale skin. You can see my skin change colour like a chameleon when I am embarassed, have a bit of caffeine, a sip of red wine or now, a hot flash. (Ahem - Tropical Moment.)  It freaked me out to be told my veins were 'spider' veins until I realized one of my favourite superheros was Spider Man. Then it was ok. Sort of. As I grew up I…

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Temporary Empty Nest Syndrome

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have your house back to yourself again? To be free of the accumulation that builds up whenever there are kids around regardless of their ages? Or at least to put it all away for a little while? time We are about to have the opportunity to find out about this.  This school year my son will be going back to his 3rd year of computer studies at university and my daughter will be starting in medical sciences at college. Both will be living away from home. Even though they won't…

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Post Secondary Blues

The graduate with a Science degree asks, "Why does it work?" The graduate with an Engineering degree asks, "How does it work?" The graduate with an Accounting degree asks, "How much will it cost?" The graduate with a Liberal Arts degree asks, "Do you want fries with that?" My son, half of my pride and joy, my first greatest work of art - my Thing 1. I love this person so much. I have dedicated my life to bringing Thing 1 and Thing 2 into a constant and happy state of living. In his final year of highschool, Thing 1 entered a…

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Is French Immersion Worth it?

My French Immersion Experience I have been asked many times in the past 15 years if having my kids in French immersion was a good idea. Here are some of my thoughts:  Both my kids went full immersion, my daughter from senior kindergarten at age 5–6 and my son a bit later halfway through grade 1. We were told that by grade 3 they would be equal with English main stream students in terms of having caught up with lessons.  We decided to enter this program because my son was hugely exceeding expectations for grade 1 in English only school.…

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Early Memories

A long time ago - the beginning of time for me anyway, I met an amazing and powerful woman with crazy ideas that filled my head with ways of thinking outside of the box. She had a different way of seeing things that some might call brilliant, odd or creative but I prefer to think of as eclectic. mum Most people call her Lynn, Counsellor Silverton, or if they are really brave, Evelyn. I prefer to call her Mum.  My mum has been many things in her life including an artist, nurse, airline stewardess, x-ray technician, legal secretary, office manager,…

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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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