CAA to the Rescue! (…it had nothing to do with my car…)

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Funny story.  There’s a store in Hamilton called “Farmer Al’s.” It’s known for bulk meat & butcher’s cuts at cheap prices (but I’d check the exp date on dry goods before you check out…). It’s also a 20 minute drive from our house. I usually make the trek out to the far east mountain about once every three months for ... Read More »

How to Host a Pirate Birthday Party

How to Host an Easy Pirate Birthday Party

Some people feel that themed birthday parties are just asking for extra work, but for me it’s the opposite. It gives me a direction to go in with the cake, decorations, and goody bags. When I’ve got a clear direction to steer the party in, everything is just less stressful. Now, mind you, I don’t do “Pinterest Perfect” parties – ... Read More »

If You Like Downton Abbey & Call the Midwife, You’ll Love…

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I’ve always been a fan of British tv programming. Perhaps I should say that I’ve always been a fan of all things Britain. I love British literature (serious and Chick Lit), I love the landscape, I love the history and the buildings – the history in the buildings. I love the way that British people speak.  tangent: when I was studying in England, ... Read More »

How to Play Battleship on Paper (More than 2 can play!)

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Once upon a time, games weren’t packaged in boxes and sold on the shelves at the local department store. They didn’t take up 30 square feet of closet space, and most could be played with either a deck of cards or a pencil and pad of paper!  While I was growing up, one of our family favourites, especially on chilly ... Read More »

Batch Baking – Why and How You Should Do It!

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If you are like me, you don’t always get around to baking or cooking from scratch.  There is always something going on, and getting out all the ingredients and dishes takes so much time.  Then there’s the clean-up afterwards – nobody likes that part. So instead of cooking or baking, we buy pre-packaged, processed foods that are more expensive and ... Read More »

Dairy Free Cream Puffs #GayLeaMom

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I’ve done a lot of baking over the years, but I’ve always been intimidated by fancy pastries. I can manage cookies, cakes and pies, but anything beyond that is beyond me! But after an adventure making campfire eclairs with my sister, using just a few ingredients, we thought we should adapt that to an oven recipe. We also decided to ... Read More »

Easy Chocolate Strawberry Hearts

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Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and I’ve been trying to figure out what I should make for dinner & dessert – now that we’ve got two kids and less money, we’ll probably be staying at home for dinner. I admit – this is one of those Pinterest projects that I saw when I first got onto Pinterest and thought, “Wow! That ... Read More »

Win tickets to the Canadian International Auto Show! #HondaCIAS15

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This past summer, we had the chance to take a Honda Pilot on vacation to a cottage in Michigan. It’s (almost) always exciting to try out a new vehicle, but the Pilot was an particularly exciting vehicle for us. We’re not so much the folks that only take the ‘bare essentials’ with us when heading out on vacation, so that always ... Read More »

Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipe: Just Chocolate + Milk

2 Ingredient Hot Chocolate Recipe

My kids love hot chocolate. Like, a LOT. It probably has something to do with the fact that we have 2 things in the house that they get in their cups: 1) Water 2) Milk.  Juice is for Grandma’s house or picnics. Pop (soda) is…pretty much only present once a year at the extended family Christmas celebration.  So when I tell ... Read More »