Monday, October 10, 2016

How to Make a Tasty Turkey Gravy

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This year I felt adventurous and decided to change up the way I make my gravy.  Normally, I throw away the giblets and neck but this time I threw it into the bottom of the roasting pan along with some onions and celery.  I got this tip from Jamie Oliver's website.  The giblets and neck added a lot of flavor to the gravy and I will definitely add them to the pan the next time.  Another tip I have for making gravy, which is my own tip, is to make a roux of butter and flour (1 tbsp butter and 1 tbsp flour) before adding the turkey broth to the pot.  This will make the gravy a nice golden colour and will give it a smooth texture without lumps.  



Thursday, August 4, 2016

Broccoli-Cauliflower Casserole Recipe - Delicious!

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I came across a great broccoli-cauliflower recipe that not only is delicious but is also easy to make.  It is from The Pioneer Woman.  The casserole would make a great side dish or is hearty
on its own.  I like how The Pioneer Woman has provided step by step photos of how she prepared the dish.  She also provides entertaining descriptions of the steps involved.  If you scroll down to the very end of her post, you will see ingredient list and instructions.  I have posted the link to the recipe below.

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Cornbread (Johnny Cake) Recipe

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My kids love cornbread and since we're Canadian, they love it with maple syrup. It is a quick and easy breakfast or snack for them and is comfort food on a cold winter day.  Here is the recipe:


1 cup cornmeal
3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar 
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1 egg
1 cup milk
1/4 cup butter - melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease an 8 x 8 in baking pan.  Mix the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a bowl.  In a separate bowl, mix the egg, milk and butter.  Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix together.  Pour into the baking dish and bake for 25 to 35 minutes.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Interval Training

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I started going to the gym for the first time in my life about 4 months ago. When I started working out I thought it would be a big challenge to motivate myself to go.  As it turned out, that wasn't the case because I love going to the gym and really notice a difference when I miss a day out of my schedule.  It is the one place where I can get away from my phone, unplug and relieve daily stress.  At first I was going once a week but lately I have been going at least two times.  I do cardio on the ascent machine (ellyptical).  For the first few months, I was using the fat burn and manual settings.  I recently switched the setting to interval training and I have found that has made a big difference.  I am finally starting to see results and I tend not to gain as much water weight afterwards.  With interval training, low intensity is rotated with spurts of high intensity.  I really enjoy this type of workout because there is variety and the workout seems to go quicker.  I also get my heart rate up higher with this type of workout. My workout usually lasts between 40 and 50 minutes and I burn at least 400 calories.  My objective is for my body to keep burning calories after my workout and to increase my metabolism.  I found that my metabolism slows down each year after I reached 40.  I will post about this again in a couple of months to see if I continue to see results!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Great Home Security Tip

I was listening to a local radio station the other morning and there was a policewoman talking about home security and how to prevent break-ins while you are away. She gave one particular tip that I had never thought of or even heard of before. Her advice was to put your house number on the back of your house as well so that neighbours along the back of your property can immediately report a break in because they can see your house number. If you take a look at the neighbours behind your house, chances are you know the street name that they are on but you don't know the number. Think of how this would assist the police in an emergency. It would save lots of time because they wouldn't have to search for the house.

This is the time of year where people like to get away over the winter and I thought this was an excellent tip to share.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

In The Wrong Lane!

I went to the grocery store early Sunday morning to grab a couple of things and headed to the express lane. I stopped short when I saw a woman checking out of that lane with a full cart of groceries.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Bumbo Seat Recall

I was disappointed to hear on the radio today that the bumbo seat has been recalled. I used one of these for my younger son in 2005 and I absolutely loved it!

Favourite Smells Of Summer

I was sitting on my front porch one afternoon and was surrounded by the smell of freshly cut grass. One of my neighbours had just finished ...