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On Being an Older Mother

This post was inspired by my friend, Shayna’s post titled, Fears of an Older Mother. When I was younger, I had my life all planned out.  I had a timeline, like many girls do when they’re young and dream about what their lives will be like when they’re older. I never thought I’d be “an […]

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On Childhood

I remember my Summer days as a kid as if they were just yesterday.  My parents believed in letting us just be kids and enjoy our childhood “because kids grow up too quickly and before you know it, it’s adult problems, responsibility and stress.”  I’m laughing now, but those were my mom’s exact words.  Boy, […]


The Feeling of Loss Never Really Goes Away

The past few days, I’ve been thinking of my grandmother.  A lot. In between phone and Skype meetings or replying to e-mail and wrapping up reports for clients, my thoughts occasionally wandered and were of happy times with my grandmother. I thought of how loving and kind she was.  I thought of how patient she […]

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PC Cooking School for Kids

Cooking is love made visible.” Some of my earliest memories consist of being in the kitchen with my grandparents, learning how to cook traditional Filipino dishes.  Afritada, Menudo, Sinigang, Tortang Talong, Adobo, Sio Pao are just some of the foods that transport me back to my childhood.  I learned a lot about life and family […]

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Yonanas! Two-Ingredient Frozen Treat!

It’s been a wild Summer with temperatures ranging from as hot as above 30 degrees to as low as the teens!  Ice cream is a favourite in the Summer, whether it’s 32 degrees or 17 degrees! With all the ice cream consumption in this house, I’ve been serving up frozen treat alternatives that are much […]

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8 One Pot Meals for Busy Families

Work beckons, kids have activities and places to be, you’ve got errands that still need to be run, and dinner isn’t going to cook itself.  Am I right? Though I will never sacrifice flavour and a good meal, I do have a little secret.  I try not to spend hours in the kitchen.  Who has […]


The BEST Omelette (Made by my 6 year old)

This may be hard to believe, but the best omelette I’ve ever eaten was actually made by my six year old daughter! The other day, Little One looked over at me, smiled and then said, “Mommy, I don’t know why, but I all of a sudden feel like having an omelette!” Little One wanted to make the omelette […]

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3 Tips for a Fun Family Camping Trip #WoodsExplorer

It’s hard to believe that it’s already the end of August!  It feels like Summer just flew by!  Soon the kids will be in school again and we’ll be feeling the cool Fall air on our skin.  It’ll be time for warm sweaters and scarves, and lots of soup-for-dinner nights!  Until then, we’re hanging onto […]

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Camping Food: What Are Your Family’s Favourites? #woodsexplorer

“My favourite camping food is __________.” (fill in the blank) When it comes to camping and dining, some quintessential camping food items that come to mind are: S’mores Sausages and hamburgers Grilled fish (with freshly caught fish straight from the lake) Fruits and veggies Cereal and milk PB & J sandwiches The list goes on! […]

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Holding Onto Summer #Kindermom

It’s August already and we’re holding onto Summer.  I don’t want Summer to end. I can already feel the temperature getting cooler and I’ve noticed the days already start to get shorter.  Where did Summer go? I’m enjoying hanging out with Little One, going to the beach after work and savouring every bit of the […]

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Hiking Trails on Manitoulin Island #woodsexplorer

Did you know that the Trans Canada Trail is the world’s longest network of recreational trails? When fully connected, the Trail will stretch 23,000 kilometres (14,000 mi) from the Atlantic to the Pacific to the Arctic oceans. More than 16,800 kilometres (10,400 mi) of trail are currently usable, making it approximately 75% complete in 2014. […]


Buoys Eatery #Manitoulin

Most people may not know that Manitoulin Island, though considered by many a small island, isn’t exactly that small! Its area is actually 2,766 km2 (1,068 sq mi).  It can take us two hours to drive from one end of the Island to the other!  We live on the south end of the Island and it takes us two hours […]

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Notes from the Hen House

It may be hard to believe, but I find some of my quietest moments in the hen house. If you asked me a dozen years ago if I’d find myself seeking solace in the chicken coop, my answer would have been a definite NO.  Now, I spend a lot of time in the “hen house”. […]


Real life on the farm ~ Farming, Calving Season & Planting

The following post is written by contributor, Jill from Crooked Lake Farm.  Jill shares stories of the real side of farming and life on a farm. To read more, follow her on her blog and engage with her on Twitter. Well, as some of you may have noticed I’ve been away from the blogging for […]


Canadian Beef Twitter Chat! #CDNbeefchat

As a city girl who married a beef farmer, I’ve made it my duty to immerse myself in all things beef farming.  Yes, for those of you who knew me in my former life as a world traveler and literary egghead, you are likely shocked at the life I now live.  On our family farm, […]

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