TGIF – What does it matter?

What does it matter?


A couple of weeks ago, I was having a difficult time, and couldn’t get my brain around doing a column, and Ruth Ann said it was ok, not to worry about it. Then last week, I was having a great time and didn’t write a column and completely forgot about it. So, what do those two weeks have in common?

Here we go into a soul searching, lesson learning moment. (more…)

Day Tripping In NB With Kids

Day Tripping In NB With Kids

For the past 4 summers we have been doing many day trips from our home in Moncton, NB. With two children that are almost 10 years apart in age, we have tried to find adventures that are interesting for both boys. While some trips have been the entire family, many have been just myself and the kids, while hubby is working. Keeping this in mind, many of the day trips are doable with one adult and a couple children. (more…)

Discover NB Beaches – Tuft’s Point & Long Beach

Discover NB Beaches - Tuft's Point & Long Beach

This beach is such a lovely spot for a relaxing stroll, exploring with the kids, a picnic lunch or just to stop and soak up the fresh sea air.

Last summer the Fundy Trail Pathway extended their car route further along the Fundy coastline to Tuft's Point. You enter the park after passing through St. Martin's NB, and you can read more about the park itself, here in our day tripping feature.

We went twice last summer, the first trip was just Clayton and I. We had such an awesome time that only a few weeks later we went back with the whole family, including my mom.  (more…)

Think.Grow.Inspire.Friday – We Are Family


When I was very young I had a record of the story of Snow White. It was a full-length record, with a story book, but most of the pages were gone. I remember sitting and listening to it for hours on end. I knew all the words and all the songs, and though the evil Queen was scary, I knew that things would all work out in the end.

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Cranberry Pork Roast

Cranberry Pork Roast

Batch cooking and freezer meals are my favourite meal prep strategies. 

Over the years I have tried many meals that you prepare ahead and freeze, some you prep partially and mix together when cooking and others you simply combine ingredients in a freezer bag and dump into a slow cooker for an easy flavorful meal.

I have shared a few Chicken Freezer Meal recipes before, but this one is a simple dump Pork meal.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 pound bone-in pork shoulder (or pork tenderloin)
  • 15oz can whole berry cranberry sauce (or 1 1/2 to 2 cups homemade cranberry sauce)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 Tbsp orange zest (optional)
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in your slow cooker and cook on “low” setting for 6-8 hours.
  2. Remove any bones and shred meat.
  3. Serve on buns, with tortillas, or with a salad or other side.

**Freezer Meal: Combine all ingredients in freezer bag and freeze. When ready to cook, dump into slow cooker and cook 8 hours on low.

 

Think.Grow.Inspire.Friday – Mom’s the Word

MOM’S THE WORD

We live in the house that once belonged to my in-laws, so my husband has been tending the gardens here since 1978. Every spring he cleaned up after the winter’s mess, and pruned, and weeded, and planted a few more perennials, and filled in the empty spaces with a few annuals. He would always tell his mother to let the flowers grow, and to not add anything else. Of course, she never listened and she spent more than one evening going out with her neighbour Shirley to “just pick up a few little plants”. (more…)

Weekly Meal Plan – 2 Weeks

Last week I went a little overboard on menu options and purchased items that I can also stock my freezer with.

Having purchased enough food for the 2 weeks, I am combining the menu plan to show you what we had this week, and what is planned for the coming week.

I shopped on Thursday last week, and scored some great stock up and other deals. You will see what I mean in the details below. (more…)

7 Frugal and Thoughtful Mother’s Day Gifts

7 Frugal and Thoughtful Mother's Day Gifts 

Mother's day is right around the corner and it is time to plan. I have noticed over the past few years, I am usually stopping in at a flower shop or picking up something last minute for mother's day. It's not that I don't love pampering my mom, and appreciate everything she does for myself and my family, I just find it hard to buy for her.  (more…)