Grocery Budget Tutor and a Grocery Challenge

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We are celebrating the launch of Grocery Budget Tutor with a month-long back-to-school grocery challenge. The winner of the #grocerychallenge will receive $250 cash money! Who doesn't need a little more pocket change to start the school year? What I would do with an extra $250: stock up on "fancy" food ingredients so that I can make myself the most delicious lunches on work days. Also, I would stock up on some really amazing stationery for my home office! … [Read more...]

Celebrate the Summer Entertaining Season with Lanterns

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There are two main entertaining times of year—one being between American Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve, and the other being between Canada Day/the 4th of July and the end of summer. Indoor and outdoor entertaining during the summer season is all about both celebrating your family and friends, as well as the bright colours and delicious produce around this time of year. Pears are so fresh and fun—I think they look great on these three lanterns. Whether or not you use candles inside these … [Read more...]

How to Make a Blurb Cookbook

(This post contains affiliate links. I will be compensated if you purchase through these links) Ever thought of putting your favorite recipes into a beautiful book you can give as a gift or pass down the generations? Blurb is a company that lets anyone create beautiful books from their favorite content, and get those books shipped in any quantity (even just one copy). Not a designer? That’s ok, Blurb’s free BookSmart software is an easy route to a great cookbook. What's the best way to get … [Read more...]

How to Get Relief for Your Back and Feet with WellnessMats

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My mom loves to cook, but doesn't so much love being on her feet for so many hours at a time. Hardwood floors, like I have, make it especially painful to keep baking and cooking. A soft rug does little relieve the pain in your feet and back. Because WellnessMats are so portable, I tend to move mine from in front of my sink to in front of my stove regularly. If you don't want to do this - you can get customized WellnessMats in the shape/length you'd like! Take a look at the different … [Read more...]

Great Tools for Holiday Cooking and Baking: Microplane Home Series Gift Set

Holiday Cooking and Baking

I've taken my Microplane Home Series graters out for a spin a bit already, but going forward I'll be sharing recipes here a few times a month, and you can bet that these graters will be making appearances! If you've been using just one traditional-style grater for all your cooking and baking, I want to share this great set of graters that "make cooking fresh, flavorful meals one step easier" (from the Microplane site). … [Read more...]

Top 10 Kitchen Items Fit For a Foodie

For a foodie, every meal takes on a gourmet dimension. Breakfast is not simply French toast; it is cinnamon-infused brioche, drenched in egg custard, fried lightly and served with a freshly-mixed berry coulis. The proper tools are needed to create culinary concoctions like these. Transform your ordinary kitchen into a foodie's paradise with the following gadgets: … [Read more...]

A Grilling Alternative — BIC FlameDisk


BIC FlameDisk makes outdoor grilling convenient and portable, as I came to know using the products. Each single use FlameDisk comes ready to use in the box. My family enjoys grilling at public parks, but the clean-up is frustrating. On top of that—who wants to grill when someone else's charcoal is in the BBQ? With FlameDisk, set-up is easy. Summer is just starting, and I have plans to do quite a bit of grilling in the next few months. I am really looking forward to grilling corn, … [Read more...]

How to Keep your Knives Sharp with Chefs Choice Professional Sharpening Station 130

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I am sharing my tips on keeping your kitchen knives sharp thanks to Chef's Choice. If there is anything that makes me appreciate having sharp knives to use in the kitchen more than anything else, it's using my mom's dull knives. Her knives are consistently dull, making it difficult to cut through food properly. Add to that, the fact that she always uses the wrong types of knives for jobs, and it makes me want to gift her with a Professional Sharpening Station, like the Chef's Choice Model … [Read more...]

How to Steep Loose Tea — with Old Dutch Cast Iron Tea Pot

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This post, which will tell you how to steep loose tea is brought to you by Steeping loose tea correctly, serving it, and enjoying it really is a fine art. There are tea ceremonies where tea is the centre of attention. One of my best memories is perusing the tea market in Beijing, China. Hundreds of tea producers and sellers have little shops along a street in Beijing, where  you can go in and sample tea in order to select the one(s) you want purchase. I loved watching how the tea was … [Read more...]

Top 10 IKEA Kitchen Design Tips

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Last week, IKEA's Facebook page asked its readers to submit their kitchen design questions. The questions were posed to IKEA kitchen designer and stylist Janine Love. I excitedly chimed in, and I'm happy to see that amongst the many questions, one of mine made it to the top 10 list, and that Janine Love answered it. Though I'm single and live alone, I do still cook often. I don't like packaged food, and find eating out expensive, so I end up cooking my own meals every day for lunch and dinner. … [Read more...]