Saturday, April 25, 2015

Friday is Fun Food Night - Nachos!

Friday is our fun food night around here. The night where we can finally relax, and say 'Ahhh yes, we made it through the week!'. This tends to be the night we pickup a pizza, or order some takeout, or make something FUN for dinner in the kitchen.
This week we had FUN in the kitchen. All hands were on deck to make big pans of nachos!
We had some Dr.Who we were eager to watch, so fun food was just what we needed!

There really is no recipe we follow..we just create deliciousness :)

Girls Nachos:
  • 1/2 bag of multigrain mini round nachos
  • taco seasoned ground beef
  • refried beans
  • mild black bean and corn salsa
  • guacamole (on half)
  • cheddar
  • (orangie was totally peeved as I forgot her black olive rings)
Our Nachos:
  • 1/2 bag of restaurante-style nachos
  • spicy refried beans
  • yellow pepper
  • pickled jalapeno's
  • medium chunky salsa
  • guacamole
  • jalapeno cheddar
Bake for approx. 10 mins at 350F...ENJOY!

I admit that I've been slacking at having the girls helping out in the kitchen. I loved seeing that joy of helping out! Let's hope I can keep at it!

What do you do for food on Friday nights?
Thursday, April 23, 2015

And Now I'm Hooked on "When Calls the Heart" - #giveaway

It's Downton charm meets small mining town in the Canadian West...and I AM ABSOLUTELY HOOKED! I'm now part of the #Hearties! I had the opportunity to check out the season premiere of season 2 today (2 days early!) but I couldn't very well watch it without going back and checking out season 1 first! Lets just say that this week I watched the movie/pilot and the 12 episodes of season one VERY QUICKLY. It was some seriously fabulous binge-watching!


About the series:
The series is inspired by Janette Oke’s bestselling book series about the Canadian West. “When Calls the Heart” tells the captivating story of Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow), a young teacher accustomed to her high society life, who receives her first classroom assignment in Coal Valley, a small coalmining town where life is simple, but often fraught with challenges. Lori Loughlin plays Abigail Stanton, a wife and mother whose husband, the foreman of the mine, along with a dozen other miners, has just been killed in an explosion. The newly widowed women find their faith is tested when they must go to work in the mines to keep a roof over their heads. Elizabeth charms most everyone in Coal Valley, except Constable Jack Thornton (Daniel Lissing) who believes Thatcher’s wealthy father has doomed the lawman’s career by insisting he be assigned in town to protect the shipping magnate’s daughter. Living in a turn of the century coal town, Elizabeth will have to learn the ways of the frontier if she wishes to thrive in the rural west on her own.

I cannot say enough about this fantastic Hallmark Channel show. It takes you on a rollercoaster of emotion, and will capture your heart in minutes! Be sure to check out the series two premiere Saturday Apr 25th at 8/7c! You won't believe what happens!

One lucky reader will win Series 1 of When Calls the Heart on DVD!
Open to Can/US. Ends May 6th. (arv $60)

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Still Life, by Christa Parrish - #review

I think had it not been in ebook format I absolutely would have devoured this book. Still Life was a refreshing change from the 'fluff' I normally like to read. This book is haunting and heartbreaking and absolutely wonderful, if you can even say that as it's such a sad tale. I mean to read all about the 'fallout' of what happens in the lives surrounding 2 people who exchange their plane tickets, and the plane the one who was to be on it lives, and the one who wasn't then dies?! Seriously tragic, and I have goosebumps just thinking about it again. This book is technically classified as Christian fiction, but it's written in such a manner that I felt it should just be on a traditional fiction shelf instead. Definitely a book I would recommend checking out! Admittedly I tend to chose books based on their cover and little blurb on the back. I definitely won with this choice! It's just so unbelievably good!

Ada escaped her family’s self-enclosed world to elope with a mysterious stranger. Five months later, she’s a widow in a strange new world.
A tragic plane crash. One woman who lost her husband. Another who gave up her seat for him.
Adah spent her first twenty-five years with her family as part of a fringe religious sect. Her only contact with the outside world was through customers at their farm store. Then she met Julian, a photojournalist who'd come to document their lifestyle. They eloped mere days later and Adah was thrust into a completely new life as a wife, city-dweller, and an individual allowed to make her own decisions. But she has no idea who she is.
On her twenty-sixth birthday, Julian plans to fly home from an assignment to give her her first-ever birthday present. He's thrilled when Katherine Cramer gives up her seat so he can make the flight. But the plane crashes and everyone on board is killed, including Julian.
Adah is completely at a loss, with no friends and no marketable skills. When Julian's last photographs are published, her life errupts into chaos. She begins travelling-with Julian's camera for a companion-searching for answers to who she is and what she really wants.
Meanwhile, Katherine must live with the knowledge of why she gave up her seat-to extend her affair one more night. She recognizes her survival as a second chance to save her marriage. But is it too late?
When Adah's and Katherine's paths cross, they discover that there's still life ahead for both of them.

Christa Parrish is the author of five novels, including the 2009 ECPA Book of the Year Watch Over Me and the Christy Award-winning Stones for Bread. She lives in upstate New York with her husband, writer and pastor Chris Coppernoll. They have four children in their blended family.

Are you on Goodreads? Lets connect! :)

Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A Peek at my Week - 4/21 #wordlesswednesday (LINKY)

Busy week around here...take a peek!

1) Sometimes cats don't care if you have a new selfie stick you want to play with!
2) The new Girls Night Out wines are A-MAZING, and how appropriate to drink on girlsnight!
3) My cat likes to channel his inner meerkat...
4) PD day breakfast with my girls at a favourite 'greasy spoon'..YUM!
5) Orangie made these really cool popsicle stick characters..gotta love the minion!
6) My matchy-match bingo ticket and mug were good luck! I won $12! (not bad for a freebie ticket!)
7) Bike ridin'..
8) A visit to the dentist
and finally...
9) A chipmunk decided to hurl itself onto my birdfeeder for a snack!

Which pic do you like best?
and be sure to link up your WW post! :)

Strawberry Banana Loaf - #recipe

Warning: the product of this recipe is absolutely delicious and highly addictive! (even when your mouth is still quite frozen from the dental appointment! Oops!)
And the wonderful scent it creates in your home..ohhh it should be bottled and saved for a gloomy day!

  • 3 large ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar (loosely packed!)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1.5 cups chopped fresh strawberries

1. Preheat oven to 350F (175 C). Prepare loaf pan by lightly greasing.
2. Combine bananas, butter, sugars, egg and vanilla in large bowl.
3. Mix baking soda and flour together in separate bowl.
4. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Mix.
5. Add in the strawberries. Mix again.
6. Pour batter into prepared pan
7. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean, approx. 45 minutes.

Is so delicious when sliced and served warm!
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Kids First Day in #ldnont - Apr 17 2015

Tomorrow, Apr 17th, is a PD Day here in London, Ontario. Are you looking for FUN, low-cost or free things to do with your kids? Be sure to check out Kids First Day! My girls and I always looked forward to this great event, and likely attended this from year ONE! Will we see you out there tomorrow? We'll likely be checking out the museums, historical sites, Covent Garden, and Kiwi Kraze! *FYI - this is not a sponsored post, but an event I feel is super cool and needs to be shared!*

On Friday April 17th, 2015, we invite you to join us for free or low-cost activities at over 50 locations in London and area! From arts and crafts, to dancing, swimming, bowling, cooking, scavenger hunts and magic shows... there is a Kids First Day activity for every child.
Pick up your Kids First Day Passport at your first stop and get it signed at each activity that you attend. Submit your passport after your third activity for a chance to win a fabulous prize!
Many great locations to choose from! Highlights include: Adventures on Wonderland, ArtVenture Art Studio, MadScience of London, Boys & Girls Club of London, Michaels, Chapters, Museum London, Museum of Archaeology, Covent Garden Market, Fanshawe Pioneer Village, Kiwi Kraze, London Children's Museum, etc etc etc!
For the FULL list of Kids First Day FUN, download it here and print it out to take with you!
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Need a Laugh? Stop in! #wordlesswednesday (LINKY)

This week I'm sharing 9 funnies that I found on Pinterest!
Hope they make you lol or smile :)

Which one is your fave?
and be sure to link up your WW too! :)