Top Form Tip

Will cracking your knuckles lead to arthritis?

A: Although it may sound horrible, you are not doing any damage to your joints, bones or muscles (unless you are feeling pain). If you’ve been cracking your knuckles for years though, you can develop soft tissue damage in the joint capsule, which can decrease your grip strength. If you do feel pain when cracking you may want to visit your doctor so they can asses if there is any kind of joint damage.

Grandma’s Sweet & Savory Secrets

Home Style Oatmeal Cookies

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup chocolate chips or raisins
  • 1/4 cup coconut
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup pecans

Method:

Cream butter & brown sugar. Add egg and vanilla, then blend in remaining ingredients and mix well. Drop dough on cookie sheet, leaving space between. Bake 8 – 10 @ 350 degree oven.

These are a no fail cookie! I have deleted bits (like chocolate chips) and added bits (like cranberries & white chocolate) and they turn out every single time. If you under bake them, they stay soft and chewy.

Top Form Tip

Does chicken soup cure a cold?

A: You can’t cure a cold, you can only speed up it’s course. That being said, chicken soup can speed up your recovery time. The minute you feel symptoms, dose yourself with chicken soup, vitamin C and plenty of water and you will be able to reduce your cold from 5 to 3 days.

Grandma’s Sweet & Savory Secrets

Prawn Dip – Appetizer 

  • 1 – 2 lbs prawns peeled
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 olive oil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1 TBSP cayenne pepper
  • 2 TBSP crushed garlic
  • 1 – 2 baguette’s

Method:

Melt butter, add spices & simmer for about 20 min., add prawns and simmer until prawns are cooked. Pour into a pretty dish and dip freshly sliced pieces of baguette in!

Yummy!!!!!!

Cute Idea for a Kids Party

I saw these adorable cupcakes by Grandma’s-Bakery. Are they not the most adorable cupcakes you’ve ever seen? Such a great idea to serve for a little girls party or a ‘girls night out’ party with friends. I think I might have to give these a go myself. Be sure to check out their Facebook Page for more great ideas!                                                                                                             cupcake shoes

Skor Bar (no bake) Dip!

Oh my, this is so yummy and soooo simple! A friend of mine used to make it and now it’s one of my favorites to make. The only things you need are:

  • A Pkg. of Cream Cheese
  • 2 Tbsp Sugar
  • 1 Can of Caramel Sauce
  • 3 or 4 Skor bars or a pkg. of Skor pieces (I prefer the bars)
  • 3 or 4 Granny Smith Apples

Mix the cream cheese and sugar until blended then spread it on a pie plate or in the center of a nice platter. (dinner plate size) Pour the caramel sauce over and sprinkle with crushed skor pieces. Slice your apples thinly and arrange around the dip. When you are ready to try it, simply use the apple slices & dig in!

Ways to Save on your Groceries

If you’ve been anywhere near a grocery store lately you will have noticed a spike in prices. Ugh….how do you cut your monthly grocery expense down without clipping coupons? Here are a few tips that have helped me.

Menu Plan – Instead of running to pick up this or that, sit down weekly and plan what you are cooking for the week and write out exactly what you need. This helps you to avoid buying what you don’t need and ordering out because you don’t have items on hand.

Read Flyers & Stock Up – Take a look through the flyers and see what is on sale, if there is a really good deal on non-perishables, stock up! Don’t just buy 2 or 3, buy a dozen or a case, especially if it’s items that you use all the time. Make sure though, you have the space to store it and the budget.

Shop the Discounts – Usually there is a large shelf at each supermarket of marked down foods or items they are wanting to clear out. I’ve found some great deals on organic shampoo that I normally buy for $12 or more dollars, reduced to $2! You can even find foods that are about to expire for 50% off, if you can store them in the freezer, that’s a great deal! Even veggies that are about to expire can be stored in the freezer and pulled out for soups or stews.

Shop in Bulk – If you can, purchase things that you use regularly in bulk. Rice for instance is a good deal if you buy a large bag, compared to purchasing little tiny bags that are not much less then a huge bag.

Cook a bit More – If you are making a batch of Chili or Spaghetti, make a bit extra and store it in the freezer for a night when you are in a hurry or don’t feel like cooking. I like storing my extra’s in large freezer bags, then I lay them flat in the freezer so they stack and take up less room.

Skip a Week – If you are use to shopping weekly, try skipping a week. Get creative, I’m sure you have enough food in your cupboards or freezer to get you by.

Plant a small garden – I have planters with lettuce, rhubarb, strawberries, cucumbers, etc. on my deck. We always get lots of produce through the summer. I love freezing my herbs in a bit of olive oil in ice cube containers and use them for cooking during the winter when the prices are more expensive.

Share some of the ways you save?

 

 

 

 

Camping Recipe – Upside Down Pineapple Cake

There is nothing better then sitting around a camp fire, unless you have a piece of pineapple upside down cake in your hands!
Recipe:
  • Pineapple chunks, fresh or canned
  • Pound cake, cubed (you can also use plain cake donuts)
  • Butter
  • Brown sugar
  • Whipped Cream or ice cream
  • Cinnamon or nutmeg
  • Tin foil
  • Cooking Spray
Directions:
Spray a double layer of tin foil with cooking spray then add a handful of pineapple chunks. Add cake pieces (about 6 or 7 cubes) or donuts on top of pineapple, then add a good

dollop of butter and brown sugar. (about 1 – 2 TBSP) Fold the foil to make a packet and place on a hot bbq. for about 15 min. Once the butter has melted and mixed with the brown sugar to create a sauce over the pineapple and cake pieces, you are ready to add whip cream or ice cream & enjoy!
Happy Camping!

Get Outside!

Want some reasons to get active with your kids outside? Kids who spend time in and around nature have improved:

  • memory
  • problem solving
  • creativity

Not to mention they are physically healthier too! Research shows though, that 70% of Canadian kids spend an hour or less outside playing each day. That is such a sad statistic as there is so much to offer & explore for kids and adults alike.

Obviously summer is a great time to be outside, however; there are lots of things you can do during other seasons. Fall, Winter and Spring offer so much beauty and excitement. Each local municipality offers loads to do as well, like hiking, biking and group activities, so be sure to check with your local community or recreation center!

 

 

 

 

 

GMO Free Picnic

There is a growing amount of research that connects GMO’s (or genetically modified organisms) to health concerns and environmental damage. Canadians are often unaware that the foods they choose contains GMO ingredients, as Canada is not required to lable GMO foods.

Here are a few tips to keeping your summer picnic GMO free and your family healthy!

  • Choose 100% organic – be aware that foods simply labeled ‘organic’ as opposed to 100% organic can contain up to 30% GMO’s.
  • Choose whole, fresh foods and avoid processed items. They are less likely to be genetically modified and won’t contain added ingredients that increase your exposure to GMO ingredients.
  • Corn – In 2012, GMO varieties hit shelves and farm stands. If you are unsure that the corn you are buying is of this variety, ask your grower or go organic.
  • Know which crops have been modified. Corn, soy, cotton oil, alfalfa animal feed, papaya, canola and sugar beets are the main 7 modified crops. Read your labels carefully and avoid foods with these ingredients or things made from them. Everything from corn syrup, meat, potato chips to veggie burgers can contain GMO’s.