Weekend Links

Tulips Ottawa

Last Monday I decided to spend the day at Major's Hill Park to take pictures of the tulips. We have over a million tulips in the National Capital Region, in 50 varieties. It was a relaxing day to stroll along this beautiful area. I like to walk around and admire the various colours and views.

Here's a link to some of my pictures on Flickr.

LIFE:
This weekend I will be walking the 10k with my son at the Ottawa Marathon. My sister and brother will also be running. The reason I'm walking is that I have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis in my knee. The specialist does not want me to run. Since it is a degenerative disease there is not much I can do about it. I can't wait to participate but I'm nervous because I know that it will not be easy on my knee.

Some of you may know that I have been a volunteer at my local food bank for years. On Wednesday, I visited the Ottawa Food Bank, where they talked about their Community Harvest Program. One part of the program is that they grow their own crops specifically for donations. They have a new, seven-acre site at Black Family Farm and they need volunteers. If you are interested in helping you can find the information here

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Banana Chocolate Chips Muffins Recipe

banana chocolate chips muffins

I have been using this recipe for Banana Chocolate Chips Muffins for years, it's a family favorite. Today, I bought ripe bananas at a discounted price at the grocery store. It's amazing what you can do with bananas!

Try these recipes, they are triple-tested and so delicious:

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Shakshuka with Red Peppers and Cumin

Shakshuka with Red Peppers and Cumin

I work from home and I enjoy making meals from scratch three times a day. I also like to eat a variety of things throughout the week. As much as I can, I challenge myself to try new recipes and to include healthy and vegetarian meals, as much as I can. It's not always easy to do so because my family likes to have meat for lunch and supper, I often end up making two recipes for our dinners. For breakfast and lunch, I find it easier when everyone makes what they want to eat. It saves me time in the kitchen.

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Weekend Links

Eiffel Tower


I am looking at my pictures from my trip to Paris in 2014. Paris is the center of fashion, culture and gastronomy. When I travel I like to walk in big cities. I try to avoid the subway or talking taxis as much as I can. I enjoy strolling the streets and taking the time to enjoy what is around me. I take lot's of pictures during trips. One day I will be back to Paris. A week in not long enough to discover this city. Today I am dreaming of traveling to Europe again. I went to Paris with my son and we had an amazing time. These memories will last forever. I will start my weekend links with travel links.

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Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry Muffins


Today I am baking. I feel sad doing so because it's for a family that will soon lose their mom . She has cancer and she does not have long to live, so she decided to spend her final days home. She loved to bake and her husband and son miss her baked treats. The mother of my son's girlfriend asked if I could bake them blueberry muffins, I said yes and I became emotional that they even thought of me. Although it is sad, it feels good to do something that I am passionate about for this family.

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Banana Bread


Banana Bread

You cannot have too many recipes for banana bread. I like to try new ones all the time. Of course, what makes a superior banana bread is how ripe are. Some people make the mistake of using bananas that are not quite ready to use in baked goods.

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Tues. Feb. 23rd at 8pm EST Tweet Live With @KPillar4 for #TheGreatIndoors Twitter Party

Celebrate #TheGreatIndoors with @Schneiders, @MapleLeafFoods and @MapleLeafPrime and have a chance to TWEET LIVE with Kevin Pillar (@KPILLAR4) of the Toronto Blue Jays! Join our Twitter Party on Tuesday, February 23rd at 8:00PM EST. There is no RSVP; simply join the conversation, tag your tweets with #TheGreatOutdoors and tweet to win! 

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Two Days at Walt Disney World



In January we had the chance to spend two days at Walt Disney World. We went during the week, after the Disney World Marathon. It was a good time to go because the parks were less crowded. The only downfall is that if you are planning to go in January it might be cold, so don't forget your mittens, scarves and warm coat at home!

Here are some tips if you only have two days to spend at Walt Disney World:

1- Buy your tickets in advance. I would also advise you to buy the park hopper option, that way you will be able to do more than one park in one day.


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Weekend Links

Dark Chocolate Lentil Balls


It's sunny and so cold in Ottawa today. I don't feel like going to the grocery store but I have to because my son is coming to visit us this week. He is doing his Masters at Queen's University and next week is Reading Week. I can't wait to have all my children home. We will celebrate Valentine's Day and my husband's birthday this week. On family day I will make Ricardo's Chinese Fondue, it's so good. I might make my Best Meat Lasagna for Valentine's Day. For dessert I think everyone will enjoy a chocolate fondue. This time I will make it with Toblerone Swiss Milk chocolate. It's so easy to make, all you have to do is melt the chocolate with cream. We fight over bananas and strawberries when we have chocolate fondue.

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Quick Vietnamese Noodle Soup Recipe

Quick Vietnamese Noodle Soup

We like this Vietnamese Noodle Soup in the house. When you don't have all day to make your beef broth and you are craving this soup just use store-bought. It's quick to make and delicious! We like a big bowl of this soup, with chewy noodles and slices of beef fondue on a cold, winter evening. 


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Weekend Links

Nutella-Swirl Pound Cake


SWEETS:
It's World Nutella Day today. If you are crazy about Nutella make this Nutella-Swirl Pound Cake. It's finger licking good! 

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GIVEAWAY: Win a $100 #PrepaidMyWay Gift Card

When you have three children you always have a list of things to buy for them, but sometimes you forget about yourself. Like many moms, I like to treat myself once in a while. For a couple of years I have been receiving prepaid cards and I like to save them for something special. I make a wish list and try to stay within budget. When I'm ready to go shopping, I know that I have the funds to pay because I have put aside my prepaid gift cards. One of the advantages of having these cards is that I can make my purchases online or in store and I don't have to spend it all at the same store. The other thing that I like is that I can bring them on trips anywhere in the world. Recently I was in Florida and used one of my cards to buy myself something special.

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