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Kale, Butternut Squash and Pomegranate Salad

This colorful, nutrient-rich salad is savory but slightly sweet. The crunch from the walnuts and pomegranates provides a nice contrast to the soft roasted butternut squash, and the flavors are all brought together with a bright lemon maple vinaigrette. Even if you are a lover of traditional Thanksgiving dishes (I am too), you can still…

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Things to Do on a Snow Day

Kids, teachers and parents alike love the freedom a snow day brings. Work and school are put on the back burner and everyone can enjoy a day off from their normal, everyday life. Whether you get a few days off each season or you live in an area where snow days are a rarity, take…

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Easy Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs

Bake classic sugar cookies for your cookie swap A favourite holiday activity for many of us is baking, but between gift shopping and get-togethers, it’s hard to find the time. In fact, a recent survey by Becel found that one in two Canadians want to bake more during the holidays, and 77 per cent would…

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Direct Answers – Lopsided Love

I’ve been talking to this guy for eight months. Along the path I started developing feelings. When I told him about my feelings, he said he doesn’t want a relationship right now. I told him I understood, then drifted away to see if he would question my absence. (Visited 34 times, 1 visits today)

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3 Plant-Based Holiday Smoothies

Whether you’re looking to indulge in a festive holiday treat or need a quick solution to fill up before a late-night dinner party, holiday smoothies are a great option that can be whipped up in no time. Check out the recipes and benefits of each below. (Visited 22 times, 1 visits today)

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Hot Chocolate-Inspired Cookie Cups

The holidays are a busy time for families, between shopping for the perfect gift, hosting out-of-town guests, attending get-togethers and baking. Not only is baking a quintessential part of the festive season, but it is also a delicious way to spend a wintery day indoors with friends and family. Be ready to bake whenever the…

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Direct Answers – Man-Child

My boyfriend had a climbing accident three months ago. He showed up on my doorstep that night with serious injuries. I got him to the ER ASAP. Then I let him crash while he recovered, and I played nurse until he could get back on his feet. (Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)

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Cranberry Flax Pumpkin Bread

Two of the season’s most-loved foods come together in this delicious homemade bread. First comes Pumpkin with potent beta-carotene and then cranberries with their anthocyanin. Both of these phytochemicals can act as antioxidants, helping prevent damage to cells. (Visited 70 times, 1 visits today)

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Power Mocha Smoothie

Start your day with more than just a cup of coffee. This delicious mocha smoothie features chilled Purity Coffee, nutritious bananas, energy-rich nut butters and anti-inflammatory turmeric. Coffee contains a variety of phytochemicals, many of which have antioxidant properties. There is plenty of research on coffee and cancer risk with over 1,000 studies on the…

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Direct Answers – Blind Man’s Bluff

Ten years ago I met my man. We had a stormy but loving relationship that produced a son two years later. A number of factors contributed to our separation the following year. They included his infidelity, which produced a daughter. (Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)

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Water Does Not Resist – Margaret Atwood

Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away…

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Have I Gone Mad?

The Mad Hatter: Have I gone mad? Alice: I’m afraid so. You are entirely bonkers.  But I’ll tell you a secret.  All the best people are. (Visited 39 times, 1 visits today)

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Recipes to Make Your School Year Lunches Fast and Delicious

The school year is underway once again and for you the race is on. If you’ve been down this road before, then you know these nine months feel like a full-blown sprint where you are constantly running from one obligation to the next. And that doesn’t leave a lot of room to prepare meals and…

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30-Minute Mediterranean Meals with Grapes

Eating nourishing meals is an important way to keep up energy levels. With few having the time to devote to cooking an elaborate meal, a collection of delicious and dependable 30-minute recipes for a quick but satisfying meal can be handy. What else keeps things simple? Having fresh staples such as California table grapes on…

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Watermelon Chia Parfaits

This fully customizable parfait can be topped with your favorite fruits, nuts or seeds! The chia and watermelon make a jam-like layer that complement the creaminess of yogurt. Filled with protein and healthy fats from chia, try this parfait for breakfast or mid-afternoon snack for lasting energy boost! (Visited 44 times, 1 visits today)

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Making Soy Candles

Making soy candles is a far more common practice now than it was years ago. Petroleum-based paraffin wax was used in almost all candle making years ago but now there are natural alternatives which many people find more appealing. So although soy wax is a little more expensive, many see it as a preferable choice…

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Different Types of Wool from Alpaca Farming

Alpacas produce different types of wool than other animals and are sought after for their uniqueness. They are camelids and are of the same family as their larger cousins the llamas. They can be bred with llamas to produce young called huarizo. While camels and llamas are usually used for pack animals or transportation due…

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Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin soup is such an obvious choice for a warm hearty soup on Halloween night and if you are going to have pumpkins for your lanterns, this is a good way of using up the wonderful pumpkin flesh instead of throwing it away. (Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)

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Deer Species Used in Deer Farming

Deer farming is a form of agriculture found on the Asian, European and North American continents. Farms in these widely scattered geographic locations usually raise a native species. There are four main species in Asia: Central Asian red deer, other red deer species, elk (also called wapiti), and the sika. Red deer also inhabit much…