Five things + Win Beartown by Fredrik Backman

Five things + Win Beartown by Fredrik Backman

Hi guys! How have you been? I’m sorry it’s been so quiet here on the blog — I was sick for about a week there (maybe food poisoning, ‘tho it really hung on so I’m not sure what it was) and busy this past week making up for lost time by taking extra classes at a fitness studio I’ve been doing a challenge with over the past month. Today I’m checking in with a few highlights from the past couple of weeks and a chance to win a book I’m just getting into and really loving, Beartown by A Man Called Ove author Fredrik Backman. (Thanks for the copy, Simon & Schuster Canada!) It’s not out ’til April 25, but you can get a first look here.  Continue reading “Five things + Win Beartown by Fredrik Backman”

Five things

Five things

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Earlier this week I shared a poignant short article about overcoming procrastination and although the message really resonated with me, I still didn’t manage to get a heck of a lot done. (A lot of procrastinating, but not a lot of much else.) So I’m throwing it back to these baked donuts, which are totally fun and easy to make when you’re putting something off. And even when you’re not. They’re #5 in this week’s five things. Here’s four more.  Continue reading “Five things”

FoodiePages’ Tasting Box: Sampling small-batch treats from Canadian kitchens

FoodiePages’ Tasting Box: Sampling small-batch treats from Canadian kitchens

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There are some people I’m always happy to see: my kiddos at the end of a long day, my hubby not long after I’ve seen my kiddos at the end of of a long day (ha!), and the mail man with a delivery, preferably in a large box (hold the bills). Because when the mail man arrives with a package, it’s almost always a good thing. Except maybe when it’s an enormous flower arrangement and a fruit bouquet you’re meant to hold for your neighbour. Then it’s just sad. Well happy for your neighbour, but sad for you. (And by “you” I mean “me”, since I’ve babysat more bouquets than I care to remember.) But happy days are here again! Last week my girlfriend Renee sent me the most thoughtful box of goodies for my birthday, and the week before that Canada Post delivered a “Tasting Box” of treats made in small batches in kitchens across Canada. It’s one of 50 such boxes curated monthly by FoodiePages, a kind of online farmer’s market based in Toronto. I’m going to be reviewing some of their products over the next couple of months (tough gig, I know), so let’s get started!  Continue reading “FoodiePages’ Tasting Box: Sampling small-batch treats from Canadian kitchens”