Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Kim's Energy Balls

For YOU, my readers, I have a secret recipe created by the the Executive Chef for Budweiser Gardens.

We're talking a real chef, in a monster venue and a finger-licking, HEALTHY recipe.

I bring you…..

Kim's Energy Balls!

as in balls that will give you energy and not vice versa - although she does cook for the London Knights hockey team - so there's probably some truth to the second version as well.

Health food is foreign to me, so I had to hit Bulk Barn to get the ingredients.

You will need:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup flax seeds
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries or raisins
  • 1/4 cup almonds, pumpkin or sunflower seeds
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup honey or nutella


Mix all ingredients together.

Then let sit in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Roll into balls and store in an airtight container.
Keep refrigerated.

These are FANTASTIC - and I'm a processed, over-sugared, junk food addict.
While I was rolling these into balls, Hubby cleaned out about 6 of them - so I think he agrees.

Kim, thank you very, very much for sharing your recipe with me (and my readers) and Doug - thanks for the hook-up!

Gotta go get some energy for my balls!
Oops, I mean get a ball of energy! lol

 Have a great one!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Organizing With Shoeboxes

Back to school at our house means starting new habits that will carry through the school year.

Summer has been pretty lackadaisical around here.  The girls stay in their pyjamas until noon if we don't have anything going on.  Chores have long since been forgotten.

With just a couple of short weeks left until the public schools resume, I want to implement some new chores for the girls.

For everyone actually.

One of which is putting their own laundry away.

At 6, 8 and 38 this doesn't seem an unreasonable request?  I think they can handle it.
But I'm going to set them up for success (and not failure) by giving them a structure.

Back to school shoes = shoeboxes.

Shoeboxes = drawer organization!



Now even if she stuffs her socks and underwear away, at least they will be sectioned so she can easily find them to get dressed the next morning.


And my largest child, who is by far the worst of the three:

If you run short on shoeboxes, you can space them apart so that the gaps are a section as well - see below - this drawer only has two boxes in it, but it makes 4 sections.

I'm not going to lie - I know two out of the three will be able to handle this.

The third?

He's a lost cause.


Have a great one!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Organization - Manuals and Warranties

The weekend had me running in circles and feeling a bit run down, so I apologize for not having an original post this morning.
Instead, I'm going to "re-share" one from June 2013 - that perhaps you haven't seen

Back tomorrow with my "game face" on!

Do you have a drawer that looks like this?

I know this is where we drop all of our manuals, warranties and little extra parts that come with purchases.
I have no idea what's in here.
I could never find a part or manual if I needed one.

Let's face it - this is a total waste.

So I was surfing one of my favourite blogs, and I came across this post by "A Bowl Full of Lemons" where she gave a step-by-step (not that it's rocket science) on how to get this mess under control.

So I did.

I got my sheet protectors, my super-binder and my mighty labeler and spent about 30 minutes doing this:

AND I found my fire extinguisher!
This is a win all around!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

What can you do with branches?

A few weeks ago an F1 tornado touched down in my Dad's neighbourhood.

It didn't hit the main strip of his little town, it just sort of bounced here and there within a few kilometre radius of Grand Bend, ON.

Fortunately, no one was hurt.

But there was a LOT of damage.

My Dad lives in a very wooded area.
Very wooded, but also near the beach - so the trees are rooted in mainly sand.
This tornado ripped out hundreds, if not thousands of the trees in his area - roots and all - leaving a giant mess.

My Dad was pretty stressed - I mean, he can't access most of his property for fallen trees and companies are charging around $2,800 per day to clean them up for you.  (Unfortunately, this isn't something insurance will cover).

I totally understand his frustration and anxiety - but I tried not to let on.
Instead, I tried to offer up some "apple sauce" solutions to his "rotten apple" situation.

Dad, Kate, Bill, Cindy… in fact anyone in Grand Bend - these are for you:

(All images courtesy of Pinterest)

I may be heading to Grand Bend myself to stock up - some of these projects are really cute and would make fantastic decorations for a Martha Stewart-rustic-type Christmas!

To anyone out there that wants to make any of the above projects - leave me a comment - I'm pretty sure I know some people that would love to get rid of some wood!

(You'd have to pick up of course)

 Have a great one!

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