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Kale and Lentil Soup

Do you eat lentils? Well you should! Lentils are a nutritional powerhouse! In just half a cup of dry lentils you get 26 grams of protein. In the split red lentils used in this soup you have 4 grams of fiber (14% DV) per serving, 15% Iron and Folate and even 6% DV of potassium! I read on that consuming pulses such as lentils reduces the development of type 2 diabetes. They really are a great addition to your diet and they add so much to a bowl of soup. They give the soup a whole new texture and flavour making the soup more satisfying all around.

What about kale? Oh you are missing out if you haven't got your greens on. Kale is another powerhouse in nutrition. Apparently a cup of kale has the same amount of calcium as a cup of milk! It also has a good balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. It is high in vitamin K, A and C. There is more vitamin C in kale then an orange. Of course too much of a good thing can always go bad so be sure to incorporate a mix…
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Easter Hunt Ideas

Easter has become my kids second favourite holiday only to be won over by Christmas. As a child that group up with a single mom from another country and she having lost her mother at the age of 3, she wasn't really hip on the Easter Bunny. Luckily I had the best sister ever (who is 12 years older then me) and would take on motherly duties often, making memories for me to cherish.
I remember waking up to find a clue and having to solve the clue for another and another leading me to a little surprise. What a great big sis eh! Told ya. It was my only real Easter memory other then when we ate fish on Friday while my mom went along with that.

Fast forward a few years (or more) and I've decided to create special memories for my kids each year and it makes me happy when they start getting excited about Easter! I have a few different ways I spread the Easter spirit with my little ones and maybe I can pass on some ideas for you and your family.
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Perler Bead Craft Time

Did you ever get a toy or a craft that you had your kids try and they enjoyed for a bit then you once you put away, well out of sight out of mind. Then we fast forward a couple of years and a second child finds them and well you get this! 
I got this container of PYSSLA from IKEA or perler beads as I've heard they are called in our neck of the woods. There is a 4 piece shape discs you use to place and shape with beads. This craft has kept my boys busy for hours. It isn't very expense at $8.99 for jar and $2.99 for discs. Michael's craft store also has an array of perler bead kits if IKEA isn't accessible to you or you can shop online at Amazon or the like. 

My older son likes create his own designs after trying a few off the internet. Here he's trying to make a Mickey Mouse head. Once they are done creating their design you then take some parchment paper and iron carefully not to melt shape disc (as I've done slightly in past). It's a great activity to tak…

Wholesome Ground Oat Pancakes

Pancakes aren't a very nutritious breakfast staple when you use good old white flour, even the whole wheat kind hasn't got much more fiber. I really like to give the kids (and myself) a good start in the morning and we all love pancakes and waffles which I like to make one or the other every weekend. 

To up the nutrition I like to use some whole grain that has lots more fiber then good old AP flour at 4g per serving. The quick steel cut oats I use I get from Costco and thankfully they sell there because I go through the stuff. I eat it at least 5 days a week in one way or another. Just good old warm oatmeal or yummy overnight oats and then I use ground in pancakes or waffles. 

You can use a regular processor to grind into flour but I find the bullet blender easier clean up. 

Sifting the flour you can get any bigger chunks out. I honestly don't do all the time. If you grind a cup at a time it grinds smaller. I don't mind it coarser. When you mix the batter, you'll …

#Giveaway Linky March 17th

Maple Syrup Festival at Mountsberg Conservation Area

We spent a day at Mountsberg this #Marchbreak. It is a great park to visit with kids. It has a lot to intrigue them even when there is no events. Like the play barn that my kids and most others always love.

There is also the actual barn which has a few of the horses they have there among some sheep, chickens and rabbits.

There is a few trails to go on, a birds of prey sanctuary where they have shows throughout the day, a lake and pond. 

There is also plenty of maples that they tap to use for their demonstrations and create maple syrup for pancake meals you can buy at the Pancake House. As you walk towards Maple Town you will see these blue buckets attached to tons (about 400) of sugar maples that sprawl through the forest.

At the Sugar Shanty building the kids watch and learn how the sap is boiled down to different levels of maple syrup. Then you can head on in to the Candy Cabin and sample some fresh made candy (fudge like stuff) that is pretty tasty and my favourite stop.

There are demon…

Day at Black Creek Pioneer Village #MarchBreak

Another day of March Break fun with my Sister and my Great Niece. We decided to get some fresh air and venture out to Black Creek. During March Break (March 12-18th) they have a promotion that is all kids are free admission! That's a savings of $11 for each child. Adults are $15 and a Senior is $12. Also, if driving, $7 for parking.

One of the events they have planned for March Break is Solve the Mystery! Junior Detectives watch a 5 minute video with their own Sherlock Holmes and Watson to solve the Case of the Missing Jewels. The kids then get their own booklet with 5 suspects, clues and places to write additional clues. They also have a code to decipher and at every building pretty much there is a clue or more to be found. They even suggest you can question the suspects when you arrive to their locations. When you are done there is another 5 min video on who the culprit is and you get to see if you solved the crime.

Now if you've never been to Black Creek Pioneer Village it…