Healthy Grain Salad With Bulgur and Chickpeas

We had some family over for a BBQ on the weekend and I needed some sides to go with BBQ chicken. I don't know about you, but I'm always looking for new ways to incorporate some healthy eats, especially in the grain department. I've always loved tabbouleh. It a very refreshing Mediterranean salad with lots of parsley and bulgur. I happen to have some bulgur on hand but I thought the vast green of the dish can deter some folk from even trying tabbouleh and well it's a bit early in the season for my fresh parsley and mint. Then I recalled my Chickpea Dill recipe and thought that they could work well together.

Well, I'm happy to say they did and I quite like the texture of the bulgur and the fullness of the chickpea together. I stuck with the other key elements that are great in the tabbouleh like tomatoes, garlic and cucumber. I still added parsley too just not a mountain of it. I decided to go with scallions because I'm loving them lately as my go to fresh onion. 

Great Gift for Mother's Day

I'd have to say, most years I opt to get flowers for Mother's Day for my mom. Not usually the typical cut flowers, she really enjoys a potted variety that would be a perennial in our case, so she can enjoy it year after year. 

This year on my last visit with her she had mentioned she could use a watch. Well, what perfect timing I thought. So being an Amazon prime subscriber and my instant reaction to search any shopping item online before even looking in a store (way to get best deal and really know whats out there I think) I almost instantly came across this gem.

It's made by Nine West which is a reputable company that has made women's shoes and accessories for quite some time. I've often adored some of their items. Even the box and pillow are great way to present the watch.

This was an instant winner for me because of the floral aspect (she really loves flowers as I mentioned) and the soft colours. My mom is no spring chicken and our tastes may not mach up much. But…

Avenger's Themed Birthday Treats

April was a whirlwind of a month at our household. With Easter being so late and Logan's 6th birthday towards the end of the month I may need half of May to recover and catch up. 
Logan was excited for his cake(s) of the party. He decided for his 6th birthday he wanted to have a party at Chuck E Cheese with the theme to be the Avenger's. He is particularly fond of Black Panther and Thor is pretty up there too. He wanted a cake at the venue (something about wanting toy figures on top, easier to play with then food I guess!) but we had family and some friends hosted after at our place as well. That's where the cupcakes came in. 

The first of our cupcakes here are a quick and easy party treat. Thor hammer's made with pretzel sticks and marshmallows. How simple and effective. Pictured above in the lemon/lime cupcake. The recipe is from Canadian Living Magazine. 

I decided to do 24 cupcakes and half were Marshmallow Thor the other I did 6 different Avenger Logo's, 2 of eac…

Easter Activities and Treats

Popsicle Stick Easter Baskets with a Chick
Today my soon to be 6 year old and I did a bit of Easter Crafting while he was home from school with a cough and sniffles. I decided to organize our craft supplies and create some Easter creations based on what we had. These are pretty common craft staples that you too may have ready to go and if not they are easy to find items that are good to have in stock. 

To make the basket you will need a:  toilet paper roll, sheet card stock, 1 pipe cleaner, 7 medium popcicle sticks, paint/markers/crayons to colour sticks if not coloured, pencil, white glue and scissors. 

If you are colouring the sticks have your child do so as you prepare the nest few steps. 
You will then need to cut the tube in half. You will only need one piece for a basket or you can double up on sticks and make two like we did. 
Trace tube circle onto card stock and cut out for bottom of basket. 
Glue card stock circle to bottom. 
Line up the 7 sticks and draw line across middle with pe…

Disney World's Fantasia Gardens and Fairways Mini Golf Fun

Recently I have posted on the blog about out last trip to Disney World. On that trip we had the opted for Park Hopper Plus option which gives you visits to any of the 4 mini golf courses along with 2 water parks, ESPN grounds or golf at Oak Trails. Those are some pretty good options. 

It is a great option at Disney World when you have enough days that you want to take a few away from the parks and enjoy some of the other great things Disney World has to offer. We were there in Dec and it was good weather but not the crazy Florida hot so we didn't use the water parks but we did take in all 4 mini golf courses with our two off days. This allowed us to use the great pool at our hotel (take a look at our post on the Coronado Springs).

This time I am focusing on the Fairways and Fantasia Gardens. The Fairways is a great course. It's not a typical mini golf with the themes etc. It is basically a mini golf course! You have to putt a fairway so it is lengthy and may be more challenging …

Things To Do On March Break in the GTA and Ways to Save Doing Them

For me when I know think of March Break I think Maple Syrup Festivals. It's been a yearly tradition since the kids were born to visit at least one Conservation Area having a Syrup Festival. For me, the Halton Parks are closest and are great when you have the pass like we do but we've also ventured out to explore other festivals to shake it up a bit. There are festivals all over GTA whether you're in the East, West or North of the Six. 

Maple Syrup Festivals
Maple Town at Mountsberg

During the Maple Syrup Festival times at Mountsberg, Maple Town comes to life, it is where there will be demonstrations on how Maple Syrup is made and the different stages to making it. There is even free samples and activities during festival. You can also purchase a pancake breakfast with some Maple Syrup. Wagon rides are available for extra fee. Any time of the year, you always get to enjoy the regular activities like the play barn, animal barn and birds of prey exhibits and shows. The Maple Tow…