For the Love of Apples

You know how most people feel about pumpkins in the fall? Well, I am that way about apples. From apple crisps to apple muffins and apple cider to apple sauce, when the clock strikes fall, I become apple crazy.  

Today, I am excited to join some fabulous apple-loving members of the Social Fabric community to bring you a collection of amazing apple-themed posts. From recipes to activities and beyond, if you love apples as much as I do, then you'll love this post! Happy fall :)

SoFabSeasons Apples


Home and Garden Cafe - Apple Pie Coconut Ice Cream
Joy's Life - Apple Pie Dessert Pizza
Kitchen Concoctions - Toffee Apple Pie Cookies
The Bandit Lifestyle - Delicious Apple Fritters Perfect for Fall
Roasted Beanz - Easy Crustless Almond Raisin Apple Pie
Wondermom Wannabe - Clean Eating Apple Crisp with Caramel Sauce
Anti June Cleaver - Mini Dutch Apple Pear Pie to Get You Ready for Fall
Basic N Delicious - Apple Cinnamon Bundt Cake
Mostly Homemade Mom - Caramel Apple Pie Fudge
Little Blog in the Country - Pressure Cooker Canned Apple Pie Filling
Diana Rambles - Apple Spice Dump Cake
The Tip Toe Fairy - Apple Plum Skillet Cobbler
Five Marigolds - Sweet and Savory Salted Caramel Apple Dip
Intelligent Domestications - Apple Cinnamon Roll Cake & Apple Cream Cheese Icing
Home Maid Simple - Easy Apple Crisp
More or Less Cooking - Best Apple Fritter Coffee Cake
My Big Fat Happy Life - Skinny Caramel Ice Cream
An Alli Event - Apple Bundt Cake with Praline Frosting
Tobin's Tastes - Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dip
Ginger Casa - Delicious Apple Cranberry Pecan Crumble
Sweet Sensations - Apple Cobbler with Oatmeal Muffin Crust
A Labor of Life - How to Make Delicious Apple Roses
Julie Is Coco and Cocoa - Fried Cinnamon and Sugar Apple Rings
Polka Dotted Blue Jay - Mini Carmel Apple Bites
Finding Sanity in Our Crazy Life - No Bake Oatmeal Apple Pecan Cookies
Being Tazim - Strawberry Apple Crumble Vegan and Dairy Free
Upstate Ramblings - Caramel Apple Cake
Lily the Wandering Gypsy - Fresh Apple Donuts with Bacon, Caramel Pecan Glaze
Rebecca Lately - Baked Apple Recipe
Simple Food 365 - Light and Fluffy Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake
Mama Plus One - Homemade Apple Cider Donuts
Bento Lunch (dot) net - Caramel Apple Pudding Parfaits


Broken TeePee - Salmon and Rice Noodles on Apples, Carrots & Zucchini
Revel & Glitter - Autumn Cranberry Apple Pear Salad
Happy Go Lucky - Bacon Cheddar Apple Dip
Honest and Truly - Delicious and Easy Mini Apple Pancakes
Smiling Notes - Healthy Apple Pie Oat Pancakes
Creative Southern Home - Apple Bread
Beyond Mommying - Apple Bacon Grilled Cheese
Momcrieff - Apple Pancake Rings for Breakfast or Snack
Tiaras and Tantrums - Favorite Autumn Apple Snacks
Injenious Life - Gluten Free Applesauce Muffins
Everyday Party - Simple Caramel Apple Cider
A Paper Arrow - Apple Bread for the Fall
Happy and Blessed Home - Delicious Apple Recipes
Mom Saves Money - DIY Dehydrated Apple Rings
Gluesticks Blog - Baked Apple Chips
Life With Lorelai - Caramel Apple Crumbly Bread Recipe
Ava's Alphabet - Baked Apple Pancake
Life with Lovebugs - Spiced Applesauce and Oatmeal Muffins
For the Love of Crust - Homemade Crockpot Apple Cider
Oat & Sesame - Maple Your Applesauce
Southern Mom Loves - Cheddar and Apple Goldfish Snack Mix Recipe
My Life Cookbook - Cinnamon Apple Breakfast Bread (Gluten Free)


Tales of Mommyhood - Apple Picking Favorite Family Activity
Mama Luvs Books - Apple Picking in Rhode Island
Kori at Home - Apple Tot School Unit with FREE Printables
Jenny at Dapperhouse - DIY Apple Basket Sorting Game
To & Fro - Tips for Apple Picking with Your Family


Little Mama Jama - Apple Stamping Sensory Activity for Preschoolers
Creative Ramblings - Fabulous Fall Wood Apple Sign
Woods of Bell Trees - Quilted Apple Pillow
For What It's Worth - Apple Themed Party with DIY Apple Craft
The Kennedy Adventures - Paper Plate Apple Craft
Babs Projects - Apple Scented Potpourri Pouches
Great Contradictions - Apple Themed Candy Bar Wrapper Printables


Momerish - Apple Pie Sugar Scrub Perfect for Fall Pampering

SoFabSeasons Apples
SoFabSeasons Apples

Can you believe all these incredible Apple themed posts? Bookmark this page so you can come back and try out all the recipes, crafts and activities with you and your family!

Make sure to check back next month when Social Fabric features posts with a pumpkin theme. You can always search the hashtag #SoFabSeasons to find more of what you're looking for!

Do you have any fun apple recipes or activities? I'd love to hear!

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Crispy Garlic Tofu Rice Bowl

Much to my husband's knowledge and approval, I've recently started incorporating tofu into some of our dinners.

It's not that we're turning into vegetarians, we still love a juicy grilled steak with all the fixin's once in a while. But sometimes, meat can be pricy. Made from soybeans, not only is tofu is a great alternative for "Meatless Monday", it is also dirt cheap. Think under $2 for a 4 person serving. For a family on a budget, that makes my wallet happy. 

Tofu is also surprisingly tasty. Especially when it takes on the flavour of whatever you cook it in. There are many delicious and easy tofu recipes - we've made tofu stir fry, lettuce wraps with tofu, added it to salads, even subbed it for the salmon in my infamous teriyaki salmon bowl. But this tofu recipe for Crispy Garlic Tofu Rice Bowl is definitely one of my favourites.

Crispy Garlic Tofu Rice Bowl Recipe


Serves: 4


  • 1 block firm tofu, cut into bit-sized pieces
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp Sriracha 
  • 1/2 tbsp cornstarch + 6 tbsp water
  • 1 cup rice (variety of choice)
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 green onions, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Cook rice according to package.
  3. Once the oven is preheated, place tofu cubes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for about 35-40 minutes until golden and crisp around the edges, flipping halfway through.
  4. When tofu is near done, start making the sauce. In a small saucepan over medium heat, add garlic, soy sauce, garlic powder, brown sugar and sriracha and whisk until combined. 
  5. Add cornstarch and water to a small bowl and mix until cornstarch is fully dissolved. 
  6. Add the cornstarch mixture to the small saucepan and whisk until combined. 
  7. Bring mixture to a gentle boil and stir until everything is completely mixed and sauce has thickened. 
  8. Once the sauce is complete, add the baked tofu to the saucepan. Fully coat tofu in sauce.
  9. In a serving bowl, add rice, tofu with sauce and sprinkle with fresh green onions. Serve warm.

Crispy Garlic Tofu Rice Bowl Recipe

Home Chef Tip #1: When you make the sauce, it may not look like you'll have enough. I assure you, with the amounts above, it is plenty to cover one block of tofu, and then some. If you do have extra sauce, it is delicious on a number of different dishes - such as vegetable stir fry or beef & broccoli, another one of my favourites.

Home Chef Tip #2: There are several different consistencies of tofu available on the market. The consistency you want depends on what you plan on cooking. Firm tofu can be sliced and added to stir-fry or seasoned and grilled as a meat substitute; soft tofu can be pureed and used as a ricotta cheese substitute in lasagna, or mashed and added to casseroles; and silken tofu is suitable for making dips or blended with fruit and ice to make smoothies. 

Crispy Garlic Tofu Rice Bowl Recipe

Not only is tofu 1) inexpensive to buy 2) easy to cook with, and 3) delicious, taking on the flavours of whatever you cook it in, it is also surprisingly nutritious. Tofu is high in protein, relatively low in calories, contains no cholesterol and minimal saturated fat, especially when compared to most animal sources of protein. A 3.0 oz portion (approximately the size of a deck of cards) provides 60 calories, 3.5 grams of fat and 7 grams of protein.

Many people get turned off tofu because it is not an ingredient typically found in every day cooking. But, when you find the right recipe, such as the above Crispy Garlic Tofu Rice Bowl, it really is a delicious, nutritious and inexpensive meal alternative. If you turn up your nose at tofu, I dare you to push yourself out of your comfort zone and give it a try. Your palate may be pleasantly surprised. 

Do you enjoy tofu? What's your favourite tofu recipe? I'd love to hear about it!

What I'm Reading: September

Book Review: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch


by Blake Crouch

"A mindbending, relentlessly surprising thriller from the author of the bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy."

Book Review: Dark Matter by Blake CrouchI'm going to get straight to the point with this book review - I loved it and couldn't put it down.  I love a good murder mystery but very rarely steer towards the sci-fi genre. This time, I'm glad I did. In his newest title, Crouch perfectly blended the two genres.  I really have no idea how to review this book without spoiling the whole plot. But, what I can tell you is that this book is twisted, thought provoking, makes you feel super tiny and keeps you wanting more. 

Blake Crouch has sold over a million books and six of his books have hit the Kindle Top 10, with two in the #1 spot. His Wayward Pines series has been made into a TV series and is directed by M. Night Shyamalan. He has been featured in Time Magazine, the L.A. TimesThe Wall Street Journal, and Entertainment Weekly

And good news, after the success of Wayward Pines, Crouch is currently writing the Dark Matter screenplay for Sony Pictures. Definitely a movie I will see. But also one that I actually read the book for first. 

To & Fro rating: ★ ★ ★  1/2 out of 5 stars

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I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. All opinions are 100% my own. 

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A Visit to 3 of My Favourite Canadian Cities

Canada is such a beautiful country. I don't think you really get the full appreciation for how big and how beautiful it is until you see it with your own two eyes.

I've had the privilege of travelling a large portion of the country, crossing Yukon, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec off of my list. This past year alone, I've been lucky enough to set foot in three provinces - Alberta, Manitoba and the one we call home, Ontario. Every single time I visit a new city or province, I am blown away by its beauty, the people and the things to see and do. 

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I think it's pretty obvious that I'm a big fan of zoos and aquariums - they are a great place to visit with family, an amazing learning opportunity, and give you the chance to explore the wide range of animals that call this planet home. Whenever we venture to a new city, scoping out their zoo or aquarium is high on my list.

Of course, that's the first thing I did when I visited Winnipeg, Manitoba and Edmonton, Alberta, and enjoyed a Canadian staycation in Toronto, Ontario, this past year.  

If you find yourself in one of these cities, I definitely recommend adding these top attractions to you "to do" lists.

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Winnipeg is home to the Assiniboine Park Zoo. While there are over 80 acres of Zoo to explore, the highlight for me was the award-winning Journey to Churchill exhibit. Two words, polar bears. And all of my other favourite Arctic animals. As a leader in the Zoo community, and with its proximity to polar bear territory, the Assiniboine Park Zoo plays a large role in polar bear research, conservation and education in Canada. The comprehensive exhibit allows visitors to discover the magic of the North, while making a connection with these iconic Arctic species. 

Insider tip: If you visit, make sure you spend a good chunk of time in the Gateway to the Arctic building. The impressive Sea Ice Passage gives visitors the rare opportunity to view polar bears and seals swim from below the surface of the water. 

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Other recommended attractions to visit in Winnipeg: Assiniboine Park, Canadian Museum for Human Rights, The Forks

Edmonton, Alberta

Edmonton is home to the Edmonton Valley Zoo. Nestled on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River, this small zoo is home to approximately 350 animals from all different climates and habitats.   While no polar bears call this place home, you will have the opportunity to see wolves and lemurs, tigers, owls and more! The lemurs and wolves were definitely my favourite. The Zoo is currently undergoing a renewal which will recreate natural habitats for the animals that live here, enhancing their quality of life and allowing guests to better appreciate the natural world.  

Insider tip: If you visit, plan to check out their daily animal talks, a great chance to learn more about some of your favourite animals.

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Other recommended attractions to visit in Edmonton: West Edmonton Mall, Telus World of Science, Muttart Conservancy

And while I love exploring new cities, sometimes a staycation is in order as well…

Toronto, Ontario

While Toronto is home to the Toronto Zoo, this mermaid at heart is pretty partial to Ripley's Aquarium of Canada. Located in the heart of downtown, directly underneath the CN Tower, the Aquarium is home to over 16,000 marine animals, including 450 species of fish and invertebrates and two green sea turtles. Not only do they have 57 live exhibits and 5.7 million litres of water to ogle over, they also have some pretty incredible experiences, from touch tanks to dive shows and more. 

Insider tip: If you're into an adventure, check out one of their many paid guest experiences, such as diving with the sharks or swimming with the stingrays. I highly recommend both. 

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Other recommended attractions to visit in Toronto: Toronto Zoo, CN Tower, Royal Ontario Museum

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Morley: A Birth Story

It’s hard to believe that 15 months ago those two little lines made an appearance telling us that a baby was on the way. Now that 6 months have passed since our baby girl entered the world, I figured there’s no better time than now to sit down and share the story of her birth.

Morley: A Birth Story
Morley at 1 week old.

The due date was set: March 25, 2016. However, from about the beginning of my third trimester, my doctor had started telling me that she wouldn’t be surprised if baby made an early appearance. The more people I told this to, the more told me not to get my hopes up. I, on the other hand, was in full on panic mode. What did early mean? One week? Two? When should I leave work? Was I going to give birth on the subway?

My 39 week appointment fell on Wednesday, March 16. According to the doctor, I was 4 cm dilated. Before she walked out of the room I heard her mutter the words, “Maybe see you next week, maybe not.” I like to be prepared for things, and hearing that, I definitely did not feel prepared. The more I thought about what she said on the way home from my appointment, the more I started to freak out . Isn’t 4cm almost half way? How will I know if I go into labour? Shouldn’t I be feeling things already? I knew Google would have the answers I was looking for. 

The next day, we picked up my sister at the airport. She was flying in from Edmonton and didn’t want to miss her niece/nephew’s debut. That night, as my husband and sister celebrated St Patrick’s Day the way most people do, this preggo hypochondriac sat on the couch and continued to Google “How will I know if I’m in labour?”.  The last thing I wanted was to have this baby in the bathtub. Clearly I have issues.

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The morning of Friday, March 18 was more of the same, spent on Google. To calm my mind, we decided to make a stop by the assessment room at the hospital, just to see if things had progressed at all. I definitely did not think we’d be there long, but to be safe, I had laid a few overnight items out on the bed, along with baby’s bag that had been packed for a few weeks. 

I sat hooked up to monitors for what seemed like hours, when in reality, it was more like an hour.  Apparently the nurse saw something because she told us to go walk around for an hour and come back. We went to the mall, the logical place for some walking.

At 4:30pm, we ventured back to the hospital and I was immediately hooked up to the monitors again. About an hour later, the nurse came back. I for sure thought we’d be sent home because I still was not feeling anything, despite now being 5cm. “How do you feel about having a baby tonight?”, she casually said. I really don’t think we had a choice in the matter, but my husband and I both looked at each other and said, “Let’s do it!”. The preparations started immediately. I was whisked off to the delivery room, and my sister got on the phone and called our parents to let them know and went and collected the belongings from our apartment that I had laid out earlier that morning. 

Because I wasn’t in ‘active labour’, my water needed to be broken to get things rolling. I had learned a few weeks before that my doctor would be on vacation around the time of delivery, and had fully prepared myself for the doctor welcoming baby to be a stranger. Male or female, it really didn’t bother me, I was just ready to get the little human out. My husband had also prepared himself for the uncomfortable fact that the doctor could be male, but he too just wanted to meet baby. Our hospital is a teaching hospital, so when a male resident doctor came in to break my water, prepared or not, the look on Steve’s face was priceless. Anyways, details spared, the resident couldn’t do it, so he had to get the doctor on call. A few minutes later, the doctor who would be delivering baby walked in. To rewind a bit, our 20 week anatomy scan was done by a male doctor. If you saw this guy on the street, you would not think he was an OB. He was tall, dressed well, and for lack of a better term, was a silver fox (both my husband and I agreed). For the sake of this story, we’ll call him McDreamy. So, when McDreamy walked through the delivery room doors to break my water, both my husband and I’s jaws dropped. “Of course”, is what I hear my husband say under his breath. All I could think of was how I needed to tell my mom, sister, sister in law and mother in law to check out the doctor that will be delivering their future grandchild/niece/nephew. 

By 6:30pm, my water was broken and the contractions started immediately. Now I definitely knew I was in labour. I don’t even think I made it an hour before an epidural was ordered. Although I consider myself to have a high pain tolerance, I had decided early on in my pregnancy that I would have an epidural. I applaud those that go with a natural birth, however, it was and is not for me. 

By this time our families had all made it to the hospital, and were anxiously awaiting the arrival. At 11:00pm, the delivery room was cleared and it was ‘go time’. To say the labour was easy would be a lie, I was exhausted. There are two things I remember most about that hour. One, my hair would not stay tied back and I was constantly fidgeting with it. Never again will I go for the ‘mom cut’ that close to being due. And two, at some point I told Steve, who was lovingly holding my hand and encouraging me the whole time, that we would NEVER be doing this again. 

A short hour later, at 12:01am on March 19, McDreamy said the words we are still shocked that we heard, “It’s a girl”. We had a daughter, and we were beyond excited. Morley Michael Theresa had entered the world, weighing a whopping 8 lbs 2 oz and measuring 21 inches in length.

She came out wide-eyed and quiet, absolutely no screaming. The nurses tried their hardest to get her to cry and clear her lungs, but she just wasn't having it. We saw a bit of panic in their eyes, which in turn made us a little worried as well. When she still hadn't cried after being poked and prodded, she was hooked up to an oxygen monitor, "just to be safe", which of course made us panic even more. Little did we know at the time, her lack of crying was just an early sign of her personality to come - happy, content and super easy going. Or, stubborn like her mom. 

After things had calmed down a bit, Steve walked out into the waiting room to share the news with our family. Everyone pulled an all nighter as we celebrated the new arrival, and first grand child on both sides. 

We often get many questions about her name and where it came from. Michael and Theresa are family names, representing my dad (who has always wanted a girl named Michael) and Steve’s mom. The story behind Morley is a bit different, and makes us sound either super hip or like a 70 year old couple. On CBC radio, there is a talk program called Vinyl Cafe. The host, Stuart Mclean, shares many short stories from listeners across Canada and of his own writing, such as the adventures of a quirky couple named Dave and Morley. To say we love Vinyl Cafe is an understatement - we listened to it on our journey home from Alaska and despite only planning our wedding at the time, both agreed that if we had a girl, she would be Morley. And at 12:01am on March 19, we had our Morley.

Let's take a look back at the past 6 months...

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So Long Sweet Summer

It's hard to believe it's already September. It seems just like yesterday I had a 3 month old, was celebrating my 30th birthday and we were just trying to keep cool in the summer heat and humidity. 

Summer 2016 has flown by. Is anyone else with me on that one?

Summer 2016 Recap

One thing I do know for sure is that we made many great memories this summer. Before we dream of all things fall, let's take a quick look back at summer 2016:

In JUNE, I took a look back on the last decade as I said goodbye to my 20s and Morley took her first airplane ride when we ventured to Edmonton, Alberta to visit my little sister and celebrate a good friend's wedding. 

Favourite posts:
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Taco Bowls
Must See Phenomena in Alaska
Lessons From My 3 Month Old
Camping Reflections

Summer 2016 Recap

In JULYMorley became a 5th generation family cottager when we introduced her to one of our favourite places.

Favourite posts:

Summer 2016 Recap

In AUGUST, I checked off one of my bucket list items, diving with sharks and we spent some more quality time at the lake

Favourite posts:
Diving with Sharks at Ripley's Aquarium
Life is Better at the Lake
Tips for Flying with an Infant
Fresh Peach Crisp Recipe
Lessons From My 5 Month Old

Summer 2016 Recap

And technically, since summer is not officially over until the calendar hits September 22...

So far this SEPTEMBER, we started a new end of summer family tradition, taking Morley to the CNE and have enjoyed taking advantage of the somewhat cooler temperatures.  Mama and baby were starting to go a little stir crazy being cooped up inside this summer. 

Summer 2016 Recap

As much as I love the sunshine of summer, I am so happy to live in a place that experiences fall. While it means the weather is getting colder, the changing colour of the leaves makes me happy. 

So long sweet summer, bring on the fall!

How was your summer? What memories did you make? 

Fruit Filled Adult Pop Tarts

Pop tarts bring back many childhood memories. You knew it was going to be a good day if you had a pop tart for breakfast. However, as an adult, my taste buds have clearly changed. If you were to give me one today, you'd probably have to pay me to eat it. How did I actually enjoy eating that processed, sprinkle-covered, particle-board like rectangle we called breakfast? 

I’m all about taking advantage of local produce during the summer months. And as the summer comes to an end, I find myself scrambling to get one last fix before the fruit growing season is over.  One of my favourite local fruit is peaches, grown in Ontario’s Niagara Region. Combined with local yellow plums, I made these delicious fruit-filled adult pop tarts.  These ooey gooey (non particle board-like) fruit filled tarts are perfect for a grab and go breakfast, to accompany your morning coffee or warmed with a little ice cream for dessert. 

Fruit Filled Adult Pop Tarts Recipe

Fruit-Filled Adult Pop Tarts

Yields: approximately 12 tarts

  • 2 cups fruit of choice, sliced thinly
  • 1 tbsp white sugar + reserve for sanding
  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • juice 1/2 orange
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 10 inch pie crusts, thawed
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. 
  2. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together fruit, sugar, orange zest and juice, salt and cornstarch until well combined. Set aside.
  4. Remove one pie crust from tin. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out into an approximate 15x10 inch rectangle. Cut into six 5 inch squares. Repeat with second pie crust.
  5. Working with one square at a time, place approximately two tablespoons of fruit mixture in the centre or the dough. 
  6. Brush two connecting edges with beaten egg and fold on the diagonal over filling, pressing the seal. Repeat with remaining squares.
  7. Place triangle-shaped pies on prepared baking sheet. Brush lightly with remaining egg wash and sprinkle with sugar.
  8. Using a pair of clean kitchen scissors, make a small cut in the centre of each pie to allow steam to escape when baking.
  9. Bake until crusts are golden brown and filling is bubbling, approximately 25 to 30 minutes.
  10. Cool on a wire rack. Serve warm.

Fruit Filled Adult Pop Tarts Recipe

Home chef tips: 

The secret to making this recipe easier is using store bought frozen pie crust for the pastry. Ain’t no body got time to make the homemade stuff. Unless you do, then kudos to you.

The fruit used in these pop tarts doesn't need to be limited to plums and peaches like the ones I made. You can really add whatever fruit you'd like. I would love to try them with apples or berries!

Fruit Filled Adult Pop Tarts Recipe

Who says pop tarts are just for kids?!

Are you a pop tart fan? What is your favourite fruit flavour? I’d love to hear!

If you enjoy taking advantage of local produce, be sure to check out these recipes:

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In My Daughter's Eyes

It's funny how you remember the exact moment a significant event occurs. I will never forget where I was the morning of September 11, 2001. It was grade 10 and my first period fitness class was just ending. I was in the shower, washing off the sweat from the unpleasant morning run. Second shower stall on the right. 

I didn’t hear the initial announcement from the principal over the rushing water of the shower. But, when I got out, someone in my class filled me on what had just happened. It was something along the lines of, "A plane hit a building in New York City." I didn't fully understand.

Despite living in Canada, everything came to a standstill at school that morning. Our focus shifted from getting the semester started to the many TVs set up in the classrooms and discussing what this meant for us, for our cousins south of the border, and for the rest of the world.

It’s crazy to believe that 15 years have passed since that day. Fifteen years have passed since that innocent 15 year old girl had to learn how cruel the world she calls home can really be.

protecting our future generations

As my daughter napped yesterday morning, I sat on the couch and watched the many tributes to those that lost their lives on that earth shattering day. It made me sad. It made me sad for all of those affected, both for those who lost their lives and for their loved ones. It made me sad for my generation. It made me sad for our future generations. And, it made me sad for my daughter, who was sleeping peacefully in her crib with her Johnny Cash lullabies playing in the background, innocently unaware of the significance of the day.

While she is only six months old, in my daughter's eyes, the world as she knows it is a peaceful, happy one. Significant moments in history that we have witnessed, both happy and sad, are things that she will one day learn from a text book. Or, whatever piece of technology has replaced the text book at that time.

As I currently watch her sitting contently on the living room floor, playing with her toys, I see it. I see it as she happily plays with the plastic measuring spoons I have given her as a distraction tool. And I see it when my frustration and tiredness have built to an all time high, yet all she does is smile when she sees my face. The innocence of a child is an amazingly beautiful thing, but it is also heartbreaking. 

As mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, grandmas and grandpas, aunts and uncles, we long to protect our children’s innocence, to shield them from the stark realities of the world we live in. Nowadays, children's minds are filled with violence and disturbing images they see online or on TV, when all they should be concerned about is just being a child. At 15 years old, I shouldn't have had to of known what a terrorist attack was. Yet, in today’s day, the word is becoming more and more common. 

Whether it is a warming climate, environmental destruction, rapidly advancing technology, financial crises or countries at war, I can't help but think, when my daughter is that innocent 15 year old girl, when she is welcoming a family of her own and when she is entering the years beyond, what will the world be?

“Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children.” - Walt Disney quote

“Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children.”- Walt Disney

I know I can't protect my daughter forever. I know she is not immune to what goes on around her. Eventually, she will have to learn for herself. But, I can help her. I can teach her by leading by example, by showing gratitude, and most importantly, by letting her know, that no matter what does go on, what it means to be loved.

Do you have the same worries for the children of today and for our future generations? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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