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Host Gift Season ~ thinking beyond wine, flowers or chocolate

My mom taught me that you always bring a host/hostess gift when you get invited over to someone’s place for dinner or a party or a tea party or a, well, any kind of invite. And as a good daughter I took her advice, at least on this one thing. Some other bits of wisdom, […]

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Cocoa Season

Looks like winter is finally hitting us here in the Great North! Oh, joy, oh bliss, let’s shovel snow! Always an optimist – on a positive note – the snow signals COCOA SEASON! Love my cup of heart healthy hot cocoa. Yes, depending on the ingredients, cocoa can be the perfect winter drink for your […]

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Holiday Traditions

Growing up in the Smith house Christmas was THE most magical time of the year for me. My Mom was Christmas itself. She loved everything about Christmas.  (For the record my birthday or as I like to call “It’s all about Mairlyn Day” is the other most magical day) Our house was so festooned over the […]

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Decadent Chocolate and Toffee Christmas Squares

These easy to make Christmas squares are going to become a family favourite.  Squares are quicker and easier to bake than cookies. And they are way easier to eat, so better hide these really well if you want any left for company! And you don’t even want to know how many grams of fat they have….remember […]

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Gingersnaps – a Smith family tradition

Baking gingersnaps is a Christmas family tradition at the Smith house. My dad was diagnosed with heart disease when I was in university and it was one of my missions to create heart healthy foods for him. When I discovered canola oil I switched the original gingersnap recipe that contained shortening to heart healthy canola […]

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Oat Bran Cereal

A hot breakfast made with oat bran cereal can be ready in about 5 minutes. Quicker to make than regular steel cut oats or regular large flake rolled oats, hot oat bran cereal is high in cholesterol lowering fibre aka soluble fibre. New research suggests that diets filled with fibre can not only support the […]

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Can’t get to sleep?

You haul yourself off to bed with a million details buzzing around your head and big surprise the coveted ZZZZ’s don’t happen. Here are some tips for helping you get to sleep every night: Say bye-bye to caffeine late in the day. Many woman as they approach menopause become caffeine sensitive, which explains why they […]

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Masala Chai

Chai is made with black tea, spices and milk and is served all over India.  With the huge influence of Indian cuisine in the UK, the best cup of chai I’ve ever had was at Dishoom’s in Edinburgh With a big nod to them, here is my spin on their house chai, a strong cup of […]

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