Anne Radcliffe: Dinner - It's Not Rocket Science

Oct
31
2016

Super Easy Chili Cheese Fries

Comfort food in 20 minutes flat.

A few fries, a sprinkle of cheese, and a heap of chili make a super satisfying comfort food meal. And I bake my fries - they still turn out crispy, and you can feel less guilty about treating yourself to a few fries once in a while. | FoodRetro.com | YummyMummyClub.ca

You know those situations when your house is a complete disaster and everyone's like "I'm hungry, feed me"? That was me all weekend. I have a few recipes that serve as the ermergherd what do I make butt-savers. One is my pasta with olive oil and garlic (you literally can't go wrong with that recipe cause it has infinite possibilities). Chili Cheese Fries are another.

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Oct
14
2016

DIY Chai Latte Drink Mix

Tastes just like from the coffee shops

So this all began a few years when I lost my job and therefore had no reason to come within close proximity of Pam’s Coffee for my one guilty pleasure: a chai tea latte, 1% milk, no extra cinnamon.

I know, I know, there are chai bag teas. But they are not the same. You and I and everyone knows that no matter how long you boil a chai tea bag in a saucepan of milk, it will never have that infused chai flavour. Right? Right. Of course I'm right. It's a bag, holding in all that flavour goodness.

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Oct
05
2016

Your Quick & Dirty Guide to a Perfectly Cooked Holiday Roast

A quick-and-dirty guide to figuring out when your holiday foods are cooked correctly.

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Do you stress over cooking holiday meals, because you only cook a turkey, leg of lamb, or prime rib once a year? Are you constantly Googling cooking time guides? Here's a quick and dirty guide to being able to tell when your food is done... and cooked to perfection.

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Aug
16
2016

Guilt Stopped Me from Investing in the Smartest Thing I've Ever Done

Sometimes spending money is actually the cheapest - and smartest - solution.

Sometimes spending money is actually the cheapest - and smartest - solution

I hired a housekeeper even though I stay at home, and it was the best thing I've ever done. She comes every two weeks and takes care of the dusting, the floors, and the bathrooms. I love having a housekeeper, and I am going to keep her.

Now... how did that make you feel?

Did you turn your nose up at me? Are you jealous? Do you think I'm rich and entitled and spoiled, sitting on my duff and making someone else do my dirty work? Perhaps you just think I'm lazy, or a bad mom, or a terrible housewife.

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Jul
24
2016

Health Canada Weighs In: Borax Unsafe for Kids and Pregnant Women

Health Canada has issued an update advising people limit exposure to boric acid.

The safety of Borax - also known as sodium borate - has been hotly debated the last few years. It is a naturally occurring mineral salt, and while it should not be ingested and kept away from children and pets, it was considered only a external / eye irritant by the FDA and Health Canada, safe enough to use in many projects around the home. Even David Suzuki rec

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There's some serious downsides to this augmented reality game that are potentially unsafe. | News | YummyMummyClub.ca

OK, it's no lie. I have the unpopular opinion that this game is a menace. Most people can't say enough nice things about how much exercise they're getting, but there's a flip side to this coin. When you've got even less reason to put your phone down than usual, there's some bad things about that.

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Jul
05
2016
These dollar store popsicle sticks helped me limit screen time and get my son to help do more chores at home without fighting. It's parenting magic! | YummyMummyClub.ca

This is actually a story about how I almost got in my car and drove off into the sunset: the situation in my home was that serious.

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Vagina Music via the Babypod | YummyMummyClub.ca

I'm thinking of hanging up my apron and taking a new job talking about all the new age products people are creating to stick in their lady parts. Because perhaps you’ve heard of this thing they’re calling “The Babypod Revolution.” The Babypod happens to be a speaker you can connect to your iPod and then stick up your hoo-ha so that your unborn can enjoy music.

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Jun
20
2016

The New Facebook Emojis, Explained

Can't figure out the new emojis? We can help.

Facebook stealthily rolled out a bunch of brand new emojis in 2016. If you're old, like me, but young enough to enjoy using emojis, you probably spent a good amount of time which one accurately represented the feelings you were trying to convey. Well, fear not: I have decoded the 2016 emojis for your ease of use. 

"I'm happy! I might have spruced up my morning coffee with a judicious shot of vodka, and therefore I'm high on life!"

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Jun
02
2016

Lime Margarita Freezer Ice Pops

Be the life of the BBQ. Or have a frozen margarita whenever you want one.

Allow me to introduce to you the Mr. Freeze for those of drinking age: the Lime Margarita Freezer Pop. Be the life of the summer BBQ with these alcoholic freezies. Or simply have a frozen margarita whenever you want one. | YMCFood | YummyMummyClub.ca

You know what's awesome? Margaritas. You know what sucks? Having to make margaritas. I mean, let's be honest. It's not rocket surgery. But keeping around the materials to make margaritas, to have ice on hand, to whip out the blender... And sure, there's these handy little frozen cans of the mix. But if you're going to use one, you're committed to making the margaritas en masse.

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May
10
2016

21 Pieces of Proof 90s TV Had Way Too Much Influence on You

If this is you, you had an awesome teenage experience

90s TV moments | YummyMummyClub.ca

You ever hit someone with a sock stuffed in another sock.

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May
03
2016

Copycat Chick-Fil-A Chicken Nuggets

Eat your favourite southern fried chicken in the great white north

How to eat your favourite southern fried chicken nuggets in the great white north. Homemade. So good. | YMCFood | Copycat Recipes | YummyMummyClub.ca

As an American living in Canada, I'm often asked questions about whether or not I miss America. This especially happens when it's the middle of winter and people discover that I left Florida to come here (then they think I'm crazy). The answer is yes, there are things I miss about America. Funny enough, however, there are only a few things, and they are all food. Case in point: the story of how I introduced my son to knockoff Chick-Fil-A chicken nuggets.

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Apr
13
2016

26 Thoughts I've Had About Birthdays (Now That I'm Past 30)

I'm still 25 where it counts.... right? Oh, crap.

I'm still 25 where it counts.... right? Oh, crap.

Aging as a woman is a complicated thing. We have our good moments and our bad. I've found every year since I turned 30 has been a new and unexpected journey in the process of getting older. Here's 26 thoughts I've had about my birthdays, now that I'm past 30.

At 30

I'm 30. No big deal. Age is just a number. I'm still 25 where it counts.

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Feb
28
2016

Smoky Blackened Tomato and Fennel Soup

Or, Why You Should Roast *Everything*

If you're not normally a fan of fennel, then you should give roasting it a try. This tomato soup is great for a lot of reasons; it's gluten free, easily vegan or vegetarian, and it has those words parents often love to hear: chock full of hidden veggies. ​| YMCFood | YummyMummyClub.ca

If you didn't get the memo from my cheeseburger soup recipe, I love a good soup. In Hamilton, every February, when people have got the blahs, Living Rock throws SoupFest, and it's a huge event with lots of participating restaurants making exotic and classic soups for charity. SoupFest is awesome because you get to try really amazing combinations and open up your palate a little.

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Feb
17
2016
What you should know before you buy bags or cans of grated cheese. | YMCFood | YummyMummyClub.ca

Are you a big fan of those bags of Nacho Grated Cheese mixes? Does your parmesan cheese come from a can?

Does the very idea of grating your own cheese make you do this?

If the answer to any of those above questions is yes, then there's something you should know: you're eating wood. Or at least, something that used to be wood.

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Jan
19
2016

Do Not Stuff Your Vagina With Herbs (or Spices) Please

Your Vagina is Not a Chicken in Need of Seasoning

Do not put herbs in your vagina | In the News | YummyMummyClub.ca

I seem to be sporting a perpetual bruise from face-desking lately. In the latest news: Herbal Womb Detox Pearls, the latest perfumed herbal woo brought to us from a US company called Embrace Pangaea (which I refuse to link to on the grounds that it might give them a tiny splinter of credibility).

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Jan
18
2016

Meatloaf Grilled Cheese

Great for Superbowl Time... or Any Time

Meatloaf Grilled Cheese. It's just like a grilled cheese, except manly and so dripping-with-ketchup-and-ground-beef goodness. Great for leftover meatloaf or if you're having a bunch of guys over for the big Superbowl game. In fact, make it anytime at all.  | YMCFood | YummyMummyClub.ca

It's gotten to be that Superbowl-ey time of year. Well, technically it's January, and many people are doing Veganuary or some sort of weird juice cleanse, but for me, winter is all about the comfort food. In my nearly-40s, I've come to admit that I would rather love my extra pounds rather than be hangry and cheese-deprived for months on end. 

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Dec
09
2015

You May Be Suffering from Allergic Rhinitis and Not Know It

Here's How to Improve Your Bedroom’s Air Quality

You May be Suffering from This Allergy and Not Even Know It

When kidlet was younger, we noticed he was developing bags beneath his eyes, he always seemed to be stuffy, and he was sleeping poorly at night. Our family doctor and his allergist both suggested a trip to visit an Ear Nose and Throat doctor (ENT). After some allergy testing and observing his sleep, we discovered that his sleeping problems were ALL being caused by allergic rhinitis. In diagnosing my son’s problems, we also discovered that all three of us were suffering from it too—and didn't even know.

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Nov
30
2015

DIY Vanilla Sugar

Give Holiday Baking Moar "Wow!" in 1 Easy Step

DIY Vanilla Sugar is easy and frugal to make, and will give you a limitless supply for your holiday baking needs! It tastes and smells delicious, and you can use it anywhere you'd use normal sugar. | Hacks | YMCFood | YummyMummyClub.ca | FoodRetro.com

Have you ever looked at the price of vanilla sugar? It's priced somewhere between "Gold per Ounce" and "Firstborn Child." And if you've ever had the pleasure of smelling vanilla sugar, it's not hard to see why they feel like they can charge prices like this.

But if you're savvy, you know better. DIY vanilla sugar is something everybody can do. All you need is a big ol' jar like a pickle jar, except with all the pickle smell long, long washed out; some sugar, and some vanilla beans. 

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Nov
12
2015

An Ode to Fruitcake: The Most Under-Appreciated Cake of All

And why you should be very, very appreciative if anybody ever gives you a real one

Holiday Fruit Cake! The real, authentic, classic kind, made delicious from scratch with love, nuts, brandy, and only the most edible of dried fruits like figs, dried cherries, currants, and apricots. Make one now and have it cured before Christmas! | Homemade | DIY | YMCFood | YummyMummyClub.ca | FoodRetro.com

I must confess, I must be a sucker for challenges, cause when the YMC editor threw down the gauntlet asking if anybody would be willing to make a real honest to goodness fruitcake (like the kind you marinate with alcohol for weeks), I actually volunteered. In my defense, I had never made a fruitcake before. I was thinking it couldn't possibly be a big deal. Also, I heard that real, authentic, honest-to goodness fruitcake is amazeballs and totally worth it. 

Well, it is. Both a big deal and totally worth it. But you'll have to have a lot of patience and a little faith.

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