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Quick little shout out….

….to a soon to be big name on YouTube.

If you want easy to follow gorgeous make up tutorials that you can do with both big brand name make up kits or make up found at the local pharmacy stores (like Shoppers Drug Mart), I highly recommending checking out my cousins new YouTube channel.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9Z3ZbinW7WGbpqp2IzBcgQ

Or you can find her on Instagram for daily looks and quick tutorials

https://www.instagram.com/megbaldini_makeupaddict/

I normally don’t do little shout outs like this but I’m so proud of the woman that she has become and is still growing to be. She has worked hard for everything she has done, over came some horrible situations and is now ready to share her passion of make-up with the world.

So go check out her social media and show some love to some of her work.

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Flavor ice cubes are a great idea to keep your Summer drinks cool but not have them watered down by the melting ice. Here are some of my favorite flavored ice cube recipes.

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Strawberry Ice Cubes:
Puree fresh or frozen strawberries and mix in a small amount of water. The consistency should be thick but pourable.  Fill ice cubes trays with the puree and place in the freezer until frozen.

Mint Ice Cubes:
Fill the ice cubes trays half way with water and place in the freezer for 20-30 minutes. Remove and top the partially frozen cubes with fresh chopped mint, then fill with additional filtered water as needed. Place back in the freezer until frozen.

Pomegranate Ice Cubes:
Take a couple tablespoons of pomegranate seeds and place them in a small amount of  water. Using the edge of a knife crush the seeds to release the flavorful juices. Pour the mixture into the ice cube trays, toss a few additional pomegranate seeds in each cavity, and place in the freezer until frozen.

Pineapple and Raspberry Ice Cubes:
Puree fresh or frozen pineapple chunks and mix in a small amount of water. The consistency should be thick but pourable.  Fill ice cubes trays with the puree and place in the freezer until frozen.

For the raspberry cubes, follow the same directions as above. These are also fun to do as a half and half ice cube. Just fill the ice cube tray half way with one mixture, freeze, then repeat with the other mixture.

BlackBerry and Blueberry Ice Cubes:
Puree fresh or frozen blueberries and mix in a small amount of water. The consistency should be thick but pourable.  Fill ice cubes trays with the puree and place in the freezer until frozen.

For the blackberry cubes, follow the same directions as above. These are also fun to do as a half and half ice cube. Just fill the ice cube tray half way with one mixture, freeze, then repeat with the other mixture.

Lemon and Mint Ice Cubes:
Squeeze 2-4 lemons. Combine the lemon juice with a small amount of water. Fill ice cube trays with the juice mixture, sprinkle with dried lemon peel granules and and diced mint then place in the freezer until frozen.

Coffee Ice Cubes:
Don’t dump that last little bit of this mornings coffee down the drain, fill the ice cube tray and let it freeze to make a nice iced coffee later on this afternoon.

Crab&AvocadoSalad

What you will need:
1/2 cup crab meat
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced
1/2 tbsp light mayonnaise
1 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
2 tsp red onion, diced finely
1-2 tsp jalapeño, diced finely
1 tsp lime zest
Juice from 1/2 a lime
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
Dash of cumin
1 avocado

 

Steps to yummy goodness:
1. In a bowl combine the crab meat, mayonnaise, cilantro, red onion, jalapeño, lime zest, lime juice, sea salt, freshly cracked pepper, and cumin together.

2. Slice avocado in half and pit it.
3. Spoon the crab mixture into each avocado half and serve immediately

 

 

.:Side Note:.
If you don’t like the taste of crab the recipe works great with shrimp as well.
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This lovely blog popped up in my news feed and after reading it, I believe it is well worth the share.

It’s easy to group those with Autism with a single label even though each person who has it are/can be very different from someone else who is on the same part of the spectrum as themselves. This blog was not only relatable to my son and my life ( more so him since he is the one who was properly diagnosed with Autism) and a great reminder that not all autistic children will fit your image of what an autistic child may look like or how they may behave.

Enjoy the read.

A Moms Responds When People Wonder If Her Daughter Really Has Autism

Mini Pumpkin Tarts

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What you will need:
30 tart shells
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups of canned pumpkin (or pumpkin pie filling)
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp cloves
1 1/4 cups of evaporated milk
Whipped Topping

 

Steps to yummy goodness:
1. In a large bowl, beat the eggs with a whisk
2. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until mixed
3. Spread out the tart shells onto a cookie sheet (you might need two)
4.
Using a 1/4 measuring cup, spoon the pumpkin filling into each tart shell.
5. Bake at 375F for about 30 minutes or until crust starts to golden
6. Let cool and dollop whipped topping onto each with a sprinkle of cinnamon.

 

.:Side Notes:.
I find the perfect amount for each shell to be just a little less than 1/4 cup, so it’s a good way to keep them even and ensure you have enough filling for the shells

You can also freeze them once cooled (in an airtight container) and take them out to enjoy whenever you like.

If you are looking for a change from the normal everyday pumpkin pie, try adding some crushed walnuts on top for a nice little crunch. You could also add a drizzle of salted caramel, maple caramel or chocolate sauce on top as well.

I’m asked all the time “Why are you so tired?” and it’s just easier to say “Bad nights sleep” then to go into details on how it can be exhausting mentally, physically and emotionally when not only are you a single mom but a single mom to a child who is labeled “special needs”. The problem is most people don’t want to hear real the explanation and much like other parents we know it is because people are busy or simply won’t understand so it’s easy to make up something that won’t bring up many other questions. We also don’t want to feel like a burden onto those around us. Now my lovely readers you’re probably trying to figure out where I’m going with all this and it’s simple…..

YOU’RE NOT ALONE and you’re far from a burden when it comes to asking for help or looking for someone to talk to.

There is a lovely blog written by Life Over C’s that I think can explain this topic a little better than me, because even though everyone’s situation is different her blog entry is very relatable. It’s well worth the read even if you’re not the parent of a special needs child. The link of the blog can be found right below….

Why Special Needs Moms are Exhausted All the Time, But Will Never Ask for Help

Even though she writes about her youngest daughter having Rett Syndrome, I can relate to a lot of it even though my son has Autism. I found myself going through a lot of the same things, like how screen time is a life saver and how we both have the fear of “If I leave the room to go to the bathroom, will my child be ok” and being labeled a neglectful parent if something does happen in those few seconds we took to run to the bathroom to pee.

So go ahead and pop over to her blog and give it a read.

Remember that yes while we are tired we are still normally up for a friend bringing us a coffee and chatting.

.:Side Note:.
I like my coffee chilled like a frappuccino or something iced

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What you will need:
2 pie dough rounds, store bought brand of your choice
3 1/2 cups quartered strawberries, tops removed
3 1/2 cups  rhubarb, diced
3/4 cup  brown sugar
1/4 cup quick cooking tapioca
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Heavy cream

Steps to yummy goodness:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Get one of your rolled out pie dough rounds to a pan, letting a bit of the crust overhang.

3. In a large bowl add strawberries, rhubarb, dark brown sugar, tapioca, lemon juice and salt.

4. Stir until the mixture is evenly coated.
5. Add filling to the prepared pie crust.

6. Cover the pie with the remaining rolled pie crust, cut all but 1/2 inch of the overhanging crust. Crimp the dough together to create a crust around the edges.

7. Cut 4 slits into the top of the pie.
8. Transfer pie to a baking sheet and brush the top of the pie with a little heavy cream.
9. Bake for 20 minutes and then reduce temperature to 350 degrees and bake for an additional 25 to 30 minutes. The pie is ready when the top is golden brown and some of the juices bubble out.

10. Remove pie from the oven and let cool completely before slice.

 
.:Side Notes:.
YES YOU MUST LET IT COOL COMPLETELY!!! If not it will run like crazy when you try to cut out a slice.

Feel free to keep the top simple or you can get fancy like I did doing a lattice style top and using extra pie crust dough to make blossoms. Cookie cutters come in handy too if you want to make stars, leaves, cut outs in a top pie crust…etc

 

Reminder to self…

There are moments in life were other peoples actions make you feel pretty low about yourself. It’s at these moments where you need to just take a step back and remember all the wonderful or weird things you do/like are what make you pretty damn awesome.

I recently had one of these moments. It dragged on way longer than it should of and you know what, it sucked. It took almost three days of me stepping back from everything and trying to re-focus / re-group doing simple things like having showers that were way to long just so I could think, playing music louder than it needed to be just so my son and I could dance about like idiots and a lot of mini adventures with him to make me remember that I kick ass.

That I’m so much more than just a mom. Don’t get me wrong my son will always come first and I will always be his biggest fan / supporter / advocate when it comes to anything he does even more so anything that over comes the label as an “Autistic Child” all while trying to provide him with the best life that I possibly can.

But just because I’m a mom doesn’t mean my life stops there….I’m the person who you can call a true friend.

The type of person who will not only help you move, but will also pick you up from the airport with flowers so you remember how special you are and  so you don’t have to take the bus or taxi home.

I’m also that friend who will pick up the phone no matter what time you’re calling just to make sure you’re ok if you called to talk/vent or to accept those drunk “I love your face” complements because you had one too many at the bar.

I’m the person who will bring you anything you need including your favorite meal all while lying to the night nurses/staff because you just popped out a little human and hospital food sucks.

The person who will look at you and say “You sure” then jump off the ledge with you into the water below, or be there to hold your hand while trying not to laugh when you are freaking out about getting your first tattoo.

The type of friend who will stay up all night while her kid is sick still making sure your wedding cupcakes or treats are still made for your special day.

I’m the person who has (and will probably do it again) give a complete stranger my coffee, bagel and shirt because someone else truly needed it more than me.

The person you come to when you need advice because I’ll actually try and find a solution, while not being afraid to say that you’re being stupid and need to pick your battles.

That friend who will make you try something on even though you know you’d never normally try it on yourself and if I’m wrong we’ll laugh about it.

The person who will sit there and completely nerd out about superheroes, anime characters, music, photography, recipes, video games….etc

I’m all those things and many more but I regret that I let a bunch of other people make me feel any less than the awesomeness that I am. Now for those who are still reading this, I know that this may come off as a big ego stroke but I’m writing this to help remind people that they themselves are amazing in their own ways. It doesn’t matter if you prefer to vent to your pets because you feel like it would be a burden to people, you indulge in the arts, prefer to be outdoors in nature, are an introvert with a small circle of friends, whatever it may be remember it is all the small things that make you wonderfully amazing and you shouldn’t let anyone make you feel less than amazing.

You can do anything you put your mind too and should surround yourself with people who will build you up instead of tearing you down. Those who truly care and aren’t just around to start drama when you stand up for yourself. You are amazing and you are in control of your own crazy roller coaster that is known as life.

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What you will need:
2 cups ice
1 can coconut milk, full-fat 
1/2 cup  water, cold
5 tablespoons pure cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 tablespoons sugar
Chocolate syrup
Whipped cream

 
Steps to yummy goodness:
1. In a blender, combine all the ingredients except the whipped cream and chocolate syrup. 2. Pulse to break down the big ice chunks, then blend on high until smooth.
3. Drizzle chocolate syrup on the insides of your serving glasses.
4. Fill with iced chocolate mixture.
6. Top with coconut whipped cream and more chocolate syrup.

 

.:Side Note:.
If you don’t like the taste of coconut the recipe works well with almond milk.

This recipe can also be made vegan friendly by using Gay Lea Coconut Whipped Cream since that product is made with the cream of coconut instead of dairy.

Oh Canada….

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For me being a Canadian means living in a place where many cultures/beliefs are accepted as well as celebrated. Where we are a nation of people who are fast to help others and take care of our own no matter what we may personally be dealing with. Living here gives my family/friends many freedoms that we wouldn’t be privileged to have some other places in the world. This country has so much to offer from its beautiful landscape, wide selection of food, friendly people, the list can and does go on. I’m proud to be Canadian and want to wish everyone in Canada from the West Coast to East Coast or even freezing up in the North a very happy Canada Day.

I hope you all have a safe but wonderful Canada Day today.

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