I was running errands this morning and in the store I came across a section of clearance Easter craft items. For only $5, I was able to create the Angry Birds Easter Egg Game! I am positive that my daughter will love this game as she LOVES Angry Birds and it will be the only time I willingly allow eggs to be tossed around our home.
- Plastic Filler Eggs
- Angry Birds Eggcessory Stickers
- Small Pebbles (or something to weigh down the “birds”)
- Building Blocks or Lego
- Decorate the plastic filler eggs with the Angry Bird stickers to make yourself a batch of pigs and birds.
- Fill you “birds” with something to weigh them down such as pebbles, or marbles and tape the seal shut. You don’t want them to be rock solid, but heavy enough to take down the blocks.
- Build a tower and place your pigs strategically.
- Toss your Angry Birds and have fun!
*I purchased the filler eggs and stickers from Shopper’s Drugmart!
Labour Day has passed and the children are back in school but that doesn’t mean that the fun needs to end. Toronto and the surrounding areas always have lots of fun and interesting things to do over the weekend and here are just a few!
- 2nd Annual Haute Dog at Queen’s Quay Terminal. This Saturday and Sunday only, have your family pet come strike a pose on the Doggy Red Carpet at the 2nd Annual Haute Dog. There will be lots of canine fashion and Pupparazzi for our beloved furry friends and lots of free outdoor events for the family. Come rain or shine this weekend from 10 – 4.
- The Panda’s at the Toronto Zoo. Come to the Toronto Zoo to meet Er Shun and Da Mao and visit the new Panda Interpretive Centre. Learn all there is to know about Giant Panda’s.
- Under the Sea. If you child or yourself are fans of ‘Finding Nemo’ then you cannot miss ‘Under The Sea’ at the Ontario Science Centre. With Imax technology, you will get a first hand look at the Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Triangle.
- 15th Annual Taste of The Kingsway Festival. Stroll up Bloor Street for food, family and fun with entertainment for people of all ages. Happening this Friday through Sunday.
- Stanley’s Game Seven. For all you hockey fans, this one is for you! At the Hockey Hall of Fame, Hockey’s First 3D movie of the best moments in Stanley Cup History. This movie is included in the Hockey Hall of Fame admission, so come and watch a part of Canadian History!
It’s hard to believe that the summer is almost half over. But do not fret, there are still lots of fun and cool things to do in Toronto with the family. Here are just a few happening this weekend.
- Singing Ambassadors. The Toronto Waterfront is always busy in the summer and the Singing Ambassadors will be there this weekend and every weekend until September 3rd offering assistance as well as impromptu summer hit performances from 11 – 6. And in case you were wondering, you will be hearing renditions from the Beach Boys, the Beatles, The Drifters, Martha and the Vandellas and many many more!
- McEwan BBQ. Mark McEwan is a pretty well known chef and this Friday & Saturday, you can taste all the McEwan Fine Foods has to offer. From 11:30 – 4, Toronto’s finest indoor BBQ at the Shops at Don Mills will provide a culinary experience you won’t soon forget.
- All Aboard the Miniature Train. How about after your McEwan BBQ, you let the kids take a ride on the miniature train. Only $3 a ticket, the net proceeds support the Toronto Firefighter’s Toy Drive. Running from 11 – 5, the kids will have fun for a great cause!
- Music in the Square. Shops at Don Mills is definitely keeping the summer spirit going. Friday nights, from 7 – 10, Aion Clarke will be providing live entertainment, covering big hits from the likes of Rihanna, P Diddy and Drake for FREE!
- The Value of Pets at PawsWay. If you love dogs, then this is something you don’t want to miss. PawsWay at 245 Queen’s Quay will be showing all the wonderful things dogs do for us, such as their roles as protectors, helpers and healers this weekend from 11 – 5. The Purina Animal Hall of Fame Service Dog of 2012 will also be making an appearance on the 28th.
I’m always keeping an eye out for ways to save money now that I’m on maternity leave. I wrote a post on saving money when buying baby stuff and in this post I will be dealing directly with diapers. Since our Rainbow has come home, he has surprised and impressed us with his ability to fill copious amounts of diapers. Hubby and I stocked up on diapers when we could prior to his birth but we have already had to do a few diaper runs. Being a big boy, he outgrew the newborn size within a first few days leaving us with 2 packs we never even opened. So here are a few ways to save money on diapers and it doesn’t involve changing them less.
- Store Brands. Some people swear buy them or curse them, but store brands are generally less expensive and do go on sale periodically like brand name diapers.
- Coupons. I am a fan of these and I have a few selected sites that sends me high value coupons to my favourite brands.
- Reward Programs. Pampers and Huggies both offer rewards programs and will occasionally send you free samples in the mail.
- In Store Promotions. Right now, Shopper’s Drugmart has a promotion going on with diapers where there is a $4 off coupon attached to each diaper product. They also have a Optimum Points and V.I.B. program and for simply signing up, I received 2 full packs of diapers as well as high value optimum point coupons.
I didn’t include cloth diapers as I don’t use them and I’m not fully aware of the cost effectiveness on them. I have friends who swear by them however, so I’d welcome any input on cloth 🙂
Now that Rainbow has arrived, I’ve been trying to keep the Princess amused as I cannot move as fast as I once did. We had craft time over the weekend and I had some seashell’s laying around and I thought, why not make these into a craft.
- Assorted Seashells
- Assorted decorations such as buttons, sparkles and ribbon
- Wash the shells and let dry
- Paint the desired colour and again, let dry
In preparation for the arrival of our little Rainbow, I have begun preparing big batches of meals and freezing them so when Hubby and I are beyond exhausted and eating is really the last thing on our minds, sleeping being #1, we can simply warm up these meals and go. I made a huge batch of Broccoli & Cheddar Soup the other day and here is the recipe. Be warned, this batch made 30 cups.
- 12 Cups of Chicken Broth
- 11 Cups Diced Broccoli
- 3 Cups Baby Carrots
- 2 Cups of Water
- 3 Cloves Minced Garlic
- 2 Small Onions, Diced
- 4 Celery Stalks, Diced
- 2 1/2 Cups Grated Old Cheddar Cheese
- 6 Tbsp Butter
- 2/3 Cup Flour
- 5 Cups Half & Half Cream
- 1/2 Tsp Ground Nutmeg
- 1/2 Tsp Ground Black Pepper
- Salt to taste
- In a large pot, add stock, water, broccoli and carrots. Bring to a boil and cook until just tender. Strain vegetables and set liquid aside. In a food processor, puree vegetables. I added some of the liquid to ease with blending.
- Over medium heat, add butter until melted in the pot previously used. Then add onions, garlic and celery until soft. Add flour and stir for 1 – 2 minutes. Add reserved liquid, stirring constantly until brought to a boil. Reduce heat and stir until thickened.
- Add pureed vegetables, cream, spices and lastly the cheese and cook until heated through and creamy.
I got the original recipe from allrecipes.com, but tweaked it to my liking and added a few things here and there. Click here for the original recipe. With my version, I was able to get 5 meals out of this batch and it cost about $1.16 per serving (based on 1 cup serving).
I have been meal planning like a madwoman and I’ve been trying my very best to stay within our grocery budget while sampling new meal ideas. I attempted Pulled Pork today and it was Hubby approved and I thought I would give you the recipe. Easy to make, not time-consuming, delicious and budget friendly.
- 2 lbs Pork Roast
- 3 Onions, 2 sliced and 1 chopped
- 1 16 oz BBQ Sauce
- Salt & Pepper
- Brown Sugar & Paprika
- 3/4 cup Apple Juice, divided
- Slice 1 onion and spread on the bottom of the slow cooker.
- Rub the Pork Roast with salt, pepper, brown sugar and a little bit of paprika
- Place on top of the bed of onions and top with 1 sliced onion.
- Add 1/2 cup of Apple Juice.
- Fill the slow cooker with water until it is 2/3 the way full.
- Cook on low for 8-12 hours on low or 4-6 on high.
- Once the time is up, strain the slow cooker and remove the water, onions, fat and roast.
- Shred the pork with forks.
- Dice 1 onion and add the roast, onions, BBQ Sauce and 1/4 cup of Apple Juice to the slow cooker.
- Cook on high for 1 hour.
- Serve on crusty buns and enjoy!