Easy Butter Tarts

Butter tarts are made out to be difficult to make, not so.  They are a beautiful addition to your Christmas baking and everyone is so impressed.  This is my recipe, and I make it easier by using frozen tart shells.  Honestly frozen tart shells are the best thing since sliced bread.  If you want to make pastry go ahead, but be sure to add a couple hours extra on the prep time.

Baking Butter Tarts

This recipe is a “dump” recipe.  Add all the ingredients and mix; well you can keep the raisins until last and stir them in.  Spoon out the goodness and half fill each shell.  Bake until brown and set.  So delicious.

Assemble all your ingredients and turn on your oven.  Add everything into the small mixing bowl and mix until the butter is cut into small pieces and everything is blended together.  Stir in raisins or chopped nuts. Place two dozen frozen shells on a large baking sheet.  Fill the shells half full, they will bubble and overflow and make a big mess if you overfill.  Bake until they are brown and set.  Serve warm or cold.  They also freeze well.Butter Tart


Easy Butter Tarts


  • – 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • – 2 Eggs
  • – 3 Tbsp Cold Butter
  • – 1/2 Tsp Vanilla
  • – 1 Tsp White Vinegar
  • – 1 Cup Raisins (or Currants if you prefer) * Can also add chopped nuts


  1. Mix all ingredients except raisins and blend until butter is in small chunks.
  2. Add raisins and stir
  3. Fill unbaked tart shells 1/2 full
  4. Bake at 375 for 15 minutes.
  5. Watch carefully, turn cookie sheet half way through if your oven is not even.
  6. The filling should be set not runny. Add minutes on if you need to.
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Days of Christmas Sale

Christmas with Norwex!  12 Days of great items for everyone on your list.  I am an independent sales consultant with Norwex and have to tell you I’m loving it!  My shop link is NORWEX  for all the following items.  Happy Shopping Canada.

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On the First Day of Christmas

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My True Love gave to me.

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Give up Paper Towels, gasp!

This year, we have decided to try and push our “green” a little further.  The biggest area for me is using paper towels…for Everything.

It seems we are, maybe, a little late getting on the No Paper Towel band wagon; but seriously – I love my paper towels.  We purchase them at Costco in giant family size packages!  Did I mention that there is only two of us.  That’s right two people to use all those lovely paper towels.  paper-towel-4464577_640

We keep a supply under each sink in the two bathrooms; one in the kitchen; one in the garage and the remaining giant bag in the basement.  They become our napkins on a roll; covers for warming things in the microwave; tissues for my husband (I haven’t gone that far yet).  It has to stop!

Since joining Norwex, I am becoming more educated on living cleaner and greener.  Frankly, I love these products.  My paper towel rescue is going to come in the form of a little house with counter cloths stored in it.  I’m excited.  The little house comes with six towels the size of a half sheet of paper towel.  This is what Norwex says about them.

  • These ultra-absorbent, reusable cloths feature a unique new weave to quickly pick up spills and messes in the kitchen, bathroom —really anywhere! Constructed from Norwex Microfiber made from 50% recycled materials in the same size as a half-sheet of paper towel, each set contains almost a whole recycled plastic bottle (500 ml), so you’re helping to clean up the world every time you quickly clean up!   Video

So not only are you saving paper towels but the cloth itself is recycled and look how cute this is.  I can’t wait to get it on my counter.

Counter Cloths and Box

Counter Cloths

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New Business – Is it time?

Calling all peeps from Canada and US!!

We are excited to invite you to join us in helping to create Safe Havens – starting with your home!  Norwex offers you a great opportunity to earn a terrific income, a sense of purpose along with knowing you are making a difference for you, your family and your community!

For this montha Limited Time ONLY you have half the regular qualifications! Check out the flyer and get in on the fun!


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Bringing Home the Bacon

Did you think “Retirement” meant golfing in the summer and strolling on the beach in the winter?  Living on a Fixed Income means, for us, that we need to find different ways to add to our income.

Christmas Market

Working for Peanuts 🙂

A few years back, we attended classes for older workers with the view to starting our own business.  That was not the rocket to success but I have been doing Farmers Markets every week.  Selling my art work and fabric was a recipe for starvation, so to bring the buyers into my stall, I added fudge.  A small, easy buy food item.  Now I can say my booth is paid for and there is a bit left over and sometimes I sell my art work.  I’m sure anyone who has done market sales can relate.

I have been keeping my eye out for an additional item, perhaps a Direct Sales kind of business, maybe on line, that I can add to my repertoire without taking away from my first love of painting.


Home Business

Just this past month I found what I was looking for.  A business with a high quality product that everyone uses.  It had a low start up fee, a low minimum yearly qualifying sales, a direct to customer ordering system web page, and an easy set up for markets.

Not to prolong the wondering – the business is called Sweet Sheets.  Yes, sheets.  Everyone uses them, and these sheets are outstanding!

They are  luxurious bed sheets made from high strength micro fiber yarns with the soft touch comparable to 1800 thread count.  They are guaranteed against pilling, are wrinkle resistant and are shrink free.  They come in 15 beautiful colours and are available in Twin, Double, Queen, King and California King sheet sizes.

I am very excited about this new opportunity.  If you have been looking for something new, drop by Sweet Sheets and become a consultant today.  You will sleep better too 😀


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Best Banana Bread

We love Banana Bread at our house and as they grow, our little wolves love it too.  This recipe has been used for many years, tweaked and sampled, until it’s just right.

Best Banana Bread

It is a great treat to bring to a sick friend; after church coffee; welcome neighbour; or glad you are home from school!  I hope you will love it as much as we do.  Don’t forget to try the different additions too.

Best Banana Bread

Cook Time: 1 hour

Yield: 2 loaves

Best Banana Bread


  • 1 Cup Butter
  • 2 Cups White Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 5-6 Very Ripe Bananas
  • 3 1/2 Cups Flour
  • 2 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 Tsp Baking Power
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • **Additions: 1 1/2 Cups of any of the following:
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Walnuts
  • Pecans
  • Coconut


  1. Using a mix master, cream butter and sugar together. Beat in the eggs one at a time until smooth. Add bananas one at a time and blend. (If using frozen bananas you may need to thaw them partially as they will make your butter hard again) Add vanilla and mix.
  2. In a separate bowl stir all your dry ingredients, include and additions at this time.This is important Dump the two bowls together, gently fold and stir until it is just barely mixed. If a few spots of flour show, don’t worry about it.
  3. Divide into two loaf pans that have been greased or sprayed. At this point you can also add halve the amount of the additions and very gently stir into the batter of one pan. This way you can satisfy the taste of everyone. Something else I do at this stage is sprinkle a line of sugar down the center of each loaf. Don’t ask me why, it’s not as if they aren’t sweet enough, I just do.
  4. Bake at 350 Degrees for appx 1 Hour. A toothpick should come out clean from the center of the loaf. Remove from oven and let stand in the pan for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and let cool on a wire rack. They freeze nicely.
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A Start to Healthy

waters-3038803_640Today I went to the pool.  It’s my start on the road to healthy.  I lasted twenty minutes in the pool and ten minutes in the hot tub.

Our pool has a “river” that has a current and bubbles and it looks so wonderful.  I was finding that I could walk around the river slowly.  It was wonderful.  My knees didn’t hurt, my foot didn’t hurt, it was easy on the back.  I went backwards and forwards both with the current and against the current.   I also found I had to watch my balance, this will help improve that as well.

Twenty minutes and I was pooched! I wasn’t shaking but was definitely feeling it.  The hot tub was so warm, ten minutes was plenty.

It is my first try at, really, any kind of exercise just for exercise.  I have a friend that will come with me and keep me positive and accountable.  So while I am not doing lengths, I am moving and I feel proud of myself.

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Photo by Lonely Pine

Ours has been a lifetime of change.  We have, for example, moved from town to town more than I care to confess.  I have also had several careers.

In all those changes we have become expert movers.  The battalion of  boxes became as much furniture as storage, each one being re-labeled with new names and a new lamination of packing tape.

Then we stopped and the now unpacked boxes were broken down and stacked in the corner in case we needed to use them again.  But we didn’t, and haven’t, and so they were slowly dispatched to recycling or garbage or given away.  It was wrenching but afterwards felt good.

In Matthew 9:14/17 Jesus credits former Jewish traditions as things that were useful, but are no more because He is doing something new.  Mercy and grace replace traditions and legalism.  These last two virtues, while laudable, are to service the first two, which are, in every way preeminent.

So what old baggage do we cling to?  What has served its noble purpose but must be consigned to second place.  These are hard questions because we cling to whatever we must demote or dispose because, well, they are a part of us and without them we become vulnerable.  Sometimes, however, we just have to “do it” for the sake of a future for which we have been waiting for so long.

 “No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse.  Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”  Matthew 9:16&17

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Super Easy Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken CacciatoreI really did not feel like cooking tonight!  Thank goodness I had taken some chicken breasts out of the freezer yesterday.  Chicken is so easy to do anything with.

The barbecue did not appeal to me and I was sick of potatoes.  What, what, what to make?  I really wanted spaghetti so chicken cacciatore it was.  Now did I have all the ingredients?  Nope, however that just makes it a challenge.  I did find a jar of spaghetti sauce, a box of spaghetti and of course the chicken.

The chicken breasts I poured over my Sundried Tomato Infused Olive Oil from Mix Party added some tomato basil seasonings and wrapped them in foil.  These I did put on the barbecue until cooked and tender.  Heated up the spaghetti sauce, cooked the spaghetti.  When the chicken was done, I took one chicken breast and sliced it in small pieces.  I grounded some pink sea salt over them and set it aside.  Once the spaghetti sauce was hot and the pasta cooked it was dished up and the chicken placed on the top.  Add the cheese of choice, a little fresh basil, and a slice of artisan bread and Voila, easy dinner.  By the way, I did not make the bread, Bop did and it just came out of the oven in time for dinner.  It all tasted wonderful!


Super Easy Chicken Cacciatore

Super Easy Chicken Cacciatore


  • 1 or 2 Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Jar Spaghetti Sauce
  • Spaghetti
  • Cheese, parmesan, goat, or cheddar
  • Fresh Basil


  1. Place chicken breasts in a zip bag or bowl
  2. add two tablespoons of olive oil, (I used Mix Party Sundried Tomato)
  3. 1 tsp of tomato basil seasoning (I used Epicure)
  4. Wrap in foil and bake on the BBQ for 20-25 minutes, turning once
  5. Heat 1 jar of spaghetti sauce (you may add whatever veggies you want, I had none)
  6. Enough pasta for two or three people cooked dente
  7. Slice cooked chicken thinly and grind some sea salt on top
  8. When pasta is cooked, sauce is hot, dish up your plate!
  9. Top with chicken slices; cheese of choice and 2-3 leaves of fresh basil torn up.
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