As the weather gets colder, my desire to eat more hearty meals increases. One of my favorite cold-weather meals is shepherd’s pie. It is a simple meal when you break it down. Meat, vegetables, and potatoes all together into a piping hot dish. One of the great things about shepherd’s pie is how versatile it is. The type of meat and vegetables that are included can be changed to fit tastes, dietary restrictions and what is available. We prefer ours to be made with just ground beef, though many use a mix of beef and pork. Carrots can be added instead of corn. Really theRead More →

Casseroles are a great way of putting together a quick and easy meal that has everything in it. The combination of cheese and noodles is often looked upon as comfort food. Adding some chicken and broccoli into the mix makes a complete meal with very little extra work. This chicken and broccoli noodle casserole is one of our favorites to make, especially as the weather started to turn cooler. Not only is it a hearty and warm meal, but it can also be made into a freezer meal. Having a few of these in the freezer is a great way to be prepared for theRead More →

Winter is that time of the year that tends to sneak up on many people. We know it’s coming, but it’s not until the first snow flies that we start getting ready for it.  As temperatures steadily drop, keeping your vehicle running can be a challenge. Especially when it gets too cold to go outside. There are a number of steps to take that can help your vehicle continue to run in the cold as well as safety items to keep in it at all times. With these vehicle winterization tips, your vehicle will be ready for winter driving and everything it throws your way.Read More →

When it comes to winter meals, my family prefers those that are healthy and filling. This is why when stocking our pantry in preparation for winter, we take the time to make several freezer meals. These meals provide us with plenty of food while giving us a few nights off cooking, which is great when your day is filled with shoveling snow. One of our favorite freezer meals is vegetable lasagna. Now only is this meal very filling, but gives us a healthy dose of vegetables – something that becomes expensive and hard to come by in the winter. Making these meals well in advance helpsRead More →

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Winter is on its way. Though fall has only been around for a short time, there is no denying that winter won’t be far off. In fact, we have already had several snowfalls and temperatures have been near or below freezing for most of October. In November, we saw everything from -30C to above freezing with rain. Winter predictions vary a bit, but for the most part, Canada is going to be cold and snow. Big shock I know. But knowing that it could potentially be a snow-heavy winter is important. Heavy snow can lead to road closures, which can, in turn, lead to supplies being delayed.Read More →