Memories of #MyMothersKitchen

Losing my mom when I was just 17 years old was probably the hardest thing I’ve ever experienced in my life. While the pain of her death feels less acute in the day-to-day, I feel it now more in all those milestones she doesn’t get to be a part of. Graduating high school, earning my degree, that first real job, getting married, and especially when I had my kids.

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Happy first birthday, Charlie!

Today you are 1. Justin Trudeau is the Prime Minister, gas costs about $1.05/L, and if current trends continue, there soon likely won’t be any papers left for me to tell you what the front page story was.

Gone (mostly) are the tears, fears, and uncertainties of what your future holds, and in their place is hope. Hope for who you are now and who you will become. Hope for each day that we are blessed to have you with us. Hope that with each day you simply are, you are beating any odds that may have been stacked against you in those early days.

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Maple Leafs Giveaway!

Hey guys! I’ve got a fun little giveaway for y’all to participate in, as part of Canada’s 150.

Carter’s/OshKosh and the Toronto Maple Leafs have partnered to launch a FREE Limited Edition Lil’ Leafs Bodysuit to celebrate the Leafs and Canada’s big year. This fun collectors item is available exclusively to Torontonians and families in the GTA until April 30, 2017.  It’s as simple as registering online at Mapleleafs.com/hockeydreams to redeem a FREE bodysuit at supporting GTA Carter’s/OshKosh stores.

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The bodysuit is a fun gifting idea to celebrate newborns and hockey fans alike (because of course, if you are a fan…they will be too, right?) It also aligns with both the Leafs and Canada’s Centennial year, so what better way to say Happy Birthday than with Canada’s favourite sport.

I am giving away 5 (FIVE) of these body suits in size 6 months, and 1 (ONE) official Toronto Maple Leafs baseball cap in size one-size-fits-most to some of my lucky readers! All you need to do to enter is follow me on Twitter and leave me a comment with your handle below so I can follow back and verify entries. That’s it! Don’t forget to share this post with friends so they have a chance to win as well. I’ll notify all winners within one week of contest close, and will draw the body suits before the hat. I will use Random.org to select winners. Valid only for Canadians. Contest ends April 30 at 11:59 p.m.

Quick and easy air-fried asparagus

I can’t believe the amount of traffic that comes to the site via my recipe for easy air-fried broccoli, so I just knew I had to air-fry some more delicious veggies for everyone. And, thanks to my NEW Philips Digital Airfryer, that task was even simpler. I’m going to have a full review up on the blog very very shortly for the new airfryer model, but in the meantime, here is a delicious recipe for one of my most favourite vegetables! And, asparagus will soon be coming into season — win-win!

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