When the holiday season rolls around, the presents are secondary to the food in my mind. For at least a month before the big day, I cook and bake all kinds of goodies to store in the freezer for Christmas. In fact, I usually make such a huge quantity of goodies that friends and family are snacking on them until February! One of my personal favourites? Butter Tart Squares! These gooey treats have all the rich flavour of butter tarts without all the work of making and filling the tiny shells!
While some places in Canada are still relatively warm, Saskatchewan has welcomed winter in style with a huge snowfall! Last week the province suddenly went from balmy autumn weather to a winter wonderland and that meant that I had to quickly dive into the storage closet to pull out boots, ski pants and scarves for my boys.
Storing winter clothes is something that’s always a bit of a challenge in our little house. When winter ends, outdoor wear is put on hangers and stored in our upstairs closet. But even though I wash the coats and ski pants before putting them in the closet, they sometimes come out smelling a little musty. So how do I make sure that winter gear comes out of the closet fresh and ready to wear?
Now that my boys are around other children for the majority of the day and the weather has gotten chilly, the start of the inevitable cold and flu season is here. In fact, just last week I had to bring Zackary home from school early because his stomach was hurting. It was a good thing I did; a few minutes after getting him settled on the couch with a blanket and a bucket, he started vomiting.
For the most part my boys are incredibly healthy and hearty. Born and raised on the prairies, they’re resiliant kids that tend to beat back colds even when other children are knocked out by the latest virus. But when they do get sick, they really get sick! That’s why I try to make sure that they’re always as healthy as they can be.
My family has been having a great time enjoying the outdoors now that summer is here, but July doesn’t just bring summer fun, it also brings summer cleaning! There are some chores that are best done when the weather gets warm and as much as I would rather be enjoying the sunshine, I know that I have to take some time to get important summer cleaning done too!
Our biggest summer job is usually steam-cleaning the carpets. After the mud and muck of spring, our poor old living room carpet is always in especially bad shape so giving it a thorough cleaning is an essential summer task. Two big tips for steam-cleaning carpets in the summer? First, wait for a low-humidity day if possible. If not, plan on steam-cleaning your carpets in the morning and then leaving the house for the day while they dry. And to help ensure that any remaining odour-causing bacteria has been destroyed, give your wet carpets a good spray with a fabric deodorizer like Lysol Fabric Refresher after cleaning. When the carpets dry, they’ll look and smell fabulous! [Read more…]