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I spent some time alone in Paris earlier this year. With me, I brought back two perfumes, six vintage scarves, two pairs of shoes, museum ticket stubs, several pages of notes, and six extra pounds; I most definitely can never again look at another croissant for as long as I live. On the bright side though, I also brought back some thoughts on the art of making time for yourself, because, trust me, the French are masters at it. It was everything I could wish for in a solo trip to Paris: I wrote a lot, ate well, slept in, read outside, spent hours by the river, got lost in...
Dishes In the Cabinet
Cooking at home is an easy way to help control cholesterol and add heart-healthy foods to your diet. Many of us also have small kitchens or spaces that seem to accumulate “stuff” we never use. Here are some tips to making your kitchen more organized and inviting. Declutter: Go through cupboards and drawers and get rid of all the broken equipment, duplicates or things (like the cherry pitter) that you’ve never used. Wash everything well and line the drawers. You’ll easily find the essentials like spatulas, whisks and measuring cups. Tackle counter tops next and create workspace. Do you need a mixer and a food processor? If you only grind...
Procrastination
We learn a lot from our parents: how to eat, walk, love, talk, drive—the list goes on. But did you know that procrastination is also something you can thank mom and dad for teaching you? An article in the medical journal Psychology Today provides insight as to how upbringing is linked to our procrastination. Parenting style, reports the article, plays a big role in how we organize tasks. Children raised with an authoritarian parenting style for example, are more likely to have issues with procrastination throughout their lives, since they weren’t given an opportunity to regulate their own behaviour. If this sounds like you, don’t worry—there are a few ways...
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Karen Green is a writer’s writer. She has been blogging at The Kids Are Alright since 2005 and contributed to many well-known group blogs such as The Bad Moms Club. In 2010 she was a BlogHer Voice of the Year and has continued to win accolades for her sharp wit and moving prose. She grew up and started her family in Toronto, but recently surprised everyone by quitting her fulltime job as an editor and moved her family to a small town, three hours from the big smoke. Emma: I must know; why did you decide to move to the country? Karen: My husband and I looked at our priorities...
Stuffed Pork Tenderloin
Pork tenderloin is a leaner but flavourful choice for a holiday occasion. Filling it with this apple-basil stuffing will keep the meat extra moist and make for a great presentation that doesn’t take much time in the kitchen. You can serve this with a veggie side and some red quinoa for a colourful plate. Serves 4 Ingredients 500 g (about 1 lb) pork tenderloin (one piece butterflied, ask your butcher to do it for you) 5 tsp (25 ml) olive oil 1 small onion, diced fine 1 medium apple, diced fine ½ cup (125 ml) arugula, roughly chopped ½ cup (125 ml) fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped ½ tsp (2...
scatteredmom
Karen Humphreys, aka Scattered Mom, writes two blogs: Notes From the Cookie Jar as well as Chasing Tomatoes, and is also food editor for the Yummy Mummy Club. Located in a small town overlooking the Georgia Strait in B.C., she gained international attention when she became part of the Jamie Oliver Food Revolution. But blogging is just a hobby; she also works full-time as a special education assistant at an alternative high school. Emma: I know everyone asks you this—but how did you get connected with Jamie Oliver? Karen: When he was starting his Food Revolution series, he tweeted something about getting people involved in it and I replied to...

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