You loved it as a child and you still love it today for your children. Little House on the Prairie the Musical with Melissa Gilbert as “Ma” is in Toronto from January 27 – February 28, 2010 at the Canon Theatre.
Through story, song and dance in a live theater setting, this wonderful family entertainment event celebrates the pioneering spirit and the core values on which this country was founded – a spirit that still resonates within each of us today. Little House on the Prairie, the Musical is based on the beloved Laura Ingalls Wilder series of classic American books and is the perfect musical for the entire family!
“A lovely, elegant and heartwarming adaptation of the classic Laura
Ingalls Wilder novels. A moving production, which had moments of laughter as well as tears.”
- The New York Times
Be sure and use our promotional ticket price code FAITH to get a special discount on your musical tickets priced as low as $25!
For tickets: littlehousethemusical.com or www.mirvish.com or 800-461-3333
Do you find yourself pressed for time during the holiday season and even though you have your hands full decorating, wrapping gifts and cleaning house you still need to make something for yet another Christmas party? I have a quick and delicious answer to your baking woes! My recipe for Cake Mix Cookies was adapted from a few cake box versions. The cake mix does most of the pesky work for you since it saves on time and ingredients - the trick though is in the fixings!
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This recipe starts with a handy dandy cake mix and ends with cookies that are full of moist, chewy goodness! You can use any cake mix flavour and add your choice of baking chips, dried fruits, and chopped nuts. For a festive look you could use smarties or M&M's.
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Spray cookie sheet with oil or line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
1 box cake mix (dry state) 510 g. (18. ounces)
Hint: the yellow cake mix is very versatile
1/2 cup vegetable oil
*1/2 cup dried fruit - raisins, cranberries, coconut, etc.
*1/4 cup chopped nuts
*1/2 cup baking chips - milk chocolate, butterscotch, peanut butter, etc.
*You can adjust these amounts to suit your taste
Using a large dinner fork, combine cake mix with vegetable oil and eggs. Fold in baking chips, dried fruit, and chopped nuts. If dough seems to thick then add small amounts of water to get the consistency for drop cookies.
Drop tablespoonful amounts of dough on prepared baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges but do not over bake!
Cook Time: 10 - 12 minutes
Yield: makes about 2 dozen large cookies
Cool on racks. Store leftovers in a covered container.
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In the late eighties my mother heard the news that the regional hospital received their first mammogram machine. At the time she was in her late forties and didn’t want to wait for the recommended age of fifty to receive her first mammogram. Something was nagging at my mother. Although there was no history of breast cancer in the family, she still wanted to be vigilant about her breast health. It’s a good thing she went to her family doctor and insisted on having the test. Call it intuition, a hunch or just plain worry, at age fourty seven they found cancer after my mother’s first routine mammogram. My mother went through a lumpectomy, radiation therapy and over five years of drug treatment. Flash forward to 2009 and my mother is a healthy, happy, retired, community volunteer and yoga fanatic. She’s also celebrating her twentieth year as a breast cancer survivor!
My concern now is, guess what? My breasts. This month I turn fourty three. If I look at my situation from an age standpoint and do the math, then time is a ticking! Anxiety doesn’t even begin to describe my feelings about my ever present threat! I feel as if my BOOBS are ticking time BOMBS! All the time, tick, TICK!!! It’s like I’m waiting for B-day! This makes sense if you know that I use my birthday as a reminder to make my yearly appointments for a physical and a mammogram. Aside from my monthly self exams, yearly mammograms and ultrasounds what options are left to get ahead of my threat? Gene testing? Preventative drugs? Drastic prophylactic double mastectomy? As far as I’m concerned there’s too many questions and not enough answers.
I recall one of my breast cancer phone rants with my mother. I was going on and on, fretting about all my testing concerns when my common sense mother tells me,
“get a grip, just live your life and stop worrying so much!”
Advice can be like medicine; it can be hard to take. Unfortunately, nail biting time is just around the corner with my mammogram in May. Yeah.
FROM THE HEART by Robin Roberts
DR. SUSAN LOVE'S BREAST BOOK by Dr. Susan Love
AVON FOUNDATION http://www.armyofwomen.org/
LIBBY ZNAIMER IN CANCERLAND: LIVING WELL IS THE BEST REVENGE by Libby Znaimer
My published book review in REAL WOMEN CANADA MAGAZINE can be found @ http://www.realwomencanada.com/ in the October '08 issue under the Just For Fun section in the Reader's Corner column
My blog book review of IN CANCERLAND
I AM NOT MY BREAST CANCER: Women Talk Openly About Love and Sex, Hair Loss and Weight Gain, Mothers and Daughters, and Being a Woman with Breast Cancer by Ruth Peltason http://www.bespoke-books.com/
Ask yourself these questions and answer them honestly. Do you consider yourself a multitasking mom? Is your work load taking up too many hours of your day? Are you feeling overwhelmed with your busy routine? Do you either feel stressed or numb most of the time? Are you overinvesting yourself and taking on too much? Are you sleep deprived and sleep walking through your day? Do you find it hard to wind down and may need sedatives or alcohol to relax? Do you feel as if you are spending too much time with your computer or smart phone? Are you letting some things slip through the cracks like commitments to family or friends? Do you question your priorities? Do you feel you may need to reprioritize your life and put your family first for a change? Can you imagine a terminally ill person looking back on their life wishing they had spent more time at work? I doubt it! Sometimes it takes a wake up call to alert us overwhelmed moms and teach us a lesson about changing our priorities in life. If you want to hear a heart wrenching story that serves as a word of warning from a Mom who got her wakeup call too late then visit this Oprah link. For more stories go to http://www.oprah.com/dated/oprahshow/oprahshow_20080902_moms
Here's to putting family first!
My mother is nearing her 20th year as a breast cancer survivor. In the early 90's she found out the regional hospital had their first mammogram machine and she didn't want to wait for the recommended age of 50. She said something was nagging at her and it was a good thing she insisted on the test. Call it intuition, a hunch or just plain worry, at age 47 they found cancer after her routine mammogram. I watched helplessly as my mother went through a lumpectomy, radiation therapy and over 5 years of drug treatment. My problem is I'm 42. If you do the math things don't look good and anxiety doesn't even begin to describe my feelings about my ever present threat. I feel as if my BOOBS are ticking time BOMBS! All the time, tick, TICK!!! Aside from monthly self exams, yearly mammograms and ultrasounds what are my options to get ahead of this threat? Gene testing? Preventative drugs? Drastic prophylactic double mastectomy? Too many questions and not enough answers. Recently I went on a phone rant with my mother. I was fretting about all my testing issues and my common sense mother tells me to "get a grip, just live my life and stop worrying so much." Advice can be like medicine, sometimes it's hard to take.
Back to sighing.
Wanda Lynne Young
If you want to see actress Christina Applegate's breast cancer story then visit the link below:
It's a fact that as Canadian citizens we enjoy the privilege of government funded heath care. In reality, Londoners are well aware of the shortcomings in the health care system. We have to deal with the long standing doctor shortage, the patient/doctor waiting lists and endure the crowded clinics, not to mention the long wait times for visits to specialists or surgery. We certainly know the second meaning of the word patient. Up to 30,000 Londoners do not have a family doctor. These patients seeking medical attention need to play "catch as catch can" in the system, relying mostly on drop-in clinics to pick up the slack. Londoners need to be made aware of a new hybrid of public/private health care available here in London. Medpoint Health Care Centre has recently opened it's doors in Galleria London.As soon as I entered the centre's reception area I realized this was not like any medical establishment I'd ever seen before. The Medpoint atmosphere is a far cry from the typical doctor's office, medical clinic or hospital setting. The health center is decorated with serene spa inspired decor and soothing jazz music plays to help the clients relax. President Alex Hanham mentions that "it's all designed to minimize the white coat syndrome". He jokes that his job is to keep the Perrier stocked.Medpoint offers both OHIP covered public service and private pay services. If you need OHIP covered service, there is a walk-in style clinic available where they offer physicals and more OHIP covered tests and services than the regular clinics.MedPoint also offers a Comprehensive Annual Health Assessment (CAHA)for a $400. fee. This executive style health assessment is available to individuals and businesses. It's geared at clients who aim to have a proactive approach to health. Hanham points out that knowledge is power .Another factor Hanham wants to stress is Medpoint's efficiency. He mentions that patients can become frustrated with the health care system, waiting times, travel, etc. In one appointment a client can get up to 80 tests, including vision, hearing, lung function, electrocardiogram, fitness and nutrition evaluations, just to name a few. As a Medpoint client, I was given my first opportunity to have a bone density screening test. During the follow up visit clients will receive a copy of their Medpoint CAHA Results Report. The physician will also give the client recommendations for risk factor management, lifestyle changes and medical treatment options where necessary.In essence, Medpoint offers a combination of screening, follow up, feedback, referrals and ongoing care. From a woman's perspective I appreciate that Dr. Sylvia Murchison is an expert in women's health issues and designed the CAHA to address female concerns. The MedPoint atmosphere was designed with comfort in mind and it worked to put me more at ease during my visit. I was impressed with the efficiency of the testing and the staff's professionalism. I would highly recommend Medpoint Health Care Centre if you want to take a proactive approach to your health or anyone looking for a family physician. Here's to your health!
I don’t know about you but I find that wracking my brain to come up with ideas for gift giving during the holiday tends to take the joy out of the season. Who needs to add this chore to their to-do list? Not me. Real Women Magazine wanted to alleviate this stress for our readers and give you some gift giving ideas. We hit the streets to ask men and women what they wanted to receive for the holiday season. 71 women and 71 men were posed the question,
"WHAT DO YOU WISH TO RECEIVE FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON?"
The answers fall into the categories below.
HAPPINESS, PEACE & FAMILY
If your loved can relate to the Seinfeld show line, "serenity now!"mantra then vouchers for babysitting, daycare or house keeping services might be a welcome gift. If it’s more of a zen feeling you want to give then try yoga or meditation classes, a massage or go for the gusto and give the lucky person a spa retreat. Other ideas would be simple pleasures like house plants, a table top waterfall feature or a relaxing spa music C.D. You may want to consider arranging for a family portrait or planning a family reunion. Give the gift of warmth with a wool sweater or scarf. Other options could be an electric blanket or a magic bag for those cold winter nights. Books are always a good bet whether you go for a novel, self help, special interest or a coffee table book. If you have a favorite book then pass it along with an I owe you note to take the person to lunch. For the person who appreciates culture you may want to look into a pass to a local museum or art gallery. Think outside the gift box.
TRIPS & VACATIONS
If the person of interest knows the song "take a little trip, take a little trip" then try a getaway package, a retreat and/or a hotel stay for a Niagara Falls winery tour, a Toronto hot spot or tourist event. If it’s too late for a year end holiday vacation then consider making plans for the March break. Local travel agents can point you in the right direction or you can get some last minute deals on-line. Make sure the time lines work for all people concerned and don’t underestimate the anticipation of planning for a vacation. A coffee table book or tourist brochures highlighting the destination can hold them over. Keep in mind that the local theater arts and music community put on plays and concerts for a short getaway from it all experience.
If the person responds to the title "gadget guru"then a visit to an electronics store is your best bet. If you know what the person really wants then go for it but otherwise sticking to a gift card is a better choice. Sometimes the best sales occur after Christmas. To get a hold of those hard to find items and maybe get a better deal try ordering from the on-line stores. When it comes to the newest and the latest it’s hard to keep up with the technology so on-line credit style cards for downloads and gadgets might come in handy. So much is available from movies, music, video games, computers, software to accessories.
HEALTH & FITNESS
If the phrase "turn over a new leaf" resonates with the person you have in mind then fitness classes, a club membership, workout gear and equipment might be high on their wish list. Keep the commitment level in mind and consider the buddy system for added encouragement and possible savings. Make sure the person has at least hinted about joining a gym and pick sports or classes you know they will enjoy. A word of warning here, gifts having anything to do with weight loss can and most likely be taken the wrong way so keep those ideas under your hat until New Years.
TICKETS, MONEY & GIFT CARDS
If the person appreciates the movie line "show me the money!"or they tend to be in the hard to shop for category then try a gift card to a big box store, tickets to a sports events, dinner vouchers, movie passes, lottery tickets or cash. Here’s a hint about giving cash as a gift; some people might be insulted but it’s your call.
If their gift needs to scream "bling, bling!" then consider jewelry made by local artisans to get unique, one of a kind or custom made pieces. Look for interesting vintage jewelry in auctions and antique stores; chunky and retro styled rings, pendants and necklaces are in this season. Monogrammed items like key chains and business card cases can add that special personal touch. Really this is a can’t miss category but when it comes to women’s rings here’s a hint; a woman’s ring size usually corresponds to her shoe size. Don’t quote me on this but at least it’s a good place to start.
The biggest tip I can recommend overall is to make a list of people, their interests and your gift ideas and take it with you when shopping or else everything, anything or nothing will look good! Might I suggest giving a great gift of a subscription to a wonderful magazine like say Real Woman Magazine! I want to thank the people who took the time out of their day to chat and also thank the spirited Ashley and Katie for their support. For added festive interest try reading the lists with the song ‘The Twelve Days Of Christmas’ running through your head. ( That tip is courtesy of my son Tyler ) Stupendous shopping and happy holidays all!
to be fit
to have the family together
a digital camera
peace and quiet
health and happiness
a trip to Mexico
a new car
magazine subscription to Bon a Petite
can’t think of anything
nothing in particular
a family gathering
a digital camera
anything with diamonds
a print for the office
time with family
health and happiness
nothing at all
a trip to Cuba
a holiday vacation
peace and quiet
peace in the world
a vacation anywhere
a trip to Mexico
pots and pans
a family portrait
a plasma t.v.
to win the lottery
Rick Mercer Report The Book
I need nothing
to win the lotto 649
a spa day
new coffee mugs
a travel voucher
a new coat
a spa gift certificate
rest and relaxation
a trip to the Bahamas
a well son
a new wedding band
a healthy, happy grandson
peace of mind
time with family
a trip to the British Virgin Islands
I don’t know
just something nice
no fights in the family
something from Future Shop
a large plasma television
a new car
to get my mortgage paid off
a trip to Costa Rica
a trip to China
a new job
a fitness membership
new golf shoes
a restful holiday
to be with family
a DVD player
to spend time with family
a trip to Florida
a break from it all
a trip to Cuba
socks, seriously I need socks
nothing , I don’t celebrate
a robot vacuum
peace, love and quiet
a guitar and amp
PS3 and games
a new computer
black leather boots
a gas or electric scooter
a trip to Europe
a digital camera
a Tiger Woods golf club
health and happiness for everyone
Canadian Tire money
a condensed work week
any power tool
weights and workout equipment
a partridge in a pear tree
time to relax and unwind
a gift card
tickets to a sports event
a mouse for my Mac
gas for my car
On June 23, 2007 my Grandma Eva Derouin passed away at age 88. She put us all to shame with her level of energy and her strong will. We all marvelled at her tenacious nature and loved her for it. She was stubbornly independent and didn't let her blindness or deafness slow her down. If you ever attempted to do a chore for her she would yell "I'm not dead yet!" She will be fiercely missed by all who knew her and remembered as a generous, caring, wonderful woman. She even took the time to save her Canadian Tire money for her Great-grandkids. Here's to Great-Grandma Eva and her back in the good old days style of cooking and baking. We will always remember Eva asking us "Do you want some more gravy?" Here, here Grandma!