When your collection of buttons starts to get too big, it's time to find ways to use some of them up.  Especially the single ones, the tiny ones and the oddly shaped ones. 

You can make this project with a picture frame instead of a board or canvas, if that's what you have on hand.  For the background, either use a coloured page, or a page that you've painted.

Jalapeños are delicious but sometimes their heat can overpower their flavour. With all the potatoes in this soup, the heat from the jalapeños comes through at just the right intensity, really allowing you to appreciate the flavour of the pepper.   The result is a really thick soup.  You can add a little more vegetable broth to thin it out if that's how you like it best :)

As many of you know, my grandmother was a lady who never threw anything away.  Popsicle sticks included.  When we finished a popsicle, she would wash the stick with the dishes and let it dry, then store it away with all the others.  Eventually she had a large bag full of them, which now belongs to me. 

You can now buy popsicle sticks from the dollar store for like...a buck....hahaha.  So you don't have to eat a bunch of popsicles and save the sticks for a project like this (unless you really want to).  Just be sure to have plenty on hand!

Next time you're cutting up broccoli, don't toss the stems.  They are just as nutritious as the florets that form the crown and are absolutely delicious.  They're actually my favourite part. 

A couple of months ago, I received a text from the sis-in-law that Jim Gaffigan was going to be performing at the Hamilton Place Theatre on Friday July 20th.  When I read the text, I was hopping in my van at work to head home because I had the flu.  I rushed home to check my calendar to see if I had the kids on that weekend or not.  I didn't.  So I texted back to go ahead and get the tickets!!! Well, what fantastic tickets they are!

When I was a teenager I always wore a piece of jewelry or two, or six or seven.  You could count on one of those pieces being made of hemp, whether it be a bracelet, anklet or necklace.  I had a huge stash of hemp jewelry.  I can remember watching movies or hanging out with friends, all the while knotting up a new piece.

This past weekend we brought the kids to Calypso theme waterpark.  It is the second summer that we go, and let me tell you...this year went MUCH more smoothly than last.  Last year's trip taught us a lot about the things we should and shouldn't do.  Well, we implemented those changes on Saturday and the kids couldn't have possibly had more fun!

When I was a kid, I though Friday the 13th was a holiday.  That's because my mother treated it that way.  I can remember my brother and I waking up to her hugging us and saying: "Happy Friday the 13th!"  Little did I know to the superstitious, this was a day of bad luck.

That day we would all wear black and/or red.  After school (unless it was the summer), for dinner, my mother would make us red food.  Things like spaghetti, pizza with bright red sauce and pepperoni or even (and more often) Kraft Dinner and add some red food colouring to it.  We had fruit punch or, as a rare treat, cream soda.  In the evening, we would watch scary movies on the floor in front of the tv with an assortment of red and black candies and even ketchup chips!  Friday the 13th was the greatest....especially since nearly every other day of the year, this particular food was strictly off limits.

To this day, my mother, brother and I tell each other "Happy Friday the 13th!" whether it be via text message, over facebook, or over the telephone.  It makes me feel silly to do it, but it feels more wrong not to. 

According to Wikipedia, Friday the 13th can occur up to 3 times in a single year.  Hey, I'll take any chance I can get to celebrate something.  And since the next Friday the 13th won't be until September of 2013, I decided that today, for MY kids, I am officially introducing the fun of Friday the 13th and that bad luck is for suckers.  Because we are travelling, their spread consists of only horribly delicious desserts and snacks.
Dracula's Dentures: These marvellous creations are not from one of my recipes.  I came across a picture of them ages ago on the net and tracked down the source.  I have been saving them for this very occasion.   

Source: recipe by Lori Fillmore; found at Nestle USA

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My house smelled soooo good when I made these!  Fresh baked bread and basil.  I'm getting hungry again just thinking about it.  I like to bake them with the tomatoes on for a little bit to warm them up.  But don't add the basil until the very end! 

If you've never made your own bread before, this is a great first recipe, perfect for crostinis.  If your oven runs hot though, keep an eye on it in the final stretch.  You can usually tell by the smell if it's overcooking...another way to check is by simply removing the bread from the oven and tapping the crust to see if it sounds hollow.  If so, it's ready.