Do we ignore the poor people? : The Saturday Weekend Review #67

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NOT SHY TO SPEAK UP BUT EASY TO IGNORE   Many of us have a helping hand when it comes to helping the poor by donating your time by volunteering, fund-raising etc. I watched this video this morning called “F the poor” which I will share with you below but what is ironic in the video is how people react to a strong message and what they consider to be powerful words. When people are on the streets going about their daily chores and actually see homeless poor people asking for help many turn a blind eye. No one asks to live in poverty yet circumstances are sometimes beyond our control. Some people even shake their heads in disgust and have nasty words to say like, “get a job” or calling the poor “lazy”. Most often it’s the opposite and they’d do anything for someone to reach out or recognize them. It’s true though, without a job how can you make any money? I can’t tell you what life is like being poor as I’ve never been there and I won’t even try to explain to you what emotions some must feel. I’m sure their motivation has decreased and they […]

Would you buy a jar of clean air? : PF Weekly grab a brew #67

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IF THERE IS A BUYER IT WILL BE SOLD   There have always been odd products on the market that most of us shake our heads at but would you jump at the chance to buy air? I’m all for the entrepreneurial spirit and using your creative imagination to invent a product or service for the public in order to make a profit. Forget about encouraging your children to be young entrepreneurs selling just the obvious like lemonade or making their way to Dragons Den when you can score some big bucks selling air. (I’m just having a laugh… please do encourage your children’s creative side.) The most you have to pay for is the glass jar you store the air in and labelling because well, air is free as long as it is clean air. I know I’m having a laugh but really it’s true that not just one person but 3 people are selling air and making a nice profit from it.   Buy my air   That’s right I nearly fell off my seat this morning wih my coffee in hand when I read a Yahoo article about a male artist from Beijing who is protesting the […]

Easy juicy meat buns

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BATCH COOKING FOR EASY MEALS MADE SIMPLE   If you haven’t tried meat buns yet and you love hamburgers you must give these little packages of love a try. Last week I made those lovely steak bakes for you and this week something a wee bit different. Meat buns are a no fuss put together meal that can be made the night before or frozen for another day for a quick on the run meal. I’m always looking for easy meat recipes so family doesn’t have to have the same meals over and over again. What I like about these meat buns are that they are unique. The Japanese have something similar with their Japanese meat buns although I believe they are steamed buns. I’ve never had them before but I would like to one day. They are comparable to what a Cornish pasty is in the UK. If you haven’t had a Cornish pasty before you must try one. My friend over at Farmgirl Fare has an amazing recipe for Cornish pasties which are traditional and created by the one and only popular British Chef Jamie Oliver. I make my own as well and I’ll share that recipe with […]

Is customer service affected by the clothes you wear shopping? : The Saturday Weekend Review #65

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IS YOUR MONEY GOOD ENOUGH?   I think just about everyone has had someone turn their nose up at them while shopping. If you are the owner of a business with employees who shy away from customers because of their look you might be losing tonnes of cash. When I read a story about customer service and how you might not get service if you look homeless or dressed like you just went for a run true scenarios starting running through my head.   Time to shop   The writer called the Fashionista dressed down in gym attire to go shopping at some of the most prestigious stores to explore a Harvard study. This was where a doctoral student and two professors found that shop assistants in Milan found that dressing down meant more buying power. Meaning that dressing in casual or gym attire might score you the best customer service. So, armed with her gym wear and looking neat and tidy with make-up and her hair nicely kept the Fashionista and her friend Jeremy went shopping. Jeremy was around more to watch from the sidelines what was going on and he was well dressed. To be honest I would […]

How my co-op program shaped my work ethics

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EXPERIENCE LASTS A LIFE-TIME   Co-op programs have been around for ages now and the kids that do get involved have for the most part come out from the placement with a positive learning experience. We’ve talked about career choices and how they should be your own and not up to your parents and taking advantage of any co-op program experience might be your ticket to self-learning. While relaxing a little last night and watching some programs that had been previously recorded the show “Undercover Boss Canada” came on. The television program is based on a British television show called “Back to the Floor” from a several years ago and encourages the Boss to get back to the nitty-gritty. The Undercover Boss segment in question was about the “Toronto Zoo” which in itself was very interesting but also made me think about my involvement in a ‘Work Experience‘ as we call it in the UK a ‘Co-op Program‘ in Canada when I was still in school.   Co-op program   What is a co-op program? Also known as co-operative education in Canada securing a co-op placement is a head start above the competition when it comes time to look for […]

Glazed Finger Buns

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A GLAZED BUN FOR EVERYONE   Glazed finger buns aren’t for just anyone, they are for everyone. Since I love being in the kitchen so much I need to make sure it’s clean and well kept. I’ve been getting organized and doing some early spring cleaning today, clearing out the cobwebs around the house. The pantry has been cleaned out and re-organized, pots n pans moved, big freezer emptied and defrosted and the freezer inventory done. (Note: You can download your free freezer inventory list here) The last of the bits and pieces out of the freezer up are in the kitchen awaiting to be used into creating delicious meals for my family. I enjoy making as many homemade meals for my family as I can because it’s something I really enjoy to do for them. Homemade school treats   I am always looking for things to give my kids for pack lunches as they get bored with the typical sandwiches. Now with the banning of microwaves in the school I have to be very creative in the lunch department. This also includes the snacks I bake for the kids as it’s a peanut-free school too! After rearranging and cleaning […]

The Saturday Weekend Review #51: Extreme couponing 16 yr old and the holidays

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HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS   After Sunday I’m officially on holidays which means we’re going home to see our friends and family to celebrate Christmas and New Years for the next 2 weeks. Christmas is one of those times of years that our families can actually all get together in one room and celebrate with the drinks flowing and the chestnuts roasting in the fireplace. Yes, we love roasted chestnuts. In fact it’s hard to stop eating them once you start as long as you have a cold beer in your hand. What I love to hear about most of all is how giving people are over the holidays. I am a firm believer that we should all give to others in any way we can be it time or even donations like 16 Jordan from the UK. It’s not everyday we read about extreme couponing in the UK let alone it being a teenager. Heck, I’ve tried to get my sister on the coupon bandwagon with no success although she has always been surprised at how well we have done using coupons over the years in Canada. Jordan started clipping and saving coupons all year while helping […]

Frosty Christmas pudding

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NO BAKING REQUIRED FOR THIS HOLIDAY TREAT   A no-bake holiday treat like my Frosty Christmas Pudding is easy to make and full of holiday flavours. Well I am at it again only this time without my oven because It broke down on me and I feel as though I have lost a limb. It’s just the wrong time of year for the cooker to go down but fortunately my neighbour has given me a loan of his counter oven which is awesome. So it’s my son’s birthday Sunday December 15th and he is having a small party with three friends at a local bowling alley. I picked up a great deal at our local Superstore with a 50% off pink sticker for a cupcake cake since I would have struggled to make anything. As his party is on the Saturday I said I would make him a cake for his actual birthday to celebrate with us.   Yes my oven is broken so how am I going to do this cake for him? Well this Frosty Christmas pudding cake needs no baking and can actually be used instead of a Christmas pudding/dumpling on Christmas day.   Christmas pudding   […]