Saturday, August 6, 2016

A crunchy bite with Flamingo!


It's really great when I come across a product line that offers delicious quality and taste because I know many people are always looking for easier ways to get dinner on the table.  Sometimes it's awesome to cook from scratch, but other times, if you can find a quick and healthy meal option that won't break your budget, why not?

Well I'd like to introduce you to a fantastic company that has been around for over 50 years and sought after by those in Qu├ębec, called Flamingo. Available all across Ontario now too, they offer a large selection of chicken and turkey products that you can see on their product list here: http://www.flamingo.ca/en/products

I have only tried the Breaded Chicken breast Strips so far, but after purchasing one box, I went out and got another because they were so good! Sadly, most of the other varieties seem to be out of stock all the time, so I haven't been able to really experiment with other products, but I would like to.

A few things to mention:
  • Flamingo prides itself on offering many gluten-free options.  Personally, this was not a deciding factor for me, but if you or a loved one does suffer from Celiac Disease, I would highly recommend checking out this brand
  • The bread coating is made from puffed rice! I love the crunchiness too.
  • Far less greasy than most breaded chicken strips that I have tried in the past.
  • Lower in sodium (always a good thing!)
  • Place into the oven for about 20-25 minutes, make sure to flip over half way, cook the rest of the time and you're done.
  • Happy that they didn't stick to the tinfoil like many other frozen food products
  • Bake in the oven the whole batch and then use the rest for leftovers, which turns out great.
  • I really enjoyed dipping them into a honey mustard sauce for added flavour.
  • Breaded and unbreaded varieties are available

My only negative is that the price can be a little high at $10 per box, BUT they always seem to have promotions going on and if you can get a coupon (I lucked out on getting a $3 off coupon) and see a discount sale in-store, you can't beat that! Plus they are a healthier alternative than a lot of other frozen chicken products that are loaded with sodium and really greasy, so that is something to keep in mind.

Flamingo Chicken breast Strips gets 3/4 Muse's




Thursday, July 28, 2016

Peace Train

Perhaps the world needs a little bit of this?

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Now I've been happy lately
Thinking about the good things to come
And I believe it could be
Something good has begun
I've been smiling lately
Dreaming about the world as one
And I believe it could be
Something good's bound to come

For out on the edge of darkness
There runs the peace train
Peace train take this country
Come take me home again

Peace train sounding louder
Ride on the peace train
Hoo-ah-eeh-ah-hoo-ah
Come on the peace train
Peace train's a holy roller
Everyone jump upon the peace train
Hoo-ah-eeh-ah-hoo-ah
This is the peace train

Get your bags together
Come bring your good friends too
Because it's getting nearer
Soon it will be with you
Come and join the living
It's not so far from you
And it's getting nearer
Soon it will all be true

Peace train sounding louder
Ride on the peace train
Hoo-ah-eeh-ah-hoo-ah
Come on the peace train

I've been crying lately
Thinking about the world as it is
Why must we go on hating?
Why can't we live in bliss?

For out on the edge of darkness
There rides the peace train
Peace train take this country
Come take me home again

Peace train sounding louder
Ride on the peace train
Hoo-ah-eeh-ah-hoo-ah
Come on the peace train

Come on, come on, come on the peace train

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Cinnamon Sweet Potato Fries!

A good recipe to follow for Cinnamon Sweet Potato Fries.

What I did:

  • Washed 1 medium sweet potato. I like to keep the skin on, instead of peeling it all off, but the choice is yours. 
  • Cut in half and then chop in whatever way you want. (you can see that none of them are really uniform in shape, I just try to make them thick enough so they don't burn).
  • Drizzle extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle cinnamon and whatever else you want on them, and mix all together in a bowl. I just put on EVOO, cinnamon and a little bacon salt.
  • Spread onto a baking sheet, not overlapping any of them. 
I found that keeping the oven at 400 degrees worked well, then after 15 minutes, flipping them over and baking for another 15 minutes or so until they were all nice and crispy.

Once I took them out, I put a paper towel down for any excess oil.

They turned out great and really tasty! My boyfriend will have a nice snack at work tomorrow. ;)





Sunday, July 3, 2016

You're In Luck At Chuck's!

It's great to see new restaurants are popping up all over the place here in Windsor-Essex County. We've had to say goodbye to several favourites over the years, but things change and people move on. It's all part of life.

On Saturday evening, Bill and I decided to check out Chucks Roadhouse (4001 Legacy Park, across from Silvercity!).  I thought there would be a lineup to get in, but even though it was rather busy inside and outside on their patio, we were able to be seated promptly by the hostess. There was no booth available though, but she did offer the option of the higher tables. However, we both just preferred a regular table to sit at.

Chuck's has a varied menu, everything from salads and wraps, to a carnivore's dream of so many different cuts of meat. I was leaning towards the New York steak, but my stomach whispered “ribs.”

Prices are ridiculous! Oh and by ridiculous, you have to do a double take because you cannot believe how much you are saving on a meal.  There is no lack of quality with the food nor will you complain that you didn't have enough. The portions are large enough to feel satisfied or even take-home a doggie bag for leftovers the next day.

What did we order?

Appetizer:
 Spinach and Goat Cheese Dip

Photo by Melissa F. Arditti

Yum! Rich and creamy.  My only complaint is that we had to ask for more pita (1 was not enough – also $1 extra) and we didn't actually get another order of it until after our meal was half way done. So a little disappointed there because the dip ended up being luke-warm and stuck to the plate from sitting.

My meal: Texas Beef Ribs with a side caesar salad. Delicious sauce on the ribs and a huge quantity of tender beef ribs that literally fell off the bone when I cut into them.

Photo by Melissa F. Arditti

Bill's meal:  Smoky Bacon Turkey Wrap with a side garden salad. Bill enjoyed his wrap a lot, plenty of turkey, smoked bacon and toppings, and it was very tasty with the oven-baked tortilla. He just felt it was overly-sauced. So for next time “light on the dressing.”

Photo by Melissa F. Arditti


Dessert: A bit of a let down in all honesty that they only have one dessert; funnel fries. After a heavy meal, I cannot say that either of us really wanted something deep-fried. Someone else may, but not for us. The waitress told us that they used to have more variety, like apple crisp, which would have been perfect with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  Alas, no dessert for us at Chuck's!

Overall, we had a delicious meal, the staff were extremely friendly, and it was a relaxed atmosphere. We would definitely return.

Check out the website for their full menu, specials and other locations:

http://chucksroadhouse.com/


Chuck's Roadhouse gets 3/4 Muse's.


Sunday, June 26, 2016

Summer Time

Just wanted to pop in and say hello to everyone who reads my blog and post a few photos and updates. I hope your summer is going well!  Feel free to send me your photos of what you've been up to so far, I would love to see them.

I got treated to yummy Shrimp and Noodle Salad from Lilly Kazzilly's, Man, this salad was delish!



 A couple photos taken in May. Note, my Mom sure rocks her Sugar Bear t-shirt.


Dad is doing really well. Recovery is still happening, especially dealing with short-term memory lapses, but doctors are pretty amazed by his on-going progress!

After moving my parents and going through their enormous amount of clutter at the old house, it was time to make a decision and for the last while or so, we've been really occupied getting ready to put my brother's house up for sale this time. It is a new chapter in his life, so that means purging and starting fresh.

That's it for now. I will blog again soon. :)




Saturday, June 25, 2016

Wet N Wild: Wear It Out!

I remember back when I was a teenager always seeing the displays of Wet N Wild and buying the electric blues and fuchsia pinks for nail polish. They'd stain my nails horribly, and I would have to scrub it off with nail polisher remover that smelled so bad, the windows always had to be open. The joys of looking pretty. We've certainly come a long way in the beauty industry, haven't we?

Honestly, I never really got into the lip products from Wet N Wild because although they had some beautiful colours, they never seemed hydrating enough and I didn't care for the textures. I recall they were always considered really low-end quality, as opposed to brands like CoverGirl, Maybelline, etc.. Fast forward to today and they are one of my favourite brands to wear! 

I've been getting a lot of compliments lately on my lips, so I guess I made the right purchase going with  Wet N Wild's - Mega Last Matt Lip Cover in the shade Spiked With Rum.  This colour is really flattering, long-lasting (around 4 hours of wear before reapplying) and it leaves your lips feel really creamy. 
"Hyaluronic Microspheres provide extraordinary adhesion to lips, an exclusive polymer complex offers cushion-like feel and texture, and natural marine plant extracts coenzyme Q10 and vitamins A & E help smooth lips." -  Wet N Wild
Here I am, wearing Wet N Wild's Spiked With Rum
So now the downside. The cap is horrible. I came home to find my purse smeared with colour inside as the cap came off without me realizing it. Luckily, I was able to sanitize the lipstick so I didn't need to toss it in the garbage, and I got most of the colour off of my purse, but let me say that the cap is useless. It continues to fall off, even though it looks like it has a good seal and the colour smears on the cap. I don't know if  this is an issue buying online from Amazon, but how disappointing! I cannot take this in my purse, so it just sits on my table and I use it as needed because I don't want another problem.   

Ugh, see what I mean. More lipstick on the cap too!

Overall, I really love the lip colour and all its benefits. Wet N Wild also claims to be cruelty-free, if that is important to you.  I just wish the packaging was better so I could take this along with me when I go out, instead of leaving it lonely in the house.  There are plenty of other products I would love to try from this line, but I do have a bit of hesitancy and I am sure you can understand why. 

Check out Wet N Wild's products online: http://www.wetnwildbeauty.com


This product gets: 3/4 Muse's. If packaging was better, a guaranteed 4/4.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Hi my name is Melissa and I am a Bachelor/Bachelorette-a-holic ;)

Okay so let's get it out there in the open.  I am a loyal watcher of all the seasons of The Bachelor/Bachelorette. As many times as I say that I won't watch the next season, I end up watching the first episode and then getting hooked. So in my head, I thought of a humourous tweet that definitely has some truth to it with the whole Chad vs Evan drama this time around. I posted it on social media since I thought it was clever.

Anyhow, if anyone is watching JoJo's Season (Season 12), you'll kind of squeal that I got my tweet liked by sweetheart James. J. Fuertes, who is one of the men on this season's Bachelorette vying for JoJo's affections! It is amazing how connected we are when it comes to social media. :)

Best of luck James on your quest for ever-lasting love! Rooting for ya buddy!



Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Is our National Anthem becoming gender-neutral?

So it seems like another historical change is taking place at the House of Commons. They are debating whether or not to make the national anthem gender-neutral, by replacing the line in the English version “In all thy SONS command” with “In all of US command.”

You can watch the clip right here:

http://www.chch.com/gender-neutral-anthem/

My thoughts:

Sons, daughters, mutants, WHO CARES! The anthem will continue to change as time goes on in our society. Let them gather and make a decision. Agree with it or disagree, that's your personal choice.

Let me say though, this doesn't mean anyone has to follow saying "us" while singing the national anthem. No one is holding a gun to your head, or charging you with incorrect lyrics. Maybe you'll get some dirty looks from the "gender-neutral" group, but brush it off and continue singing as you see fit. Just because the House of Commons makes a change, doesn't mean you need to personally change how you're singing it. I certainly won't.

IF they force people to sing it how the changes are implemented though, then that would be a whole other issue I'd be fighting tooth and nail!

What's your view?


Monday, May 30, 2016

L'Oreal Paris Root Cover Up Review: No Commitment Required

Hi everyone!

I've been having some fun lately experimenting with some new beauty-related products. This one is from L'Oreal Paris and it's their new Root Cover Up that people have been really buzzing about! 

So here's my thoughts on the product:  

-After one wash, it's all gone, so it's a temporary fix. It's good for a special occasion when you want to look extra glam and/or you're going to be photographed. 

-For me, it wasn't a dramatic change and my boyfriend sprayed several times to get everything even. I don't have a lot of grey roots, just some grey strains that pop up annoyingly throughout my head. 

-Ample amount of product, so this would last you at least a month or more, if you are not using it every day.

-Easy application, but shake well and spritz into the air first. No mess, although I was a bit hesitant so I covered my whole face in case any product colour got on me. We were outside when applying just to make sure nothing sprayed all over the place since it's an aerosol can.

-Makes your hair a little stiff after too, which is a downside. Maybe they can add some kind of moisturizer to combat that issue. 

-Ammonia/peroxide free, so no irritation!  I am one of those super sensitive individuals, so I was happy that I didn't get any kind of negative reaction.

-Several different shades to choose from. I got the dark brown.

Have you used this product yet? If so, leave me a comment or e-mail, telling me how you liked it and what shade you chose!


*Disclaimer: I got this product for free to test out, in return for an honest review.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Green beans

It is technically not quite summer yet, but I am seeing a lot of delicious produce and when those sales come on, it's easy to pack away the frozen vegetables for a later time and opt out for fresh.

Green beans are a personal favourite of mine. If you didn't know, they are packed with a lot of nutritional value, like Vitamin A, C, K, and of course dietary fibre, which you read more in depth from this site here that has a lot of good articles on health and nutrition:  Nutrition of green beans 

They were in a giant crate at Metro for $1.88/lb, so we bought a good amount to last us the week. We used them as side dishes, and incorporated into our salads.

I know that some people can wash green beans and then consume them raw, but personally I find this extremely difficult on my stomach and digestion.  Once they are cooked, I have no issues eating them cold, but that's as far as I go!

Anyhow, just a quick photo of some fresh green beans that I steamed up, sprinkled with a bit of oregano, maple bacon salt, and a little melted butter. Yum!

How do you like your green beans? Send me an e-mail or leave a note under this post!