Decorating Safely for the Holidays

Keep yourself and your loved ones safe this season with a little safety knowledge from the Canada Safety Council.  Decorations *  Choose decorations that are flame-retardant, non-combustible and non-conductive. *  Avoid using angel hair (glass wool) together with...

What to do when the Fire Alarm Sounds

Fire! No matter what time of year, please find the nearest emergency exit in your apartment. When the fire alarm sounds, get out of the building immediately through your nearest emergency exit. Do not gather your belongings or move your car, as delays spell danger for...

Living Well: The Price of Procrastination

Procrastination is probably the most unproductive habit known to mankind. It stifles your personal growth, drains your bank account, robs your children of a better life and limits your choices in life. Yet, 95% of us procrastinate! Most procrastination is caused by...

Tracycakes’ Christmas Butter Tarts

1 c brown sugar 1/3 c butter, melted 1 c raisins, craisins or currants 1 egg ¼ tsp salt 1 tsp vanilla ½ c walnuts or pecans 1/3 c creamo 12 tart shells (follow directions on package to prepare) Boil water and place raisins (or other) in bowl and pour boiling water...

Bart’s Black Bean Soup

For the Vegetarian at Christmas Black beans are some of the most protein-packed food available. Here’s a delicious, festive soup that you can prepare in the microwave!   Ingredients 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained 1-1/2 cups vegetable broth 3/4...

10 Tips to Downsize and Simplify Your Lifestyle

1. Know Your Authentic Life Get to know the real you and what’s important to you. When you choose to live the life that is a reflection of your values, you will have more joy, less stress and a sense of personal accomplishment. 2. Choose Your Beliefs Positive beliefs...

Recycling: What’s In & What’s Not in Abbotsford!

When we recycle, we all benefit. To do your part, here is a list of what you CAN and CANNOT put in your blue or clear plastic bags for recycling in your apartment building in Abbotsford. Recyclable Materials: Newspaper and inserts Cardboard Wax cardboard/paper Junk...

Blackberry Galettes Recipe

2 – 8” flaky pastry rounds 1⁄2 c (120 ml) sugar 2 Tbsp (30 ml) cornstarch 1 Tbsp (15 ml) lemon juice Pinch of salt & cinnamon Fresh blackberries – rinsed and dried Granny Smith apple – peeled and grated Egg wash Preheat oven to 375F. Combine...

Borscht – A Recipe for Fall Comfort Food

6 c chicken broth 6 c water 1 ½ Tbsp salt 1 c carrots – sliced ½ c green pepper – chopped 1 c celery – sliced 2 medium beets 2 – 28 oz. cans of tomatoes – diced 5 potatoes, peeled & cubed 2/3 c butter 1 c onion – diced 6 c cabbage...

Getting Ready for Spring

The sight of snowdrops and crocuses pushing through the ground while it’s still winter makes it hard not to think of spring. One of the most common thoughts about spring is – house cleaning. But spring cleaning can be more than just sorting, dusting, empting out...