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March 8, 2013

Exciting #LEGODUPLO sale @ChaptersIndigo + Win $50 to shop

Even before my husband and I had children Chapters/Indigo has always been our go-to indoor place during all seasons.  We like hanging out in the calm environment at Chapters/Indigo surrounded by books.  Indigo is a good place to sit, relax, read and have something delicious from Starbucks; that is not the only motive :)

We have continued this "tradition" even after our children were born.  My husband and I hangout in the children section and take turns supervising the kids so we can get some alone-time to read the latest magazines and books.  I can also spends lots of time looking at the beautiful home decor products they have, controlling my wants so I don't buy the whole of Indigo :)

When I was attending cake decoration classes, my husband's go-to-place was Indigo.  He entertains our kids either by reading to them or participating in the organized children's programs at the Indigo Kids Play Area.  These free programs at Chapters/Indigo has fun, crafts children can make as well as a Indigo staff member or a local author reading the latest children books to the kids.
Click to make it big; this is what is happening during the March Break at the Kennedy Commons location
For my family and I, on top of the fabulous products at Indigo the free WI-FI for members, clean environment, children friendly washrooms and the play area has been motivating us to keep going to Indigo.  
As you probably know we are big fans of LEGO so we are very excited to let you all know that this month all LEGO products at Indigo will be 20% off.  
If a store is not close to you, don't forget to check Indigo online.
If you like shopping at Indigo as much as I do then you will be happy to know Create With Mom will be hosting a giveaway for you to win a $50 Indigo gift card.  
Enter this Canadian giveaway before March 20th through the rafflecopter below.
The winner will have 24 hours to respond from the time of contact.  You can enter similar giveaways on other sites, but will be eligible to win only one.

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February 5, 2013

Make this Almond Biscotti for your loved ones

With all the fabulous family and love-oriented holidays this month, here is an easy to make delicious biscotti recipe.  This would make a wonderful homemade treat to serve or take over to your loved ones.  
We can make this Almond Biscotti ahead of time and freeze it or leave it in an airtight container for up to a week.  Don't forget to ask your little ones for some help when making the biscotti.  

Here is what you will need...
1 cup whole almonds skinned
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup vanilla flavoured sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs 
4 tbsp unsalted butter melted

1.  Melt the butter in a small pan over low heat until it melts and leave it aside to cool.  
2.  Remove the skin of the almonds by soaking it in warm water for a few minutes and it will come out easily.  Spread the almonds on a baking sheet and bake in a 350F for 5 to 10 minutes until slightly coloured, toss halfway.  Allow the almonds to cool and then chop it coarsely.
3.  Sift the flour with baking powder and salt into a big bowl.  Stir the sugar and chopped almonds into the flour.  

4.  In a separate bowl whisk the eggs and melted butter then add it to the flour mixture.  
5.  Use your hands and bring the ingredients together to form a dough.  Turn the dough onto a floured work surface and make 2 log shapes each about 8" long.  

6.  Place the logs on a baking sheet and bake in the middle rack of a 350F preheated oven for 20 minutes.  

7.  Remove the logs from the oven and cool slightly then transfer it to a cutting board.  
8.  Use a serrated knife and then cut the logs diagonally into 1 1/2" to 2" thick slices.  
9.  Put the biscotti on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, then flip and bake for another 5 minutes.  
10.  Cool the biscotti on a wire rack to let it harden before storing in an airtight container for over a week.  

The biscotti can also be frozen, by placing the biscotti on a baking sheet and freeze it until it becomes solid then transfer it to a freezer bag.  

Offers and Giveaway:
There are lots of fun things happening at General Mills...
I am glad to be hosting a $50 Peanut butter cheerios kit giveaway open to Canadian reader until February 28th.  
General Mills has also partnered with Cineplex to giveaway movie passes and movie snack offers on their specially-marked cereal, Old El Paso and snack boxes more details on this post
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February 3, 2013

Your chance to Win: Movie offers and Peanut Butter Cheerios kit ($50)

Look for specially-marked boxes of General Mills cereals like Lucky Charms, Cheerios and Oatmeal Crisp, Golden Grahams and others to get a ‘free movie offer’ from Cineplex®.
Starting February 3rd.  
From March 3rd to May 30th you will find a ‘Buy One, Get One Free’ General Admission to the movies at Cineplex® on these same cereal brands.

From February 3rd until May 30th you’ll find:

  • ‘Buy One, Get One Free’ Child Admission when purchasing any two specially-marked treats like Betty Crocker® Dunkaroos®, Fruit Gushers® or Fruit by the Foot®
  • ‘Buy One, Get One Free’ General Admission when purchasing any two specially-marked snacks such as Nature Valley® Sweet & Salty & Crunchy products.
  • Free movie snacks on specially-marked boxes of Old El Paso® products including the Extra Mild, Super Tasty Dinner Kit, the Hot & Spicy Fajita Dinner kit and the Hard & Soft Taco Dinner Kits. Way to spice it up!
Once you find the unique voucher code inside the package, go to and redeem your free movie ticket*  These offers are valid February 3rd to May 30th 2013 for show times Sunday through Thursday (inclusive) only.
*Old El Paso® free movie snacks are redeemed in theatre, not online.
Peanut Butter Cheerios
My children are big fans of peanut butter, and when I told them about the upcoming peanut butter flavoured Cheerios they became super excited :) 
After tasting it their verdict was that it tastes just like peanut butter and would have it for breakfast and snack everyday.  Peanut Butter Cheerios will be available for a limited time in stores starting March 4th
We enjoy making these peanut butter cookies that does not last too long in our home.  It is easy to make these cookies within a few minutes.  
Here is what you will need to make these cookies...
2 oz butter
3 oz peanut butter
4 oz brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
4 oz flour

Mix the butter, peanut butter and sugar with a hand beater until it is mixed.  Then add the egg to the mix.  Mix the baking powder and salt with the flour and add mix it into the butter mixture. 

Take a teaspoonful of mixture and make a ball shape and place it in a lined baking tray 2" apart.
Lightly press the balls with a fork to make a tic-tac-toe pattern and bake in a lined baking sheet for 10 minutes in a 350F preheated oven.  Don't over bake as the cookies will burn on the bottom.  Let the cookies cool for 5 minutes then move it to a wire rack to cool down.

Starting February 4th Get your Peanut Butter Cheerios FREE coupon when you buy another Cheerios flavour (BananaCheerios, Apple Cinnamon Cheerios, or Chocolate Cheerios). 
During the March 16th – 17th weekend you can redeem the free coupon at your nearest store.
Peanut Butter Cheerios kit
You may enter this Peanut Butter Cheerios kit ($50) giveaway on multiple blogs, but may only win one prize.  This giveaway is open to people in Canada until Feb 28th.

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January 29, 2013

Our dreams may come true as Royale celebrates their 50th year

Royale Golden Kittens are celebrating their 50th year by generously offering one Canadian a chance to win $50,000. They will have 4 runner up cash prizes and 500 instant prizes such as Samsung TVs, Samsung tablets, Blu-ray players, Spa finder gift cards.  
There are 440 tickets hidden in specially marked Royale bathroom tissue, facial tissue, paper towel and dinner napkins.  We can win 60 tickets online through and their Facebook.  
What will you do if you win $50,000?  I don't know where to begin because there are so many things that I want to do, which is only limited because of money :)  
Some of the things that I want to do are:
Give some money to my family and friends, and donate some to charitable organizations to help those in need. 
Then I want to travel the world with my family and see a part of every continent.
I want to see places like Morocco, Egypt and Turkey in Middle East and Africa, as I admire their landscapes, culture and architecture.
I want to see the snow filled mountains in Alaska.  I like to see all the provinces and territories in Canada.  We want to go to Disneyland and see all the Disney parks and explore the land of dreams :)
There are many countries in Asia such as Sri Lanka, India, Singapore, Malaysia and Maldives that I want to visit, so I can explore the cuisine, culture and the excitement of these tropical places i.e. the spas, beaches.
I want to explore and take pictures of the South American rainforest.  And visit places like Brazil and Cuba.
The best part is if I win, I can do all these without going to work for at least a year God willingly with good health. Even if all our dreams will probably not come true, no one can stop us from dreaming.  I am glad this contest from Royale made me think about all the things I can do if I win $50,000.

Disclosure: I am participating in the Golden Kittens Blog Tour by MC Canada on behalf of Royale.  I received compensation as a thank you for participating and sharing my opinion.  All rights reserved on mentioned photographs and written content Createwithmom © 2011 - 2013. Please Ask First

January 25, 2013

Animal themed LEGO party

I sent this invitation to some friends last weekend to bring their little ones for a LEGO party in our home.  We were so excited and thrilled to organize this LEGO themed party because my children are huge fans of LEGO DUPLO.
Both boys and girls loved the variety of Animal themed LEGO DUPLO and we heard lots of farm noises in our home during the party :)  Children played with our previous collections of  LEGO DUPLO toys plus these Toddler line products such as the build and play cubes, pull along, building set and brick box.  
These Toddler line LEGO DUPLO are mostly for children age 1 1/2 to 3-4 year, however children over 4 will enjoy these as well.  The build and play cubes have cute windows that will encourage children to play peek-a-boo.  The pull along fun wagon has 15 pieces that encourage children to build on the base and pull the wagon. 
Children really enjoyed hearing the stories from the "read and build" LEGO DUPLO books such as the Busy Farm and Let's Go Vroom!  
Following the step-by-step pictures on the books to build and see the characters becoming 3D is very exciting for little ones.
Children also enjoyed playing on our LEGO DUPLO Zoo app on the iPad during the party.  
This interactive app is for children from 2 to 5.  Our LEGO DUPLO fans will enjoy solving the challenges they come across as Jack Rabbit and Giraffe's goes by air, land and water to make it to Lion's birthday.  
For the party I served, Beetroot cheese sandwiches, Lego cake pops, Carrot and celery, Animal crackers and juice.
To make the beetroot cheese sandwiches you will need...
cream cheese
steamed or boiled beetroots grated
sandwich bread

After placing the cheese and beetroots in the sandwich bread cut it into shapes.
To make the LEGO blocks cake pops I used...
a box of chocolate cake
1/2 cup to 1/4 cup chocolate cake frosting
white melting chocolate

Bake the chocolate cake following the instructions on the box.  Then crumble and mix it with cake frosting.  Children liked helping prepare this part as we formed the shapes and dipped the top of the cake pop into the melted chocolate before placing the smarties.
When the kids played "paste the duck" I had some of the little ones crying because they didn't get it in the correct spot.  However, when each child got a pack of crayons, stickers and a package of fun activities to do and take home they forgot about this :)
We had a fabulous animal themed LEGO party, while listening to the DUPLO jams.
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January 17, 2013

Shaking up dinner with Cavendish potatoes and flash back of our PEI trip

Some days I have a hard time preparing a satisfying meal for dinner especially on busy days after work and school, so having something convenient to shake up our dinnertime is very helpful.  Having Cavendish From the Farm potato products such as the wedges, rustic reds and straight cut in the fridge makes it easy for me when I want to prepare a hearty meal in no time.
I like serving the potatoes with either a colourful salad, steamed vegetables, fish or meat to make it a complete meal.  This type of meal can be enjoyed during any season. There are lots of suggested ideas on the Cavendish Farms on how we can serve their products during any meal.
I baked the delicious Rustic Reds and served it with sautéed spinach, Oakrun Farm muffins and salmon.  I bought this marinated smoke flavour salmon from Costco that could be easily prepared in the microwave.

To sauté the spinach you will need...
1 large package of spinach about 4 cups
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp onion
1 tbsp garlic chopped
1/2 tsp or more salt to taste
1/4 tsp or more red chillie flakes (can substitute pepper instead)
1 to 2 tbsp thick coconut milk optional

Heat the oil, sauté the onions and garlic.  Then add the spinach, salt and red chillie.  Sauté till the spinach is cooked to your liking and then towards the end add coconut milk and mix it.  Increase the heat and let the water evaporate, as it shouldn't have gravy.
Cavendish, PEI is place that is close to our hearts and every time we think of Cavendish or eat the delicious potatoes from PEI it brings back good ol' memories of our summer vacation a couple of years ago.  We enjoyed our stay at the Kindred Spirits cottage so we can be close to Anne of Green Gables in Cavendish.  We love the atmosphere, peace and the feeling of home.
The beautiful red soil of PEI makes it an ideal place for delicious potatoes to grow.  Cavendish Farms only use PEI grown potatoes in their products.  I believe what they say on their package is true, "there's something about PEI that makes potatoes delicious.  Sunshine and gentle ocean breezes drench the land, nourishing the rich red soil with goodness."
My family and I really enjoy the flavours of these potatoes, as it tastes homely and fresh.  They use canola oil and lightly season with sea salt so we don't have to add anything, just bake and serve.  
These packages of Cavendish potatoes are low in saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol free.  As we know potatoes are high in Potassium, Vitamin C, Fibre and many other minerals and vitamins, in my opinion potatoes are a healthy choice to include in our diet.  
These are pictures of my little ones helping to wash potatoes that they picked from a farm in Ontario.  Nothing like digging the soil and smelling the beautiful fresh potatoes filled with rich earth, it makes us feel so thankful to God.
Washing handpicked potatoes
We love the healthy reasons and the ease of using Cavendish potatoes.  For us knowing that it is grown and packaged in Canada is another satisfying reason to use Cavendish Farm products.
Disclosure: I am participating in the From the Farm blog tour by MC Canada on behalf of Cavendish.  As a thank you for participating I received compensation.  All rights reserved on opinion,  photographs and written content Createwithmom © 2011 - 2013. Please Ask First

November 27, 2012

Kinder® A Joy To Share

Kinder®’s "A Joy To Share" program supports the Children's Miracle Network who helps save and improve lives of children by raising funds for children's hospitals since 1983.
Check their Facebook page to see how many families this program as helped.  Every time we share the video stories of the families Kinder will donate $1 up to $5000 to the Children's Miracle Network.

Although we give and share throughout the year, I find as the holiday season approaches we give and share more...
  • We share gifts within our family and friends
  • Giveaway things that we no longer use such as clothes, appliances and other goods that are in good condition to Goodwill and other charities
  • Donate food to those in need through food banks in our community
  • We collect and contribute non-perishable items to our children's school fundraisers for the holiday season, this makes our children happy and feel good to see their gifts being sent to those in need
  • Help organizations and NGOs when they are doing fundraisers such as collecting pennies to build wells in developing countries
  • Buying gifts that will help people in developing countries such as through World Vision
Just in time for the holidays Kinder® has dressed up their eggs and has packed the kinder eggs in a tree shape box, a train with 6 kinder eggs and giant kinder egg.  These eggs have the new 2013 collection of Kinder® toys, which my children like as the toys are cute and creative.
They also have packages of mini eggs that has a delicious milky hazelnut centre.  This package of kinder mini eggs are not nut free. 
Kinder® Canada will be giving away 7500 coupons for their Facebook community from November 26th for 10 weekdays so you can taste their new Kinder® Mini eggs for free.  They will give out 750 coupons each day at 12 pm ET.     
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August 17, 2012

Lemon preserve and jam jar kit

Lemons are cheaper in the summer, so it is a good time to take advantage of this and make lemon preserve to use off-season.
This lemon preserve will come handy in cooking i.e. chicken or to add into other pickles.  For this basic lemon preserve recipe you will  need...

unbruised clean Meyer lemons
coarse sea salt or kosher salt (not table salt)
Trim the top and bottom of the lemon to keep it flat.  Then cut the lemons into quarters vertically up to 3/4 way (the lemon should not split so don't slice it all the way).

Stuff the lemon with salt and pack it into a clean jar.  Cover the lemons with its own juice, when you press the lemons into the jar it will produce its own juice.  You might have to add fresh juice of 1/2 lemon if need be.
Let it sit for 3 weeks or more in a cool dark place.  I usually keep them for longer before opening the container.  Over time the lemons will reduce and become soft. 

As soon as the lemons are soft it is ready to be used.  Once you open the container store in the fridge for up to 6 months or more.  
If the lemons are not fully submerged in its own juice then a white film will appear.  If this happens just remove it with a spoon or lightly wash it off and use.
If you wish when packing the lemons to preserve you can add whole spices like bay leaf, cinnamon stick, peppercorns or cloves.
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I used the creative Jam Jar kit from Cath Kidston Ltd to decorate preserve containers.  
This kit has 20 jar toppers in 5 different patterns, 8 sticker sheets, elastic strings and 6 easy delicious recipes.  
The kit is useful in decorating our homemade preserves, before giving it as gifts to family and friends.
The Cath Kidston Jam Jar kit is available online, bookstores and amazon.