Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day!

Everyone has their own unique recipe for love. 

Simply put, every day is Valentine's Day when you love someone and they love you right back.

Bill, I am so happy we found each other. 

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Recipe time: Flourless Apple Crisp

Baking dish of Flourless Apple Crisp (left)
Portioned individual containers (right)
These are ready for the fridge/freezer.

I am not sure if I am allergic to certain foods or whether I have food intolerances, so I am awaiting an appointment with an allergy specialist in... August. Yep, the wait is long but I really hope I get a call sooner. The IGG testing is confusing, not to mention ridiculously expensive and eliminating a lot of foods from different groups all at once can be very harmful. Some say there is some credibility to these tests to at least give an indication of what foods you may want to try to start eliminating to see if that helps with inflammation, digestion, while others say it's a total sham.

 IGE testing seems to have more validity, but not total accuracy either.  I've been given mixed reactions from numerous health care practitioners on both, so right now I am pretty much on the "flexitarian" side of things, just trying to eat a balanced diet, although I have pretty much cut out most dairy (I love my substitute of Silk almond milk which has high amounts of calcium and protein and other vitamins/minerals!) and have limited red meat to once/twice a week because I find this seems to be helping with digestion.

Anyhow, I really enjoy making healthy treats and even though it's easier to buy a pie from the store or grab cookies off the shelf, I rather make food at home, with the occasional treat out.  So, looking through many sites, I found a great version for a Flourless Apple Crisp that I was able to tweak that was so easy to make, didn't require any sugar (aside from the natural sugar found in apples) and absolutely no flour! To sweeten it up a little bit bit, I did use a little bit no-sugar added jam, but that's totally optional.  You can add any toppings you like before or after too. Of course, this is not going to taste like the usual decadent apple crisp that you'd find in a restaurant, but I've been making this now for a few weeks now and it's pretty delicious and packed with lots of great nutrients, especially fiber from the oats!

What you need:
  • 4-6 medium sized apples of choice
  • 2 cups of oats (quick oats will work best)
  • unsweetened shredded coconut 
  • 1/4 tbsp of butter or margarine 
  • Sprinkle on as much cinnamon as you like
  • 1-2 tsp of oil
  • *optional for more sweetness: a spoonful of jam/syrup/honey

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Peel and dice apples. Place into your baking dish. This is the most consuming part with peeling the apples so it's always nice to have a helping hand in the kitchen, if possible!

Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine oats, unsweetened shredded coconut, cinnamon, oil and jam (or other alternative as listed above, if desired).

Microwave butter or margarine for about 20-25 seconds (depends on your microwave) or until melted and pour into mixture.

Give it all a good stir. Add more margarine/butter and/or oil if it's still too dry.
Once you like the consistency, pour over the apples, making sure to spread out everything as much as you can to cover all the apples.

Bake for approximately 35 minutes or until the oats have a nice golden brown look.

Serve on its own or add some fresh fruit on top or even some ice cream on the side. You can eat this warm or cold. Also perfect for freezing once cooled.

Serving size is 6-8 depending on how much you fill each container. I used the smaller Rubbermaid containers, so that seemed like an ideal portion size.

Enjoy and make sure to leave me comments or send me an e-mail of your own creations!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

CBC Marketplace: Weighing in on deception

“Honest liars” are everywhere and they are experts in the art of deception! Bill Nuvo knows this, as he is one, being a master magician over the last 30 years.

However, when he is not performing for audiences, his passion is to help others avoid being duped in their every day lives. The most vulnerable population is often seniors, but we can all be fooled at any age. The sad reality is that sometimes we don’t even know it until it’s too late.

The anticipated CBC Marketplace episode with Asha Tomlison that has Bill helping to debunk a scam that even the Dragons' Den investors bought into, will air Friday, February 2, 2018, at 8 pm on CBC!

Click here to view previous episodes:

Stay tuned!

*updated.  here is the video!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Windsor's AVB Podcast

Well hello readers!

Happy January! Hopefully everyone had a relaxing holiday and all the horrible cold and flu bugs circulating didn't knock you down too badly. I've had a lot to blog about, so i'll be sitting down hopefully this week a bit to share my musings with all of you!

For now, I'd like to showcase my wonderful partner, Bill Nuvo!  He had a great opportunity to meet the crew and chat with A.J. Vanden Berghe, who is known for his AVB Podcasts that explore the arts and culture community here in Windsor, Ontario. 

Here is a sneak peek:  Podcast Clip with Bill Nuvo   

The Full podcast episode will be here soon, so stay tuned!

Photo credit: AVB Podcast
Bill is on the left, A.J. is on the right.

Make sure to check out AVB Podcast's Facebook page

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

The Greatest Showman: No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else

Bill and I went to see The Greatest Showman yesterday at Cineplex. I needed to write this review so I wouldn't forget about it and perhaps I can convince my readers to grab a loved one and take a night out and see this amazing piece of work, directed by Michael Gracey.

From the very first scene, I looked over at Bill and noticed that tears were welling up in his eyes.  A moment later, it just got more emotional for the both of us. Every time I wiped a tear away, another one would start to fall. I was just so overwhelmed with emotion and when Jenny Lind (played by Rebecca Ferguson) started to sing, I think I heard the whole audience in the theatre sobbing.

WOW, what a spectacular movie! Every song is a breath of fresh air and just filled with so much passion. Hugh Jackman's performance is incredible, along with Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Ellis Rubin, Keala Settle, Rebecca Ferguson, and pretty much everyone in the film.

Don't go into the theatre looking for a historically accurate story of P.T. Barnum because you will disappoint yourself. Go into the movie thinking of imagination, hope, happiness. friendship, and love. Celebrate who you are and not what others expect you to be. Bring joy and smiles to the world and appreciate those you love and who love you right back.

Was there anything wrong with the film? My only issue was that some of the CGI moments with the animals felt a little off at times.

It is definitely a movie that I want to add to our dvd collection once it is available to buy.

Although The Greatest Showman came out at the end of 2017, what a magical way to start off our movie viewing adventures in 2018!

Reading up a little bit, the film took 7 years to make. Now that is dedication and shows the true craft of wanting to get it just right. This trailer doesn't do the movie justice, but enjoy anyhow!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Countdown to 2018.

My favourite quote from the film, Love Actually. These words that still holds true to this day. 
It's worth sharing.

"Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinions starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don't see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often, it's not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it's always there - fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends."

Wishing everyone a safe and Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

My Top 10 Movies of 2017!

BabyDriver - Captivating story and visually stunning to watch.  Terrific casting and a soundtrack that couldn’t be any more diversely cool.

The Big Sick - An unconventional romance that allows you to go beyond the boundaries of culture to ponder whether the heart really gets what the heart really wants. There is no shortage of laughter throughout, even at the most fragile moments, which makes this movie really special and one of a kind.

Maudie - Based on a true story, an unlikely pair develop a love that withstands the hands of time.  Ethan Hawke and Sally Hawkins shine in their roles.

Logan Lucky -  A multi-million dollar heist that has never been funnier! Suspend your disbelief at times, and enjoy the ride. There were a lot of unexpected moments and an all-around great ensemble cast.

War For The Planet of the Apes - We are more alike than ever, we just have to open our eyes to see. Definitely the darkest of the trio. Incredibly moving film, beautifully-filmed and a perfect send off to the honourable Caesar.

Beauty and the Beast - A whimsical live action re-telling of his classic tale that is filled with memorable songs to sing along to, a terrific cast, especially Luke Evans as the egocentric Gaston and a heartfelt message that beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder! 

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - The visuals are awesome, combined with a lot of humour, great dialogue and fun characters.

Wonder Woman - A powerful performance by Gal Gadot! Amazing visual effects, great story and just a kick-ass strong female lead. Kudos to the directors for not making it overly cringy and beating down our throats the feminist agenda (ahem...Ghostbusters 2).

Only the Brave - This film was based off the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighters. Filled with determination, hope and sacrifice, these are what heroes look like.

The Disaster Artist - What’s there to say? Tommy Wiseau is like a fine wine, he just gets better with age! Note, you may want to check out “The Room” before seeing this so you can revel in the “it’s so bad it’s good” feeling of this cult-favourite phenomenon. Oh, hi Mark!

This was my list. What made YOUR top picks?

Leave me a comment below!

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Happy holidays 2017!

Wishing all my wonderful readers...

As the year wraps up, stay tuned for my 
"Top 10 Movies of 2017!" blog.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Bright Lights Windsor!

We had such a great night at Bright Lights Windsor!

The displays were so beautiful to look at, along with the thousands of lights that just lit up all of Jackson Park. 

It was the perfect event to have a family night out! My dad was pretty much in awe the whole time, so it is definitely a memory to cherish.

Here's some cool footage of Bill doing LED juggling!

Right now, as I am typing this, he is doing his LED poi juggling at Bright Lights Windsor.
The next date to catch him will be December 29th from 6:30-8:30 pm. 

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Our 2017 Holiday Tree!

Hi everyone!

I just wanted to share our holiday tree this year.

Isn't it a beaut? :) It definitely has a little bit of Melissa and a little bit of Bill in it.  This has become a great tradition for us!

Fred and Jean-Claude are getting into the spirit too with their holiday hats!

The tree is full of many of our festive companions, and kind of reflects the uniqueness of our relationship.  Our colour-changing star really makes this tree pop!

Feel free to leave me photos of your holiday tree or any other decorations that you're proud of!  I would love to see them. You can also personally e-mail me too. :)