A New to Canada Snack: Oreo Cakesters

oreo Today I received my campaign box from BzzAgent. In it was a box of Cakesters, as they were released on the Canadian market last month.   When I opened the box Roo said “I was waiting for someone to invent these”. You see both of us love Oreos and chocolate! I was certainly a happy camper when I got to test drive this new to us snack. Roo had a friend over so they were my testers. They got a great review from the kiddos. Now we all know that Oreo is known for a rich chocolate taste I find these lighter but better then another certain chocolate snack cake that has been a staple in this house. We are always looking for good snacks. Now they come wrapped with 2 in a pack. Because of how big they are I recommend eat one and share with a friend. Now they do have an allergy alert on the package so this is a NO go for school here which is unfortunate but none of the ingredients are nut related so I am going to say must be made in a factory where there is a chance of trace from machinery etc. Over all we will buy the product again. If you have tried these let me know what you think.

Whew it is Almost Over!

Well Spring break is quickly coming to an end, and this cheapfrugal mom has made it through without it making a debt in my pocket book! yeah!! On Monday we went to the Shops on Steeles that have the best Spring Break kids program. It started off with a craft, then a free-lunch and then a show. This year’s theme was animals. We saw a wonderful show about birds. On Tuesday Roo went to Kidzown, it was science day! On Wednesday it was PJ and movie day at home. Thursday she went to a play based on Robert Munch’s books. Today we have been at home working on a school project that is coming due after the holiday. 

Menu Monday

This week I found a new website for Menu Monday. It is Wovenfare. It is free to join to get their free plan.

A few days this week are from there. 

1. Monday-Honey Pecan Chicken (recipe available on the download from Wovenfare), snow peas, and brown rice.

2. Tuesday-Our breakfast at night–Cheese Omelet, and tomato slices

3.Wednesday- Fresh Thai Rolls, salad and roasted potatoes (the rolls again are from Wovenfare

4.Thursday-Spaghetti and Meatballs, salad

5. Friday- Cheese Pizza, and carrot sticks and broccoli and dip

6.Saturday- leftovers

7. Out with friends- bringing dessert

Well off to check out what else is on the menu plan this Monday over at Laura’s.

I am Ready for Spring

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Well woke up this  morning to a mountain of snow! I really have no place to put! So here I was lugging snow to my backyard. I have about 1/2 my walk done and decided that was enough before breakfast! So no going out today.

Well I promised to introduce all you partiers to those that I love on my blogroll:

1.Laura at Im an Organizing Junkie really does help me to think of organizing and because I live in a small space well it is something I have to think about. Join her for Menu Mondays!

2. Holyhas been a blog bud forever and I love to read her take on things. She is a fellow Canadian living in Washington! 

3. The Festival of Frugality is an ongoing carnival that lets me read all things frugal and I love it. 

4. Debi over at The Simple Mom is another blogger that I must read!

So they are just a few of the blogs that make my days full of great reads. Well in between shovelling today I hope to get to a few more parties!

It’s Party Time!

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Over at 5 Minutes to Mom they are hosting a blog party!!! It is a great  way to find some new fav reads and maybe win some prizes too!!

Welcome to my lil corner of the neighbourhood, and my blog! Well actually I hvave two this one and The Lucky Cannuck. Can I offer you a cup of hot chocolate or perhaps a cup of herbal tea? Would you like a chocolate? or perhaps a maple cookie? These are some of my favorite food and I really want to be a good hostess! Come on in and sit for a bit.

I am Hollie, a solo mom. I am cheaper than cheap! I have to be. I live on less then $1300 a month in Canada’s biggest city. I have been blogging for years now. I had old blogs on both MSN and blogspot. I really like wordpress!

I write about things cheap frugal. On Mondays I try hard to Menu plan, and post my plans here. I also like to participate in What Works Wednesdays. I also write  about my lil girl who is a unique talented child who walks the Aspergers/ADHD line. Sometimes I will even do an opinion piece if something is on my mind.

I have months of archives here for you to browse…and this week I will introduce some of my favorte blogs and my must reads for help. So glad you came to visit, hopefully you will come back often.

Toronto the Good??

A break from my usual frugal self. A few weeks ago here in Toronto there was a building collapse on the Danforth. Five apartments were destroyed. Several were left homeless and placed in Toronto’s awful shelter system. I can say it is bad because I have first hand experience with it. Last week there was a fire on Queen St..40 were left homeless. This time first stop was a hotel room at the Royal York. Facebook groups, charities, have quickly come to the aid of fire victims whereas support and aid for the homeless from the building collapse have been slow to come.

I know what little support they have gotten, and it has been limited but there has not really helped these families out. One remains in the shelter system, the others are now housed but in places that are practically empty, tools of the trade here too are gone, they have little and no insurance here either.So what should Torontoians do?

First we need better emergency service supports, with centralized help. In these cases churches like the Salvation Armyand others do help out, so does the Red Cross. But people like those from the collapse do fall through the cracks. We need a central office with trained teams that can really meet the needs after such an event. That way help can be tracked, referrals given when needed, and a help up given in times of crisis. Right now in my city it is a hodge podge with the left and right hands not really working together. This really needs to be streamlined.

But what do we do right now?

First immediate needs that I know for one of the families include  a crib, table and chairs, and tools of the trade( sewing machine) would be very appreciated as a 3 month old is part of this family.

Another single young person needs a clean inexpensive apartment as she is on disability.

If You can help with any of these needs email me at theluckycannuck@gmail.com . I know how to get it to them as I volunteer with one of the agencies in contact with the families.

What Works for Me Wednesday: Conservation

Have you heard about Earth Hour? Are you going to participate? I am, and we are planning the how.

We are a pretty “green” house and for the next 4 weeks I will talk about going green.

This week lets talk water. It is a necessity of life after all. So how can we save on the cheap and be green? It is about changing habits. 

Here are some ways we have done it here in the city:

1.Dont run water while brushing teeth

2. Installed low usage shower head and faucet. Here in Toronto you can purchase a kit from the city for $15.

3. We don’t have a dishwasher but when we did we didn’t prewash dishes.  Now we don’t leave water running to rinse.

4.We only wash FULL loads of clothes.

Outside:

1.We sweep our walk we don’t hose it.

2. We water roots not leaves in the garden.

3. We don’t water our grass.

These are just a few ways that we conserve and save money too.

Now I am off to Rocks in My Dryer to see what is working elsewhere this week.

WWFMW: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Save Money

Many  of you may know that going as green (envirment friendly) has been one of my major tasks for the last two years..

This year I stepped it up a bit. I got cloth bags that i picked up for $.99 each at my local  grocery store. No more $.05  a bag each time I shop and I help the enviroment too.

I bought reusable containers at the dollar store for Roo’s lunch, so no more plastic baggies or juicebox garbage.

By doing little things like these I find that going green and being cheap go hand in hand.

Now off to read what is working for everyone else this week over at Rocks in My Dryer .

New Family Member

For the past number of days I have been following a friend who has been blogging from Africa about Compassion’s work over there. The pictures and videos spoke to my heart and my daughters as well . We see how very lucky we are. How even though by Canadian standards we are considered poor by many we are actually very wealthy by world standards. We made a commitment to sponsor a child…her name is Chelsea and she is now part of our family! For the cost of a can of diet coke or a cup of coffee and a muffin a day you could really help a child and their family become self sufficient… I couldn’t help but think of something that was recently by a very wise man.. “we live in a knowledge based world, and the best way to become self sufficient is through eduction”…so my hats and prayers are with the bloggers who went…they really showed us how blessed and lucky we are!