Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Kinder Surprise Minions - They're Not Just for Kids!

Part of the enjoyment of being a KinderMom ambassador comes from all the fun news I get to share with you, about a treat that all kids love!

But recently, it hasn't just been the kids who've been worked up. Nope. When grown adults start sending you pictures on Facebook of their Kinder® Surprise® Minions collections, and blaming YOU for their new-found addiction, you know we're all stoked about the upcoming movie release on July 10th!

I may have even succumbed to Minion Mania myself.  *Doh!*

At least the kids had lots of chocolate to eat
when they came home from school,

Kinder® Surprise® is always there to perk up a road-trip, summer picnic or a day of hiking. Be sure to tag @KinderCanada on Instagram and Twitter, so they can see all your fun moments too! 

Plus, there is lots more Minion fun on Kinder Canada'a Facebook page! 

Have you collected all 11 Minions yet?? 

DISCLAIMER DISCLOSURE: I’m a #KinderMom/Maman/Dad who is part of the KINDER® Canada influencer team; as part of my affiliation with KINDER® Canada, I am provided with special perks and products. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

6 Delicious Ways to Use Up Your Rhubarb

Nothing says summer like a huge plant of Rhubarb growing in the backyard! But what to do with the endless stalks?

The distinctively sour taste and the glorious red hue of rhubarb make for interesting recipes, all with varying degrees of tart to please.

Strawberry Rhubarb Jam dresses up the morning toast at breakfast, while a fresh, hot, Strawberry Rhubarb pie sliced up after dinner with ice cream always finishes a meal off nicely!

But after that, what else is there to make?

Below, I've compiled a list of our favourite Rhubarb recipes, to help you try something new and to help your palate scream SUMMER!  

Raspberry Rhubarb Muffins

Makes 12

1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup natural wheat bran
1 cup rolled oats
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 egg
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
1/4 tsp cinnamon and nutmeg
3 cups chopped rhubarb

In a bowl, whisk flour, sea salt, wheat bran, cinnamon, nutmeg and rolled oats.
In mixing bowl, combine melted butter, brown sugar, and egg, 
Slowly mix the dry goods into the wet mixture.
Spoon into muffin cups and bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes.

a SamiJoe original

And 5 more delicious Rhubarb goodies to use up the stash!

Rhubarb Gin Fizz - Raising My Boys

Rhubarb Creme Brulee - MBA Mama Musings

NOTE: The best thing about rhubarb is the potential for sharing! If you find yourself with TOO much rhubarb, look for a neighbour or friend in need. Or, if you find yourself invited to dinner, instead of showing up with wine, bring the host a huge bunch of rhubarb. Trust me... you'll be invited back! ;)


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Springfree Trampoline - Take Down & Put Back Up

We have owned our Springfree Trampoline for almost a year now and already we've had to do the unthinkable. We moved... so we had to take our trampoline down.

Whoa nelly!

Just the idea of taking the trampoline down and reassembling it sounds like an awful chore! But, Springfree says it is EASY and that we'd be able to pull it off. We watched the video provided a few times to make sure we knew the steps and well heck, it really did look easy.

Sort of.

Anything you are taking down for the first time will be sticky, so we expected a bit of trouble; however, in the video they warn that you MAY punch each other in the face and to be careful. #warned

We laughed, oh how we laughed. Punched in the face? That seems a little extreme. But then it happened... DaddyO punched me in the face!

For what it is worth, DaddyO didn't mean to punch me in the face, but I also didn't really mean to punch him in the cohonies either. Oops, sorry!

We managed to take the trampoline down in just under 50 minutes, with a 55 minutes re-installion time. The whole process is entirely do-able, just like they said.

Was it work? Yes.


  • Wear gloves. You'll need the grip!
  • This is a TWO PERSON job. (Do not attempt take down or the re-install alone.)
  • Have a small mat or piece of carpet to place on the ground. You'll be spending time on your knees/butt!
  • Do not pretend to know how the "springs" come out. Heed their warning and only take the springs out, every fourth at a time. Also, the person under the trampoline will need to pull the spring in and out, while the person outside of the trampoline may need to pull the net up and off. THIS step is the hardest one. (Note: you may punch each other in the face!)

We weren't able to put the trampoline up at our new house, because we are still waiting on our backyard to be finished with dirt/rocks/deck/fence. So we took the trampoline to the cabin to enjoy. Now I can sip hot tea and sit on the porch, with a perfect view of Beebo & Xman jumping away.

Now the big question...

Will we ever bring the Springfree Trampoline home to our backyard??