Surprise and Delight – Wishing you a fun #TargetSummer

I love attention. I used to love it from anyone but now that I am getting older I care more for the attention from my friends and family.  That is why I love to celebrate my birthday. My friends call me, they send me messages on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin – and all the others.  I get presents, my Barbie Birthday cake – yes I said Barbie – and usually the things I have been hinting about. I am really good at hinting about all of the things I would like on my birthday. Who doesn’t love a good surprise?

Bad thing about birthdays is that you only celebrate them once a year! I was born January so my birthday was months ago. The month following my birthday is Valentine’s Day. That is great because I don’t have to wait too long to get some more attention!  I get chocolate, wine and flowers every year- so far. I just love it. I am like a little kid on February 14th as I wait for my goodies. Sometimes I find them on the kitchen table. Sometimes they are sent to my office (which gives him double the brownie points). Sometimes I am tortured and have to wait to until the end of day!  (he still get brownie points)

Then it ends. I have to wait until Christmas. So let me do the calculation. February 14 – today July 12 = approximately 5 months without any surprises, attention from someone other than myself. Poor me. Are you feeling badly for me yet?

Well today I was given a great gift. A surprise and delight gift from one of my favorite retailers Target Canada. They wanted to wish me a fun summer and sent me a gift card. I was so surprised. I never get these types of surprises. Even better – they are even letting me do the same. I get to surprise and delight someone with a Target Canada gift card as well.

For those in the GTA and if you will be in the Target store today at Toronto Danforth the address is  3003 Danforth Avenue  – you could be surprised and delighted. What does that mean? It could mean a  Complimentary Starbucks coffee or snacks, in-store gift cards, and in some cases paying for an entire shopping cart.

Good Luck!

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Molson Canadian 67 #TangerineTwist Twitter Chat July 4, 2014

To kick off summer the right way, Molson Canadian 67 is hosting four mini Twitter Chats on Friday afternoons. The final chat is scheduled on July 4, 2014. The topic of the chat is about your plans for the upcoming summer months.

These are good old fashioned Twitter Chats (not Twitter Parties) No RSVPs. No prizing and these twitter chats are just 15 minutes long!

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Join us for our final chat

Date: Friday July 4th, 2014
Time: 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm EDT
Twubs Page: http://twubs.com/TangerineTwist (for Twitter Party Newbies)
RSVP: No RSVP Required
Prizing: No Prizing
Host: @MolsonCDN67
Guest Hosts: @HeathernHeels, @ChristellaSays, @Mommy_Jennof3,
Hashtag: #TangerineTwist

The new Molson Canadian 67 Tangerine Twist is a great tasting drink. With a delicious summery tangerine taste and only 67 calories per 341ml bottle, it’s the perfect drink to balance your healthy lifestyle and barbeque season.

Molson Canadian 67 Tangerine Twist is only here for a limited time, so get it while you still can.

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VG Farms–Local Ontario Beef Done Right

Ever wonder about the beef that gets to your table? VG Farms in partnership with Longo’s are introducing a line beef that is fully traceable, a small herd, never fed antibodiotics, free range that are raised right here in Ontario.

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What’s different about this  farm and the Angus beef raised right here in Ontario?

First there is at least one family member involved in every aspect of the process. This helps them to maintain the traditions passed down from there grandfather. They not only have generations of butchering experience but they have been involved in innovation and research.  Beef farming  is really there pride and joy!

They have the VG Tenderness tested logo so you know just how tender your cut of beef is. They are able to ensure that every single steak that you take home is tender.

They are raised, processed and packaged right here in Ontario and they are proud to display the Foodland Ontario logo.

Everything about every head of cattle is fully traceable. The age of the animal is recorded, as where it was raised, and any other significant events that they think we should know. This ensures the quality and consumer safety, you can even use the code on the back to learn the specifics about your cut of beef.

With VG Farms the cattle are on pasture when the pastures are healthy enough to do so. They have a choice of grass from the pasture or a medley or forages and grains that have been harvested close to the farm.  All the beef if free of added growth hormone, and because they work with nutritionists  to ensure good animal health, no antibiotics either. You can definitely tell this small herd is well cared for.

Do you want your beef to be done right, right here in Ontario?

 

 

 

 

 

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Molson Canadian 67 #TangerineTwist Twitter Chat June 27, 2014

To kick off summer the right way, Molson Canadian 67 is hosting four mini Twitter Chats on Friday afternoons. The next chat is scheduled on June 27, 2014 and the final one is scheduled on July 4, 2014. The topic of the chats is about your plans for upcoming summer months.

These are good old fashioned Twitter Chats (not Twitter Parties) No RSVPs. No prizing and these twitter chats are just 15 minutes long!

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Join us for our next chat

Date: Friday June 27th, 2014
Time: 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm EDT (1:00 pm – 1:15 pm ADT)
Twubs Page: http://twubs.com/TangerineTwist (for Twitter Party Newbies)
RSVP: No RSVP Required
Prizing: No Prizing
Host: @MolsonCDN67
Guest Hosts: @SimplyStacieNet, @OlderMommyStill, @Ksceviour, @SuzieRidler
Hashtag: #TangerineTwist

Can’t make this chat? Don’t worry, there is one more coming up!

  • Friday July 4th, 2014

The new Molson Canadian 67 Tangerine Twist is a great tasting drink. With a delicious summery tangerine taste and only 67 calories per 341ml bottle, it’s the perfect drink to balance your healthy lifestyle and barbeque season.

Molson Canadian 67 Tangerine Twist is only here for a limited time, so get it while you still can.

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Molson Canadian 67 #TangerineTwist Twitter Chat June 20, 2014

To kick off summer the right way, Molson Canadian 67 is hosting four mini Twitter Chats on Friday afternoons. The next chat is scheduled on June 20, 2014 and the final one is scheduled on July 4, 2014. The topic of the chats is about your plans for upcoming weekend and about getting ready for the official start of summer on June 21, 2013.

These are good old fashioned Twitter Chats (not Twitter Parties) No RSVPs. No prizing and these twitter chats are just 15 minutes long!

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Join us for our next chat

Date: Friday June 20th, 2014
Time: 1:00 pm – 1:15 pm EDT
Twubs Page: http://twubs.com/TangerineTwist (for Twitter Party Newbies)
RSVP: No RSVP Required
Prizing: No Prizing
Host: @MolsonCDN67
Guest Hosts: @PegCityLovely, @MommyOutside, @MommyKatandKids, @TheMommyMix
Hashtag: #TangerineTwist

Can’t make this chat? Don’t worry, there are two more coming up!

  • Friday June 27th, 2014
  • Friday July 4th, 2014

The new Molson Canadian 67 Tangerine Twist is a great tasting drink. With a delicious summery tangerine taste and only 67 calories per 341ml bottle, it’s the perfect drink to balance your healthy lifestyle and barbeque season.

Molson Canadian 67 Tangerine Twist is only here for a limited time, so get it while you still can.

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4 Perfect Steak Recipes from Around the Globe for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is this weekend and many of us have dad’s who love a great piece of meat. A Canadian Beef steak is sure to impress your meat loving dad.  Think, there are many options on how you are going to cook that perfect steak to impress dear old dad.

We are sharing just a few recipes from around the globe that we thought just might impress him.

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1.   Asian Grilled Beef Steak- use a marinating steak to make this super easy recipe on the grill.

2. Barcelona Beef Steak with Spanish Couscous Salad-love a deep flavour  then this is the recipe you want to try.

3. Moroccan Rubbed Beef Steak- Explore some of the flavours of the world with this rub.

4. Jamaican Jump Up Marinated Beef Steak -this recipe will make you jump!

Whichever recipe you decide to try your father is sure to be impressed by your steak cooking abilities. Need any tips on cooking steak you can always watch this video. 

Time to heat up the grill, and decide which Canadian beef recipe you are going to try.

 

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Molson Canadian 67 #TangerineTwist Twitter Chats

To kick off summer the right way, Molson Canadian 67 is hosting four mini Twitter Chats on Friday afternoons. The first chat is scheduled on June 13, 2014 and the final one is scheduled on July 4, 2014. The topic of the chats is about your plans for upcoming weekend and about getting ready for the official start of summer on June 21, 2013.

These are good old fashioned Twitter Chats (not Twitter Parties) No RSVPs. No prizing and these twitter chats are just 15 minutes long!

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Join us for our first chat

Date: Friday June 13th, 2014
Time: 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm PDT (3:00 pm – 3:15 pm EDT)
Twubs Page: http://twubs.com/TangerineTwist (for Twitter Party Newbies)
RSVP: No RSVP Required
Prizing: No Prizing
Host: @MolsonCDN67
Guest Hosts: @SweetMamaBrady, @MommyisWeird, @Mom_OnTheRun, @MyChaos, @Eschelle
Hashtag: #TangerineTwist

Can’t make the first chat? Don’t worry, there are three more coming up!

  • Friday June 20th, 2014
  • Friday June 27th, 2014
  • Friday July 4th, 2014

The new Molson Canadian 67 Tangerine Twist is a great tasting drink. With a delicious summery tangerine taste and only 67 calories per 341ml bottle, it’s the perfect drink to balance your healthy lifestyle and barbeque season.

Molson Canadian 67 Tangerine Twist is only here for a limited time, so get it while you still can.

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Join the Lentil Hunter in Umbria! Searching The Globe For The Best Recipes!

When we think of Italian food we tend to think of pizza and pasta. The Lentil Hunter is taking us on a journey through the Umbrian countryside in Italy to show us more reasons to add lentils to our daily routine and how a relatively simple dish can be both, tasty and nutritious.

Italian cooking is a lot more than just pasta, pizza and tomatoes. In the ancient walled city of Norcia, Umbrian lentils & sausage is on every menu. Its rustic simplicity includes some of the best loved flavours of Italy. Italians are extraordinarily passionate about their local ingredients, so it’s no wonder this famous dish highlights lentils and sausage. It comes from the hills of Umbria, where heritage pigs roam the land and pasta plays second fiddle to locally grown lentils.

This recipe is from the Italy webisode of Lentil Hunter with Chef Michael Smith.

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Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and diced
  • 1 carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 4 cloves of finely minced garlic
  • 1 ripe tomato, chopped
  • 2 cups Canadian green lentils
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 6 large Italian-style sausages
  • 1 loaf of Italian bread
  • A bottle of your very best olive oil for drizzling

Directions

  1. Italian cooks begin this dish with a colorful soffrito flavor base. Here’s how. Splash the olive oil into a soup pot over medium heat. Add the aromatic vegetables: onion, carrot, celery and garlic. Stir gently without browning. In just a few minutes, the heat will brighten the flavors and colors. Add the tomato and stir a few minutes longer, 10 minutes in total.
  2. Add the lentils and stir for a few moments, evenly coating each seed with a thin film of oil. This will help the lentils stay distinct. Pour in the water and toss in the salt. Over highest heat, while stirring gently, bring the works to a full, furious boil. Adjust the heat, lowering the pace to a slow, steady simmer. Cover and continue cooking until the lentils cook through and tenderize, about 30 minutes.
  3. As the lentils simmer, turn your attention to the sausages. Cook and brown them any way you care to: on a grill, in a frying pan with a thin film of oil, or in your oven. When they’re done and delicious, transfer to the simmering pot. Any juices and flavourful bits they release should also be added to the lentils. In a pinch, you can even skip the browning and simply submerge the raw sausages in the simmering lentils. By the time the lentils are done, the sausages will have cooked through.
  4. Cut the bread into long, thin slices and toast, bake or grill until lightly browned and delicious.
  5. When the lentils are done, serve and share them with the sausages and crisp bread. Feel free to slice the sausages or simply serve them whole. Drizzle the works with olive oil, too. Enjoy!
Serves 4-6
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We hope you had the opportunity to join the Twitter Party and ask all of your questions. Chef Michael Smith gave valuable insight into the destinations and great back stories. For more information on the Lentil Hunter please visit www.lentils.ca.



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Join Sobeys and Jaime Oliver For Canada’s Biggest Potluck Party!!

Canadians are being challenged this week by Sobeys to host or join a potluck this week, leading up to Jaime Oliver’s Food Revolution Day on May 16th, 2014.

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Jaime Oliver has teamed up with Sobeys to enhance Canadians food knowledge, cooking skills and teach about nutrition and quality ingredients. The week’s events lead up to awareness of the importance of good food and the impact of that on your life.

Food Revolution Day is a campaign initiated by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, aimed at raising  of educating people about food and how to cook it. Since 2012, 74 countries have taken part, with 900 ambassadors worldwide championing the same cause. To see Jaime’s video on this special event VISIT www.betterfoodforall.com 

Canada has been “one of the most active countries for the last two years in getting involved in Food Revolution Day,” said Oliver during a recent telephone interview in which he spoke about getting people to re-think the way they eat and how they prepare their meals. “It’s common sense when you think about it — healthy eating isn’t based on price or degree of difficulty. It’s all about getting over your fear of trying your hand at making a healthy meal as opposed to buying something that’s fast and not good for you.”

About Food Revolution Day

Canadians from coast to coast are invited to cook and share a meal together with family and friends. When participants share a post or photo of their potluck on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtags #PotluckChallenge and #FRD2014, Sobeys will donate $1 to the Children’s Aid Foundation’s Cooking Toward Independence Project, up to a maximum of $25,000.

The Cooking Toward Independence project is a new initiative run by the Children’s Aid Foundation to improve the lives of young people leaving the child welfare system across Canada when they turn 18 by funding cooking skills workshops and creating access to healthy food.

According to the World Health Organization, food poverty, or a diet reliant on fast food or prepared meals high in saturated fat, sugar and salt, is now responsible for 30 per cent of life years lost through early death and disability. In the U.S., the fastest-growing urban issue in nine major cities is ‘food deserts’, in which “it takes 40 minutes on the bus to get to a fresh-food market,” Oliver says, but just minutes to walk to a burger joint. In Canada, Sobeys-funded research found that Canadians are no longer confident in the kitchen, with just 18 per cent having one meal a day made from scratch.

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Get your family, friends and neighbors excited about this very important cause. Remember the date is May 16th, 2014. Please share a post or photo of your potluck on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtags #PotluckChallenge and #FRD2014. Sothbys will donate $1.00 per Tweet or Instagram! 

Join this global day of action. Get cooking, share your love of food and inspire others to get excited too. For more information please visit the website for Food Revolution Day. We can’t wait to see how creative our fellow Canadians will be.

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Join the #LentilHunter on May 14, 2014 For a Twitter Party!

With influences from Africa, Arabia, and the Mediterranean, the Moroccan cuisine of today is a reflection of the country’s colorful past, blended with the culinary traditions of both its Arab and Berber inhabitants. Moroccan cooking is strongly characterized by the subtle blending of spices, and Moroccans expertly use them to enhance, rather than mask, the flavor and fragrance of their dishes. The Lentil Hunter is taking us on an exotic journey to this far-away land in search of the ‘World’s Best Lentil Recipes’. To read more about the ways you can incorporate lentils into your diet click through the Canadian Lentils website today!

Lentils are stars in Morocco. They’re a classic part of Moroccan cuisine and a ubiquitous start to most meals, at home or in restaurants. When Moroccans eat out, table service often begins with lots of rustic brown bread and lots of lentil stew to dip it in. This classic combination of whole grains and stewed legumes passed down through generations of Moroccan kitchens is hearty and healthy. Easy and delicious, too!

This recipe is from the Morocco webisode of Lentil Hunter with Chef Michael Smith, which you can watch while attempting this savory dish. Did we mention that this is Morocco’s National Signature Dish?

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Moroccan Lentils & Table Bread

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Canadian green lentils
  • 1 shredded onion
  • 1 Tbsp ginger powder
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp turmeric or curry powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 ripe tomatoes, grated through the largest holes of a standard box grater, skin discarded
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste, heaping
  • 6 cups water
  • Handful tender parsley leaves and stems, lightly chopped
  • 1 loaf rustic whole-grain bread for tearing and sharing

 Directions

  1. Measure all the ingredients, except the parsley and bread, into a medium sauce pan. Over medium high heat, while stirring gently, bring the works to a full, furious boil. Adjust the heat, lowering the pace to a slow, steady simmer.
  2. Cover and continue cooking until the lentils are tender and delicious, about 30 minutes.
  3. Turn off the heat and rest for 10 minutes or longer as you ready the rest of your meal. At the last minute, stir in the parsley. Pour the dip into one large festive bowl or several smaller ones. Serve and share with lots of rustic bread for tearing and dipping.
Serves 4
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Join us on May 14th, 2014 for a Twitter Party with Chef Michael Smith #LentilHunter.
Find out why Canadian Lentils are one of the healthiest, tastiest options you can make for your family. RSVP‘s are required for the #LentilHunter Twitter Party. You can get all of the details and register at the Shes Connected Website. Tell your friends and get your questions ready for the #LentilHunter. See you there!!

 

 

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