Happy Halloween from Me and Mr. Cheddar !!!

halloween 2014

Me and Cheddie are having a pumpkin-a-licious day!!!

Hope you are too. :)

Have a safe and spooktacular Halloween!

Back From My Trip and Playing “Catch Up” ;-)


october sunset 1


I just got back from my trip to Kelowna over the weekend and the computer catch-up continues! I thought I had cleaned things up pretty well before I left but I’m still going through waaaaay too many emails etc…today. Oh well, chipping away at the pile. ;)

I ended up getting a cold (I NEVER get colds!!!!) just when I was leaving for my trip, so the first 2 1/2 days were rather a bust. I spent most of that time lying in bed, watching old movies on TCM and sipping soup. After that, I did accomplish what I wanted to on my trip, albeit rather rushed for time. Overall though, I’m glad I went. :)

I’m planning some new reviews for a couple of products I tried while I was away, will share those soon. In the meantime, have a great week and if you are also battling a cold/flu…I hope you feel much better very soon. Seems that everyone I talk to has gotten or is battling a cold/flu right now. Tis the season I guess.

Hugs and Happy Week! G

If You Enjoy Poetry….

My Poetic Path NEW cover (front)

You might like to check out my latest Kindle promotion this weekend.

This one is for my traditional poetry collection:

My Poetic Path: Selected Poems 2000-2010 

(click for product page at Amazon.com)

The Kindle version will be available free this Saturday and Sunday at Amazon.com, .ca, , UK….

I hope you’ll check out all my other books/eBooks at Amazon too. ;)

I’m heading out tomorrow on my trip but will be online at least a few times next week to check on emails, my WP Reader…

Have a wonderful week and happy reading too! :)

Happy Thanksgiving and Heading to the Okanagan! :-)

okanagan lake

I’ll be travelling to the Okanagan area of BC at the end of this week, can’t wait!

The photo above is of Lake Okanagan, which winds through this beautiful area and apparently may be home to Ogopogo, a sea creature!!!

Maybe I’ll get to see him while I’m there. ;)

In the meantime, have a great Thanksgiving (to my Canadian readers) and a fab week to everyone!. :)

Photo courtesy of Okanagan.com

Looking for an Healthy Energy Bar that Actually Tastes GOOD??

NF Greens Bars

I’ve been looking for a:

GOOD-tasting, certified organic, satisfying, chocolatey protein/energy bar

for a LONG time!

I have finally found one that fits all the criteria I’ve listed and more!

Can you already tell that I’m really impressed by this product? ;)  

Whole Earth & Sea Pure Food Organic Vegan Greens Protein Bars:

Have a pleasing, not too sweet taste and with a nice texture too.

 They contain all certified organic ingredients (not just a partial list like so many similar products have).

Each bar supplies 15 grams of quality protein that provides energy for several hours. When I have one of these bars for breakfast or as a snack, I feel full, alert and energetic for 4-5 hours afterwards! That’s something I really appreciate.

And best of all IMO, each bar is coated with luscious organic dark chocolate. Oh so yummy good. 


Here’s the certified organic ingredient list:

Organic brown rice protein, organic dates, organic peanut butter, organic tapioca syrup, organic inulin, organic raisins, organic greens powder (organic wheat grass juice powder, organic barley grass juice powder, organic spirulina, organic blueberry, organic raspberry, organic broccoli sprouts, organic beet juice, organic carrot juice), organic chia seeds, organic buckwheat, organic strawberries, organic stevia extract, organic lycii berry extract, organic orange flavor. Chocolate coating: Organic dark chocolate (organic cane sugar, organic cocoa butter, organic chocolate liquor, organic soy lecithin).


These bars are available at health food stores across Canada and in the US too. :)

Look for them and ask your local health food store/co-op to order them, if they don’t currently have them available. You will be glad that you did!

These are the best protein/energy bars I have ever tasted  and I’ve tried a LOT of protein bars over the years.Most of them were unpalatable and/or filled with questionable ingredients. And none of them were completely certified organic.

And as my regular readers already know, I always strive to eat certified organic products whenever possible. I think it’s a key factor in keeping healthy.

Natural Factors  (click to check out all the products in this new line) the company who makes these bars has a winner!

I’m  also hoping they add additional flavors for these bars in the future too, to keep things interesting. ;)

Let me know if you give them a try. 


A Free (and Fab!) Collection of Lace Knitting Patterns


As any of my regular Veggie….readers already know, I’m a big fan of Knitting Daily.

I’ve shared a few of their free eBooks here in the past and today noted this one for a Lace Knitting collection that is oh so pretty. (click link to get your own copy of this free eBook).

Don’t you just  ♥♥ that mauve shrug?

I’m going to put that on my very long list of knit projects I want to make. ;)

What are you making right now?  

I’m working on a (fairly easy) autumn lace shawl that’s going very well. I’ll be sharing a pic soon along with a review of the yarn I’m using for that project.

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this free collection of lace patterns from Knitting Daily.

Happy Knitting and Crafting!!!

For Two Days Only, Free Kindle Promo for: Laughing AT the Grim Reaper!


Today and Saturday only, my newest book/eBook:

Laughing AT the Grim Reaper! Gems of Wisdom for Aging Well

will be available as a FREE Kindle download at Amazon.com, .ca, UK….

If you don’t have a copy yet, this is a great time to get one. And do share this promotion with your friends and family.

Reviews at Amazon.com are always appreciated too, if you enjoyed this or any of my other books. ;)

You can see a list of all my eBooks and books here.

Happy Weekend and Reading!

Need Some Dishcloth Inspiration? :-)



I just noted a pattern offer over at KnitPicks for:

52 weeks of Free Dishcloth Patterns

I know I need to knit/crochet some more as the ones I have right now are looking pretty tattered! ;)

Some very cute patterns to pick from in this collection and best of all, they are free! 

You can check out the link to all the patterns here.

And if you have a fav dishcloth pattern to knit/crochet, do share a link to the pattern if you can, thank you! I’m always looking for knit-inspiration. ;)

Happy Knitting! 

It’s Hug a Vegetarian Day! ;-)


njfv appetizers


According to my office wall calendar, today is:

Hug a Vegetarian Day. :)

I also noted online that tomorrow, October 1st is World Vegetarian Day.

So make sure to hug all the vegetarians you know today and tomorrow. ;)

On a personal note, I’ve been a vegetarian for many years and have never regretted my decision to give up eating meat.

More and more people continue to embrace a vegetarian diet, for a number of reasons and there are millions of vegetarians around the world.

For me, it’s always been mainly an ethical choice to not eat meat, due in large part to reading: Diet for a New America by John Robbins, several years ago. I was shocked and saddened by what I read in that book and I never forgot it. :( I had been eating less and less meat for years, before reading that book. And after finishing the book (and it’s a very tough book to read, if you love animals) I gave it up completely.

On the plus side, I’ve been healthier and happier since I became a vegetarian and delighted by all the good things that can be created in the kitchen without any meat.

If you are in need of some vegetarian recipe inspiration, do check out the extensive recipe archives here at Veggies….

You can also check out my two cookbooks at Amazon.com:

Not Just for Vegetarians (print version only) and The Groovy Green Kitchen: Weeknight Veggie Slow Cooker (print and Kindle versions)

Have a Wonderful Week and Sending Lots of Hugs to YOU (to the meat-eaters too)! 


PS: On a completely different topic, if you know anything about making CDs, please stop by over at My Poetic Path to read my post from today


Photo above from Not Just for Vegetarians by Geraldine Hartman.

Photograph by Patricia Holdsworth Photography.

Brown Betty


This oh-so yummy photo of Apple Brown Betty stopped me in my WP tracks this morning. ;) I want some right now.

I make a similar dessert but definitely not with that much butter or sugar. :( The photo did inspire me to make some soon though. :) Do you have a fav Brown Betty recipe?

Have a fabulous late autumn weekend. It’s still nice and warm, here in BC. :)

Originally posted on Artsy Wanderer:


Brown Betty is a traditional American dessert made from fruit (usually apple) and sweetened bread crumbs. It is similar to a cobbler or apple crisp, and the fruit is baked.  It is an old dessert, first mentioned in print in 1864.  Apple Brown Betty was one of the favorite desserts of Ronald and Nancy Reagan in the White House.  They served Apple Brown Betty at my elementary school cafeteria and I loved it.  They served real food back in the sixties and seventies!

Recipe for Apple Brown Betty from Pioneer Woman here!

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