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Your One-Stop-Shop from Classy, Sassy & a little Kick-Assy Entrepreneurs

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Please join me in welcoming four entrepreneurs who wake up every morning, taking their passion to the next level by embracing the entrepreneurial spirit with enthusiasm, creating a positive, lively atmosphere for their clients and are writing their own success stories daily.

Meet the sassy, classy and a little bit kick-assy women who are dedicated to their families, community and businesses.

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Yoga with Jas

 

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JASPREET BHANDAL supports women who are feeling overwhelmed and burnt-out to regain balance, build strength, and feel as though they can breathe again through the practice of yoga. Jaspreet offers a mobile, in-home service that takes a holistic approach to well-being.

To learn to live empowered and be inspired, please CLICK HERE.

 

Your Key to the 613 with Nancy Pugliese

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Ottawa based, bilingual realtor, NANCY PUGLIESE is your number one property adviser.  Nancy is a motivated, experienced professional who is dedicated to giving her clients service beyond the sale. Whether you’re buying, selling or investing in real estate, Nancy’s creates easy solutions.

For exceptional service and more information, please CLICK HERE to visit her website.

 

HIKANO WELLNESS IN MOTION

 

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HIKANO WELLNESS IN MOTION is all about mindful movement, living and being. You can enjoy yoga practices, mobility tune-up classes, pelvic floor health workshops, nutrition workshops, meditation and energy healing as well as 1-1 movement & wellness coaching.

For more information please CLICK HERE to visit the website, or you connect with Hikano Wellness in Motion on TwitterFacebook, Instagram

 

TENDER TONES MUSIC STUDIO

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TENDER TONES MUSIC STUDIO, where children learn and grow in a supportive, enriching musical environment.  I have a lifelong love of music, and my goal is to give children the same opportunity I had, and let music fill their souls.

To learn more about Tender Tones Music Studio, please CLICK HERE to visit their website, or follow them on FACEBOOK.

 

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Black Rice Pineapple Pudding

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Black Rice Pineapple Pudding

 

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Do you want to serve something different and exotically delicious for dessert?

Then this Black Rice Pineapple Pudding is one you’ll want to try on family, friends or a treat for yourself when you’re in the mood for sweet and healthy.

Black rice has a nutty flavor with a slightly chewy texture. It’s purplish black in color as it comes from high antioxidant levels.

Black rice is a dynamo of vitamins and minerals and is chock full of anti-oxidants.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups black rice
2 1/2 cups coconut milk
3 cups water
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup dried cranberries
pinch of salt
1 cup diced pineapple
1 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp. freshly squeezed lime juice

Tai basil leaves (for garnish)
Optional: for an extra kick, add 1/2 tsp. chili flakes

Directions:

Rinse rice well in cold water, draining in a sieve.

Once rice is rinsed, add it to a medium saucepan and add water, coconut milk, dried cranberries, sugar and salt.

Bring rice to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover with a tight-fitting lid and simmer for one hour (until rice is tender and all the liquid has been absorbed).

Remove from heat and chill in the refrigerator (about one hour, until thoroughly chilled).

Sprinkle the pineapple chunks with lemon/lime juices and set aside.

Spoon pudding into serving bowls, top with pineapple, garnish with the Tai basil leaves, and a few drizzles of coconut milk.

Makes 4 servings.

 

 

Happy Pavlova Holidays

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When it comes to celebrating there is nothing more relaxing than filling your home with the magical aroma’s wafting in from your kitchen.

Christmas and holidays celebrations this time of the year are all about being thankful, and what better way to give thanks to the ones you love—gifting them with something that will send their taste buds into giddy-land.

Raspberry Cream Pavlova

 

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You can make this ahead of time, as the meringue layer can be made several days ahead. Keep it tightly wrapped in saran or in an airtight container until you’re ready to assemble and serve.

Ingredients:

6 egg whites
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 tsp. white wine vinegar
1 tsp. corn flour
1/2 tsp. cream of tarter
1 tsp. vanilla extract

For the Filling:

8 oz. whipping cream
1 lb. fresh raspberries (or any other kind of berry)
1 TBSP confectionery sugar (icing sugar)

Directions:

Heat oven to 300F

Cut out two circles (the size of a small dinner plate) of parchment paper, and put on baking sheet.

Whisk the egg whites with an electric mixer (or hand mixer) until they form stiff peaks. Slowly whisk in the sugar, one tablespoon at a time, and then add cream of tarter, until the meringue looks glossy.

Whisk in the vinegar, corn flour and vanilla.

Spread the meringue evenly onto the parchment paper circles and bake for one hour.

Turn off heat and allow to cool completely inside the oven.

Once the meringue is completely cool, place berries in a bowl and mix them with the icing sugar.

Whip up your whipping cream in a separate bowl.

Fold half the raspberries into the whipped cream and spread this mixture over one of the meringue circles.

Place second meringue circle on top and decorate with the remaining raspberries.

Let stand for one hour before serving.

 

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Scrumptious, Sweet & Salty Christmas Bites

Please welcome Real Estate Woman-preneur, Nancy Pugliese to the blog as she shares this easy-to-prepare, wonderfully delicious, chocolaty treat. They are addictive, hence the title “Cracker Crack.”

Saltine Cracker Toffee (aka “Cracker Crack”)

 

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Preparation time: 10 minutes
Total time from start to finish: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

40 (or more if needed) Saltine Crackers (salted)
1 Cup Butter (unsalted)
1 Cup Brown Sugar
2 Cups of Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (or milk or dark chocolate chops, your choice)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400F

Line a cookie sheet with as many of the Saltine Crackers that it will take to fill your cookie sheet (approx. 40).

Please note: Do not overlap and do not place the crackers on top of each other.

Add butter and brown sugar in a pot, stir mixture, and bring to a boil,. Once the mixture is boiling, continue stirring and boiling for three minutes. Mixture should be a deep, caramel color.

Remove pot from heat and immediately pour the mixture over the Saltine Crackers, ensuring that every single cracker is covered by the caramel mixture.

Bake in preheated oven for 5 to 6 minutes. The crackers should look all bubbly.

Remove tray from the oven and immediately sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top, and let sit for a few minutes to allow chocolate to melt. Once chocolate has melted, spread the melted chocolate to cover all the crackers.

**Optional** You can add chopped nuts on top.

Allow the crackers to cool completely, then break into pieces, or you can use a knife to cut them into pieces.

Enjoy the fruits of your labor. You may not want to share with your family and friends once you taste one…that’s okay, I won’t judge you.

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About Nancy Pugliese:

Nancy Pugliese exemplifies integrity, energy, hard work, and creative service in every detail of your real estate transaction. Fluently bilingual, Nancy was raised in Orleans in an entrepreneurial family, and after graduating with a bachelor in Criminology and minor in Sociology from The University of Carleton, she embraced the entrepreneurial spirit and launched her career with REMAX, immersing herself in learning every aspect of the real estate industry.

Clients choose to work with Nancy as they know they are gaining a full-service agent who possesses all the resources a client may need from stagers, painters, HVAC, locksmith, lawyers, mortgage brokers and more. Highly professional, she’s worked in different aspects of the industry, from real estate administration to liaising with photographers, signage, coordinating successful open houses, and marketing.

Nancy’s clientele recognizes they have an agent who surpasses all expectations to ensure a stress-free transaction. Known for her outstanding client services, and 24/7 availability, she has proven to be the consummate committed agent. In fact, while in the hospital, preparing to give birth to her precious baby girl, Nancy received a phone call from a client who needed an offer written up. With the assistance of a co-worker, and her trusty Smart phone, she negotiated the doubled-ended deal, ensuring both buyer and seller were serviced in a professional and swift manner. This commitment to client services extends to the four-legged members of a client’s family as well, as she once volunteered to walk a client’s dog while an agent from another agency showed their house, as her client couldn’t make it home in time for the showing.

When not dedicating her time to meet all her clients’ needs, Nancy enjoys spending time with family, and playing soccer and volleyball. As an active member of the “Best Shoe Closet Association,” she understands the importance of utilizing space in homes for each member of the family when looking to purchase a home, and creative staging for clients selling their homes.

Nancy is a firm believer in giving back, and is passionate about animal and the Heart & Stroke Foundation, participating in 5K runs to help raise awareness and money for these causes.

Five words you can count on from Nancy Pugliese, loyalty, enthusiasm, honesty, passion, and fun.

 

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Bake someone happy.

It’s that time of the year when baking for others is not only about gifting something sweet, but it has major therapeutic benefits for the baker.

 

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No matter what level of cook or baker one is, a simple recipe for cookies is an excellent way to express your creativity, and  a great way to relieve stress.

 

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Here’s a delicious, moreish recipe for oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, guaranteed to fill your home with a warm, comforting aroma.

 

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Ingredients:

cup un-salted butter, softened
cup light brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup white sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
3 cups quick-cooking oats
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup chocolate chunks -or- chocolate chips; semi-sweet -or- milk chocolate (your choice)

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or use a non-stick baking sheet).
  3. You’ll need two bowls; large one for dry and and smaller one for wet ingredients.
  4. In the large bowl, sift together; flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
  5. In the smaller bowl, cream together the butter, brown and white sugars, and stir until the mixture is smooth and creamy, then stir in the vanilla, and slowly add the beaten eggs and blend well together.
  6. Stir the dry ingredients in the creamy mixture until just blended (do not over mix).
  7. Mix in the quick oats and chocolate chips.
  8. Stir enough (not too much stirring) to get everything evenly distributed.
  9. Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto baking sheet.
  10. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes.
  11. Cool cookies on the baking sheet for five minutes, then transfer onto a cookie wire rack to cool completely….but, it’s always nice to pinch a warm cookie before they are completely cooled.

These cookies make a great contribution for a cookie exchange.

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Eating for comfort—one spoonful of soup at a time

Become the Super-shero or hero of your kitchen with this soup that is guaranteed to bowl your family and friends over.

 

Broccoli & Cheese Soup
Topped with a Baguette Crouton

 

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Ingredients:

3 TBSP Extra-virgin Olive Oil
1 Small Sweet Onion, finely chopped
1 Garlic Clove, finely chopped
1 Rib Celery, sliced
1 Medium White Potato, diced
4 Cups Stock (vegetable or chicken)
1 Large Head Broccoli, chopped
Broccoli stalks, sliced
1/4 tsp. Nutmeg
Salt & Freshly Ground Black Pepper, to taste
5 oz. grated sharp cheddar cheese, crumbled (or you can use Stilton, a milder cheese, or blue cheese—your choice of your favorite mouth-watering, melting type of cheese)

For the Crouton:

1/2 Baguette, sliced
8 TBSP Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

Directions:

Heat oil in a large pot, add onion and garlic, and cook on medium heat, stirring continuously until soft and onion is transparent.

Add celery and potato, slices of the broccoli stalk, stir, then cover pot with a lid, and lower temperature to simmer and cook for five minutes.

Pour in the stock and turn up heat to medium, and cook for 10 – 15 minutes, stirring, until all the vegetables are soft.

Add the rest of the broccoli, and cook for five minutes (until broccoli is al dente).

Add nutmeg, salt and pepper.

Taste to adjust the salt and pepper.

Transfer soup to a blender (or food processor), blend until smooth, but you can also choose to blend half the soup and leave the other half allowing for a few lumps.

Transfer soup back to the pot, cover and lower heat to simmer (just to keep it warm).

At this point, make the baguette crouton by heating oil in a pan over medium-high heat, then add the baguette slices, ensuring that the slice is evenly coated with oil.

Fry for 4 minutes, turning them over to brown on both sides. Remove from heat, place on paper towel and return to the soup.

Turn the heat off, and slowly add the grated cheese a handful at a time, stirring to avoid clumpy cheese.

Once all the cheese has been added is melted, remove from heat, and ladle into soup bowls immediately, and top with a toasted baguette crouton.

 

For more recipes (over 100 family dishes), PLUS, two stories (children’s book, and a comedy short story for adults) download a sample or purchase WISHES. STITCHES & DISHES: Bundle of Family Fun.

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Show love through action. #UpbeatAuthors

UpBeat Authors is kicking off this week with simple ways to show our loved ones how much we cherish them.

Here’s my contribution.

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