Thursday, July 31, 2014

Perfect Pancake Recipe

Perfect Pancakes 
Ingredients: 
3 - cups plus + 2 tablespoons cake flour
1/2 - teaspoon salt
3 - tablespoons baking powder
2 - tablespoons sugar
2 - cups milk or buttermilk
2 - large eggs
3 - teaspoons vanilla
4 - tablespoons butter (melted)
Lots of butter and syrup

Directions: 
Mix together dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a separate bowl mix together milk, eggs, and vanilla.

Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, stirring very gently until just combined.

Melt butter in the microwave and add it to the batter, stirring gently to combine.

Cook on a greased skillet over medium-low heat until golden brown. Serve with butter and syrup.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Explore Majestic South Africa with Lion World Travel


Lion World Travel is offering a 9-night, affordable luxury experience on the “Majestic South Africa” itinerary, starting from USD $3,799 -- including airfare from 26 major US cities.  


The vacation-of-a-lifetime begins in Cape Town, named one of the New York Times 52 Places to Go in 2014. Spend 4 nights at the luxurious Table Bay Hotel, located in the heart of the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, and a dinner at the renowned Camissa Restaurant. Travelers will have plenty of time to explore the unique cultural attractions of Cape Town on their days of leisure. On a full-day excursion, travelers will take a cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain to enjoy a view that has been described as one of the most epic in Africa, followed by a tour of the South African coastline along the breathtaking Cape Peninsula. 
On safari, spend 3 nights in the 5-star Hanglip Mountain Lodge. This secluded lodge offers a unique blend of luxury and true African wilderness. All suites feature private sun decks, where views stretch over the lake and plains to the Hanglip Mountain and Waterberg mountain range. Take a scenic helicopter flight over the 22,000 hectare Entabeni Safari Conservancy, where the Big 5 roam wild and free, before touching down on Hanglip Mountain to enjoy a mountaintop picnic.
Nature lovers will delight in the diversity and rich wildlife that’s found at Entabeni Safari Conservancy, where they’ll view Big 5 game on safari in an open-vehicle. 

Majestic South Africa is on special with prices starting from USD $3,799* per person, and includes: roundtrip airfare from 26 major US cities, connecting on South Africa Airways from New York or Washington D.C., all taxes, fuel surcharges, domestic airfare and transfers, 4 nights accommodation at the 5-star Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town and 3 nights accommodation at the 5-star Hanglip Mountain Lodge.

Majestic South Africa is valid for travel on selected dates in November and December 2014, and January, February, March, April, and May 2015.
About Lion World Travel
Lion World Travel is the leading tour operator from North America specializing in group and individual tours to Southern and East Africa, and is a member of the renowned Travel Corporation, which also includes: Trafalgar Tours, Contiki, Brendan Vacations, Insight Vacations, The Red Carnation Hotel Collection and Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection. Lion World Travel is celebrating their 50th anniversary and clients continue to benefit from their destination knowledge, expertise, and emphasis on customer service. With their Africa specialists all having first-hand knowledge, Lion World Travel can confidently assist clients in creating an African adventure that fits their specific interests as well as their budget. Extraordinary service, affordable luxury and value for money are what keep clients coming back to Lion World Travel

Winner of the South African Tourism Ubuntu Awards "Top Producing Tour Operator for North America" for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014
Winner of the South African Airways "Award of Excellence in Travel and Tourism for North America" for 2012
Winner of Travelzoo Award for "Best Overall Provider of Vacation Package Deals to Warm Weather Destinations" for 2012
About The TreadRight Foundation
Created as a joint initiative between The Travel Corporation’s family of brands, the TreadRight Foundation is a not-for-profit working to ensure the environment and communities we visit remain vibrant for generations to come. To date, TreadRight has donated more than USD 2.5 million to sustainable tourism projects worldwide. The Foundation’s guiding principle is to encourage sustainable tourism development through conservation, leadership and support for communities. Foundation priorities are set by the Steering Committee, which includes sustainability leaders like Céline Cousteau and Costas Christ.
TreadRight’s past project partners include WWF, Conservation International and The National Trust in the UK. Current initiatives include sponsoring the National Geographic Society’s inaugural “World Legacy Awards,” WildAid and inspiring wildlife advocates like Terri Irwin. 

To learn more about our past and current work at TreadRight, please visit us at treadright.org.


* Based on double occupancy, incl. taxes & fuel surcharges, restrictions apply

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Canada in race with US for worst healthcare syste



A win by a private clinic in an upcoming BC court challenge will only make things worse

   
By Colleen M. Flood
Expert Advisor
EvidenceNetwork.ca
TORONTO, ON/ Troy Media/ - The latest Commonwealth Study ranked Canada's healthcare system a dismal second to last in a list of 11 major industrialized countries - beating out only the Americans.
This latest poor result is already being used by those bent on further privatizing healthcare. They argue - as they always do - that if Canada only allowed more private finance, wait times would melt, emergency rooms would unclog and doctors, nurses, patients and the public would all be better off.
They are wrong.
For starters, what most of those calling for more private financing don't understand is that we already have a mix of public and private care. In fact, Canadians have their health needs covered by the public system only 70 per cent of the time, much less than the UK (84 per cent) or Norway (85 per cent) or even France (77 per cent). Indeed, Canadians actually hold more private health insurance than Americans do.
How is this possible?
First, our health system fails to offer universal (public) coverage for prescription drugs, unlike that provided in nearly every other developed country in the world. Second, Canada also has inadequate coverage for home care and long-term care, which are more comprehensively offered in many other health systems, such as Japan, Germany, Belgium and Sweden.
Unfortunately, our health system is more like the U.S. system than most of us know. Just like the U.S., our approach to prescription drugs and home and long-term care is to have some people covered through private health insurance via their employer, some people covered by governments because they are on welfare or elderly, and a big chunk of the population going without.
Our system is also similar to the U.S. - and dissimilar to many other countries that out-perform us on health indicators - by paying physicians on a fee-for-service basis, meaning doctors are free to work as many or as few hours as they wish, whenever they wish and wherever they wish regardless of the needs of patients.
The strength of Canada's healthcare system is its commitment to restrict private finance for medically-necessary hospital and physician care. We don't let our doctors double dip, and we keep essential health services available to all, regardless of means.
But instead of moving to adopt the policies of better performing systems, Canada may in fact be taking a step backwards.
Our commitment to restrict private finance is being threatened with by a legal challenge initiated by a private clinic in B.C, set to go to trial in September. If it wins even more private financing will be introduced to Canada's health system (with some pretty clear vested interests profiting from the outcome), moving it one step closer to the worst performing health system among developed countries: the United States.
Doctors would then be able to (extra) bill patients whatever they wish, on top of what payment they already receive from the government for specific health services. Those patients who can afford it will be able to buy private health insurance to defray the costs of such extra-billing.
Instead of competing with the United States for last place, we need to start addressing the real issues that plague our healthcare system. A good place to look for solutions would be to look at the expansive - and better performing - policies of European systems, beginning with a universal health system that includes drug coverage, home care and long-term care.
This may seem counter-intuitive when the problem plaguing our public system is always portrayed as a lack of money, but we know, as in business, that sometimes you have to spend money now to save money later. We must also look at providing incentives throughout our public and private sectors in the healthcare system to ensure that the right care is delivered to the right people in a timely way.
There is no doubt that, if the constitutional challenge is successful in British Columbia, the problems we see in the Canadian health system - fragmentation, lack of coordination, lack of access to important kinds of care and wait times for those without private means - will worsen. Why would we want to race to the bottom of the pack?
Dr. Colleen M. Flood is an expert advisor with EvidenceNetwork.ca and a Professor in the Faculty of Law, the School of Public Policy & Governance, and the Institute of Health Policy Management & Evaluation University of Toronto. 

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Topricin® Pain Relief and Healing Cream

HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME:  TOPICAL BIOMEDICS OFFERS HEALTH LIVING TIPS FOR SUMMER  

Beach Bag Essentials 
Whether you’re spending the day by the shore, lake, or pool, there are several must-have items for toting in your beach bag:
     -Lip balm: Lip protection is important to keep lips from getting chapped by the breeze or burned by the sun.
     -Water shoes or flip-flops: Choose shoes that can get wet and rinse off easily. If you are heading to a public pool that has rough cement, fresh water swimming with a rocky bottom or ocean it would be safer to opt for water shoes with rubber soles with a mesh covering to protect feet and toes.  Shoes also help protect delicate feet from hot sand and asphalt, which can cause severe burns. Just remember, flip flops do not offer any support whatsoever and should not be worn when you’ll be walking around for any length of time.

     -Water bottle: Even though your family is spending the day at the beach, it is very important that you rehydrate throughout the day and having water handy will encourage your kids to replenish their fluids.  Avoid alcoholic beverages, caffeine, soda, and other carbonated drinks, which are dehydrating.
     -Head protection: Whether you choose a floppy straw hat or a baseball cap, be sure to include hats for every member of your family in your beach bag. Remember that ears get sunburned too so choosing a wide-brimmed hat is extremely useful for keeping the sun off ears, face and head.
     -Eye protection: Sunglasses help shield the eyes from the harmful effects of the sun and also keep you from squinting, which can contribute to premature wrinkling. Be sure to choose sunglasses that have good UV protection.


 Summer first aid kit for active families
Be prepared by keeping a first aid kit on hand for any incident that could put a damper on summer fun. One ideal one:  Topricin’s  “Boo Boos Happen” kit featuring a convenient zippered pouch with a tube of Topricin for Children—the doctor-recommended safe, natural alternative to chemical-based pills, ointment, and liquids, as well as a great all ‘round first aid cream for treating bug bites, sunburns, and other aches and pains—plus “Ouchies” design-your-own self-adhesive bandages with their own coloring markers, and handy travel-size packets of original Topricin and Topricin Foot Therapy Cream.  

Other essentials to tuck into your vacation first aid kit:
     -Ear plugs to keep water out of the ear to avoid discomfort and prevent bacterial from causing an infection
     -Goggles to protect eyes and natural/homeopathic eye drops to relieve any irritation

     -A vial of vinegar to treat jellyfish stings if you’re at the ocean
     -Tweezers.
     -Alcohol wipes to disinfect or cleanse

     -Extra bandages and gauze
     -Antibiotic ointment to treat open wounds


     -An antihistamine, just in case of an unexpected allergic reaction

THE TOPICAL BIOMEDICS “GET RELIEF, GIVE RELIEF” MISSION

For over 20 years, the Topricin project has assisted hundreds of thousands of people suffering with pain and those addicted to painkillers to achieve fully restored and robust healthy living. Unfortunately, millions of people continue to suffer in pain, with many experiencing the hazardous side effects of OTC chemical pain pills or negative effects of narcotic Rx painkillers—an epidemic that turns the lives of American families upside down and is undermining the very fabric of our country. 



Because of the company’s experience in addressing these challenges, it has launched its “Get Relief, Give Relief” initiative:  for every purchase of Topricin, Topricin Foot Therapy, or Topricin for Children ordered directly from the company, it will donate a tube of Topricin to a credible pain clinic on the customer’s behalf…Free. 

The company invites the public to join its army of pain relief warriors determined to help those in need by ending suffering and painkiller addiction and restoring hope and the joy of living life to the fullest.  To “Get Relief, Give Relief,” order from www.topricin.com or call 1-800-LES-PAIN (537-7246).

Friday, July 25, 2014

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Inventure Foods, Inc. Introduces Vitamin-enhanced Whole Fruit Under Its Rader Farms® brand, Offering A Significant Nutritional Boost To Frozen Fruit




Naturally-Enriched with Whole Food Ingredients, Fruit PLUS Vitamins™ 
to Offer More Than 100 Percent Daily Value of Six Key Vitamins


- Inventure Foods, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNAK), advances the frozen fruit category
 today with the introduction of Rader Farms® Fruit PLUS Vitamins™, the
 first-ever fortified whole frozen fruit product. Using proprietary technology and
topical nutrients sourced from whole fruits and vegetables, Fruit PLUS Vitamins
builds on naturally-occurring vitamins found within whole strawberries,
 blueberries and blackberries and boosts the nutrition level with five additional
 vitamins, including B1, B6, D, E and K.
Rader Farms(R) Fruit PLUS Vitamins(TM) is the first fortified whole frozen fruit product to boost nutritional values of whole strawberries, blueberries and blackberries with five additional vitamins, including B1, B6, D, E and K. Using topical nutrients sourced only from whole fruits and vegetables, Fruit PLUS Vitamins offers a fresh approach to homemade smoothies and fresh fruit snacking.












Available in Strawberries & Blueberries and Mixed Berry Blend
(featuring strawberries, blueberries and blackberries), the Fruit PLUS Vitamins
line is currently available in grocery store freezers in select markets with a
suggested retail price of $7.99 per 21-ounce package.
While a one-cup serving of traditional mixed strawberries and blueberries
may provide 65 percent of the daily recommended value (DV) of Vitamin C
 and 2 percent DV of Vitamin A, a single one-cup serving of
Fruit PLUS Vitamins offers the following:
  • Vitamin A = 125 percent DV
  • Vitamin B1 = 145 percent DV
  • Vitamin B6 = 145 percent DV
  • Vitamin C =  250 percent DV
  • Vitamin D =  175 percent DV
  • Vitamin E = 105 percent DV
  • Vitamin K = 50 percent DV
The additional nutrients are extracted naturally from a blend that includes
 cranberries, orange, shitake mushrooms, pomegranates and other fruits
 that are topically applied to the berries. The process boosts nutritional
value without altering the appearance or taste of the naturally sweet fruit
 that Rader Farms is known for. 
"Frozen berries are a staple in most households because they offer the
 perfect combination of great taste, convenience and nutrition all at once,"
said Dan Hammer, senior vice president and general manager of frozen
division at Inventure Foods, Inc. "Strawberries, blueberries and blackberries,
 in particular, provide a healthy dose of fiber, potassium and vitamin C.
 However, Fruit PLUS Vitamins boosts the nutritional value to a whole
new level, without altering taste. It's a product that may revolutionize
homemade smoothies and fresh fruit snacking, and we're excited to
introduce it to consumers this summer." 
Strawberries & Blueberries and Mixed Berry Blend store conveniently
 in freezers and are just 80 calories or less per serving. In addition,
they are certified Kosher and gluten-free.

Rader Farms is a division of Inventure Foods, Inc. and has operated in the
 Pacific Northwest since 1941. The company's offerings include frozen
 blueberries, raspberries and berry blends, as well as organic fruits.

About Inventure Foods, Inc. With manufacturing facilities in Arizona,
Indiana, Washington, Oregon and Georgia, Inventure Foods, Inc.
(Nasdaq: SNAK) is a marketer and manufacturer of specialty food
brands in better-for-you and indulgent categories under a variety of
Company owned and licensed brand names, including Boulder Canyon Foods™,
 Jamba®, Seattle's Best Coffee®, Rader Farms®, TGI Fridays™ ,
Nathan's Famous®, Vidalia Brands®, Poore Brothers®, Tato Skins®,
Willamette Valley Fruit Company™, Fresh Frozen™ and Bob's Texas Style®.

For further information about Inventure Foods, please visit www.inventurefoods.com.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

So what do we need for World’s Greatest Detoxifying Bath Recipe?

Lavender Oil
2Lavender essential oil is known as an excellent remedy for various types of pains including those caused by sore and tense muscles, muscular aches, rheumatism, sprains, backache and lumbago. A regular massage with lavender oil can also provide relief from pain in the joints. A study done onpostoperative pain relief showed that combining lavender essential oil vapor into the oxygen significantly reduced the amount of pain experienced, versus those patients only revived with oxygen after a major surgery.
Chamomile Oil
1Being a stomachic, Chamomile oil tone up the stomach and ensure its proper function. They also promote the secretion of digestive juices into the stomach and facilitate digestion. Being Hepatic, which means being good for the liver, they ensure good health of the liver and the proper flow of bile from it. They are also considered Cholagogues, meaning that they increase the secretion of Hydrochloric Acid, bile and enzymes in the stomach, thereby promoting digestion.

Epsom Salt
3The sulfates in Epsom salt help flush toxins and heavy metals from the cells, easing muscle pain and helping the body to eliminate harmful substances. Your skin is a highly porous membrane and adding the right minerals to your bathwater triggers a process called reverse osmosis, which actually pulls salt out of your body, and harmful toxins along with it.

Baking soda
4Another benefit of baking soda is its ability topromote a more alkaline PH balance in the body. Alkalinity is the reverse of acidity. Acidity is necessary for effective digestion of food, but an overall alkaline PH in your body is considered healthier, because many diseases thrive in an acidic environment. Diseases of a degenerative nature, like osteoporosis, arthritis, and cancer, have been associated with a chronically high acidity level in the body.

Ginger
5Ginger may also help reduce chronic pain, by lowering your levels of hormones that induce inflammation. A study published in 2005, suggests that ginger could lessen pain more effectively than non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
Ginger may also help reduce chronic pain, by lowering your levels of hormones that induce inflammation. A study published in 2005, suggests that ginger could lessen pain more effectively than non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Mom’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

1/2 cup (125 mL) butter, softened
1/2 cup (125 mL) packed brown sugar
1/4 cup (60 mL) granulated sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp (2 mL) vanilla
1 1/2 cups (375 mL) all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp (2 mL) baking soda
1/2 cup (125 mL) milk
1 - 2 cups (250-500 mL) chocolate chips

Preparation

Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Butter large baking sheets or line with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter, brown sugar, sugar and vanilla until fluffy. Beat in egg. Add flour, baking soda and milk and stir with a wooden spoon until blended. Stir in chocolate chips.
Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls (15 mL) onto prepared baking sheets, at least 3 inches (7.5 cm) apart.
Bake, one sheet at a time, for 10 to 15 min or until golden around the edges and set in the centre. Let cool on sheets for 2 min, then transfer to racks to cool.

Tips

Layer cooled cookies between waxed or parchment paper in an airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months.
Tip for Kids: Make mini cookies, using a heaping teaspoon (5 mL) of batter. Use candy-coated mini chocolate chips or add colourful sprinkles on top of the batter just before baking.
Add 1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped honey-roasted peanuts or candied almonds with the chocolate chips.
Tip for Kids: Make mini cookies, using a heaping teaspoon (5 mL) of batter. Use candy-coated mini chocolate chips or add colourful sprinkles on top of the batter just before baking.
For more Milk Calendar Recipes Visit:   http://www.dairygoodness.ca/

Friday, July 18, 2014

Get Hip to Family Fun

Get hip to a fun family game just in time for the holidays with the breakout sensation known as Rollors®.
Rollors® is the creative new lawn game that takes the skill of horseshoes and the rolling concept of bocce and bowling to create an exciting and mobile game unlike anything else on the market. From the backyard to the beach, wherever this year's family gatherings go down Rollors® is sure to be the life of the party. Best of all, it rings in well below the $50 gift threshold making it the perfect present for friends, family, and everyone else on the list this holiday season.
The game is composed of two sets of colored rollers and goal posts and can accommodate anywhere from 2-6 players. To play, contestants take turns rolling the smooth circular discs and tallying up their points based on how close they come to the goals. Each disc has two different numbers on its sides that are used for calculating points depending on which value is showing. Whichever team scores 21 points is then declared the winner--complete with bragging rights.


This enticing game is an exciting way to spend time relaxing and catching up, while still having an element of physical activity that gets to take advantage of the great outdoors. It was designed to be easily transported and set up in seconds at family reunions, weekend picnics, and days out at the lake for instant entertainment.
Minnesota-native and U.S. Air Force Officer Matt Butler created Rollors® during his downtime between deployments overseas. After perfecting his prototype at local barbecues and parties, Butler started hiring out of work veterans with woodworking skills to craft the game, providing them with jobs when many were unemployed due to the recession. Since then the business has surpassed his at-home workshops, but he continues to consult with veterans on how to effectively manage their inventions and become entrepreneurs themselves.

www.rollors.com

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Avoid Potty Accidents with TravelJohn!

When you "Have to go" while you are on the Go......
TravelJohn solves the problem of having to go to the bathroom when there is not one for miles

Summertime travels and adventures are becoming more convenient  thanks to the TravelJohn family of innovative  on-the-go bathroom products.

TravelJohn is the creator of a series of civilized solutions to one's need to heed the call of nature while on-the-go. From their leak proof disposable urinals to their antiseptic hand wipes, they've solved the problem of going to the bathroom safely and hygienically  when there isn't a restroom for miles.

At TravelJohn, they've envisioned a world where no "accidents" ruin the journey and everyone from mom and dad to junior and grandma can enjoy the ride. The key to their products' success is in their proprietary LIQSORB® super absorbent polymer pouch. This patented technology transforms liquids into a gel form that not only eliminates offensive odors but is completely biodegradable. It absorbs, deodorizes and disinfects instantly, leaving behind a spill-proof package that can be disposed of in any trash can.

 (Confused about how it works? View the video HERE)
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When there isn't a rest stop in sight don't just hope they can hold it--use the TravelJohn, TravelJane, and TravelJohnJr.  Whether by plane, train, or automobile these handy disposable urinals can be used at a moment's notice. Each bag is small and lightweight enough to fit in purses, suitcases, glove compartments, and more, and equipped with a unisex plastic collar for easy handling and use by both sexes. Kids aren't always the best at letting mom and dad know when it's time to go, but thankfully the TravelJohn Jr. was created to help make bumpy road trips a little bit smoother.

Since 1995, TravelJohn has been dedicated to relieving travelers, truck drivers, campers, hunters,  hospital patients and those in natural and man-made disasters of figuring out how and where to go.

Even American soldiers in Afghanistan have turned to their products as a more sanitary alternative to the empty water bottle when their vigilance and focus must be unwavering.


As their product line and demand has grown, they've spread to three separate continents and become a global leader within the portable hygiene marketplace.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

AFA Clay-Peel™




What does the AFA™ Clay Peel do?

The AFA Clay-Peel has two steps: 1) The application of a clay mask. 2) The exfoliating, refreshing peel. The clay mask draws out impurities, absorbs excess oil, and prepares the skin for the peel. The peel exfoliates dead skin cells and removes excess oil and other impurities from the skin with less irritation than most other AHAs or glycolic peels.

 Dramatic results can be seen immediately. Your skin will feel smoother, softer and tighter after the first application. Over a series of Clay peels, you will see improvements in the appearance of skin, uneven texture, and pigment irregularities, plus an improvement in the appearance of enlarged pores. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Unveiling the Acid Truth in our favourite picnic treats and how to protect your teeth with ProNamel®

ProNamel® is proven to help protect teeth from the effects of Acid Wear and also provides many of the benefits of a regular toothpaste, including providing cavity protection, breath freshening and helping to remove plaque with brushing....so you can enjoy your summer treats...


Mocha mud pie with raspberry sauce
by: Rose Reisman

2 Tbsp (30 mL) semisweet chocolate chips
2 tbsp strong coffee or espresso
1 cup (250 mL) packed brown sugar
½ cup (125 mL) cocoa powder
2 Tbsp (30 mL) all-purpose flour
¼ cup + 1 Tbsp (75 mL) reduced-fat cream cheese (2. oz/75 g)
2 large eggs
¼ cup (60 mL) reduced-fat sour cream
3 Tbsp (45 mL) corn syrup
1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla extract
Icing sugar for decoration and berries
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Lightly coat a 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray.
2 In a small bowl, combine the chocolate chips, coffee. Microwave for 40 seconds on High or just until the chocolate begins to melt. Stir until smooth.
3. In the bowl of a food processor, add the sugar, cocoa powder, flour, cream cheese, eggs, sour cream, corn syrup and vanilla. Purée until smooth. Add the chocolate mixture and purée until smooth. Divide among the muffin cups and bake in a water bath for for 12 to 14 minutes or just until the centres are still slightly loose. Cool and chill at least 2 hours before serving. Carefully remove from the tin with a knife. Decorate with icing sugar and serve with berries.

For more info on ProNamel visit:  http://www.pronamel.ca/




Monday, July 14, 2014

Preparing for a Summer Trip? Save on our 15 most popular worldwide trips.










Preparing for a Summer Trip?
See What Travel Industry Executives Pack in Their Luggage



THIS JUST IN: Canadians are world-renowned globetrotters. The Canadian Tourism Commission has found that Canadians took 32.2 million trips outside of the country in 2013, making the Great White North the nation with the #7 highest tourism expenditures globally.

Records suggest that 2014 will be an equally busy year of travel, with Canadians across the country boarding planes, trains and motor coaches for an exciting, new adventure. Planning your summer journey? See what four Canadian travel industry executives pack in their luggage for insider tips & tricks that will help you, too.



The Business Traveller: Jeff Element
President of The Travel Corporation Canada

"A versatile and minimal wardrobe is essential for business travel. I choose a colour scheme and pack clothing that can be worn together, to get mileage out of every piece."

Top 4 Essentials:
·         FitBit. For exercise enthusiasts like me, this fitness tracker helps maintain a steady regime anywhere in the world - whether you're power walking down the Vegas strip, taking a morning run along the Seine in Paris, or lifting weights in a hotel gym.
·         Extra Water Bottles. Bring extra reusable water bottles and fill them up at the airport to drink on the plane. Staying hydrated is essential for reducing jet lag.
·         Pack-It Garment FolderIt compresses dress shirts and minimizes wrinkles, saving time and space. 
Business Attire While in Transit (suit no tie). Receiving a business class upgrade is more likely if you look professional. Plus, if your suitcase goes missing, a few new shirts and undergarments are all you need to get through several days of meetings.

The Family Vacationer: Doug Patterson
President of Trafalgar Canada

"My best piece of advice is to pack half of your travel items in a family member's luggage and put half of their items in yours, limiting your exposure if some luggage is delayed. Keep essentials like medication, first-aid and a change of clothes in your carry-on bag, too."

Top 4 Essentials
·         Digital Copies Travel Documents. Send yourself a copy and leave one with a friend or family member.
·         Stain Remover Pens. They’re portable and protect clothing from permanent stains. When traveling with children, you never know when a scoop of gelato will fall off the cone and onto someone’s new shirt. Luckily, the tears and strawberry stains won’t leave any lasting impressions.
·         Dryer Sheets. Layer sheets between clothing articles to maintain a fresh scent.
·         Washcloths. They’re essential for cleaning children’s sticky faces and hands (remember the gelato spill?) after a long day, but you won’t find them in many international hotels.

The Adventure Seeker: Brad Ford
President of Contiki Canada

“Bring durable, sturdy luggage that you can easily transport. Whether it be a classic backpacker’s pack or suitcase on wheels, make sure you can easily carry it if a porter or elevator isn’t available.”

Top 4 Essentials
·         Creature Comforts. A favourite pillowcase and inflatable neck pillow come in handy during long journeys away from home.
·         Waterproof Phone Case. From snorkeling to bungy jumping, having a waterproof phone case means you can take your device anywhere and capture those epic moments you’ll always remember.
·         First-Aid. I am a thrill-seeker by nature, but packing ginger chews, Gravol and pain meds is never a bad idea, especially if a fellow traveller is in need.
·         Gym Clothes as Travel Clothes. Clothing with extra pockets, quick-dry fabric and a slim fit are as good on a trip as they are in the gym – no kettle bells required.
·         Local currency in small denominations. Indulging in local delicacies and finding treasured keepsakes is what adventure travel is all about. Keep local currency handy to enjoy that fresh Pilsner after a bike ride through Prague, a Bratwurst in Berlin or for a soft, Alpaca blanket to stay cozy in Cuzco, Peru – not all local merchants accept credit cards.


The Worldly Explorer: Cris David
President of insight Vacations Canada

“Through my travels, I have discovered that an under rather than over-packed suitcase is helpful. It leaves room for me to collect novelties and interesting souvenirs, plus space to rearrange my items with ease.”

Top 4 Essentials
·         A Good Camera + Extra Memory Chip. Upgrade your image quality to the highest setting for the best photos – you’ll see the difference when you print your favourite shots back at home.
·         Elegant Evening Attire. A practical yet stylish nighttime outfit will help you feel at ease in a new destination, especially if you enjoying the summer breeze in a beautiful restaurant in one of Europe’s open squares.
·         Cotton Clothing. Wrinkle-resistant, breathable clothing will keep you cool in the hot sun, so that time can be spent exploring instead of ironing.
·        A Crushable Hat. Substituting a felt hat for a travel-friendly version will save a great deal of room in your luggage.