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Utilizing Easter as a renewal time is relatively simple, and can assist you in creating the space you need to live your exceptional life. You can do this as an individual exercise that is personal and private, or you can take some this Easter weekend and gather the family to discuss each point. Here are the seven steps to renewing your life.
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Working with World Vision, I know that too much chocolate available in our stores comes at the heartbreaking expense of some 2 million children worldwide. Here are some of the things I've done this year, to keep the fun in Valentine's Day and honour those I love, while caring for children around the world:
Chocolate is an obvious choice for Valentines Day desserts. Truffles, lava cake, mousse, ice cream ... the options are endless. But just because it's strongly associated with sweet treats doesn't mean...
With Valentine's Day just around the corner to remind us to indulge in our sweet (or semi-sweet) tooth this February, we've hunted for the world's best boutique hotels that are taking our favorite aphrodisiac to the next level.
Geneva is small city with a big heart. With a population of only 200,000, it is the world's capital of peace. While many visitors come to Switzerland's second largest city for business, there is plenty to offer travellers seeking a vacation.
Turtle chocolates are a favourite of many during the holidays. Since December is a time for indulgence, I wanted to try a healthier version of this sweet treat.
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I had this thought as I secretly stuffed a third mini-Mars bar into my mouth: my daughters are going to smell chocolate on my breath. I better rinse my mouth. That thought was followed by this more st...
Chocolate-covered vegetables, floral-scented chocolates and desserts within desserts are among some of the global trends being observed in the rich, dark world of cocoa. According to market research g...
Summer is upon us, and I can't think of a better way to embrace it than with this simple, homemade, healthy ice cream.
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Many moms are wakened on Mother's Day by an ominous clattering in the kitchen: your loving-hearted children preparing to surprise you with coffee or hot chocolate in bed. There's also that cinnamon toast or oatmeal positively doused with sugar. What many moms don't realize is that such meals usually come courtesy of a whole crew of children.
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While the goodness of chocolate may appear to be solely based on cacao, recent research has revealed another player -- actually trillions of them -- in the contribution to better health. The collection of bacteria in the gut, known as the microbiota, plays a distinct role in ensuring the chocolate you eat will leave you happy and healthy.
It won't be nearly as much fun as eating candy bars, but a big study is being launched to see if pills containing the nutrients in dark chocolate can help prevent heart attacks and strokes.The pills a...
What is it about chocolate that says 'love' on Valentine's Day? The first year I was married, I remember an almost overwhelming instinct to concoct homemade truffles for my husband on Valentine's. The...
Lorraine Hawley is the down-to-earth owner of Mabel's Bakery in west Toronto. I sat down with Hawley this past Tuesday to talk shop and figure out how she went from a career in telecommunications to owner of one of the most highly regarded bakeries in the city. (And she shares her brownie recipe!)
Music critics often use terms like smooth and sweet to describe songs or albums, but in the case of Croatian rock star Gibonni it has taken on a whole new meaning. Tone Deaf reports the musician has r...
The accused in a chocolate price-fixing case could face a bitter fate if convicted — millions of dollars in fines for the companies and potential jail time for the individuals.Canada's Competition Bur...
Some families have a chore board or a swear jar -- we have a yelling chart. Some days I have the most blocks on the yelling chart but some days I win the best mommy ribbon. I know my mothering isn't prefect but I'm not failing either. I'm trying.
I am a huge consumer of chocolate. It's not a holiday thing -- it's an addiction. During the holidays, however, it's an excuse to buy more than we actually need. Lately, however, my venture into the topic of Fair Trade within the chocolate industry has brought to light an increased awareness into practices and the injustices that prevail in this lucrative industry.
Canadians clearly love chocolate. Each of us consumes an average of 5.5 kg of chocolate per year. This February, I'm asking Canadians to join me in purchasing chocolate that's free from child labour. An estimated 2-million children work in the cocoa industry. But Canadian chocolate lovers do have several ethical options.
No need to drop $4 every time you want a cup of fancy hot chocolate. Use your favourite mix (or recipe) and these simple add-ins; you'll ward off the winter chill with gourmet cocoa from the comfort of your own cottage. Top with whipped cream -- all that's missing is the cardboard cup.
Caused by the sharp incline of the hog's feed prices, many farmers in the Midwest are finding it unprofitable to continue raising pigs for meat purposes. In response to this bacon shortage doomsday, we decided to put together some of our favourite pork-inspired dishes and creations to pay homage to this loveable ingredient.
If we had to idealize our idea of heaven, the first impression after entering the Cocoa Cabaret chocolate ball would be a pretty close description. And really, would you expect anything less from the event that consists of nothing but the celebration of chocolate in all of its fantastic forms?
I'm scrambling to make my deadline on this post because it's already been a busy week full of useful tidbits for parents preparing their kids for back to school routines; trips to Longo's newest store in Toronto; testing out the bar-formm love child of coffee and chocolate and a sneak peeks of a Canadian app designed for new mommies and their babies.
Eating a moderate amount of European chocolate each week may help prevent stroke, a study of Swedish men suggests. The study in Wednesday's issue of the journal Neurology suggested that men who ate o...
It's the piece of candy we've all been waiting for: Chocolate with half the fat that still tastes just as delicious. Scientists at the University of Warwick in the U.K. have successfully found a way t...
Are there really foods that can increase and improve your sex health? Studies have shown that a healthy sex life can add years to one's life, build a strong immune system and even lower prostate cancer risk. Too good to be true? Well there's no harm in trying! Here are some foods that will keep you up all night in the bedroom!
Decadent and delicious, chocolate is loved by aficionados everywhere. Here are some tempting recipes to try your hand at making this delicious treat.Basic Dark Chocolate GanacheThis basic ganache reci...
This exquisite dessert provides a velvety chocolate finish to a Valentine’s Day meal. The sweet and spicy blend of honey mustard and chocolate makes for a simple yet sophisticated treat.Chocolate Fond...
For the millions of people who count it among their major food groups, recent research suggesting chocolate is good for our health sounds like a beautiful dream. But is that all it is or is there some...