One of the most frustrating things about living in the north is the lack of locally available products and variety to choose from. Many companies are making online shopping so easy and online ordering has become a regular way of doing business for many people in our area .
Our shop and staff have recently committed to helping get your orders to you. Currently, we are set to receive small packages for local delivery on behalf of UPS and Canpar twice a week. We receive, sort and deliver to your home. If we miss you, we will leave you a note and hold your parcels for pick up at the Northern Emporium, 210 Winnipeg St.
Have you ever heard those words? Living alone, I hear them in my head as I mentally go through possibilities when I’m hungry for “a little something.” This generally means that I’ve eaten well for the day, but there’s that one little corner of my body (probably located in my mind), that really would like a little fun food.
That being said, I have a go-to recipe that I invented when some health challenges made it hard for me to get enough calories in a day, so I needed something that was nutritious, full of anti-inflammatories, and most of all YUMMY.
So I made up a batch of what I call Nut Butter Spread, which consists of ground nuts, healthy oils, natural sweeteners with a low glycemic index, and a variety of seeds and dried fruits. It’s great with apple slices, on crackers or toast, and some of my friends just like to eat it by the spoonful.
Now I‘ve had lots of requests for this snack, so I decided to standardize the recipe and boy is that a hard thing to do! After much head-scratching (not during the actual cooking process), I wound up with 5 versions of my nut butters, of which my favourite is what I call Adult Peanut Butter, with a chili pepper kick and super spices like turmeric, cinnamon, and ginger. Add some sesame seeds, hemp hearts, organic toasted coconut and a few “secret” ingredients and yum! Stop by the Northern Emporium tomorrow and check out my samples – there will be nut butters, healthy homemade bread, and even some sweet snacks. We’ll be open from 1-4. Hope to see you there, and bring a corner of your tummy that needs a little something.
Throughout the year the weather can take a toll on your skin. Dry chapped hands, cracked lips, rough elbows. Winter seems to bring out the worst and take away the best. Moisturizing is important in keeping your skin soft and supple…… preparing to moisturize is often overlooked
Helga makes this great foaming sugar scrub. Different blends of essential oils in an exfoliating sugar base can be heaven to your skin. In a recent workshop we gave it a test.
If you have had the opportunity to see my chapped lips you will understand my elation completely! The best description of their condition at the start is sandpaper like texture. Ewwwww and so sore.
To use the sugar scrub first moisten your lips with plain warm water. Use about 1/8tsp of foaming sugar scrub on the end of your finger and gently rub it in a circular motion all over your lips. It smells divine but avoid tasting…. there is a soap component in the foaming scrub! The mild gritty texture of the scrub is exfoliating the dry dead skin.
After a minute or two rinse with warm water. The softness is immediately noticeable and the dry burning is gone! Moisturize with Helga’s alcohol free lip balm and you are all set and ready to try out the mistletoe!
After being stuck in Sault Ste. Marie last week for 3 extra days due to stormy snowy weather, it struck me that my enforced idleness would be the perfect time to make good on my decision to find an outdoor cardio activity for the winter, because working out on an indoor bike is just plain BORING. Because of some back problems, my physiotherapist says no jogging, running, skiing because it jiggles my neck too much, and she said snowshoes would do me good.
So today, armed with my early Christmas present, I bravely set out to conquer the elements and pay a visit to the Northern Emporium, where I could satisfy my inner child with plenty of holiday treats and gifts, and my adult self could enjoy some great conversation with all the people that either are involved with this enterprise or just like to stop by to chat and see what’s new.
I am happy to report that I made it to the Emporium before collapsing, but thankfully Tara Hart was there with a glass of red to deaden the muscle pain and some yummy sesame/pumpkin seed crackers made by Helga Moore to give me some energy. Helga has amazing bath and beauty products for sale at the shop and her products are free of harmful additives.
Happy Winter Wonderland to all who are blessed to live in the Great White North, and warm wishes coupled with sincere sympathy for those of you who can’t enjoy a good blizzard now and then. If the roads are closed, now I’m still good to go.