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Pura Vida ~ Pure Life

By Carol Ploen-Hosegood | March 5, 2017

Costa Rica is a beautiful country in Central America with friendly, happy people that made our holiday to celebrate my Mom’s 80th a trip to remember. The experiences we had seeing monkeys in the wild, iguanas, crocodiles and numerous others species of birds and reptiles was unique for a prairie girl from Canada. Exploring beautiful…

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Happy 80th Mom

By Carol Ploen-Hosegood | February 17, 2017

Birthdays…the day we celebrate another year of life. Feb. 18 my Mom turned 80 years young. I know she doesn’t always feel that way, she will tell you, 80 years old, but I see it different. My mom is young at heart and I love the fact that I can share with you what an…

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Would you be proud of your own obituary?

By Carol Ploen-Hosegood | February 5, 2017

The past month has been filled with the news of the passing of many of my parents friends and my personal friends parents, more so than any other time in my life. The news of someone losing their life is always so sad, perhaps easier to accept when they have led a long and loving…

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Everyone needs a break

By Carol Ploen-Hosegood | January 29, 2017

I’m down in Florida for 10 days taking a break from winter and visiting my parents. The weather has been awesome except for today when the rain and cool weather arrived and threw us off our game plan a little. However, regardless of the weather, life is pretty darn good. I share this because I…

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CONFETTI QUINOA SALAD WITH LIME VINAIGRETTE

By Carol Ploen-Hosegood | January 17, 2017

INGREDIENTS: 2 cups cooked quinoa, cooled 1 (14.5-oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed 1⁄2 red bell pepper, diced 1 mango, diced 1⁄2-1 avocado, diced (optional) 1 green onion, sliced 1⁄4 cup cilantro, chopped (optional) 2-3 Tbsp lime juice 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar 1 Tbsp olive oil 1⁄4 tsp pepper, or to taste 1⁄4…

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Let’s Celebrate with Canada

By Carol Ploen-Hosegood | January 8, 2017

Canada turns 150 this July 1, doesn’t that make you feel young? We talk a lot about trying new things, experiencing things outside your comfort zone, experiencing nature etc. How exciting is it that all these amazing options are right in our own back yard. 150 things to do in Manitoba in 2017. If you…

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