Posts by Carol Ploen-Hosegood

Can you help?

Hey my Winnipeg Monkeys, I am reaching out on behalf of a friend working with Immigrant families here in Manitoba. We need your help. Here is the email I received: The other thing I wanted to ask is whether your community has anything to donate for a recent immigrant woman with a 13 year old…

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Asparagus Soup

Easy to make and oh so good Asparagus Soup (Servings 2-4) Ingredients: 1 yellow onion, diced 2 tsp. olive oil 1lb. asparagus spears ½ head cauliflower, chopped 4 cups organic, low-sodium chicken stock Sea salt & cracked black pepper Directions: 1. Snap ends off asparagus. Shave 3 spears with a vegetable peeler to create ribbons,…

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Costa Rica did not disappoint

Where should I begin? The Happy Monkeys just returned from12 days in Costa Rica engaging in the culture, exploring the incredible biodiversity, learning, giving back and of course taking time to relax, laugh and enjoy the beautiful country.  From Volcanoes to sea life, English to Spanish and acting out what couldn’t be communicated in words,…

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Quick and Easy lazy veggie skillet lasagna recipe

Think it’s impossible to make lasagna on a weeknight? This dynamic mix of veggies and pasta still delivers comforting flavour but comes together quickly because there’s no fussy layering. Prep time 15 minutes Total time 25 minutes Portion size 4 servings Ingredients 6 lasagna noodles 1/2 cup ricotta cheese 1/4 cup fresh basil 1 tablespoon…

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Do you want to get high?

With all the talk about legalizing marijuana here in Canada I have so many questions? I’m not sure where I really stand on it. I”m not really apposed and I’m not really for it. Frankly it really isn’t going to play a role in my life personally so I’m not all that passionate about it.…

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Happiness Jar

Last year I stumbled upon a fun idea called a happiness jar. It’s a rather simple idea, easy to make and brings me comfort when I’m feeling a little blue. The idea behind the happiness jar is to jot down on a piece of paper each day something that made you happy and pop it…

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What will 2018 be for you?

2018 is just around the corner and with it, we’re encouraged to consider what we want to change or fix about ourselves in the new year. It’s a time to make resolutions. A “resolution” is defined as a firm decision to do or not do something. With just 8% of those people who set resolutions…

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Make health your hobby!

Who wants to join me on a year long focus on their health? This is not a diet, a fad or a gimmick. This is a lifestyle that will allow you to enjoy life every day. For 2018 I am inviting anyone who is truly interested in focusing on their health to be a part…

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