Have you done your 2017 Taxes yet?

Have you completed your tax returns yet?

You only have until April 30, 2017 to complete them.

I finally completed my taxes using www.simpletax.ca for 2017 and really liked it. The main reason I used it is because 1) it’s free, 2) user friendly, but you do need to read up on the expenses for home business. While it’s FREE, I donated $10 bucks because….it’s worth it and, I saved $120 from having to use an accountant. Not that I wouldn’t use one again, but right now, my revenue and expenses are not complicated and, I am enjoying doing them. Oh, and the good news…I am getting a REFUND!!!!

If you haven’t started, don’t wait too long to get your taxes done, especially if you think you have to pay. Revenue Canada doesn’t have a problem charging you interest if you are late in paying.

If you are or someone you know is a tax preparer or specialist, please email me. I am looking for experts who would like to posts articles on my blog that helps small part-time businesses.

Good luck and get er done! Sorrry, I know it’s slang, but it’s much fun to say.


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Tax Time Again – Taxes due April 30th, 2018

Ahhhhggg, it’s tax time again. Does this image resonate with you? It does me. This is the one time of year that I don’t enjoy because I have to find all my receipts, put them all together and then…pray I get a refund, which doesn’t always happen, even though I put extra money into RRSP.

I just wanted to write a quick note to say if you’re doing your taxes in Canada, check out this link to learn about software packages to use if you are doing your own taxes. For me, I am using SimpleTax.ca again as it worked for me last year.  I am in the process of doing my taxes again this year, but I didn’t earn money because, well, I was working on writing a book, so I wasn’t pursuing any business, but I am still able to write off my expenses because the book is part of my business services that I am offering.

So, just because you may not have earned money, you can still deduct it from your taxes.

Here’s the link: https://www.thebalance.com/top-canadian-tax-software-programs-2948660

Good luck.


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Frozen Broccoli Soup

I had put broccoli in the freezer before we went on holidays, thinking that when I took it out it would be as crisp when I bought it…ahhh, no! It was mushy and I wasn’t sure what to do with it. I was actually going to throw it out, but I don’t like to waste food. I went to the fridge and saw I had a few ingredients I could use to make a soup with the frozen broccoli.


NOTE: you can see my pj’s. It was late that night when we got home and I had to make something.

Head of broccoli or what ever veggie you have on hand

1 cup of leftover chicken stock

½ white onion

Some butter (I think it would be a tablespoon?)

½ cup of my half and half coffee cream, but you could use milk too, or try soy…be creative

½ cup of cheese. This was for him. I don’t like cheese because it bungs me up. Hey, I’m going to be honest in my posts. Sorry, if it’s too much info…lol

You’ll need a blender. I used the hand blender in the put because, as I mention in a lot of my recipes, I hate cleaning, but somehow I always have LOTS of dishes to do.



  1. Add the butter to a soup pot on medium
  2. Cut up the onion and add it to the butter. Wait for them the start cooking for about 2 – 4 minutes.
  3. Add the chicken stock to the onions. Turn the heat up to 7 or 8
  4. Take the thawed broccoli or keep it frozen, add them to the pot until the start to boil. 7-10 minutes. You want them to get soft so you can blend them.
  5. Add the cream or milk after 5 minutes to the pot.
  6. Add the cheese or not. Up to you.
  7. Grab your hand blender and start to blend until it gets smooth. Or if you have big blender. Poor the ingredients into the blender and hit blend!
  8. And voila. Leftover Frozen broccoli soup, but not frozen…he he.

Try with whatever frozen veggie you have on hand and let me know how it went. I love trying new things.


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Healthy Pizza Crust Using Leftover Cauliflower

Have you decided what’s for dinner or even lunch? I haven’t. I have been feeling that I am sick of food. I get that at least once every couple of months. I just don’t know what to make anymore and when I think of something, my brain goes…meh. However, I don’t want to waste the food in the fridge, so I need to make something. I came across this great and very easy recipe called

I have 1/2 a cauliflower head and don’t want to eat it just like that again. So I went surfing and found a cool recipe. Check it out here:




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