Blissdom Canada is an incredible experience that leaves even the wittiest, most creative writers at a loss for words when it comes time to summarize our experience. There are so many components to the blissful experience I recently shared with some 350 other social media influencers, professionals and supporters.

By Jennell Dukovac, CanadianMomeh

Here is a quick recipe for Apple Salsa that will have you licking your lips and wiping the bowl clean every time. It’s easy to make and very versatile. It pairs wonderfully with grilled or baked fish, chicken, veggies or simple tortilla chips.

Imagine planning the perfect vacation. You research, plan, save money, book time off of work, make all the necessary arrangements and finally it’s time. You get to your dream destination, have all your routes, activities and plans laid out but first you want to grab a quick bite to eat on your way to your hotel. Wanting to capture a taste of local flavours, you stop off at a street vendor and grab a local delicacy and eat it while looking over your itinerary for the next few days. What happens next may put a stop to your trip before you even unpack your bags. That grumbling feeling, the urgency and stop-the-action-before-it-starts sensation of traveller’s diarrhea.

Malala Yousafzai won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize and I am over the moon. Today marks a major day for women’s rights, for Muslim women and for South Asian women.

Holidays are wonderful for spending time with friends, family and loved ones. In a country as diverse as our landscape, we are blessed to be surrounded by a multitude of cultures and religions. It is so easy to get preoccupied with life and not always make time for our neighbours. In fact, it’s not unheard of to have two families living next door to one another for years without even knowing each other’s names.

Who doesn’t love a good samosa? Those tender, flaky crusts filled with spicy potatoes and peas or sometimes deliciously seasoned ground beef. Our family grew up eating samosas and some of my earliest memories include licking the spicy goodness off my fingers at the dinner table. While samosas are delicious and a crowd favourite, the fact that they are normally fried is not quite as fun or healthy. Over the years, I’ve substituted the buttery fried dough for a simple puff pastry which is readily available at most grocery stores.

These easy Apple Turnovers are a Fall favourite in our household. I use the same packaged store bought puff pastry as I do with my baked samosas and the filling recipe below to make these delectable sweet bites. Who doesn’t love a good turnover in the Fall? Best of all they are SO simple to make. You’ll want to whip these up any time company comes over.

This is a big week in the Canadian social media sphere. Blissdom Canada 2014 will be held this week from October 2-4th in Mississauga, Ontario. While it is technically a social media conference, the word conference does not typically bear with it an emotional connection. Blissdom Canada is more like the warm and fuzzies, a reassuring hug, that friend who accepts you for who you are, what you’ve done and where you’ve been without judging you.

By Jennell Dukovac, CanadianMomEh.com

A few years back we went apple picking with friends. The kids had a great time and we had a whole lot of apples! As you know, I’m on the journey to being a better mother, I asked myself, what can I make for my kids? Applesauce!!!  Holy Moley, it was EASY!! I was in shock, I never knew. My children gobbled up my easy homemade applesauce like there was no tomorrow. 

By Jennell Dukovac, CanadianMomEh.com

I grew up in an average American family. I’m American born, married a Canadian and we live in the great white north, and I am loving it!  Both my parents worked and I have a brother and a sister.  For some reason, the domestic life was just not for me.  I vowed at a young age that I was never going to get married. Naturally as things go, I now find myself married with four kids and no domestic skills to fall back on.

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