Monday, June 30, 2008

Company Fruit Salad Recipe

Company Fruit Salad Recipe

This recipe is fantastic for breakfast, lunch or dinner. With apples & grapes, it tends to be a child-favourite and is super easy to prepare. I often make it on a Friday and munch it all weekend long - would be great for a cottage visit!

* 4 medium golden Delicious apples, diced
* 4 medium Red Delicious apples, diced
* 2 cups seedless green grapes, halved
* 2 cups seedless red grapes, halved
* 1 can (20 oz) pineapple chungs, drained
* 1 can (11 oz) mandarin oranges, drained


* 1 package (3 oz) cream cheese, softened
* 1/2 cup sour cream
* 1/2 cup mayonnaise
* 1/2 cup sugar

In a large bowl, combine the first six indredients. In a small mixing bowl, beat the dressing ingredients until smooth. Pour over fruit; toss gently to coat.

Yield: 16-20 servings

Do you have a yummy salad recipe? Send it to and we'll post it on the blog!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

OPEN Canada Day (9:30-1:30p)


Monday June 30 - Open 9:30-4:30p
Tuesday July 1 - Open 9:30-1:30p HAPPY CANADA DAY!!

With every paid admission, kids will receive a red helium balloon to celebrate Canada Day!

We'd love for you to join us for some Canada Day fun - and good coffee!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Thank You for the READERS CHOICE Nomination!

Thank you to our Gingerbread Lane community for nominating us at "Best Bakery" in the Mississauga Readers' Choice Awards! We'd love if you would cast your vote!


Log in and cast your vote for Crumbs / Gingerbread Lane in the category "Best Business & Service", sub-category "Bakery".

Thank you everyone for your continued support & Gingerbread enthusiasm! We're so excited!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

"You're Not The Boss of Me!" Seminar - Registration Due!

Monday June 23 (6:30-8:30p)

Join Terry Carson, M.Ed., ACC - for a two-hour presentation.

Are you struggling to get your child to listen?
Are you a parent who is tired of the temper tantrums, bedtime hassles, not getting out the door on time, back talking, arguing, etc?

If you answered YES to either of these questions then this presentation is for YOU!

* What's behind the power struggles
* How you might be making the situation worse.
* 17 tips for preventing them

For more information or to register, email or call 905-271-2900

Friday, June 13, 2008

A Play for Father's Day

We wish for you a day of peace and smiles!
From Angie & Tracey

Come in for a play - we're open Sunday June 15 from 9:30-1:30p.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Open for Public Play Saturday June 7 (9:30-1:30p)

Come on in for a cooled-off way of enjoying some family fun. There's a coffee waiting for you!

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Child Resistant

I'm not actually talking about locks, cabinets or medicine here. I'm actually referring to dads. Those incredible creatures who have stepped into the role of "dad" with equal mixture of fear and enthusiasm. As we approach Father's Day this month, I thought I would share a few things that I find most incredible about my own 'child-resistant' husband.
1) each and every day when he arrives home from work, he smiles from ear to ear and rushes to kiss our daughter hello, telling her how much he missed her today. I love that she hears her importance every single day.
2) despite the long-term fear of commitment that having a child induced for him "no, I'm not ready!" - 2 years later "no, I'm not ready!" - 2 years after that "no, I'm not ready!" - and 12 years so on (this was just about marriage by the way) - when our daughter arrived a sub-surface shift occurred for him as strongly as it did for me. His daughter became his reason to do better - not attain more and achieve more - but simply be a happier & healthier person each day because he wanted to be that person for her. Life changed profoundly with that fundamental shift.
3) I've worked a lot over this last year and that meant that Daddy became more 'primary' in his parenting. Naturally, I was often (read always) present when my husband and our daughter were together - that's family time - but as I began preparation for Gingerbread Lane and then the day-to-day function of it, my husband was left to parent solo more often than ever before. It was a difficult change for me but I now see the positive effect that having more "daddy time" has had for our daughter. She will turn to him as readily for consolation or a hug as she would to me. She has a relationship building with her dad that may lead to a stronger communication and comfort as she grows older. I watch that with comfort and contentment and am thankful for the opportunity that life presented me so this could happen.
4) I write this with the monitor on in the background and what I'm hearing is not only my daughter's settled breathing but my hubby's snoring...she relaxes with him and I listen to my two most important people sleeping - at peace and in each other's company. This is my sentimental view. My reality is also - "hey, it's really nice to have this quiet moment" - I am a tired mom after all - lol.

Nothing can help us predict our children, our relationship with them or our response to parenting but I believe even the "child resistant" people - we can all admit if we were one of them - will have an incredible opportunity to be the parent you wish to be for your child. Simply because you want to and looking your child in the eye, how can you resist?


If you have your own thoughts about "dad" - your own, your mate, or what that role is all about - send them to and we'll post them in honour of Father's Day. All comments welcome below.