Saturday, January 6, 2018

Where to get free music streaming

Hello radio, there is a new player in town.  That's a online music streaming player!

So here is the deal, there are plenty of paid streaming music services available now.  But did you know that some of these services offer a free version?  The free version will have some limitations and most likely contain ads.

Lets review a couple popular ones, and one maybe less obvious choice.

Spotify - You can get Spotify music free a couple ways.  Spotify does offer a free service with some limitations and ads.  Here are some of the limitations:

  • Ads run about every 30 minutes
  • You can't download for offline
  • All playlists play in Shuffle mode

There is an option to get free premium service for a limited time.  The first is through a Rogers Shared Mobile plan.  You can get about a year free of the premium service. Spotify also does offer a 30 day free trial.

Google Play Music (Formely Songza) - Similar to Spotify the Google Play Music library is available for free with similar limitations:

  • Ads will run during music play
  • You can't download for offline
  • Playlists will shuffle
  • You can't see songs in Stations but you can build play lists.
Google Play Music will also offer 3 months of free premium.

Stingray Music - The more lesser known free option with no ads if you just want playlists is Stingray Music.  Most people have access to Stingray Music but don't know it.  Stingray Music is typically free with your subscription to your local cable provider.  You know those channels way high up that play music?  For Telus and Shaw, that is Stingray music.  They have an App and web player.  All you have to do like many of the cable on demand service is login with your cable providers ID and you have access to all of their playlists with some limitations:
  • Limited number of skips
  • There are no ads, but a voice does say "you are listening to Stingray Music"
  • Playlists are limited to what your cable provider allows
I personally prefer Stingray Music.  I find the playlists relevant when it comes to the hit lists and party music.  I like the fact that they use clean lyric tracks, so I do not have to worry about my kids hearing foul language. 


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

How to cleaning your Instant Pot sealing ring

Keeping your Instant Pot clean is key to a longer life span for your Instant Pot.
What you may forget to clean is the sealing ring that is in the lid of the Instant Pot.  It is important to clean the Instant Pot sealing ring every time you use your Instant Pot.  The sealing ring is what ensures your Instant Pot reaches the proper pressure.  If the ring has any food debris, it can stop or delay the pot from reaching the proper pressure point.

Also, because the ring is made of a rubber material, it takes on smells of the foods you cooked on.  Cleaning the sealing ring, can help take away the smell.

What we do to clean our ring is:

1. Remove it from the lid
2. Soak in vinegar for 30 minutes
3. Wash in dish washer

If your sealing ring begins to tear, you can buy authentic Instant Pot replacements on Amazon.

So how do you remove sealing ring and put it back?  We made two quick 20 second videos to show you.

Removing the sealing ring from the Instant Pot

Placing the sealing ring back into the Instant Pot

Don't have an Instant Pot? You can buy one from Amazon! Use the link below:

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Best places for Gluten Free Information

It is estimated that 1 of 133 Canadians are affected by celiac disease.  Currently the only treatment is a gluten free diet.

There is a lot of information out there about Celiac Disease and eating gluten free, including associations, support groups, bloggers and more.

Here are some resources of information for Celiac Disease and gluten free eating.


  1. The Canadian Celiac Association - A national non-profit association to advocate for people with Celiac Disease
  2. Health Canada - The federal ministry of Canada has information and research on Celiac Disease and the gluten free diet


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  1. The Celiac Scene - A gluten-free resource for Victoria, Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.
  2. Gluten Fee Edmonton - A gluten free resource for Edmonton, Alberta (Also another project of ours)
  3. Gluten Free Ontario - A gluten free resource for the province of Ontario including specific gluten free resources for the city of Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA)
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Best place for information on Free Birthday stuff

Looking for free stuff on your birthday?

Check out our other project that has information on Restaurants with birthday meal discounts and free stuff, retail places with birthday meals and discounts, and even entertainment and sporting venues with free birthday stuff and discounts.

Free Birthday Stuff

Monday, January 23, 2017

Best way to slice and warm up roast beef or brisket

There are basically two tips here.  The first tip is the best way to slice roast beef, and the second is how to warm up a roast without drying out the meet.

Best way to slice beef.

  1. Let brisket or roast cool down by placing in the fridge.
  2. Once cold, the beef becomes more solid and much more easier to with a sharp knife into thin slices
Please be careful while slicing!

Best way to warm up a sliced brisket

The best way to warm up sliced brisket is to use a double boiler, fill up with some water and boil the water with beef inside and lid on.   This will give the beef a steam bath and warm it up without drying it out.  You will also get a nice au jus with the water for pouring over the beef!