JOY’n Us Events
Sep25

JOY’n Us Events

Doing what you love. It’s a simple concept, but not always are we lucky enough to find a career that truly is a labor of love. When we sat down with Karen Kamphuis, owner of JOY’n Us Events, we were not only impressed, but inspired by her company’s vision is to assist not-for-profit organizations reach their operational goals. Beyond her passion for the not-for-profit sector, Karen also loves to help people achieve their event and...

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Victorian Thanksgiving Recipes – Desserts
Aug28

Victorian Thanksgiving Recipes – Desserts

MINCE TARTS Ingredients: 8 oz        plain flour 1              egg – room temperature 3 oz        butter 3 oz        lard Pinch of salt 1              jar of mincemeat (Crosse & Blackwell is great!) Pastry Directions: 1. Beat the room temperature egg with ¼ cup of water. 2. Combine the flour, butter and lard in a bowl and work it with your fingertips until crumbly.  Mix in enough of the egg/water mix to hold the flour mixture...

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Victorian Thanksgiving Recipes – Sides
Aug28

Victorian Thanksgiving Recipes – Sides

ASPARAGUS SOUP Ingredients: 1 lb       fresh asparagus ½ head lettuce, washed 1 small  onion, freshly chopped ½ pt      vegetable or chicken stock (900 ml) 1 oz       butter (25g) ¾ oz     plain flour (18g) 2           egg yolks 2½ oz   double cream (75ml) salt and black pepper Directions: Cut off the tips of the asparagus and reserve for garnishing.  Trim the asparagus and cut into 1” pieces.  Shred the lettuce finely, and then put...

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Victorian Thanksgiving Recipes – Turkey and Stuffing
Aug28

Victorian Thanksgiving Recipes – Turkey and Stuffing

TIPS FOR ROASTING THE TURKEY Cooking times:                          unstuffed            stuffed 8 to 12 lbs        ¾ – 3 hrs             3 – 3½ hrs 12 to 14 lbs      3 – 3¾ hrs           3½ – 4 hrs 14 to 18 lbs      3¾ – 4¼ hrs       4 – 4¼ hrs 18 to 20 lbs     4¼ – 4½ hrs       4¼ – 4¾ hrs 20 to 24 lbs     4½ – 5 hrs           4¾ – 5¼ hrs Turkey Talk Preferred : fresh...

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Drink Recipes
Aug27

Drink Recipes

MINT JULEP Ingredients: Leaves  from 4 to 5 mint sprigs 2              sugar cubes or 1/2 ounce simple syrup 2½ ozs   bourbon whiskey Place the mint and simple syrup or sugar into a julep cup, collins glass, or double old-fashioned glass. Muddle well to dissolve the sugar and to release the oil and aroma of the mint. Add the bourbon. Fill with crushed ice and stir well until the glass becomes frosty. Garnish with the mint sprig. *Tips...

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Warm Spinach & Artichoke Dip with Skillet Bread
Aug21

Warm Spinach & Artichoke Dip with Skillet Bread

INGREDIENTS: frozen premade dough 1 ½ tbsp butter melted (for brushing on top of the dough) DIP 4 cups fresh baby spinach ½ cup artichoke hearts roughly chopped 4 oz cream cheese softened ½ cup sour cream ¼ cup mayonnaise 1 clove garlic minced ½ tsp sriracha  or any other hot sauce ¼ cup Parmesan cheese grated ¼ cup mozzarella grated salt and pepper 1 tbsp fresh parsley chopped DIRECTIONS: DIP: Add fresh spinach to a microwave safe...

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Cranberry Pie
Aug21

Cranberry Pie

Serves: 8 Prep Time:15 mins Total Time: 1 hour 5 mins INGREDIENTS: 1 piecrust 1 ½ cups fresh cranberries 1 cup sugar 1 tbsp all-purpose flour 1 egg white 1 cup  heavy whipping cream DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 425° F. Roll out piecrust and arrange in a 9-inch pie pan. Pour cranberries into crust to form a thick layer. In a medium bowl, sift together 2/3 cup sugar and flour. In a separate bowl, beat egg white until stiff peaks form,...

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Creamy Pumpkin Soup
Aug21

Creamy Pumpkin Soup

CREAMY PUMPKIN SOUP There’s nothing better than dunking warm, crusty, buttered bread into a big bowl of creamy pumpkin soup … especially as our nights begin to get cooler. Serves: 4 – 6 INGREDIENTS: 2.4 lb pumpkin, unpeeled weight 1 onion, sliced (white, brown, yellow) 2 garlic cloves, peeled whole 3 cups vegetable or chicken broth, low sodium 1 cup water salt and pepper Finishes: ½ – ¾ cream or half and half DIRECTIONS: Cut the...

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Bat Tree
Aug21

Bat Tree

WHAT YOU WILL NEED: • Twigs • Black cardstock • Vase • Burlap & Twine • Hot glue gun Something heavy to keep the vase from tipping (I used rocks from the garden) Find some twigs and strip off the leaves (you can make this small enough to fit in your house or larger like I did to decorate the front door step). Tie the twigs together and put them in your vase along with the rocks to keep it steady. Wrap a piece of burlap around...

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Flowerpot Scarecrows
Aug21

Flowerpot Scarecrows

WHAT YOU WILL NEED: • 2 medium terra cotta flower pots (for each scarecrow) • 4 smaller terra cotta flower pots (for each scarecrow) • Burlap • Twine • Straw • White cardstock • Hot glue gun The first thing I did was cut eyes, nose and a mouth out of cardstock and glue it on a piece of burlap. Then I glued the burlap to the flower pot (flower pot right side up). Cut 4 long pieces of twine for the arms and legs and insert them into the...

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Candycorn Bottles
Aug21

Candycorn Bottles

WHAT YOU WILL NEED: • Empty wine bottles • White, orange and yellow spray paint This is a very easy craft and so cute. First clean your wine bottles thoroughly (this is the hardest part of this craft). Next I sprayed the entire bottles white and let them dry. Then the orange (let it dry) and lastly the...

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African Safari: Survival on the Serengeti
Aug21

African Safari: Survival on the Serengeti

Remarkably, there are still wilderness areas where you can visit and observe large African animals roaming free. The Great African Migration on the endless plains of the Serengeti of Tanzania and Kenya host an annual cyclical movement of over a million and a half animals, mostly ungulates, (hoofed mammals) that typically travel over 1,500 km in a quest for fresh grassland.  When you drive out on the Serengeti the fauna are so...

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Current Issue – Fall 2018

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Shangri-La in Your Own Backyard
May16

Shangri-La in Your Own Backyard

Picture yourself luxuriating in the pool at an exotic resort. The soothing water permeates through your flesh as it melodiously courses through exquisite rock formations illuminated by an array of sparkling lights. When it’s finally time to leave this Shangri-La, there is no need to pack up your bags, go through the checkout procedures and make your way to the airport. Instead, you simply hop out of the pool, open the back door and...

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Featured Artist: Rich Burnett – At Home in Music in Centre Wellington
May16

Featured Artist: Rich Burnett – At Home in Music in Centre Wellington

On a Sunday morning you might find him at the Elora Brewing Company picking 40’s country for the Honky Tonk Brunch. Or playing early American blues on a Saturday night with Waterloo groups Frog & Henry, and the Ever Lovin’ Jug Band. On a weekday, he’s often tutoring students at his home studio on the guitar, ukulele, or lap steel. Over the last 8 years, Rich Burnett has spent much of his career expanding and transforming his...

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Ask The Landscape Architect Expert, Part Three: The Tendering (Pricing) Process
May16

Ask The Landscape Architect Expert, Part Three: The Tendering (Pricing) Process

When we last spent time with Paul Brydges, owner of Brydges Landscape Architecture Inc, the topic of discussion focused on budget, and was part two of our four-part series “Ask the Expert”. As we enter “Part Three: The Tendering Process”, Paul teaches us that both timing and economics are key essential outcomes when making some crucial decisions. “The beauty of working with a landscape designer is that they act as a support contact...

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Exploring the Practicality of Equipment Rental
May10

Exploring the Practicality of Equipment Rental

In the construction and renovations business, acquiring and maintaining the proper tools and equipment is a huge capital investment. Not only can the machinery be costly, it may not be used enough to justify purchasing it. Therefore, it often makes sense to rent tools and equipment, rather than buy them. First of all, the initial purchase costs are avoided when one opts to rent. As well, depreciation in the machine’s value is not a...

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Lessons From the Reading Room
May10

Lessons From the Reading Room

When you are an empath, you tend to feel everything. That sense when you walk into a room and you can just “feel” the energy, and then are instantly shifted into the energy itself. Well, I recently had the wonderful opportunity to walk through the office doors of “The Hazel Tree”, in Mono, ON, and sure enough, I felt instantly at peace. I couldn’t quite tell what felt so special about this place, and then when she walked in, instantly...

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Ask The Health Expert – Golden Spice Miracle
May10

Ask The Health Expert – Golden Spice Miracle

Turmeric (curcuma longa) has long been known in China, Asia, India and Indonesia as one of the most powerful healing plants in nature. It is a cousin to ginger and is used in India as one of the primary curry spices. Turmeric has always been a wonder crop and used traditionally for curing diseases and conditions such as, bites, cuts, eczema, skin conditions, as an anti-inflammatory for arthritis, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), and...

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Walking In Good Health
May09

Walking In Good Health

When I asked my local Chiropodist, why May is “Foot Health Month”?, the answer was an obvious one! May is the month where we all transition our footwear from winter boots and closed shoes to summer flip flops and sandals. About 70 per cent of us suffer from some sort of foot problem, and women can suffer four times as much as men. “The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art” said Leonardo da Vinci. Indeed, a...

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