Blueberry Lemon Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
May28

Blueberry Lemon Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Prep: 20 mins  |  Cook: 1 hour  |  Serves: 12 INGREDIENTS: zest of 2 lemons ¾ cup butter , softened 1 ¾ cups self raising flour 1 cup caster sugar 3 eggs 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp vanilla extract ¼ cup sour cream 300 g fresh blueberries DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 320 degrees F. Line the base and sides of a 20cm (8”) round cake tin with parchment paper and set aside. Mix together all the cake ingredients (except for the sour cream and...

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Ultimate French Toast
May28

Ultimate French Toast

INGREDIENTS: 5 large eggs 2 tbsp cream (10%) ¼ tsp vanilla extract 1 loaf thick cut cinnamon raisin bread DIRECTIONS: In a large bowl whisk eggs, cream and vanilla Dip bread into egg wash until both sides are nicely coated Place in pre-heated frying pan and fry until each side is golden brown Serve with apple slices and warm maple syrup. Courtesy of Harry Stone’s Social...

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Maple Glazed, Bacon Wrapped Dates
May28

Maple Glazed, Bacon Wrapped Dates

3 pcs      Medjool Dates, pitted 1 cup     Watermelon (diced) 3 slices  Bacon ¼ cup    Feta Cheese, crumbled 2 fl ozs  Maple Syrup 1 cup     Balsamic Vinegar 2 tbsp    Brown Sugar ½ cup    Sugar DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Cook bacon on a tray with parchment paper until 3/4 of the way done, remove and set aside. Mix together the Maple Syrup and Brown Sugar, brush onto the bacon. Mix the Balsamic and Sugar in a...

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Love Your Space
May22

Love Your Space

Countless pages of this magazine have been dedicated to the importance of a trusting bond between client and contractor, when it comes to home design and renovations. There are the usual aspects that need to be agreed upon; price, work and payment schedules, and contractual guarantees. Beneath the surface, however, there should be an understanding that the contractor shares the spirit of a project, as well as possessing the ability to...

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Living the Classic Car Lifestyle
May22

Living the Classic Car Lifestyle

“They just don’t build ‘em like they used to!” When it comes to classic cars, and those who not only own them, but truly appreciate them, this sentiment rings very true. The love for classic automobiles has a long tradition and history. Collectors, both young and old, tend to have so many different reasons for why they love these classics, and with all the new technology we hear about when it comes to the auto industry, sometimes it’s...

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Learn About the Ontario GreenON Program
May17

Learn About the Ontario GreenON Program

You do not have to be a real estate genius to understand the benefits of having new windows installed in your home. They add instant value to the house’s resale value, immediately improve its aesthetics and are constructed to retain heat in the winter and coolness in the summer; thus lowering the hydro bill. A potential drawback would be that the homeowner may not have the financial resources to manage such a project. A provincial...

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Business Profile: Kamelyan Window Coverings
May17

Business Profile: Kamelyan Window Coverings

When you hear that a business is celebrating its 40th anniversary, you can be assured of several factors contributing to its longevity. Some clichés come to mind; such as having a sound business model, proactive management and a keen eye on market niches. Yet, there is one factor that just might supersede all the aforementioned. A company prospers for four decades because that company is passionate about its product and its craft....

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Business Profile: The Farm Fresh Experience!
May17

Business Profile: The Farm Fresh Experience!

Achieving 30 successful years in business is no small accomplishment. Even more so, is the dedication and love this incredibly giving family has, not only for each other, but for the customers they serve. Their business story actually begins back in 1975, and their family story starts way before that. “My father and mother worked in a grocery store together, and that’s where they met. My father was the produce manager, and they...

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Eating For Your Mind, Body & Soul
May17

Eating For Your Mind, Body & Soul

INTENTION. It’s a word that we rarely hear when speaking about the food we put into our bodies, but having spent some time with Brenda Beattie, owner of Healthy Cravings Holistic Kitchen in Shelburne, ON, it is a word that we should always be thinking about when it comes to the way we fuel our bodies. Brenda has a unique approach to her menu, but one that makes perfect sense and addresses every need that our bodies and minds require...

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Business Profile: Pollock Water For Life
May17

Business Profile: Pollock Water For Life

When you think of Pollock Pools and Spas in Guelph, you think water specialists. And that’s right. With more than 30 years in business, they are a trusted resource for leisure and lifestyle water experiences, with quality products, installation and service. Among their many offerings, their experienced team helps customers with water products, to maintain the care of their pools and spas, including testing water for issues such as pH...

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Abandoned But Not Forgotten – Guelph Correctional Centre
May16

Abandoned But Not Forgotten – Guelph Correctional Centre

The next stop in our Abandoned Spaces series is one steeped not only in history, but includes progressive influences, and political ownership. We introduce you to the “Ontario Reformatory”, or as most now know it, the “Guelph Correctional Centre”. It all began with a progressive idea from Ontario’s Provincial Secretary, William Hanna. Hanna believed that society would benefit from certain prisoners being...

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Character is What Solid Wood Furniture is All About
May16

Character is What Solid Wood Furniture is All About

There is an intrinsic value in a piece of custom-made, solid wood furniture that cannot be measured in mere dollars. That custom dining room set you just purchased may be brand new, but it is somehow already a family legacy. Those who crafted it did not only produce a well-functioning furnishing, they also manufactured history. Mike Taylor, co-proprietor of Great Canadian Solid Wood Furniture in Orangeville, has been in the business...

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Humber Orangeville Pathways Programs
May16

Humber Orangeville Pathways Programs

Life is a journey. Actually, it can be a series of journeys with people, lessons, and experiences, all which help us shape and mold our lives and our futures. Education can be instrumental in creating your life journey, and often will help you discover the direction your life can take. Choosing your path on the “journey of education” can often be overwhelming, and at times a little frightening. But the incredible staff, resources, and...

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Sit. Stay. Fetch.
May16

Sit. Stay. Fetch.

A clear perk of my job here at the magazine is that there are so many incredible stories that I have the privilege to share. This particular story represents a once in a lifetime opportunity, and one that I was thrilled to take part in, not only because the subject matter is so close to my heart, but also due to the strong sense of pride there is in knowing that an internationally acclaimed dog training facility just happens to be...

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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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