Bonzai Tree Terrarium
Mar04

Bonzai Tree Terrarium

YOU WILL NEED: Glass bowlBonzai treeSoilAssorted rocksMossGlue Gun DIRECTIONS: Place the soil and bonsai tree in the bowl. Arrange the rocks around the bottom of the soil. Use as much glue as you need to look like a pond.

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Clothespin Wreath
Mar04

Clothespin Wreath

YOU WILL NEED: ClothespinsPaintWire wreathGlue gunFlowersButterflies (or bees or ladybugs) DIRECTIONS: Paint the clothespins (I used black paint and spun gold for the polka dots) Clip them on the wreath (I staggered the pins to make it look fuller and give it depth) Glue the flowers and butterflies on the wreath

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Protein-Packed Peanut Butter Breakfast
Mar04

Protein-Packed Peanut Butter Breakfast

Prep time: 20 minutes | Cook time: 35-40 minutes | Servings: 4 INGREDIENTS:              butter²⁄₃  cup  creamy peanut butter, divided2           eggs½ cup    granulated sugar²⁄₃  cup  milk 1 ½ tsp  pure vanilla extract ½ tsp     salt 4 cups   cubed brioche or...

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Skillet Apple Pie with Caramel Sauce
Mar04

Skillet Apple Pie with Caramel Sauce

(Culinary.net) While apple pie is a traditional seasonal dish, you can add unique flavour with this skillet version. Simply toss Honeycrisp apples with brown sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice then spoon between two pie crusts simmering in a thin layer of brown sugar and cinnamon then drizzle with caramel sauce for a deliciously gooey evening treat. INGREDIENTS: 4 large  Honeycrisp apples, peeled, cored and sliced¼...

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Chocolate Crackle Cookies
Mar04

Chocolate Crackle Cookies

INGREDIENTS: 3 cups   Cocoa powder6 cups   Sugar1 ½ cups Vegetable oil12         Eggs2 tbsp    Vanilla Extract6 cups   All purpose flour2 tbsp    Baking powder1 ½ tsp  Salt DIRECTIONS: Combine cocoa powder, sugar & oil, mix together on low speed for 2 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla extract, mix on high speed for 2 minutes until...

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Roasted Tomato & Buffalo Mozzarella Salad
Mar04

Roasted Tomato & Buffalo Mozzarella Salad

INGREDIENTS: 1 large  vine ripen tomato1           buffalo mozzarella4 cups   arugula2 tbsp    Nocellara Olive Oil1/4 cup Butter Infused Olive Oil2 tbsp    Vermont Maple Dark Balsamic Vinegar1 tsp      salt1/2 tsp  black pepper1/2 tsp  dijon mustard DIRECTIONS: Using a sharp knife cut the tomato into 6...

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Drinks from Around the World: ITALY
Mar04

Drinks from Around the World: ITALY

THE BELLINI Bellini cocktails are refreshing spring or summertime drinks! INGREDIENTS: 4 medium ripe peaches (1 ½ lbs), plus a few peach slices for garnish1 bottle Prosecco, chilled DIRECTIONS: Make a peach purée by peeling the peaches, slicing them in half, and removing the pits. Then place them in a blender or food processor, and blend until the purée is completely smooth. It’s best if served chilled so place it in the refrigerator...

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Flavours from Around the World: ITALY
Mar02

Flavours from Around the World: ITALY

MARGHERITA PIZZA INGREDIENTS: 200g     strong white flour 7g         fast-action dried yeast             pinch of salt140ml   water, warm3 tbsp    extra virgin olive oil FOR THE TOPPING: 200g     passata (sieved...

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The Greens are Calling
Feb26

The Greens are Calling

The sun shines down upon you, and the freshly manicured greens – slightly dampened from the morning dew – squish beneath your feet as you step up towards the first tee to level up your shot. Your driver, slightly dusty from several long months in storage, is firm and familiar in your hands; still your old friend, even after the separation. You can feel the anticipation of the game in the air, and of course for the season...

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Blooming into Spring
Feb26

Blooming into Spring

What Your Garden Needs to Thrive A Garden is a wonderful thing, something that allows us to show our creativity and is constantly changing to adapt not just to the climate or space available but also to our own taste and style. While most gardens contain our favourites from year to year, there is always something we can add or change. Forget “New Year, New You” – I think it’s time to get “New Spring, New Garden” trending. While a...

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Good Things Come in Small Packages!
Feb26

Good Things Come in Small Packages!

Making Your Small Bathroom Renovation a BIG Success! With real estate costs on the rise, and mortgage rules becoming more stringent, many people are having to purchase smaller, older homes or to simply stay where they are and renovate. As a result, quality contractors are busy, and bathroom renovations are particularly in demand. Older homes tend to have less functional bathrooms and are often limited by the original design of the...

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Lessons from the Reading Room with Hazel McGuiness
Feb26

Lessons from the Reading Room with Hazel McGuiness

Communication Series – PART II: Dementia/Alzheimers: Understanding and Communicating There are over 564,000 Canadians living with Dementia/ Alzheimers today and more than 1.1 million are affected either directly or indirectly by this disease. By the year 2031 this number is expected to increase by over 66% to approximately 937,000 people. Yet less than 5% of our health research budget is allocated to fund research and development for...

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Spring Tune-Up Time
Feb26

Spring Tune-Up Time

For those of us that can remember, the arrival of spring came with two key events. Mom opened as many windows as possible and was busy mopping and sweeping away the mustiness compiled over the winter. Dad, meanwhile, was outside on the driveway. Armed to the teeth with oil and grease cans, he vigorously put his Ford, Chevy or Oldsmobile through the ritual spring tune-up. He changed the oil, greased the rods and ball joints and...

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Mongolia … vicariously!
Feb26

Mongolia … vicariously!

Since my Grade 8 speech on my life’s ambitions, I have always wanted to go to Outer Mongolia. Well, last year my husband, David Dorward, did get to go as a volunteer with a Canadian government agency, so I at least got the benefit of vicarious enjoyment! It is everything you do and do not expect, and a country that will surprise you, he says. SOME BACKGROUND We think of Mongolia as the land of wide-open spaces and few people. It is...

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Layers [Lairs] in Time
Feb26

Layers [Lairs] in Time

IODE: Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire The IODE, a uniquely Canadian institution, dates to the beginning of the previous century. In 1900 it was the brainchild of Montreal’s Margaret Polson Murray to form a federation of women to promote patriotism, loyalty and service to others. Fredericton, New Brunswick, was the location of the first chapter in January of that year (then the Federation of the Daughters of the Empire); other...

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Assisting from Any Stage of Your Decorating Idea
Feb26

Assisting from Any Stage of Your Decorating Idea

Kamelyan Your Home Decor originally opened in 1978 in the Orangeville Mall as St. Clair Paint & Wallpaper. In the early nineties though, the St. Clair brand merged with Color Your World and forced a unique name change for the family owned and run home decor company. Christine Eisses, who continues to run Kamelyan, says that the name selection process could also be considered a family affair, in part thanks to her mother. “My...

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Unique, Forward Thinking
Feb26

Unique, Forward Thinking

And with their mantra “SHOP LOCAL”, so much to offer! The Great Canadian Solid Wood Furniture Company has a long history of producing quality, Canadian made furniture. Specializing in made-to-order furniture and built-ins made from 100% Canadian wood, they are a client-focused and service-oriented business that strives to provide top quality, custom made products at reasonable prices. With a prime store front location and...

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Locally Grown
Feb26

Locally Grown

The world is moving quickly these days. With the expansion of cities and the increase of a culture that favours the quick, the easy and the accessible, it seems that certain things have often gone by the wayside in the name of modernity. To some people, quality might be on this list. Yet, we’re starting to realize that “easier” isn’t always “better”. The problem, however, comes with where can we go to find the quality we crave? When...

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Ask the Expert: Beauty
Feb26

Ask the Expert: Beauty

Are You Skin Treatment Confused? In our modern lives we tend to expect instant gratification & instant “fixes”. This may even extend to our idea of what beauty or rejuvenation looks like. With images of longer lashes, larger lips and puffier cheeks bombarding us from TV and magazine covers, we can be made to think that this is what we need to do to feel confident in our own beauty. In our impatience and haste we tend to forget the...

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Ask the Expert: Health
Feb26

Ask the Expert: Health

Wild Tree Resin A bottle of essential oil with fresh spruce branches and resin We usually do not think of trees as a source of medicine, as we normally turn to herbs and flowers as natural remedies, but a wealth of medicinal potential surrounds us in our coniferous and deciduous forests. Tree resins have long been known and relied upon as medicines since early times and have been used by every ancient culture on earth for thousands of...

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