Drinks from Around the World: POLAND
Nov30

Drinks from Around the World: POLAND

POLISH STRAWBERRY KOMPOT (non-alcholic) INGREDIENTS: 2 litres (0.5 gallon) water125g nectarines500 g (1 lb) fresh strawberries1 tbsp citrus zest125g (0.25 lb) rhubarb, choppeda few mint leaves100g (8 tbsp) fine sugar DIRECTIONS: Bring the water to boil in a large pot. Wash strawberries, remove the caps. If they’re large, chop them. Keep small strawberries whole. Add sugar to the boiling water, stir. Drop in the fruit. Reduce the...

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Foods from Around the World: POLAND
Nov30

Foods from Around the World: POLAND

RYBA PO GRECKU – Greek style fish Prep: 10 min | Cook Time: 20 Min | Serves: 5 INGREDIENTS: 500g white fish fillets (cod, haddock, or any firm white fish)3 tbsp flour5 tbsp oil4 med carrots, coarsely grated2 med onions, chopped2 med parsnips, coarsely grated½ med celeriac (celery root), peeled & coarsely grated6 tbsp tomato paste5 tbsp fresh parsley1 large bay leaf2 allspice berries1 tsp paprika3 tbsp olive oil + more for...

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Christmas Tree Cheesecake Brownies
Nov30

Christmas Tree Cheesecake Brownies

(Family Features) Festive fun and baking holiday treats go hand-in-hand, and these Christmas Tree Cheesecake Brownies provide a perfect way to enjoy a holiday tradition in the kitchen with loved ones. Decorate your own version using green and white frosting, sprinkles of your choice and candy canes for “stumps” in the tree-shaped sweets. Visit milkmeansmore.org to find more holiday inspiration. Prep time: 10 min | Cook time: 30 min |...

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Honey, Lavender, Beet, Cherry & Pecan Salad
Nov30

Honey, Lavender, Beet, Cherry & Pecan Salad

INGREDIENTS: SALAD: 3 med red beets1 large sweet potato (or 2 small to medium sized ones)1 cup quinoa, rinsed2 cups vegetable or chicken stock2 oranges, segmented1/2 cup sun-dried cherries1 cup candied pecans2 cups arugulaNocellara Extra Virgin Olive Oil (or any EVOO of your choice) DRESSING: 1/4 cup Lavender Dark Balsamic Vinegar1/2 cup Blood Orange Fused Olive Oil2 tbsp Honey2 tbsp Grainy mustard1/2 tbsp Kosher salt1 tsp Crushed...

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Spaghetti Squash with Tomatoes and Parmesan
Nov30

Spaghetti Squash with Tomatoes and Parmesan

INGREDIENTS: 2 tbsp olive oil1 med spaghetti squash3 tbsp butter4 cups tomatoes, diced2/3 cup onion, chopped4 cloves garlic, minced1/4 cup dry red wine1 small clove garlic, finely chopped1/8 tsp ground black pepper3/4 tsp salt (or to taste)2 tbsp fresh chopped basil1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese DIRECTIONS: Line a baking pan with foil and oil lightly with olive oil. Heat the oven to 375 F. Cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise...

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Fish Bowl Santa Claus
Nov30

Fish Bowl Santa Claus

WHAT YOU WILL NEED: Artificial snow2 Fish bowlsMini village accessoriesRibbonSnowman hat or card stock and feltHot glue gun DIRECTIONS: I already had all of these items from previous years so this craft was very easy & inexpensive. It’s a good way to transform your village accessories into something new. Put a little artificial snow in the bottom of one of the fish bowls and then decorate with some mini village accessories. Place...

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Wood Wreath Snowman
Nov30

Wood Wreath Snowman

WHAT YOU WILL NEED: 2 Wood wreaths (or grapevine wreaths)White spray paintMini white Christmas lightsArtifical pine sprig with Christmas flower/pine cone (whatever you like)Twist tiesRibbon & White snowflake decorationsGlue gunSnowman hat template from the internetBlack card stock DIRECTIONS: Spray paint both wreaths and let dry. Use twist ties to fasten wreaths together. Wrap mini lights around both wreaths as evenly as possible...

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TRAVEL FEATURE: The Island of Bonaire
Nov30

TRAVEL FEATURE: The Island of Bonaire

The island of Bonaire, about 38 by 4 km in size, sits 80 km off the north coast of Venezuela, in the South Caribbean. Originally a submerged coral reef, over time, its undersea remnants have pushed up and out of the sea fostering a limited flora and fauna, yet below surface, it is an undersea paradise. Snorkelers and divers come here for the warm turquoise waters, around 28 C, and the variety, over 350 species, of marine life. The...

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Good Friends, Good Times, Great Food: Ray’s 3rd Generation Bistro Bakery
Nov30

Good Friends, Good Times, Great Food: Ray’s 3rd Generation Bistro Bakery

You can tell a lot about a place from the people who frequent it. Whether it is the employees who work hard to create something that they’re proud of or the customers that return because there is something that they enjoy, each person gives a little bit of themselves to the place, turning it into what it ultimately becomes. While the outside of Ray’s 3rd Generation Bistro Bakery, a small building located at 1475 Queen St. in Alton...

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Getting Quality from Your Products and Renovations
Nov30

Getting Quality from Your Products and Renovations

When it comes to our homes, like anything else, we want to ensure that we are getting the best quality. Whether it’s for the interior or exterior, we want to make sure that the things we purchase are not just going to look great, but are also going to stand up to the inevitable wear and tear that life is going to put on them. With so many options on the market, it can be difficult to tell what’s going to stand the test of time and...

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Lessons from the Reading Room with Hazel McGuiness: Kindness.
Nov30

Lessons from the Reading Room with Hazel McGuiness: Kindness.

Oh this feels nice. It’s quiet, warm, bright, and peaceful. I am back in The Reading Room with Hazel McGuiness, and over the course of just a few short minutes, all of the noise going on in the world has stopped, as I am grounded and ready to learn. “Wow” she says. “We’ve had quite a go of it this year haven’t we?” While the entire world has had a difficult time, both Hazel and I have, like many, suffered some manner of tremendous...

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Haileybury, In Search of the Hardy Boys and More
Nov30

Haileybury, In Search of the Hardy Boys and More

Good trips are sparked by an idea. This one to Haileybury fired up with my husband’s online discovery one day, that the author of the Hardy Boys was from there. In Covid 19 times, this is an adventure within the safety of Ontario, beyond the usual “northern” destinations. At Huntsville, the drive suddenly became one through Group of Seven tableaux, miraculously touched by the paintbrush of autumn. Indeed, the Group of Seven became a...

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The Group of Seven, Rebels in Their Time
Nov30

The Group of Seven, Rebels in Their Time

It seems every generation has its share of rebels, especially in the arts, and the Group of Seven is no exception!  They spanned the gap from the 19th century into the “modern” era and brought Canada into the international sphere of painters. Who Were They? The Group of Seven were really a group of ten! And no, Tom Thomson was never part of it either. Confused already? This year actually marks the centenary of Group’s first...

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ASK THE HEALTH EXPERT: The Greatest Pandemic of All: Mental Health
Nov30

ASK THE HEALTH EXPERT: The Greatest Pandemic of All: Mental Health

Charles Darwin, in his book “Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals”, explains how people everywhere have common emotional expressions some of which are shared with animals. A wolf baring its fangs uses the same musculature as humans do when angry or threatened. This same physiology of emotions has been preserved and used again and again over evolutionary eons and across species. The universality of this phenomenon led Darwin to...

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ASK THE BEAUTY EXPERT – Investing in skin health and beauty options.
Nov30

ASK THE BEAUTY EXPERT – Investing in skin health and beauty options.

Invest in your skin. Does that sound weird? I bet you have a shelf full of products that you thought were a good investment. The miracle wrinkle cream. The magic wand over acne. The foundation that says it will erase years away. Did they live up to the hype? Most of the time they do not or maybe they do, for a little while, and then they do not seem to do what they promised. Just as “one size fits all” is a lie (and boy is THAT a...

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ARTIST FEATURE: It’s A Wild Ride – Edward Spera, Wildlife Painter
Nov30

ARTIST FEATURE: It’s A Wild Ride – Edward Spera, Wildlife Painter

What do a series of photos chronicling the moments before a 400lb mountain gorilla hits you in the chest, days waiting in 45-50 degree heat hoping for that one shot of a mother tiger and her cubs at a watering hole, and a break neck jog up the side of a mountain ridge in northern India for the once in a life time view of a snow leopard lounging after startling its prey have in common? Well, for one thing, they are all experiences that...

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A Seamless Addition to a Heritage Home
Nov30

A Seamless Addition to a Heritage Home

While building a new home can be challenging, building a new home designed to provide space for two separate family spaces within one structure, can be downright overwhelming. But for this lovely homeowner, using the resources of Dave Patterson from Cedarport Windows and Doors (who just also happens to be her son-in-law) not only took the pressure off, but was fitting for so many more reasons. “When our family purchased this home, we...

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Unique Home with a Coastal Vibe
Nov27

Unique Home with a Coastal Vibe

Ferguson Fine Homes has a long-standing tradition of designing and building quality homes in Dufferin County and the surrounding area, so it is not surprising to find that the construction of their own home was no exception. Although Chad and Marrie Ferguson had owned their lovely property on the 6th line for more than 10 years, only recently did they complete construction on this gorgeous, 2800 square foot open-concept bungalow. Just...

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McLaren Automotive – Speed, Style, and Hard Work
Nov27

McLaren Automotive – Speed, Style, and Hard Work

June 2nd, 1970. It was a hazy, muggy Tuesday afternoon when 33-year-old Bruce McLaren, racer, constructor, winner of 4 Formula One grand prix, and champion of the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans, raced around the Sussex countryside on the famous Goodwood racetrack, testing his new Can-Am competitor, the model M8D. Leaving the pitlane after having made some final adjustments, McLaren roared back out on to the track. Cornering through the...

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Ask the Landscape Architect Expert: Planting Through The Pandemic
Nov27

Ask the Landscape Architect Expert: Planting Through The Pandemic

Let’s face it. We’re all tired. The very fundamental way in which we live our lives has altered, and our future will be forever changed as a result. We are now having to learn new ways to continue to thrive physically, financially, socially, and emotionally. We are proud once again to have teamed up with the very talented Paul Brydges of Brydges Landscape Architecture Inc., to explore the many benefits of returning to a “grass roots”...

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