Ask the Health Expert: Vitamin D – The Sunshine Vitamin
Feb26

Ask the Health Expert: Vitamin D – The Sunshine Vitamin

Vitamin D, despite its name, is not technically a vitamin. By definition a vitamin is an organic compound that must be obtained from dietary sources as they are not produced by the body. Vitamin D is not one chemical but many. It is naturally produced by the skin from a form of cholesterol in the presence of sunlight, specifically the ultraviolet B energy (UBV) into vitamin D3. Most dietary supplements of vitamin D are manufactured by...

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EASTER CRAFT: Quick and Easy Centerpiece
Feb26

EASTER CRAFT: Quick and Easy Centerpiece

WHAT YOU WILL NEED: VaseDifferent sized plastic Easter eggsLightsAccent pieces (I used little carrots) DIRECTIONS: Arrange the lights, eggs and accent pieces inside the vase until you are satisfied with the finished product.

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Thinking of buying a rural property?
Feb26

Thinking of buying a rural property?

Test the water system’s quantity, quality and functionality before finalizing the deal. It is understood that there are urban amenities that will be sacrificed when opting for the serenity of rural living. At the same time, a rural property owner should expect the base comforts of proper heating, electricity and water. If you are thinking of buying a rural property, however, you need to pay more attention to water before you finalize...

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5 Tips for Creating Your Own Gallery Wall
Feb26

5 Tips for Creating Your Own Gallery Wall

(NC) With more people spending time at home and postponing vacations this year, many of us are taking on more DIY projects. A fun thing you can try is a gallery wall, which is a great way to display memories and decorate your space. white wall with photos of the family in various photo frames Gianmarco Bernaudo from Fujifilm Canada recommends these top five tips for making a flawless gallery wall at home: Pick a space: An important...

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A Unique Renovation Which Required “Out of the Box” Thinking
Feb25

A Unique Renovation Which Required “Out of the Box” Thinking

When Tom and Donna began looking for a new place to call home back in 2017, they knew they were looking for something special and unique. Donna had relocated to the Elora area from the city in 2010, and she had fallen in love with the natural beauty and small-town atmosphere that Wellington County offers all who visit and stay. She enjoys the challenge of the renovation and design process, and she had already purchased and renovated...

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CLASSIC CARS: 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC: one of Ferrari’s finest
Feb25

CLASSIC CARS: 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC: one of Ferrari’s finest

A penny a worm. That’s the going rate when you’re a 16-year-old boy, working in the dark pre-dawn hours with flashlight in hand, picking and loading nightcrawlers into your bucket in order to save up enough to buy your first car. Fast-forward a few decades, and by maintaining his “you get what you work for” approach, this same entrepreneur has over the years managed to buy, sell, and accumulate a coveted collection of rare and classic...

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Creating a Beautiful Home Spa Space
Feb25

Creating a Beautiful Home Spa Space

Having a space to call your own is becoming essential in our ever-growing quest for self-preservation, self-thought, and the need to simply have a private space to relax and recharge. Usually once a year, I’ll treat myself to a day at the spa for a little self-care, and to be able to “shut out the noise”. It remains an annual luxury because for me it’s a personal indulgence, and not an investment I can enjoy on a more frequent basis....

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LANDSCAPE FEATURE: Create Your Own Paradise
Feb25

LANDSCAPE FEATURE: Create Your Own Paradise

When Michael Haunton, Owner and President of Let’s Landscape Together (based in Waterdown, ON) went on vacation with his family 8 years ago, he returned with a new vision and plenty of inspiration. His goal – to recreate the “resort lifestyle” in his own backyard.  “I could not help but think that I could do this better”, says Mike, who set to work on planning and preparation shortly after returning home. “I wanted to experience...

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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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