Sunsational Summer Drinks
Jun05

Sunsational Summer Drinks

Grapefruit Spritzer INGREDIENTS: 1 grapefruit; plus additional grapefruit for garnish 2 cups ice 3 x 12oz cans of ginger soda handful of fresh basil 1/4 cup basil simple syrup DIRECTIONS: Juice one large grapefruit and segment additional grapefruit for garnish if preferred. Fill a pitcher half way with ice. Pour soda, fresh grapefruit juice and simple syrup. Mix well. Garnish with grapefruit slices and fresh basil. Moscow Mule (yields...

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VEGGIE BURRITO (BLACK BEAN)
Jun05

VEGGIE BURRITO (BLACK BEAN)

BLACK BEANS 2 cups black beans (dried – soak over night for optimal nutrients). Boil black beans in salted water for 45 min or until soft. 1 red onion, diced small 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced small 2 tbsp vegetable oil (to sauté) 1 tsp lime juice (maybe two depending on how juicy)  Salt pepper to taste ½ cup Cilantro, chopped DIRECTIONS: Add oil to large pan and heat. Sauté the red onion and jalapeño peppers until onions...

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PROTEIN PACKED SUMMER SALAD
Jun05

PROTEIN PACKED SUMMER SALAD

INGREDIENTS: ¾ cup romaine, finely chopped ¾ cup radicchio, finely chopped 1 hard-boiled egg, finely diced 1 chicken cutlet, grilled and diced 10 cherry tomatoes, cut into quarters ½ cup chickpeas, cooked 2 tbsp chives, finely chopped ¼ cup blue cheese, crumbled 1 tbsp red wine vinegar, or to taste 2 tbsp olive oil, or to taste  salt and pepper DIRECTIONS: Combine romaine, radicchio, hard-boiled egg, grilled chicken, cherry tomatoes,...

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PORK and PINEAPPLE SKEWERS
Jun05

PORK and PINEAPPLE SKEWERS

INGREDIENTS: 400g pork 4 tbsp sugar 60ml cider vinegar 1 tsp fish sauce ½ small pineapple, peeled, cored and cut into chunks (or use ready prepped fresh pineapple, drained) 1 green pepper, deseeded and cut into squares 4 spring onions, trimmed and cut into 4 equal lengths  small bunch coriander, chopped  cooked rice (to serve with) DIRECTIONS: Cut the pork into cubes. On low heat, heat the sugar and vinegar in a pan until the sugar...

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NO BAKE STRAWBERRY CHOCOLATE TART
Jun05

NO BAKE STRAWBERRY CHOCOLATE TART

INGREDIENTS: CRUST: 32 Oreo cookies, whole ½ cup butter, melted CHOCOLATE FILLING: 7 oz milk chocolate (200g) 3.5 oz bittersweet chocolate (55-70% cacao) (100g) 7 oz heavy cream (200 ml) TOPPING: 10 oz fresh strawberries (300g) chopped nuts (almonds, pistachios) DIRECTIONS: Place oreo cookies (with filling) into the bowl of a food processor and blend until crumbs form. Melt butter and pour into the crushed cookies and process until...

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Raspberry Keto Muffins
Jun05

Raspberry Keto Muffins

INGREDIENTS: 3 cups almond flour ½ cup ghee or coconut oil, melted 4 large eggs, whisked 1 cup raspberries 2 tbsp lemon zest 1 tbsp sugar-free vanilla extract stevia, to taste 1 tsp baking soda DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350 F (175 C). Mix together all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Pour into muffin pans (use silicone muffin pans or grease the metal pans). Bake for 18-20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Makes 12...

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Bacon, Parmesan Brussel Sprouts
Jun05

Bacon, Parmesan Brussel Sprouts

INGREDIENTS: 4 strips thick-cut bacon 2 tbsp butter 1 lb brussels sprouts,halved 2 tbsp fresh parmesan salt and freshly ground black pepper DIRECTIONS: Cook bacon in a large skillet until crispy. Remove to paper towel-lined plate and roughly chop. In same pan with bacon fat, melt butter. Add brussel sprouts. Cook, stirring occasionally, until sprouts are golden brown (8-10 min). Season with salt, pepper and fresh parmesan, to taste,...

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Keto Salad
Jun05

Keto Salad

Prep Time: 15 Minutes | Cook Time: 20 Minutes INGREDIENTS: SALAD INGREDIENTS: 2 cups baby spinach 4 slices bacon, cooked and diced 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved (or diced Roma tomatoes) 1/2 cup red onion, diced 4 ozs blue cheese, crumbled 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and diced 1 egg, hard boiled 1/4 cup red wine vinaigrette (see recipe below) RED WINE VINAIGRETTE INGREDIENTS: 1/4 cup olive oil 3 tbsp red wine vinegar 3 garlic cloves,...

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Garlic Parmesan Cauliflower Mash (serves 4)
Jun05

Garlic Parmesan Cauliflower Mash (serves 4)

INGREDIENTS: 1 head cauliflower 1 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp butter 2 garlic cloves 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated 2 tbsp light sour cream 1/2 tsp salt, or to taste 1/8 tsp pepper, or to taste DIRECTIONS: Rinse and cut the cauliflower. In a large pot with a steamer basket add enough water until it touches the bottom of steamer basket. Add the cauliflower, cover and bring the pot to a boil. Cook for 10 minutes, or until the cauliflower is...

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Peppercorn Steak
Jun05

Peppercorn Steak

INGREDIENTS: 2 of your favourite cuts of steak 2 tbsp lightly cracked black pepper 1 tbsp kosher or sea salt DIRECTIONS: Using a pepper-mill on the largest setting or using a plastic bag and a heavy pan, lightly crack the black pepper. Season each steak with 1/2 tbsp of kosher salt. Cover the steaks with 1 tbsp of the cracked black pepper. Make sure to coat each side and then press the pepper into the steaks with your hands before...

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PEACH ICE TEA (cold brewed)
Jun05

PEACH ICE TEA (cold brewed)

INGREDIENTS: 5 earl grey tea bags 1 litre water 3 peaches, sliced  peel of 1 orange, peeled into large slices 3 mint sprigs 2–5 tsp sugar, maple syrup or honey DIRECTIONS: Add the peaches to the bottom of a pitcher and muddle with a wooden spoon just enough to smash them. Add the slices of orange zest, mint, sweetener of choice, tea bags, water and mix until combined. Cover and place in the fridge for 6-12 hours. Remove the tea bags...

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BEER SOAKED CEDAR PLANK SALMON
Jun05

BEER SOAKED CEDAR PLANK SALMON

Yield: 2-4 servings INGREDIENTS: 1 untreated cedar plank 1 whole fillet of salmon, approx 1 pound 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil  salt and pepper 1 lemon, thinly sliced 4 sprigs fresh thyme 2 cups  beer DIRECTIONS: Place the cedar plank in a high rimmed baking dish or roasting pan and top with a very heavy can. Pour beer in dish and add just enough water to ensure the plank is fully submerged. Allow the plank to soak for at least 4...

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FLOWER PAILS
Jun05

FLOWER PAILS

One of our customers was making these beautiful arrangements as centerpieces for an event. She purchased aluminum pails with butterfly decals already on them. She placed the dry foam brick in the pail and put the solar light in the center and then arranged the flowers and butterflies around it. MATERIALS: Aluminum pail Dry foam brick Solar light Artificial flowers Decorative...

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Headwaters House Tour 2019
Jun04

Headwaters House Tour 2019

The Headwaters Health Care Auxiliary has teamed up with energetic and passionate community volunteers in celebration of the 23rd Headwaters House Tour. Traditionally, the Tour was organized solely by the Headwaters House Tour committee, which is no small feat; having organized over 22 home tours and raising $500,000 to date to support hospital needs. Originally, the committee of twelve had rallied friends, family, neighbours and...

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History of Motorcycles: PART II – Harley Davidson Super Glide
Jun04

History of Motorcycles: PART II – Harley Davidson Super Glide

It was 1969, and the movie “Easy Rider” had just hit the theatres, and quickly became the standard for an anti-establishment, hit-the-road movie; one that still lives on today in terms of iconic motorcycle cinema. Posters depicting Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper perched on their custom choppers, heading down the highway with the wind in their hair were seen everywhere, and can still be found in many garages, man-caves, bike shops, and...

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Horses and Hounds – Ultimate Country Living
Jun04

Horses and Hounds – Ultimate Country Living

People always seem surprised when I tell them that in our immediate area there are three, count ‘em, three, active groups of horses and hounds, red coats and all! “Riding to hounds” is all about the horses and dogs (referred to as “hounds” in hunting circles), and enjoying the beautiful outdoors. Living Spaces talked to two “hunts”, The Eglinton and Caledon Hounds in the Caledon area, and the Wellington Waterloo Hunt near Guelph....

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The Timeless Craft of Blacksmithing
Jun04

The Timeless Craft of Blacksmithing

In existence since the bronze age, the metalworking industry has undergone the necessary metamorphosis to keep pace with an ever changing world. Today, metal forming and fabrication technology features computer numeric control (CNC) machines that automatically perform a number of tasks that were once done manually. Modern metalworking professionals are more computer programmers than they are tradesmen. The timeless craft of...

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Advice for a Successful Bathroom Renovation
Jun04

Advice for a Successful Bathroom Renovation

If basic infrastructure requirements are not met, the most aesthetically ornate reno will in time, be transformed into a shambles. This especially applies when it comes to renovating a bathroom. Moisture is arguably the most insidious thing, when it comes to damaging a building. Since the bathroom is constantly subjected to it, it should be seen as the most physically abused room in your home. Therefore, every precaution should be...

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Need Roof Work? Check Out These Tips First
Jun04

Need Roof Work? Check Out These Tips First

Everyone is familiar with the three essentials of life – clothes on your back, food in your belly and a roof over your head. First and foremost, the clothing needs to be durable to protect your body from the elements. The food needs to be nutritious to protect you from elemental disease and starvation. The roof needs to be sturdy and well maintained to protect you and your belongings from the elements. As far as the third...

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The Art of Sewing … handmade!
Jun04

The Art of Sewing … handmade!

The aim of this article is to address the question: “Is the art of sewing dying?” The problem with this question is that it might be somewhat vague. It could, or perhaps should, be two questions. One being “is sewing, as an art form, dying?” and the other being “is it as necessary to have at least a rudimentary knowledge of sewing as it once was?” The answer to both would essentially be no. Regarding the first question, sewing, as an...

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