Chicken Coq au Vin
Feb06

Chicken Coq au Vin

Ingredients: 4              organic or pasture raised chicken legs (thighs and drumstick separated) 1              carrot cut into large chunks 1              onion cut into large chunks 4              cloves of garlic 1              bottle    red wine Olive oil Salt and pepper to taste Directions: Pre-heat the oven to 375º Overall preparation time 3 hours In a heavy fry pan, add 4 table spoon of olive oil. Roast your chicken piece on...

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Lemon Sugar Hand Scrub
Feb06

Lemon Sugar Hand Scrub

                    SUPPLIES: 3 ½ cups sugar ½ cup coconut oil 20-25 drops essential lemon oil 1 lemon DIRECTIONS: Pour sugar into a large bowl Melt coconut oil in a microwave safe dish (approximately 20 – 30 seconds) Pour coconut oil over sugar and mix well (if scrub is too wet just add a bit more sugar) Add essential lemon oil and mix well Using a grater, zest lemon into the bowl and mix well (this adds texture, colour and aroma)...

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Carving Through The White-British Columbia
Feb06

Carving Through The White-British Columbia

There is something very masterful about effortlessly carving down a mountainside; past spiky dormant trees, freshly clumped in dry powder, while fingering streamers, millions of tiny white specks, floating in nature’s rhythm, follow your descent. With coordinated force you disturb the mountain’s precious blanket of white, ever panning your view, hunting for yet another perfect patch of untouched snow, only to be engulfed...

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South Australia’s Great Ocean Road
Feb06

South Australia’s Great Ocean Road

Australia is extraordinary, a continent so distant from Toronto, about 30 hours travel with two plane rides. It has mesmerizing geological landscapes, hundreds of millions of years old, plus unique indigenous forest, garden and animal species, like Koalas and Kangaroos, found nowhere else on earth. The friendliness of the people in Australia is as welcoming as its incessant sunny days and stunning, boundless white sand beaches....

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Rediscovering Quiet-Algonquin
Feb06

Rediscovering Quiet-Algonquin

Algonquin. It is a place to slow down, connect with your thoughts and reflect on life, authentically. In celebration of Canada’s 150th, this article visits an exceptional wilderness, by canoe, to understand how parts of Ontario once looked and felt. In this forest, sprinkled with lakes and intersected with rivers, one discovers the attributes of a peaceful world, away from the noises of human civilization. We adore its...

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Living Waters-Galapagos Islands
Feb06

Living Waters-Galapagos Islands

Out across the Pacific Ocean a lone Albatross soars. It’s been almost ten years since this giant bird, like an oversized gull with a three metre wingspan, has set foot on dry land. He has been roaming the Southern Hemisphere’s relentless winds and feeding on schooling fish, often remaining in flight for hours at a time. Yet nature’s allure beckons him home, like a pilgrimage, from his life of buoyancy on saltwater...

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Touching the Salt-Sea Kayaking in British Columbia
Feb06

Touching the Salt-Sea Kayaking in British Columbia

In Preparation for our July kayaking trip off the west coast of Vancouver Island, we pack plenty of water repellant gear. It rains over 200 days a year in this Pacific Temperate Rainforest, dropping over 200 cm of precipitation annually. The trees boast a mystical green lushness, many draped in clumping and hanging mosses. Along with abundant ferns and lichens, epiphytes are a part of a rainforest’s natural regeneration process....

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Luxuriously Wild-Secret Hideaway Retreats in Costa Rica
Feb06

Luxuriously Wild-Secret Hideaway Retreats in Costa Rica

On your next travel escape you might like to consider an adventure away from the ordinary, where you can feel the pulse of nature, rather than the roar of motor engines. We discovered Costa Rica to be an ideal destination where you can walk outside to your own cabin, instead of staying in a room … behind a door … off a hallway. In Costa Rica you can live luxuriously wild, immersed in a simple environment where you can...

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Ask the Landscape Architect Expert-The Planning Process-Part Two
Feb05

Ask the Landscape Architect Expert-The Planning Process-Part Two

PART TWO: the Budget Stage of the Process When we began the “Ask the Expert” series with award-winning landscape architect Paul Brydges, we knew that it would be a smart idea, but what I didn’t realize was how much I was going to continue to learn from him; and the landscape profession as a whole. For “Part Two” of this series, which is also the second piece of the landscape project process, we talk about everyone’s favourite topic …...

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Artist Profile: Everist Prokofiev
Feb01

Artist Profile: Everist Prokofiev

Some people consider creativity an inherited talent. Others think that creativity comes naturally to some and perhaps not so much to others. However, when it comes to our feature artist for our Spring edition, who just happens to be the great nephew of a famous Russian composer, I suspect it might be a little bit of both. Born in Poland in 1959, Everist Prokofiev is the son of two musically-inclined parents, who just so happened to...

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Creating a New Lifestyle for a New Life Experience
Feb01

Creating a New Lifestyle for a New Life Experience

How does a couple celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary? So many options to consider, and certainly a milestone that deserves a special celebration. After spending 30 years together raising a family of three boys, and remaining active in the community through sports, the local church, changes of career, and of course all of life’s ups and downs, the decision on how to celebrate was quite clear for Anne and Barry Kozluk; a kitchen...

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FOR SALE: What Can We Expect in 2018″
Feb01

FOR SALE: What Can We Expect in 2018″

Suggesting today’s real estate market is heating up is an understatement. It would be appropriate to say the market has been on fire for the last few years, and new government measures hope to bring the blaze under control. There are those in the mortgage industry, however, who feel a harmful impact of these measures will be a reduction in the purchasing power of potential home buyers. In October, 2017, the federal Office of the...

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Baked Pears with Nuts and Honey
Jan26

Baked Pears with Nuts and Honey

  Cinnamon, honey and walnuts are great to “pair” with pears! Yields: 4 servings (1/2 pear per serving) Time :30 minutes INGREDIENTS: 2              large ripe pears ¼ tsp     ground cinnamon 2 tsp      honey ¼ cup    crushed walnuts (optional) yogurt or frozen yogurt DIRECTIONS: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Cut the pears in half and scoop out the seeds. Place on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with cinnamon, top with walnuts and drizzle ½...

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White Wine & Garlic Mussels
Jan26

White Wine & Garlic Mussels

INGREDIENTS: 16-20   fresh mussels 1 oz      Canola Oil (warm) 1 oz       julienned onion ½ oz     julienned carrot 1 oz        sliced celery ½ oz     chopped garlic 5 oz       white wine 1 tbsp    butter DIRECTIONS: Lightly sauté the onions & garlic in canola oil for caramelization. Toss in the carrots and celery. Add 16 to 20 fresh mussels. Salt and pepper to taste. Add the wine and butter. Cover to steam the mussels open....

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Abandoned Spaces: a House Close to Home …
Nov01

Abandoned Spaces: a House Close to Home …

We began our series of “Abandoned Spaces” as an entire team. We’ve already been on some adventures, getting our share of “creepy” moments along with some very “funny” ones! Little did we know while planning our research, that our very own Elaine Stone, Owner / Publisher of Living Spaces & Life Styles Magazine, had her own abandoned space, one that ran deep into her very own family history. Enter Aunt Mary. Elaine’s Aunt...

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Ask The Landscape Architect Expert – The Planning Process – Part One
Feb06

Ask The Landscape Architect Expert – The Planning Process – Part One

“Without taking leaps of imagination or dreams, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming after all, is a form of planning.” A great quote when it comes to building your dream landscapes, and so we sat down with award-winning landscape architect, Paul Brydges, to find out why having a solid plan when it comes to landscape design, is key to bringing your vision to life. “Without having a comprehensive plan, projects rarely...

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