Exploring the Pillars of Education and Training
Aug21

Exploring the Pillars of Education and Training

Knowledge is power. And the power of education can be instrumental at any age, and at any stage of life. With an ever-growing presence within the region, both from an educational and community standpoint, Humber College continues to foster relationships with our region in order to contribute by offering education and training that’s geared to enrich our community and beyond. Once again we had the pleasure to speak with Joe Andrews,...

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Elegant, Bright…Perfection!
Aug21

Elegant, Bright…Perfection!

For this particular kitchen renovation, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Diane Smith, owner of KitchenArt, the boutique countertop and cabinet design showroom, to have her share a recent project where she had the privilege of applying her beautiful design. This project was part of a larger “top to bottom” renovation of a Victorian home in Orangeville, ON. The entire home was gutted, reframed, insulated, and the floors were...

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Wedding Dress Preservation
Aug21

Wedding Dress Preservation

One of the biggest decisions a bride has to make is the dress she’s going to wear on her big day. Women can spend months searching and trying on every dress possible, until one day she finds the perfect one, and she is stunning. The cost itself really doesn’t matter when it comes to the perfect dress; it’s really about how she feels in it, which only adds to the biggest day of the bride’s life. This is why it’s so important to...

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Featured Restaurant – Judy’s Restaurant, Erin, ON
Aug21

Featured Restaurant – Judy’s Restaurant, Erin, ON

Located in beautiful Erin, On, sits a restaurant like no other. Famous for their breakfast, Judy’s Restaurant is so much more than that, and we had the pleasure of sitting down with owner, Shona Lawlor, to find out just how very special this place is. It was just over 9 years ago when Shona and her husband Todd purchased “Judy’s Restaurant”. The original owners had sold it after a long time of building their business, while the next...

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Giving Thanks to Those We Love
Aug21

Giving Thanks to Those We Love

For the past few years I’ve had so much to be thankful for. We moved to the beautiful town of Orangeville, began a whole new life, and most importantly, we’ve met new friends who have become family. That sentiment very much includes my team here at LivingSpaces & Lifestyles Magazine. Each issue, our team brainstorms on our “Entertaining” section, and comes up with lots of ideas to make some of your favourite holidays even more...

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FEATURED RESTAURANT: Brewed Awakenings by Daniel
Feb12

FEATURED RESTAURANT: Brewed Awakenings by Daniel

I’m always amazed by the many places in our area that there are to enjoy a wonderful meal. This little unassuming cafe and eatery, located in downtown Grand Valley, certainly fits in to the “must visit” category, when you’re looking to enjoy the best of what local culinary skills and ingredients are all about. I sat down with chef and owner Daniel Bonello of Brewed Awakenings Cafe and Eatery, to find out why this popular spot is...

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Ask The Health Expert: Hypothyroidism … the right treatment
Feb08

Ask The Health Expert: Hypothyroidism … the right treatment

As many as 20 million Americans are suffering from some form of thyroid problem and of these, low thyroid function is probably the most prevalent, especially in women. The function of the thyroid gland is to take in iodine, which is found in many foods and convert it into thyroid hormones T4 [thyroxine] and T3 [triiodothyronine]. T4 is produced by the thyroid gland in much greater amounts than T3 about 90% more, but T3 is the...

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The Benefits of Investing in New Windows
Feb08

The Benefits of Investing in New Windows

My husband and I moved to the Orangeville area a few years ago, and fell in love with our home. It’s simple, the perfect size, and as the previous owners had taken such good care of it, any maintenance required would be minimal. The house itself was built in the mid-eighties, and despite many upgrades still had its’ original windows, and they were definitely starting to show their age. The interesting thing is that while they still...

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Outdoor Culinary Dreams Come True
Feb07

Outdoor Culinary Dreams Come True

When it comes to a chef’s dream working environment, most would think of a “state of the art” kitchen, and they would likely be right. With that in mind, owner Zach Koolen, along with his team at Cedarcroft Landscape & Design, have provided that dream, creating the outdoor version, and with so much more than the client could have ever imagined. For this featured project, Zach pointed out that the first meeting between he and his...

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Water Features: Beautiful, and good for the soul!
Feb07

Water Features: Beautiful, and good for the soul!

You find the home of your dreams. You love it, but you’re not so much in love with the steep hill that makes up the majority of your back yard. One particular client of Dutch Touch Landscaping had just this issue to deal with, and so Maarten Randeraad and his team came up with a fabulous solution! This particular project was an interesting one for Maarten and his team, as the client wanted a flat-surfaced backyard so there would be no...

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Ensuite Bathroom Renovation
Feb07

Ensuite Bathroom Renovation

There’s nothing like the luxury of having a master bedroom ensuite. It’s so easy and accessible to use, whether it’s on cold, crisp mornings, or when there are two of you, and the space needs to house “two” of everything. There is also nothing like having a master bedroom ensuite renovation designed by Paula Coffey, from The Plumber’s Wife in Arthur, On. Our clients needed to update their “builder’s grade” ensuite not only up to the...

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Downtown Fergus – Beauty, Business and Bridges!
Feb07

Downtown Fergus – Beauty, Business and Bridges!

FERGUS ONTARIO. In a word, beautiful. When you enter this charming little town, it’s almost as if you’ve been transported to another time and place. I suppose the obvious correlation would be that you have entered a small Scottish village, rich in character, history, and natural charm. If you’ve not had the pleasure of visiting Fergus, it’s a trip that’s definitely worth making. If you have been lucky enough to spend time amongst its...

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Client and Contractor … some advice for a great fit!!
Feb07

Client and Contractor … some advice for a great fit!!

In a perfect world, one could decide an upgrade is needed on the house. A reliable building contractor is found the next day, plans are put into motion within a week and the project is completed, to everyone’s utmost satisfaction, within a month or two. In the real world, that is highly unlikely to happen. Home renovations and/or additions are meticulous undertakings with many factors to take into consideration. As well, communication...

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Vegetarian Borscht-Authentic Russian Beet Soup
Feb07

Vegetarian Borscht-Authentic Russian Beet Soup

Prep: 20 mins | Cook: 45 mins | Serves: 12-14 INGREDIENTS: 2 med   beets, peeled & grated 1 large   carrot, peeled & grated 1 tbsp    olive oil 1              tomato, diced 2 tbsp    water juice      of ½ lemon 2 L         water/vegetable broth 1 tbsp    salt 5 med    potatoes, diced ½           cabbage 1             small onion, diced 1 tsp      olive oil 5-7        whole black peppers 3-4        bay leaves 1 tbsp   dried...

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Bacon Mushroom Spaghettini
Feb07

Bacon Mushroom Spaghettini

YOU WILL NEED – PER PORTION: 6oz wt. Spaghettini Noodles (cooked) 2oz wt. Mushrooms 1 tbsp    Butter 1 tbsp    Shallots (fine dice) 4-6         cloves Roasted Garlic 2oz wt. Back Bacon (med dice) 150ml    35% cream 1 tbsp    Grated Parmesan Salt & Pepper – to taste garnish Brassica Microgreens and Salt Cured Egg Yolk (optional) DIRECTIONS: Sauté shallots, roasted garlic, mushrooms and bacon in Butter for 1 minute Add...

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Cheesy Bacon Asparagus Dip
Feb07

Cheesy Bacon Asparagus Dip

INGREDIENTS: 1 bunch asparagus chopped 1 tbsp olive oil Salt & Pepper 4 slices cooked bacon (chopped) ¼ block cream cheese (2 oz) 1 cup sharp white cheddar shredded ½ cup shredded gruyere ½ cup sour cream ¼ cup freshly chopped chives DIRECTIONS: Heat broiler. On a baking sheet, toss olive oil with asparagus and season with salt & pepper. Broil for approximately 5 to 7 minutes or until tender. Remove from oven and reduce heat...

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White Wine & Garlic Mussels
Feb07

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...

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Refreshing Summer Drinks
Feb07

Refreshing Summer Drinks

WHITE FREEZIE INGREDIENTS: .5 oz       Banana Liquor .5 oz       Raspberry Sour Puss 7Up Rim a Highball Glass with sugar Fill half way with ice Add Banana Liquor & Raspberry Sour Puss Top with 7UP Stir drink Garnish with maraschino cherries BLUE FREEZIE INGREDIENTS: .5 oz       Melon Liquor .5 oz       Blue Curacao 1 oz        Lime juice 7 Up Rim a Highball Glass with sugar Fill half way with ice Add Melon Liquor, Blue...

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BBQ Ribs
Feb07

BBQ Ribs

RIB RUB INGREDIENTS: 1             full rack of ribs 1 tsp      Chili Powder 1 tsp      Paprika ¼ tsp   Garlic 1/8 tsp  Salt 1/8 tsp  Pepper 1/8 tsp  Ground Mustard ¼ tsp    Oregano 1/8 tsp  Chicken Soup Base RIB RUB COOKING (1 full rack of ribs): Mix ingredients together. Sprinkle onto both sides of the ribs; rub in so spice mix sticks to the meat. Wrap in plastic wrap and let sit for 4-24 hrs (24 hrs for max flavour). Place ribs...

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Gazpacho
Feb06

Gazpacho

Serves 4 People Ingredients: 1 ½ lbs   vine-ripened tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped Tomato juice 1 cup     cucumber, peeled and chopped ½ cup    red bell pepper, chopped ½ cup    yellow bell pepper, chopped ½ cup    red onion, chopped 1 small  jalapeno, seeded and minced 1 med.  garlic clove, minced ¼ cup    extra-virgin olive oil 1              lime, zested 1              lime, juiced 2 tsp      balsamic vinegar 2 tsp     ...

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