Victorian Thanksgiving Recipes – Desserts
Aug28

Victorian Thanksgiving Recipes – Desserts

MINCE TARTS Ingredients: 8 oz        plain flour 1              egg – room temperature 3 oz        butter 3 oz        lard Pinch of salt 1              jar of mincemeat (Crosse & Blackwell is great!) Pastry Directions: 1. Beat the room temperature egg with ¼ cup of water. 2. Combine the flour, butter and lard in a bowl and work it with your fingertips until crumbly.  Mix in enough of the egg/water mix to hold the flour mixture...

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Victorian Thanksgiving Recipes – Sides
Aug28

Victorian Thanksgiving Recipes – Sides

ASPARAGUS SOUP Ingredients: 1 lb       fresh asparagus ½ head lettuce, washed 1 small  onion, freshly chopped ½ pt      vegetable or chicken stock (900 ml) 1 oz       butter (25g) ¾ oz     plain flour (18g) 2           egg yolks 2½ oz   double cream (75ml) salt and black pepper Directions: Cut off the tips of the asparagus and reserve for garnishing.  Trim the asparagus and cut into 1” pieces.  Shred the lettuce finely, and then put...

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Victorian Thanksgiving Recipes – Turkey and Stuffing
Aug28

Victorian Thanksgiving Recipes – Turkey and Stuffing

TIPS FOR ROASTING THE TURKEY Cooking times:                          unstuffed            stuffed 8 to 12 lbs        ¾ – 3 hrs             3 – 3½ hrs 12 to 14 lbs      3 – 3¾ hrs           3½ – 4 hrs 14 to 18 lbs      3¾ – 4¼ hrs       4 – 4¼ hrs 18 to 20 lbs     4¼ – 4½ hrs       4¼ – 4¾ hrs 20 to 24 lbs     4½ – 5 hrs           4¾ – 5¼ hrs Turkey Talk Preferred : fresh...

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Drink Recipes
Aug27

Drink Recipes

MINT JULEP Ingredients: Leaves  from 4 to 5 mint sprigs 2              sugar cubes or 1/2 ounce simple syrup 2½ ozs   bourbon whiskey Place the mint and simple syrup or sugar into a julep cup, collins glass, or double old-fashioned glass. Muddle well to dissolve the sugar and to release the oil and aroma of the mint. Add the bourbon. Fill with crushed ice and stir well until the glass becomes frosty. Garnish with the mint sprig. *Tips...

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Let’s Go To The Fair
Aug27

Let’s Go To The Fair

  It’s an event that’s come to signal the waning days of summer, and that the fall season is just around the corner. But, it does come with thrill rides, corn dogs, cotton candy, live music & livestock, jams, jellies, and pies, and of course, the demolition derby! The Orangeville Fair, a staple since 1858, is themed this year as “Homegrown & Handmade”. Taking place every Labour Day weekend, the fair is another of those...

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Warm Spinach & Artichoke Dip with Skillet Bread
Aug21

Warm Spinach & Artichoke Dip with Skillet Bread

INGREDIENTS: frozen premade dough 1 ½ tbsp butter melted (for brushing on top of the dough) DIP 4 cups fresh baby spinach ½ cup artichoke hearts roughly chopped 4 oz cream cheese softened ½ cup sour cream ¼ cup mayonnaise 1 clove garlic minced ½ tsp sriracha  or any other hot sauce ¼ cup Parmesan cheese grated ¼ cup mozzarella grated salt and pepper 1 tbsp fresh parsley chopped DIRECTIONS: DIP: Add fresh spinach to a microwave safe...

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Cranberry Pie
Aug21

Cranberry Pie

Serves: 8 Prep Time:15 mins Total Time: 1 hour 5 mins INGREDIENTS: 1 piecrust 1 ½ cups fresh cranberries 1 cup sugar 1 tbsp all-purpose flour 1 egg white 1 cup  heavy whipping cream DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 425° F. Roll out piecrust and arrange in a 9-inch pie pan. Pour cranberries into crust to form a thick layer. In a medium bowl, sift together 2/3 cup sugar and flour. In a separate bowl, beat egg white until stiff peaks form,...

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Creamy Pumpkin Soup
Aug21

Creamy Pumpkin Soup

CREAMY PUMPKIN SOUP There’s nothing better than dunking warm, crusty, buttered bread into a big bowl of creamy pumpkin soup … especially as our nights begin to get cooler. Serves: 4 – 6 INGREDIENTS: 2.4 lb pumpkin, unpeeled weight 1 onion, sliced (white, brown, yellow) 2 garlic cloves, peeled whole 3 cups vegetable or chicken broth, low sodium 1 cup water salt and pepper Finishes: ½ – ¾ cream or half and half DIRECTIONS: Cut the...

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Bat Tree
Aug21

Bat Tree

WHAT YOU WILL NEED: • Twigs • Black cardstock • Vase • Burlap & Twine • Hot glue gun Something heavy to keep the vase from tipping (I used rocks from the garden) Find some twigs and strip off the leaves (you can make this small enough to fit in your house or larger like I did to decorate the front door step). Tie the twigs together and put them in your vase along with the rocks to keep it steady. Wrap a piece of burlap around...

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Flowerpot Scarecrows
Aug21

Flowerpot Scarecrows

WHAT YOU WILL NEED: • 2 medium terra cotta flower pots (for each scarecrow) • 4 smaller terra cotta flower pots (for each scarecrow) • Burlap • Twine • Straw • White cardstock • Hot glue gun The first thing I did was cut eyes, nose and a mouth out of cardstock and glue it on a piece of burlap. Then I glued the burlap to the flower pot (flower pot right side up). Cut 4 long pieces of twine for the arms and legs and insert them into the...

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Candycorn Bottles
Aug21

Candycorn Bottles

WHAT YOU WILL NEED: • Empty wine bottles • White, orange and yellow spray paint This is a very easy craft and so cute. First clean your wine bottles thoroughly (this is the hardest part of this craft). Next I sprayed the entire bottles white and let them dry. Then the orange (let it dry) and lastly the...

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Lessons From the Reading Room with Hazel McGuiness
Aug21

Lessons From the Reading Room with Hazel McGuiness

Discovery, Direction, Achievement So here we are again in the “Reading Room”, with the lovely Hazel McGuiness. It’s easy to see why Hazel has garnered such an amazing reputation throughout the world. She’s a special person for sure, and learning from her is powerful. Today we’re talking about a simple notion, as most are with Hazel, which is why they have such impact; Discovery, Direction, and Achievement. Most of us at some point...

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Getting to Lean!
Aug21

Getting to Lean!

The weight loss journey can be one that feels impossible, lonely, and frustrating. The industry itself is so competitive and choosing the right weight loss solution can seem impossible. We were lucky enough to spend some time with Kelly Nolan, Pharmacist & owner of  Avita Weight Loss Clinic, to find out more about her weight loss program, and other services that can address some health concerns. Customized just for you. The Avita...

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Ask the Health Expert – The Cannabis Conundrum
Aug21

Ask the Health Expert – The Cannabis Conundrum

The latest product to burst into the news in the Natural Health marketplace is CBD oil. CBD stands for cannabidiol which is one of 113 cannabinoids identified as naturally occurring in the cannabis plant, and constitutes 40% of the plant extracts. Cannabis Sativa is the Latin name for cannabis or hemp and cannabinoids are the natural chemical constituents found in all plants of this genus. CBD is one of the most intensively researched...

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Taking Skincare to the Next Level!
Aug21

Taking Skincare to the Next Level!

One of Orangeville’s best kept beauty secrets is out. Skin ‘n’ Tonic Aesthetics in Orangeville has built a tremendous reputation in our community and pride themselves on clean, personalized and friendly service. We had the opportunity to spend some time with Irene Culliton, the very lovely, and very talented owner of Skin ’n’ Tonic, to talk about skin care, and find out about the latest technologies available when it comes to taking...

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