JOY’n Us Events
Sep25

JOY’n Us Events

Doing what you love. It’s a simple concept, but not always are we lucky enough to find a career that truly is a labor of love. When we sat down with Karen Kamphuis, owner of JOY’n Us Events, we were not only impressed, but inspired by her company’s vision is to assist not-for-profit organizations reach their operational goals. Beyond her passion for the not-for-profit sector, Karen also loves to help people achieve their event and...

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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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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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Patio Dining in the Perfect Setting
Aug21

Patio Dining in the Perfect Setting

We are so very fortunate here in Ontario that the weather has been providing us with an extended bout of warm weather, which in recent years has often lingered on through to October. Fall is no longer a time to get ready to hibernate, as the extended warm patio season means we can continue to enjoy special events, great food, and lazy afternoons in beautiful settings! A Taste of Freedom Country Inn, in the quaint town of Tottenham,...

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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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Eating For Your Mind, Body & Soul
May17

Eating For Your Mind, Body & Soul

INTENTION. It’s a word that we rarely hear when speaking about the food we put into our bodies, but having spent some time with Brenda Beattie, owner of Healthy Cravings Holistic Kitchen in Shelburne, ON, it is a word that we should always be thinking about when it comes to the way we fuel our bodies. Brenda has a unique approach to her menu, but one that makes perfect sense and addresses every need that our bodies and minds require...

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Restaurant Feature: Son of a Chef, Orangeville
May08

Restaurant Feature: Son of a Chef, Orangeville

A Sweet Little Place I had never tried a cabbage roll. I’m of Irish decent, love meat, love cabbage, love most foods actually, but for some reason it has taken me 45 years to have an opportunity to enjoy this very popular “comfort food”. So, when the restaurant feature for this edition’s article was to profile “Son of a Chef”, I began to research what this eatery had to offer, and I knew then that I was going to get my chance… and boy...

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