My Spin on Things

These posts are part of Mair’s “My Spin on Things” blog.

Sweet Potato & Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

As a big believer in all things local, I love supporting our local Ontario farmers.  Every time you choose a locally grown or produced food you support the farmers and our economy. This Shepherd’s Pie embraces locally grown produce and turkey, all from Ontario. Family friendly and easy to make, I adapted the recipe from […]

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Roasted Roma Tomatoes

Capture the taste of summer and roast Romas for those long winter months when is so bleak outside you lose the memory of a hot sunny day! Tip: you probably will wish you had made a double batch….if you do, go ahead and double everything including the pan. Roast in two separate pans on two […]

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My Top Toronto Ice Cream Shops

Bless the Food Gods because Ice Cream Season is in full swing. Officially July is Ice Cream Month ~ who knew there was a designated month to eat ice cream in? As a self proclaimed ice cream-aholic, I celebrate Ice Cream Month every month of the year. Ice cream is my weakness and my best […]

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Scotland – my travel log

When you trace my roots I’m mostly Scottish, with a close tie for second place going to my English and Irish heritage. Many moons ago, after graduating from university, my best friend and I traveled to the UK and Europe. We were backpacking and staying at B&B’s, spending a night here and a night there. […]

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How to pack a picnic

Some of us are blessed with a photographic memory, patience, and a small butt. Me? I was blessed with cellulite, a sense of humour, and the picnic gene. Ever since I can remember whenever summer hit my mom packed up salmon sandwiches, milk, and some fruit for a picnic dinner. As soon as my dad […]

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Tips on how to shop a Farmers’ Market

My favourite time on the calendar is when the local farmers’ market opens at my neighbourhood civic centre. It’s a leap out of bed on that first Tuesday of the third week in May, come hell or high water. I arrive sans make-up with my trusty reusable bags or bundle buggy and sprint across the […]

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Frozen Pineapple Whip

Hands up all the parents out there who’ve made the pilgrimage to Disneyworld. My hand is raised high. We first ventured down south when my son was six and again when he was eleven. Years later when he was in university, Scott and I went to Disneyland without him, and that’s the trip we discovered […]

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Chicken with Mushrooms and Thyme

This easy to make one pan chicken dish is pure comfort food. 5 cloves garlic, minced and set aside 1.75 lb (.790 g) skinless boneless chicken thighs OR chicken breasts 2 medium onions, cut in half and then sliced thinly 8 oz. (227 g) package cremini mushrooms 1 tbsp (15 mL) fresh thyme OR 1-2 […]

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