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My Spin on Things

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

Protecting your hands – gardening gloves that rock

  Whenever I find something that I feel is awesome I have to share. Dig It Gloves protected my nails from dirt and even though my manicure was already suspect, the gloves didn’t make it worse. The pictures were taken as soon as I took the gloves off and as you can tell that was […]

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Watermelon Salad with Goat Feta and Mint for One or up to Eight

It’s official, its watermelon season! Why watermelon is so good for you and How to pick a good watermelon.   Watermelon Appetizer for One I first had this app at the Lake Jo Club in the Muskokas and since then have Mairlynized it. It is all about how much you want – so use as […]

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My Top Five Healthy Foods

Here are my top five foods that are never leaving my diet, oh, and big surprise, they all have their own unique health benefits. In no particular order they are: Chocolate – Hell would literally have to freeze over for me to kiss chocolate goodbye; aside from keeping me sane in times of trouble dark […]

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How to Make the the Perfect Cup of Tea

Here are Ten Tips for the perfect cup of black tea, according to my Scots/Irish Grandmother and her sister my Great Aunt Nellie.  All teas have different temperatures for brewing, so these rules, my tea drinking friends, although there are similarities to other teas, only applies to black tea.  1.      A clean teapot – that […]

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Urban Backyard Gardening

 My mom always said the real reason she was a gardener was because she found a bit of peace when she was working the soil.  As one of the main reasons why she needed to find some peace, I didn’t get it the whole peace thing until I was in my twenties and had a […]

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So you think you want to be a cookbook author

Updated on October 23, 2016.   A day does not go by without someone telling me about their genius idea for a new fabulous cookbook. From movie stars to my neighbour down the street, the latest craze is penning your favourite recipes. I took choir and drama as electives in high school instead of what […]

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For the Love of Home Ec!

I was one of those weird people in high school who actually liked going to school. I liked hanging out with my friends, the clubs, intramural sports, and the after school activities. I hated and loathed Chemistry, Physics, and Math, but I loved History, English and my blessed Home Economics classes. The Home Ec area […]

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How to Make an Egg Tree

Egg Tree Anyone?   First you have to blow an egg out of its shell!   Then you have to have a really huge laugh! Followed by dying them using food colouring plus vinegar to make sure the dye sets   We used pipe cleaners to hang the eggs from the tree Then hang them […]

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I must have Italian roots! My trip to Italy.

I think I must have been Italian in one of my last lives, because from the moment I first landed in Italy I felt like I was home. I was raised in an Irish/Scots/English home, something of a barren wasteland of flavours. Over cooked roast and grey Brussels sprouts was typical fare. Our neighbours were […]

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What I learned in Florence

Even though Florence isn’t as big as Rome, it’s still really easy to get lost. Just because you think you are headed in the right direction, you may discover that you are going in the totally opposite direction of say the museum that Michelangelo’s David is housed in and then you have to run really […]

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