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Seven-day menu with planned leftovers for a family of four

Most Canadians waste on average 40% of their food; waste – as in throwing it away into the garbage or composter. Which translates into throwing away your money. With the cost of groceries on the rise there has never been a better time to learn how to extend your food dollar, professional home economist Mairlyn […]

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How to make a Halloween Coffin Cake

Don’t Forget to Leave Room for Chocolate Cake Coffin Cake (Lactose-free) This is my go-to-it cake for birthdays and any special occasion when it has to be chocolate.   If you are making this for the Halloween Coffin Cake not only do you have to double the recipes but you will need Two- 9×13 inch […]

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Our driving trip across Canada #RoadTripMair

Some things you just have to do before you kick the bucket. My list is fairly long, but every year I check a couple of adventures off. #RoadTripMair began as an idea in 2013 after we bought our new Mazda 3. Driving home from a long weekend up in Muskoka my husband and I both […]

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Kitchen Reno – Week 5

Going into Week Five of being Kitchenless and I think I’m definitely starting to lose it! Somehow the magic of washing our dishes in a basin in the basement laundry tub is gone. If you want to read the beginning of this saga check out So you want a new kitchen, eh?     To […]

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Side dishes for Christmas Dinner

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Cranberries  Depending on the size of the your turkey and how much oven space you have this festive vegetable dish can be made the day of or up to two days in advance, then warmed up in the oven while your turkey is having its “time out.”  Note: recipe can be […]

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Immune Enhancing Asian-Style Shrimp Soup

Given the immune enhancing powers of mushrooms, garlic, onions, and miso you might want to eat this soup several times a week. 8 cups (2 L) no salt added chicken broth 1-6 inch (15 cm) sliced lengthwise lemon grass ¼ tsp (1 mL) hot peppers, minced or dried red pepper flakes, more if desired 4 […]

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Halloween – Cityline Style

  I love dressing up on Halloween, especially when I get to be one of my comedic idols, Lucille Ball.     Here are the recipes I demmed on the show along with Tracy aka Micheal Jackson   Cheese Balls from Outer Space, Anyone? Makes approx. 40 cheese balls Serving suggestion: You will need: ·         […]

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Homemade Ice Tea – Staying Hydrated this Summer

In the summer heat staying hydrated is even more important than usual. Fluids help flush toxins out of our organs, carry nutrients to our cells, can help keep blood pressure within normal range, provide a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues, can help lower your risk of heat stroke, and can help reduce […]

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