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5 Ways to Create a Cozy Reading Nook for Kids

Think reading needs to be relegated to the couch or a bed? With a little creativity, you can create cozy reading nooks the whole family can enjoy. Here are some tips from Charlotte Teeple, executive director of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre and head of the TD Grade One Book Giveaway, Canada’s largest free book…

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Direct Answers – The Price of Service

My wife of 13 years and I are, according to the counselor we started seeing recently, in the final death throes of our marriage. I have emotionally neglected her for years, and though the signs were there as plain as the nose on my face, this has been a shock and devastator. (Visited 6 times,…

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A Christmas Cookie for Ginger Nuts

Over the holidays, the great cookie debate inevitably flares. In this eternal debate, I always choose crisp over chewy. For me, the snap and crunch of a cookie matters as much as its flavor. But if chewy cookies are your thing, do read on. (Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)

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PB and G Muffins

As temperatures cool down and days get shorter, there’s nothing like a homemade treat for feeling warm and cozy. Throughout fall and early winter, fresh grapes from California are in season and make a pleasing addition to muffins and breads. Their luscious colours — red, green and black — add a wow factor that keeps…

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Direct Answers – Not in Kansas Anymore

My husband and I have been married 40 years. During that time he has had an affair on three different occasions, always with the same woman, his childhood sweetheart. The last time was eight years ago. Each time they broke up because he would not divorce me. (Visited 31 times, 1 visits today)

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Aromatherapy – Make Your Own in Minutes For Pennies

Perhaps the best thing about aromatherapy is that it is so easy and pleasurable to engage in; both for the creator of the concoction and most assuredly for the client. Few people will complain about receiving a prescription to bathe with scented oils or apply a fragrant body oil; two of the most popular aromatherapy…

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Lemonade Cream Pie Shooter

Each serving of this creamy pie includes almost a half cup of watermelon, a source of lycopene, a compound related to beta carotene that lowers the risk for heart disease, inflammation, and even skin aging. The potassium in watermelon is important for maintaining a healthy heart beat and the vitamin C is one of the…

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Watermelon Glazed Sweet Potato Fries

Orange sweet potatoes are one of the richest sources of vitamin A, a nutrient important for healthy eyes and skin. Lycopene from watermelon also is important for healthy skin. Adding a touch of fat to the dish increases the absorption of these two essential substances as much as ten-fold. While it’s a myth that “all…

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Direct Answers – Deadwood -Part 2

So much has happened in the less than a month since I last wrote… [The full letter in Last Week’s Column.] ~ Lesa Lesa, during the Second World War the Allied military faced a big problem. Bombers were getting shot down right and left. Of the ones that returned, many had bullet holes in the…

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Meanwhile The World Goes On – Mary Oliver

“You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on….

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Milk-Braised Pork Shoulder

The Perfect Tender Roast of The Season Looking for a tender and juicy roast recipe to serve? Look no further than this milk-braised pork shoulder recipe. It includes dry vermouth which is also referred to as “white” or “French” vermouth. If you can’t find it, opt for a dry white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc…

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Spinach and Meatball Soup with Outer Space Pasta

This veggie-packed meatball soup is technically for kids, but you’ll be tempted to sneak a bowl for yourself. “There is no age restriction on good taste, even if it comes in the form of a UFO-shaped noodle,” says Samara Foisy, registered dietitian for President’s Choice. “This is one of my favourite recipes since the pasta…

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Avocado Toast Pockets

The popular brunch staple gets a holiday appetizer makeover in this phyllo-crusted pocket version. The avocado toast is a delicious combo of creamy avocado, fresh tomato, onion and tart lime, and is beautifully paired with a cilantro-sour cream for dipping. Serves eight for less than $0.70 each. (Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)

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Direct Answers – Deadwood

So much has happened in less than a month since I last wrote. I told my husband I wanted a divorce. He doesn’t want one but agreed we shouldn’t be married if I’m not happy. We settled on a three-month timeline for him to move out. Obviously there’s much more to decide. (Visited 3 times,…

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Cranberry Flax Pumpkin Bread

Fall for Flax Bread Two of the season’s most-loved foods come together in this delicious homemade bread. Pumpkin’s potent beta-carotene and cranberries’ anthocyanin phytochemicals are blended together with flaxseed’s protective omega-3 fats. Flax is also being studied for their lignans, plant estrogens which may play a role in protecting against breast cancer. (Visited 34 times,…