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Do you have friends who encourage you to do outrageous things, things they might not be willing to do themselves?  I was on a trip

We Can All Help by Learning the Signs and Signals   Domestic violence and abuse against women have increased during the pandemic. Woolwich Counselling Centre has seen

Q: Mother’s Day is soon upon us and I still haven’t gotten my mom anything! Normally we go out for dinner and spend the day

Hey Kiddos - This article is for you. Mother's day is just around the corner. This year is a little different because stores aren't open

2 cups Buttermilk 1 tsp salt 2 tbsp Hot Sauce (such as Tabasco) 8 pieces of chicken (such as legs, breasts, thighs) 3 cups all-purpose flour 2 tsp baking powder 2

Look who’s available for adoption!   Hi, I’m Minuit. I am a super outgoing and adorable kitty who loves to explore. I don't love to be picked

This time of year is such an exciting time for gardeners. We are all itching to get our fingers in the dirt. Many of you

The Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) is taking steps to help support the mental health and well-being of watershed residents by providing additional opportunities to

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Kids and gardens - as a mom and a nutritionist, I love when these two worlds collide! When my children were small, I always looked

Toasted Lentil and Chickpea   1 cup lentils drained 2 cups chickpea Drained ¼ cup finely diced Carrots ¼ cup thinly sliced green top of leeks 1 garlic clove minced 1 tbsp

  Hi there. Our names are Angel and Deja. We’re at the Humane Society because our mommy got sick and could no longer look after us.

Over promising and under delivering. I intensely dislike the imprecision of it.  There is a beginning but no end. You thought there’d be an end

The Woolwich Gardener’s Plant Sale is coming up on Saturday, May 8th and they’re looking for donations of potted plants, perennials, bulbs and garden related

Q: Lately, my humans have been home all day. Normally, they abandon me for what feels like eons while they go to work. What the

Hormones impact us all - regardless of age, stage and gender. We all have them, but what is it that they actually do? Pretty much EVERYTHING!!!!

Pan-Seared Flank Steak with Mustard Chive Butter 1 (1.5 to 1-3/4lb) Flank Steak 2 tsp salt 1tsp sugar ½ tsp ground black pepper 3tbsp unsalted butter softened. 3 tbsp finely chopped

  Have you heard about Tux? Tux is a sweet, young and active boy looking for a family to spoil him with love. He enjoys running

Things we can do now as our climate changes   When to Go Whole Hog on Shock-proofing? Have you ever noticed how going whole hog (to the fullest

On April 9th, the federal and provincial governments announced joint funding for 10 community, culture and recreation infrastructure projects in southwestern Ontario. In the Waterloo Region,

Kids Care About Plastics Pollution!   The Nith Valley EcoBoosters is showcasing kids at a family focused webinar, Let's Talk Plastics, which will take place on Earth Day,

Q: I’ve been out of work for a while now. I’ve been applying for jobs, but so far, no luck. I’m feeling disheartened, and am

I am a firm believer that no matter what time you choose to break your fast, whatever it is that you are eating should be

2 cooked Nutra Farms Boneless Chicken Breasts diced 1 onion finely diced 1 cup diced Nutra Farms bacon 1 garlic clove minced 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 2 cups

Paul Knowles of New Hamburg Pens Again   “The Dun Also Rises,” the second mystery novel featuring small-town newspaper owner Ed Brighton, is now available. The murder

  Hello, my name is Harvey. I’m a super sweet and chill guy. I really enjoy pets, especially getting my chin rubbed! I will purr sweetly

4 Elmira’s own hot house tomatoes, cut in quarters 1 red pepper, stemmed and seeded, cut into quarters ½ cucumber, rough chop 1 Tbsp of sherry vinegar or

Q: My husband and I fight a lot. I swear the man never listens to me!! Everything seems to always be about him, and I’m

Spring is definitely in the air. To help us all celebrate, I would like to introduce you to my favourite refreshing cold beverage. With far

Megan Campbell has spins on her mind and she’s hoping it’s something an Olympian can help her with. The 11-year-old, part of the Star Skater program

Q: I have a CAT-Scan coming up and I’m pretty nervous. What can I expect when I go? Is there any reason I should be

The Optimist Club of New Dundee is accepting applications for its $1,500 Youth Appreciation Scholarship. The purpose of this scholarship is to recognize and reward

2 Tbsp. Butter 1 medium onion finely chopped 1 cup finely chopped Asparagus 8 cups chicken Stock 2 cups of Arborio Rice ½ cup white wine 1 Tbsp. butter 2/3 cup parmesan

On March 23rd, Tim Louis, Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Conestoga, Mike Harris, Member of Provincial Parliament for Kitchener-Conestoga and Her Worship Sandy Shantz, Mayor of

Easter is a special time in our house. While we do take time to reflect and appreciate the significance of the holiday, let’s be honest,

Look who’s available for adoption! Me! I’m available! My name is Tux. I’m a sweet, young and active boy. I love running around the yard and

Keeping vulnerable people in Waterloo Region safe The Ontario government is providing $6,617,514 to help the Region of Waterloo keep vulnerable people safe. The new funding

Are you finding the personal grit to look at climate breakdown without privileging slingshot responses?  Are you seeing society as a contract between current and

Q: Last week I was skiing and long story short, I have a concussion. Besides the constant throbbing in my head, the second most painful

4 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup water 8 Tbsp Waterloo IPA beer 1 Tbsp Apple cider Vinegar 1-1/2 tsp salt ¼ tsp instant or Rapid Rise Yeast     Directions In a Mixing bowl

I have heard more than a few parents worry aloud about their children “catching up” after most or all of a school year online. And

The Elmira Maple Syrup Festival is just around the corner. And while it won't be as in years past with bustling crowds, we will be

Hey gardeners, it has been a long winter and spring is just around the corner. Now is the time to think about starting some vegetable plants

St. Clements’ newest resident isn’t a who, but a what. The IDA Pharmacy opened its doors in December in an effort to give residents a

March 17 is St Patrick's Day or the Feast of Saint Patrick, a cultural and religious holiday celebrated every year in Ireland and by Irish

1 litre 35% cream 1 can sweetened condensed milk 2 Tbsp. Maple Syrup 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract 2 Tbsp. dark rum   In a mixing bowl beat whipping cream until

Kara Latta is on a mission to bring the creative fun of play-time back into the lives of adults. A certified life coach and hypnotherapist, Latta

Q: My wife keeps nagging me to start thinking about yard work as the snow has started to melt. The only thing is, I hate

In collaboration with The Bookshelf, Breslau resident Carolyn Huizinga Mills will be celebrating the launch of her first novel, The Good Son, on March 23rd,

In honour of St. Patrick's Day and all things green, I thought it would be a perfect time to put a new spin on the

Q: Spring is in the air, and I’m so excited to be able to go out and enjoy the warming weather! What are some fun

Maple Banana Bites   3 ripe bananas 1 cup dates, pitted and chopped 2 cup rolled oats 1/3 cup veg oil (or a little less) 1 Tbsp Maple Syrup 1 cup toasted

All ages & stages can help in the kitchen in some way. Young children especially like to contribute to their families in meaningful ways. How

We all understand what it means to think outside the box, but e-learning is currently a very “in-the-box” situation. Students and teachers alike appear as

Jodi is 10 years young. She is very friendly and is looking for a home that can spoil her as she is a senior dog. [caption

When you buy yourself wine, do you gravitate to wines that is sealed with corks or caps? Caps are easier to open, but corks carry

This may be deemed a little personal, but bear with me as I ask, "Do you 'go' daily?" I know it is one of those

We are all on the same page.  We are tired of hearing the words COVID 19, coronavirus, and pandemic.  This has been an equally challenging

Here’s a story. When I first bought my Chevy Bolt in 2018, GM required all dealers who sold fully electric EVs, to offer the use

Q: I ams bored with all my toys. I have played with them all, and my humans do not seem to hear me when I

Blueberry Maple Syrup 1⅔ cup blueberries, fresh or thawed ¼ cup maple syrup 1 tsp corn starch 1 Tbsp water Scones 2 ½ cups flour 2 tsp baking powder 2 Tbsp sugar ½ tsp

Ontario Beekeepers Association (OBA) beelieve the 2020 season of production was above average. Sometimes beekeepers see summers where it doesn’t rain for weeks, but the summer

Q: My boyfriend of 5 years asked me to marry him. For reasons I can’t figure out, I said no, but this does not mean

I am not a fan of trendy diets. I don't care what celebrity has had overwhelming success with a certain way of eating. Don't even

In Ontario, a favourite pastime is vociferous complaining about electricity prices. And yet, running a car on electricity is a huge bargain compared to running

Maple Brined Pork Chops 4-6oz Boneless Pork chop 3 cups water 1 Tbsp salt ¾ cup Canadian Maple Syrup   Directions: In a large bowl combine water, salt and Maple Syrup.

Q: I work tireless hours to hunt down prey. Once I have scored my trophy of a hard day’s work, I bring it home for

One of the many difficult things about enduring the COVID-19 pandemic is the damage to the social fabric. With the exception of hermits, human beings

In Canada, at least for now, Big Brother isn’t watching every move you make. We all know that our smartphones are collecting location and other

Making your own broth can seem a little daunting at first, but with a little know-how in your back pocket, you'll be a pro in

Chicken Croissant Club   Croissant Side bacon - double smoked Sliced chicken breast Sliced Bothwell Medium Cheddar Cheese Chef D's Bbq Sauce Side of fresh cucumber

And served with a dollop of Covid-19   For most of us, 2020 will be remembered as the year of the pandemic, but it could just as

When the US postal service began parcel deliveries in 1913, it wasn't long before some ingenious parents cottoned on to the idea of mailing their

“It cost an arm and a leg.” We all know this refers to being extremely expensive. But what is the origin of this phrase? One likely theory

As someone who spends a lot of time researching, tasting, and serving wine, I get a lot of questions around quality. What varietal is better

Q: I’m wanting to propose to my girlfriend, but I am unsure of how to do it. Should I propose on Valentine’s Day, or is

Today I choose to live with GRATITUDE for the LOVE that fills my heart, the PEACE that rests within my spirit, and the voice of

Potato Anna   Thinly sliced raw potatoes Caramelized onions Butter Grated Bothwell Parmesan Cheese   *Layer greased pan with potato slices; caramelized onions; parmesan cheese - 6 layers of each in this

As a dark chocolate lover, I am always happy when research confirms that in addition to bringing me joy, this decadent treat also has some

Imagine you’re standing beside a flowing stream and you see there is some debris and oily residue in the water. You wonder where it is

Although it can take a while to discover, and although it changes, we all seem to have assignments in life. Predilections. A bent. Inclinations. Whatever! I

Latin is a tough language to get your head around so Medieval scribes came up with scribal abbreviations. Because P and Q were among the

Q: Help! I don’t know how to do my taxes! – A very confused Doggo   E: Might I suggest that you just tear up the paper?

Pretzel Bun Shredded braised beef short rib Crab apple jelly Caramelized onions Sliced Bothwell Aged Cheddar  **Can also use Bothwell Horseradish Chedder Slices   Place in panini press

Hope you are all nestled in for the winter months and dreaming of gardening days ahead.  In the meantime, give your house plants some TLC,

February is National Heart month. It also happens to be the month that we talk a lot about love. I figured why don't  we combine

Helder Lucio had wanted to open his own bakery for a while, but never had the time or help to pursue it.  That’s until March.

Purple Martin Naturals (PMN) in Wellesley is offering you a chance to bring some joy to someone you love this Valentine’s Day and to help

Botanical sexism can make us sneeze!   Do you know the difference, when speaking about trees, between dioecious and monoecious?  Big words! The difference could explain why

Apple Crisp   Topping: 1/2 pound of cubed butter 1 cup of flour 1 cup of brown sugar 2 tsps of cinnamon 1/2 cup of oatmeal   Filling: 8 chopped apples (eg. MacIntosh) 1/2 brown sugar 1

Q: I want to give my partner and I a night off from cooking and order in food for dinner. There are so many places

There is something extra cozy about a hot bowl of soup on a cold day. It literally warms you from the inside out and can

We lost control of the second wave, and now a second lockdown is here — a real lockdown, not the knockoff lockdown we got in

Chicken Red Wine Cream Sauce Pasta   1/2 cup of fresh bacon bits 2 cloves of chopped garlic 1 cup of diced onion 1 cup chopped roasted chicken breast 1 cup

Q: My Momma keeps bringing this strange human home named O.N. and he has taken all of my Momma’s attentions away from me. I am

Well, I woke up this morning with something to say. The old chestnut Never Waste a Good Crisis has been floating around in my mind for

I clearly remember thinking that I had successfully raised adventurous eaters by the time both of my children hit 2 years old. They loved sweet

Happy New Year everyone, and here’s hoping 2021 is a much better year! Given that the province is on lockdown now and kids will not

Canadian Grilled Cheese   Marble rye bread Peameal bacon Side bacon Sliced Bothwell Marble Cheddar Cheese   Place in panini press

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