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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

Q: As happens most New Years, I’ve made the resolution to lose weight this year. After quarantine and Christmas weight gain, I’m more determined than

Summer ended, September arrived With memories of distance learning We had somehow survived   This time it was different We would all be face-to-face About 700 of us Would be in one place   The

I decided a few years ago that I was finished with resolutions. In fact, this may be the only resolution that I have had long

Pumpkin Flan   2 whole eggs 2 egg yolks 2/3 cup of pumpkin puree 1/3 cup white sugar 2 tsps of cinnamon 2/3 cup of whole milk 1/3 cup of grated Bothwell Black

On December 16, Mike Harris, MPP for Kitchener-Conestoga announced that the Region of Waterloo and area municipalities are receiving an additional $20,821,000 in Safe Restart

Do you ever get the itching to purge – to get rid of all the STUFF that just, somehow, has found its way into your

The Region’s animal shelters and rescues just got an early Christmas present from Santa Paws. Purina is donating thousands of pounds of Pro Plan cat and

Q: Dear Doggy and Kitty, this year mommy and daddy said that I can pick what we leave out for Santa Claus and his reindeer.

While Waterloo Region remains in the Red Zone during the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Region’s northern rural communities are experiencing an alarming

Hello! My name is Crystal and I'm a lovely lady! I'm a tad timid so I might not jump out of your arms the first time

Without a doubt, this is the most unusual Christmas I have ever experienced and I am finding myself at a crossroads. Perhaps you are right

Dear Mr. Claus: I have decided it’s time to bury the hatchet and let bygones be bygones. I haven’t written you since I was nine years old,

1 tbsp of olive oil 1 cup of diced white onion 2 cloves of chopped garlic 1 tsp of chopped rosemary 1 pint of grape tomatoes 1 cup of roasted

Since it’s appearing that we need birds more than they need us, I invite you to make your gift giving all about birds for the

Q: With the current state of the pandemic restrictions, I’ve been feeling pretty bummed out about Christmas this year. I already miss my family knowing

Please help us find a loving home for Ralph.   Meet our sweet Ralph. He is a large breed boy, who is looking for a family to

The First Annual “Jingle Run” arrived in Wellesley on December 6th. Organized by Shauna Johnston and Carrie Harman, the Jingle Run included about 30 participants

Have you ever really stopped to listen to how you talk or even think about food? Have you ever eaten a decadent piece of cake

It doesn’t seem that there is any lack of topics regarding online learning right now. For this column, I thought I would address some issues

My Big Shopping Epiphany: Nobody Needs a Lawn Mower in December Epiphanies are great things if you ever have them. If you haven’t had an epiphany

Roasted Squash Salad   1 acorn squash cut into sections; place sections on parchment paper covered cookie sheet and lightly drizzle with olive oil; lightly salt and pepper Bake

My last column ended with me writing about the week when I received requests from both Tesla and GM for the colours/fabrics I’d like to

Q: As happens every year, I’ve left my Christmas shopping to the last minute. I never know what to get my loved ones for Christmas!

It might be a Covid Christmas this year but for Santa Claus, the show must go on because not even a pandemic can keep the

Let me be the first to say that I love a night off in the kitchen. It is a real treat to have someone else

Sometimes, the things you don’t see can often hurt the most. Woolwich Community Services (WCS) marks November a Family Violence Prevention Month but right now, the

Maple Vinaigrette ½ cup Balsamic vinegar ¼ cup Canadian Maple Syrup 2 Teaspoons Dijon Mustard 3 Tbsp Olive Oil Salt and Pepper to taste Instructions: Mix all ingredients until well combined and

So in my last column, I had been happily driving my 15 year old Prius for almost a decade, and both it and I were

Q: My humans have brought a new tree into our home, but much to my confusion, I cannot pee on it. They get very mad

One of the hot topics I find myself often chatting about with others is electric pressure cookers. I find myself discussing whether or not they

Q: Well, Black Friday is upon us and there are so many deals that I don’t know where to begin. What are some must-haves that

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

Some of the teachers who are now teaching full or part time online volunteered for that role, but others were assigned to teach online. Some

ChefD Maple Ice Cream 1 litre (1000ml) 35% cream 1 can (300 ml) sweetened condensed milk 1 Tbsp. (15ml) Maple Syrup   In a mixing bowl beat whipping cream until

CCC Sulphur Products aims to reduce environmental footprint CCC Sulphur Products (also known as Sulco Chemicals Limited) has made a commitment to keep the community informed

It can be a bit of a challenge to fit enough veggies into your diet once the colder months come along. During the warmer weather,

Q: My sibling won’t come to my wedding because she refuses to get over an old feud between us. I am hurt, and don’t know

I recently saw a patient that troubled me. She was from Linwood area and she came to me with two broken molars, seeking my advice on

Q: Help! My dog ate my homework! How can I get my teacher to believe me?!   E: Ah, yes. Homework. Quite the smart treat. Perhaps, you

Fall is in full swing. Cozy sweaters, fires in the woodstove and delicious bowls of soup are some of the best ways to welcome cooler

Q: Well, I’ve officially run out of things to watch on Netflix. What am I supposed to watch now?   E: I do not know of this

A few weeks ago, I was chatting with my friend Diane, who happens to also be a Rural Post reader. She was curious about which

4 Nutrafarms top sirloin steak 1/2 cup soya sauce 1/4 sesame oil 2 tbsp brown sugar 1/2 tsp cumin 1/2 tsp dried oregano 1 tsp orange zest 3 cloves of garlic minced 2

Have you ever wanted to make a difference but had the thought, “What can one person do?” Five years ago, in response to the huge wave

Q: I request urgent help. In the home where I reside, there’s a fearsome creature I believe to be called “The Kitty.” The Kitty is

A few years ago, I attended my cousin's bridal shower and was introduced to a beautiful family tradition that we have now have incorporated into

So, my Subaru steed had done its service valiantly!  Now a pickup truck seemed the most practical because I was living out in the boondocks.

Ingredients: 3 celery stocks, chopped 2 whole white onions, chopped 1/3 head of cauliflower, chopped 2 ears of corn 1 1/2 large Ontario garlic 1/4 cup dried onion 1 Tbsp balsamic 6 cups

Q: With all the hoopla going on in the world right now, I’ve been finding it increasingly more difficult to be able to relax. Saying

On Wednesday of last week, Associate Minister of Children and Women’s Issues, Jill Dunlop, visited with Leslie Brown, the owner of Local Renaissance/Maggie’s Mudroom in

Ingredients: 2lbs beef cubes (stewing beef, use a chuck roast) 1 onion finely chopped 2 cloves of garlic 1 Tbsp Montreal Steak Spice 1 can of Waterloo Dark   Directions: In a oven

Q: My boyfriend cheated on me. We have since broken up. I’m so angry and heartbroken over the situation. How do I cope?   E: I am

If I'm being honest, during this season of Thanksgiving, I'm finding that I've had to dig a little deeper to stir up feelings of gratitude.

Ingredients: 2 egg yolks 1 egg Juice of 1/2 lemon 1 garlic clove minced 1 cup Canola oil Salt and pepper to taste   Directions: Place eggs, garlic, lemon juice. Season with salt and

Q: My daughter keeps having fights with her friend from school. How can I help them resolve their issues?   E: When me and my brother are

In many ways, our lives have become increasingly more hectic and fast-paced than ever before. We are working to earn a living, taking care of

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1 cup grilled peppers cut thin 1 cup grilled zucchini cut thin 1 cup grilled eggplant cut thin 1 cup roasted grape tomatoes 1 cup cooked quinoa 8 slices Salerno

Q: My kids refuse to eat basically anything I serve them. All they seem to want are butter noodles. How can I get my kids

I often have people ask me if they should be eating bananas. They've heard bananas are high in sugar & since sugar is bad for

In our September 3rd issue, we featured a new, personal shopping service in the region, Cart 2 Curb. Well, they’ve just announced a free, unique

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