Monthly Archives: November 2016

Every Moment Matters!

Every Moment Matters!

With Thanksgiving behind us and Christmas ahead, I have taken some time to reflect on the past year so far.  The amazing friends and family in my life, this incredible, beautiful country we live in and the bounty most of us are surrounded by. Sometimes losing someone dear to you brings everything else into focus.

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Think Local This Holiday Season

The holiday season is quickly approaching! If the hustle and bustle of preparing doesn’t have you in the spirit yet, it won’t be long now. Holiday parties, family gatherings, and shopping will fill the coming weeks. Finding the perfect gift for a friend or loved one can be a difficult task. This holiday season, visit

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Dr. Terry’s Zoo

With the holidays approaching it’s a season for giving and gratitude. Last fall the time had arrived to hang the outdoor Christmas lights so I corralled the canine Buddies into the house with our six indoor cats. An hour into the task Chili Pepper and Amigo Habernero made an appearance at the gate.  As the

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Treat Your Pet At The Paw Spa

Shirley Manning’s Paw Spa in Lakefield is just like a home-from-home for little Buttons (pictured here). She gets so excited just getting out of the car when she arrives at Shirley’s place because she knows exactly what’s in store for her at her favourite doggy spa. When you pull into the driveway at the Paw

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Hanging Christmas Tree

Every year we make sure to add something new to our collection of Christmas decorations. Sometimes we make things, and sometimes it’s something like a new strand of lights, or another garland. This year we made something new, the kids loved decorating a second ‘tree’. We used sticks we had pruned from one of the

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Traditional Scottish Shortbread or “Petticoat Tails”

For many years shortbread was a luxury item in Scotland and it was generally reserved for special occasions such as Christmas and New Year celebrations. The custom of eating shortbread during the celebration of the New Year originated with ancient pagan Yule Cakes which symbolized the sun. The shortbread was made into a “round” and

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German Christmas Cake

Ingredients 1 cup butter, softened 2 cups packed brown sugar 3 eggs 2/3 cup honey 1/4 cup orange liqueur 1 cup sour cream 1/2 cup orange juice 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup whole wheat flour 4 teaspoons baking powder 2 teaspoons ground ginger 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon

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Five Ways To Help Carole’s Mission

A network of dedicated volunteers are spreading the word across the country in support of “Carole’s Mission” for 2016 and they are inviting you to join them. Carole Courneyea was a nursing student with a passionate vision to work in the medical flight environment. Sadly, Carole – who cherished life and was an avid volunteer

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