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Get grilling’! How to get the most out of your barbecue

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If you’ve noticed that your barbecue isn’t performing quite as well as it did last summer, it may be time for a new one or some replacement parts. According to the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association, most people shop for a new barbecue every three years. If you purchased a high-quality model, stored it properly during the winter and always ... Read More »

Is it time for new windows?

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It’s amazing the impact that windows have on your home’s energy conservation. According to National Resources Canada, windows and doors account for 25 percent of total home heat loss. It is also important to note that new windows are consistently ranked by home improvement experts as one of the top 10 improvements you can make to your home to increase ... Read More »

Cool off with a sensational smoothie

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(NC) Summer stirs up memories of hot days and cool treats – and there is no better way to cool off than with a refreshing fruit smoothie. With lemon, strawberry and almond beverage, it tastes rich, but is actually good for you. Strawberry Lemonade Smoothie Ingredients 3/4 cup (175 ml) Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze almond beverage 2 cups (500 ml) ... Read More »

Unleash your inner chef with time-saving innovations

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(NC) Do you dream of being the next contestant on a reality cooking show? If you think your culinary skills could take on Chef Gordon Ramsay, you’re not alone. There are millions of aspiring, in-home chefs who want to improve their skills.  And whether you are a self-proclaimed expert or new to the kitchen, the following four tools will be sure to ... Read More »

Come view the gardens at William Dam Seeds!

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We’re learning about the birds and the bees (and butterflies too) at William Dam Seeds this summer! Come and see our display gardens, including one all about attracting bees and butterflies. All plants were grown from seed this spring and will be at their best from mid-August to mid-September. Want to see more than the bees? View our All America ... Read More »

Make your salads pop with flavour

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(NC) Who doesn’t love a great salad? Take a mix of interesting ingredients plus a dazzling dressing, and you are ready to serve it up. Have you ever added grapes as a not-so-secret ingredient? A single handful of California grapes, for example, are easy and versatile and will instantly boost your salad’s appeal with refreshing colour and goodness, not to ... Read More »

IN FASHION: Fall Forward!

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If you have been perusing your local fashion retail windows in the last week or so, you may have noticed an early arrival of new Fall merchandise. No, this isn’t a cruel indication that summer has already passed you by! In actual fact, there are really only two main seasons in the fashion world. “Spring” typically encompasses the months from ... Read More »

Summer Decorating- Lighthearted and Playful

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The joys of summer are in full swing. The days are longer, the gardens are bursting and entertaining outdoors and garden parties are filling up our calendars. Take full advantage of the time you have to spend outside – it’s not a long season! DECORATING OUTDOOR SPACE Summer is a great time to move the indoors out, and expand your ... Read More »

A great day or overnight trip: Niagara Wineries

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Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake says ‘gone are the days when being a wine enthusiast meant you were a wine snob’. These days, winery experiences are fun and engaging and are designed to embrace the interests of all wine buffs, but for the romantics, Niagara-on-the-Lake is a lovers’ paradise. Couples can unwind on a winery tour, or on a vineyard walk at ... Read More »

Entertain This Summer With Succulent Seafood

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(NC) The stress of entertaining can get in the way of making the most of time with friends and family. To make sure your summer festivities go off without a hitch, here are some stress-free entertaining tips: Whenever possible, prepare food in advance. Purchase, chop and marinate the evening before to ensure that everything is organized when guests arrive. Keep ... Read More »