Tag - Nov/Dec 2022

Annual Holiday Season Letters

By Iris Winston Should you or shouldn’t you? The question of whether or not to write an annual update to distant friends comes up every year as you prepare to send out cheery greeting cards for the holiday season. You want to continue the tradition and stay in touch, even if it’s rarely more than a card once a year. But is...

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German Honey Gingerbread Cookies

Lebkuchen is a light gingerbread, often cut in heart shapes, decorated and sold in German markets during holiday time. Here’s a simplified version to cut in any shape you like and they’ll keep well for weeks. Whether you want to entertain guests, put a nutritious, stick-to-your-ribs meal on the table, use up leftovers or whip...

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Sweet Potato Gnocchi

Parsley pesto adds a pop of flavour to this satisfying, classic meal. Making gnocchi is a lot easier than you think. Give it a try. The results are delicious. Whether you want to entertain guests, put a nutritious, stick-to-your-ribs meal on the table, use up leftovers or whip up a little something sweet, this idea fit the bill...

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Country Casserole

You’ll hit the spot (and use up leftovers!) with this tasty and good-for-you creamy, comforting casserole. Whether you want to entertain guests, put a nutritious, stick-to-your-ribs meal on the table, use up leftovers or whip up a little something sweet, this idea fit the bill scrumptiously. Courtesy of Foodland Ontario, the...

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Painter of Joy

Katerina Mertikas is a magic maker on the canvas  By Jennifer Hartley Her work adorns the homes of prime ministers as well as celebrities—Julio Iglesias and Nana Mouskouri jump to mind, and one of her original paintings hangs in the mayor’s boardroom at Ottawa City Hall. In 1999, Katerina Mertikas was honoured as one of...

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Jean Chrétien

The feisty former PM is living large and still learning as he goes. By Jennifer Hartley “Hello, my name is Jean Chrétien and today is my birthday. I am 38.” The date was January 11 and it was his not his 38th birthday. It was actually his 83rd.  But you would never know it. “I do not feel that age,” he explained at the time...

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Celebrating Older Men: The Importance of Social Connection

By the Council on Aging of Ottawa: Peggy Edwards Social connectedness is essential to our overall health and well-being at any age. However, men in our society, especially after retirement, tend to have low levels of social connectedness, often experiencing loneliness, isolation and lack of purpose. This can lead to severe...

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Sticky Toffee and Apple Pudding

What could be better than ooey-gooey toffee sauce poured over cake? Grated apple makes these sticky toffee puddings moist and sweet, a perfect pairing with homemade toffee sauce. Whether you want to entertain guests, put a nutritious, stick-to-your-ribs meal on the table, use up leftovers or whip up a little something sweet...

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Winter in the Garden

By Penka Matanska I often think the winter garden looks serene in its garment of snow. This serenity makes for a season of peaceful reflection before the buzzing of spring returns. My favourite time to look at and enjoy the winter garden is when there is untouched, fluffy, new-fallen snow. The sparkle of icicles reflecting in...

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All is Calm with these Easy Decor Ideas

Lifescape By Janet Armstrong, Accredited Interior Designer, CAPS The holiday season is fast approaching and with it the bustle, excitement and increased pace. It’s the time of year when the To Do list seems to exceed the energy (and patience!) we have available. Among the many things on that list, decorating is a high priority...

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