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It’s been a couple of weeks since Valentine’s Day. The chocolates are all on clearance, flower shops are counting their profits and in most cases the sweet nothings and romantic gestures have become all but non-existent. To add to that, this Polar Vortex has come and gone and recently, back again with a healthy stronghold that have many lovers trapped indoors. Before cabin fever sets in, and all the Valentine’s Day effort you put in place to re-kindle the romance in your relationship fizzles, couples often need to find ways to keep the passion alive and the love boat sailing…

Many families are planning summer vacations and in Canada, camping is a very popular way to spend those long summer nights! My camping experiences have been miserable. Beginning with my mother sending us off for summer camping with Forest School Camps. I swear the tents were WW1 army surplus. Heavy, leaky, canvas. English summer being what they are, I endured squelchy, wet, cold, miserable weeks under the canvas. The food was horrible. I have memories of porridge for breakfast that had a consistency of mortar. We should have built a house rather than try to eat it! In spite of…

In honour of this year’s very special Pi Day (hey – these numbers won’t line up again for 400 more years!) – here’s one of my favorite recipes for pie crust (from the detective Nero Wolfe’s exquisite chef Fritz Brenner, or more likely their author, Rex Stout.) 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour 2 egg yolks 2 tablespoons sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup butter (cold.  the colder the better.) Ice water 1.  Sift flour into a mixing bowl, and make a well in the center 2.  Put egg yolks, sugar, salt, and butter in small chunks into the well 3.…

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I just got back from 2 weeks in Portugal’s Algarve. So, how did it feel to take a vacation in a country that is suffering so badly in the Euro zone meltdown and is basically broke? Slightly weird, is the answer. Portugal’s financial crisis began as part of the world financial crisis of 2007-08, and continues as part of the European sovereign debt crisis. With the population being told to expect more and more sacrifices to try and avoid another bailout. Unemployment is currently at 17.6% and there are approximately 932,000 people without jobs. Thousands of graduates and skilled people…