Best Cornbread Muffin Recipe

April 16th, 2016
Cornbread muffin recipe

Cornbread muffin recipe

3/4 cup cornmeal
1 1/4 cups (level) all purpose flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
2 large eggs
2 Tbsp honey
3/4 cup milk (whole preferred, low fat works) – I used buttermilk
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F)
2. Line muffin pan with liners or use non-stick spray
3. In large bowl, whisk together cornmeal, flour, baking powder, sugar and salt
4. In separate bowl, break up eggs with a whisk. Whisk in honey then milk. Add milk mixture and melted butter to dry ingredients. Stir until just blended. Do not over mix (a couple of lumps are ok).
5. Spoon batter evenly into prepared muffin pan – filling each cup almost full. Bake 17-20 minutes or until tops are set and golden. Cool muffins for a few minutes in the pan and serve warm.


         

IKEA Announces $99 Flat Rate Delivery in Canada

February 18th, 2016

IKEA Canada announces $99 flat rate delivery for people living inside Zone 1. Simply place your order with an IKEA respresentative instore, jump the queue to pay, and your order will be delivered to you at a convenient time of your choosing.

Great for people who go to IKEA planning to buy a mirror and some towels and end up with a whole BILLY shelving unit and a new sectional sofa.

That would be me. Everytime.

Available at these IKEA stores:

IKEA Boucherville
IKEA Burlington
IKEA Calgary
IKEA Coquitlam
IKEA Edmonton
IKEA Etobicoke
IKEA Montreal
IKEA North York
IKEA Ottawa
IKEA Richmond
IKEA Vaughan
IKEA Winnipeg

We’re not sure what ‘Zone 1″ is, but it has an asterisk beside it, so there must be some fine print. Ask before you buy!

Free Entry to Canada’s National Parks in 2017:

February 18th, 2016

Free Entry to Canada’s National Parks in 2017

Free Entry to Canada’s National Parks in 2017:

Free Entry to Canada’s National Parks in 2017:

 

To mark Canada’s 150th anniversary, Parks Canada will waive ALL entry fees into the country’s beautiful national parks for the entire year! If you haven’t had a chance to experience Canada’s lush landscapes, this will be the year to do it. Enjoy free entry from coast to coast. Happy exploring!

Mary Poppins Play in Toronto Fall 2015

September 14th, 2015

Mary Poppins has landed in Toronto again – but this time, it’s not the big downtown theatres that are presenting the spectacle.

Win free Mary Poppins tickets in Toronto

If a smaller stage and a more affordable pricepoint are more your cup of tea, check out Mary Poppins at the Lower Ossington Theatre!

Located in Toronto’s West End, Lower Ossington has a great assortment of family friendly plays this season – Joseph, Shrek, The Buddy Holly Story – to name a few.

And ticket prices start at about half the price of downtown’s larger theatres. Expect excellent actors, great costuming and high production values!

My Netflix Won’t Work – It Keeps Stopping

April 29th, 2014

Streaming your Netflix through a blu-ray player like we are?

Does it keep stopping, or cutting out, or locking up like ours does?

Here’s what to do:

Change your Netflix playback settings so you’re streaming less bandwidth.

Here’s how:

1. Login to your Netflix account on your computer
2. Go to your profile in the upper right hand of the home page.
3. On the dropdown menu, select “Your Account”
4. A pop up window will appear. In the “Your Profile” area – choose “Playback Settings.”

Netflix defaults to “Automatic” which means that Netflix will take note of how fast and slick your Internet stream is and will throttle the bandwith accordingly.

In our case, we have a white-lightning fast internet connection, but we’re streaming Netflix through a ho-hum Blu-Ray player – which can’t keep up and is always crapping out. We fixed that with this next step:

5. Select LOW – (Basic video quality, up to .3 GB per hour)
6. Click save, and Bob’s your Uncle.

This will *probably* slow down your internet stream enough for your crappy BluRay player to be able to follow along.

It worked for us. (Of course, it does mean you’re not getting super-crisp lovely picture quality, but it should get you through while you decide what upgrade you need to stream Netflix properly.

BTW, you can also set your preferences here to have Netflix STOP automatically playing the next episode of whatever you’re watching, so you don’t spend all day watching Orange is the New Black etc…

Stanley Kubrick Exhibition Coming to TIFF Bell Lightbox

October 9th, 2013

The first exhibition dedicated to the life and work of legendary film auteur Stanley Kubrick will be coming to Toronto’s TIFF Bell Lightbox in fall 2014, according to an announcement by Piers Handling, Director and CEO of TIFF and Noah Cowan, Artistic Director of TIFF Bell Lightbox. Developed in collaboration by the Kubrick estate and Frankfurt’s Deutsches Filmmuseum which premiered the exhibition in 2004, has since travelled to some of the world’s most important cultural institutions in Paris, Rome, Brussels, Amsterdam, Melbourne, Los Angeles, and most recently São Paulo. TIFF is proud to be presenting the Canadian premiere of Stanley Kubrick.

“As an organization dedicated to cinema and its visionaries, it goes without saying that we are delighted to be hosting Stanley Kubrick next year at TIFF Bell Lightbox,” said Handling. “Celebrating an extraordinary filmmaker like Kubrick and sharing his incredible career with new and familiar audiences further reinforces our organization’s mission to transform the way people see the world through film.” “Kubrick was one of the most influential directors of the 20th century, and we’re thrilled to showcase the genius and creative process behind his films through this comprehensive exhibition,” added Cowan. “To complement the gallery exhibition, TIFF Bell Lightbox programmers will be curating a full retrospective of Kubrick’s cinematic work, as well as an extensive film sidebar of his favourite films.”

Drawing on extensive archives from Kubrick’s home and workplace, the exhibition features rare photographs and letters, original props and costumes, screenplays, production materials, and cameras from his nearly 50-year career. Priceless items such as the ‘Starchild’ from 2001: A Space Odyssey, the dresses of the ghostly sisters from The Shining, the ‘Born to Kill’ helmet of Private Joker from Full Metal Jacket, and the authentic model of the ‘War Room’ in Dr. Strangelove are just a few of the many pieces on display.

Visitors will also learn about Kubrick’s famously uncompleted projects Napoleon and The Aryan Papers. Materials such as research papers, costume designs, and shooting scripts document how far Kubrick had developed these projects, and testify to his comprehensive and meticulous working style. The exhibition also spotlights Kubrick’s early documentary shorts and his work as a photojournalist for Look magazine from 1945 to 1950.

Further details on Stanley Kubrick will be announced in the coming months.

Tall Ships Sail in Ontario – Summer 2013

June 7th, 2013

Long before Captain Jack Sparrow defined piratey, sailing chic, the Tall Ships were the source of many a high-seas fantasy. Catch a glimpse of these majestic, traditionally rigged sailing vessels this summer as 25 Tall Ships commemorate the military events of the War of 1812 and sail across the Great Lakes. The ships are parading, racing, making appearances and participating in events at over 22 ports. Most ports are hosting festivals, some will offer free tours of the vessels and others will take visitors out for scheduled sailings. Visit Tall Ships America’s website at SailTraining.org for more information.

Tall Ships Sail in Ontario Summer 2013

Tall Ships Sail in Ontario Summer 2013

 

  • June 14 – 16: Brockville Tall Ships 1812 Tour
  • June 20 – 23: Redpath Waterfront Festival Toronto
  • June 28 – 30: Tall Ships Hamilton 2013
  • June 28 – 30: St. Catharines 1812 Tall Ships: Port Dalhousie

Cancel Your Gym Membership By Email

October 11th, 2012

Hats off to the good, fair folks at Good Life Fitness who cheerfully allowed me to cancel my gym membership with only one email.

Details: I had been a member for nearly 2 years, so my 1 year commitment was up and, contractually, I was free to cancel at any time.

I wondered how difficult that would be, having heard and read many horror stories – not about Goodlife necessarily, but quitting fitness clubs in general. I’m happy to report that my experience was easy peasy and totally painless.

Quit your gym membership via email

Quit your gym membership via email

Reading the fine print on my contract, it looked like I’d need to go back to my gym in person, fill out a form – and hope for the best.

But I thought – what the heck – their website has a “Contact Us” form…. I’ll try sending a note to see what happens.

Imagine my surprise when the very next day, a cheerful representative phoned me… and after a few brief questions (to prove who I was, to offer some “bonuses” in case I’d reconsider) I was off the hook.

As promised, my last payment came out that week. And that was that.

I should say that the gym and I had a great relationship for about 10 months, but after that, it became a bit of a chore and I was looking for something to change up my fitness routine. I expect I may rejoin this low-key, clean, friendly local gym again – especially given the excellent customer service I received.

Thumbs up, Good Life Fitness!

Roy Rogers Home Goes Up for Auction July 2012

July 5th, 2012

For over 80 years, Americans and cowboy aficionados all over the world have watched Roy Rogers gallop through the tumbleweeds on his horse, Trigger. His wife, Dale Evans, was an inspiration to girls and women everywhere as Queen of the West on her horse Buttermilk. Let`s not forger their constant and clever companion Bullet, the German shepherd.

Roy Rogers Double R Bar Ranch Photo

Roy Rogers Double R Bar Ranch Photo

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Great Game for Kids With Trouble Reading or Using Language – Rory’s Story Cubes

May 2nd, 2012

Kids love stories. Reading them, telling them, interrupting them to read certain pages over and over and over again and… well, kids love stories. So, the idea behind Rory’s Story Cubes game is simple and appealing. Even more so – because it encourages reluctant readers to work-out their thinking/reading/language comprehension skills  by getting them to put together their own narratives, explain stories and invent scenarios.

Rorys Story Cubes Actions

Rorys Story Cubes Actions

The game is comprised of nine well-made, six-sided dice with each face showing a different image. The player rolls all six dice and then tells a story using all of the pictures that turn up. In the game’s newer “Action” edition, the dice show things like characters kicking, digging or shouting, a ball bouncing, scissors cutting, an arrow indicating a U-turn, or a kid reaching for something – in short, lots of possibilities. There is no written text, so kids of any age can play with kids of any other age. Adults too, of course. If you love the idea, look for Rory’s Story Cubes in the original format, the new Action cubes and keep your eyes peeled for the new Voyages cubes, coming to North America later this year. Good, clean fun. Rory’s Story Cubes. $9.99 at Amazon.com