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Love Your Local: Maha’s

MAHA’S  Egyptian Brunch and Coffee 226 Greenwood Aven. Instagram: @mahasbrunch Twitter: @mahasbrunch (416) 462-2703 Hours: Mon -Fri 7:00 am – 7:00 pm Sat-Sun 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Last fall, Maha Barsoom, and her children, Monika and Mark Wahba opened an “Eygptian fusion” café along Greenwood Ave. in Toronto, just north of Gerrard Street and just […]

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Love Your Local: Grinder on Main

As part of the run up to March BreACK!, which, for our family, consists of the most amazing staycation imaginable, we thought we’d showcase some of the local places that inspire us. First up… Grinder on Main 126 Main St. Toronto, ON M4E 2V8 (416) 901-0290 Twitter: @grinderonmain Instagram: @grinderonmain Facebook Kickstarter Campaign: Help Build the […]

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Inspired by Cameralinks 2015: Here, Now, Today at Gallery 44

Yesterday, we attended the opening reception for Cameralinks 2015: Here, Now, Today at Gallery 44. The exhibit, which runs from February 27 to March 7, 2015, offers elementary and secondary students in Toronto a chance to exhibit their work in a professional gallery without competition. This year’s theme is “Here, Now, Today.” Bea’s art teacher […]

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What the Kids Made: Animal Sketches from Wagner’s Ring Cycle

As some of you may know, I’ve been writing a novel, The Week In Radio, which is set during a week-long performance of Wagner’s Ring Cycle. The project is full-tilt at the moment [i. e. I’ve gotten to the really exciting part – well, one of the really exciting parts – very close to the end]. […]

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Year of the Goat Graffiti Resolutions [Free Printables]

Our famous Graffiti Resolution Sheets are BACK!!! As I said before, we don’t usually make our New Year’s Resolutions until Chinese New Year! Last year’s Year of the Horse Graffiti Resolution sheets were such a hit with the kids that we’ve come up with a copy-cat version for Bea’s special year, The Year of the Goat […]

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Matcha Goats ! Matcha Green Tea Sugar Cookies for Chinese New Year

Bea’s a “Sheep-slash-Goat.” So, she wanted to have a special treat for the upcoming Chinese New Year. With her tea fancy in full bloom, we picked up some David’s Tea Matcha Matsu Green Tea powder and got to work coming up with a matcha sugar cookie we could cut with our brand new coat cutter. […]

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Pink Grapefruit Poppyseed Loaf

Who doesn’t want a beautiful pink loaf of sweet bread on Valentine’s Day? This is my grapefruit and vanilla riff on a most beloved Canadian Living Lemon Loaf Recipe from a few ages back. Pink Grapefruit Poppyseed Loaf Ingredients Loaf 1.5 c flour 3 tbs poppy seeds 1 tsp baking powder .25 tsp salt .5 […]

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Homemade Free Printable Digimon Style Valentines

You’re not going to believe this… After having created such awesome looking Sonic Style Valentines together, Toby came home last night, hinting that he’d changed his mind. “Have you printed all of the Sonic Style Valentines out yet?” he asked. “Only the first 9,” I said. “Good thing,” he replied. “Because I’m pretty sure I want Digimon […]

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Free Printable Sonic Valentines

After the success of our Skylanders Valentines and our Toy Heart Photo Valentines, Toby wanted to do another video game valentine for his friends at school.  He’s been playing a lot of retro Sonic games lately, so he wanted to do something Sonic related. We looked for pre-made valentines in shops and couldn’t find anything. And, […]

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Parsnip Pecan Loaf with Lemon Cardamom Glaze

Each Wednesday in February, we’re offering up our best and brightest sweet bread ideas. The kids LOVE testing these out. And this bread has become a fast favourite with Bea. Parsnip Pecan Loaf with Lemon Cardamom Glaze Ingredients 3 c flour 2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp cardamom .5 tsp ground ginger [optional] scant .25 tsp […]

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie Heart

January was a long month of colds, sniffles, dental work and self-restraint! Time to live a little! Get into the spirit of St. Valentine’s with this super awesome chocolate chip peanut-butter brownie heart. Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie Heart Ingredients 1 c peanut butter [smooth or crunchy – we use .75 c crunchy for the inside and […]

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Grow Lights and Garden Resolutions

Last night, Bea wowed us all at her school’s annual Science and Technology Fair with her project on the way in which the colours of light affect plant growth. Not that we weren’t expected to be wowed. All January, we’ve had a series of coloured compact flourescents in a basment room, clipped onto a bookshelf […]

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Get Your Love On: Beet Cranberry and Coconut Milk Soup [Vegan]

Towards the end of January, I tend to start thinking pink. So, for our final Wednesday Soup of the season, I came up with a super soup of beets and cranberries with coconut milk and amazing subtle spices.  It tastes great hot OR cold. All we need is a heart-shaped saucepan to cook it in! Tee-hee! No! What we […]

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The Last of the Castles

For both of the kids, the grade four curriculum has included a Medieval unit, culminating in a trip to Medieval Times and the creation of a “medieval castle” out of recyclables. Toby had a friend from school come over a few weekends back to complete their grade four castle project. As they worked, and as […]

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The Kids Photograph the Season: The Toronto Zoo, Winter 2015

It’s been an ongoing project for the kids to “photograph the season.”  When Bea also got an assignment from school to photograph everything “here and now,” we made sure we kept up with our efforts.  Of course, when asked for a destination “here” and “now” the first place Bea thought of was the Zoo. Here […]

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Roasted Carrot Soup with Lentils, Preserved Lemon, and Ras el Hanout

Every year, in the spring, I start to crave carrots like nobody’s business. This usually escalates until I make at least one if not two carrot dishes for Easter supper. [Oh, and carrot birthday cake…don’t get me started on carrot birthday cake…] This year’s carrot craving came early – in the fall of 2014, and it […]

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Building a Bird Feeder from an Old Gingerbread House Kit

We’ve had an Ikea Pepparkaka Hus Kit around the house for more than a few months, now. It’s one of those things that we got out around Christmas time, thinking, oh yeah, well, sure, we’ll get to that.  And, of course, we never did…..So Bea and I decided that this January, we were going to make it […]

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