How well do you know your holiday plants?

When you think about it, it’s kind of weird how many plants we haul indoors at this time of year. Christmas trees, holly, mistletoe…. Do you know the stories behind our familiar holiday greens and flowers? Sit down with a cup of cocoa and see how you score in this trivia quiz.

A look at the laws of Christmas

Do you remember “The Law of Toyland”? It was an advertising campaign from many, many years ago by the then shopping retailer, Zellers. If you remember Zellers then you remember the days when the Christmas season did not really begin until officiated by the Eaton’s Santa Claus Parade every November. And if you remember Eaton’s, […]


Plan the perfect holiday party

Nibbles, snacks, appetizers, hors d’oeuvres, tapas – call them what you will – these mini-bites of deliciousness are central to holiday entertaining. Whether your party is a casual affair at home where friends drop by or a more formal cocktail party, here are some organizational hints: Be ready to welcome your guests at the door […]


Fall flare-ups common in pets

Though it likely won’t be long before this extra long and beautiful fall comes to an end, for now, at least, it still looks and feels like the harsh winter we have been told to expect will hold off a little longer. Along with being the season of stunning colours and reprieve from the heat […]


What does the fox say? Look up

Fact: I love foxes. Why? I love their colour, their eyes, the way they move… and of course, that amazingly annoying song: “What does the fox say?” And how about how much fun the word fox is to say? It gives us terms like foxy, outfoxed, sly as a fox, and the foxtrot. So, yes, […]


What’s the difference in carbohydrates?

Often when people talk about carbohydrates the obvious choices come to mind such as bread, cereals and pasta. However, there are a few different types of carbohydrates available in our foods – and they are not created equally. In fact, the variety and quantity of carbohydrates that we consume can have an impact on our […]