August 1st, 2015

Book of the Month – August

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The-Secrets-she-KeepsThe Secrets She Keeps by Deb Caletti
When Callie McBride finds a woman’s phone number written on a scrap of paper her husband has thrown away, she thinks that her marriage is over. Callie flees to Nevada and her Aunt Nash’s Tamarosa Ranch, where she’s shocked to see that the place of so many happy childhood memories is in disrepair. Worse, Aunt Nash is acting bizarrely – hoarding stacks of old photographs, burying a book in the yard, and railing against Kit Covey, a handsome government park ranger who piques Callie’s interest.
But Aunt Nash may prove to be saner than she seems once Callie pulls back the curtain on Tamarosa’s heydey – the 1940s and ’50s, when high-society and Hollywood women ventured to the ranch for quickie divorces and found a unique sisterhood – and uncovers a secret promise Nash made to her true love. Callie will come to see that no life is ever ordinary. No story of love is either.

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July 31st, 2015

London Drugs accepting donations for Red Cross B.C. emergency preparedness & response

 

BC Weather Relief 6x4

With increasing wildfire activity across Canada, many families are being evacuated from their homes. Fire ratings continue to remain high to extreme across British Columbia, and the dry conditions have left many communities susceptible to flash flooding. There are currently 68 active fires of note and/or fires larger than 10 hectares as of Thursday, July 30th.

The Canadian Red Cross supports people affected by emergencies and disasters with basic needs and recovery assistance. With the increase in both the number and severity of emergencies across Canada, the Canadian Red Cross needs financial support so its volunteers can meet the humanitarian needs of those impacted. Customers can help by donating to the Canadian Red Cross at London Drugs.

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July 20th, 2015

Kids Car Seat Recycling Roundup to Take Place in Sherwood Park at London Drugs

Screen-Shot-2015-07-14-at-10.41.26-AMKidseat Recyclers is excited to partner with London Drugs in Sherwood Park to round up kids’ car seats for recycling. The event is part of a customer appreciation day at London Drugs, and will be an opportunity for Sherwood Park residents to do some spring-cleaning at home while also diverting waste from the landfill.

“Kidseat Recyclers has travelled to many locations in Alberta, but this is the first time we’re doing a roundup in Sherwood Park with London Drugs,” said Melanie Risdon-Betcher, director of Kidseat Recyclers Inc. “In a family-oriented community such as Sherwood Park, we expect to see about 80 car seats brought in for recycling, which is a significant amount of metal and plastic being prevented from going to the landfill. The partnership with London Drugs is perfect because they also accept the Styrofoam from the seats we collect as part of the materials they are able to recycle.”

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July 20th, 2015

5 vinyl albums you didn’t think you’d find at London Drugs

Unlike the audiotape and compact disc (RIP), records have not only managed to fight off extinction, they’ve actually had resurgence in the past decade. Whether it’s the pleasure-inducing sound of the needle drop or the warm, rich sound that analog provides, there’s just something special about putting on a record. The vinyl selection at London Drug’s pays tribute to an entire lifetime of records, ranging from 1930s blues to present-time psychedelic rock. Here are five albums you didn’t expect to find while shopping at LD.

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July 9th, 2015

8 BBQ tips that’ll make you a backyard superstar

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We’re in the full swing of summer, and that means your barbecue should be ground zero for the majority of your meals for the next few months. Whether it’s the smoky, delicious flavour barbecue provides or the act of cooking al fresco, BBQing is one of the pleasures of summer. Here are 8 tips to help make you the master of the grill.

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July 7th, 2015

Summer Means BBQ!

bbq-sauceWith Summer in full swing and back yard BBQ’s as common as mosquitos (I couldn’t write a summer blog without mentioning mosquitos. It’s part of living here in Winnipeg!), I thought I’d share with you my favourite homemade BBQ sauce. This is a Carolina style BBQ sauce which means its base is yellow mustard, not tomato paste and ketchup like a Memphis or Texas style sauce. It is super simple to make and I guarantee you will impress your guests!

  • 1 cup yellow mustard (French’s works great)
  • ½ cup of white sugar
  • ¼ cup of brown sugar
  • ¾ to 1 cup of apple cider vinegar. (add the 1 cup if you like a lot of tang)
  • 2 TBSP of chili powder
  • 2TBSP of cracked black pepper
  • ¼ TSP of cayenne (add more if you like a spicy BBQ sauce)
  • ½ TSP of soy sauce
  • 2 TBSP of olive or canola oil
  • 1 TBSP of liquid smoke (a little smoked salt or chipotle works too)

Mix everything except the soy sauce, liquid smoke and oil in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Once boiling, reduce heat and allow sauce to simmer for 30 minutes. Add the final three ingredients and simmer for 10 more minutes. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature then refrigerate overnight in a sealed container. This sauce should keep in the fridge for 10 to 14 days and is best served with pork or chicken.

There you have it. A simple BBQ sauce that will blow your taste buds away! I hope you enjoy.

Josh Holiday
@LD_StVital



July 6th, 2015

Everyday herbs that repel mosquitoes

How to repel mosquitoes using everyday herbs you can grow at home

How to repel mosquitoes using everyday herbs you can grow at home

For more information on mosquito-repelling plants, visit Wikipedia.



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