July 14th, 2016

10 Outdoor Summer Entertaining Must-Haves

Before planning any backyard, block, pool, or patio parties this summer, consult our list of must-haves for 2016. You can probably do without some of them. But do you really want to?

But do you really want to?

Backyard Patio Party Tips


July 12th, 2016

How To Host a Foolproof Barbecue

We all want to impress our friends this season by throwing the best barbeque on the block. Are you looking to show off the latest grill in your backyard, host a friendly competition of lawn bowling between pals, or judge a BBQ sauce showdown at your summer staff party? We can help!

Thankfully, these tips will not only offer easy grill cleaning hacks and last minute party planning solutions, but will solidify your status as grill master and foolproof barbecue planner.

Master the art of BBQ sauce

throw a great bbq

Sure, buying pre-made BBQ sauces works in a pinch (Newman’s Own is a trusty favourite – your secret is safe with us), but if you really want to impress your guests, we suggest making your own. READ MORE

July 9th, 2016

The Ultimate How-To Guide for Surviving a Canadian Summer

Canadian summers are short, causing our great annual migration outdoors. Whether camping, canoeing, or chilling on patios and in parks, Canadians are incredibly active during summer. But there are many hazards to avoid. Luckily, LD takes care of that with solutions to carry you comfortably into September.

Canadian Summer

Seton Lake in Lillooet, B.C., Canada.

1. Avoid a #SunscreenFail

When exposing long-covered skin, most Canadians remember sunscreen. But are you wearing it right? The experts insist on broad-spectrum, SPF30 if spending all day in the sun. But also be sure to apply sunscreen 20 minutes before leaving shelter—allowing it time to take effect. And don’t forget to reapply periodically, especially after swimming. READ MORE

June 24th, 2016

A Canada Day Cake Recipe You’ll “Patriot Love”

We’ve all been there. It’s the day before a big potluck and you’re stuck coming up with a fresh idea to blow everyone away.

Multi Generation Family Enjoying Picnic Together

If it happens to you this Canada Day, never fear. The good folks at CanadianLiving.com have you covered like icing on a cake with this delicious recipe.

Canada’s Best Raspberry Layer Cake

Canada Day Dessert courtesy of Canadian Living

It’s red, white, and amazing with a summery taste that will be a hit in the great outdoors, in your own backyard, or anywhere else in the true north strong and free.

Let’s begin with some basic information, as well as and everything you’ll need to create this festive classic:

Prep time: 45 minute
Total time: 3 hours 45 minutes
Portion size: 16


Cake Batter:

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

2 cups granulated sugar

4 eggs

2 tsp vanilla

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 tbsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1-2/3 cups milk

1 cup seedless raspberry jam

6 oz raspberries

 Cream Cheese Icing:

1-1/3 pkg (250 g each) cream cheese, softened

2/3 cup unsalted butter, softened

6 cups icing sugar, sifted

2 tsp vanilla

Head to Canadian Living for complete baking directions and video instructions.

Find six more great Canada Day dishes, including everything from a tangy coleslaw to Maple Buttermilk Grilled Chicken, all from CanadianLiving.com with 7 make-ahead recipes for Canada Day

July 9th, 2015

8 BBQ tips that’ll make you a backyard superstar


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.


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

August 5th, 2014

Delicious Greek Marinated Pork Chops


One of my favourite summer pass times is to BBQ! Whether it is with friends, family or just myself I always enjoy my time in front of the grill. I thought I’d take the time to share one of my favourite BBQ dishes. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!


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