July 19th, 2016

How to Make Your Own Summer Safety Kit

With warm weather comes adventures and activities – but it also brings scrapes, burns, cuts, and bites.

summer safety first aid

You should always have a first aid kit in your home and car, but what about when you’re out and about? You probably already have a lot of these items lying around the house, so take the time to keep your family safe this summer and create your own Summer Safety Kit. This DIY kit will make sure you have everything you need when an inevitable scratch or sting comes your way.

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July 12th, 2016

LD Picks: 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

Ingredients

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



April 30th, 2016

5 Inspiring Reads for your Summer Book Club

With summer approaching, we couldn’t wait to pick our favourite books (hello beach reads!). We’ve chosen memoirs, non-fiction books, and novels that will make you laugh, cry, and want to be a better version of yourself. Don’t forget – summer reading is best served poolside, with a cold iced tea.

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April 17th, 2016

LD Experts: Be Safe in the Sun this Summer

We all know the drill. The sun comes out, you run outside to enjoy it, and hours later you return indoors to find a sunburn. Ouch. The dangers of UVA and UVB rays are significant, so take a cue from LD Expert Amanda and take care of your skin. In this two-part feature on CFJC Midday Kamloops, Amanda covers off the St. Tropez sunless tanning line as well as some best practices for sunscreen application.

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September 21st, 2015

5 Easy Slow Cooker Recipes That Will Set You Daydreaming

brownies

They say everything old is new again—and so perhaps it’s unsurprising that just like macramé, fringe and jumpsuits, slow cookers have made a huge comeback.  But this is not your grandmother’s Crock-Pot; today’s slow cookers are smart, being WiFi enabled and remote controllable from your phone or tablet.

And it’s not just the tech that’s superior: so are the meals.  Long gone are the recipes for mushy meats, bland beans and overdone veggies from yesteryear.  Instead, celebrity chefs and foodies alike have developed ways to sex up slow-cooked suppers.

Here are five easy recipes guaranteed to keep your pot hot, and your belly happy.

[Related: 6 brilliant slow cooker recipes for busy mornings]

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Really Easy Ramen: Crispy Caramelized Pork Ramen Noodle Soup

Long an Asian staple, ramen recently conquered the dining tables of the Western world. Become your neighbourhood’s Ivan Orkin (the Tokyo Ramen genius!) to make a delicious home cooked bowl on the double.

In fact, this is one of the most shared Ramen noodle recipes on Pinterest for a reason…it’s AMAZING. And you’ll have plenty left over for later.

Pro tip: If you can swing it…don’t skip the curry roasted acorn squash! That savoury sweet topper puts this soup over the edge.

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Low To No Prep: Black Bean Enchiladas

To be fair, not all slow cooker recipes are created equal: some require just too much advance prep for folks in a rush. Thankfully, it’s not that hard to find recipes like this one, involving low-to-no prep.

And unless its super warm in your kitchen, you won’t even break a sweat from chopping the onions and peppers for these bean enchiladas… and then you just toss the veggies and roll ‘em up in some tortillas. Heck, they don’t even have to be rolled that well because the entire mess is covered in mmmmm-elted cheese (make sure to get the pre-grated kind.)

A de-lish dish, to be sure.

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Versatile Veggies: Quinoa-Stuffed Red Peppers

Vegetarians were once entirely overlooked in Crock-Pot cookbooks—and for good reason, since tackling vegetables in the slow cooker is a delicate task: too much time means a soggy soup, and not enough can be tough on teeth. Thankfully, sophisticated slow cooker veggie recipes are much easier to find nowadays.

For instance, these stuffed peppers make the perfect Sunday supper. And the stuffing can be done with pretty much any type of grain, bean or cheese you have on hand. Perfect every time.

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Starch-Free Suppers: Braised Beef Ragu with Polenta

Historically, slow cooked meals too often involved heavy starches, like pastas and potatoes. Now, newer recipes bring in hearty alternatives like oats and grains that are easier on the starch—and the waistline. In fact, this recipe for velvety beef goodness dished over polenta melts in your mouth, and the ragu tastes even better on toast for leftovers the next day.

Trust me, this is one you’ll want to try.

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Decadent Desserts: Triple Chocolate Brownies

brownies

Naxon Beaneries (the original name of the slow-cooker) are for more than just cooking dinner. Delicious desserts like cheesecakes, cobblers and crumbles are family favourites you can easily whip up in a slow cooker.  These brownies by Martha Stewart for one, are an essential in the Crock-Pot canon—because really, why stop at a single chocolate brownie when you could triple that?? ‘Nuff said.

With twice as many households using slow cookers than just a generation ago it’s no wonder that today’s time-strapped families rely on them for everyday survival.  If you don’t have one yet, consider the investment… a good slow cooker is worth its weight in gold…er, at least truffles?

[Related: 6 brilliant slow cooker recipes for busy mornings]

Buono appetito!

 



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