Beat the Holiday Rush by Ordering these Creative Gifts Early

In the blink of an eye, the holidays will be upon us. It happens every year – you think you have lots of time, and then suddenly you’re scrambling to get everything ticked off your holiday shopping list. Why not make this year different? If you’re planning to send gifts or cards abroad, or want to be able to give out gifts to friends, co-workers and teachers before the holidays begin, then there’s even more reason to be proactive and start ticking off your holiday shopping list early.

Our London Drugs Photolab has all kinds of gift ideas, from greeting cards to tree ornaments that you can personalize with your own photos for some truly unique and thoughtful gifts. The best part? You can order them all without ever having to step foot in a mall. By ordering early, you can get your gifts delivered to your home well before the holidays – either by ordering online, or using our London Drugs Photolab App for iOS and Android.

Keep reading below for 6 creative gift ideas that will help you beat the holiday rush!

Personalized Greeting Cards

If there’s one thing that belongs at the very top of your to-do list, it’s your holiday greeting cards. Depending on how far around the world you’re planning to send your cards, you’ll want to give ample time for them to arrive (preferably at the start of the holidays). Before the holiday rush hits, take some time to design your cards, create your list of recipients, and get them ready to toss in the mail.

Holiday greeting cards are a tradition for many families, as they’re a chance to get your family and friends caught up on your year (and show off your beautiful family with a few photos too). To help you make your cards extra special, we offer personalization options that allow you to add photos and text directly to the cards – no more hand cramps writing them by hand! (Pro tip: order a stack of 25 cards to save!). Our Photolab also has a variety of themed card templates for Christmas, Hanukkah and general Winter themes, so no matter what your traditions, you can find a beautiful card to customize.

Not sure what photo to use on your card? Check out our blog here on tips for taking the perfect holiday card family portrait.

Christmas Tree Ornaments

Gifts like personalized Christmas tree ornaments are an excellent choice for co-workers, teachers, or anyone else you want to share a little something with to wish them a happy holiday season. If you’re looking to give out gifts to these people though, it’s best to order them before the holidays begin. That way, you can have them ready to go before the last day of school or work. You’ll also want to give out your ornament gifts a bit earlier than Christmas so they have time to hang them on the tree and fully appreciate them during the holiday season!

New this year, we have beautiful wood ornaments, in addition to ceramic, crystal, pewter, metal, and ball ornaments. Each one can be customized with a photo, as well as a personal message or a date if you like.

Heart Puzzles and Storage Tins

Holiday parties can often take place weeks before Christmas is here. If you know you’ll be heading to some parties this holiday season, it’s a good idea to have a few small gifts in your arsenal that you can give to the party hosts, or bring as part of a gift exchange. Our photo puzzles are a fun and unique gift if you’re doing a Secret Santa gift exchange, for example. Just pick an image of your choosing, and we’ll personalize the puzzle with that image! You can even order a puzzle that comes with a matching storage tin.

The Gift of Fine Art

Consider yourself an amateur or pro photographer? Why not turn your best photos of the year into prints to give to your friends and family! Or simply take your favourite shot from a photo session you’ve had, and order some prints to share. This is a great way to gift someone a special memory to treasure. Our If your not sure why print surface is best for your image, you can always visit our LDExperts in the Photolab. Our Photolab also has two brand new fine art papers that can elevate your images from ‘photos’ to ‘fine art’ in time for the holidays.

Baryta Fine Art Paper

Baryta is a bright white cotton paper ideally suited for photographic images. This smooth cotton paper was designed for long life – perfect for those memories you want to stand the test of time. Fine art photography, portrait photography, wedding photography are all ideal for this print surface. It’s also great for scrapbooking, if you’re planning to get very creative with your gift-giving.

Kauai Fine Art Paper

If you really want to step up your gifting game, you can go with some museum-quality prints. Kauai is a smooth hot press fine art paper that is best for print that require Museum Grade quality, especially when Image Permanence is a critical factor. This smooth cotton paper was designed for long life, and similar to our Baryta fine art paper, it’s ideal for fine art photography, portrait photography, wedding photography and scrapbooking.

Cozy Photo Blankets

What do you buy for the person who has everything? Rather than scrambling at the last minute for gifts for those tough-to-buy-for people on your holiday shopping list, here’s a gift idea you can order right now: a personalized fleece blanket. These cozy blankets can be customized with either one image, or a collage of images. They’re a great way to give the gift of coziness, plus the photo personalization adds some real uniqueness and thoughtfulness that they’ll appreciate.

Personalized Pet Tags

Know of someone whose pet is their best friend? Here’s a creative gift idea they’re sure to love: a personalized pet tag! You can order a pet tag with a snapshot of them with their beloved pet, and even add their pet’s name to it. We also have customizable pet bowls that you can add an adorable photo of their furry friend to. A perfect gift set for all the pet lovers on your holiday shopping list!

Morale Mail: Send a Care Package to Members Serving Oversees

Once again this holiday season, Canada Post is offering free shipping for family and friends of deployed men and women who wish to send their loved ones a special care package. This comes at a time of year when it can be difficult for those posted overseas who can’t return home for the holidays, and a gift from home can go a long way to making them feel cared for.

You can create your own Morale Mail care package, complete with everything from chocolates and personal notes, to personalized gifts. A photo book of them with their family and friends would be a thoughtful way to show them you care. Or a cozy blanket customized with a photo of their beloved pet on it, so they can feel a little more at home. Why not also include a personalized greeting card telling them you’re thinking of them?

Free shipping on parcels will be available from October 16, 2019 until January 10, 2020, and regular letter mail (up to 500 grams) will be free of charge until Deccember 31st 2019. You can find more information on Morale Mail here.

It can take up to 28 days for parcels to arrive, so the sooner you plan out your care package the better, to ensure it arrives in time for the holidays!

10 Kitchen Essentials to Help Elevate your Cuisine


The kitchen can be an overwhelming place, with busy schedules, and limited time, but it doesn’t need to be intimidating. Cooking is a great creative outlet, but like all creative pursuits, the tools you have can dramatically alter the end result. Our LDExperts are here to offer advice for some must-have kitchen gadgets that will help you save time, without diminishing the cooking experience. Also included are some green alternatives to classic kitchen favourites, to help make those small environmental contributions that much easier. We cover it all so you can let your inner chef out and fully embrace the art of cooking.

Accuracy, a solid foundation

Being accurate in your measurements is imperative to a good meal. If you really want to elevate everything from your coffee brew to your cordon bleu, the following will help you to be as precise as possible. These compact tools allow you to be sure everything is accurately accounted for, when crafting your next masterpiece.

Kitchen scale
The coffee aficionados use a kitchen scale to measure their grinds. You could also simply use measuring cups for that, but a kitchen scale can also come in handy when dividing family packs into freezer meals, in addition to being able to fully track your dietary intake, should you choose to do so.

Meat thermometer
The key to cooking delicious meat is making sure it’s juicy and not dry. The meat thermometer takes all the guess work out of the process. You will no longer have to pinch your hand mimicking chef Ramsay, pretending to know if the steak needs another 2 minutes. The AccuTemp Wired Meat Thermometer doesn’t even require removing your food from the oven to ensure the perfect cuisson. Program your desired temperature, and wait for it to alert you when done (then enjoy your masterpiece).

The perfect cut

Peeling and slicing can be a laborious affair. It need not be that way though. Having the proper slicing and dicing tools goes a long way to speeding up your chop game, combined with added safety and consistent sizing.

The Starfrit Stand Up Pump’n’Slice
This is a great multi tool for the kitchen as it slices (from 0.5mm to 8mm), cuts au julienne, and dices. Consider it a stand-up mandolin, with an emphasis on safety. With fully enclosed blades, pusher and feeder, it ensures you keep your fingers safe, while getting that consistent slice every time.

Farberware vegetable ricer.
Have you ever tried to cut cauliflower into rice-size bits? You end up with cauliflower all over the kitchen, as it seemingly tries to explode while chopping. This Farberware Vegetable Ricer saves the day by allowing you to cut all your favourite vegetables up into rice-size bits for those vegan paleo meals, but without the mess!


Pots and pans like a pro

Having the right pots and pans is another key element of cooking, especially when you’re timing your meal so everything is served hot. Waiting for something to finish to reuse the same pot for another side slows down your workflow, in addition to preventing everything from being finished in unison.

Lagostina 10 piece cookware set
This set provides all the needed pots for your feast. Featuring a lid for each, you will never be left in the position of having a single lid for 2 pots. Irradial plus base technology ensures even heat distribution, and the range of sizes makes sure you have one for every use you can imagine.

Nonstick pans
A good non stick is vital to success in the kitchen. We have a wide variety of options to choose from, from the London Drugs ILAG Basic non-stick coated pans to the T-fal Character frypans. When making your choice, consider the amount of use combined with type of use. Drop by a store to browse our full selection and talk to an LDExpert about which pan will best serve your needs.

Green gadgets to help reduce waste

The kitchen can be a waste-generating hot spot. From the packaging food items come in, to the storage of leftovers, it’s easy to get swept away in plastic waste. But it doesn’t have to be this way. With a little thought and preparation, you can dramatically reduce kitchen waste.

Stasher reusable bags
Imagine a re-sealable zipper storage bag that doesn’t puncture easily, and can be safely reused. Meet the Stasher Bag. A hot item within the zero waste community, these practical bags can keep your phone dry when kayaking, to your steak dry while sous viding (link to search). Made of high quality silicone, these bags are a must-have if you’re looking for a way to replace one-time use re-sealable bags.

Joie Rainbow metal straws
Eliminating one-time use straws is an easy way to start reducing your plastic consumption. The Joie metal straws come in fun rainbow colours and include a pipe cleaner to be sure you can keep them shiny inside and out. Bonus points: Kids love them too!

Glasslock Airtight set
After cooking that tasty meal, don’t forget to make a little extra and pack those leftovers away. Is it time to upgrade your old plastic food containers though? Consider making the jump to glass. These Glasslock Airtight containers are oven safe (without lid) to 450 degrees, as well as microwave safe (without lid), and dishwasher and freezer safe too. Talk about versatile and eco-friendly. They use far less plastic compared to traditional plastic food storage containers and tend to last longer, as they are odour-free and stain-proof.

 

Contigo travel mug
Bonus green item! Bring a travel mug with you to get your coffee in the morning. Not only is it a good choice for the environment, it also keeps your drinks warmer for longer! These are also spill proof, featuring AUTOSEAL® technology, ensuring even on those abrupt bus stops, your shirt stays coffee free. Available in a variety of sizes and colours ensures the personalized touch you want. (We have many more options in store!)

These are just some of the handy kitchen accessories we carry that can help simplify your kitchen experience, and improve your cooking. Visit a London Drugs near you and talk to an LDExpert today about how we can help you get the most out of your time in the kitchen, and create inspiring meals the family will love. Shop our full kitchen event on now here.

4 Ways To Take Your Thanksgiving to Friendsgiving

We’re all familiar with Thanksgiving but have you heard of Friendsgiving? It’s a more casual take on Thanksgiving where you get together with friends and enjoy a fun evening with non-traditional activities and dishes (think potluck!) If you’re thinking of hosting a Friendsgiving, we want to help you make it as memorable as possible. Keep reading and hopefully the following suggestions will help you to create new traditions for this holiday.

1. Food Ideas

Friendsgiving means you can forgo the traditional food and opt for fun and unique meal choices. Why not have everyone bring a different kind of homemade pizza or a different appetizer? You can even do a fondue, with everyone bringing a different dippable ingredient! This fondue set here includes 4 dipping forks and 3 ceramic ramekins. If you still really enjoy traditional Thanksgiving food, here are a few classic options with a twist:

Hawaiian Sweet Roll Stuffing
Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese
Sweet Potato Kale Pizza
Pumpkin Pecan Bread Pudding
Cranberry Turkey Paninis
Juicy Turkey Burgers

2. Kitchen Tools

Once you’ve decided what you want to make, It’s time to get out your kitchen gadgets. This Belgian Style Waffle Maker is an excellent choice for a fun meal idea, like pumpkin waffles. It’s compact, easy to clean and can make up to 4 waffles at once. There’s also the Chefman Panini Grill. It has a floating hinge to adjust to thicker sandwiches if you’re feeling extra hungry, and non-stick plates if you love your sandwiches with extra cheese (like these cranberry turkey paninis). It also opens flat for grilling burgers and steaks. The options are endless and delicious!

Preparing your Friendsgiving dish for a larger group of people can take up a good amount of your time. That’s where Crock-Pots come in. They are convenient multi-cookers that can make 5-star meals without you having to slave away in the kitchen. As well, using a Crock-Pot frees up your oven for cooking other dishes or desserts (Chocolate Pumpkin Piecaken, anyone?). The different sizes are great and allow you to prepare larger portions of food, especially during the holidays. Plus, as your meal cooks, you can go and mingle with your guests. If you want a chance to win one of these kitchen miracles, check out our Crock-Pot Crocktober contest here!

 

 

3. Going Green

A lot of guests over means a lot of plates, cups and cutlery being used – maybe more than you have in the kitchen! One option is to have each of your guests bring a plate and set of cutlery with them from home. Or for easy clean up you could use paper and plastic, but that’s not the best option for the environment. Why not use these awesome compostable cups, plates and cutlery? They are made from plant material and will biodegrade but are also heat resistant up to 200 degrees Fahrenheit!

Since Friendsgiving usually requires everyone to bring a different food dish, you will also end up with a ton of food. Make sure you have the right containers to store any leftover food in. Alternatively, you can purchase these reusable containers and pack the leftovers in them for guests to take home. Ask your friends to bring them to your next gathering so you can reuse them again for any leftovers. If there are scraps of food not worth saving, put them in a green bag or bin for composting. Taking all of these tips into consideration will help make your Friendsgiving a little more eco-friendly!

4. Entertainment

Play long into Friendsgiving night with some not-so-classic board games like Telestrations After Dark, Cards Against Humanity, Monopoly Cheaters Edition or Escape Room The Game. Not really a board games kind of crowd? If you have the game consoles, check out these multiplayer games like Super Mario Party and Super Smash Bros for Nintendo Switch or Little Big Planet 3 for PlayStation. If your gang is into music, why not grab a portable bluetooth speaker to play your favourite playlist? Finally, if your group of friends loves capturing the moment, you’ll really enjoy the Fujifilm Instax Mini for taking instant photos that can be given out like souvenirs. It even has a selfie mode and mirror. If you want to take large group photos, try using a selfie stick. This one fits to most Smartphones and expands up to 38.5“. Want to go old-school in a world of technology? Pick up some disposable cameras instead. Nothing beats that feeling of waiting to see how your photos will turn out after you’ve sent them to be developed at the Photolab!

Whether this is your first Friendsgiving or your fifth, we hope you’ve found these suggestions helpful. Whatever you choose to do, we wish you a Happy Friendsgiving!

 

 

Crocktober Contest

2019 Crocktober Giveaway

October; where the weather is crisper and the temperature is cooler. It’s a time of year to enjoy warm and hearty meals in the comfort of your own home. And what better way to cook your favourite Fall dishes by using a Crock-Pot Express 8-in-1 Crock Multicooker? Now’s your chance to WIN a 6QT Crock-Pot Express! How, may you ask? See our full giveaway terms and conditions below. Good luck!

 

 

Crocktober Giveaway #2– Official Rules

1) To enter on facebook and instagram:
-Follow @Londondrugs
-Comment below what holiday you’re most excited to use your Crockpot Express

[October 18 – 31, 2019 11:59pm PST]

2) No purchase necessary. Limit one (1) entry per social network per contest. Limit one (1) prize may be won per household. Entries must be received no later than 11:59 pm Pacific Time on [October 31, 2019 11:59pm PST]. London Drugs is not responsible for entries that become lost or misdirected.

3) Contest is open to all residents of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba who, as of the date the prize draw is made: (i) have not won a London Drugs contest since[October 31, 2018 11:59pm PST]; (ii) have reached the age of majority in the province in which they reside as at [October 18, 2019](iii) are not employees of London Drugs, their respective advertising and promotional agencies, the independent judging organization (if any), or any family member living with any such employee.

4) The winners will be randomly chosen on the day the contest ends (see dates below) in Vancouver, British Columbia, from all eligible entries received per contest. To win, selected entrants must have correctly answered the skill-testing mathematical question on the entry for on the online entry form and must sign London Drug’s declaration and release confirming compliance with the contest rules and acceptance of the prize(s) as awarded, releasing London Drugs from liability in association with the contest and prize and consenting to the use of their name, photograph, voice and statements for promotional and publicity purposes.

5) There will be 2 (two) prize(s) awarded to 2 (two) winners: each receiving a Crock-Pot Express 8-in-1 Crock Multicooker 6QT valued at [$99.99]. Prize(s) must be accepted as awarded, are non-transferable and no substitutions are permitted. London Drugs reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value should any prize become unavailable for any reason. Prize will be awarded at the closest London Drugs location to the winner.

Contests dates: October 18 – 31, 2019 11:59pm PST
Draw Date: 12:00 PM Pacific Time November 4, 2019

6) Selected entrants will be contacted by email, or social network they were drawn from. No correspondence will be entered into except with selected entrants. If the winner does not respond then she/he will be notified for the second time, 3 (three) days after the first notification. If the winner still does not respond within 3 days of the second notification, a new winner will be chosen in the same manner until a winner is successfully contacted.

7) The chances of winning a prize will depend on the number of eligible entries received. Decisions of the judges in respect of all aspects of this contest including, but not limited to, eligibility of entries and correctness of answers given to the skill-testing question, are final.

8) London Drugs, their respective advertising and promotional agencies, the independent judging organization, and their respective agents are not liable to an entrant in any manner relating to the contest or the awarding and use of the prize(s).

9) This contest is subject to all federal, provincial, and municipal laws and regulations. By entering the entrant consents to the collection of all personal information included on their entry and agrees to the use and disclosure of such information by and between London Drugs and their agents. The winner(s) also agrees to the collection, use and disclosure of their name, entry, photographs, voice and statements for London Drugs’ publicity purposes without further compensation. All personal information collected from entrants will be used only for the purposes of administering the contest and for marketing and promotional purposes as contemplated by these rules; under no circumstances will any personal information be sold or rented to third parties. All personal information collected by London Drugs will be kept in accordance with the privacy policy of London Drugs, which can be viewed at www.londondrugs.com, and in accordance with all applicable privacy laws.

10) The right is reserved by London Drugs to terminate this contest, in whole or in part, and/or modify, amend or suspend the contest, and/or these rules in any way, should any cause beyond the reasonable control of London Drugs or its agents affect the proper administration thereof.

STATEMENT OF DECLARATION AND RELEASE

All selected entrants will be required to sign the Statement of Declaration and Release attached before they can be declared a winner and receive a contest prize.

 

 

Facebook Live Recipes

 

Check out these delicious recipes below that you can easily create at home with the Chefman 3-in-1 Air Fryer and the Chefman Sous Vide Immersion Circulator  – as featured on our Facebook Live event held on Sept 25th, 2019. View the full hour long video on our Facebook page here.

Apple Chips with Yogurt Dipping Sauce

Prep Time: 15 min
Dehydrate Time: 10 hr
Total Time: 10 hr 15 min
Level: Easy
Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients:
• 1 honey crisp apples, 1/8 inch slices
• ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
• ½ tbsp honey
• ¼ tsp vanilla extract
• ¼ tsp cinnamon

Steps:
1. Arrange apple slices evenly on two trays then insert trays into the multi-function air fryer.
2. Set to Dehydrate at 140F for 10 hours.
3. While the apple slices are dehydrating, combine the yogurt, honey, vanilla extract and honey in a small bowl. Refrigerate for later use.
4. When the time has expired and the apples are crisp, remove from the multi-function air fryer.
5. Serve immediately with dipping sauce or store in an air-tight container.

Balsamic Bacon Brussels Sprouts

Prep Time: 15 min
Air Fry Time: 25 min
Total Time: 50 min
Level: Easy
Yield: 5 servings

Ingredients:
• ½ cup olive oil
• 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
• 1 tbsp salt
• 2 tsp black pepper
• 1 lb brussels sprouts, destemmed and halved
• 6 pieces of bacon, ½ inch pieces

Steps:
1. In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, balsamic, salt and pepper.
2. Add brussels sprouts and bacon then toss together until evenly coated.
3. Split the mixture between two trays and then place in the multi-function air fryer.
4. Set to 390F for 25 minutes.
5. When time has expired or food is crispy and dark in color, remove from the multi-function air fryer.
6. Serve immediately.

Banana Chip Trail Mix

Prep Time: 10 min
Dehydrate Time: 8 hr
Total Time: 8 hr 10 min
Level: Easy
Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:
• 2 bananas, peeled, ¼ inch slices
• ¼ cup dark chocolate chips
• ¼ cup peanut butter chips
• ¼ cup mini pretzels

Steps:
1. Arrange sliced bananas evenly on two trays and insert them into the multi-function air fryer.
2. Set to Dehydrate at 140F for 8 hours.
3. When timer has expired and banana chips are crisp, remove from the multi-function air fryer.
4. In a large bowl, mix together banana chips, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips and pretzels.
5. Store in an air-tight container.

Mediterranean Sous Vide Egg Cups

Prep Time: 15 min
Sous Vide Time: 1 hr
Total Time: 1 hr 30 min
Level: Medium
Yield: 6 servings

Supplies Needed:
• Large container or pot
• 6 (4oz) mason jars with lids
• Chefman Immersion Circulator

Ingredients:
• Cooking spray
• 6 eggs
• ½ cup half and half
• ½ tsp salt
• ½ cup spinach, finely chopped
• ½ cup sundried tomatoes, finely chopped
• ½ cup feta, crumbled
• Oregano, for garnish

Steps:
1. Spray all 6 jars with cooking spray and set aside.
2. Fill large container or pot with warm water. Place immersion circulator in the water and set to 172F. Allow water to come to temperature.
3. In a large bowl, whisk eggs, half and half and salt until fully beaten and light yellow in color.
4. Add in spinach, sundried tomatoes and feta. Stir until evenly combined.
5. Evenly distribute into the sprayed jars. Close the lids tightly.
6. When water has reached the correct temperature, carefully place jars into water. (Note: The jars can be stacked if needed.)
7. Cook for 1 hour.
8. When time has expired carefully remove egg cups from water.
9. Remove from jars by taking off lid and inverting them or serve them in jars. Serve immediately with fresh oregano.
10. If storing, allow jars to cool then place in fridge. Reheat in jars without lids. (Note: Recipe can easily be doubled for 12 servings if desired.)

Maple Dijon Salmon with Asparagus

Prep Time: 15 min
Sous Vide Time: 1 hr 30 min
Total Time: 1 hr 45 min
Level: Medium
Yield: 4 servings

Supplies Needed:
• Vacuum sealer bags
• Vacuum sealer
• Large container or pot
• Brush
• Chefman Immersion Circulator

Ingredients:
• 1 bunch asparagus, cleaned
• 3 tbsp butter, melted
• 2 tsp salt
• 1 tsp black pepper

• 4-6oz salmon fillets
• 4 tbsp olive oil
• ½ tbsp salt
• 1 tsp black pepper
• ¼ cup maple syrup
• 3 tbsp Dijon

Steps:
1. Fill a large container with warm water. Place immersion circulator in water and set to 125F. Allow water to get to temperature.
2. In a large bowl, combine asparagus, melted butter, 2 tsp salt and 1 tsp pepper. Evenly coat.
3. Place in a single layer in a large vacuum sealer bag. Seal bag until airtight. Set aside.
4. When water has reached the correct temperature, place bagged asparagus in water. Cook for 40 minutes.
5. Brush the salmon on all sides with butter then season evenly with ½ tbsp salt and 1 tsp pepper.
6. In a small bowl, combine maple syrup and Dijon mustard. Brush mixture on all sides of salmon.
7. Place salmon in a single layer in a large vacuum sealer bag. Pour any additional sauce into the bag and seal until airtight. Store in the fridge until 40 minute timer on asparagus has expired.
8. When time has expired, place bagged salmon in water with asparagus and cook for 50 minutes (Note: The total time for cooking the asparagus is 1 hour and 30 minutes).
9. When time has expired, remove asparagus and salmon. Gently remove both from bags.
10. Serve immediately or sear salmon and asparagus in a hot pan with oil to add color and texture.

Rotisserie Chicken

Prep Time: 5 min
Air Fry Time: 45 min
Total Time: 55 min
Level: Medium
Yield: 4 servings

Supplies Needed:
• Twine

Ingredients:
• 3.5 lb whole chicken
• ¼ cup olive oil
• 2 tbsp salt
• 2 tsp black pepper

Steps:
1. Truss the chicken with twine to make sure the wings and legs are tucked in and therefore will cook evenly.
2. Rub chicken with olive oil then evenly season with salt and pepper.
3. Place chicken on the included rotisserie spit with forks to secure chicken.
4. Place chicken into the rotisserie slots on the center rack.
5. Set to 380F for 45 minutes. Press the Rotisserie button to rotate the chicken while cooking.
6. When time has expired and the internal temperature of the chicken is 165F, remove the chicken with rack removal tool. Rest chicken for 5 minutes.
7. Remove twine and cut chicken as desired.
8. Serve immediately.

Steak Frites

Prep Time: 25 min
Air Fry Time: 25 minTotal Time: 55 min
Level: Medium
Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients:
• 1 russet potato, peeled and cut into ¼ inch sticks
• 4 cups water
• 4 tbsp olive oil, divided in half
• 6 tsp salt, divided in half
• 2 tsp black pepper, divided in half
• 2-12oz bone-in strip steaks, room temperature
• Herb butter, for serving

Steps:
1. Place potatoes in a container with water and allow to soak for 10 minutes.
2. After the fries have soaked, pat dry and then place in a large bowl.
3. Add 2 tbsp olive oil, 3 tsp salt and 1 tsp pepper to the bowl. Evenly coat the fries.
4. Place fries in a single layer on a tray and insert into the multi-function air fryer on the top shelf.
5. Rub remaining 2 tbsp of oil on the steaks then season with remaining salt and pepper.
6. Place steaks on a tray and insert them below the fries.
7. Set to 380F for 25 minutes.
8. When time has expired, remove steaks and allow to rest for about 5 minutes.
9. When fries are fully cooked, golden brown and crispy, remove.
10. Serve immediately with steak and herb butter.

Sweet Potato Casserole

Prep Time: 15 min
Sous Vide Time: 2 hr 30 min
Bake Time: 10 min
Total Time: 2 hr 55 min
Level: Medium
Yield: 5 servings

Supplies Needed:
• Vacuum Sealer
• Large Vacuum Sealer Bag
• Large Pot or Container
• Chefman Immersion Circulator
• Potato Masher
• 8×8 baking dish
• Chefman Multi-Function Air Fryer

Ingredients:
• 4 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
• 4 tbsp butter, cut into 3 pieces
• ¼ cup brown sugar
• 1 tbsp salt
• 1 tsp black pepper
• 2 tsp ground cinnamon
• 1 tsp ground nutmeg
• 4 sprigs thyme
• 2 sprigs rosemary
• Cooking spray
• 2 cups mini marshmallows

Steps:
1. Fill a large container or pot with warm water then place the immersion circulator in the water. Set to 180F and allow the water to come to temperature.
2. Place the sweet potatoes, butter, brown sugar, salt, pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, thyme and rosemary in large vacuum seal bag. Seal bag until it is air-tight.
3. When water is at correct temperature, place bagged sweet potatoes in the water. Set a timer for 2 hours and 30 minutes.
4. When potatoes are very tender, remove from water. Place sweet potato mixture into a large bowl, removing and discarding the rosemary and thyme.
5. Using a potato masher, mash all ingredients together until fluffy and evenly combined.
6. Transfer the sweet potatoes to a sprayed 8×8 baking dish.
7. Place marshmallows on top and place in the multi-function air fryer. Set to Bake at 400F for 10 minutes.

Yogurt Apple Cake

Prep Time: 30 min
Bake Time: 1 hr 20 min
Total Time: 1 hr 50 min
Level: Medium
Yield: 9 servings

Supplies Needed:
• Hand or Stand Mixer
• 8×8 baking pan
• Aluminum Foil

Ingredients:
• ½ cup brown sugar
• 8 tbsp butter, room temperature
• 2 eggs
• 1 ¼ cups plain Greek yogurt
• 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
• 1 ½ cups flour
• 1 tsp baking powder
• 1 tsp baking soda
• 1 tsp salt
• ½ tsp cinnamon
• 1 honey crisp apple, peeled and ½ inch diced
• Cooking spray
• 4 tbsp butter, melted
• ¼ cup brown sugar
• 2 tsp cinnamon
• 1 honey crisp apple, sliced

Steps:
1. In a large bowl with a hand mixer or stand mixer, whisk brown sugar and room temperature butter until creamed together and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
2. Add one egg at a time while mixing until each is fully combined.
3. Add yogurt and mix until fully combined.
4. Add vanilla and mix until incorporated.
5. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
6. While mixing, slowly add the dry ingredient mixture to the wet mixture until a smooth batter is formed.
7. Finally, mix in diced apples until just incorporated, making sure to not overwork the batter.
8. Spray baking dish with cooking spray and then pour batter into pan.
9. In a small bowl, mix together melted butter, ¼ cup brown sugar and 2 tsp cinnamon and combine to make a paste.

 

 

 

Making Memories: Tips from a Pro Photographer on Taking, Printing and Preserving Cherished Family Photos

It’s true what they say: “the days are long, but the years are short.” Time can be a thief when it comes to freezing moments in time with family, specifically with children. They seem to grow up in the blink of an eye. One day they’re taking their first steps, and the next they’re starting their first day of school. Erin Brooke Burns, an award-winning photographer, is here to share her tips for photographing and preserving your family memories. Learn how to capture real moments with your kids and discover timeless ways to display and cherish those precious memories.

Get Priceless Results Even Without a Pricey Camera

Great photos are about real moments. Period. Yes, a perfectly composed shot with great lighting is a nice bonus, but when it comes to emotions, real moments bring it home. So you don’t need to spend a pretty penny on a big, fancy camera if isn’t not in your budget. A point-and-shoot or even your smartphone does a great job. What’s even better about those is that people tend not to freeze and fall into a rehearsed pose like they do when you raise a large SLR. Without a bulky camera to lug around, look for the “in between moments;” the moments in-between the rehearsed smile and pose, where the real emotions are. With children, these in-between moments come by relatively often, so just have your camera at the ready and bask in the hilarity of kids being kids. As an added bonus to using your smartphone, you have a plethora of apps to choose from to take your photos to the next level – just don’t overdo it on filters; less is more. You can also download the London Drugs Photolab App (available on iOS and Android) to easily order prints, enlargements and even create a Photo Book right from your phone or tablet.

Swing for the Fences

Digital photography has allowed us to make more mistakes, and in return, more wins. As a professional photographer, I might take 200+ photos to use and publish only one. That single shot that I choose will have the emotion that we talked about earlier, something none of the other 199 photos have. So swing for the fences, and take a bunch of photos to get that one fantastic shot. Digital files are cheap, so take advantage, practice, play around and get the shot. You can always delete the others later on. If you’re using your smartphone, take advantage of Burst Mode from time to time. Each phone differs, but generally it’s a sequence of photos taken at a rate of around ten frames per second by holding your finger on the shutter button.

Change Your Perspective

Have fun! This sounds obvious, but as adults, we fall into our go-to poses and smiles. When photographing your kids, we get into trouble if we expect them to behave like adults, so get down to their level and explore the world as they do. It will change what you see in your viewfinder. A different angle or perspective can change a photo dramatically, and getting down allows you to see angles you might otherwise miss. Catch your kiddos doing the things they love and you’ll have all kinds of success. Catch them on the swings, in the sandbox or even just colouring – candid photos have a beautiful reminiscent quality about them that can cause the viewer to stop and pause. So have fun with your camera and your kids. It’s a win-win.

Photographing Babies

Even the most seasoned of amateur photographers can find it a challenge to photograph babies. So, if ‘newborn in a basket’ photos are what you’re looking for, then I would recommend hiring a professional; it’s worth the investment. But when it comes to the average parent, here are some guidelines that will help you take a great snap:

  1. Keep your baby happy by photographing them on a full tummy.
  2. Dress your baby in comfortable clothes, or if you choose to photograph your baby in their birthday suit, keep a space heater nearby to keep them warm.
  3. Choose a spot in the house with a large window; preferably a north-facing window to get a large, natural, indirect light source.
  4. Always keep your baby’s safety at top of mind.
  5. As your baby grows, think about doing monthly photos to document your baby’s growth. It’s a good idea to keep the background consistent to emphasize their growth.

From Digital to Print

Photolab lifestyle

Don’t fall into the trap of taking fantastic photos and leaving them on your camera or phone like so many of us do. We end up taking thousands of photos without a feasible way to control the mess. Digital photos can be lost just as easy as they are taken so it’s wise to choose one of the many options to cherish and display them before things get out of control. In my home, we don’t have a ton of photos on our walls, but we love a good Photo Book. The reason we love the Photo Books is 2-fold. First, you can add as many photos as you like, and second, you can create an entire book of a single event: like a family vacation, or baby’s first year. We find the books offer great flexibility and the kids adore looking through them, especially the older books – it’s like a collection of visual encyclopedias of the family. There are so many different Photo Books available – you’ll find one that is perfect for your needs.

If Photo Books aren’t your thing, I’m really loving the Wall Clings. Wall Clings are adhesive matte paper prints that can be removed and replaced many times. I mentioned we don’t have a lot of photos that adorn our walls, but that’s not entirely true. We love these for our kids’ rooms. It allows them to choose how they create their own ‘gallery walls’ without creating damage to our home. They’re able to move them around how they like, and get creative without any frames, hammers or nails. There are dozens of ways to use the Wall Clings, long term or short term, like incorporating them into a birthday celebration. These are the perfect option for people who want to switch up their photos often or simply can’t commit to one image.

However you choose to cherish your memories, make sure you download the London Drugs Photolab App from the App Store or Google Play to get full access to everything from enlargements, Canvas Gallery Prints, and Calendars to Photo Books right from your phone or tablet. You can also hop onto their website to order online, or visit any London Drugs Photolab in-store.

Meet Erin

Erin Brooke Burns is an award-winning photographer and graphic designer based in Calgary, Alberta. You can follow Erin and see her latest works with Erin Brooke Photography & Design on Instagram: @erinbrookeburns.

Bissell Pet Contest

 

Calling all pet parents and pet lovers!! We want to hear why you love your pet! Is it because they make the perfect hiking companion or that they know how to make you smile after a rough day? Whatever it is, share it with us as part of our Bissell Pet Contest and you will be entered at a chance to win one of four prizes! These include one of two (2) Bissell Little Green Machine ProHeat Carpet Cleaner 2513E, one (1) Bissell Swivel Rewind Pet Upright Vacuum 2258C or one (1) grand prize of a Bissell Pet Home Package! This package includes a Crosswave Pet Bissell Vacuum 2306C and a year’s worth of Bissell Clean & Fresh No Rinse Dog Shampoo. See full contest terms and conditions below. Good luck!

 

Bissell Pet Contest – Official Rules

1) To enter:
FACEBOOK
-Like the London Drugs page
-Like the contest post
-Tell us why you love your pet in the comments

INSTAGRAM
-Follow London Drugs on Instagram
-Like the contest post
-Tell us why you love your pet in the comments

[September 13 – October 2, 2019 11:59pm PST]

2) No purchase necessary. Limit one (1) entry per social network per contest. Limit one (1) prize may be won per household. Four (4) winners will be drawn from all combined social media platforms. Entries must be received no later than [October 2, 2019 at 11:59pm PST]. London Drugs is not responsible for entries that become lost or misdirected.

3) Contest is open to all residents of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba who, as of the date the prize draw is made: (i) have not won a London Drugs contest since [October 2, 2018 11:59pm PST]; (ii) have reached the age of majority in the province in which they reside as at [September 13, 2019 ](iii) are not employees of London Drugs, their respective advertising and promotional agencies, the independent judging organization (if any), or any family member living with any such employee.

4) The winners will be randomly chosen on the day the contest ends (see dates below) in Vancouver, British Columbia, from all eligible entries received per contest. To win, selected entrants must have correctly answered the skill-testing mathematical question on the online entry form and must sign London Drug’s declaration and release confirming compliance with the contest rules and acceptance of the prize(s) as awarded, releasing London Drugs from liability in association with the contest and prize and consenting to the use of their name, photograph, voice and statements for promotional and publicity purposes.

5) There will be 4 (four) prize(s) awarded to 4 (four) winners: each receiving one of the following: One of two (2) Bissell Little Green Machine ProHeat Carpet Cleaner 2513E (value:$139.99 each), one (1) Bissell Swivel Rewind Pet Upright Vacuum 2258C (value: $169.99) or one (1) grand prize of a Bissell Pet Home Package! This package includes a Crosswave Pet Bissell Vacuum 2306C (value: $399.99) and a year’s worth of Bissell Clean & Fresh No Rinse Dog Shampoo (value: $400+). Prize(s) must be accepted as awarded, are non-transferable and no substitutions are permitted. London Drugs reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value should any prize become unavailable for any reason. Prize will be awarded at the closest London Drugs location to the winner.

Contests dates: September 13 – October 2, 2019 11:59pm PST
Draw Date: 12:00 PM Pacific Time [October 4, 2019]

6) Selected entrants will be contacted by email, or social network they were drawn from. No correspondence will be entered into except with selected entrants. If the winner does not respond then she/he will be notified for the second time, 3 (three) days after the first notification. If the winner still does not respond within 3 days of the second notification, a new winner will be chosen in the same manner until a winner is successfully contacted.

7) The chances of winning a prize will depend on the number of eligible entries received. Decisions of the judges in respect of all aspects of this contest including, but not limited to, eligibility of entries and correctness of answers given to the skill-testing question, are final.

8) London Drugs, their respective advertising and promotional agencies, the independent judging organization, and their respective agents are not liable to an entrant in any manner relating to the contest or the awarding and use of the prize(s).

9) This contest is subject to all federal, provincial, and municipal laws and regulations. By entering the entrant consents to the collection of all personal information included on their entry and agrees to the use and disclosure of such information by and between London Drugs and their agents. The winner(s) also agrees to the collection, use and disclosure of their name, entry, photographs, voice and statements for London Drugs’ publicity purposes without further compensation. All personal information collected from entrants will be used only for the purposes of administering the contest and for marketing and promotional purposes as contemplated by these rules; under no circumstances will any personal information be sold or rented to third parties. All personal information collected by London Drugs will be kept in accordance with the privacy policy of London Drugs, which can be viewed at www.londondrugs.com, and in accordance with all applicable privacy laws.

10) The right is reserved by London Drugs to terminate this contest, in whole or in part, and/or modify, amend or suspend the contest, and/or these rules in any way, should any cause beyond the reasonable control of London Drugs or its agents affect the proper administration thereof.

STATEMENT OF DECLARATION AND RELEASE

All selected entrants will be required to sign the Statement of Declaration and Release attached before they can be declared a winner and receive a contest prize.

 

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