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Cabana Bay Universal Orlando Florida

Don't miss Cabana Bay Universal Orlando, if you're heading to Univeral Orlandofor your summer vacation. This 50s and 60s inspired property has a lot more for families than just the Mad Men-ish type theme. This hotel is built with the larger family in mind. The families that break outside that "party of four" mold. That's right, you can sleep up to six people in one of the 900 incredible family rooms at Cabana Bay. In addition there … [Read More...]

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We Day Ottawa – We Could Learn a Few Things from Our Kids

The words of Martin Luther King never lose their potency. Whether reading them or hearing his voice boom out the truth, you are covered with chills. It’s no mistake then that the founders of We Day and Free the Children, Craig and Marc Kielburger, choose to share King’s message throughout their one day show, because no one knew how to mobilize people better than King and no one knows how to mobilize our youth better than the … [Read More...]

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Give the Dog a Beer Bone

Recently, my husband took up brewing. We are not here to talk about that today. That's an entirely different post. However, on the flip side there's been a whole lotta spent grain afterwards that we need to contend with. Thankfully, we're not far from a farm, so we send some to the horses, our city composts,so a lot goes there but the real win has been for our dog. Apparently brew making men have been looking after their dogs by … [Read More...]


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Nanny’s Best Date Squares

There is a method to my madness in this space, and it's this; Life in Pleasantville is and always will be a record of my time here for my daughters. Yes, I write with you in mind, but ultimately this is where I hope my children will come to find that favourite recipe I used to make them, or find one of my Mom's best recipes or to look up a vacation memory. I hope … [Read More...]

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Maple Cream Pie

As a Canadian, there are two things that run in my veins; patriotic pride and maple syrup. It's true. I'm crazy sweet....once you get to know me. Okay, I kid, but I do love the nectar of the gods, maple syrup, intensely. I am always looking for ways to include this syrupy sweetness into my cooking and that's why I love this Maple Cream Pie. This pie is the … [Read More...]

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Classic Butter Pie Crust

Don't be afraid of making pie crust. It's one of the simplest things you'll ever do. Try this classic butter pie crust for starters. Just remember to be patient. You'll need at least two hours of chilling time for it. You can't rush perfection after all. Butter Pie Crust 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon sugar 1 stick (8 … [Read More...]

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Baked Cheese in a Skillet AKA Crack

This Baked Cheese in a Skillet is one of the easiest recipes to whip together which is also what makes it so flippin' dangerous. Cheese has it own special little place in the food world. Addicts the world over know the … [Read More...]

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Skillet Berry Crumble

What I love most about making this Skillet Berry Crumble is that it's just so darn impressive looking when it's all done. It's just so pretty, it's almost a shame to eat it. That being said, it's also totally delicious … [Read More...]

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Skillet French Toast

I love my cast iron skillet. It is, bar none, my most favourite thing in my kitchen. This French Toast is soaked overnight in the fridge then fried up golden and crisp in the skillet. Overnight Skillet French … [Read More...]

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Recipe for Tortillas

My husband knows I'm a total carb whore. He uses this knowledge to his advantage, not by being my Sugar Daddy, but by being my Bread Pusher. Not only can he bake up delicious loaves of bread and soft buns, but he also … [Read More...]

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