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I wrote about our family of venus fly traps earlier this summer, but I wanted to post an update because it’s turned out to be a really interesting little project. Sidebar: many kids plant seeds/grow beans as a school project during some point in their lives. This is really taking it to the next level! […]

I’ve mentioned bubble tea on the blog before but since it’s one of our favourite things to do in Ottawa during the summer months I thought it deserved a fresh mention! Step one: drive to Somerset Street and park the car. Step two: walk, and poke your head into any shop that tweaks your curiosity along the way. Step […]

So this is what we did yesterday afternoon: The girls each have one of these Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Cameras. A couple of weeks ago I bought a bunch of film on a whim at Black’s (the store is going under and I nabbed it at a discounted price). A few of the packages […]

One of the great things about where we live is our proximity to Gatineau Park. A visit doesn’t need to involve a 100 km bike ride or a daylong trail blazing trek, it can be much simpler. So on Sunday we decided to pop in the car and to check out two easy Gatineau Park hiking […]

… share it with the whole world, of course. :) I wrote about family social media accounts awhile back on MediaSmarts.ca and I wanted to post an update on what has become a truly enjoyable project: our dog’s Instagram account. Each family member was invited to manage Piper’s Instagram account. At the outset we all […]


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  • Laurel: I always transfer my loaded pizza to my stone:) I have the wood pizza slider and I roll on there on top of cornmeal and slide in-tricky sometimes but
  • andrea tomkins: Ohhh! Good tip Kate! Thanks!
  • Kate: Do you know what is even better than panko on mac and cheese? Crushed up homemade croutons from Parma Ravioli on Wellington St, mixed with a little pa
  • andrea tomkins: Sassy: I would love the addition of the squash. Sigh. I like the idea of the gnocchi too! binki: do try it! Let me know how it works out!
  • binki: Panko in Mac'nCheese. That is brilliant. I must try this.
  • sassymonkey: It's too bad you can't sell them on the squash because it's actually really good. The next time you want to shake things up, use gnocchi instead o
  • Molly: I love mac & cheese. It is a cinch to make - I especially like it with a side of broccoli or a crunchy salad. I even whip it up (stove top versio

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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our two daughters Emma (16) and Sarah (14). I am the managing editor of our community newspaper, the Kitchissippi Times, and a regular contributor to MediaSmarts.ca. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger, and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999... which makes me either a total dinosaur or a veteran, I'm not sure which! The Fishbowl is my whiteboard, water cooler, and journal, all rolled into one. I'm passionate about healthy living, arts and culture, family travel, great gear, good food, and sharing the best of Ottawa for families. I also love vegetables, photography, gadgets, and great design.

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