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07 May, 2019

More about mushrooms

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

Last week I shared a quick recipe for mushrooms on toast. I deeply regret not running out and shoring up my mushroom supply because I have a serious craving at the moment. That post got me thinking more about mushrooms. You probably didn’t know this about me but I really like mushrooms. Like really really. […]

At the end of my previous post I linked to a very old blog post, an 18-year-old blog post, to be exact. It’s so old it’s not even part of the archives. I actually had to go and find it on my computer and upload it. I had to laugh at a sentence I had written […]

14 Apr, 2019

18 and three days

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you already know that the youngest daughter turned 18 this week. Honestly, I don’t know how we got here. She used to be a small baby! This is the year that Mark and I become the parents of two Young Adults. The eldest will be turning 20 […]

01 Feb, 2019

Drinking and not drinking

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

Of all my school years, from kindergarten to my last year of university, grades seven and eight were the worst. After sixth grade I left my neighbourhood school to enroll in a French immersion program in a middle school located in a completely different part of town. It meant taking the school bus for the first time and […]

14 Jan, 2019

What do I need?

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

Thanks to everyone who reached out to us following the recent bus crash at Westboro station. We are all ok, thank goodness. Mark is the only one of us who takes the bus on a daily basis and that bus isn’t one he’d ever take. The bus station itself, however, is close to home and […]


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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark. We have two daughters: Emma (19) and Sarah (17). I am the managing editor of our community newspaper, the Kitchissippi Times. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999. 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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