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Harry Potter fans rejoice! We discovered a great little recipe for Butter Beer!

13 Dec, 2012

Family Advent days 10 and 11

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Easy ways to make kids happy

Even the best of plans can be waylaid by Life. Which is exactly why, when I write Family Advent “how to” posts I advocate stuffing the envelopes the night before. That way you can easily make last minute changes or switches and save yourself some grief. Last-minute stuffing is especially useful if you’re one of […]

10 Dec, 2012

Family Advent Days 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Easy ways to make kids happy

I secretly fear that one day I’m going to be asked to appear on a witness stand and a lawyer is going to ask me what I was doing the night of the 16th and I’m going to have to say: “I can’t even remember what I had for dinner last week. How can I […]

Surely one of the most welcome gifts this time of year is a gift card to a grocery store. Just yesterday I was picking up groceries at Sobeys and I could practically FEEL my wallet breathing a sigh of relief as I handed one over. That’s why I’m pleased to tell you about a new […]

a.k.a. 25 days of Christmas Here we are again! Fa la la la laaaaa! I can’t believe it either. Is it really almost December? Allow me to summarize this annual activity for newbies that may be reading along. Once upon a time, instead of buying chocolate advent calendars for our young daughters I decided it would […]


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  • Anne: Andrea, I've had Plantar Fasciitis twice. It hurts, doesn't it? It does eventually go away. The best thing I found was while sitting in a chair, ro
  • 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

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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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