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18 Dec, 2016

Salted caramel pecan sticky buns? Yes please.

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Recipes and Food

I am not much of a baker but I was overwhelmed with a sudden craving for cinnamon buns so I hunted around for a recipe before I found this one for caramel sticky buns. It’s a keeper. Like many homemade things, it was a bit of work but totally worth it. Here’s something worth noting: it […]

Normally we aren’t the kind of family who eats dessert every night. Eating something sweet after every meal is not the kind of habit I encourage, but of course, everything goes out the window when we’re camping. We use pretty much the same camping menu every year, and every year we must make Banana Boats. […]

08 Aug, 2013

Our new favourite camping dessert recipe

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Recipes and Food

I blog so that I can remember, and in that vein I am slowly gathering my thoughts about our recent camping trip to Grundy Lake Provincial Park. I wanted to share a few recipes that we cooked up while we were there. There are a couple I know some of you may want to try […]

26 Jun, 2012

S’mores! On a stick!

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Easy ways to make kids happy|Recipes and Food

We made s’mores! On a stick! And now they are all gone. Here’s the recipe so you can try them too… maybe for your next camping-themed birthday party?

My latest piece for SavvyMom is about the Merry Dairy. The Merry Dairy is a frozen custard truck that travels around Ottawa… playing music, enchanting children of all ages, and providing lovely treats with a side of WiFi for the grown ups.


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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 (18) and Sarah (16). 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... 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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