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14 Oct, 2013

A walk in the woods

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: dog stuff|Easy ways to make kids happy|Ottawa

Hasn’t the weather been glorious? Makes you want to count your blessings, doesn’t it? Share the post “A walk in the woods” FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestStumbleUponE-mail

Our daily camping routine always goes something like this: Wake up Breakfast/get ready for the day Go for a hike Eat lunch Swim/beach time Dinner Sit around the fire Get ready for bed Sleep I like it this way. And even though I’d secretly prefer to drink coffee on the beach all morning, I especially […]

09 Aug, 2013

Camping 2013: Grundy Lake Provincial Park

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

I can’t say for sure where the lure of camping comes from for me. Growing up, the only child of immigrant parents, I remember occasional walks in the woods and camping once or twice, but I don’t remember much about those times. I certainly wouldn’t classify my family growing up as “outdoorsy.” For all intents […]

29 Jul, 2013

A quick note and a pickup truck

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

This is one of my all-time favourite camping photos. It cracks me up every time: CHIPMUNK PHOTOBOMB! Haha! This morning Mark will be packing up the pickup (YES, there is a TRUCK. Read on for the backstory!) while I’m scrambling around like a madwoman trying to strike things off our very very long list. We […]

Here’s a question: Can it really be called winter camping if it takes place during March Break, and if our shelter of choice is a yurt instead of a tent? I’ve decided that since there was snow on the ground the answer is a big fat YES. I’ve uploaded a slew of photos to Flickr already […]


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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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