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July 2018
Don't waste a heartbeat.

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I believe that every human has a finite number of heartbeats. I don't intend to waste any of mine. ”
- Neil Armstrong -

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What an incredible summer we've had. With long bright days and lazy warm evenings. I hope that you've been making the most of them.

Neil Armstrong's quote is a great reminder at this time of year to make the best possible use of the time we have. Making memories with the important people in our lives is so important and it is never, never wasted time.

My friend Dale has a motto that says "Have Fun Every Day" and I think he is onto something. Think how much happier our community would be if every single one of us spent some time every single day doing something that fills our soul - whether going for a walk, reading a book, playing a sport, visiting a friend, writing a poem, painting a picture, or cooking a meal.

Let's not waste those heartbeats. Let's get out and make today the very best day it can be.

Happy August!




Looking for a delicious side dish to use up some of the garden or farmer's market bounty? Why go for an ordinary starch when you can enjoy this incredible combination of natural flavours? It's a great side to all the grilled meats you're enjoying this summer.

Country Mash

2 lb. (1 kg) sweet potatoes, peeled and cut in chunks
2 lb. (1 kg)  Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut in chunks
1 lb. (500 g) parsnips, peeled and cut in chunks
1 lb. (500 g) carrots, squash, turnip, celery root or parsley root, peeled and cut in chunks
1/2 cup (125 mL) extra virgin olive oil
Approx. 1/2 cup (125 mL) chicken stock or cream (warmed)
2 tsp (10 mL) kosher salt
1 small bunch chives

1. In a large pot, cover sweet potatoes, regular potatoes, parsnips and carrots with plenty of salted water. Bring to a boil and cook for 25 to 30 minutes, or until tender. Drain well.
2. Add oil, stock and salt. Mash coarsely. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary. Spoon into a serving dish.    
3. Cut chives into 2 inch (5 cm) pieces and sprinkle on top.

* Can be made ahead, transferred into a 13 x 9 inch baking dish and reheated, covered, at 350 degrees F for 30 to 40 minutes.
* Makes 8 to 10 servings

From Bonnie Stern "Friday Night Dinners" 2008



Being able to enjoy our days often involves knowing what we like to do and what we don't, what we're good at and what we're not.

Those who know me know that I am good at many things, but construction is not one of them. (For me, assembling Ikea furniture is a challenge!) So when the time came this summer to replace the leaning and rotting fence in my yard, I was happy to delegate that job to Scott Dolan from Urban Renovations & Roofing. Scott provided me with a prompt and accurate quote and arrived when he said he would with his hard-working and respectful crew. They worked hard and completed the entire project in less time than anticipated. Having Scott and his very capable team take on this job was simple and hassle-free, and the new fence is top quality and looks great. I highly recommend Urban Renovations for your home projects - from bottom to top, inside and out.

Urban Renovations - Roofing
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