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July 2011 Blog Posts (9)


Well if you have yet to try Ruby Watchco, then you must try Lynn Crawford's newest addition to our neighborhood, Ruby Eats. 

This great little "foodie" place will likely become a great hit in the hood....Full of great products and great ideas this is only going to get better.  A recent walk by, I landed on an opportunity to watch Lynn herself show us how to pull together a great Succotash salad.  The 20 of us or so who were in the store, got to participate, watch, learn and…


Added by Andre Gratton on July 31, 2011 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Healthy Banana Muffins

I must confess that I am breaking from my goal of covering only seasonally available produce quite a bit by featuring a…


Added by Naomi Eaton on July 31, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

Inspiration all around us!

Sometimes, it's hard to get started on a project.  You just aren't sure what colour to work into a room, and walking into decor stores or even big-box stores can be extremely overwhelming, and cause you to spend 45 minutes considering the life and times of mailboxes (yes, I've done this...more on that another time).

So, where do we find inspiration for a room, design, or project?  Well, everywhere. Start taking notes of things that make you go "Hey, I really like that!"  If you see…


Added by melissa on July 30, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Despite the rain this week the temperature is still hovering around 30 C.  This is the perfect time to ditch the oven and use a slow cooker instead.  Pulled pork is ideal for making in a slow cooker as the low heat breaks down tough meat into tender strands.  Don't use this recipe for smoked pork as it will turn out far too salty.  A little bit of natural liquid smoke adds smokiness instead.  Hickory liquid smoke is especially good.  All the spices may seem like a pain to measure out but it…


Added by Naomi Eaton on July 26, 2011 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Share the Leslieville Love With Travellers (Part Two)

In my last blog post, I told you all about my travel addiction, and one way we've discovered to make things a little more affordable... by doing house swaps through  I said I'd be back with Part Two of the story in a week's time, but that was back in June... oops!  Now it's almost the end of July.  Turns out that taking…


Added by Avery on July 24, 2011 at 10:24pm — 5 Comments

Starting small: a little bit of DIY inspiration

My husband and I are often asked: "How do you learn the ways of DIY?", and for those of you who are well-versed in this past-time, you will know that it is purely trial and error.  Christian is Mr. Handy, and was fortunate enough to learn many of the tricks of the trade from working with his dad growing up.  Me on the other hand, well, my mother likes to shop at Ethan Allan and Restoration Hardware - HA!  Yeah, not in the budget for us.


The problem: "I want pretty things in…


Added by melissa on July 20, 2011 at 9:58pm — 4 Comments

Turning a negative into a positive

Recently I met with a couple who adopted an 8-week old puppy and needed a hand with the basics. This puppy is a typical 8 week old dog – plays hard and sleeps hard, but oh those teeth! Little razors. He gets into everything when he’s at home, racing around, under furniture, pulling the curtains off the wall, you name it. Like I said, typical puppy.

The first thing I always do with puppies is “name recognition” because how else are you going to communicate if they don’t know you’re…


Added by Caryn Charlie Liles on July 19, 2011 at 11:45am — 4 Comments

Quinoa Greek Salad

We've been having gorgeous weather lately!  It has been great for barbequing but sometimes I just want something fast and refreshing.  This quintessential Greek pasta salad fits the bill and gets a huge protein boost from substituting quinoa.  Quick cooking quinoa does not need a long pre-soaking…


Added by Naomi Eaton on July 15, 2011 at 2:00pm — 5 Comments

To enclose, or not to enclose: PART 2, the Grand Finale!

For those of you who had the chance to read my recent blog on our flip-flopping decision relating to our porch enclosure, you will be pleased to know that it's time for the grand reveal.  There are, of course, several tweaks, finishing touches and final projects to be completed (it's the renovation that keeps on giving, remember?), but you will get the overall gist of our latest renovation…


Added by melissa on July 5, 2011 at 10:00pm — 6 Comments

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Posted by Nolin (Admin) on February 3, 2011 at 12:00pm 4 Comments

When I launched this site in early 2009, one of the compelling reasons for doing so was that I was struck by how many of the businesses in Leslieville are locally owned and operated.  Another big observation was (and still is) how proud most…



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