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t’s time to celebrate! As we tie up another calendar year with a big red bow, we can’t help but reflect on all the stories we’ve had the pleasure of sharing. This community continues to surprise us in new and exciting ways, and we are so grateful to our readers for following along with us.

If you’ve been keeping up with our I love  watching  the  community   come  alive  this  time  of  year.  Business  owners  open   magazine over the years, you know how

their doors  to  passersby  enjoying  a  stroll  down  Main  Street;  Fairy  Lake  begins  to   much we enjoy highlighting the inspiring charitable work our burst  with  activity.     neighbours are taking part in. This month we’re shedding some on the our local pantries are The  much-deserved good  news  is,  as  wlight e  emerge   from  ways hibernation,   we  dfood on’t  have   to  travel   far  to   making a difference for our community. enjoy  the  many  pleasures  the  spring  season  has  to  offer.  

certainly hashave a way connecting In  fFood act,  some   of  us  won’t   to  go  of beyond   our  own  bpeople ackyard.  around If  you’re  ithe n  the  mark holidays. But family traditions go well beyond the infamous for  a  swimming  pool,  check  out  our  Home  feature  and  discover  ways  turkey to  increase   dinner. w Discover new in   ideas giftoasis.   giving, efEiciencies   hile  indulging   your  pfor rivate   And  holiday be  sure  to  gatherings Shop  Local  for  all  o and uniquenecessities.   spins on conventional dishes in our Family section. your   backyard  

This oftemperature year isn’t h all freshly baked Does   the  time rise  in   ave   you  itching   to  hcookies it  the  golf  and ball?  Christmas Our  Outdoor   cheer. The holidays stressful, tollcourses   on both yourtown.  Or feature   takes   a  look   inside  can the  wbe ide-­‐range   of  btaking eautiful  agolf   around   schedule and sanity. little tadvice: you have to this   perhaps   it’s  a  m ini  your escape   you’re  Here’s after.  If  athat’s   he  case,  o ur  Gdon’t etaway   feature   dois  itall   all. There are plenty reputable issue   about   Ontario’s   very  oof wn   Natural  Wservices onder  of  tavailable he  World:  tto he  help scenic   Niagara   alls.  pressure   take Fthe off of your holiday to-do list. Read all about them in our special Holiday Help feature. Whether  it  comes  to  work  or  play,  we  truly  have  it  all.  At  least  this  is  how  the  co-­‐ How nice would it be if “the greatest you fhad foris  proof   founders   of  Newmarket’s   new   maker   space”  fresponsibility eel.  Our  Community   eature   local   innovators   nd  entrepreneurs   ave  all  tchoosing he  tools,  knowledge   and  space   the holiday acelebrations was hsimply what to wear? We you   need   to  pursue   your  passions   within   own  walls.       This month’s have you covered thereright   – and on oaur  budget, too. Fashion feature showcases everything you need to know about I  don’t   know   about  you,  bshops. ut  patio  season  is  certainly  calling  my  name  right  now.  Ou local consignment Food  feature  on  the  best  spring  happy  hour  deals  will  have  you  looking  for  any   excuse   o  duck  out   of  w ork  a  lChristmas ittle  early  this   month.   come from a store. Of tcourse, we know doesn’t As Dr. Seuss famously reminds us, it means so much more. Take  some  time  to  indulge!   Happy holidays!

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here’s no occasion quite like the holidays to remind you just how little time you have in a day. This is a reality Kirsten Martin and Anne-Marie Gabrini, Lifestyle Management Experts and Co-Founders of K+A Personal Concierge, are all-too-familiar with. “We’re all time-starved,” says Martin. “Nowadays, everyone is about ‘Keeping Up With the Joneses.’ But we’re all starting to realize that’s not necessarily possible, and we need to find balance in our lives.” Martin and Gabrini felt inspired to launch their concierge service after experiencing their share of trials and tribulations as busy moms

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tree (or shipped to family overseas) without requiring you to think twice about it. But they also encourage clients to explore any and all ways of outsourcing mundane tasks over the holidays. In addition to hiring a K+A lifestyle manager directly, here are some services they suggest considering:

Grocery Delivery and Meal Preparation Services such as Grocery Gateway by Longo’s, or Click and Collect by Loblaws, will save you time shopping for holiday meals. For a small fee, you can order your groceries online and have them delivered straight to your home or to your car in the parking lot. Meal planning and preparation services such as HelloFresh and Chef’s Plate can also make life a lot easier leading up to the holidays. Simply choose from the online menu and have new recipes with all of the necessary ingredients delivered fresh each week. Supperworks is an enticing option for those looking to stock up on freezer meals.

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You can visit the Newmarket location to prep the meals yourself, or have the staff do it for you for an additional fee.

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If you’re doing your holiday shopping at the mall, consider taking advantage of the gift-wrapping services available. Not only does your donation go towards a good cause, but you’ll also feel a weight lifted when you return home with your gifts beautifully disguised and decorated (rather than having to face the pile of wrapping paper and ribbon days or weeks later). Many people take advantage of online shopping when it comes to crossing gifts off of their list. But have you thought about using it for everyday items as well? “Use Amazon Alexa or Google Home to schedule automatic deliveries for paper towels, toilet paper, any home essentials needed this time of year,” advises Martin.

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Chances are you’ve experienced the busy parking lots and long lines at the LCBO as everyone scrambles to re-stock their wine rack before the holidays. The good news is, this too can be ordered online and delivered ahead of time. When you order online from the LCBO, you can choose between home delivery and store pick up. But it’s not the only service available to Ontario wine enthusiasts. WineOnline.ca ships a wide variety of wine and craft beer all across Ontario. “It’s about leveraging the technology we have around us today and using it to our advantage,” says Martin. She explains that planning ahead and getting creative with your holiday budget can go a long way in making this time of year more enjoyable for the whole family. “Years ago, we used to ask for help all the time. Now, everyone feels they need to do it themselves. But you need to think of yourself too. You’re a better person for it.” LL

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noting that the public is usually shocked to learn just how many people access food banks in their own backyard. According to the Ontario Food Banks Association, 70 per cent of people who use food banks are considered low-income. However, the remaining 30 per cent of clients are considered middle-income earners. More often than not, food banks are visited on a temporary basis by families requiring emergency support. Clients who visit the Newmarket Food Pantry receive three days’ worth of food for every person in their household per month. The pantry does not qualify people based on income. “If someone is going through a hard time, they fall ill, or they go from a two-income household to a one-income household, buying food often falls by the wayside,” Poulin says. “Your neighbour could be using a food bank and you may have no idea.” These clients may be the lifeblood of the pantry—but at the very heart of the operation is the community that surrounds it. The Newmarket Food Pantry does not receive any government funding. All of the

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SUPPORT THOSE IN NEED THIS HOLIDAY SEASON However you choose to support your local food pantry this holiday season is greatly appreciated. Both pantries are in need of perishable and non-perishable items, including canned goods, peanut butter, juice boxes, nutritious school snacks, toiletries (including toilet paper, feminine products, and diapers), and baby food or formula. During the holidays, Seepaul recommends thinking about what specialty items you like to have in your home during the holidays (like candy canes or Christmas cookies) and picking up an extra box to bring to the food bank. “When our clients see something they don’t normally get to have it’s exciting,” she notes. “It’s the little things that make the holidays special.” The Newmarket Food Pantry works hard to put together a Christmas dinner package for all of their clients on top of their monthly food allowance. In addition to their annual Turkey Drive, the pantry is asking for donations of disposable roasting pans, stuffing mix, cranberry sauce, and fresh produce like potatoes in order to give each client the Christmas dinner they deserve. LL

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INGREDIENTS FOR PASTRY PUFFS

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2 Make a glaze by beating the remaining egg with 1 teaspoon water, and set aside. Using a pastry bag fitted with a coupler and a 1/2-inch-wide plain tip, pipe out mounds that are 1 inch high and 3/4 inch in diameter on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Brush with egg glaze, and smooth the tops. Bake until puffed and golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool on racks. (The puffs can be made ahead and frozen until ready to assemble.)

3 Make the pastry cream: In the bowl

of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat egg yolks, gradually adding sugar, until mixture is thick and pale yellow. Beat in flour. Scald milk, and add in dribbles to egg mixture, reserving 1/2 cup. Place mixture in a clean pot over high heat, and stir vigorously until mixture boils

and thickens. If it seems too thick to pipe, add reserved milk. Remove from heat. Using a hand whisk, beat butter into egg mixture, one tablespoon at a time.

4 In a double boiler or heatproof bowl

set over simmering water, melt chocolate and espresso together until smooth. Add chocolate mixture to the pastry cream; let cool completely. Just before assembling croquembouche, fill a pastry tube fitted with a 1/4-inch-wide tip with pastry cream, insert tip into puffs, and pipe in cream to fill.

5 To make the caramel: In a medium

saucepan, combine 2/3 cup water, sugar, and corn syrup, and bring to a boil over high heat. Do not stir. Cover pan, and boil until steam dissolves any crystals. Uncover, and boil 5 more minutes, or until syrup is amber in color. Remove from heat. Dip the bottom of each puff into the caramel, and arrange puffs in a pyramid.

6 To make a spun-sugar web to wrap

around the croquembouche: Cut the looped ends of a wire whisk with wire cutters, or use 2 forks held side by side, and dip the ends into caramel. Wave the caramel back and forth over the croquembouche, allowing the strands to fall in long, thin threads around it. Wrap any stray strands up and around the looklocalmagazine.com croquembouche. Serve.


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Gather up your family and friends, dress warmly and find your spot along Yonge St to enjoy this festive Santa parade. The parade will travel south on Yonge Street from Orchard Heights Blvd to Murray Dr. 6-8pm Visit Aurora.ca for more details.

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This market will be filled with exciting family activities as well as special features each day. Tree lighting, live theatre & carolling, fire juggling, Santa’s reindeer, festive vendors, buskers and so much more! Nov 30th , Dec 1 & 2. 100 John West Way Go to Aurora.ca for times and details.

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Come & enjoy a fun filled family event along historic Main St Schomberg. Visit the craft show, enjoy the Santa parade at 4pm and/or the farmers parade of lights at 8pm, take in the jugglers, musicians, singers, delicious food and so much more. $5 entrance fee for adults, Kids under 12 are free. Visit Amainstreetchristmas.com for more information.

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A Christmas Café, Crafts from 80 local crafters & artisians, and more. 10am-4pm Newmarket Community Centre & Lions Hall 200 Doug Duncan Dr Go to Newmarket.ca for more information.

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Please support our local food pantries this Holiday season. Visit their websites or call them to see how you can best help those in need in our communities.

King Township Food Bank – go to kingtownshipfoodbank.ca or call 905-806-1125 Aurora Food Pantry – go to Aurorafoodpantry.ca or call 905-841-1577 Newmarket Food Pantry – go to Newmarketfoodpantry.ca or call 905-895-6823 East Gwillimbury Food Pantry – go to EGPL.ca for more information.

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or those of us who love to shop, sorting through racks of clothing to find those perfect pieces is never a chore – it’s a hobby. The thrill of locating your newest must-have item feels the same no matter what store you’re in – including consignment shops.

Whether you think of them as thrift, upcycled, second hand or consignment stores, there are many in Newmarket and Aurora that sell those high-end brands you love, but at a more affordable price. The definition of a consignment shop is simple: you bring your unwanted items to the shop and they sell them for you on your behalf – and you can earn a little money too. Think of them as the stylish middleman between your unwanted clothing and the consumer. As a consumer, the list of benefits goes on. At a lower price than what you’d pay for new, it’s easy to update your wardrobe with your favourite brands. Just like any retail store, the selection will vary from season to season, and from day to day, depending on how often new inventory comes in. That’s all the more reason to visit consignment shops frequently to see what’s in stock. The consignment shops will gladly accept your clothes, handbags and shoes that just sit in your closet because you don’t wear them anymore – with a few conditions. Most shops request that you make an appointment and bring in your items for inspection. Most consignment shops generally prefer items that are trendy, higher end name brands and designer items (it’s best to check with each store first). Make sure your items are in ‘new’ condition and dry cleaned or washed and ironed (and on hangers). Also check that each piece has its clothing label, zippers work, buttons are all accounted for and there are no holes, stains or pet hair. Also note that if clothing smells of cigarette smoke, it won’t be accepted. looklocalmagazine.com

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Each shop has its own pricing policy and will select items to sell based on their own customer’s preferences, as well as supply and demand. Usually items will be kept in stock for a designated amount of time (each store may vary), and any unsold pieces will be returned to you (or donated after a certain amount of time if they’re not picked up at the end of the contract). You’ll receive a predetermined percentage for any items that have been sold. Stores are usually looking for a wide range of brands, such as: Coach, Chanel, Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Banana Republic, Diane Von Furstenberg, Elie Tahari, Burberry, BCBG, JCrew, Lululemon, Theory, Tory Burch, Stuart Weitzman, Seven for all Mankind, Olsen, Lida Baday, Marc Cain, Save the Queen, Desigual, Ralph Lauren, Hermes, Prada, Pink Tartan, Dior, and Gucci. Did we also mention that this is an environmentally friendly way to recycle and feel fashionable? Bringing your items in to sell fabulous home furnishings and decor

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