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entertainment around the gta by Darren C. Jacob

It looks as though the year is quickly coming to an end and I can personally say 2012 was a fabulous year. December usually turns out to be the busiest month of the year as we hustle around trying to get into the holiday spirit. Luckily there are numerous festive events occurring throughout the city to help you get into the spirit of things, or to assist in getting those last minute one-of-a-kind gifts for those hard-to-buy-for loved ones. Not to worry though, if you need a break from reindeer and jolly old fat men, there are plenty of other events happening to accommodate. Lowes Toronto Christmas Market Friday Nov 30, 2012 – Sunday Dec 16, 2012 Do you want to embrace the spirit and tradition of Christmas? Well this is an event that does such a thing! Head over to the Distillery Historic District for this free event that captures the charm of a European Christmas market. Are you wondering what a Christmas Market consists of? Originating in Germany around the early 1400s the Christmas Market celebrates the sights and sounds of Christmas during the weeks leading up to the big day. The market will showcase some unique and local handcrafted products. The streets and squares of the Historic Distillery will 4




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be transformed into an extravagant display of lights, colours and alluring scents. There will be a 45 foot white spruce tree decorated with 18,000 lights and ornaments. Attractions for kids include Santa’s Lane featuring a fairy tale forest maze and Santa’s house; children’s story telling along with Santa’s elves workshop; meet and greet Grimm Brother characters; and a gingerbread house. New attractions this year include a ferris wheel, a merrygo-round, and train rides. So pack up the kids and enjoy a truly tremendous Christmas Market. For more info visit

Christmas at Black Creek Sunday Nov 17, 2012 – Sunday Dec 23, 2012 Here’s another spectacular event that brings nothing but old fashioned Christmas fun. The village will be all decorated inside and out to celebrate Christmas. Enjoy chestnuts roasting on an open fire and make old-fashioned Christmas cards. Also don’t forget to stop by and see Santa and his elves in Santa’s workshop, decorate some gingerbread cookies and eat some traditional taffy pull and plum pudding. Another notable event happening at Black Creek Pioneer Village is their Christmas by Lamplight. For three evenings, December 8th, 15th, and 22nd, visitors can step into an amazing Victorian Christmas setting. By the glow of lamplight, Black Creek comes alive with live music, food and family fun activities. Dinner options are available. For a complete listing of activities visit 7


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Toronto Motorcycle Show Friday Dec 7, 2012 – Sunday Dec 9, 2012 Held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, this is Ontario’s largest motorcycle manufacturers show of the year. There will be an impressive display of new motorcycles, scooters and ATV’s from today’s top companies. This is the first stop on a national cross Canada tour which features hundreds of new motorcycles and a wide variety of exhibits and features. Ontario Tourism will play a big role this year and visitors can learn about some of the most scenic and best riding routes right here in Ontario! Manufacturers include BMW, Ducati, Harley Davidson, Honda, Piaggio, Triumph and so many more. For bike enthusiasts this is an event not to be missed. It has it all under one giant roof! For more info and show features and ticket prices visit

Toronto AnimeCon Sunday December 9th, 2012 Here is an event that the kids will love … and nerdy adults of course! It will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from 11am – 5pm. For those out of the loop, “Anime” encompasses the wide world of Japanese style cartoons and computer animation. This is the place where you can find amazing gifts for the animation lover, as there will be a huge shopping area to purchase all your Anime needs. Features of this event include Anime flash games, Anime name that tune, Q&A sessions, lots of outrageous costumes and a free autograph session. For more info visit

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I can’t forget to mention the “other” big night in December — New Years Eve. For those with young ones it can be difficult to find somewhere to go. There are several events planned in Toronto, but if you’re willing to drive, there’s plenty outside the city as well. The big outdoor party in Toronto is hosted by Citytv at Nathan Phillips Square. There will be Citytv personalities, good times, and live music from artists Howie D, Karl Wolf, Aleesia and many more. This event will be televised throughout the country and is free to attend. The Toronto Zoo Annual New Years Eve Family Countdown can be fun for the young. This event features family entertainment, food, and of course, animal visitors. Doors for this event are at 4:30 and conclude with a countdown at 8pm.

Another note worthy New Years Eve destination is New Years Eve at Blue Mountain. Enjoy wonderful food, good times, and fireworks all with a scenic view from the mountain over Georgian Bay and Collingwood. Whether your New Years Eve means nightclubs, comedy shows, house parties with family and friends, or just a quiet evening at home, whatever you choose to do, have fun and be safe! On the Go wishes everyone a very Happy Holiday season!



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Toronto Live! This Month’s Live Music Listings Leonard Cohen

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Hawksley Workman

Band of Horses

Andy Kim Christmas Special

The Watchmen

Barenaked Ladies with TSO

Amos the Transparent + Hands & Teeth

Tegan & Sara + The Killers

Air Canada Centre • Wednesday December 5 Horseshoe Tavern • Wednesday December 5 Massey Hall • Wednesday December 5 Horseshoe Tavern • Friday December 7

Sneaky Dee’s • Friday December 7

Do Make Say Think

Opera House • Friday December 7

Cold Specks + Conor Oberst Massey Hall • Saturday December 8

The Balconies + U.S.S.

Sound Academy • Saturday December 8

Carrie Underwood

Air Canada Centre • Sunday December 9

Ashley MacIsaac

Hugh’s Room • Sunday December 9

Pink Mountaintops

Garrison • Tuesday December 11


Phoenix • Tuesday December 11

Trust + The Faint

Sound Academy • Tuesday December 11

F*cked Up

Great Hall • Friday December 14

Horseshoe Tavern • Wed Dec 12 – Sun Dec 16 Trinity St. Paul’s Church • Wednesday December 12 Phoenix • Thursday December 13

Massey Hall • Friday December 14

Air Canada Centre • Saturday December 15


Mod Club • Saturday December 15

Hollerado + Tokyo Police Club Sound Academy • Saturday December 15


Horseshoe Tavern • Frid Dec 21 – Sat Dec 22

White Cowbell Oklahoma Lee’s Palace • Friday December 21


Sound Academy • Wed Dec 26 – Sat Dec 29


Horseshoe Tavern • Friday December 28

The Sadies

Horseshoe Tavern • Monday December 31

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leahy family christmas rose theatre brampton


the anything goes show direct energy centre dec 13 – 16


monsters & martians film festival projection booth east


miracle on 34th street the grand theatre dec 18 – 30 handel’s messiah roy thomson hall


a christmas carol centennial hall

visual arts fall exhibition harbourfront centre dec 11 – dec 23 women’s shelter bennefit the charlotte room choir festival of carols yorkminster park church




city tv’s new years bash nathan phillips square

most powerful women sheraton centre t.o. hotel

awards 4 action bennefit farmer’s market law society of upper can. montgomery’s inn

COC fine wine auction the design exchange

Mozart’s magical castle casa loma dec 24 – 30

a christmas carol rose theatre brampton



National Geographic live roy thomson hall dec 3 – 4


buskertainment yonge & dundas square


christmas @ black creek black creek pioneer village dec 16 – 23

mark lewis magic show lower ossington theatre


t.o. anime-con mtcc

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lowe’s christmas market distillery district dec 2 – 18

Much Music’s Big Jingle Air canada centre






organic farmer’s market dufferin grove park


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holiday shopping w/ santa yonge & Lawrence village

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power to change sheraton parkway


disney on ice: a world of fantasy rogers centre dec 21 – 30


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new year’s eve by Alana Anderson

I can only speak for myself, but once December rolls in all I can think about is Christmas and everything it entails. With that said, every year I overlook New Year’s Eve, and almost nearly forget about it all together. Year after year I find myself planning the night with only hours to spare, which usually leaves me alone at home with my dogs and a single glass of champagne.


ounds a little sad doesn’t it? Well it really is. Especially considering that I usually can’t stay awake even until the countdown. This year I want to get off the couch, out of my pajamas, and get out there to see what the night really has to offer. I have put tons of effort into trying to find the perfect place to say goodbye to 2012, and besides deciding on which event to attend, the hardest part has proven to be choosing which city to celebrate in. Luckily for me, I live close enough to a few of the biggest party cities in Canada. Toronto, Montréal and Niagara Falls boast some of the biggest and best New Year’s Eve celebrations around. Born and raised in Toronto, I already know how huge a night New Year’s Eve is here. Considering the size of the city, it is obvious that there will be hundreds of potential parties to go to. The real challenge is finding the right one. Every year at Nathan Phillips Square, Citytv hosts their annual New Year’s Eve Bash. Musical performers, special guest appearances, and television

personalities draw huge crowds early in the evening, accompanied by more festivities that carry on throughout the night. The absolute best part is that not only is this event a guaranteed night of fun for you and your friends, but it’s also totally free! If class is more your style, consider one of Toronto’s popular hotels; many host a formal gala or ball on New Year’s Eve. Though they can be pricey, many of these celebrations donate portions of their proceeds to charity. There are options when trying to plan around small children as well. The Toronto Zoo has a “family countdown” which kicks off at 8:00pm. This allows you to spend quality time with your family, as well as the opportunity to let loose later in the evening. If you are heading into Montréal this New Year’s, prepare for the night of your life! With some of the biggest parties and largest crowds, Montréal truly transforms into a city-wide party for you and your friends. Considering Montréal’s reduced drinking age, and 3:00am last call, people from all over pour 17

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themselves into this party town in search of a New Year’s they won’t forget. Huge venues are made into massive club events, with DJs, open bars, live shows and dancers. Though these events are a bit pricey, many parties offer “early bird specials”, which are actually quite a steal. If you are planning to attend one of these, make sure you book EARLY. These celebrations sell out fast, many fully booked before December even begins. As well, you can purchase package deals, which give you a ticket to an event, a dinner, and a night’s stay in one of Montréal’s hotels. Purchasing either of these packages could also make a great Christmas present for your best friend or partner! Niagara Falls is an amazing place to spend your time regardless of the time of year. With so much to do it really is hard to find yourself bored to tears, especially not over New Year’s Eve! In Niagara’s Queen Victoria Park, Global’s ET Canada hosts the biggest free New Year’s Eve concert. With appearances by Canada’s own Dragonette, Hedley and Nelly Furtado lined up for the

night’s roster, it’s sure to be an unforgettable night. With two different fireworks shows displayed right over the falls, it’s a great way to ring in the New Year. Considering that this is an alcohol-free event, it is also a fantastic opportunity for those with young families. As well as the highly anticipated New Year’s concert, Niagara Falls also hosts The Festival of Lights which illuminates the city and the falls and brings a little festive cheer to everyone around. I suggest you get a hotel room that overlooks the park and the falls, and watch from the comfort of your own room! New Year’s Eve isn’t just about celebrating another year passed; it’s also about celebrating your accomplishments this year. So let yourself go with the ones you love, dance to the music you want to dance to and party it up wherever you want to party! Whichever city or event you decide to go to, you’re guaranteed a night of fun!

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Deck the halls and everything else in your home. This holiday, capture the magic and wonder of the season with our amazing selection of Christmas trees, festive lights, wreaths, garlands and so much more. Plus, wrap up your holiday shopping with great gift ideas for everyone on your list. Happy holidays from Lowe’s! Visit © 2012 by Lowe’s. All rights reserved. Lowe’s and the gable design are registered trademarks of LF, LLC.

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Hair Grow Technology’s Bio-Fen® product line is continually moving forward! We are introducing our two latest versions; Bio-Fen® Plus for Menand Bio-Fen® Plus for Women. These products have been assigned Natural Product Numbers (NPN’s) by Health Canada. aWe recognize that both men and women experience androgenic alopecia (AGA, or male / female pattern baldness) and have made some improvements to the original formulation based on the latest science to address their specific needs. You will notice that we now have additional complementary (Health Canada Approved) health claims on each product.

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As before, the saw palmetto extract inhibits the enzyme 5-alpha reductase, and this action slows down the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (or DHT) – the overabundance of which causes the miniaturization of hair follicles. This activity of the saw palmetto also helps to relieve the urinary symptoms of mild to moderate BPH for men. The saw palmetto that originally was an extract standardized to 45% free fatty acids, esters, and sterols while the new formula is a 4:1 extract to support the BPH claim. The product still contains these molecules for hair loss, but they are now at proprietary amounts based on our research so that the competition cannot duplicate our formula.

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A Kernels Virtual Charity Gift Card makes a meaningful gift AND Kernels will donate 10% of the proceeds to the charity you pick! What a great gift for the holidays and it’s quick and easy. Just select one of the featured charity cards and you’ll be supporting a great cause. Order online at and share a little warmth!

Wi-Spi Intruder

The Wi-Spi Intruder redefines remote control adventure as not only do you control the slick car with your Andoid or Apple® device — the car feeds your device a live video stream. The built-in camera lets you see, snap photos and record from the perspective of the dashboard. Upload your stealth missions to YouTube, Facebook or email it directly from your device. Night vision and sound recording features. AC adapter included. $129.99. Available at The Source & Toys R Us.

Wi-Spi helicopter

Aerial surveillance is accessible with the Wi-Spi Helicopter. Lift off and take control of your helicopter using your Andoid or Apple® device — and see things from above as the on board camera sends a live video feed directly to your device. The built-in camera lets you see, snap photos and record from the sky. Upload your missions to YouTube, Facebook or email it directly from your device. AC adapter comes included. $129.99. Available at The Source & Toys R Us. 31

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Eureka SuctionSeal™ Pet with AirSpeed® Technology

Holiday season means lots of guests and the need for a clean house, especially when it comes to pet hair. Pet Power Paw® technology removes pet hair from carpets and upholstery with plastic teeth that loosen it, rubber strips that grab it and bristles that remove it. With an HEPA Charcoal Filter, pet odour will never be a problem and you can take on the holiday parties, stress free. Model # AS1104A. MSRP $189.99.

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Ergorapido® Brushroll Clean

Always ready to clean when you are, Electrolux’s Ergorapido Brushroll Clean is made for hectic lifestyles, now with Brushroll Clean Technology™, which removes hair with the touch of a button. Tackle the kitchen, bathroom, bare floors and countertops this holiday season with this 2-in-1 stick and hand vacuum. The powerful suction of the Ergorapido maintains suction power longer, and the 12 volt motor gives you plenty of cleaning power. Model # EL1061A. MSRP $149.99

winter wobblers™

Carlton Cards introduces Winter Wobblers™, an adorable collection featuring iconic holiday characters ready to bop their heads and jingle to your favourite songs of the season. Upbeat greetings and cute-as-can-be designs, Winter Wobblers™ are the perfect way to make the holiday season merry and bright. 33

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picking the perfect



by Alana Anderson nless you’ve been living under a rock you will notice that every time you step out of the house you are bombarded by advertisements reminding us that once again Christmas is on its way. Though it is such an important aspect of the holidays, many of us forget what it’s really like to pick out the perfect tree for your living room. This year I decided to switch from an artificial tree to a fresh tree and what I thought was going to be an easy task has proven to be quite the decision. Here are the best five options I found when looking for that perfect Christmas tree. Voted the most popular tree, the Fraser fir tree is in nearly 27% of homes each year during the Holiday season. This tree has rich, dark green needles that are about an inch in length; they do not shed them easily and also have a great, long lasting smell. The second most popular tree is the Douglas fir. It has a full body with a natural conical shape to it and its colours range from bluish to dark green. It also has excellent needle retention and a nice aroma and requires little to no maintenance after set up. Next is the Balsam fir. Its natural pyramid like shape and smaller size make it the most convenient when setting up in your home and it is also the most affordable type of Christmas tree on the market. This tree has a shorter life span than the Douglas fir or the Fraser fir meaning a little more cleanup, and less scent. The Colorado blue spruce falls fourth and boasts the same features as the trees mentioned earlier. It is a beautiful dark green, almost blue colour and has very full body. It retains its needles very well and has a long lifespan, however is not recommended if you have small children as the stiff needles can puncture skin. Lastly, the Scotch pine. It has stiff rigid branches which are great for ornaments and lights, as well as hardy green needles that hold for over four weeks with a long lasting aroma. Whichever tree you decide to use, you can be sure everyone will appreciate your effort. Pull out all the ornaments you’ve collected over the years and showcase them the right way; your way! Hopefully this year your Christmas shrine will be the best one yet!

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Colour trends for the

new year

Sharon appears regularly as a décor expert on Citytv’s Cityline and is the Colour & Design Spokesperson for Benjamin Moore Paints in Canada.

by Sharon Grech Colour and design trends are constantly changing to keep pace with the way we think and feel about our lives and the world around us. As we get ready to embrace a new year, we naturally seek out newer, fresher items for both our wardrobe and our homes to inspire us. In home décor the trend transition is a little more gradual — after all it is a bigger commitment to change a sofa than it is to purchase a new scarf in your latest favourite hue! So what colours should you look for to help inject some novelty into your interior for the New Year, without changing everything? Well, grey is continuing to reign as the “it“ neutral in fashion and in the home. Contemporary greys are rooted, warm and sophisticated. With grey as the foundation, almost anything goes for accents and accessory colours, but pales and candied mid-tones with a retro feel seem to be leading the pack for 2013.

Here are my picks for the top home fashion colours to look for in the New Year: Lemon sorbet (2019-60) > This luscious pale lemon hue is Benjamin Moore’s colour of the year! Combine it with grey or tan or for the more fashion forward, pair it with other trending pastels to create an invigorating space that is youthful, fashionable and vibrant! Dusty mauve (2174-40) > Cosmetic coral tones vary from rich and deep to pale “barely there” tints and bring a feminine, fashionforward aura to any space. Stratton blue (HC-142) > Blue has been trending in home décor for some time now but with a few drops of yellow, this bluegreen hue has a warmer disposition that feels soft and fluid — a blue to wash away “the blues!” Polo blue (2062-10) > This graphic, inky blue is a contemporary alternative to black, bringing sophistication and contrast to urban décor Sea haze (2137-50) > Grey has been prevalent for many seasons, and is showing little sign of retreat — sea haze has a misty-green undertone that makes a perfect backdrop to any of the year’s more colourful choices.

If you are looking for some simple and inexpensive ways to embrace some of the hot colours for 2013 try painting an accent wall, or a ceiling or a piece of outdated furniture. It’s easy to then create a designer look by finishing with small accessories, accent cushions and throws in the same colour for repetition and harmony. 37



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Why Are Your Windows Leaking?

By Mike Holmes

When the temperature starts to drop, many people start finding their windows are fogged up or covered in condensation — sometimes it’s so bad water pools on the windowsill or floor. Is it a big deal? Yes, it can be.


ould is one reason. Moisture is another. Moisture can cause structural damage, like rot and rust. It can also damage surface finishes. Where does all the moisture come from? It can get in through your roof — if you have a leak — or through your basement’s concrete walls and floor. Remember, concrete is porous. Water can move through it from the soil outside. But most of the moisture in your house comes from you — from your shower, your cooking, your washing

machine, your dishwasher, even your breath. When people find they’ve got sweaty windows, the first thing they do is spend a lot of money putting in new windows. That might make sense, but I’ve seen these problems with new windows too. 39

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Condensation happens when the warm air inside your house hits a cold surface — like the glass in a single pane window. Newer windows are double glazed, and usually have an inert gas — like argon or krypton — in between their panes. This provides some insulation and reduces the chance of condensation. Between the two panes of glass there should be an airtight seal. But if the seal is cracked, you’ll get condensation in between the two layers of glass. A cracked seal probably means you need to replace your windows. Air leakage can also cause condensation. How do you get air leakage around your windows? They probably weren’t properly installed and/or insulated. Adding some insulation is a lot cheaper than replacing your windows, so try that first. There are other possible causes for condensation on the inside of your windows: 1. If you have a new home that was built within the last 2 years it’s possible that your wood framing is full of moisture. Have you ever seen a new development being built where they cover the

piles of framing with tarps to keep the rain and snow off? No, I didn’t think so! That wood soaks up moisture, and continues to let that excess moisture out until it’s dry. That happens within your walls. 2. Your home might be too airtight. Poor air movement in your home will cause condensation. So, open a window just a crack downstairs and install stronger, better quality exhaust fans. They’ll exhaust moist air from inside your home and replace it with dry, fresh air from outside.

This will help you create some air movement. You may also want to look into a Heat Recovery System (HRV). 3. It’s possible that you have a problem with your HVAC (Heating, Venting and Air Conditioning). For that you should contact a qualified Heating Contractor. If you control the moisture in your house, and make sure your windows are properly installed and insulated, you can put an end to your wet windows.

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Building Hope is the Key to Community Lately the media has been reporting on how the housing market is slowing down, leading to lower prices. But with the current mortgage rules, being able to afford a home is still out of the reach of many Canadian families who struggle every day to make ends meet. The stress of constantly worrying about money is particularly difficult at a time of year when consumerism is blaring at us from every corner.


here are many charitable organizations that focus on families, and several that get a boost from corporate participation. Organizations like MCAP, for example, work with Habitat for Humanity® Canada, a perfect fit for a company that believes every family should be able to realize the dream of home ownership. While MCAP has supported Habitat for Humanity Canada since the 1990s, in 2010 they went one step further and launched their Key to Hope™ program. MCAP’s Key to Hope program provides funding to Habitat for Humanity to build affordable housing for families in need. The program also provides needed mortgage servicing. MCAP borrowers also have the opportunity to donate to Habitat for Humanity each time they make a regular mortgage payment. By supporting Habitat for Humanity, MCAP is also supporting communities. Homeowners take pride in caring for their properties and the volunteers who participate in Habitat for Humanity builds feel 42

connected to the projects they contribute to. MCAP itself benefits too, with improved team spirit from employees who donate their time volunteering to build homes across the country. Families are transformed from defeat to dignity, gaining the stability to dream, plan and grow. Children enjoy better self-esteem, become better students and generally are in better health thanks to having a secure place to call home. The overall result is a better future for everyone. Families who qualify for the program get involved too, providing 500 hours to help build their new home. No down payment is required and the no-interest mortgage payments are based on 25% to 30% of the family’s monthly income. It’s not just about building homes, it’s about building communities. For more information on MCAP’s Key to Hope program, visit



It’s not just a house, it’s a home of your own

Not everyone gets a home for the holidays, and that’s why MCAP created the Key to Hope™ program. Key to Hope works with Habitat for Humanity® Canada to build strong communities all across the country. Find out more about how your MCAP mortgage can help deserving families. Visit us at and see how you too can take part in our Key to Hope Program!

Did you know? • Habitat for Humanity uses volunteer labour and donated materials for every build. • While partner families do not need a monetary down payment, they are required to contribute “sweat equity” by giving 500 volunteer hours to help build their home. • Habitat for Humanity does not give out free houses. Families buy the house but receive a no-interest mortgage with affordable and sustainable payments based on 25% to 30% of their monthly household income.

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Paint Away Seasonal Blues Banish the winter “blahs” at minimal cost Studies show that the weather outside can directly affect our spirits on the inside, and with recurring grey forecasts, many of us struggle to stay upbeat this time of year. Fortunately, there is a way to beat the seasonal “blahs,” say the experts at leading Canadian paint brand CIL: Surround yourself with uplifting colours. For less than $50 for an average-sized room, you can bring a space to life with ‘pick-me-up’ shades of paint such as reds, oranges, yellows and pinks,” says Alison Goldman, Brand Manager for CIL® paint. Beat the winter blues with colour “While each person’s experience with colour is unique, studies show that in general, certain colours affect people in specific ways,” Goldman explains. “The colour green, for example, is popular in home décor because it evokes a sense of serenity.Yellow, red and orange also work well because they are cheerful colours that can inspire feelings of t well-being and higher energy.” To choose a colour that has a ‘feel-good’ effect that works for you, Goldman suggests considering what colours you tend to gravitate toward in your home and even in your wardrobe. Then think about your emotional needs. If you have a hectic life then calming, serene colours might be a good choice. If you feel down, fill your home with cheerful, energetic colours like yellow, pink and orange.

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A Change is as good as a rest “The very act of making the decision to change your décor, and then completing a project, can evoke feelings of well being,” Goldman explains. “A fresh coat of paint in a shade you love can do wonders for both the home and psyche.” Talk it out with an expert If you’re having trouble choosing a colour, CIL has an array of online tools to help you pick and visualize. And if you’re really stuck, you can visit CIL’s blog ( or Facebook page and “ask an expert”. You’ll get solutions to your colour dilemmas from a CIL colour specialist.

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deck the driveway…

with a new set of wheels Ah December; the holidays are here and a new year looms. There’s a spirited hustle and bustle unmatched by any other season….but then comes the rest of the interminably long, dark, soul-sapping winter. Snow storms, hazardous driving, lack of daylight, Vitamin D deficiency: the excitement that led up to the holidays is replaced by a longing for spring….a spring that is seemingly an eternity away. And February, well it may be the shortest month, but it sure doesn’t feel like it. Oh, what to do, what to do.


or some, a little shopping puts a smile on those pale sunshine deprived faces. And many savvy shoppers have learned the next three months is not a bad time to buy a car. Because December’s hectic buzz is followed by a period of semi-hibernation, fewer shoppers brave the elements to visit showrooms … and dealers appreciate these hearty souls’ efforts … many a great deal can be had when buying in December, January and February. If you are in the market for a vehicle, not only is this timing good, if you choose to buy from a dealer, you have more protections today than ever before. Many consumers don’t realize that retail motor vehicle sales is a regulated industry. This means all dealers and salespeople must, by law, be registered with OMVIC, the regulator of sales in the province. In order to become licensed each dealer and salesperson undergoes stringent background checks and must pass a course in automotive law and ethics. Further, dealers must abide by


Ontario’s consumer protection laws including the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act (MVDA) and the Consumer Protection Act (CPA). For example, by law, when advertising a vehicle price, whether it’s in the paper, on a website, or on a sign on the vehicle itself, the advertised price must be an ‘all-in price’. In other words, dealers may not add any additional charges other than HST and licensing (unless these charges are for options the consumer chose such as an extended warranty). Charges for freight, pre delivery expenses, administration fees, or any other fees, must be included in the advertised price. The MVDA also requires dealers to disclose information relating to a vehicle’s past-use, history and condition including: • Damage in excess of $3,000 (if they know the $ amount they must disclose it) • If the vehicle was previously registered in another province or state • If the vehicle was branded • An accurate description of the distance the vehicle has travelled

• If the vehicle requires repairs to major components • All material facts about the vehicle And this is just a partial list; the law requires even more disclosures and the CPA makes it clear dealers may not make a false, misleading, or deceptive representation, nor may they act unconscionably. For those in the market for a new or used vehicle, these are good reasons to consider buying from a registered dealer because consumers who buy privately are not protected by the MVDA or CPA. If something goes wrong in a private purchase, OMVIC cannot assist the buyer nor can a private purchaser make a claim to the Motor Vehicle Dealers Compensation Fund. So if you’re dreaming of sugar plums or a new set of wheels this holiday season, or simply like tracking down a great deal in the snow and gloom of winter, get educated. Learn what your rights are as a car buyer and when they apply. Buy from someone you trust. Make your holidays bright, and don’t let a curbsiding Grinch rip you off.

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HAVE YOU HAD A TRIP, SLIP OR FALL? KNOW YOUR RIGHTS… People are unfortunately injured everyday, crossing the street, walking in the mall or store, entertaining with friends at a club. In each case, you may be entitled to be compensated for your losses as a result of any injuries you sustained. As the injured person, you have rights that need protecting within the time limits permitted by law. At this point, it would be in your best interest to hire a trained professional lawyer to help you obtain the maximum compensation for your losses. Joseph Rizzotto and his team of professionals at the Rizzotto Law Firm have over 25 years of experience in dealing with complex injury cases and will help you recover and receive the support you deserve. They really care about your needs and rights. Joseph Rizzotto, (B.A. [Hons], M.A., LL.B., LL.M.) answers some common personal injury questions below, shedding some light on your rights. Q: I was walking on the sidewalk and tripped on a crack in the cement. Can I pursue the City for compensation? The crack in the sidewalk or the unevenness in the sidewalk has to be significant enough for you to seek relief from the City or its insurer. A very small crack or an uneven sidewalk barely visible to the naked eye will not result in any relief for you. Municipalities are traditionally tough adversaries. You have to prove everything to them to be successful in seeking compensation. As your lawyers, we will guide you towards proving that the City was negligent and that you deserve compensation for your pain and suffering and losses. Q: As I reached for the pop bottle, the entire stack of bottles fell on my head. Do I have any recourse? The bottles were clearly improperly stacked and not secured. Therefore, 50

the store created a dangerous situation. This resulted in you sustaining significant bodily injuries. The store will suggest that you caused or contributed to the incident. With our experienced advise and assistance we will prove that the store created this situation and was negligent. Once this is accomplished, we will obtain compensation for you from the store or its insurer for your losses and pain and suffering. Q: I was at the grocery store and slipped on spilled liquid that was not cleaned up. What are my rights? The liquid obviously should not have been on the floor. The store has an obligation to keep its premises safe and avoid any situation of danger. It should have cleaned the floor and posted some type of warning sign to its customers. It is therefore negligent or at fault. As your lawyers, we will help you prove that the store is at fault. As a result, the store or its

“It is important to hire someone that will carefully review and research each case individually in order that the appropriate action is taken quickly and is effective. Knowledge is the key.” — Joseph Rizzotto insurance company is responsible to compensate you for medical treatments you need, your loss of enjoyment, your pain and suffering, your out of pocket expenses and any loss of earnings.

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Let’s Be Flea Free

Most pet owners have had a problem with fleas at one time or another. Female fleas lay 25 eggs a day which means it can produce about 800 eggs in its lifetime. Peak flea season is generally August to October, however, here in Ontario it begins in June and can last longer with warmer temperatures. LAURA: One year I moved into an apartment that I had no idea had been infested. Adult fleas can remain dormant for several months until favourable conditions such as temperature, carbon dioxide or vibrations signaling the presence of a host. All of this will stimulate the flea’s life cycle. Hence, when I moved into that vacant apartment, we got attacked by the adult fleas. After seeing fleas jump and run all over my cat’s body as well as waking up with bites all over me, I had to take on this nasty insect. I tried powders, shampoos, lotions, potions, collars, professional pest control, constantly cleaning, you name it. I vowed I’d never go through that again. It’s all about prevention for me. There are various products on the market that your vet can recommend. I use two different kinds: one specific for cats and one for the size of my dog. I like the topical brands. My pets aren’t good at taking pills. My dog is very active outdoors and travels often with me to different environments so she needs to be protected. The product I use on her offers a full spectrum of parasite and flea prevention. It covers it all — flea, whipworm, hookworm, round worm, heartworm, otodectes (ear mites), sarcoptes (mangemites),

demodex (skin mites). Using these products has worked well. I haven’t had a flea problem in years. I will reinforce what your vet says about reading all the information carefully on application. I have to admit, I would prefer to use a natural preventative product that is strong enough to protect my pets and home but I haven’t found one yet. JEN: When I was a child, I remember this one horrible year where it seemed like anyone we knew with cats had a flea infestation. We were not the exception. My dad was constantly giving the cat flea baths, my mom vacuumed every day, and we even had exterminators spray the house a couple of times (holy chemicals!). It was horrible and I still cringe at the thought. Flash forward many years, and I haven’t seen any signs of them on my dogs. I avoid giving them anything with chemicals, including an annual flea/heartworm prescription from the vet. Neither of them are fed processed food, so their immune systems are in optimal shape, which makes them less susceptible to fleas. But, for some reason, I noticed in September that one of our dogs was scratching away at flea bites. I had to get on the case pronto. I’ll admit

that my first instinct was to go to the vet and get a prescription. The thought of another infestation had me running scared. But after the initial panic subsided, I took a deep breath and decided to try natural solutions first. By adding brewer’s yeast to his diet, and adding some neem oil (a natural flea repellent suggested by Heronview Raw & Natural) to some all natural flea repelling anti-itch shampoo, I’m happy to report that the fleas are gone. No new bites since then! We don’t have a lot of carpet at home, thankfully, but I made sure to vacuum any carpet we do have each day, and I cleaned their bedding frequently. I also spritz both dog’s undersides a couple of times a week with water that’s mixed with a few drops of neem oil to keep on repelling those nasty little fleas.

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We are wrapping up the year 2012 and with that come lots of festivities and cheer. December is one of the busiest months we have, filled with parties and plenty of food and drink functions. It’s very easy to stray off that diet and exercise plan, and tell yourself you’ll get back on in the New Year. I’m here to stop you from making this mistake and keep you on track with some simple easy tips. tip #1: SCHEDULE YOUR EXERCISE

If you’ve been reading this publication you know you’ve heard this from me before, and I’m saying it again because it is so important, and it really works. As your schedule fills up this month with festivities, schedule your exercise accordingly. On Sunday take a look at your upcoming week and make adjustments to when you will exercise; schedule it like a meeting that CAN’T be moved.


In every week I personally — and advocate this to everyone I help — have one cheat meal a week. A cheat meal is a meal in which you can eat whatever you want completely guilt free. This could be anything from pizza to nachos to a juicy burger and fries. It’s your choice. The point to having a cheat meal is that it keeps you from binging. Knowing every week you get to cheat one time will keep you on track. During this month because of all the parties it’s a good

idea to plan when you will be having your cheat meal. Pick your most important function of the week and enjoy the decadent food guilt free with your cheat meal.

xoxo Michelle For more tips follow me on twitter: @michellebetts


Eat a healthy meal before you attend your function. If your stomach is already full, statistics have shown that you will consume fewer calories. Another good rule is to stay away from the food and desert table. If it’s possible, have your conversations on the other side of the room.

TIP #4: LIMIT YOUR ALCOHOL Consuming excess alcoholic beverages is the fastest way to weight gain. Alcohol is empty calories. Try and limit your alcohol consumption to a few drinks a week, and always drink lots of water to keep you hydrated and staying full. I wish all of you a wonderful season. Follow these simple tips to keep you on track this December, and help you go into 2013 feeling guilt free and healthy! Have a happy new year too!

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how to plan a spectacular


party by Alana Anderson ‘Tis the season! That’s right! The season of joy, love and happiness has swept its way back to our lives very quickly this year. Unless you’re just a kid, this joyous season can also cause a lot of stress on every one of us. No, not only because your in-laws will be knocking at your door; and no, not just because of the hard-hit your bank account is about to take. The real terrors are the stresses involved with planning a great holiday party.

ativity, so make your party personal! Inviting friends and family into your home is a great opportunity to really showcase your personality. Pick a theme, invent a new holiday hors d’oeuvre, grab the reindeer sweater your grandma made you, put on your favourite tunes and invite everyone you know, because this year is going to be different. Start with a great invitation; this is what is going to excite everyone for your very own “spectacular personalized holiday bonanza”. I can’t stress this enough: MAKE IT PERSONAL. My favourites are the ones with a picture of the host on the front. Although the best invites are the ones with the whole family dressed in tacky festive outfits. If you and your family love sports, make it sports themed. If you’re family loves Batman, dress as Batman and pose in front of the Christmas tree. Whatever you want! Even embarrass your pets by forcing them into absurd costumes and send that out! It’s not about trying to impress anyone, it’s about expressing yourself! Also spend some time thinking about how you want your decorations to look this year. Are you going to go to the nearest department store

Kudos to you, Almighty party host — this is going to be a fun night! Whether it’s your first try or your hundredth time hosting, your main objective should be to just have fun. It seems as though every year’s events consist of the same things: Aunt Janice makes her classic cranberry cheese concoctions, Great Uncle Bill will undoubtedly drink his whole bowl of spiked eggnog singlehandedly (before anyone even gets a taste!), and you may leave your office party with a little less respect for your co-workers than before. What I propose is host a party yourself this year. Not another cookie-cutter, Martha Stewart holiday party; make it as unique as possible! The best parties stem from cre-

and buy up all the generic holiday decorations or are you going to make your own? Decorate your house with all the things that you like best. Stick with your favourite holiday colours and your style of décor. After all, it’s YOUR party! Don’t feel pressured to put out every snowman candle and every glittered ornament you have in the basement. Now when I think holiday party, I think food. If your family is not standing by the bar, chances are they are going to be standing by the buffet. Encourage guests to bring their favourite dishes and have a potluck; this will not only add variety but it will definitely help with your budget. Put a spin on a classic non-holiday meal. So go ahead and throw a spiced mac’n’cheese in the oven or get festive with decorated brownies and cake pops. Whatever you do, don’t forget the eggnog … or the rum for that matter. Although your guests will be buzzing around the house, make sure you pick some good music to set the tone of the party. Keep it crowd pleasing. Throw on the classic “Christmas with the Rat Pack” or the smooth sounds of Michael Bublé’s “Christmas”. But it’s up to you so if you prefer, I encourage you to throw on any of your favourite albums and dance all night long; let loose! At the end of the day the ultimate reason for hosting a holiday party is to be surrounded by those you love. Don’t spend all of December stressing for your party. When the big night comes and guests start pouring through your front door, forget everything and enjoy yourself! Spend your night the way you want to! Kudos to you “Almighty party host”, this is going to be a fun night! 57

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delicious holiday hams Jarlsberg Fondue with Herb Croutons Jarlsberg Muffins with Honey and Walnuts Smoked Prosciutto Crostini Antipasto Platter Pancetta Caesar Cups Prosciutto Sushi Grilled Potato and Smoked Salmon Canapés cinnamon buns Savoury Shortbread Pumpkin Gnocchi with Sage Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies Ham Roll-ups with Asparagus Deep Dark Chocolate Cake

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delicious holiday hams

Whether the centerpiece of a holiday meal or the key to a delicious sandwich, the appeal of ham is far reaching. The classic hams found at local grocery stores and butcher shops are produced from lean cuts of pork that have been either smoked, cured, dry salted or a combination of these methods. Ontario Pork has some tips for selecting and preparing your next ham.

Fully-Cooked Smoked Hams

ham Glazes

Try one of these delicious glazes when you cook your ham for the holidays:

There are several different types of fully-cooked hams to choose from:

Old Fashioned Glaze Combine 2 cups (500 mL) brown sugar with 2 Tbsp (30 mL) EACH all-purpose flour and corn syrup, 2 tsp (10 mL) dry mustard, and 3 Tbsp (45 mL) white wine vinegar; mix well.

Bone-In or Boneless • Most people feel that hams with the bone still in are more flavourful. However, hams with the bone removed are easier to carve. Spiral-Sliced • These are usually bone-in hams that have been presliced into a continuous shape for convenient serving. The difficulties of carving a bone-in ham are solved, however the slices may tend to dry out because they are pre-cut.

Canadian Maple Glaze Combine ¼ cup (50 mL) EACH Dijon mustard and maple syrup with ½ tsp (2 mL) dried thyme; mix well. Maple-Ginger Glaze Combine ¼ cup (125 mL) maple syrup, 2 Tbsp (30 mL) all-purpose flour, 1 Tbsp (15 mL) EACH Dijon mustard and lemon juice and a dash of powdered ginger; mix well.

Dinner Hams • Dinner hams are made of meat that is chopped and packed in a “football” shape. These usually have added water and so are less expensive than whole hams. Flavoured • Some hams will come with additional flavouring such as maple or Black Forest.

cooking instructions

Fully-cooked hams are best if heated through and served with a glaze. Pre-heat the oven to 325°F (160°C) and cook, uncovered, until an internal temperature of 140°F (60°C) is reached (use a meat thermometer to check that ham has reached correct

temperature). A fully-cooked whole ham will take about 15 to 18 minutes per pound (500 g), while a fullycooked half-ham will need about 18 to 24 minutes per pound (500 g). Fresh (uncooked) ham or pork leg needs to be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F (71°C) just like

a pork roast. Never baste ham with its drippings during cooking or it will be too salty. Instead, prepare a glaze and apply it during the final 30 minutes of cooking.

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Jarlsberg Fondue with Herb Croutons ingredients

2½ cups (600 g) Jarlsberg 1¼ cups (300 ml) dry white wine 1 clove garlic 1 Tbsp cornstarch ½ cup (100 ml) milk nutmeg pepper or cayenne

HERB CROUTONS 1 white loaf 4 Tbsp herbs (tarragon, basil, flat leaf parsley) ½ cup (100 ml) sunflower oil (or other cooking oil) salt

directions Cut the bread into 2×2 cm cubes. Mix the herbs into the oil, then add the bread cubes and stir until coated. Roast for 10 minutes

at 400°F, or until crispy. Grate the cheese or cut it into very small cubes. Rub the inside of a saucepan with the garlic. Heat the white wine in the pan. Meanwhile mix the cornstarch into the milk. Whip this into the white wine and bring to parboil. When it thickens, reduce the

heat and carefully add half the Jarlsberg. When the cheese has almost melted, add the rest of the cheese and let it simmer for a couple of minutes. Stir until smooth. Add the spices and serve with herb croutons. Remember to serve in a hot pot or the fondue will get very thick.

Jarlsberg Muffins with Honey and Walnuts ingredients


⅔ cup (150 g) flour 3½ tsp baking powder ¾ tsp salt 5 tsp (25 g) butter 1 egg ½ cup (100 ml) milk ¼ cup (50 g) honey ¼ cup (50 g) chopped walnuts Zest of 1 lemon ¼ cup (50 g) Jarlsberg, grated

Preheat oven to 375° F. Sift flour, baking powder and salt together. Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Beat egg and milk together with a fork, and add to dry mixture, stirring until just moistened. Add honey, walnuts, lemon zest and grated Jarlsberg. Spoon batter into greased muffin tins, filling ⅔ full. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.

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eqe The mellow, slightly nutty taste of Jarlsberg adds delicious warmth to cheese-based appetizers like these meltingly crispy phyllo triangles with cranberry, walnut and Jarlsberg. It’s the unique Norwegian cheese that’s amazingly versatile. And ja, it’s really, really good! For more easy recipes visit


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Entertain with Tradition

Be a little Italian with these simple recipes that are easy to share and enjoy.

Smoked Prosciutto Crostini ingredients 8 slices baguette, ¼” thick 4 slices San Daniele Smoked Prosciutto, cut in half 8 slices of pear, thinly sliced Igor Gorgonzola Walnut pieces Honey

directions 1. Toast baguette slices in preheated oven (375°F) until lightly browned. 2. Place one slice of pear on each baguette slice. Drape half a slice of Smoked Prosciutto over pear.

3. Spread thin layer of Gorgonzola over Smoked Prosciutto, top with walnuts.

4. Drizzle lightly with honey. Serve and enjoy!


2. Serve at room temperature with grissini (thin, crispy breadsticks) and baguette slices.

Antipasto Platter ingredients

60 g San Daniele Prosciutto, thinly sliced 60 g Mastro Riserva Barolo or Chianti Wine Salami, thinly sliced 60 g Mastro Soppressata, thinly sliced 60 g San Daniele Mortadella, thinly sliced 100 g cured spiced olives 100 g marinated artichokes 100 g Provolone cheese

1. Arrange meat, cheese and vegetables attractively on a large platter.

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Pancetta Caesar Cups ingredients

8 slices Mastro Pancetta 2 cups romaine lettuce, washed and small cut ½ cup Caesar dressing 8 pieces Mastro Parmigiano, thinly sliced or shaved (use a vegetable peeler) 8 pieces herb-garlic croutons

directions 1. Place a mini muffin tin upside down on a cookie sheet (this will catch excess drippings). Place one thin slice of pancetta on top of

each cup and gently press to form. 2. Bake in oven at 375°F until crispy, about 8-10 minutes. 3. Remove the crispy pancetta cups from the muffin tin and allow to cool on paper towel.

4. In a mixing bowl, toss Caesar dressing with romaine lettuce and place into pancetta cups. Garnish with Parmigiano Reggiano and a crouton.

Prosciutto Sushi ingredients

8 slices San Daniele Prosciutto 10 asparagus spears, blanched Cantaloupe strips, same thickness as asaparagus

directions 1. Place one slice of San Daniele Prosciutto on a large cutting board. Lay another slice of Prosciutto on top, overlapping by half lengthwise. 2. Place about 5 asparagus spears (diameter should be about the size of a Loonie) on one end of the overlapping slices, allowing Asparagus tips to stick out. Roll tightly.

3. Using sharp knife, slice roll into 4 pieces. 4. Repeat using remainder of Asparagus and Cantaloupe strips. Arrange rolls dish, serve and enjoy!

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Grilled Potato and Smoked Salmon Canapés

By Emily Richards • Here is a different way to serve up a classic party favourite – a crisp potato slice serves as a foundation for cream cheese and smoked salmon. Healthy and delicious!

ingredients 3 red or white round Ontario potatoes (about 12-oz/375 g), scrubbed 2 Tbsp (25 mL) extra virgin olive oil 2 tsp (10 mL) chopped fresh dill ¼ tsp (1 mL) each salt & pepper ¾ cup (175 mL) light cream cheese, softened 2 Tbsp (25 mL) milk 2 Tbsp (25 mL) finely diced red onion or shallot 1 Tbsp (15 mL) drained capers, chopped

1 Tbsp (15 mL) chopped fresh Italian parsley 3 oz (90 g) smoked salmon slices Fresh dill sprigs

directions Slice potatoes into 1/4-inch (5-mm) thick slices and place in large bowl. Add oil, dill, salt and pepper and toss to coat evenly. Place potato slices on greased grill over medium high heat and grill about 12 minutes, turning once

or until golden brown and crisp on the outside and tender on the inside. Remove to large platter. Meanwhile, in bowl beat together cream cheese, milk, onions, capers and parsley. Dollop cream cheese mixture evenly onto potato slices. Cut smoked salmon into thin strips and place on top of cream cheese. Garnish with small fresh dill sprigs. Makes about 24 appetizers. Tip: Try other smoked fish like trout and mackerel in place of the salmon.

cinnamon buns

By Emily Richards • This fluffy potato dough is the perfect way to wrap up sweet buttery brown sugar and cinnamon. Prepare the dough ahead the night before and then bake the cinnamon buns the next morning for a brunch or when guests are over for coffee.



8 oz (250 g) long white Ontario potatoes, peeled and cubed 3 Tbsp (45 mL) granulated sugar 2 Tbsp (25 mL) active dry yeast ½ cup (125 mL) warm water ⅓ cup (75 mL) butter, melted ½ tsp (2 mL) salt 2 eggs 3 cups (750mL) all purpose flour (approx)

In saucepan, cover potatoes with water and bring to boil. Boil for 15 minutes or until tender. Drain and return to saucepan, add all but ½ tsp (2 mL) of the sugar into potatoes and mash. Let cool completely. Meanwhile, in large bowl, dissolve remaining sugar in water. Sprinkle with yeast and let stand for about 10 minutes or until frothy. Whisk in butter and cooled potato mixture, salt and eggs. Stir in 2¾ cups (675 mL) of the flour to form sticky dough. Turn out onto floured surface and knead in remaining flour for about 5 minutes or until smooth. Place in greased bowl, cover and let rise for about 1 hour or until doubled in bulk. Punch down dough. Cinnamon Sugar Filling: In small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon;

Cinnamon Sugar Filling: ⅓ cup (75 mL) butter, very soft 1 cup (250 mL) packed brown sugar 1 Tbsp (15 mL) cinnamon

Cream Cheese Icing: ½ cup (125 mL) cream cheese, softened 2 Tbsp (25 mL) butter, softened ¾ cup (175 mL) icing sugar 3 Tbsp (45 mL) whipping (35%) cream

set aside. Roll dough on floured surface to 14×20 inches (35×50 cm). Spread dough with butter and sprinkle with sugar filling. Starting at long side roll up tightly and pinch seam to close. Using serrated knife, cut into 12 pieces and place in parchment paper lined 13×9 inch (3 L) pan. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes or until doubled. Bake in 375°F (190°C) oven for about 30 minutes or until golden. Let cool slightly. Cream cheese Icing: In bowl, using electric hand mixer, beat cream cheese and butter together until smooth. Beat in icing sugar and whipping cream until creamy. Spread over cinnamon buns before serving. Makes 12 buns. Tip: You can omit the cream cheese icing and simply whisk together icing sugar and ¼ cup (50 mL) whipping cream until smooth and drizzle over the cinnamon buns.

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Savoury Shortbread ingredients ½ cup cornstarch 2 cups Kamut Khorasan flour 1 Tbsp rosemary, minced 1 tsp salt ½ tsp white pepper 1 cup butter, cold and cubed 1 cup parmesan, grated 1 cup gruyere or asiago, grated

9" long, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Slice the chilled dough into ¼" rounds. Bake on parchment lined cookie sheets at 350 for about 15 minutes until golden.

directions In a medium bowl, combine flour, rosemary, salt and pepper. Cut in butter and cheeses until ingredients form a course meal. Form into 2 balls, roll and press each ball into a log 1½" in diameter,

Pumpkin Gnocchi with Sage Butter ingredients 2 cups pumpkin purée ½ cup parmesan cheese, grated 2 eggs 1 tsp salt ¼ tsp nutmeg, ground 3 cups Kamut Khorasan flour

Sage Butter Sauce: ½ cup butter 10 sage leaves Melt butter, add sage leaves and continue cooking until golden brown. Toss with cooked gnocchi and serve.

directions In a large bowl, stir together pumpkin, parmesan, eggs, salt

and nutmeg. Stir in 2 cups Kamut Khorasan flour. Slowly add flour, a little at a time. Once the dough starts to come together, knead it gently until it forms a ball. Continue to knead another 4 minutes. Divide the dough into 4 portions. On a well floured surface roll dough into a rope ¾ inch in diameter. Cut into ¾ inch pieces. If desired, roll each piece down the back of a fork to make ridges. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook gnocchi, stirring gently, until they float. Then cook another minute or 2 until gnocchi are soft but not doughy.

Sage Butter Sauce: Melt butter, add sage leaves and continue cooking until golden brown. Toss with cooked gnocchi and serve.

Ho lid Be ay Chocolate Chip Cookies ca G 3/4 cup (175 ml) granulated sugar us ift 3/4 cup (175 ml) lightly packed brown sugar, divided e 1 cup (250 ml) chocolate chips or colored chocolate candies yo Giv 2 1/4 cups (550 ml) all purpose flour u ing 1 tsp (5 ml) baking soda Ca .. 1/2 tsp (2 ml) salt 1 L BERNARDIN mason jar & 2-piece SNAP LID closure n! . • Pour granulated sugar into jar forming a level layer. ®

• Add half of the brown sugar, tapping down firmly. Top with chocolate chips. Add remaining brown sugar. • Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt until well mixed; add to jar. • Apply lid and screw band tightly and attach Instruction Tag.


Preheat oven to 350ºF (190ºC). Cream 1/2 cup (125 ml) softened butter or margarine. Add 2 eggs and 1 Tbsp. water; beat until light and fluffy. Empty contents of jar into a large bowl. Incorporate butter mixture, mixing thoroughly. Dough will be stiff; mix thoroughly with spoon or clean hands. Drop heaping teaspoonful onto baking sheet, allowing 2 inches (5 cm) between cookies. Bake 8 to 10 minutes until light golden. Do not over-bake. Remove from oven and cool 5 minutes on cookie sheet. Remove cookies to cooling rack; cool thoroughly. Makes 35-40 cookies.

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Cranberry Orange Glazed Ham Piller’s Simply Free Maple Sugar Smoked Ham 700 g Glaze wed ed 1/2 cup frozen cranberry juice cocktail concentrate, thawed 1/2 cup frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed 1/4 cup orange marmalade 1 1/4 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary 1 tablespoon butter 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 325˚F (160˚C) and place ham in n shallow heating pan pan. A Add ½ cup (125 ml) or water to pan and cover with a lid or aluminum foil. Cook ham for 1 hour or until warm throughout. Meanwhile in a small saucepan, bring the cranberry juice, orange juice, marmalade and rosemary to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil until the glaze thickens enough to coat a spoon, whisking often, 15 minutes. Remove from the heat. Whisk in the butter, then season the glaze with salt and pepper. Glaze yields approximately 1 1/4 cups. Thirty minutes before the end of baking time, remove ham from oven and score it in a diamond or square pattern. Brush ham generously with glaze. Return to oven and cook for another 30 minutes or until glaze is shiny and very lightly browned. For an extra thick glaze, brush the ham with more of the glaze every 10 minutes during the last 30 minutes of baking.

Ham Roll-Ups with Asparagus 16 slices Piller’s Simply Free Smoked Black Forest Ham 16 grilled medium asparagus, trimmed* 2/3 cup smooth ricotta cheese 2 oz light cream cheese, softened 2 tbsp light, gluten-free mayonnaise 2 tsp fresh lemon juice ½ tsp crushed garlic Salt and pepper Garnish Lemon zest In small food processor combine both cheeses, mayo, lemon juice, i garl garlic lil and d salt lt and d pepper until til smooth and creamy. Spread 1 tbsp cheese mixture over each slice of ham. Lay one grilled asparagus at one end of ham slice. Roll up tightly. Place ham roll-ups on serving platter and garnish with lemon zest. *Spray asparagus with vegetable oil and either grill or roast in a 400°F oven for 10 minutes, turning once, just until fork tender. Serves 8

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Tony Aspler’s Wine Picks

No better time than the Holidays to try some amazing sweet and sparkling wines. Here’s a few of my favourites for this time of year.

Tarlant Zéro Brut Nature Champagne (Champagne)

Great Wine D iscoveries

Zéro Brut Nature — this descriptor tells the whole story. No sweetening wine was added after disgorging which means the wine is totally dry. On the nose, a bouquet of white flowers and green peach with a mineral note. Very elegant and lingering on the palate. ***** (91) Food match: smoked salmon; oysters. $44.95 • Vintages #996264

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Paladin Tondo Dry Prosecco (Veneto)

Prosecco is a bargain hunter’s Champagne. This one is pale straw with a coppery tint. The nose offers pear and green pepper aromas with a floral grace note. Light and easy on the palate, it shades to off-dry in flavour with a sweetish pear skin taste and a zesty acidic finish. **** (87) Food match: aperitif wine; crab cakes. $17.95 • LCBO #299834.

Peller Estates Ice Cuvée Rosé (Ontario)

This wine is an artful blend of sparkling wine and Cabernet Franc Icewine. Deep pink in colour, it has a nose of cherries and raspberry preserve. It’s full on the palate with an appetizingly off-dry flavour that finishes dry with sour cherry note. A very easy drinking and friendly sparkler. **** (90) Food match: baked ham; pork chops. $34.95 • Vintages #113035 77

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Château des Charmes Inniskillin Riesling Icewine Henry of Pelham Cabernet Estate Bottled Vidal Icewine 2008 (Ontario)
 Icewine 2010 (Ontario)
 Inniskillin taught the world about Cabernet Franc Icewine is not 2009 (Ontario)
 Canadian Icewine and this Riesling as sweet as Vidal or Riesling. Good things come in small packages. This Vidal Icewine is golden straw in colour with a high toned nose of honey and peaches. It fills the mouth with its unctuous sweetness and is rescued from going over the top by driving acidity that cleanses the palate. ***** (90) Food match: blue cheese; foie gras. $25.95 • Vintages #565861

is just a joy to taste. The wine is the colour of old gold with a lifted nose of honey, peaches and tropical fruit. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, it has a rich, spicy flavour, not overly sweet but long in the mouth with refreshing acidity. ***** (91) Food match: fruit-based desserts; Stilton. $69.95 • Vintages #558288

The colour here is tawny orange and the nose is redolent with the scent of strawberries and rhubarb compote with a honeyed note. Flavours of pink grapefruit, strawberries and cranberries fill the mouth; the finish is firm with a touch of tannin. ***** (90) Food match: hazelnut torte; dark chocolate desserts. $39.95 • Vintage #672402

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ménage À trois

California Red Wine

LCBO #308007 • $17.95 Ménage à Trois red brings together three strange bedfellows: Zinfandel, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. To add complexity and retain character, each variety was fermented separately, then blended together prior to bottling. This wine exposes the fresh, ripe, jam like fruit that is the calling card of California wine. Forward, silky and soft, this delicious dalliance makes the perfect accompaniment for grilled meats or chicken. 78

Beaujolais Brouilly 2007 Burgundy, France

LCBO #070540 • $$16.90 Brouilly is ruby red in colour, raspberry & cherry fruit with herbal notes, light- to medium- bodied; soft, round and quaffable. Georges Duboeuf is known as the Roi de Beaujolais (The King of Beaujolais) a light fresh red crafted from the distinctive Gamay grape. Unique to the Beaujolais region, it has thinner skins than other varietals, resulting in lower levels of tannin for a wine that goes well with everything.

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Chateau De Gourgazaud


LCBO #22384 • $12.95 This small château is family owned and consistently produces some of the best value wines available. A blend of Syrah and Mourvèdre grapes, it is fruitforward with notes of berries, mushrooms and fresh herbs. Perfect paired with grilled meat or pizza.

LCBO #262261 • $11.95 In the nose, this wine from Argentina’s largest producer shows deep red fruit aromas and bread notes due to the ‘contact sur lies’ (process of yeast contact). Great balance and freshness in the mouth. This zesty, nearly dry white comes from an unusual mix of grapes: chardonnay, sémillon and malbec. It’s a party wine, an aperitif and a partner for creamy fish dishes.

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JP Red s bonules* i air m

NEW! Portugal

LCBO #286195 • $8.95 JP Red, Portugal’s #1 wine, is now available in Ontario. Pronounced aromas of raspberry and spice with notes of earth and pepper. Dry and easy-drinking with a medium-long finish. Enjoy on its own or with grilled meats, poultry and spicy cuisine. Invite this Tall, Dark & Available wine to your next Holiday get-together! 5 Bonus Air Miles: Dec 2, 2012 – Jan 5, 2013


Bacalhoa Tinto da Anfora


LCBO #227256 • $11.95 Intense aromas of ripe fruits such as strawberries and cherries, with notes of chocolate, coffee and vanilla. Complex and elegant with a rich structure. Aged in oak barrels for 12 months. A true gem. Enjoy with roasted meats, hearty dishes and aged cheeses. 79

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Joy to the World! It’s time for

holiday sparkling wines Le Champagne Pret-a-Porter

Veuve Clicquot Brut Shopping Bag

LCBO 253740 | $67.85 (750mL) With its trompe-l’oeil effect and fashionable top stitching, this new, custom-made creation for Veuve Clicquot adds a note of elegance to the stylista on your list. The Veuve Clicquot Shopping Bag is the ideal accessory for a Veuve Clicquot moment. This chic and contemporary holder ensures that this powerful, complex wine remains at the ideal temperature for up to two hours.

Chilled to Perfection

Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial Diamond Suit

LCBO 291187 | $60.75 (750mL) Regal and elegant, the fitted isothermal suit houses the impeccable Moet & Chandon Imperial Champagne. Each suit features a refined satin tie around the neck, reminiscent of the iconic Moet design. Fun and function, this beautiful enclosure keeps the bottle chilled for up to two hours. Salut!

Sparkling Strawberry

Raise a Playful Toast

LCBO #56697 | $13.95 (750mL) LCBO #138388 | $4.95 (200mL) Did you know that Fresita means strawberry in Spanish? Fresita is a perfect blend of sparkling wine and handpicked strawberries from Patagonia. From the moment you open the bottle, you will be tantalized by the delicious aromas of fresh Patagonian strawberries. This delightful wine is a wonderful anytime refresher, great on its own or with dark chocolate. Perfect for all of your holiday celebrations! Available in 2 sizes.

LCBO 253948 | $13.95 (750mL) Made from handpicked Moscato Bianco grapes from the most exclusive region in Italy, MARTINI® Asti is rated D.O.C.G., an accolade reserved for Italy’s best wines. A light bodied, fragrant, refreshing and fruity sparkling wine, Asti is perfect served chilled on its own, or as the key ingredient in a holiday cocktail. Celebrate with Italian style. Quality since 1863.


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Joy to the World! It’s time for a

holiday cocktail party Celebrate Life, Give Life

(Belvedere) RED

LCBO 249102 | $48.95 (750mL) For the second consecutive year, Belvedere Vodka partnered with (RED)™ to launch a special edition bottle. Belvedere is committed to supporting (RED)™’s goal of eradicating mother to child transmission of AIDS by 2015. The gift of this bottle continues to help make that dream a reality. This year’s (Belvedere)RED bottle is a stunning, semi-transparent, red metallic bottle, strikingly vibrant with the same premium taste. Fifty per cent of proceeds from the sale of (Belvedere) RED go towards the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Africa. EXQUISITE HOLIDAY COCKTAIL (Belvedere)RED Tart • 44 ml Belvedere red • 22 ml Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur • 15 ml Fresh Lime Juice • Dash Ameretto • Sprite (to taste) Method > Shake first vodka, liqueur, lime juice and ameretto. Top up with Sprite and garnish with red berries.

Elegant Style and Consistent High Quality

HENNESSY V.S. COGNAC LCBO 8284 | $59.95 (750mL)

For a gastronomical twist on a hot Toddy, try: HENNESSY WINTER TEA (Hot) 40 ml Hennessy V.S. • 5 g loose Earl Grey tea leaves • 50 ml boiling water 3 ml simple syrup • 5 ml fresh lemon juice • 3 dashes of old fashioned biaers • 2 tsp. of black cherry jam • star anise for garnish Method > Rinse glass teacup with scalding hot water. Fill tea strainer with tea leaves and add to warm cup. Add boiling water and leave to extract for 1 minute. Remove tea strainer. Add jam and stir until dissolved. Add all remaining ingredients and stir. Garnish with a whole star anise. A refreshing and easy festive drink: HENNESSY BERRY 44 ml Hennessy V.S. • 103 ml cranberry juice Method > Pour Hennessy into a highball glass, add cubed ice (fill the glass), top with cranberry juice. Garnish with a lime wedge. You can also add apple juice for a fun twist. 82

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Joy to the World! It’s time for a

holiday cocktail party Elegant and Harmonious

martini® rosso

LCBO 215343 | $12.95 (1L) MARTINI® Rosso is an elegant and harmonious mix of deep flavours. At its heart is wine blended with rich Italian herbs: Artemisia, Summer Savory and Dittany balanced with exotic bittersweet woods. Its complex and alluring taste has made MARTINI® Rosso the key ingredient for several iconic cocktails such as the Negroni or Manhattan. Quality since 1863. Martini® Rosso Italian Iced Tea 1 oz of MARTINI® Rosso • 3 oz of Ginger Ale Method > Pour MARTINI® Rosso in to an ice-filled rocks glass and add ginger ale. Garnish with a slice of orange. Enjoy.

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Find Your Wild in Canada’s Protected Playground

Banff National Park

This is a special place where there are more mountains than milliondollar condos. Where real people get treated like celebrities and celebrities get treated like real people.


hat makes this possible? Quite simply, because the three ski resorts and two mountain towns are set in the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Banff National Park. And that’s what makes this Canada’s Protected Playground. Whether you’re looking to catch first chair, sample après ski or relax in a hot tub, Banff — Lake Louise will help you Find Your Wild. You’ll enjoy the driest, lightest snow, terrain to suit every desire — from gentle groomed runs to some of the world’s most extreme in-bounds challenges — and amenities

perfect for your taste and budget. It’s rare to find ski resorts in the middle of wilderness, but there are three of them here! Mt. Norquay, The Lake Louise Ski Area and Sunshine Village work hard to look after the stunning environment, and look after you. With almost 8,000 acres of skiable terrain, on one tri-area lift ticket, an award-winning ski school and full-service booking facilities, you can easily build the perfect ski vacation. Once here, the lack of lift lines means you’ll spend more time finding your wild skiing and less time waiting for it to happen. Not to mention our unique inland

location guarantees the dry, light snow that this region is famous for — and plenty of it! With one of the longest ski seasons in North America, there’s plenty of time to enjoy the majestic peaks, remote woodlands, roaming wildlife and phenomenal snow. Just minutes from the Town of Banff, Mt. Norquay offers outstanding conditions for beginner, intermediate and advanced skiers. This season will see the expansion of the tubing park to double the size as well as a new loading conveyer on Spirit chair, opening up the mountain to beginner skiers and snowboarders. 85

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and groups of all abilities to ski together with beginner, intermediate and expert runs from every chair. Whether you ski all day, dance all night or shop till you drop; your wild is whatever you want it to be. New for the 2012-13 season at The Lake Louise Ski Area are a brand-new tubing park, two new magic carpets and a full-time bag jump! Between these two resorts sits Sunshine Village — Canada’s highest elevated resort offering great, guaranteed snow condi Mt. Norquay is home of the tions from December to May; it’s only night skiing in Banff-Lake Louise, including a fully lit terrain a place guaranteed to set your park, and expert snowmaking on wild free. Sunshine is proud to 85% of terrain. With a long legacy have an average annual snowfall of over 30 feet, on over 3,300 of outstanding skiing, the resort acres of terrain! continues to be the locals’ gem. Famous as the training ground of Here you can enjoy the novel Olympic and World Cup athletes, opportunity to ski in both the provinces of Alberta and British and with excellent beginner terrain, everyone will love this small, Columbia on the same run as well as Banff-Lake Louise’s only ski-in, family-friendly resort. ski-out accommodation, Sunshine A scenic 45-minute drive Mountain Lodge. The 2012-13 west of Mt. Norquay is The Lake season sees the exciting redesign Louise Ski Area, the giant of Canadian skiing! With over 4,200 of Sunshine Village’s 8-acre terrain park, a loading conveyer on acres of terrain spread across four mountain faces, Lake Louise Wawa chair and a smoke house in Mad Trappers Saloon. offers unparalleled skiing and When the lifts finally close, riding just minutes from the relax in one of Banff National village of Lake Louise. Park’s two communities. Banff and The Lake Louise Ski Area Lake Louise have been welcoming is spread across four mountain visitors for more than a century, faces, featuring spectacular and they’re very good at it! bowls, high alpine terrain and Banff is home to designer is considered the giant among shops and boutiques, a bustling Canadian ski resorts. Plus the exceptional layout allows families nightlife, museums, cultural 86

activities, extensive dining and luxurious spas. And of course, the townsfolk share this home with elk, deer, wolves, bears, sheep and many other wildlife. Yet only minutes away from all the action, you’ll lose yourself in the tranquility of the forest along the banks of the Bow River. You can choose to Find Your Wild on the slopes, in the hot tub and everywhere in-between. Romantic and relaxing, the pace in Lake Louise attracts those who want to savour the finer things in life; a good book in front of a fireplace, the stillness of the outdoors, or a quiet walk after dinner. Not only have international royalty, Hollywood stars and heads of state come to Lake Louise to relax, but increasingly the rest of the world is discovering its simple charms as well. Both communities offer transportation to and from the ski areas, included with a tri-area lift ticket. Whether you choose Banff or Lake Louise to Find Your Wild, the surrounding mountain peaks and the sight of grazing wildlife roaming the streets will remind you that you’re standing inside Canada’s Protected Playground, Banff National Park. For convenient, full-service info and bookings please call our Banff-based reservations team at 1-866-209-3520 or visit

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November 23 – December 20: For a short amount of time expect there to be some form of restriction preventing you from moving on in life. It could be that you are overwhlemed with responsibilities in your personal or even in your work life. As the month progresses these restrictions will dissipate.

May 21 – June 21: You’re likely to be kept occupied with work responsibilities and endless tasks. As the month ends, one-on-one relationships bring pleasure and relaxation. It will be a time to reconnect with family members and old friends, as well as get some chores done around your home.

December 21 – January 20: Optimism and hope are big factors in your life this month. You will find out that some wishes really do come true. Now is a great time to create new goals and have faith in yourself. Any doubts you have been entertaining will vanish as you realize the progress you’re making.

June 22 – July 23: The snow and chilly weather

January 21 – February 19: An opportunity to improve your career is quickly aproaching . An important goal is within your grasp. Life is busy and there is an enormous amount to do. It is important to accept challenges as they come and let other people see how determined you can be.

July 24 – August 23: There is a lot going on in

February 20 – March 20: You may be feeling the urge to get away; to take a break from the stress of everyday life. A weekend away doesn’t seem like enough. You will benefit from a long trip or spending time away from your normal haunts. Travel will be invigorating and your spirit is feeling adventurous. Change is good.

August 24 – September 22: Friendships play a major role in your life during December. Gossip fills the air and invitations to gettogethers are plenty. If you neglect your family matters they will become more apparent during the last few days of the month and this could be your downfall. Create a blanace.

March 21 – April 19: You may encounter some

September 23 – October 22: Taking a practical

April 20 – May 20: Your time will be devoted to

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legal or financial matters in the near future. It is very important that you deal with them right away. You may find that you can use a gift you posses to make money. No matter how simple your gift is, others will find a way to enjoy it. This could open up a whole new world for you.

very important projects. Commitments will proceed well and you will know you are making the right choices as time goes on. The middle of the month will bring a perfect opportunity for your efforts to really pay off. Do not give up if the road gets rough.


brings romance and glamour into your life. You may find yourself curled up with a love one more often or spending more time with the family. This will do wonders for your being. You’re feeling active, lively and passionate. From a career perspective this is excellent.

your home life. Family matters can be taking up a lot of time. All of your energy is likely to be devoted to be devoted to this. Near the end of the month there may be a clash of interests. Loyalties lie with relatives, but friends are expecting something from you too.

view on life is one thing, but you must watch your spending. Learn the difference between your wants and your needs. Resist the temptation to purchase a luxury item you want because you do not need it. This will save you from financial trouble in the long run.

making a decision that could change your life for the better. You’re more determined to follow through with your goals. After an exciting start to the month there is a chance that towards the end of 2012 and into the new year you will be devoted to something more monotonous.






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