Move over, Somersby; Folkin’ Hard Cider has you beat

Ciders and summertime pair perfectly. There’s something so refreshing about cracking open a crisp, cool apple cider on a hot summer day, and I imagine a lot of folks would agree with me. If hard cider is your go-to drink when the weather warms up, I have some fantastic news for you: Bonnieheath Estate Lavender … More Move over, Somersby; Folkin’ Hard Cider has you beat

Lavender 101

In working at Bonnieheath Estate, a lavender farm and winery, I’ve come to develop a relatively firm understanding of lavender. Prior to starting this job, I had some knowledge of this magical plant, but now that my knowledge has expanded, I thought I would offer a little lavender 101, if you will, in hopes of … More Lavender 101

Cooking with cannabis

Cannabis is something that is often misunderstood, in my opinion. When most of us consider cannabis, we think of it being smoked, or consumed in a brownie or a gummy. But, in reality, cannabis can be used in a variety of dishes, and an article originally published at Foli offers up 15 different recipes using this delightful plant. … More Cooking with cannabis

Understanding different types of CBD extract

If you’re someone who is considering using CBD extract, it can be a little overwhelming to determine which type is best for you. Luckily, an article originally published on Made By Hemp’s website outlines the main differences amongst CBD extract, making it a little simpler to figure out which one to go with. The four most common varieties … More Understanding different types of CBD extract

Looking for a unique twist on granola? Check out Bakery on Main

Most of us have tried granola at some point on our lives. My question, though, is whether or not the granola we’ve tried is actually tasty. I’ve had several variations of granola, however, I’ve struggled finding one that really gets me going. They’re all pretty similar, typically consisting of nuts, raisins, and granola itself. Then … More Looking for a unique twist on granola? Check out Bakery on Main

Here’s why you need to try Cottage Springs’ vodka sodas

Sugary alcoholic drinks have never been my thing. I find them to be excessively sweet (almost like you can feel cavities forming as you sip on them), and honestly, wine and beer have always been my preference. That is, wine and beer were my preference until I discovered Cottage Springs vodka sodas. Now my top … More Here’s why you need to try Cottage Springs’ vodka sodas

Here’s how to make a Starbucks-worthy, dairy-free steamer

One of the biggest downsides of being intolerant to dairy is not being able to sip on delicious, milky beverages that seem to just hit the spot. Specifically, ones from Starbucks, because they’re bloody delicious. Not to worry, though. It just so happens that after some experimenting and luck, I’ve managed to construct my own … More Here’s how to make a Starbucks-worthy, dairy-free steamer

Earthly Delights: making mealtimes easier

My sister’s business, Earthly Delights, recently revealed some exciting news regarding its newest services, and what better way to share the news than with the internet. Earthly Delights, as a recap, is a small business that offers homegrown, chemical-free produce, natural wellness products such as bath bombs and scrubs, and artisanal woodworking. It’s my sister’s … More Earthly Delights: making mealtimes easier

Craving real barbeque? Visit Saltlick Smokehouse

My sister, cousin and I are all rather avid fans of protein, so when the opportunity presents itself to enjoy some authentic, delicious barbeque, you can bet we take full advantage. The three of us decided to try out Saltlick Smokehouse in Hamilton, and we weren’t disappointed. Located on James St. North, this little joint … More Craving real barbeque? Visit Saltlick Smokehouse

Can walnuts help with depression?

This is nuts, ladies and gentlemen. Findings from a recent epidemiological study suggest that “consuming walnuts may be associated with a lower prevalence and frequency of depression symptoms among American adults,” said a Eurekalert release, originally from Edelman Seattle. Researchers involved with this study assessed participants for depression. They discovered that “depression scores were 26 … More Can walnuts help with depression?

Food for thought: does what you eat influence your memory?

Who knew that what you consume on a daily basis could affect your memory? Well, Ajuriel Willette, an assistant professor at Iowa State University in the department of food science and human nutrition, along with his team of researchers, proved just that. Willette and his team unveiled a satiety hormone through research that could lower the … More Food for thought: does what you eat influence your memory?

Recognizing misleading animal activism (cough, PETA, cough)

Scrolling through my Twitter newsfeed the other day, I stumbled across a post from PETA that thoroughly pissed me off (no, I do not follow PETA on Twitter, don’t worry). The post was linked to an article titled “‘Game of Thrones’ Star Jerome Flynn: Reject Cruelty, Go Vegan,” and since I am a huge Game … More Recognizing misleading animal activism (cough, PETA, cough)

Hacks for eating gluten-free in restaurants

Whether you’re willingly gluten-free or it’s due to dietary reasons, for example, sensitivities or allergies, going out for dinner can be a bit of a struggle. You do a quick scan of the menu, struggling to recognize something, anything, you can consume without triggering an onslaught of diarrhea and pain, but your options are limited. … More Hacks for eating gluten-free in restaurants