Easy Caramel Walnut Sticky Buns (made with store-bought dinner rolls)


What does one do with 5 day old store-bought dinner rolls?

Make sticky buns! Yes. Here’s a new method that enables you to make sticky buns in less than 15 minutes.


6 dinner rolls
3/4 cups melted butter
1 1/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup honey
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup chopped walnuts
pinch of salt


Preheat oven to 350ºF

Poke holes in the dinner rolls with a chopstick

Place rolls in a loaf pan

Mix butter, sugar, honey walnuts and spices

Pour mixture over the dinner rolls

Press down so that the mixture penetrates the holes in the rolls

Bake for 10 minutes

Serve the sticky buns warm.

Try this simple recipe hack to turn your dinner rolls into delicious sticky buns anytime!


Infant Action Cognition Lab at StFX

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Have you heard of the Infant Action Cognition Lab (IACL)? Infants 4-months and older, and their parent/guardian residing in Antigonish and surrounding areas, can volunteer in a fun research study at our child-friendly lab at the St. Francis Xavier University!

Our studies involve exploring toy objects and watching others explore objects on our eye tracker, to help us learn about how infants learn! We investigate how babies learn to understand and perform actions as well as how babies understand the actions of others around them. This information can be useful in helping us understand what babies know about things like an object’s weight, or motion such as walking. It can also help to inform interventions in the future to facilitate learning.

You can set up an appointment for anytime that works for you and your baby (usually 9:00-4:00pm Monday to Friday, but we are flexible).

The studies take place in J. Bruce Brown (Biology building) and we have free designated parking available.

Heres’ what to expect:

As you pull into the parking lot off Notre Dame Avenue, you will be greeted by a lab member who will provide a parking pass and direct you to the nearest parking space. The lab member may be one of our friendly senior researchers or undergraduate research assistants, and if you want, will help you carry things while accompanying you to our research lab (room 334B).

Once you and your baby are ready, we will review the study with you and give you the opportunity to ask any questions you might have. You will also be told that your participation is strictly confidential, and that you are welcome to withdraw from the study at any point if you wish. After you’ve signed a study consent form, we will have you fill out a brief demographics form asking some very general information (e.g., age of siblings). Then we will begin the study! Most studies are 20-30 minutes but could range up to 60 minutes.

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Throughout the study, we can take breaks as you or your baby may need. Diaper changes and feeding are welcome at any time. We have a diaper changing station and are a breastfeeding friendly environment. We can also accommodate for other children (e.g., older siblings) that have accompanied you to the appointment.

Most studies involve sitting with your baby on your lap as they explore an object or having your baby watch a short video clip (45-90 seconds) while we track their eye movements. For some studies, we apply reflective markers over areas of your baby’s arms or legs so that we can measure how they are moving. For example, we do a study about stepping experience where we would have you support your baby’s weight over a baby treadmill while they take steps with reflective markers on their legs so we can learn about their movement patterns. All of our studies are intended to be a positive and playful experience for babies!

This information can be useful to help facilitate learning during caregiver-infant interactions and help design interventions for infants at-risk for developmental delays.

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At the end of the appointment, you will be offered a certificate with your baby’s picture on it as a keepsake.

The overall theme of work in the lab is to investigate how babies learn to understand and perform actions (e.g., with toys, or walking), as well as understand the actions of others around them.

The two competing ideas that we evaluate with our studies are: Do babies only understand other peoples’ actions after they have learned to do the actions themselves (i.e., “that person is like me”)? Or, do babies need to first understand other peoples’ actions before they can learn to carry out the action themselves (i.e., “I’m like you”).

Interested in volunteering? Contact us at (902) 867-5411 to up an appointment.

Megan MacGillivray PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Infant Action and Cognition Lab |  ANChoR Lab
StFX University | Department of Psychology 
Phone 902-867-5411

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Antigonish Farmers’ Market Online Shopping

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by Stephanie Cooper

AFM Online is the Antigonish Farmers’ Market weekly online ordering service.  The goal of this new local initiative is to support the growth of farmers and artisans by connecting them to customers seeking locally produced products.  The convenient and simple shopping experience makes it possible for producers to meet the growing demand for local, sustainable food and products in Antigonish County and surrounding areas.

The AFM Online Market believes that when life gets a little busy, customers should still have the convenience of shopping fresh and local.  The weekly online ordering system is open from 7:00pm Wednesday night to 7:00pm Monday night.  Simply select your products and pick-up your order the following Wednesday between 4:00pm and 7:00pm at the Antigonish Farmers’ Market.  It’s quick, convenient, and simple.

Did you know?

– All orders are custom, not mystery boxes. You get exactly what you ordered.

– The website has a “Meet Your Producer” page so that customers can get to know their producers better.

– AFM online is a perfect option for busy families, students, visitors and anyone who might not been keen on market crowds.

– We are currently gearing up for a Thanksgiving Giveaway! So check out the AFM online website: antigionishfarmersmarket.ca/shopping, follow us on Instagram @afmonline and on Facebook: Antigonish Farmers’ Market Association.

Sign up with AFM online to support local farmers and artisans and Localize It!

Easy Weekend Egg Muffins

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I love the versatility of eggs. There are numerous ways to prepare them and anything goes! From adding them raw in protein shakes, to a variety of cooked possibilities, they are the ultimate food that can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, dinner and as snacks.



But, taking the time in the morning to prepare egg recipes that the whole family will enjoy can be challenging. So in an effort to simplify the morning chaos, I like making these egg muffins to accommodate everyone’s egg preferences.

Here’s how you can make them too.



♦ 6 eggs

♦ 1/2 cup frozen hashbrowns (cubed)

♦ 1/2 cup chopped green pepper

♦ 1/2 cup chopped ham

♦ Grated cheddar cheese

♦ Salt & pepper to taste


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Pre-heat oven to 325°F.

Spray bottom of tin muffin tray with cooking spray.

Add 4-5 hash browns in the bottom of each muffin cup.

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Crack one egg in each muffin cup or whisk eggs in a bowl and distribute the egg mixture evenly in the muffin cups.

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Add chopped green pepper and ham on top.

Top with cheese.

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Bake for 15-20 minutes.

Remove from muffin tray while still warm.


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Whether your family members like their eggs runny or hard, plain or packed with vegetables, you can make large quantities of individualized egg muffins and keep everyone happy.


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You can also make extras to keep as leftovers. They can be easily microwaved on hectic weekday mornings for a quick healthy breakfast.


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Rediscovering Acadian Cuisine at Chez DesLauriers

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Chez DesLauriers restaurant opens its doors every summer to serve authentic Acadian lunches.


The charming tearoom, originally a heritage home built in the 1800s, is located near Pomquet beach at the top of a hill overlooking St. George’s Bay.


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The establishment is run by the Pomquet development society volunteers who gather every Friday to prepare traditional Acadian meals.

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Mary Ann, Jean and Joan preparing fish cakes


The menu features various Acadian favorite dishes including fish cakes, pâté and fricot, to name a few. And most of the meals are gluten-free!

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Melt-in-your-mouth traditional Acadian fish cakes


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Chicken, turkey and pork pâté (meat pie) with cranberry sauce


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Fricôt, an Acadian staple, is chicken stew with potatoes and dumplings


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Delicious seafood chowder


Every meal includes coffee or tea and a dessert too!

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Ginger cake with lemon sauce


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Strawberry shortcake made with fresh local strawberries


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Caramel pudding topped with fresh whipped cream


Chez DesLauriers also hosts lobster roll dinners in the Fall.

Click here for the complete menu. If you’re pressed for time, you can always purchase your meal on site and take it to go, within minutes.

However, I highly recommend sticking around and experiencing more than just the food, as there are other fun things to do:


♦ Discover the hiking trails

There are many beautiful coastal and inland hiking trails to enjoy – the views are breathtaking!


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♦ Visit the Interpretive Centre

The local Interpretive Center offers captivating cultural and historical pieces.

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A hand-held turnip seeder


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♦ Check out le petit marché

The petit marché, small market, has merchandise and souvenirs for purchase.

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♦ Home-made treats

Before heading out, buy a few home-made baked goods from Mrs. Patsy Doiron of Nanny’s Country Cooking

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So be sure to drop in Chez DesLauriers this summer!

This is the perfect place to be on a hot sunny day. Delectable food, relaxing atmosphere and wonderful hosts.

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Antigonish World Oceans Day 2019 Highlights

So it was quite the event on the weekend, as the Biology Dept. celebrated their 6th annual World Oceans Day event. Here are some of the highlights…

The displays included touch-tanks with different species of live sea anemones.

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A sea weed station where algae reproduction was demonstrated.

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And a marine microorganism station, where microscopic phytoplankton and zooplankton could be viewed.

Among the stations with live critters, there were various species of sea star and sea urchins. Children learned about echinoderms, locomotion, habitat and behaviour.

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Making trilobite and ammonite fossil prints on clay, was one of the many popular stations to visit.

The green crabs station where kids were able to hold the crabs, learn about the invasive species, their anatomy and geographic distribution.

This year we also had a Blubber experiment station where kids learned how arctic animals stay warm.

A plankton race station, where the public participated in making their own plankton then racing it down the water column for a chance to win prizes from the sustainability station (see the winners list below).

The sustainability station which included alternatives to plastic items donated by local businesses was a great addition to the event. The goal was to promote the reduction of plastics use.

Also new, learning how to make nautical and Daisy chain knots.

The dogfish station educated the public about the anatomy, behaviour and location of this fascinating animal.

The Nutrition Dept. volunteers educated the public on sustainable foods and healthy eating habits.

The face painting and henna stations were very popular, as always.

The craft stations were busy throughout the event. This year’s features were salt water raised paintings and Gyotaku fish prints.

The Atlantis photo booth was a pleasant surprise for all DC Aquaman fans.

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And finally various local organizations were present to promote healthy oceans and the important work they do for our community.

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Kris Hunter from the NS Salmon Association
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Brenna Martel from Birds Studies Canada & the piping plover conservation
Dr. Justin Gregg from the Dolphin Communications Project
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Nicole Haverkort from the Eastern Region Solid Waste Management
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Grace Campbell from the Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans

I would like to thank the following local businesses who donated sustainable items for the plankton race draw:

The Posh Peppermint Home & Gifts

Kent Business Supplies Antigonish

Canadian Tire Antigonish

The Plum Tree Gift Shoppe

Nova Scotia Salmon Association (NSSA)

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And congratulations to the winners of the Plancton Race draw!

You have until Friday 12:00pm to pick up your prize from the Biology dept. at StFX, J. Bruce brown building, main office (open 8:00am-3:30pm). Winners will be posted on the Country Parent Facebook page and contacted by telephone.

Heidi MacGillivray – Canadian Tire Greenlid compost bin starter kit

Cheri van den Heuvel – Canadian Tire reusable straws

Tarampreet Kaur – NSSA ball cap

Ryan Shurman – NSSA ball cap

Clara – NSSA ball cap

Elias van den Heuvel – NSSA ball cap

Simon MacDonald – reusable stainless steel straws from the Posh Peppermint Home & Gifts

Kelly Young – nautical pattern paper straws from the Posh Peppermint Home & Gifts

Damon & Liam (Erica Barker) – reusable food wraps from the Posh Peppermint Home & Gifts

Felix Coady – reusable produce bags from the Posh Peppermint Home & Gifts

Lisa Jackman – NS Fisherman’s lip balm

Jesse – NS Fisherman’s soap

Lindsey Bennet – Swedish dishcloths from the Plum Tree Gift Shoppe

Chloe Christensen – reusable shopping bag from the Plum Tree Gift Shoppe

Devin Garvie – reusable shopping bag from the Plum Tree Gift Shoppe

Austin Smith – Grill scraper from Kent Building Supplies

Nahla MacAdam – Grill scraper from Kent Building Supplies

Anna Mae – Grill scraper from Kent Building Supplies

Heni Sampson – Grill scraper from Kent Building Supplies

Charlie Overmars – Grill scraper from Kent Building Supplies

Molly van den Heuvel – Grill scraper from Kent Building Supplies

Megan Lukeman – Grill scraper from Kent Building Supplies

Rachel Jackman – Grill scraper from Kent Building Supplies

Carson Garvie – Grill scraper from Kent Building Supplies

Bentley – Grill scraper from Kent Building Supplies

Sawyer Coady – Grill scraper from Kent Building Supplies

Jeanette MacMillan – Grill scraper from Kent Building Supplies

A huge Thank You to all the volunteers without whom this annual event would not be possible!

Katelyn MacNeil, Leah Rogers, Maryann Burbidge, Moira Galway, Lori Graham, Russell Wyeth, Jen van den Heuvel, Michelle Hodgson, Jayden Marion, Carmen Ucciferri, Madeline McDonald, Megan Davies, Meaghan MacDonald, Kayleigh Trenholm, Jessica Swinkels, Matthew Freeman, Arkadiy Reunov, Randy Lauff, Ella Maltby, David Garbary, Grace Moffat, Lauren Sobot, Areej Alansari, Chris Marchand, Randy Lauff, Melissa Howse, Megan MacGillivray, Seta Douglas, Shannyn Burke, Angus Ryan, Marley Ryan, James, Bethen and Alyssa.

Reg 🙂

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A Glimpse of the World Oceans Day Event 2019

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This year will mark our 6th annual World Oceans Day event! The StFX Biology dept. will be hosting the event in the J. Bruce Brown building on Saturday, June 8, from 11:00am-1:00pm.

Here’s a quick glimpse of the upcoming event:

Many critters! A variety of live local and tropical sea urchins, sea stars, crabs, sea cucumbers, sea anemones, blue lobster, and much more.

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A seaweed station, showcasing a variety of local seaweed species and seaweed-based products used daily.

A station showcasing local sustainable alternatives to plastic items.

A fossil station with DIY trilobites and ammonites prints to take home.

Make-your-own nautical knots station led by Jeremie and Tim Bellemore from the St-Andrews 4-H Great Outdoors group.

A craft station, face painting station and henna tattoos station.

And something special for Aquaman fans! 😉

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Returning guests will include:

♦  StFX Aquatic Resources Dept.  

♦  StFX Human Nutrition Dept.

♦  Bird Studies Canada

♦  Department of Fisheries and Oceans

♦  Nova Scotia Salmon Association

♦  Eastern Region Solid Waste Management

Click HERE to view last year’s displays.

We look forward to see you all on June 8!

Reg. 🙂


DIY Cactus Planter Decor

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Since it’s too cold outside to start planting, I’m focusing this week on indoor plants – my latest fascination: cacti. They are super easy to maintain, even for a non-green thumb person like myself.
There are so many varieties of succulents in stores right now and each seem to have their own personality. So why not put a twist on it?

All you will need are white planters and sharpies!
Simply draw a face or write a cactus pun on the planter. And if you make a mistake… no worries, just wipe it clean with a baby wipe or rubbing alcohol and start over.

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Keep it simple or get even more creative by adding accessories or tassel hair.

To take it a step further, instead of writing on the pots, you can print sayings or puns on an overhead projector transparency film, then glue it on to the planter. I came up with this pun after the popular series Game of Thrones.

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Feel free to print out the writing and use it on your own planter. First, right click on the image to save it, then print it and cut it to size to fit your planter.

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Spring & Summer Activities 2019

Antigonish Spring Summer activities 2019

Looking for Spring and Summer activities for children? Take a look at the following updated list containing activities available in our area.

  • 3D Archery Shoot For more information call 735-3800 or 386-2325
  • Antigonish Celtics Soccer Club For more information click here
  • Antigonish County Recreation-Aquatics Programs. For more information click here
  • Antigonish Girl Guides For more information click here
  • Antigonish Minor Baseball Association For more information click here
  • Antigonish Minor Football Association For more information contact antigonishfootball@gmail.com
  • Antigonish Minor Softball Association For more information click here
  • Antigonish Rowing Club For more information call 863-5701, antigonishrowing@gmail.com
  • Antigonish Track Club – Track & Field Clinics For more information click here or contact stfxtandfclub@gmail.com
  • Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre Camps For more information click here
  • Highland Touch Football (ages 16+) For more information call 870-5572
  • Horseback Riding Lessons For more information click here
  • Junior Tennis For more information call 867-5596, recreation@townofantigonish.ca
  • PC Cooking School Classes for kids and teens For more information click here.
  • Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library (PARL)
    Offers activities for children in English and in French. Regular Programs & Summer programs
    Check out the MakerSpace too! For more information click here
  • X-Chem Outreach Science Odyssey Workshop  Click here for details & take a look at the Summer 2019 schedule available here.
  • Wee Lads and Lassies Track & Field Program (ages 5-12) For more information click here or call 867-5596

And some upcoming local events:    

  • Antigonish Mayfest 2019
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  • World Oceans Day Antigonish 2019 

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Check out the Summer Camps and Year-round Sports & Activities for even more activities (e.g. swimming, music, etc.)

Creamy Rice Pudding

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Having warm rice pudding on a cool almost-spring day is very comforting. With Easter in mind, a few tiny chocolate egg decorations can turn this old classic into a delightful festive treat.





♦ 1 cup rice

♦ 2 cups water

♦ 2 cups milk

♦ 1/3 cup sugar

♦ 1 tsp vanilla

♦ Small chocolate eggs


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Combine rice and water in a saucepan.

Bring to a boil.

Cover and reduce heat until rice is cooked.

Add milk, sugar and vanilla.

Simmer on low heat until the mixture thickens and looks creamy, about 15 minutes.

Remove from heat.

Serve warm or let cool and top with tiny chocolate Easter eggs.




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