Chocolate Daddy Long-legs Decorations

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Interested in making your Halloween drinks a little bit creepier?

Dress up your hot chocolate or other drinks with these fun decorations sure to impress your little ones. Try this super easy method to make chocolate daddy long-legs and spiderweb decorations.



♦ dark chocolate chips

♦ squeeze bottle

♦ wax paper

♦ mug

♦ hot chocolate



♦ Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave or double boiler

♦ Mold a piece of wax paper to the rim of the mug

♦ Add the melted chocolate in the squeeze bottle

♦ Create the daddy long-legs spider by making a circle of chocolate in the center of the wax paper, then filling it in with more chocolate to create the body.

♦ Add 4 legs to each side of the body. Make sure that the spider legs fold over the edge of the mug, so that they are hugging the rim. This will allow for the spider to stay in place on top of the mug.

♦ Finally, add the candy googly eyes on the spider.


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♦ Refrigerate for 5 minutes, or until the chocolate hardens

♦ Carefully detach the spider from the wax paper

♦ Place hot chocolate in mug and add the chocolate spider on top.


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Feeling creative?

Using the same technique, create other designs, like this white chocolate spiderweb.

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or bats and even simple words…

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Fun Fall Activities in Antigonish

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Looking for activities to do this Fall?

Take a look at these fun activities happening in our area…




October 1 – October 28

Halloween Pumpkin Carving Contest 2018
Carve a pumpkin, then submit your photo for a chance to win great prizes!
For more information click HERE!
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Sunday, October 14

Fall Colours Fun Day At Keppoch 2018
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Sunday, October 14

X-Chem Nintendo Switch Labo Workshop
For more information see below
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October 19

3rd Annual Halloween Harvest Bash 2018
For details see poster below
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Saturday, November 17

Vikings Day Camp
For details see poster below

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And throughout the Fall

Beautiful Local Trails

Enjoy the Fall colours by taking advantage of the many local trails available for free in our area, like the Antigonish Landing, Arisaig Provincial Park, Beaver Mountain Provincial Park, Brown’s Mountain, Cape George Lighthouse, Fairmount Ridge Trails and Chez Deslauriers Pomquet Acadian Trail.


Happy Fall!

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Find more local activities here: Fall & Winter Activities

Pumpkin Pie Hack


Making pumpkin pie from scratch might be a challenge sometimes, especially if you are focusing all your energy into preparing a turkey and multiple side dishes. So here’s a fullproof way to upgrade a plain store-bought pie into your own creation in less than 5 minutes!


Here’s what you’ll need…


♦ 1/4 melted butter

♦ 1/4 brown sugar

♦ 1/4 maple syrup

♦ 1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts

Side note: You can substitute the maple syrup with honey and the walnuts with pecans.


♦ Stir all ingredients together.

♦ Pour mixture on top of pie.

♦ Decorate the pie rim with whip cream florets.


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Simple. Quick. Delicious.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Kenzie’s Backpacks

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by Sherise Pettipas

Earlier this month, while preparing to start our back-to-school shopping, Mackenzie asked what we were going to do with all the school supplies we were buying. I told her that I wanted to buy them now while they were on sale. She then asked “Can we get some to donate to the school as well?”. I said “sure”, and as we browsed she asked if she could get a couple backpacks to donate as well. I agreed. So we came home with two backpacks full of school supplies to be donated.

Later that evening she asked if I thought she could get more backpacks to donate. She also asked if I could create a Facebook page to fundraise a backpack project she wished to call Kenzie’s Backpacks. The idea just grew from there.

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Mackenzie has participated in a few charitable programs in the past, but nothing of quite this size, or on her own initiative. When asked why she wanted to do this she stated:

“I know there are people who can always use help. I like to help people. Especially children like me.”

Kenzie’s Backpacks is about filling backpacks from grade primary to grade 12. We have had a ton of support so far and have surpassed our original goal of 20 backpacks. We need everything from scribblers and loose leafs, to math sets and binders. The more bags we can fill the better!

There is a school supply drive organized for Friday, August 17th at the Antigonish Education Centre parking lot.

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As a guideline, here are some items we are looking for to fill more backpacks:

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The backpacks are available to children in the Antigonish area, Town and County, as well as neighboring communities.

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You can reach us via Facebook @Kenzie’s Backpacks and be assured that all messages will remain confidential!

Sherise 🙂

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Hike it Baby Antigonish

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by Kendra MacEachern

I’m a new mom to an 8 month old and I love hiking, so back in the Fall I started a hiking group for parents and their kids. I was going for walks and hikes with my baby every morning but it was getting lonely. I was hoping to meet more parents like myself who wanted to get outside with their kids.



We started in the Fall and went on walks to the Keppoch, Beaver Mountain, Bethany and around town. I recently changed the group to Hike it Baby which is an international community of parents who hike with their kids. I decided to go ahead with the Hike it Baby because the community already has loads of resources for getting outside with kids and they also publish stories of other parents and their journeys to getting outside. I found it very helpful and inspiring to be part of bigger community because although getting outside and hiking has practically always been a big part of my life, doing it will a baby was scary.

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About the group

Hike it Baby Antigonish is group dedicated to connecting families to nature with birth to school age children. It’s a branch of a non-profit US-based organization which is getting families outside all over the world.

Although dedicated to children ages 0-5, we welcome all ages. We also welcome all caregivers. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, anyone with kids! Don’t worry if you need to nurse or change a diaper on the trail, we don’t leave anyone behind. It’s a supportive environment and open to all ability levels.

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The hiking trails

Our favourite trails are the Bethany Contemplative trail, Beaver Mountain and the Keppoch. We have at least one hike a week. Every Tuesday, we meet at Keppoch from 10:00am-12:00pm. We meet in the lodge and decide which trail to do together. As the weather warms up and ice finally goes away expect to see extra hikes throughout the week!

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Hike it Baby 30: a new challenge

Hike it Baby 30 is a quarterly challenge to help motivate families and communities to get out and hike for 30 miles in 30 days or 30 minutes 3 times a week. This can be done with or without Hike it Baby!
We will have a hike at least once a week at Keppoch on Tuesdays. Others will be added throughout the week this month!

Check out Hike it baby 30 for more details.
**Since Canadians do not pay a membership fee there is no free challenge. Also, many of the prizes awarded are to US participants. International participants still have a chance to win, but from a smaller selection which do not have shipping restrictions.


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Become a member of Hike it Baby! Anyone can host hikes! Click here to find out more and join us on Facebook.


See you out there!


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Stephanie Monaghan, Hike it Baby Antigonish Coordinator


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Kendra MacEachern, Hike it Baby Antigonish Coordinator

No-Frills Apple Pie

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Nothing beats the smell of fresh baked apple pie in the fall. The sweet aroma of fresh apples and cinnamon is just the right combination of comfort food for the soul.

Here is a quick and easy apple pie recipe you can try this fall.

And it only takes 10 minutes to prepare!


If your lucky enough to have apple trees in your back yard or an orchard near by, this is the perfect time to go apple picking.

And whether hand-picked or store bought, any type of apples can be used for this simple recipe.

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Store-bought pie crust (or homemade, if you have the time)

7 medium sized apples, cored, peeled and sliced

2 tbsp granulated sugar

1 tbsp allspice (or substitute with a 1/3 tbsp of each of the following ground spices: cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves)

1 tbsp raw sugar (optional)

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Preheat oven to 385°F.

Mix apple slices, granulated sugar and spices in a bowl

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Place first pie crust on bottom of pie pan

Add mixture on top

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Place second pie crust over top

Make 4 slits on pie crust top

Sprinkle with the raw sugar

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Bake for 30 minutes

Enjoy plain or with ice cream!

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