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.

 

 

 

Ingredients

♦ 1 cup rice

♦ 2 cups water

♦ 2 cups milk

♦ 1/3 cup sugar

♦ 1 tsp vanilla

♦ Small chocolate eggs

 

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Instructions

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.

 

Enjoy!

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Snowman Wall of Fame 2019

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Here are the latest snowmen to enter the 3rd annual Snowman Contest 2019.

Her name is “Daisy May” and she was made by the children at Childrens Place Learning Centre (in Antigonish). She is 100% hand made by paper mache. 
His name is Frosty and he is waiting for some spring flowers to pop up. Submitted by the Macfarlane family (Antigonish).
Spring Snowbunny submitted by Darlene Van Oirschot.
Spring ball cap snowman submitted by the Vaughn family.
Snowmen family submitted by the Corkum family (St. Andrews). This is their ‘Snow Family Goes to the Beach to Look for Treasures’. “They are on the sand with their little son who also likes to dab! Sun protection is also important! Beach combing in the spring is something we like to do as a family to see what the ocean has tossed up after the winter”.
‘Building a snowman on a spring-like day’ submitted by the Bell family.
Irish snowman submitted by Catherine Sorrey
Ronald and Finlay enjoying their #readyforspringtocome snowman!
Shawnn and Flynn with their sweet Spring snowmen cookies!
Kennedy and Hallie Rose with their sweet Spring snowmen treats!
St. Peters’ Richmond Villa residents along with recreational director Karen Budden, recreation worker Martha and volunteer Paula, created these wonderful spring snowmen for the contest – “The residents had such an awesome afternoon with this project, which are currently displayed in the great Room for everyone to see.”
Bria sharing her sunglasses with her spring snowman.
“A Springy Birthday” by Lilien Gilham
“Spring friends” by Franky Gilham
Wood Ridge Spring Blossom snowman submitted by Johnny MacIsaac

Antigonish Winter Activities & March Break Activities 2019

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Looking ahead to March break and other fun winter activities, here’s a compiled list of what’s happening in the Antigonish area so far.

Andrews Hockey March break camp. If your kids are into hockey check out this program. This is considered a growth camp focusing on forward specific, defense specific, skating, puck skills and scoring skills for children born 2006-2011.
And they also offer a Goaltending March break camp where each goalie receives exclusive goalie ice time! For more information click here.

X-Chem Outreach has partnered with WISE Atlantic (Women in Science & Engineering) to host a Girls Science Retreat for girls in Grades 7-10. The girls will explore hands-on STEM activities (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), as well as sessions with local female role models working or studying in STEM fields (ex: paramedic, chemical engineer, math professor, plus more). How cool is that!
The cost of the retreat is only $10 and includes pizza for lunch.  For more information and to register click here.

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Also by X-Chem, check out the Saturday STEM workshops on March 9th from 10am-12pm.  There will be a STEM activities workshop for Ages 5-8, as well as a Codemakers workshop for Ages 9-13 with our friends from the Department of Math and Computer Science.  See the attached flyer and visit http://www2.mystfx.ca/chemistry/x-chem-outreach/about to register online.

The Arts House full-day camps feature Dr. Seuss’ crafts, up-cycling projects, sticker making, sock monkeys & monsters, and much more. For more information and to register click here.

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Other fun activities offered this winter…

Paint Maud Lewis’ house! Children can decorate a cardboard version of Maud’s house at the Antigonish & County Library. For more information click here.

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Kids can join the Minecraft Club, also offered at the Antigonish & County Library. For more information click here.

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Try ice fishing on Gillis Lake! Enjoy the Antigonish Free Family Fishing Derby 2019 scheduled for February 16.

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Attend the Keppoch Winter Fun Day 2019 scheduled for Sunday March 3, 10:00am-4:00pm. This year’s theme is ‘Winter Wonderland’.

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Enjoy free swims and free skating on the weekends:

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And free gym play time on Sundays:

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Take advantage of the Town and County’s equipment loan program to stay active:

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Looking for more local activities?

Check out the local Winter programs HERE, Year-round programs HERE and other fun activities HERE.

And there’s still time to enter the 3rd Annual Snowman Contest. Click HERE for details.

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Most recent add-ins:

For more details, see the ‘Activity Details’ pages at the end of this post.

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Homemade Granola Bars

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What do you do when you have a bunch of close-to-expiry-date grains, nuts and dried fruit?
Chewy granola bars!

Here’s my recipe (no baking required)

🌼 Ingredients

•1 cup rolled oats
•1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
•1/4 cup raisins •1/4 cup dried cranberries
•1/4 cup slithered almonds
•2 tbsp sunflower seeds
•1 tbsp sesame seeds
•3/4 honey
•1 tsp vegetable oil

🌼 Instructions:

•Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl
•Mix honey and oil together
•Pour honey and oil mixture to the dry ingredients
•Mix well until blended nicely
•Add mixture in a pan lined with parchment paper
•Press down firmly
•Refrigerate overnight
•Cut the granola bars into desired shape (side note: since these are not baked you’ll have to store them in the fridge to maintain their shape)

🌼 Enjoy!

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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide 2019

Valentine’s Day is only just a couple weeks away! Are you looking to buy something special for your loved ones?

Here are some local gift ideas to get you started:

These pretty earrings are known as Ulus and are made by Shelley MacDonald, a silversmith that just so happened to grow up right here in Antigonish County! These beauties have also been worn by Kate Middleton. How cool is that?! So lovely. Starting at $68
The Posh Peppermint Home & Gifts · 200 Main St. Antigonish NS · 902.863.HOME
These HARLOW ROLL ON + RELAX oil blends smell so good! DREAMING contains French Lavender, Sweet Orange and Bergamot which is so nice and relaxing at bedtime or anytime! SOOTHING contains Peppermint, Spearmint and Eucalyptus and smells so fresh and energizing! $26
The Posh Peppermint Home & Gifts · 200 Main St. Antigonish NS · 902.863.HOME
Flower arrangements are always a thoughtful gift for any loved one.
From a simple bouquet of roses to mixed floral arrangement Elm Gardens offers a great selection to choose from.
Elm Gardens · 25A East Main St. Antigonish NS · 902.863.3492
Why not get your special someone a Thirty-One Gifts gift certificate?
Contact Andrea Smith, Independant Consultant at Thirty-One Gifts (902)371-1282
Or choose from a variety of fun totes and organizational storage solutions. Starting at $12
Browse and shop Andreas website here or Join her Facebook group at Bags to Bling & Everything In Between.
These lovely scented heart shaped soap made with pink grapefruit essential oil. They smell delicious and the colours are gorgeous!
Swinkels Bee Products · shop@swinkelsbeeproducts.ca · 902.863.5791
For the outdoors man and outdoors woman in your life, a Leaves & Limbs gift card is always a great idea! Available in any denomination.
Leaves & Limbs Sports · 4167 Highway 104, South River, Antigonish, NS · 902.735.3800

How about Valentine’s Day themed gift ideas for your pets and pet owners? Take a look at these Proud to be a Rescue Parent mugs for dog lovers and this adorable wide dog collar with hearts. Heart shaped small animal treats , ‘I love ponies’ socks, pink cat teaser toys and Darford heart shaped dog treats. $4.99-$26.99
One Stop Pet Shop · 3063 Post Road Antigonish NS · 902.863.1215
FAST 2019 Antigonish Theatre
Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre is back this year with the theme “Dream Big”! A Main Stage pass is a great gift for the theatre lover. Starting as low as $80 (plus HST), this is the perfect Valentine’s Day gift.
Available at the Bauer Theatre during regular business hours. Call (902) 867-3954 or email boxoffice@festivalantigonish.com to place your order.
Nova Scotia Summerfest Antigonish 2019
For the music lovers in your life, take advantage of the Early Bird Weekend Passes for the Nova Scotia Summer Fest 2019 taking place in Antigonish this summer! Enjoy performances by Alan Doyle, Anna Ludlow, Cassie and Maggie, and Christine Campbell, Classified and many more. $70
Tickets can be purchased on the NS Summer Fest website.

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Chocolate Covered Football Chips

Chocolate covered potato chips are such a delight and easy to make.  If you are a football fan, then this is a great little treat for football nights and any Super Bowl party.

The Lay’s Poppables chips can be conveniently turned into little footballs with a bit of milk chocolate and white icing.

Here’s how…

Ingredients:

1 bag of Lay’s Sea Salt Poppables chips

300g milk chocolate chips

1 tube of white decorating icing

Instructions:

Melt chocolate chips using a double broiler

Add the Poppables in the chocolate and mix until covered completely

Remove the chips one by one with a toothpick and line them up on a plate

Refrigerate for 20 minutes to allow for the chocolate to set

Pipe white icing on top of chips to create the football laces

Enjoy!
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3rd Annual Snowman Contest 2019

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Are you ready snowman builders? The 3rd annual Snowman Contest has begun!
This year’s theme: Spring

Send in your snowman picture to enter the contest for a chance to win great prizes and have your snowman featured on the Snowman Wall of Fame 2019.
Participating snowmen will not be judged, as all snowmen are awesome in their own unique way! Instead, we will draw the names of 3 lucky winners.

To Enter the Draw:

1. BUILD a snowman between January 7 and March 31, 2019. Make sure to use the theme SPRING to qualify for the draw.
The snowman can be traditional (made with real snow) or of any variety (drawing, cookies, craft). Anything goes! The snowman can be built by individuals or groups. Make it a collective effort! Include your family, business, organizations, club, school, youth group, non-profit or sports team.

2. SUBMIT your snowman photo* by email to countryparent@gmail.com by March 31, 2019 at 4:00 pm.  Email must include “Snowman Contest 2019′ in the subject line. You must also include your locationanda Spring-themed title for your snowman. You, your family, or friends can be in the picture too! NOTE: Photos might be featured in the Snowman Wall of Fame 2019. Participants names will be included in the photo descriptions unless requested otherwise.

3. LIKE & FOLLOW the Country Parent FACEBOOK PAGE !

And to increase your chances for winning…

Get up to 6 additional entries!

Here’s how:

1. Comment on this post, below.
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This contest is open to Nova Scotia residents only and will take place March 31 at 5:00pm EST.

The lucky winners will be announced on the Country Parent Facebook page and contacted by email (with 24 hours to respond).

Draw Prizes Include:

♦ $25 gift card for Tim Horton’s

♦ $25 gift card for Cineplex

♦ $25 gift card for Dairy Queen

Good Luck!

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Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Children

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Trying to keep it simple this Christmas when it comes to kids presents? Here are some neat local gift ideas to think about.

AND remember to enter the draw at the end of the post, for a chance to win vouchers for three 12″ pizzas generously donated by Pizza Delight Antigonish!

 

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Lost Realms Games, Comics & Used Books • Fun classic comics and games for different ages, such as Scooby-Doo team up graphic novels, Junk Art block building game (Christmas sale price: $64.95), Tanks miniatures, Rhino Hero super battle 3D card stacking game. $14.95-$96.95

 

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The Posh Peppermint Home & Gifts • Powerful Pillows send positive messages to kids at bedtime. These pillowcase painting kits by Nova Scotian company, Artburn Inc., make a special gift! An activity that leaves them with a pillowcase to treasure for years to come!

 

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Haliburton PharmaChoice • The Grinch is back! The Grinch tells the story of a cynical grump who goes on a mission to steal Christmas, only to have his heart changed by a young girl’s generous holiday spirit. Share the love of the season with a Grinch, Max or Cindy-Lou of your very own. $24.99

 

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Antigonish Co-op Country Store • Various toy farm animals and Schleich Farm World toys such as a Western riding kit, a rodeo kit and a hay conveyor kit! $3.99-$35.99

 

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Cameron’s Jewellery • Cute and cuddly plush stuffies any child would love. $15-$25

 

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Leaves & Limbs Hunting & Fishing Outfitters • A wide selection of children’s clothing including insulated children’s camouflage style overalls, winter suits and Bogs. $45.99-$84

 

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Antigonish Skatepark Association • Cool flat brim hats to support and promote the new local skate park. $25

 

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Holiday Giveaway!

Enter the draw* for a chance to win vouchers for three 12″ pizzas generously donated by Pizza Delight Antigonish!

Simply COMMENT below on this post

And get up to an additional 3 entries to increase your chances of winning, by:

1. SHARING this post on Facebook

2. TAGGING a friend to Like the Country Parent Facebook page

3. SIGNING UP with Country Parent

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Thank you to all the Holiday Gift Guide supporters!

 

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*Draw will take place on Saturday, Dec.15, 7:00pm EST.

Looking for more ideas, check out the previous gift guides:

Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Gifts For Him

Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Stocking Stuffers

Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for the Whole Family

Antigonish holiday gift guide for families 2018

 

Sometimes it’s easier to buy something for the whole family instead of individual presents. Browse through this gift guide to find gift ideas the whole family can enjoy together.

And remember to enter the draw at the end of the post, for a chance to win a $25 gift card generously donated by Vacheresse’s Meats Antigonish!

 

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Lost Realms Games, Comics & Used Books • We offer lots of fun family activities weekly! Did you know we have ESCAPE Room? Book an appointment and experience what’s it’s like to solve clues to escape the room in time ($20/person). We also offer many FREE activities such as Dungeons & Dragons (Tuesdays 6:00pm-9:00pm), Board game evening (Wednesdays 6:00pm-9:00pm), Warhammer 40k (Thursdays 6:00pm-7:00pm), Family Fun Day 1:00pm-5:00pm (Saturday-monthly) and we have Super Smash Bros Melee (for only $2) and Friday Night Magic (Fridays 7:00pm-9:00pm, $5-$22).

 

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The Arts House • Youth and Adult Art Lessons. This Christmas give the gift of art to the creative people in your life. The Arts House is a new cultural space that aims to support all artists and creative people in Antigonish. We offer art lessons for youth and adults in a wide variety of mediums. These include pottery, animation, creative 3D printing, qigong, and much more.  Please contact us at antigonishartfair@gmail.com to purchase gift certificates for our January, spring or summer courses. $140-$150

 

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Asana Yoga & Massage • A gift certificate for yoga! We offer multiple yoga passes, such as 5 classes for $69, 10 classes for $126.50, 1 month unlimited for $120 and 3 month unlimited for $300. We also offer discounted pricing for students and seniors.

 

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Thirty-One Gifts • Spruce up any home with these wonderful accents, accessories and organizational items. Join Andrea Smith’s Facebook page for great gifting ideas for everyone on your list! Starting at $12

 

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Antigonish Town & County Library • Choose from a variety of books available at the local library.

 

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Cameron’s Jewellery • Enjoy the countdown to Christmas with this beautiful wooden Advent calendar. The laser cut wood details make this an original piece that can be passed down to generations to come, and it lights up too. $100

 

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Highland Bike Shop • Louis Garneau snowshoes. Snowshoes make winter walking fun and give you a great excuse to get outside and enjoy the outdoors with family and friends. $90-$200

 

Winter sports equipment rentals are easily accessible too! Another fun family activity is fat biking! Come in to check out what we have available. You’ll surely have a great time with our fat bikes and our hybrid skis! $25-$45

 

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Leaves & Limbs Hunting & Fishing Outfitters • From ribs to pies, lock in the delicious smoked flavours of your food with this Camp Chef smoke vault! $394.99

 

Or enjoy this food dehydrator; make anything, from jerky to fruit and veggie crisps! $139

 

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Holiday Giveaway!

 

Enter the draw* for a chance to win a $25 gift card generously donated by Vacheresse’s Meats Antigonish!

Simply COMMENT below on this post

And get up to an additional 3 entries to increase your chances of winning, by:

1. SHARING this post on Facebook

2. TAGGING a friend to Like the Country Parent Facebook page

3. SIGNING UP with Country Parent

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Thank you to all the Holiday Gift Guide supporters!

 

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*Draw will take place on Wednesday, Dec.12,  7:00pm EST.

Looking for more ideas, check out the previous gift guides:

Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Gifts For Him

Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Stocking Stuffers

 

Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts For Her

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There are so many wonderful products available in Antigonish this season to please everyone on your list. If you are still looking for ideas, browse through the Antigonish Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Her to find a lovely gift for the special women in your life.

And remember to enter the draw at the end of the post, for a chance to win 4 Complimentary Breakfasts generously donated by the Snow Queen Family Restaurant!

 

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Asana Yoga & Massage • A gift certificate for a massage, a wonderful present for her to relax and recharge! We offer 30 min, 45 min, 1 hour and 1.5 hour massage ranging from $55-$130

 

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Lost Realms Games, Comics & Used Books • Squirrel Girl graphic novel, locally made bracelets, Batman classic series premium collection Batgirl resin statue, Ex Libris board game. $14.95 -$129.95

 

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Thirty-One Gifts • So many beautiful and practical accessories to choose from. Convenient wallets, lovely scarves, a variety of purses and elegant backpacks. Our product is well made, stylish, and combines fashion with function. Join Andrea Smith’s Facebook page for great gifting ideas for everyone on your list! Starting at $20.99

31 gifts for her

 

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Antigonish Co-op Country Store • Stylish BOGS, super comfortable and waterproof $103.98

 

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Cameron’s Jewellery • A wide selection of classic Bering watches. $150-$400

 

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Leaves & Limbs Hunting and Fishing Outfitters • A must for the winter: a comfy fleece throw to keep her warm. $59

Or a warm pair of proudly made in Canada mittens. $79

 

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Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre • If she loves the theatre, take advantage of this limited time offer holiday promo – available at the Bauer Theatre until December 14th! To place your order, call (902) 867-3954 or email boxoffice@festivalantigonish.com. $50

 

or she might enjoy some stylish theatre products like this water bottle, artistic tote bag or bistro coffee mug, all locally designed and produced. $12-$20 taxes incl.

 

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Holiday Giveaway!

 

Enter the draw* for a chance to win 4 Complimentary Breakfasts generously donated by the Snow Queen Family Restaurant in Antigonish!

Simply COMMENT below on this post

And get up to an additional 3 entries to increase your chances of winning, by:

1. SHARING this post on Facebook

2. TAGGING a friend to Like the Country Parent Facebook page

3. SIGNING UP with Country Parent

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Thank you to all the Holiday Gift Guide supporters!

 

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*Draw will take place on Monday, Dec.10 , 7:00pm EST.

Looking for more ideas, check out the previous gift guides:

Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Gifts For Him

Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Stocking Stuffers

 

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