Edmonton blog roundup: Feb. 22, 2017

Feb 21 blog roundup

Some people aren’t big fans of this time of year, but it’s pretty fun in our house. All four birthdays happen between Jan. 22 and Feb. 20, and Valentine’s Day is in there, not to mention our half-anniversary (which happens the day after Feb. 14, hence the cheap but pretty flowers). All this to say I’m in a happy, whimsical mood, amid a lot of busyness, and that might come through in this roundup.
We begin with some interesting projects: Kevin Kossowan reaps some secondary growth in his root cellar; Glenn Kubish extols the beauty of Coffee Outside in a Pecha Kucha Night talk; and Jerome Martin gets ready to put the landscape of his youth on display.
The Root Cellar Garden
The rocky hills of Trondheim, Norway were under a foot of fresh snow, and I found myself on a biodynamic veg farm filming with the Cook It Raw Norway team. I’d filmed a lot of veg farms,…
Inside Coffee Outside
Tonight in Edmonton, NextGen hosted a pecha kucha evening devoted to winter as part of the Winter Cities Shakeup conference now in full swing. I shared the stage with some really…
Golden Prairie: A Photographic Exhibition by Jerome Martin,...
The author Wallace Stegner said ‘I may not know who I am, but I know where I’m from.’ Wallace Stegner lived in eight States in the USA, and in Eastend, Saskatchewan, which he wrote about…
A couple of interesting reviews: Sharon Yeo evaluates whether Chef’s Table is worth the money, and Diane of What Would Argenplath Pay? digs into a sticker subscription box.
Home Cooking Convenience: Chef's Plate
For many years, consumers who wanted access to “home cooked” dishes but did not have the time to cook helped make meal assembly services like Simply Supper in Edmonton and Dinner Factory…
Subscription Service Review: Sticker Swaps
Being a student (again) has been an exhausting and yet super rewarding experience, but it has certainly forced me to really think about how I spend my free time, and unfortunately, blogging…
I love it when a pattern emerges, and this time it’s all about pants. Joelle of Clothes But Not Quite tries some curve-accentuating jeans on size; Ana of March and May finds some embroidered jeans she loves; Ana Vicioso learns that grey is the new black for work pants; Nicole Rowan of The Spirited Thrifter bags a label she’s been hunting for years; and Adina J of Blue Collar Red Lipstick comes to terms with culottes.
Bella Latina Jeans - Home of the Columbian Butt Lift Jeans
I was so blessed to have an email from the people at Bella Latina Jeans. They wanted me to grab a free pair of jeans to try and see what I thought of them. I decided to show up in person so…
For The Perfect Embroidery Jeans Outfit - March and May
Trends can sometimes be scary but at the same time they can be a lot of fun. Like this year’s (and previous one) trend, embroidery. And while I just love embroidered jackets, tops, bags,…
Style Post || The Ankle Pants with Rickis
How to style Rickis ankle work pants in grey. Click here if you want to see how to style ankle work pants dressed up or down.
Thrifted DVF
Earlier this week, it was my birthday and I knew I wouldn’t have time to go thrifting on the actual day (even though that would be the greatest gift evah), so I called up my thrifting…
We Need To Talk
Um, yes. I am indeed wearing culottes. If you have not already turned away in horror and dismay, let’s plunge on. I did buy a pair of trousers that were described as culottes, at least by…
Let’s get down to business now. Mike Johnston outlines what influencers should charge for sponsored posts; Ameet Khabra of dryrun explains what sends sales projections so off base; and Ashley Janssen shares Part 2 of her social media series, focusing on what to watch out for.
Blogging School: What to Charge for Sponsored Posts - The...
By Mr. Kitchen Magpie Once you’ve started blogging, it’s almost inevitable that you will start to get emails from interested parties asking you for rate cards, wanting to know how much…
Your Sales Projections Are Wrong: The Biggest Mistakes Business...
Let’s be frank here, it doesn’t matter how profitable your business is or how amazing your business model/plan may be, if you don’t know what’s going on with your business’ cash flow…
The Good, Bad and Ugly of Social Media, Part 2 - The Bad
In my last post, The Good, Bad and Ugly of Social Media, Part 1 – The Good, I talked about how valuable social media can be in connecting us with people and knowledge that we may have not…
On the subject of storytelling; Dave Cournoyer and John Richardson remember Stuart McLean fondly; Laura Frey compares and contrasts Jonathan Franzen and Jonathan Safran Foer; Shayne Woodsmith visits with the poet of Churchill Square; and Jared at Variant Edition introduces a way for gamemasters to hone their craft.
The loss of a great Canadian storyteller. RIP Stuart McLean
Each Christmas season for many years, my parents would buy our family tickets to Stuart McLean’s show when it stopped in Edmonton on his cross-Canada tour. It became an annual tradition…
Thoughts Arising from the Passing of Stuart McLean
At some point yesterday I idly tweet-quoted a CBC tweet-link about the death of humorist Stuart McLean, adding a little thought: I choose to remember the times I sat in the car long after…
Literary Jonathans
Portraits of the Jonathans as young men Remember when Jonathan Franzen took a minor swipe at his not-quite-contemporary, Jonathan Safran Foer, in Purity? “And are you a big fan of Jonathan…
Faces of Edmonton
Faces of Edmonton
“There’s lots of stories on this old face. I’m a storyteller who likes to use poetry as his form. I tell stories because people are like books….
Faces of Edmonton
Faces of Edmonton
“I like telling stories, it’s the Irish in me. There is a healing power to poetry. Do you know what poetry is? Poetry is the voice of the soul…
Gamemaster Tips Vol. 1 Materials
Greetings folks! This week I’m starting up a new feature, sharing some of the resources that were discussed at this week’s Gamemaster Support Group. We had some great discussion this week…
A little more culture: Jenna Marynowski interviews the director of Bello, a local play currently touring elementary schools; Liz Nicholls soaks up some culture in New York, some of which is Edmonton-bound; and Sarah of Smile and Conquer contemplates whether audio books “count.”
An interview with Director Mieko Ouchi: Bello, a new play by...
Bello by Vern Thiessen A bilingual co-production from Concrete Theatre and L’Unithéâtre. Translated to French by Brian Dooley Directed by Mieko Ouchi Touring elementary schools February…
The consolations of the Big Apple
By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The impending arrival of Rachel Chavkin and her creative team at the Citadel next season, to prepare a Broadway version of the original musical Hadestown is…
Reading Books or Listening to Audio Books?
I’m a reader, I love curling up with a great book and have ever since I was a child. It’s one of my favourite ways to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon and my vision of reading has always…
It’s baby time! Hannah of Honey & Betts announces that she’s expecting her third; Jordanne of Dale + Peonies reveals the name she’s picked out for her son; and Kristina Lynne introduces us to baby Jack.
Cute Pregnancy Announcement Valentine's Day Ideas
Happy Valentine’s Day! Today I am officially 14 weeks pregnant and in the first week of the 2nd trimester. I am due August 16th 2017!
little man has a name
i’ve been taunting my readers enough with my innuendos of this little guys name, so i think it’s time for the reveal! bradley and i have had names picked out for our babies even before we…
Welcome to the World Jack Ryan! - Kristina Lynne
News, Today I’m Talking About It has been two weeks since we brought our sweet little Jack home from the hospital. I have wanted to write this post for awhile now, but all of my energy has…
A little further along the parenting journey: Hannah Hamilton of The Momoirs learns a lesson about what is enough; Lori Godin of Frugal Edmonton Mama gets braver with age; and Kelly-Dawn Aulenbach shares the apps that make it easier for her to mother five kids.
Lessons From The Backseat
“I wish we had a different house, Mom” My son was in the backseat and I was driving. I glanced in the rearview mirror and saw him gazing out the window, looking at the shapes as they flew…
I'm Sorry Kid - You'll Get Over Your Fear... After You Have...
When I was a kid, I was terrified of needles, terrified of stitches (I only had to get one as a child, luckily) and terrified at the thought of breaking a bone.
There's an app for that
There’s an app for that
Need an app for….

Keeping track of paperwork and ideas?  Try Evernote. A searchable way to file photos, notes, reminders in one spot. Snap a photo of a birthday invite or recipe and file it away…
A few recipes for you: Valerie Lugonja of A Canadian Foodie sneaks vegetables into her grandson; Lillian Tse of Beyond Umami nails gluten-free buckwheat crepes; and Erika Brown says guacamole is good for you.
Gramsy's Veggie Muffins: Build Strong Minds and Bodies!
Gramsy’s Veggie Muffins rule! Gramsy loves to go to Salt Lake City and stay with Lauren and Aaron to take care of Prince William and give mommy a break. Of course I love to cook for them…
Gluten Free Buckwheat Crepes
We have always liked making crepes, but to make a gluten free version was more than just simply swapping out flour with buckwheat. It required quite a few experiments and the end result is…
Take a Guac on the Wild Side
No need for mayo or sour cream here: just fresh, flavourful ingredients the way nature intended. Use it as a dip for your whole grain tortilla chips, as a spread in fajitas or burritos or…
If you prefer to eat out: YegFoodie finds a hidden gem in Calle Mexico; Cindy Nguyen at Let’s Om Nom gets her cocktail on at Baijiu, along with lots of good food; and Phil Wilson of Baconhound takes his tummy to Fort McMurray.
Calle Mexico; A Neighbourhood Gem
Calle Mexico is a hidden gem located on 107 avenue and 111 street. Juan Taiango and Angelica Del Carmen started out in Edmonton with their food truck of the same name in May of 2015. It was…
Baijiu: Keeping Edmonton Boozy * LET'S OM NOM.
Baijiu is finally open and Edmonton can’t get enough of it. I can tell because I live a stumbling distance away and every visit thus far has shown a full house. Small Asian plates, boozy…
Eating Independant in Fort McMurray
Having had the opportunity to spend a week in Fort McMurray in the fall, I was happy to see most of the neighbourhoods busy rebuilding after being devastated by the summer wildfire.
More adventures: Donloree Hoffman heads to the mountains on a whim; Linda Hoang checks out the bubbles in Abraham Lake’s ice; and Michael Short of Let’s Go Outdoors reports on a winter festival in Lac La Biche.
How To Combat A Severe Case Of Some Day-itis
The ying to the to yang of responsibility is whimsy; last minute, not fully formed ideas which involves figuring it out as you go, doing something you don’t know how to do and having all…
Explore Alberta: Visiting the Bubble Lake (Abraham Lake) - LINDA...
Last weekend Mike and I took Olive, Artie, and our niece from Vietnam to the famed Bubble Lake three hours south west of Edmonton. The Bubble Lake (also known as Abraham Lake) became…
Winter Festival of Speed has Raised $150,000 for Local Groups -...
Snow and ice will fly at the 2017 Winter Festival of Speed in Lac La Biche February 25th and 26th! The racers will go flat out all weekend racing cars, snowmobiles, motorcycles, and quads -…
On the sports front: Vintage Edmonton shares several sheets worth of curling coverage from the archives; Ryan Batty of Copper and Blue argues that Connor McDavid is worth whatever he wants, but the Oilers still have to watch the bank; and Sunil Agnihotri crunches the numbers of the Oilers’ power play.
Vintage Edmonton: Curling Part 5
Articles, photos, ads, audio, and film from Edmonton, Alberta’s history
Whatever the Value of Connor McDavid's Second Contract, It'll...
This summer Connor McDavid will likely sign an eight-year contract extension and whatever it’s worth it’ll be the right price.
The Oilers Powerplay Is Good
The Oilers are better off focusing on other areas of the roster, including their count of draft picks and prospect pool.
And finally, that’s so Edmonton: Cassie Paige displays her affiliation on her shirt; Chris at Edmonton Weather Nerdery reveals the Family Day weather trend; and Mack Male learns a lesson about garbage.
The Cassie Paige - Life & Style Blog: Born & Raised
” I hope you grow up to be a good Albertan.” ” – Alwyn Bramley-Moore Sweatshirt c/o of HNT ( here) | Wilfred Skirt from AritziaStuart Wetizman Heels ( here) | Mackage Jacket from Aritzia…
Family Day
Here is the history of temperatures for the Family Day long weekend, going back to when it was first introduced in Alberta in 1990. When Family Day was introduced I remember people asking:…
Getting wise about waste in Edmonton - MasterMaq.ca Blog
We currently divert more than 52% of our waste from landfill here in Edmonton and the goal is to increase that to over 90%. That’s going to take multiple approaches and a lot of hard work….
If you follow along closely, you’ll notice this blog roundup came out on a Wednesday instead of a Tuesday, which will be the norm from now on, as that suits my crazy schedule right now. I’m back at Capital Ideas now — here’s a recap of the latest event if you want to see what that looks like.

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