Winter—We’re Still
Deep In It

It doesn’t matter if you’re on one coast or the other, or smack dab in the middle—it’s still winter in Canada. We’ve had Arctic outflows, atmospheric rivers and bone chilling temperature lows.

With heaters on full blast this is a good time to check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

  • Check on the caulk and weather-stripping. With some extremes between the + & the – be sure the doors and windows are still doing their job and there hasn’t been any damage.
  • This is also a good time to check your roof and eves for any ice dams or damage. Tip: consider hiring a professional to do this job. They have the equipment, and the expertise.
  • Have a storm readiness plan in place for severe weather. Maintain an emergency pack with a battery-powered flashlight, a radio, tools for emergency repair, ready-to-eat food, a first aid kit, blankets, and extra clothing.
  • If you’re travelling, then make sure your vehicle has the right tires for road conditions. Have an emergency kit in your car. At the very least: items to stay warm such as extra hats, coats, mittens, and blankets if you have to stay in the car while help arrives.

If the weather isn’t agreeable, then stay inside. Winter will turn to Spring before you know it!

Health & Wellness

Roasted veggies are a perfect dish to add to a dinner in February. It’s simple to prepare and is packed with as much flavour as it is with nutrition. Here’s one of the easiest, simplest, and BEST ways to roast vegetables.

Start by picking your favourite veggies, but here are the classics you’ll want to include for sure:

  • Carrots
  • Mushrooms
  • Cauliflower
  • Zucchini
  • Peppers—red & green!
  • Butternut squash
  • Red onion

You’ll want to slice & chop the veggies into smaller, more bite sized portions. Then you’ll mix with some olive oil, balsamic vinaigrette—don’t forget the crushed garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Roast on a high temp (425 degrees) until tenders—about 15 minutes. It really is that simple, but here’s the list of ingredients, and directions for those of you who like to follow along.


  • 2 cups cauliflower
  • 2 cups brown mushrooms
  • 2 cups chopped butternut squash
  • 1 zucchini, sliced and quartered
  • 1 yellow squash, sliced and quartered
  • 1 red & 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, or more, to taste
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1½ teaspoons dried thyme
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Lightly oil a baking sheet or coat with nonstick spray.
  • Place veggies on the baking sheet. Add olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic and thyme; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Gently toss to combine.
  • Place into the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until tender.
  • Serve immediately.

Roasted vegetables are the perfect winter dish

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