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How to Spend a Girls Getaway in Prince Edward County

How to Spend a Girls Getaway in Prince Edward County


If you haven’t been to or heard of Prince Edward County yet, don't worry you don't live under a rock just quite, but seriously pull up your Instagram app and look up the hashtag. You won't regret it - with picturesque landscapes, wineries and vineyards to eateries, The County as the locals call it, is the perfect spot to celebrate any occasion.

Today I bring you my favourite spots in The County that you and your closest gal pals will love for the ultimate girls getaway. This is your chance to escape the city to reset, relax and remember what it's like to have a little fun away from all those darn responsibilities.

So get your whole crew together, leave the office a bit early and hop in the car for an awesome road trip filled with amazing food, great tunes from our yesteryears and look forward to new sweet memories.

How to Spend a Girls Getaway in Prince Edward County

Here are my go-to spots in the County to have a blast with the gals:

THE JUNE MOTEL

A true girls weekend in the County starts by booking a stay at the gorgeous June motel.

NORMAN HARDIE WINERY

A visit to the County isn't complete without stopping by Norman Hardie - enjoy a glass of their signature Riesling (my personal fav) paired with a wood-oven pizza.

THE DRAKE DEVONSHIRE

If you're familiar with The Drake in Toronto, the Drake Devonshire is the more laid back version that borders the picturesque Lake Ontario. It is here that you will find dishes using homegrown ingredients with a flavourful rustic twist.

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THE COURAGE

Looking for a unique weekend brunch spot? Look no further. The pork belly eggs benny with lavender hollandaise sounds ah-mazing! Or perhaps some pre-dinner appetizers and bubbly - the Rosehall Run sparkling rosé is delightful.

BLOOMFIELD BEAUTY CO.

Pamper yourself and the ladies to a luxurious and tranquil spa day. From pedicures to services like botox, there's a little something for everyone. But also can we take a moment to admire how freakin' cute the decor is!

Book your spa date now.

ROSEHALL RUN VINEYARD

Located in Hillier, Rosehall Run offers an intimate tasting experience - stop by to sample a wide selection of superb wines and perhaps catch a local food truck onsite.

HINTERLAND WINE COMPANY

The go-to spot in the County for premium sparkling wine!

COUNTY YUM CLUB

Home to the County's best Shawarma, stop in for a delectable local bite and leave with a big smile.

Shawarma poutine anyone? And if you have some beer lovers with you, stop by Barley Days Brewery just across the road.

SLICKERS

Got a sweet tooth? Then you're at the right location. I'll have to say their campfire flavoured ice cream is by far my favourite and a two scoop cone is always worth it.


p.s. don't want to drive? 

Give County Sips a ring for a personalized guided tour of the County!
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6 Places to Indulge in Mac n Cheese in Kingston

6 Places to Indulge in Mac n Cheese in Kingston


Hello, ooey gooey cheesy deliciousness!

Today I bring you my favourite comfort food of all time,  mac n cheese but in my favourite city and adoptive hometown of Kingston.

 Whether it's a straight-up classic version or a unique twist on the traditional. There's just something about this cheesy, carb-filled dish that makes me coming back for more. However you like it - I'm a baked with a thick bechamel sauce kinda of gal with add-ons such as lobster or crispy bacon topped with breadcrumbs.

6 Places to Indulge in Mac n Cheese This March in Kingston
The Public House MacDonald's mac n cheese
But of course, who's really going to turn down this dish when dining out? Not this gal.

And best of all, it's the perfect cure to beat the remaining weeks of winter.

So here are my go-to spots for the best mac and cheese in Kingston:

STONE CITY ALES

You don't have to be a vegan to try this mac n cheese with sweet chilli heat Doritos on top - pair it with house-made beer and you're set for the day!

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KINGSTON BREWING COMPANY

As Kingston’s original brewpub and best known for their housemade bbq, treat yourself to a savoury dish of pulled pork sandwich served with a side of glorious cheesy mac n cheese, slaw, fries and the whole nine yards.

You won't regret this order!

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DOX RESTAURANT & LOUNGE

This is your chance to fully indulge - it doesn't get any better than a lobster filled mac n cheese with capatavi pasta in a rich three cheese sauce. And best of all, you have an amazing view of Kingston's waterfront.

THE PUBLIC HOUSE

If you're looking for a quaint but lively spot to hang out with friends while sipping on local brews and wine, The Public House is it. Their baked macaroni and cheese is spiced up with crispy bacon, diced onions and peppers and chilli flakes. Don't worry it isn't spicy at all!

Looking for a takeout option?

BELLA MARKET

This take-home mac n cheese is topped with brown butter panko and filled with cream cheese, old cheddar and gruyère. It's a creamy and cheesy delight to add to your dinner table!

MONTANA'S BBQ & BAR

Montana's smoky bacon mac n cheese certainly lives up to expectations and by far satisfies my comfort food level. Baked in a skillet until the top is golden brown and crispy, their spiral pasta in a cheesy bacon and white wine cream sauce is beyond drool-worthy. And let's not forget the crispy bacon and in-house baked cornbread served on the side.

Come to mama!


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Celebrate National Cupcake Day

Celebrate National Cupcake Day


Cupcakes AND dog cuddles - what else could you ask for?!

Today is National Cupcake Day - the sweetest event of the year for a furry cause and your chance to flex your creative baking muscles! How does it work? It’s simple - bake your favourite cupcakes, host a fabulous cupcake party, collect donations for those cupcakes and bring the money to your nearest humane society!

 What better way for animals lovers and bakers to unite forces to fundraise to help save lives of animals in their community.

Today my galpal Darcy from D'Appetit Baking and Catering Services is helping the cause by sharing her tip and tricks for decorating puppy cupcakes:

National Cupcake Day - How to decorate dog cupcakes

Seriously, how cute are these?!

National Cupcake Day - How to decorate dog cupcakes

Experiment with Different Piping Tips

This is your chance to be unique. The puppies featured were decorated using decorating tips #18, #21 and #233.

Don't Worry About Being Too Precise with Your Piping

To give your cupcakes the real effect of a dog, remember that dogs, for the most part, are not perfectly groomed so your cupcake doesn't need to be either.

Have Fun with Different Colours to Create Different Breeds

We stuck with vanilla and chocolate icing, but you could add toasted coconuts, regular coconuts or be wild and colour your icing to the preferred colours. We used chocolate chips for the eyes, Smarties for the tongue and shaped sprinkles for the nose, but you can use M&M's, Nerds, or try your favourite candies out!

Practice Makes Perfect

It's a cliche but so true, if you aren't happy with your first attempt, then simply try again!

The Basic of Making a Puppy Cupcake

Step 1:
Start by piping the face, covering the top of the cupcake with your preferred design. Starting from the middle and working your way out works best.

Step 2:
Pipe on the ears - adding any preferred candies for desired ear effect.

Step 3:
Pipe the snout - I used techniques on some, others have just a pile of piped buttercream. Add your choice of nose and tongue accents.

Step 4:
Donate to a local bake sale, eat and enjoy!

National Cupcake Day - How to decorate dog cupcakes

And I couldn't leave you hanging and not show you our new pup Dakota!

National Cupcake Day - Dog

National Cupcake Day - Dog

For more information about National Cupcake Day, visit www.nationalcupcakeday.ca
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Simple Ways to Get a Better Sleep Tonight

Simple Ways to Get a Better Sleep Tonight


Between busy work schedules, social commitments, and passionate side hustles, getting a full night's sleep is no easy feat these days. Luckily, it all starts by finding your toolkit of relaxing bedtime rituals to help you unwind before sleep. Getting into the habit of doing the same few things every night before you go to bed helps clue your body into what's happening. 

Today, I'll be sharing my go-to tips to combat a few common sleep problems. So don't give up, as you'll fall back in love with sleep and drifting off to dreamland in no time. Note that you have control over the quality of your sleep than you probably realize,

so let's get down to it and say goodbye to those nights of tossing and turning.

Simple Ways to Get a Better Sleep Tonight

SLEEP PROBLEM: BUSY MIND

Develop a pre-bedtime ritual to help you (and your mind) wind down.

The first item that my bedtime toolkit includes is taking a warm shower an hour before I hit the sack. This allows me to unwind, get into my cozy PJs, cool down and leaves time to treat myself to a much-needed facemask.

Simple Ways to Get a Better Sleep Tonight

SLEEP PROBLEM: TEMPERATURE

Keep your thermostat set at 65 degrees to sleep cool and stay chill.

This is the perfect time to snuggle up wear your favourite sweatshirt and cozy socks before climbing into bed. And hey, resisting the urge to crank the heat up in the winter will save you money! It's a win-win situation.

Simple Ways to Get a Better Sleep Tonight

SLEEP PROBLEM: ANXIETY

Essential oils can be your best friend when anxiety kicks in and you're having trouble sleeping. The healing powers of aromatherapy is a world on its own that has the ability to balance your mind, body, and spirit. 

I was introduced to DoTerra oils last year and now swear by it every night. Diffusing or simply rubbing some onto your skin will help you relax and sleep more soundly. Better yet, mix a few drops of essential oil and water in a spray bottle and give your pillowcase a spritz.

Simple Ways to Get a Better Sleep Tonight

SLEEP PROBLEM: NOT TIRED

Tuck away your phone and pick up a book to bring on the zzz's.

My favourite book currently has been Lagom - a term coined by the Swedish meaning "just enough." With our minds racing and constant to-do lists, the idea of lagom can actually allow you to live more of a balanced life and fits perfectly as an aid to sleeping. Ask yourself - is your bedroom calming? is it cluttered? Take baby steps to create a calming environment by keeping it clean and ensuring a stress-free space. Make sure your sleep essentials are comfortable as well. If you notice any tears, rips, or lumps in your mattress, it might be time for a new one. And! A good pillow is just as important too! If you find that you're constantly fluffing your pillow, it may be time to upgrade your pillow as well.

Remember, your bedroom should be a calming oasis in which to switch off from the stresses and strains of daily life.

Simple Ways to Get a Better Sleep Tonight

Nighty night my lovely friends!
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How to Have a Fabulous & Sweet Galentine's Day

How to Have a Fabulous & Sweet Galentine's Day


Where my ladies at? It's Galentine's Day! 💕

(Okay well unofficially.)

p.s. if you're unaware of the term - Galentine's started off as a celebration by the hilarious Leslie Knope of Parks and Recreation (seriously just Netflix the show!) Essentially, February 13th is a day to celebrate your sisters, friends and all the other awesome women in your life.

How to Have a Fabulous & Sweet Galentine's Day
Featured: Bread & Butter Bakery Cupcake
In true Rosalyn fashion, what better way to honour this day than by indulging in our sweet cravings around the ladies we can be our true selves around. So hopefully it's cheat day for my fitness gals because we're treating ourselves to a sugar-fueled extravagant night and just one dessert won't do.

To make things easier, I'm sharing my favourite local desserts so what are you waiting for?

Grab your favourite chick flick and call your best gal pals for a cozy night in! And best of all, I've got you covered for all the scrumptious desserts: 

SMALL BATCH CAFE & EATERY

Known for having extra sweet cupcakes, Small Batch caters to all indulgent level. From Nutella-filled cupcakes to vegan ones - your gals will thank you.

Not a cupcake fan? Snag a few adorable Art By Taura mugs (limited quantity) with delicious housemade hot chocolate mix and hand-crafted marshmallows. Get your coziest pjs on and let's snuggle up.

BREAD & BUTTER BAKERY

February's cake of the month is Pink Champagne cake and a MUST try. Take a slice home and get the forks ready!

Want to add a bit of Parisian twist to your night? Try some macarons.

CRAVE Coffee House & Bakery

Calories don't count on Galentine's Day - a matter of fact, these cinnamon buns are big, fluffy, soft and absolutely delicious. Your friends will adore you even more after taking a bite!

COFFEE WAY DONUTS

A foodie staple in Kingston, this shop is known for its fresh, handmade doughnuts made daily.

Better yet, surprise your gals with a layered donut cake. Snag a half dozens of jelly donuts, grab a plate and stack those donuts - easy peasy!

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FARDELLA'S RESTAURANT & BAKERY

This may as well be your meal because Fardella fritters are out of this world. You may need a few extra napkins!

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GOLDEN ROOSTER

The cosiest of eateries in downtown Kingston, you would never know they had home-made jelly-filled Berliner donuts. Better get there before noon as they sell out every day.

BALZAC'S COFFEE

One of my favourite spots in downtown Kingston thanks to its French cafe vibe, treat your girls to a luxurious warm drink. The Parisian Mist and Sweet Love Tea Latte are at the top of the list. 

Happy Galentine's Day to all my fabulous ladies! 

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