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Hometown Highlights: A Little Bit of Sugar, A Little Bit of Spice … Where to Go and What to Eat

Cynthia Burk

Hometown Highlights: A Little Bit of Sugar, A Little Bit of Spice … Where to Go and What to Eat
I think when I start food articles with "healthy" I lose a chunk of you. I think that some toss in the towel at this time of year and the mentality is eat and be merry and come January I will be good again. Gone are the days of cardboard tasting boring healthy eats.

Stoney Point - December 6, 2014 - I think when I start food articles with "healthy" I lose a chunk of you. I think that some toss in the towel at this time of year and the mentality is eat and be merry and come January I will be good again. Gone are the days of cardboard tasting boring healthy eats. I'm trying to be diligent about enticing everyone to the healthy side. It doesn't have to happen over night and it can happen one raw brownie at a time. Don't cringe - just open your mouth and try. The creations happening out there a incredibly scrumptious and I'm hopeful the pictures I post will get you down to the shops to try their delectables.

I’m also trying to post things to do in various communities so you have a spot to see what things are going on like we use to do on our event page. If you have something happening, do let me know.

Black Bean Fudge, Mulled Cider Cheesecake, Pecan Pie ... Oh My!

Chatham -
Eat What's Good (raw, refine sugar free, vegan, gluten free, soy free, grain free) has you covered for epic desserts this holiday season. They are now taking orders for the entire month of December with a fun festive dessert menu lined up for you to choose from. All are $25 each and can be ready for pickup any time you need them. They are offering:

-Peppermint Cheesecake (8 inch round pan)
-Gingerbread Cheesecake (8 inch round pan)
-Mulled Cider Cheesecake (8 inch round pan)
-Pecan Pie (8 inch round pan)
-Black Bean Fudge--original, walnut, or orange (8x8 inch square pan)

Email or message us on Facebook to place your order and they will get you hooked up for all your holiday dessert needs. Don't see your favourite on the list? Don't worry, let them know what you're longing for and they can make that happen. Plus, they can also cater for up to 20 people for a Christmas party with salads and sides any given day, no pre-ordering needed, anything that they have listed on their daily menus they have enough of to accommodate up to 20 hungry revelers. 67 St Clair St, Chatham-Kent, Phone (519) 354-4663

Salted Caramel Cheesecake

Windsor-Essex -
Raw, vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free, soy free and grain free. It's a work of beauty. Stop cringing like my husband and try it! Visit Carrots N' Dates at 2090 Wyandotte Street East

Healthy Snacks on the Run

Cornwall -
Stop in and visit the Green Girl Cafe gang at Caveman Strong for the Lululemon Trunk Sale as they are selling their Protein Balls in a variety of flavors! Saturday, Dec 6 from 9 am until 1ish pm at 44 Pitt Street. Join lululemon athletica Rideau Centre and Caveman Strong for an exciting one day pop-up store as we celebrate fitness and community in Cornwall! Fitness classes by Caveman Strong - Ottawa Yoga by Body and Balance Refreshments by The Mindful Cookery & Food Market Payment by credit card or cash only. For more information please contact lululemon Rideau Centre 613. 230.6633.

Alexandria Festival of Lights

Alexandria -
Saturday, November 29th until Wednesday, December 31st drive and check out Alexandria's Festival of Lights. This month-long event has become a holiday staple each year in the township of North Glengarry. Visitors from around the region and beyond come in droves to take part in the festival's amazing Christmas atmosphere. With well over 200,000 lights spread throughout Island Park, the festival is sure to lift your Christmas spirit. The Festival of Lights is open nightly from 5-10 p.m. and is FREE to all. Enjoy free wagon rides throughout the park, delicious hot chocolate, New Year's Eve fireworks, and so much more throughout the event.

Explore the Shore

Windsor-Essex -
December 6th from Noon to 5 pm come and Explore the Shore – Holiday Gingerbread House Trail. Visit the County Road 50 participating shops, wineries, restaurants and attractions to vote on your favourite gingerbread house. Your ballot will be entered in a draw to win a new gingerbread house of your own, for the holidays.

The Upper Canada Playhouse

Morrisburg -
Thursday, November 27th to Sunday, December 14th the Upper Canada Playhouse presents a heart-warming musical comedy set around the making of a 70's TV Christmas Variety Show. Star Gordie Roberts is stuck in the past and won't change. His cast and crew are quitting, his girlfriend is leaving, and his show's about to be cancelled. But through the bond of family and friends, Gordie discovers the magic of Christmas and learns there's more to the holidays than making a buck. Good old-fashioned entertainment that'll have you swaying and singing along. 12320 County Rd. #2. Morrisburg, South Dundas, Ontario. For ticket information visit the website or call (613) 543-3713 or toll free at 1-877-550-3650.

Disney's Peter Pan Jr.

Cornwall -
Saturday, Dec 6th and Sunday, Dec 7th check out the Aultsville Theatre where Wendy Darling loves to tell stories to her brothers, Michael and John. But when her father announces she must move out of the nursery, Peter Pan comes to visit the children and whisks them away to Never Land. Their adventure introduces them to the Lost Boys, Mermaids, Indians and even the infamous pirate, Captain Hook! Aultsville Theatre, 2 St. Lawrence Drive, Cornwall.

Holiday Traditions Workshop at Homestead

Harrow -
Sunday, Dec 7th at 2 pm Holiday Traditions workshop. Join the Homestead staff in an afternoon of holiday baking and exploring holiday traditions. In Amelia Park’s time, Christmas preparations begin on the last Sunday before Advent, known as Stir Up Sunday. Help pound and measure the sugar and spices, stir the plum pudding and make a Christmas wish! Discover the history behind holiday foods and traditions. John R. Park Homestead, 915 County Road 50 East, Harrow, Ontario. Register online. $15 per person

Holiday Bazaar in Tecumseh

Tecumseh -
Saturday, Dec 6th from 10 am to 4 pm. Holiday Bazaar presented by the Tecumseh Vista Academy Parent Advisory Council. Enjoy “Enchanted Adventure Parties” who bring fairy tale magic, creativity and heroic adventures to our special event. Special appearances by Queen Elsa and Spiderman. Tea parties, face painting and story time. Special visitors Mr. and Mrs. Claus from 2:30 to 3:30 pm. A great group of vendors: Ruellands’ Stuffin Bears, Kat’s Korner & Friends, Wilkson Candles, Steeped Tea, Pampered Chef, 31 Gifts, Scentsy Fragrance and many more crafters. Plenty of food lunch choices like Armando’s, Crepedelicious, Wrap Shack and more. Tecumseh Vista School at 11555/11665 Shields Drive (off Banwell). For further information contact:

WSO Brass Quintet for an Evening in Leamington

Leamington -
Saturday, Dec 6th at 7:30 pm WSO Brass Quintet and Windsor Classic Chorale perform at Leamington United Mennonite Church. The WSO Brass musicians – each a virtuoso in their own right, come together with the Windsor Classic Chorale to ring in the holiday season with music both sacred and secular. Adults $20 Students $10. (519) 973-1238. The Christmas concerts are listed under Special Performances and you can buy tickets online.

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Cynthia Burk is a General Manager by profession and a first time Momma. She now has no extra money to collect wine and lives vicariously through her friends that actually get sleep. She loves experimenting in the kitchen ... with food. If you have questions or wish to contact Cynthia, you can email her at

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