Sep 10

A Fisherman’s Tale: Fishing with The Connecticut Scribe

The Dark Waters of New Mexico's Pecos River

The Dark Waters of New Mexico’s Pecos River

Take an adventure with The Connecticut Scribe as he shares the joys of fishing in nature’s mysterious waters, and offers incredible tips along the way in his Fishing Blog.

Read stories of his local fishing spot, the Natchaug River in northeastern Connecticut, explore Argentina‘s bountiful waters including the Río de la Plata (River of Silver), travel the waters of Cape Cod, and learn the advantages of fishing in the dark water in New Mexico’s Navajo Reservation, and more in The Connecticut Scribe’s fascinating journeys.

Sit back, and soak in a real appreciation for fishing and the natural world.

Sep 01

Enter The Tiki Room!

Mai Tai Tiki Pops

Mai Tai Tiki Pops

Labor Day weekend, and summer, for that matter, isn’t over yet, and if you’re looking for more cool summer recipes, party ideas, or fun music to play at your next get-together, then check out our Tiki Room!

You can try out this recipe for Mai Tai Tiki Pops:

Originally inspired by South Pacific culture, the fun, over-the-top Tiki trend is back in a big way. Tiki drinks like Mai Tais are best known for fruity flavors and whimsical garnishes. Try out the trend with virgin Mai Tai Tiki Pops, a treat that turns the tropical flavors of the classic drink into a fruity ice pop.

Explore the tiki music genre with artists like Martin Denny:

Tiki music came about from artists like Les Baxter, Arthur Lyman, and Martin Denny. These talented artists blended the Tiki idea through jazz music dotted with Polynesian, Asian, and Latin instruments. The “tropical” themes that emerged created the Exotica genre. Martin Denny described the musical style as “a combination of the South Pacific and the Orient…what a lot of people imagined the islands to be like…it’s pure fantasy though.” I think that pretty much sums it up perfectly!

And much more tiki fun at The Tiki Room!

Aug 27

Five Cool Summer Recipes

Sparkling Watermelon Drink

Sparkling Watermelon Drink

Much of America is just now hitting its hottest days of summer, so here are five cool, light recipes to help beat the heat:

Sparkling Watermelon Drink

Get instantly refreshed

Cool down your guests with this surprisingly pink, thirst-quenching drink. It makes a nice switch up for the kids’ lemonade stand, too.

Sparkling Watermelon Drink Recipe

Asian Lettuce WrapsAsian Lettuce Wraps

Looking for light dinner ideas?

This is one of our favorite Asian recipes that’s not too heavy for summer.

Lighten up lettuce wraps by blending half the beef with meaty tasting mushrooms.

Asian Lettuce Wraps Recipe

Find more Asian recipes in our cooking section.

 

Strawberry Lemonade Smoothie

Cool off with a sensational smoothie

Summer stirs up memories of hot days and cool treats – and there is no better way to cool off than with a refreshing fruit smoothie.

With lemon, strawberry and almond beverage, it tastes rich, but is actually good for you.

Strawberry Lemonade Smoothie Recipe

Find more Drink recipes in our cooking section.

Simple Mango SalsaChef-approved Summer Salsa

Fussy food isn’t right for dining al fresco. Instead, simple, easy and fresh is the mantra of patio entertaining this season. That’s why chefs and home cooks alike turn to everyday party favourites like tortilla chips as an easy solve for speedy and delicious summer-time dishes.

Kevin Prendergast, the executive chef at the Toronto Hilton says adding seasonal or tropical fruit to something you’re already serving, like salad or salsa, can create an instant taste twist that your guests will enjoy.

Chef-approved summer salsa recipe

Frozen Yogurt & Coconut Banana PopsFrozen Yogurt & Coconut Banana Pops

Nothing puts a smile on your child’s face like an icy cold snack after a long day at the playground. Swap out the sugary snack for these homemade frozen yogurt and coconut banana pops.

Frozen Yogurt & Coconut Banana Pops Recipe

Aug 21

Three Surprising Uses for Fresh Peppermint

Fresh Mint Tea

Fresh Mint Tea

Have you been growing peppermint in the herb garden this year?  If not, you may want to head to your local market and pick up some fresh mint!  It’s not only a fantastic herb for drinks and cooking, but you can also use it in the bath, in your tea, and as a natural health remedy.

Have a look at these three surprises uses for peppermint:

Simple peppermint and lemon aromatherapy foot bath recipe for tired feet will lift depression, relieve stress and aid relaxation. An aromatherapy foot bath is effective and easy to do at home – real DIY stress relief. Here are our favourite ways of using a peppermint and lemon aromatherapy foot bath recipe with essential oils to ease and restore tired feet… And the benefits extend beyond just fresher feet!

Read the rest for a Peppermint and Lemon Aromatherapy Foot Bath Recipe.

Peppermint tea is an herb that is valued for its unique flavor and health benefits. Peppermint is a hybrid of water mint and spearmint. Unlike other types of mints, peppermint possesses menthol, methyl acetate, menthone and other 40 compounds in its healing volatile oil. Dry peppermint leaves are utilized in creating refreshing minty teas that are greatly satisfying whether hot or cold. Peppermint leaves are also used to crown personalities in ancient Rome and Greece. It is still loved for its highly refreshing aroma and its caffeine-free and natural taste. Peppermint is known in the following benefits…

Read the rest on Peppermint Tea and Its Benefits.

Peppermint is a cooling herb to cool down a fever or sore throat and aids in healing you from other symptoms of the cold and flu.

Read on to learn How to Make Peppermint Herbal Honey For Cold and Flu Symptoms.

Aug 19

Bee Conscious: Save the Bees – Along with Your Food

BeeMost of us are aware of the decline in bee populations around the world – but according to the organization, Wildlife Preservation Canada, bees pollinate more than 80 per cent of our flowering plants, fruits and vegetables. Bee-saving initiatives are underway however, and this summer you can help.

A 2006 report on the Status of Pollinators in North America (by the National Acadamies of Sciences) identified ‘loss and fragmentation of habitat’ as a primary cause of plunging pollinator populations…

Read the rest of “Save the Bees – Along with Your Food”.

Also, you can learn more about the declining bee population and what you can do to help in our Bee Conscious articles in our Environment & Nature section.

Aug 17

Dog Training Tips

Photo by Elaine Tan

Photo by Elaine Tan

Thinking about rescuing a dog from the pound, or getting a new puppy for the family?  Or could your doggie use some training?  No matter what kind of dog you have, our dog training section is sure to help!

We have tips for small and large dogs, passive and aggressive dogs, and hints for taming all sorts of dog breeds and types including training show dogs, training assertive dogs, and dog psychology.

Dog Training Tips at Savvy Café

Jun 08

U.S. National Parks

Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park

If you’re looking for a great American getaway, consider traveling to a U.S. National Park.  Our National Park guide will direct you to some of the most fascinating parks that span across America.

Here you’ll find unique park information as well as gorgeous photos of these amazing places.  We feature beautiful caves & caverns, breathtaking waterfalls, and many more wonders of nature.

So stop by to plan your next nature-inspired vacation!

U.S. National Parks

May 18

Pet Spotlight: Guinea Pigs

Baby Guinea Pig

Baby Guinea Pig

We have a new section devoted to the adorable cavy, or Guinea pig!  Learn all about these small pets: browse super cute Guinea pig photos, read about Guinea pig care, breeds, behavior, and more!

Just follow the link below to read all about these beloved pets or join in the discussions:

All About Guinea Pigs

May 17

Warm up to Summer with Zesty Mexican Food Recipes

Dona Paz has been preparing and selling tacos in Metepec, Mexico for 39 years… she’s open from 8 pm to 11pm every night but Wednesdays and her “drowned fried tacos” are the best in the world (try one, if you don’t believe me).-photo by Tim & Annette

Dona Paz has been preparing and selling tacos in Metepec, Mexico for 39 years… she’s open from 8 pm to 11pm every night but Wednesdays and her “drowned fried tacos” are the best in the world (try one, if you don’t believe me).-photo by Tim & Annette

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at making your own mole sauce, classic flan, or fresh from the garden salsa?  Check out our Mexican Food section for these recipes and more!

Whether you want to learn about a typical Mexican breakfast, make simple refried beans, or cook your own spicy Mexican dishes, you’ll find all this and more in our section devoted exclusively to the food of Mexico.

May 11

Spring Craft Project Ideas: Candle Making

candlesLooking for a new spring craft project?  Candle making might be just the thing for you!  Hop on over to our new candle making section to get ideas.  We cover everything from a variety of candle making tips to simple craft instructions for making cute spring Butterfly Candle Holders to a detailed guide to creating Beautiful Wax Sculptures.

Whether you’re looking for tips on selling your own handmade candles or just looking for information on how to get started in candle making, we have all kinds of ideas to get you going in our Candle Making section.

Feel free to drop us a line in the comments section, too, to ask questions or to let us know about your own adventures in candle making!

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