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Long-Term Solution Needed for Neepawa Housing Shortage

Long-Term Solution Needed for Neepawa Housing Shortage

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, Neepawa Banner & Press

Neepawa Homes
A new housing development on Hillcrest Drive in Neepawa, Manitoba. (GOOGLE STREET VIEW)

Neepawa is in an enviable position, it has been experiencing a housing shortage for much of the last decade. While this shortage has added value to the town’s housing stock, it has also created challenges, as new residents struggle to find places to live.

When I moved to the Neepawa area in 2006, it wasn’t unusual to find single family homes for sale around $60,000. Those sorts of prices don’t exist anymore and good luck finding a detached home for less than twice that price.

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Peppers & Pennies: Clementine Gin Muddle

Peppers & Pennies: Clementine Gin Muddle

By Amanda Cortens (@PeppersPennies)

Clementine Gin Muddle

WINNIPEG, Man —  It’s Clementine season, friends! These bright and cheery citrus fruits are popping up in grocery stores across the province and they sure are a treat. Characteristically sweet and less acidic than oranges, they are a great for snacking, baking and cocktail creation! I like to have a few of these in my fruit bowl as I choose not to refrigerate citrus as the flavour is better that way. Sadly, they don’t last as long on the countertop. If you can’t use up your clementines in 5-ish days, it is recommended you throw ‘em in the fridge in the fruit crisper. Or, you can invite all your friends over and have a Clementine and Gin Muddle party.

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Peppers & Pennies: Vinaigrette Caesar Salad Dressing

Peppers & Pennies: Vinaigrette Caesar Salad Dressing

By Amanda Cortens (@PeppersPennies)

Vinaigrette Caesar Salad Dressing

Vinaigrette Caesar Salad DressingWINNIPEG, Man. — In the middle of January, veggies can often be a bit lacklustre. I mean, there is only so much cabbage and carrots one can eat! I find the key to getting enough veggies in your diet in the winter is to jazz-up the ‘ol tried and true greens to make them a bit more exciting and palatable. A great way to do this is to make a homemade salad dressing that can double as a dip to make lunches, snacks and dinner a bit more inspiring.

Sure, it is easy to open up a bottle of Kraft dressing or whatever-is-on-sale-this-week, but there is a certain satisfaction in making a homemade dressing that is just as (if not more) flavourful than store bought. The bonus? You control what’s going into the concoction, making it a worry-free option to serve friends with gluten sensitivities or other special diets.

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Peppers & Pennies: Egg Roll Rice Bowls

Peppers & Pennies: Egg Roll Rice Bowls

By Amanda Cortens (@PeppersPennies)

Egg Roll Rice Bowls

WINNIPEG, Man — Looking for an ultra quick and affordable dinner option? I’ve got ya! These Egg Roll Rice Bowls are done in under 20 minutes and pretty much as cheap as dirt. I’m not kidding! Consisting of mostly cabbage, rice and ground pork, you can throw a dinner for four together in under $6. How’s that for light on the wallet?

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Small Town Mexico: Puerto Morelos

Small Town Mexico: Puerto Morelos

By Shel Zolkewich (@shelzolkewich)

Xelha Adventure Park
Xelha adventure park offers a break from the beach including ziplining, cave exploring and cliff jumping as well as unlimited food and drink for daily admission.

While posh Mexican all-inclusive resorts definitely have their appeal, it’s the small towns and far-flung villages that hold the promise of the real Mexico for so many travellers. On the eastern shoreline of Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, and just 40 kilometres south of bustling Cancun is Puerto Morelos, with a population of under 10,000, that delivers the real deal.

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Jackman-Atkinson: Here’s to a Successful 2018

Jackman-Atkinson: Here’s to a Successful 2018

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, Neepawa Banner & Press

New Year Cheers

NEEPAWA, Man. — As 2017 comes to a close, many of us are now looking towards 2018. Regardless of whether the last 12 months have been good, bad or somewhere in the middle, most of us have the goal of making the new year better than the last.

While New Years’ resolutions seem to have fallen by the wayside, the end of one year and the start of the next is a good time to take stock and make a plan for the coming months. For most people, finding success is a common goal, but what exactly is “success”?

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Peppers & Pennies: Spiked Canadian Hot Chocolate

Peppers & Pennies: Spiked Canadian Hot Chocolate

By Amanda Cortens (@PeppersPennies)

Spiked Canadian Hot Chocolate

WINNIPEG — Not feeling ‘jolly’ enough this week? The pressures of managing multiple dinners, wrapping gifts and navigating grocery stores can be quite stressful during the Holiday season. The Holidays are supposed to be a time to sit back, relax and reconnect with family and friends, so why not set some time aside to do just that? I always find I am most relaxed over a stiff drink or a hot drink shared with friends, which is why I created my Spiked Canadian Hot Chocolate.

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Christmas Fruitcake Conundrum: Jackman-Atkinson

Christmas Fruitcake Conundrum: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, Neepawa Banner & Press

Christmas Fruitcake
(RIVERTEA.COM)

NEEPAWA, Man. — Christmas is upon us, which means that so too is the season of sweets and baking. Last week’s Neepawa Banner & Press had a collection of seasonal recipes and no matter your taste — sweet or savoury, simple or extravagant— there’s a recipe out there. From cookies to truffles, mincemeat to bars and sausage rolls to cakes, everyone has their favourite Christmas treat.

Almost a decade ago, I shared a confession about my favourite holiday-related food, the much reviled and ridiculed Christmas cake.

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Food Musings: Aurora Pizzeria and Café

Food Musings: Aurora Pizzeria and Café

By Kathryne Grisim (@foodmuser)

Aurora Pizzeria and Café
Aurora Pizzeria and Café, 842 Corydon Avenue (KATHRYNE GRISIM PHOTO)

As soon as I entered the newest manifestation of Aurora Pizzeria and Café, I was greeted by good friends who indicate that they are at the café every single morning for what they claim is the best cappuccino in the city. There were more accolades from the Italian couple sitting behind us in the dining room. They indicated that the food was exceptional because it was authentic Italian food-simple ingredients well prepared. The owner Giuliano took care of us himself. He shared that he is from a community close to Rome in Italy and that he had only been in Canada a handful of years. His English was very good. But we would have made our choice known to him even if we had to stand on our heads! We were hungry and so looking forward to this treat.

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Food Musings: The Cottage Bakery

Food Musings: The Cottage Bakery

By Kathryne Grisim (@foodmuser)

The Cottage Bakery and Café
The Cottage Bakery and Café (KATHRYNE GRISIM PHOTO)

There are two good reasons to visit The Cottage Bakery and Café: one is to be a part of the Cottage Bakery legacy which dates back to 1932 and the other is to savour their tasty fare. The history of the bakery has been carefully written onto a large chalkboard which takes up a great deal of wall space. Both my lunch date and I read the entire history and at first, I wondered why others in the café were not. With the bakery being close to a high school, all of the other patrons were regular customers, having seen the message many, many times.

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