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The Firehouse Foodie: Who’s Really the Best Friend?

By Frank E. Vaerewyck It is estimated that three-quarters of the world’s dog population lives in the developing world as feral, village, or community dogs, with pet dogs uncommon. But in developed countries canines have lived and worked with humans in so many roles that they have earned the nick name “Man’s Best Friend”, a phrase used not just in America, …

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The Firehouse Foodie: Rude Awakening

By Frank E. Vaerewijck Firefighters coming up in the new fire service will never know what it’s like to wet the ceiling at 2:00 a. m. What in the world is he talking about, you ask. Well, my friends, those of you that have been in the fire service for some time know what it’s like to be abruptly woken up …

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Pampered Chef’s Corned Beef Puffs

Provided by Sandi Clark, Pampered Chef Pampered Chef’s CORNED BEEF PUFFS A delicious Irish spin on a classic appetizer INGREDIENTS 8 oz (250 g) thinly sliced deli corned beef 2 green onions 1 cup (250 mL) swiss cheese 3 tbsp (45 mL) mayonnaise 1 tbsp (15 mL) country-style Dijon mustard Flour for dusting 1 pkg (8 oz/250 g) seamless crescent dough …

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Pampered Chef’s Corned Beef and Cabbage

Provided by Sandi Clark, Pampered Chef Pampered Chef’s CORNED BEEF AND CABBAGE INGREDIENTS 2–3 lbs (1–1½ kg) corned beef brisket 2 garlic cloves, pressed 1 medium onion 2 carrots 6 small red potatoes (1 lb/450 g) 3 cups (750 mL) water ½ green cabbage, cut into wedges Sauce 1 container (7.5 oz/212 g) chive & onion cream cheese, softened ¼ cup …

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Potatoes for St. Patrick’s Day

Provided by Sandi Clark, Pampered Chef You can’t have an Irish meal without including potatoes in some form or another. The most traditional way to add potatoes to your menu is to boil them. Boiled potatoes are super easy to make, but they can be a bit bland if you don’t go out of your way to give them some …

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St. Patrick’s Day Recipes: Soda Bread

Provided by Sandi Clark, Pampered Chef Soda bread rose to popularity in Ireland because it was easy to make and required only a few affordable ingredients. During many points in Irish history—most famously, the potato famine—many people in Ireland had little to eat. This bread was often a family’s main or only staple. It earned its name because the bread …

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Share the Love

Story and Photos by Amanda Causey Baity A few years ago PWL introduced a new #SharetheLovePW initiative that was similar to the “You’ve been Boo’ed” tradition that happens during Halloween. We are challenging you to continue this tradition yet again this year during the month of February, and here are several fresh ideas on how to share the love and brighten someone’s day, week or month! …

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The Firehouse Foodie: Greatness! (and Cheesecake)

By Frank E. Vaerewijck FF/EMT, Engineer & Fire House Chef Greatness! There is greatness in us all. This was the underlying message last Sunday as the preacher at church spoke positive greatness into us all during his sermon. While his message was more about how there was a king in all of us, I have never considered myself a king. …

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Family Game Night

Story and Photos By Amanda Causey Baity Family game night is an excellent opportunity to put down the cell phones, turn off the computer and video games, and gather everyone together. Parents and children are able to spend some much-needed downtime reconnecting and creating memories. Making a habit of game night also keeps the lines of communication open, especially as children grow older. Whether you are just …

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The Firehouse Foodie: ‘Twas the Chaos Before Christmas?

By Frank E. Vaerewijck Despite what the department stores try to tell you, the Christmas mad dash doesn’t start until weeks, if not days, before that magical day. Much like Facebook, memories of this day are steeped in grandiose snapshots that have cropped out the chaos that ensued prior to, and directly after, these snippets in time. The shopping centers, malls, …

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