Watch the Academy Awards with Workshop Theatre!

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Workshop Theatre is holding its first Oscar Party & Fundraiser.  We are raising much needed funds for equipment in our rehearsal space.  We will be setting up a big screen television and streaming the Academy Awards live on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at the Rosemont Community Centre.  As some ‘Workshoppers’ already know, this is the venue where we hold our annual ‘Willy Awards’.

We will have an Oscar Pool where participants will be able to vote for who they think will win an Oscar.  The person who gets the most correct picks win a prize.  We will also have Oscar Bingo where you will get a bingo card and you will get to play along during the live telecast.

We have some amazing sponsors lined up!  If you are interested in donating a prize to this event, please contact us at

Some of our sponsors include:

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Sorry – The Hardest Word

I think I say ‘sorry’ too often and I think my daughter is picking up the habit. If you say it too often, it loses meaning. I go through phases where I use the word often and then phases where I don’t use it at all. It’s important to find the right balance.

Kali's Musings

I'm Sorry We have seen good businesses make very bad decisions about taking responsibility for an error. The fallout can be devastating, and much of the damage is done because the business refuses to apologize or “make it right.”  

As your kids grow up, they are going to make mistakes. They are going to hurt others, whether knowingly or unknowingly, and they will bear the consequences of these events.

How do we raise children who know how to apologize, and more importantly, who know how to make reparations?

I won’t pretend it is easy, but you can do it.

There are three steps to a truly effective apology:

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Dear Proctor and Gamble, Where are all the dads?

Very good point here. Where are all the fathers?

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17 days until the Winter Olympics begin.

Several weeks ago, I saw murmurs about this Proctor and Gamble Sochi ’14 ad. I ignored them.  As we get closer to the lighting of the torch, however, this ad will start making the rounds:

This ad is a follow-up to an earlier P&G campaign during the London summer olympics in 2012. A brief skim of tweets using the hashtag #ThankYouMom, I see the ad is getting great reviews. People called it great advertising. They’re calling it a tearjerker.  I didn’t like that one either. I ranted about their ad over a year ago.

But I KNEW that I would just hate the ad when my husband came home last week and asked me if I’d seen it. I told him that I hadn’t and asked him if it was more of the same.

He surprised me with his review. He told me that…

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The Snooze Button

Great article on the Snooze button. We all have used it at some point. I like the names this blogger has given his alarm clocks! Here’s to the Snooze button and 9 minutes of bliss or dread. It depends on the day!

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The Snooze Button was invented some time shortly after the invention of the alarm clock itself, and
I remember the day I discovered it as a young boy. It was early in the morning, and my alarm clock was going off. I didn’t want to get up so I wondered if there was a way that I could silence the alarm for about nine minutes so that I could get a little more rest. This would allow me just enough time to toss and turn for 8 and 1 / 2 minutes, and sleep for the remaining 30 seconds, before starting the cycle all over again.

Although I had prayed for a snow day, I was forced from my slumber on this cold western New York morning by my alarm clock, which began emitting a heinous noise at the pre-agreed upon time of precisely 6am, Eastern Standard Time. I rolled…

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French Onion Soup For A Frozen Day!

My husband hates onions.  He won’t eat them.  He can’t stand the smell of them.  I have tried hiding them in dishes but he can seek them out like a wolfhound.  When we were dating, I invited him over for supper.  I made Greek salad.  He meticiously took all the onions out of the salad. I thought that was a bit weird but eventually I married him.  He’s out of town so I am cooking onions.

Me, V and the guy I married that hates onions.

Me, V and the guy I married that hates onions.

It’s very cold outside these days and soup is just the answer for a cold day. One of my favourite dishes is French Onion Soup and I don’t mean the frozen hockey puck kind you can get at M & M Meats.  I’ve made it over the years and have researched the various versions.  I even took a look at Julia Child’s version and gave that a go at one point.  I am going to share my version.

Oversized frozen hockey pucks from M&M meats.

Oversized frozen hockey pucks from M&M meats.


  •  4-5 yellow medium-sized onions
  • 1 shallot
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • Splash of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/8 cup of white sugar
  • 1/8 cup of flour
  • 1 cup of red wine
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar
  • French bread (or any other bread you have on hand)
  • Gruyère cheese (or swiss cheese) – shredded
  1. Pour yourself a glass of wine.
  2. Cut the onions and shallot along the grain in thin slices.
  3. Add butter and oil to a large pan at medium heat.
  4. Add onions and shallot to the pan. Let the onion and shallot mixture cook for about 10 minutes until they all sweat down then reduce heat to a simmer.

    Put all the onions in a large pan.

    Put all the onions in a large pan.

  5. Now it’s time to be patient and let the onion mixture to simmer for a long time.  Be patient.  Add the sugar and  some salt and pepper to taste.  Drink that glass of wine.  Do a few loads of laundry.  Stir occastionally so the entire mixture cooks evenly.  This will take at least an hour.  You want to get the mixture to fully caramelize.  They should look like a nice brown carmel colour.


    It takes time to slowly carmelize this mixture but it will be worth it. Be patient.

  6. Add the flour and turn up the heat to medium.  Cook off the flour for about 2 minutes.  Be careful not to burn or overcook the mixture in this step.
  7. Add the wine and cook on medium until the liquid evaporates – about 10 minutes.  You can try any type of red wine.  I used a Malbec and the soup turned out well.  Cooking sherry could work as well but I prefer wine.  I guess if you need to go ‘non-alcy’, you could try red wine vinegar.
  8. Add the water and cook on medium low until the liquid bubbles.  I read somewhere that French Onion Soup was traditionally a ‘peasant’ dish.  Peasants would start it in the morning and let it simmer all day.  They used what was fast and available – water.  There are some recipies that say to add beef or chicken stock.  I suppose you could do that but you can control the salt content with water.
  9. Add the balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper to taste.  Add more balsamic vinegar if you like.  You want to try and achieve that right balance of sweet and savoury.  Let the soup simmer on low heat.
  10. Cut the bread in small disc shapes and toast in a toaster oven and lightly toast.  Turn on your oven to about 350 degrees.
  11. Shred the cheese.  You can have as much or as little cheese as you want.  As Racheal Ray says, ‘eyeball it’.
  12. Put the soup in small oven-safe dishes and add the toast and cheese.  Put in the oven until the cheese melts and put on the broiler in the over if you like to achieve an nicely melted dish.  This will take about 10 minutes.
  13. Enjoy with a glass of wine.  I put my leftovers in the fridge and they taste great the next day.

Here are some ‘Neet’ websites that I reviewed while writing this post and recommend:

  • Nearof! – I got the fabulous photo of the M&M hockey puck from this site.  The site is all about the food you eat between the spectacular five-course meals that other food writers seem to obsess over.  I like the author’s review of ordinary food items you can find on your grocery shelf.
  • Starving Off The Land – A great website dedicated to fishing, hunting, growing, gathering, osterying and pigs!  The author raises her own pigs and there is a section on the site where you can watch pigs.  She has even named them!

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