Cheers to Beer: Micro-Brew Reviews

Say hello to Bo, our beer columnist. Bo loves beer… so much he’s “sacrificing” his svelte body for our benefit, tasting craft beer to offer us his thoughts, impressions, and ratings. Bo’s tasting notes will appear often in MuskokaStyle.

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A Cocktail Party Plus A Poem

Our resident mixologist, David Bruce Patterson, loves a well-crafted cocktail only slightly less than he loves a well-crafted poem. David crafts both for us, from season to season, here at MuskokaStyle. Scroll down… and stay tuned for more seasonal words + treats. Sweet Potato Pie Cocktail Sweet potato and cinnamon No, it’s not dessert It’s …

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How to Make a Beaver Tail

Hungry for a Beaver Tail? No Canadian winter can pass without eating at least one. These sweet, flat, donut-like pastries were a staple among early settlers, who stretched dough into the shape of a beaver’s tail in order to bake them easily over an open fire. Zoom forward to 1978 when BeaverTails Canada Inc. trademarked the treat and began selling them to skaters on Ottawa’s Rideau Canal. They’re now a sold in iconic outdoor stalls at winter destinations across the country, including Muskoka. But you can make your own, too. We’ve got a recipe right here:

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The Time to Shop Local is Now

This is a different kind of holiday season for everyone. Online shopping has soared in popularity with the ease of buying and shipping offered all in one place. However, if you’ve been relying on the big selling engines like AMAZON, please remember that your local businesses are also turning to online selling or phone-in orders with curbside pick up and delivery. Check out what’s available in your own neighbourhood and support those small business operators who’ve relied on walk-in traffic in the past.

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Skip the Holi-daze, Simplify Christmas

Making time to reconnect with loved ones is a wish topping many lists this holiday season, so set aside the chaos and commit to doing more this year. More of what you truly enjoy, that is. These time-saving holiday hacks can help curb your time commitments so you can focus on personal connections and celebrating good cheer with loved ones instead.

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A Few of our Favourite Things

This holiday season we’re having fun re-gramming a few of our favourite things. In the weeks leading up to Christmas 2020, we’re re-posting items that caught our collective eye in Summer 2020. From art and food, to fashion and fun, all items are either made in Muskoka, or add to cottage life in a meaningful way. We’re especially fond of gifts you can shop local, or that support artists and writers endeavouring to stay afloat during these odd times we’re living through. Looking for gift ideas? Catch up with @MuskokaStyleMag on Instagram for ongoing inspo, or check back (regularly!) here.

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