Looking to get out of the house for a safe adventure? Now you can with the new Toronto Zoo Scenic Safari. Take a tour around the zoo from the comfort of your own car, with your very own zookeeper commentary to learn about animals as you pass through the variety of zoogeographic areas!

Guests will be able to see the zoo from a whole new perspective, as they drive their own vehicles on staff-only roads, pedestrian walkways, and even through the lion cave in the African Savanna. Keep your eyes peeled at every turn, like you are on a real-life African safari – only this time, it’s with a variety of animals from around the world!

With the spread of the coronavirus appearing to slow across the province, they are set to open their scenic drive-thru experience on Saturday, May 23rd.

Tickets will go on sale at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 22nd and they MUST be purchased in advance.

The drive-thru experience travels 3.4 kilometres and takes around 45 minutes to an hour.

A car with two or less people will cost $32 for zoo members and $44 for non-members. A vehicle with three or more people inside will cost $47 for members and $59 for non-members.

What you need to know:

  • BYOC (Bring your own car) Vehicle dimensions must not exceed 7ft. high or 9ft. wide
  • Safari patrons will not be allowed to leave their car at any point during the Safari
  • Washrooms will only be available prior to the safari
  • The tour is approximately 45 mins
  • Listen to a guided audio tour during your Scenic Safari through their Wild For Life podcast!

For more info click here:

http://www.torontozoo.com/

Sometimes you just can’t decide what type of cookie to make. Or maybe that’s just me. I love peanut butter cookies…and oatmeal cookies…and chocolate chip cookies…

Do you have Peanut butter? Check.

Chocolate Chips? Check.

Oats? Check.

For times that you just can’t decide which cookie to make – make these!

This recipe combines the BEST of the best – chocolate chips, oatmeal, AND peanut butter – into one fantabulous cookie!!

Soft and tender from the peanut butter, a slight toasted flavour from the oats and just the right amount of sweetness from the chocolate chips.  Go preheat your oven to 350 degrees now and get started!!

Ingredients

½ cup butter

½ cup white sugar

½ cup packed brown sugar

½ cup peanut butter

½ tsp vanilla extract

1 egg

1 cup all purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

¼ tsp salt

½ cup rolled oats

1 cup semisweet or milk chocolate chips

 

Directions

In a medium bowl, cream together the butter, white sugar and brown sugar until smooth. Stir in the peanut butter, vanilla and egg until well blended. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; stir into the batter just until moistened. Mix in the oats and chocolate chips until evenly distributed. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto lightly greased cookie sheets.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven. The cookies will not look “done” when you pull them out of the oven, but they will continue to cook on the hot baking sheets out of the oven. If they are slightly brown, the edges look just set and they are puffy in the middle, they are ready to come out!

Cool on cookie sheets for about 5 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

Enjoy!!

Cinco de Mayo isn’t an official major event in Canada, but that doesn’t stop people from celebrating the Mexican holiday on May 5th. This big fiesta has become very popular all over the world and has spread to many countries as a way to celebrate Mexican culture. Many local pubs and restaurants, especially Mexican and Latin American ones, typically go all out with their promotions.

However, since mid-March, most public events have been cancelled due to the outbreak of Covid-19. Restaurants are either closed or offer only take-out and delivery. Bars and night clubs are closed, and festivals and events have been either cancelled or postponed.

We’ve waited years for Cinco de Mayo and Taco Tuesday to collide, so not even a pandemic will stop festivities from happening, at least not on the food end – but it seems people will have to just celebrate and drink their Corona beers and tequila at home this year (but of course only in moderation)!

Here are some of our go-to websites for everything Cinco de Mayo liquids and solids!

If you are a fan of all kinds of Mexican food and drinks, then this site is for you. From guacamole to margaritas. Salsa to iconic Mexican desserts, you will find endless recipes to cook up something special for this Cinco de Mayo!

Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Are tacos your jam? This site has not one dozen, not two dozen, but nearly three dozen different taco recipes!

33 Taco Recipes We Love

Not a fan of tacos? Try one of these 48 recipes for amazing Mexican dishes that are sure to be a mainstay at every Cinco de Mayo celebration.

48 Recipes for Mexican Foods That Aren’t Tacos

For some, part of the May 5th celebration includes Cinco de Mayo cocktails. As this next website says, “if your go-to liquor is tequila, you’re in luck”! Margaritas, mimosas, and other tasty tequila treats are just a click away!

24 Tequila Cocktails To Celebrate Cinco De Mayo

No! It isn’t just any salsa! It’s Pico de Gallo! If you have always wanted to know how to make it, the time has come. Learn how to make a famous Mexican garnish made of tomatoes, onions, cilantro and lime juice. A must for any taco or tostada.

How to Make the Best Pico de Gallo

There is no wrong way to make ‘Guac’! But here are a few additional recipes made by others that you might want to add to your guacamole repertoire.

Guacamole Recipes

Is it a donut? Is it a funnel cake? What is a Churro!! Well, a churro is the best of both worlds. A fried-dough pastry coated in a cinnamon sugar mixture and served with chocolate, caramel or whipped cream or just eaten plain will be sure to win over your sweet tooth during Cinco de Mayo celebrations!

Churros

Looking for something that you can make for Cinco de Mayo that doesn’t have carne (meat), pollo (chicken) or pescado (fish), but still want a delicious taco? Try out these roasted cauliflower tacos.

Roasted Cauliflower Tacos

Do you love tacos, but are looking for something a little simpler to make this Cinco de Mayo? Check out this next site for a quick and taco-inspired rice skillet.

One Pan Taco Skillet

And last, but definitely not least, is the Mole Sauce! Mole is a traditional marinade and sauce used in Mexican cuisine. This Mexican delight usually contains a fruit, chili pepper, nut and various spices such as black pepper, cinnamon, and cumin.

Holy Mole Sauce

P.S. We just had to throw one more Mole Sauce in there for good measure!

Authentic Mole Poblano

¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

The cherry blossoms are starting to bloom in Toronto — although technically we’re not really supposed to be outside enjoying them right now.  Photos of pink buds popping up at Trinity Bellwoods Park are starting to show up on social media because cherry blossom season awaits no one, not even those stuck in the house during quarantine.

A beloved spring tradition, every year thousands of people visit High Park to catch a glimpse of the delicate pink flowers. Sakura trees, also known as cherry blossom trees, are known for their elegance and beauty. Unfortunately, they are also known for their short blooming periods.

This year, as a part of Toronto’s Covid-19 response, High Park is closed for public safety reasons during peak bloom, and to ensure no one misses the annual bloom, they are bringing Spring indoors.

Check in on the continuous livestream of the High Park grove 24 hours a day, and watch the progress of the cherry tree blooms until peak bloom ends. Weather dependent.

Virtual 24-Hour BloomCam

To encourage everyone to stay home and stay safe, Toronto has planned multiple virtual cherry blossom experiences on a variety of social media platforms until peak bloom ends.

Virtual Cherry Blossom Experiences

For the weeks (and likely months) ahead, our lives are all about self-isolation due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We won’t be face to face with families, friends, colleagues, or dating app matches for an indefinite amount of time, and, as a result, a lot of people will probably let their grooming regimen slide.

That’s understandable, since our barbers and stylists are also quarantined, but there’s a good argument for maintaining some semblance of your regular routine during this time. It provides structure – bookends to your day, a break from the new work-from-home routine, and can even provide some much needed optimism despite all the depressing news stories we hear each day.

So here are some ways you can keep on top of your grooming habits, or even build some new ones.

How Not to Let Your Grooming Habits Fall to the Wayside During Self-Isolation

Cooking at home has likely changed a great deal in the last few months. It may be a sanctuary for some and a chore for others, but in an era of lockdowns, we will all sometimes be frustrated by not having this or that ingredient on hand – and no longer being able to just pop out to get it. While getting your hands on everyday staples is not always as quick and easy as it used to be, you can still use your favourite, tried and true recipes, just by making a few clever substitutions.  Here are a few tips on how to best substitute in, and swap out key ingredients while still creating delicious meals.

The Perfect Substitutes for 20 Common Ingredients

So, your hair is getting long, and all of the salons are closed because of a global pandemic. Unless you’re lucky enough to be quarantined with a hair care professional, you might be getting desperate for a trim. Stylists will advise you to avoid getting too overzealous with your scissors, but sometimes you’re left with no choice. Cutting your hair is more complicated than it looks, and this guide is not one-size-fits-all, but it should help you at least figure out the basics on where to start and help you avoid a DIY disaster.

How to Cut Your Own Hair at Home

Some people avoid reading because of a dislike for the physical process of picking up a book. After a long day, the small text and necessary concentration can be challenging even for people who love books.

There is something to be said for that new book smell and the ability to hold something tangible, but audiobooks provide a nice break from physically reading. Instead, someone reads to you. It requires a different type of focus that is often easier to find.

With audiobooks, when you want to read but are too tired for the process, you will have an option to stick in headphones and get a similar experience.

Audible

You can sign in using your Amazon account to start your 30-day free trial – $14.95/month CDN after 30 days. Cancel anytime. Choose any audiobook to get started. Your first audiobook is FREE!

Listen to your favourite audiobooks wherever you are by downloading the FREE Audible app – whether you’re in the car, on a run or even doing the ironing!

You’re bound to find a title you love in their vast library. And if you’re not happy with your selection, you can swap it for another — FREE.

Also, check out our HomeWurxFree Stuff  page as Audible has made a selection of Audible Originals free for the listening!!

https://www.audible.ca/

With eBooks, you don’t even need to leave your house to buy new titles or borrow them from your local library. You can purchase them directly from a digital bookstore and download them instantly to your device. Even libraries now offer digital eBook lending, so you can instantly download titles for free without ever having to visit the library. You can acquire an entire library of new books on your eReader while still wearing your pajamas or sitting on your couch.

There are many reasons why readers may want to give eBooks a try. They provide more versatility than print and have many advantages that make the reading experience easier and more enjoyable. It doesn’t matter how you choose to read your books. The important thing is that you keep reading!

Kobo

Let’s stay in and read – with the biggest and best new releases – all in one place. Updated weekly. Discover over 6 million eBooks and audiobooks on award-winning eReaders and the FREE Rakuten Kobo App. Find Daily Deals, read previews & reviews and enjoy a loyalty program (Kobo Super Points) that rewards you for your love of reading.

Kobo ebooks

 

Open up to a world of reading on any device. Find all your eBooks and audiobooks together in one place with the FREE Kobo App. With access to over 6 million titles on your tablet or smartphone, it is your own portable reading world. Listen on the go anywhere, adjust listening speed, set a sleep timer, and keep your collection of audiobooks and eBooks in one place.

Kobo Apps

 

Kobo audiobooks are available for iOS and Android. Start your 30-day free trial and receive a credit to get your first audiobook for FREE. The subscription price is $12.99/month after the 30 days, and you can cancel anytime.  Each month, your monthly fee of $12.99 gets you another credit to use on a new audiobook, regardless of its listed price.

Kobo Audiobooks

Indigo

Canada’s biggest bookstore is online!

All of their retail locations are temporarily closed until further notice, however, as they strive to stay connected during this time, they’re taking the in-store experience…online. You can join them on Instagram live for conversations with your favourite authors, artists, and musicians by following them @indigo & @indigokids.

Refresh your reading list with some of their favourite titles.

Top 10 Books If You Love Tiger King

New and Hot Books

Bestsellers

Wellness Books

Cookbooks

Kids Books

Mothers Day Books

Top 10 Lists

Most Anticipated Books of 2020

10 Must-Read Books That Movies or TV Shows

Best Books of the Decade

 

Book Outlet

Are you looking for bargain Books at read-iculously low prices? Buy cheap kids books, fiction, cooking, young adult novels & so much more! FREE shipping on orders over $45.

https://bookoutlet.ca/

 

Lifehack

They have put together a list of the 15 Best Online Bookstores for Cheap New and Used Books

https://www.lifehack.org/articles/money/15-best-online-bookstores-for-cheap-new-and-used-books.html

 

 

 

 

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