Celebrate Canada Day In Muskoka!!!  

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015


9:00 am Lion's Club Peameal on a Bun Breakfast:  River Mill Park

10:00 am Oh Canada and Canada Day Cake:  River Mill Park

11:00 am Opening Ceremonies:  Royal Canadian Legion Branch 232

10:00 am to 4:00 pm Strawberry Social and Steam Up Day: Muskoka Heritage Place

11:00 am to 4:00 pm  Downtown Huntsville Food and Music Festival:  Main Street 

11:00 am to 1:00 pm Kids make your own Canada Day birthday cake to take home:  Robinson's Independent Grocer

10:00 to 4:00 pm Culture Station Open House:  26 Station Road


Fireworks Displays in Muskoka


 Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Launch Location over Hunters Bay behind the Fire…

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Here is an excerpt recently published by the Canadian Real Estate Association based on statistics recorded through the MLS® system of Muskoka Haliburton Orillia – The Lakelands Association of REALTORS®:   Muskoka Waterfront Real Estate Sales Set New May record!   "Sales of waterfront properties, meanwhile, rose 10.3 per cent from a year ago to 192 units in May 2015. This was the best May on record.  Year-to-date sales of waterfront properties were running 27.9 per cent ahead of the first five months of 2014."   “The story in May was once again one of fairly average sales in the non-waterfront segment, while waterfront sales set another record,” said Tom Wilkinson, President of Muskoka Haliburton Orillia – The Lakelands Association of…

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Well, now that we've all recovered from the first long weekend celebrating summer's (near) arrival in Muskoka... give this yummy, summery salad a try at your next BBQ or pot luck.  We all enjoyed this one!

Summer's Mexican Bean Salad

This colourful, crunchy and healthy salad recipe holds up for hours.

~one can of sweet corn, drained

~one can of kidney beans, drained

~one cup diced seedless cucumber

~one cup diced green capsicum

~one ripe plum tomato, cut into 1/4" dice

~4 shallots, thinly sliced

~2 tablespoons chopped flat-leafed parsley

~1/2 teaspoon minced garlic

~1/3 cup olive oil

~2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar

~1 teaspoon sugar

~1/4 teaspoon dry mustard

~1/4 teaspoon curry powder

~salt and freshly…

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If you're thinking of selling your Muskoka waterfront cottage this Spring, it's a great time to SELL as many Buyers are out now in full force looking for their vacation home that they can enjoy this summer.  As you do your spring clean-up, the list below will get you started in the right direction.  If you need some suggestions on making a great first impression and getting the best price possible for your property, our resident Home Stylist is here to help and can ease the stress out of this important step of preparing your cottage for marketing to the most discriminating Buyers.  When you list your property with Relaxed Living Realty, a consultation with our Home Stylist is free of charge.  So don't delay.  Visit our website at…

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1.  Start with the easy stuff.  Eliminate anything that's broken, damaged, or no longer wanted.  Then go to out-of-the-way places like attics, crawlspaces, and garages.  Making progress in 'easier' areas will build momentum to go through the harder-to-decide areas.

2.  Ask Yourself, "If this disappeared tomorrow, would I run out and replace it?  If you wouldn't miss it or need to replace it, it's probably not worth keeping.

3.  Don't be a storage unit for others.  If friends or relatives have left things for you to store, it's time to ask them to pick them up-or arrange to have them shipped.  You may need to be tough and set a firm deadline, after which you will donate the items.

4.  Ask for help.  Although you can do much of this work on your…

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Serves 16

1 cup crushed ginger snap cookies

3 tbsp melted butter

1tsp ground cinnamon

2 tbsp brown sugar

4 - 250g packages of cream cheese, softened

1 1/2 cup sugar

5 eggs

1/4 cup flour

2 tsp pumpkin pie spice or to taste

1 can (14oz/398 ml) pumpkin

2 tbsp light rum

1 cup whipping cream, whipped

- Combine crushed ginger snaps, butter, cinnamon and brown sugar. 

- Press into base of lightly greased 9" springform cake pan. Pat firmly and chill. 

- Beat softened cream cheese with electric beater until fluffy. Slowly beat in sugar. Add eggs one at a time beating well after each addition. 

- Gradually beat in flour, pumpkin pie spice, pumpkin and rum. Pour batter over crust. 

- Preheat oven to 325 or less if…

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Well Fall is definitely here and we have just witnessed the most glorious of fall colours in my memory.  The beauty was breathtaking and for this, I am grateful.  With Canadian Thanksgiving upon us, there are so many things we can be grateful for in Muskoka if we stop and take in the scent of leaves, the sun shining, the weather comfortable (when not raining!!), the wide open spaces, the soft air around our lakes, the pines.  

The cottage has long been a destination at Thanksgiving.  While there is a practical side to spending Thanksgiving at the cottage i.e. battening down the hatches for the winter to come, many look forward to their family gathering for Thanksgiving Dinner.  Not only is it a feast from the bountiful harvest but a feast of air,…

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Was that summer?  Did I miss it?  Oh well…Fall happens to be my favourite time of year anyways and hopefully you will find ways to enjoy it as well.  The cooler nights, fresh, crisp days, fall fairs.  Great cooking with fresh harvest produce grown at farms locally and in Ontario.  It's also a great time to spruce up the inside and outside of your home or cottage so you won't have so much to do in the Spring.  Here's a page from our Seller's Guide that helps Sellers prepare their home or cottage for sale.  I find it's a handy checklist for maintaining our home so that it's fresh and clean and in good repair year-round.  So I can enjoy it more.  You don't have to wait to sell your home to get it in the shape you want it.  Do it now and you'll feel the joy…

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If you're not planning to keep your cottage after the summer, don't carry it over the winter and sell it in the Spring.  Rethink your selling strategy. With visitors in Muskoka at a summer peak, NOW is the time to list your Muskoka waterfront property for maximum exposure before the end of summer because the Buyers are here visiting now! Call us today at (705) 788-3777 and talk to us. We would be delighted to hear from you.

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