Marilou Yampolsky, Special to the Camrose Canadian


The Heie family has found the no grocery store challenge has brought them closer together. Supplied

Test yourself with the no grocery store challenge

Have you ever cleaned out your pantry/cupboard and tossed expired food that you never got around to eating in time? Brought in the groceries and put yet another can of beans beside the exact same can already in the cupboard? Are you like me and have regular recipes that you make all the time and find your grocery list the same every single week? Do

Sami Smith opened G.O.A.T Coffee Co. two weeks ago and is already developing a loyal following on the east side of Camrose. Marilou Yampolsky/ Camrose Canadian Contributor

All the buzz about G.O.A.T. Coffee Co.

If you haven’t stopped in to try out the new coffee shop in town, it’s time to stop in and find out what all the buzz is about.

Patricia Zeniuk's signature product is her cinnamon twists. Daybreak Creations Photography. Supplied

Simple Delights from Grandma's kitchen

Did you grow up with that grandma who’s house always smelled like fresh baked cookies? Whose cookie jar was always full? A grandma who never complained when you ate fresh veggies out of her garden and sat on the porch shelling peas for hours and only a rare few made it into the bowl?

Hazel Cail and Gordon Paziuk are always ready to serve you at OleO’s Ice Cream at Mirror Lake Park in Camrose. Marilou Yampolsky/ Camrose Canadian Contributor

OleO’s serving up smiles with every cone

From May long weekend through the month of September (weather permitting), people flock to Mirror Lake Park to satisfy their sweet tooth with ice cream from OleO’s Ice cream castle.

Camrose volunteer firefighter Ricardo Whittingham serves up pancakes during the Camrose Fire Department’s annual pancake breakfast in Camrose on May 7. Josh Aldrich/ Camrose Canadian

Firefighters serve the hungry masses breakfast

More than 2,500 eggs, 470 pounds of sausage, a secret recipe and some down-home community spirit came together on Sunday at the Camrose Fire Department Pancake breakfast.

Metal Kettle sets up shop at the golf course

Have you tried the sandwiches made on fresh baked bread or the homemade soups and baking from The Metal Kettle? The mom and daughter team of Arlene Gibbs and Karry Sikstrom have been feeding Camrosians on the east end of town since 2012, and since have opened another venue at the Bailey theatre downtown. In a few short days they will also be servin

Click and Collect personal shoppers Erin Mitchell and Maria Elchidak are ready to assist your online grocery shopping needs at the Camrose Superstore. Supplied

Click and Collect means shopping from home

Do you love grocery shopping? Do your kids think this weekly occurrence is their favourite outing and they enjoy watching you read nutrition labels as you try to make the best nutritional choices for your family using a minimal budget?

Sandra Huseby and Judi Nierbergall show off a line of designer chocolates at Studio 49 Home & Design in Camrose.

Decadent design and delicious chocolates

Have you met Sandra Huseby? She is the owner and designer of that “little shop that’s big on Design,” Studio 49 Home & Design. Sandra is a woman of vision, she can take a blank canvas and turn it into a space that’s on trend and beautiful.

The possibilities for wedding cakes are endless, but be sure to vet your cake artist beforehand. Supplied

The I do’s and don’t’s of wedding cakes

With wedding season just around the corner, many couples will be embarking on the journey to select the perfect wedding cake. I chatted with local cake artist extraordinaire Tania Greenwald of Cute and Classy Cakes to get the scoop on what couples need to know.

Pat Branson has an assortment of goodies and gourmet coffees in unique mugs on offer at Fiona’s Coffee and Gifts. Submitted

Come for the coffee, stay for the community

On your next visit to Camrose’s bustling downtown core, open the painted door at 4968 50 Street and you’ll be greeted with the smell of fresh brewed coffee, fresh baked goodies and a warm hello. Many of those who enter Fiona’s Coffee and Gifts the also get a hug to go with the small town hospitality. I believe the hugs are optional, but the friendl

The food festival at Augustana featured the cuisines of many different cultures. Marilou Yampolsky/ Special to the Canadian

Bringing the world together through food

The international students of Augustana put on their first international food fare to demonstrate the number of cultures that make up our country, and the Augustana campus on Jan 22.

Let's be realistic this January!

It’s January, people. Welcome to guilt trips, fad diets, gym memberships you’ll pay for and not use. Welcome to more guilt. Ah, the month that screams healthy eating, weight loss, new year’s resolutions. Why is it that when Jan. 1 appears on the calendar we make our annual trip to the bathroom scale and feel the weight of the world when we see we f