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December 2011 Archives

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Christmas wish lists

It's a Christmas tradition for many: making a wish list so friends and family have an idea of which gifts to get you. But not everyone has friends and family to help fulfill those lists. And that's where the website Homeless Partners comes in. Rebecca spoke with Ana Frais about the organization. Frais is with the Okanagan chapter of Homeless Partners.


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Gaming for Ghana

A group of Kelowna teens is playing a video game marathon to raise money for a soccer program in Ghana. Rebecca checked out the action:

 

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Dead sheep in BC's interior

Conservation officers in BC are trying to find those responsible for shooting five big horn sheep. About a week ago, two rams were found dead near Lytton. Then on Friday, a rancher discovered three more dead sheep near Clinton. Rebecca spoke to Bob Butcher this afternoon. He's a conservation officer in Lillooet.



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Monk on Movies

Movie critic Katherine Monk tells Rebecca about Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Young Adult.

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"Don't cry for Kyoto?"

Journalist and lecturer Terry Glavin tells Rebecca why he thinks Canada is better off without the Kyoto Accord.

 

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The Dish: Christmas baking, part one

Darci Yeo of Bliss Bakery and Bistro in Peachland joined Rebecca to dish about mincemeat, Christmas cake, and gingerbread. Check out her gingerbread recipe below.

 

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Gingerbread Dudes Recipe

 

Ingredients

½ cup unsalted butter

¾ cup packed light brown or yellow sugar

½ cup unsulphured molasses

2 tablespoons fresh ginger, very finely chopped or crushed

 

3 ¾ cups all purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon

½ tsp ground nutmeg

½ tsp ground cloves

2 large eggs, whisked slightly

 

Candies for decorating

 

Powdered sugar frosting

1 cup powdered (icing) sugar

2 tbsp heavy whipping cream (more if required)

 

Make the cookies:

 

In a medium saucepan, combine the butter, sugar, molasses and ginger and place over a medium heat.

 

While the above mixture is warming, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves in a medium boil.

 

When the butter mixture comes to a boil, immediately remove from the heat. Let cool for 2 minutes. Add the eggs and the butter mixture to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a cookie paddle and mix on slow speed, or whisk together by hand. Add the flour mixture and mix until well blended. The mixture will be very sticky and still warm.

 

Take the dough from the mixture and place on a lightly floured surface. Roll the dough out to a thickness of about ¼ inch and using floured cookie cutters, cut out as many shapes as you can. Please these cutouts on a baking sheet lined with silicon or baking paper. Clump together the scraps and mold into a ball and roll out again to ¼ inch thickness, and cut out more shapes.

Gingerbread gets very tough after about 3 re-uses, so try to cut out as many shapes as possible from the rolled out dough. You can add a little water if the dough will not stick together after a few rolls.

 

Bake the cookies in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees for approximately 12 minutes or until the cookies feel slightly firm to the touch, allow to cool on the cookie sheets.

For the icing, combine the powdered sugar and whipping cream in a small bowl and mix until the icing is firm and thick with no lumps. Use a spoon to transfer the icing to a piping bag fitted with a medium tip and ice the cookies in whatever whimsical designs you can think of! Use candies to add some character to your cookies. You can add a little extra cream to thin the icing if needed.

Let the cookies sit until the icing is firm before devouring.

 

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Women in trades

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Okanagan College Women in Trades student, Jeunesse Pearson, on a break.


Some stay-at-home moms are trading in their aprons for screwdrivers and hammers. The women are part of a 12-week training course at Okanagan College. It's called the Women's Trades Training Initiative. The women are learning about everything from carpentry to plumbing to drywalling. This week, the Vernon class is in Kelowna, getting a taste of the culinary arts program. Rebecca caught up with one of the participants to find out why she's considering the Trades.



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Browsing in store, but buying online

Some bookstore owners are noticing that shoppers do their research in store, but spend their money online. The CBC's Chris dela Torre explains:

 

 

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The Classifieds: the lost chainsaw

In our latest edition of the The Classifieds, we meet Harry De Haas. Here's his ad:

Travis with the green Jeep Wrangler.
Or anyone who knows a Travis with this vehicle.
On Nov 26 at the Toy Run on Kelowna Mountain -
You were kind enough to pick up me and my 90 year old Father when our ATV broke down.
I left my Chainsaw in your truck, please call me.

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Top News Stories: Fracking

We're looking back at B.C.'s top news stories of the year. Today, reporter Betsy Trumpener told Rebecca why fracking was a big story.

 

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West Kelowna lights up

The countdown to Christmas is on. If you take a drive down Bridgview Road in West Kelowna, you'll find perhaps the brightest and most festive countdown. Jerry Budnick has been decorating his house for years. And it draws much attention -- even from American television networks. Rebecca stopped by Jerry's home and got a tour.


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New children's book about BC's trees

It's hard to argue that trees aren't an important symbol in BC. But how many British Columbians can identify the trees around them? According to Darcee O'Hearn, not enough. She's a forest educator in Rossland, and she spoke to Rebecca about her new book series, "Legends of the Forest."
 
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Mug shot

Tune in every day at 4:12 Pacific, 5:12 Mountain to hear the hot topic. Share your comments, and you could win a Radio West mug!

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Midwifery in Salmon Arm

There's a petition circulating around Salmon Arm. Those who have signed it say, the Shuswap Lake General Hospital should make it easier for midwives to practice there. Rebecca spoke with Holly Malashewsky, the mother behind the petition. She also spoke with Peter Du Toit. He's the health authority's director for acute care, in the Thompson Caribou area.

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