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Coming Attractions and Highlights!

Some Assembly  RequiredSome Assembly Required
Now streaming on Netflix

When 14-year-old Jarvis Raines’ house is nearly destroyed by a defective toy, he sues the company and ends up owning it.

Love AgainLove Again
Airs on Hallmark Channel, June 27 at 5pm

A couple on the brink of divorce decides to keep their marital woes a secret as they help their daughter plan her wedding. As the two work together on the happy occasion, they soon discover that their own marriage might just be worth saving.

A Perfect MatchA Perfect Match
Airs on Hallmark Channel, June 27 at 7pm

When an engaged couple can’t agree on anything, the mother of the groom (Linda Gray) hires a wedding planner and an event planner to help put together the wedding of their dreams.  The two planners are as different as night and day, but as they too learn to compromise, they discover that opposites do indeed attract and can combine to produce incredible results!

A Country WeddingA Country Wedding
Airs on Hallmark Channel, June 27 at 9pm

A famous country singer set to marry a glamorous Hollywood actress returns to his small town roots. When he crosses paths with his childhood sweetheart – and finally feels inspired to write songs again – he re-evaluates his life, his values, and his opinion of true love.

 When Call The HeartWhen Call The Heart
Airs on CBC, starting June 28 at 8pm

Based on the bestselling novel, When Calls The Heart  follows the story of young school teacher Elizabeth Thatcher, who has just arrived in Coal Valley, a 19th-century coal mining town in the Western Frontier that is worlds apart from the wealthy, high-society life where she grew up.

Frankie & AliceFrankie & Alice
Airs on Super Channel, June 28 at 10pm ET
Airs on Super Channel VOD

Inspired by the remarkable true story of Frankie, an African-American go-go dancer with dissociative identity disorder who struggles to remain her true self while fighting against two very unique alter egos: a seven-year-old child named “Genius,” and a Southern white racist woman named “Alice.”

The Carpenter's MiracleThe Carpenter’s Miracle
Airs on Super Channel, June 28 at 6:30pm ET
Airs on Super Channel VOD

A small-town carpenter becomes a local celebrity after resurrecting a dead child, but strives to get back to the life he once had before the miraculous event. 

ModraModra
Airs on The Movie Network, July 1 at 4:55pm

The story of two teenagers who discover themselves, and one another, on a week-long summer trip to Slovakia.

Cruel & UnusualCruel & Unusual
Airs on The Movie Network, July 3 at 2:10pm

Wrongly condemned for killing his wife, a man finds himself in a mysterious institution where he is sentenced to relive her death for eternity.

Molly MaxwellMolly Maxwell
Airs on The Movie Network, July 8 at 7:25pm

A 16-year-old girl’s quest to figure out what makes her extraordinary leads to a close relationship with her teacher.

Cedar CoveCedar Cove, Season 3
Airs on The Hallmark Channel, starting July 18

Judge Olivia Lockhart is considered the community’s guiding light in the picturesque coastal town of Cedar Cove, Washington. But like everyone else, Olivia fights the uphill battle of balancing career with family and finding love, all the while doing her best to care for the township she calls home.

Fudgy Flourless Cookies

Fudgy Flourless Cookies

Thank you to Leslie Foster for this month’s recipe. She based her Fudgy Flourless Cookies on this recipe.

And now, over to Leslie…

Yum! Only 62 calories/good-sized cookie and they taste brownie-like. The main difference between my recipe and the original is that I perfected the amount of egg whites.  I made them with the original recipe and failed, but the taste was there, so I tried again, weighing my egg whites. You don’t have to weigh, though, and I put how to do that below as well.

Ingredients

3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
1/4 tsp. salt
3-4 large egg whites, weighed out to 120 grams
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips or chunks

instructions

Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Line two baking sheets with parchment. Spray with non-stick cooking spray. (Note: parchment paper works best. I tried it with Silpat once and wasn’t as successful.)
Whisk together the powdered sugar, cocoa powder and salt.
Stir together the vanilla and egg whites.
If you don’t have a scale, add egg whites slowly until you get quite a thick batter. Start with 2 egg whites, then add the rest in small amounts, stirring well to incorporate. It’s easy to go from too thick to too thin.
Whisk until the batter is moistened.
Stir in the chocolate chips.
Scoop the batter by the tablespoonful onto the baking sheets. Cookies will spread, so place about 6-8 on a sheet.
Bake for 8 minutes, or until the tops are glossy and lightly cracked.
Let the cookies cool completely on the baking sheet, as they come off easier when they’re cool. Store in an airtight container.

Makes 3 dozen cookies.

6 Favourite Patios

Favourite Patios

It’s summer and the patios are full of hungry patrons soaking up the sun and relaxing with great food and drink. Here are a few of our favourite outdoor eating places.

The GalleyThe Galley Patio & Grill at the Jericho Sailing Centre

Featuring sun, sand, sailboats and a panoramic view of Vancouver, the Galley Patio at the Jericho Sailing Centre is a perennial favourite place to relax over a burger on a warm summer night. Combine your casual dinner with a stroll along Jericho or Locarno Beach.

 

Coo Coo CoffeeCoo Coo Coffee

Unassuming and friendly with really great coffee and easy snacks, Coo Coo Coffee is a great place to grab a java and enjoy the sun on a beautiful summer morning in Yaletown.

 

Tea HouseThe Teahouse in Stanley Park

One of Vancouver’s oldest patios with a view to die for. The brunch menu is surprisingly affordable. Do try the warm croissants and homemade jam.

 

Flying Beaver

It’s a little out of the way, but the view is worth it. Perched right out over the Fraser River, the Flying Beaver shares space with VYR’s float plane terminal (and is named after the venerable bush plane). You can enjoy your excellent chicken wings while watching float planes come and go (and if you are really lucky, you’ll spot the beaver who actually lives below the building). If you can’t get onto the smallish patio during summer, the covered section stays open year-round. Daily food and drink specials.

 

The LionsThe Lions

You probably won’t be surprised by the standard pub-style fare on the menu, but you may be surprised by how delicious it all is. The deep-fried dill pickles are some of the best around. The patio is generously sized and surprisingly welcoming given the downtown location.

 

Hot Dogs on English Bay

Okay, they’re just dogs and a cold can of pop, but… load on the onions, relish, and mustard, grab a spot on a bench, and enjoy the lovely view. Sure feels like summer! An especially lovely place to linger as the sun goes down. Bet you’ll witness at least one busker, and just try to resist having your photo taken by the giant laughing statues.

 

 

Coming Attractions and Highlights!

AirshowAirshow
New episodes air on Discovery Channel Canada, June 1 at 8 ET/ 5 PT

Four brand-new episodes of the show that takes you behind the scenes to one of the most dangerous part-time profession on the planet.

So You Said YesSo You Said Yes
Airs on Super Channel, June 4 at 7:30pm ET

When Annabelle, the owner of a specialty bridal shop, falls for Sam, the son of her fierce bridal shop competition, she must fend off Sam’s mother’s attempts at sabotage to be with the man she loves.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: From Paris with LoveSigned, Sealed, Delivered: From Paris with Love
Airs on The Hallmark Channel, June 6 at 9pm

The Postables are back! This time Oliver, Shane, Rita, and Norman explore the mystery of true love as they deliver divorce papers to one couple the same day Oliver’s missing wife reappears.

Baby BootcampBaby Bootcamp
Airs on Super Channel, June 9 at 6:15pm ET

When super-cute fitness instructor Julia turns thirty with no husband prospect in sight, she vows to start a family of her own with or without a man; that is, until adorable widowed father Scott joins her Baby Bootcamp.

Sunflower HourSunflower Hour
Airs on Super Channel, June 10 at 8pm ET

Enter the world of Sunflower Hour, where a reality television crew follows the casting search for a new puppeteer of a popular children’s television show, unearthing secrets probably everyone wished had stayed that way.

A Bone To Pick: An Aurora Teagarden MysteryA Bone To Pick
Airs on The Hallmark Channel, June 11 at 9pm

Aurora Teagarden is known around her small town as a master sleuth. When her friend Jane unexpectedly dies and leaves Aurora everything in her will, she also leaves a troubling murder mystery haunting her neighborhood.

7 Surprising Benefits of Being a Captioner or Transcriber

7 Surprising Benefits of Captioning / Subscribing

A big part of the job of captioning and transcribing is watching television shows, movies, and other digital media very closely. Sometimes over and over again. This attention to content pays off in unexpected ways.

We can spot a bargain.

1. We can recognize a bargain.

  • I learned that to make one’s own wedding cake would take 40 hours labour at a minimum. Paying a baker is well worth it.

We get great ideas.

2. We get great ideas.

  • One Line 21 employee also writes for the BuildDirect.com blog. She gets a lot of her article ideas from set designs—both things done right, and things to avoid. We’ll never reveal which projects spawned which ideas. Steffani’s a great writer with good ideas to share. Read her here.

We're better conversationalists.

3. We’re better conversationalists.

  • Information I’ve picked up pops up in life a lot. I’ll be talking with people about food or places or whatnot, and I’ll think, “how did I know that? Oh, right, it was in that show!”

We've added to our travel bucket list.

4. We’ve added to our travel bucket list.

  • Sichuan, China: where mysterious coffins hang on the side of a cliff.
  • Battambang, Cambodia: to see the bamboo railway.
  • Kenya: to see the elephant sanctuaries.

We're safer.

5. We’re safer.

  • I remember the work safety video where I learned that if a power line falls on your vehicle, it will charge the metal body of the vehicle. The vehicle is insulated by its rubber tires. Bottom line: you must NOT touch the frame of the vehicle or try to exit. I had absolutely no idea about this.

We're better at reading menus.

6. We’re better at reading menus.

  • I’ve learned so many foody terms and ingredients from working on cooking shows. Menus no longer intimidate me.

We've upped our game at Jeopardy and Trivial Pursuit.

7. We’ve upped our game at Jeopardy and Trivial Pursuit.

A sample of the interesting bits we’ve learned:

  • Baby beavers like to ride around on their mother’s tail.
  • Excavators have decelerator pedals.
  • Marilyn Monroe had a sort of artist/muse relationship with Milton Greene.
  • The author Ian Rankin writes his crime novels about Edinburgh specifically and incorporates the history and geography of the area.
  • Ted Harrison struggled for artistic and critical respect while enjoying commercial success.
  • Artist Yolanda Sonnabend is now cared for by her brother, a biologist who was at the forefront of early AIDS research.

Salted Pecan Pretzel Bark

Salted Pecan Pretzel Bark

This sweet-salty candy lasts for a couple of days in an air-tight container… if you can make it last that long! Adapted from Jamie Clark’s recipe.

Ingredients

1 c butter
1/2 c white sugar
1/2 c brown sugar
1/2 bag pretzels, broken up, or approximately 2 cups unbroken waffle pretzels (Superstore Blue Menu Multigrain Waffle Pretzels work brilliantly)
1/2 – 3/4 c chopped pecans
1 T coarse salt

Directions

Line large baking sheet (one with edges) with parchment paper.
Spread pretzels evenly on baking sheet.
Sprinkle salt and pecans over pretzels.
Bring butter and both sugars to a boil in a small sauce pan. Boil 3 minutes.
Pour evenly over pretzels. Don’t worry if all of the pretzels aren’t completely covered. The butter mixture will even out during baking.
Bake at 380° for 5 minutes.
Cool. Break into bite-sized chunks.

 

Roasted Pepper Cornbread

Roasted Pepper Cornbread

This moist and flavourful quick bread is a great accompaniment to soup or salad. It is best eaten fresh out of the oven.

Inspired by this AllRecipes recipe.

Ingredients

3/4 cups cornmeal
1 1/4 cups milk
1 cup + 1 tbsp flour
1/2 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup white sugar
½ cup finely chopped roasted peppers
1 egg
1/4 cup vegetable oil
Optional: 1/3 c crumbled or grated cheese

Note on Roasted Peppers

You can use canned roasted peppers, but the flavour of peppers you roast yourself is so much better…  and roasting peppers is very easy.

Wash and cut peppers into quarters lengthwise. Remove all seeds and interior membrane.
Lightly brush with olive oil.
Place pieces on the bar-b-que at medium temperature.
Cook, turning occasionally, until skin is charred (time will vary by bar-b-que, but usually about 10-15 minutes).
The charred skin should slip off easily (though I often leave it on).
Roasted peppers freeze well. I often roast several peppers at once, keeping those I don’t use immediately in the freezer. Then, any time I want a little roasted pepper, I have some on hand.

If you use peppers preserved in water or oil, blot them well to remove as much excess liquid as possible. If you roast your own peppers, they do not need to be blotted.

 Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
In a small bowl, combine cornmeal and milk; let stand for 5 minutes.
In a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.
Add roasted pepper (and optional cheese) to dry ingredients.
Mix until peppers (and cheese) are coated.
Mix egg and oil into cornmeal.
Combine wet and dry ingredients. Mix until smooth.
Pour batter into greased 8 x 8 pan.
Bake 30 – 35 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Coming Attractions and Highlights! April 2015

New Releases

Jade FeverJade Fever
Airs on Discovery Channel Canada, Tuesdays at 8 ET/9 PT

The demand for jade has jumped tenfold over the past decade. Follow the rush with Claudia and Robin Bunce, the owners of a large jade mining claim and tourist shop in remote Jade City in northern BC. They mine, cut, polish and sell jade. They employ most of the people in town – if they strike it rich, everyone wins; if they fail, a whole town falls flat on its face.

Bahama BlueBahama Blue
Premieres on Love Nature TV, Tuesday, May 6

This six-part documentary series takes you into the heart of the deep blue sea, from mangrove swamps filled with baby sharks to the sand flats where the green sea turtles graze. Each episode takes a deep dive into another compelling geological feature, introducing you to the abundant wildlife within.

Gourmet DetectiveGourmet Detective
Airs on Hallmark, May 16 at 9pm

Culinary consultant Henry Ross is a charming food industry insider in San Francisco. When suspicious sabotage ends in a shocking murder at his friend’s five-star restaurant, Henry is put on the case with strong-willed police detective and single mom Maggie Price.

A Ring by SpringA Ring By Spring
Airs on Hallmark, May 10 at 7pm

Caryn Briggs is in no rush to wed. She’s always been skeptical about marriage, thinking the commitment would mean throwing away her future. When a soothsayer predicts that Caryn will have an engagement ring by spring, or she’ll never marry, she must admit to herself that she needs to get over her fear of lifelong commitment.

Murder She BakedMurder She Baked
Airs on Hallmark, May 2 at 9pm

Hannah Swensen is a creative and bubbly baker extraordinaire in a sleepy town in Minnesota, where everyone knows each other, and secrets don’t stay hidden for long. Hannah’s bakeshop, the Cookie Jar, is where much of the town’s gossip percolates along with the strong coffee. But after she finds her good friend and delivery driver shot dead in the alley behind her shop, Hannah’s idyllic world is turned upside down.

OlympusOlympus
Airs on SyFy, Thursdays at 10pm

The story of how several brave men and women banished the gods from Olympus to The Kingdom of Hades, the Greek underworld.

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EmergencyEmergency
Airs on Slice TV, Thursdays at 9pm ET

A riveting, high-stakes half hour that takes viewers inside the lives of real patients and real medical staff at two of Canada’s busiest E.R.s in BC. Narrated by Jann Arden, each episode interweaves the personal stories of three patients, each facing their own harrowing medical emergency.

 

Top Charity Picks

When Carolyn Vetter Hicks and Kelly Maxwell founded Line 21 back in 1994, they were thrilled to have the opportunity to shape the company the way they wanted. They committed to providing exceptional quality captioning and transcribing, to always approaching work playfully, to trying to always meaningfully support their staff, and to being part of the larger community. Supporting a variety of  charities was a way they saw fit to approach their last goal.  Here’s a list of their top picks from the past year.

 

Microfinance

Kiva

Empower people around the world with a $25 loan.

Kiva is a non-profit organization which arranges microloans to individuals and groups in cash-poor economies. Sometimes the amount of financing needed to jumpstart a successful business or turn around a household is shockingly small, yet remains out of reach for many. Kiva works with local agencies to help bridge the gap.

The Arts

Metro Theatre

Line 21 has supported a variety of arts organizations over the years. As each has a special place in their hearts, it would be difficult to pick a favourite. Last year, though, the Metro Theatre (a venerable Vancouver non-profit theatre company now in their 51st season) lost one of its keen supporters, a long-time board member. Kelly relates, “The Metro was a special favourite of our real estate agent, who passed away in 2014. We miss him very much and wanted to honour him and the the requests of his family by giving to his special organization.”

Vancouver’s Most Vulnerable

Union Gospel Mission and Covenant House

Though serving different populations, the Union Gospel Mission and Covenant House share an important goal: to serve and assist people when they are most vulnerable. You can read their individual mandates on their respective websites. Line 21 supports them because compassion should know no boundaries.

Coming Attractions and Highlights! March 2015

New Releases

Dead Rising

Dead Rising—Watchtower
Streams on Crackle, Premiers March 27

Based upon the video game of the same name, a group of people fights to survive in a zombie-infested town.

Bad City
Streams on DotstudioPRO

Bad City is on the edge of falling into the hands of a madman, you dig? A strange and funky new party drug is killing kids left and right, and that jive-ass, crooked city councillor Dominic Kincaid is behind it all.

Parked
Currently streaming online

A comedy web series that follows a group of long-time west coast friends in their early 30s as they wrestle with what it means to be dads, husbands, and men when life does not turn out as expected.

 

Man JamMan Jam
Currently streaming online

Man Jam centres on a group of friends who get together weekly to play music in order to escape their day-to-day, humdrum lives. We follow the guys as they struggle with marriage, divorce, raising kids, work, growing up—and refusing to grow up.

Game of Homes
Airs on W Network, Tuesdays at 10pm ET/PT

Teams of skilled amateur home renovators compete for the chance to trade their skills for the prize of a lifetime: a house and a plot of land to put it on.

Mom’s A Medium
Premieres on CMT, April 4 at 9pm ET/6pm PT

A series that revolves around gifted medium Carmel as she takes clients on an emotional and spiritual adventure with the afterlife. From cheating spouses to missing persons to clients finding closure with recently departed loved ones, Carmel does it all while also navigating the demands of her husband and six children.

Carver Kings
Premieres on HGTV Canada, April 5

A companion to the hit Timber Kings series, Carver Kings follows a passionate crew of elite chainsaw mavericks based out of Williams Lake, B.C. as they turn raw wood into stunning custom art for the owners of the world’s most spectacular log homes.

If There Be Thorns
Premieres on Lifetime Network USA, April 5

The third installment in V.C. Andrews’ best-selling series that began with “Flowers in the Attic” follows Christopher and Cathy Dollanganger as they live together as man and wife.

Seeds of Yesterday
Premieres on Lifetime Network USA, April 12

The saga of the tormented Dollangangers comes to an end in “Seeds of Yesterday,” in which the family continues to coexist miserably.