Hi everyone! I’m Karlynn Johnston, also known as The Kitchen Magpie.

I keep a husband, two kids, a dog & two cats alive and well- fed, plus full-time author this blog all at home in Edmonton, Alberta Canada, while also working on my first cookbook, all of which should explain my love of fancy cocktails. And bourbon. Always bourbon.

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Retro Sweet & Sour Meatloaf

Let's start with first things first. I was craving an awesome, retro-licious sweet and sour meatloaf. In August. You can TOTALLY eat sweet and sour meatloaf in the summer. Winter doesn't get to have all the good food. Season's aren't the boss of me. I'll eat in, around, over, out of, and under season if I darn well want to. [...]

By | August 22nd, 2016|Categories: A Dinner Dilemma, Main Dishes, Recipes|0 Comments

11 Quick and Easy Camping Recipes

If it's one thing Karlynn is incredibly good at, it's coming up with delicious recipes and fun creations to enjoy when we're out at our trailer. Whether it's a delicious dessert or a mouth watering meal, there's something for everyone in this list. Today, I'm going to share with you some of my favorite camping recipes she's created. First, let's start [...]

By | August 11th, 2016|Categories: Camping Recipes, Recipes|0 Comments

Bourbon Apple Cider Sangria

OK seriously, if you know how much we like Bourbon and how much I personally love cider, then you will understand quickly how this concoction came to be. I've essentially switched off of drinking beer since our last cruise when I decided to try Strongbow cider for the first time. Since that cruise and my discovery of ciders, I began [...]

By | August 4th, 2016|Categories: Mixed Drinks & Boozy Delights!, Recipes, Thirsty Thursdays with Mr. Magpie|2 Comments

How to Make a Sea Breeze Cocktail

Sea Breeze cocktails are definitely an eighties-style drink but since I grew up in the eighties (not drinking however, just watching all the adults drink, of course) it seems fitting to bring them back to modern times. This is simply one of the easiest cocktails to make; it looks good and it tastes great and can be put together in only a [...]

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Thirsty Thursdays with Mr. Magpie

Fizzy Peach Sangria

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My Latest Travels and Adventures

My Road Trip Destination Bucket List – And a Winner!!

As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end, so it’s time to share my final post about my #EsuranceRoadTrip! To recap, I was chosen to help spread the word that Esurance [...]

How to Prevent & Manage Roadside Problems on Road Trips

Growing up in a family that takes road trips seriously – we travelled to and from Dauphin, Manitoba several times a year to visit relatives alone – my Dad has made sure that I know [...]

Road Trip Recap: My Week on Vancouver Island

I’m back from my glorious week spent on Vancouver Island and trying to get out of vacation mode (mainly by going back to eating vegetables and not having afternoon tea daily. Sigh.) For those of [...]

8 Tips for Planning the Perfect Summer Road Trip

Let me preface this post with a disclaimer: no road trip is going to be perfect. You’re going to have to roll with the punches, deal with sick kids/dog/spouse or even get to your hotel [...]

Your Dinner Dilemma Solved!

Retro Sweet & Sour Meatloaf

Let's start with first things first. I was craving an awesome, retro-licious sweet and sour meatloaf. In August. You can [...]

Butter Roasted Chicken – The Only Roast Chicken Recipe You’ll Ever Need Again.

This is literally the only butter roasted chicken recipe that you will ever need again. Perfectly roasted chicken and vegetables every time!

Crockpot Chicken Fajitas

Best. Fajitas. EVER. Did I mention it's totally a cheater recipe as well?

Classic Beef & Tomato Macaroni Soup

I have been craving this Classic Beef & Tomato Macaroni Soup since last January!