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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How to Make a Red Wine Sangria

So the summer of 2016 was the summer that I learned how to make a red wine sangria. I'm not sure why it took me so long but hey, so many cocktails, so little time.  <------- please put this on my headstone. The truth is, I feel a bit bad getting this recipe to you all so late. This summer went [...]

By | September 25th, 2016|Categories: Mixed Drinks & Boozy Delights!, Recipes, Thirsty Thursdays with Mr. Magpie|0 Comments

My Children’s Summer Odes to Buzzing Gardens

  Did you know that I come from a long line of beekeepers? One may wonder why I'm so very passionate about bees and their place in our world, but when you learn that I am the first generation in a LONG time that hasn't kept bees (as my Dad likes to remind all three of us kids) you start to understand why [...]

By | September 15th, 2016|Categories: Favorite Things, Partner Posts|0 Comments

Uncle Bob’s Japanese Chicken Wings

These wings - while known to most people as the Japanese Chicken Wings from the Best of Bridge series- are known in our house as Uncle Bob's Japanese Chicken Wings. Uncle Bob introduced my mother to these decades ago and in typical Uncle Bob style he found a way to make the Japanese chicken wings taste even better. The way that we make [...]

By | September 11th, 2016|Categories: Appetizers, Snacks & Side Dishes, Main Dishes, Recipes|3 Comments

Back to School and Fall Allergies

This post was sponsored by the makers of BENADRYL®. All opinions are my own. It can’t be that time already, can it? Where did our summer go? It seems that we look forward to summer break all year long and then it passes by in a flash. I don’t actually even get the relief of the kids going back to [...]

By | September 8th, 2016|Categories: Favorite Things, Partner Posts|3 Comments

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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 [...]

Salt and Pepper Ribs

Bless you, salt and pepper ribs, for I have finally made a ribs recipe that my daughter will eat. Thank [...]

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?