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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Frosty Vegan Caramel Chocolate Truffle Squares

Part of the joy of having a large and wonderful extended family is cooking for said wonderful family. Even when I complain (and it's usually loudly) about the varying tastes and dietary needs of my family members, I do actually like coming up with new recipes that they can enjoy. It's just when they all descend upon me and I [...]

By | July 22nd, 2016|Categories: Desserts & Sweet Treats, Recipes|0 Comments

Fizzy Peach Sangria

Nothing is better in the summertime than fresh peaches, especially when they come from Karlynn's recent road-trip to Victoria. Fresh BC peaches are hands down one of the best fruits you'll ever eat and this drink shows them off in a great way. I call this the Fizzy Peach Sangria. There are two key components to this drink; Moscato (for the [...]

By | July 21st, 2016|Categories: Mixed Drinks & Boozy Delights!, Thirsty Thursdays with Mr. Magpie|11 Comments

Coconut Rhubarb Crunch

There are a few things that annoy me about rhubarb recipes. I've already mentioned that I hate when scones are too sour and that I think most rhubarb scones aren't sweet enough. Which is what led me to make my fabulous Coconut Rhubarb Scones. I also hate when there isn't enough rhubarb in a recipe. Add to my grumpy baker [...]

By | July 19th, 2016|Categories: Desserts & Sweet Treats, Recipes|4 Comments

Cucumber Mint Gin Fizz

It's Thirsty Thursday, with a Cucumber Mint Gin Fizz! On a Sunday. So, you know. Karlynn and I aren't exactly the nine-to-five people that have our stuff together. She was home three days this past week and while she certainly did nag  remind me that I had to get a drink post up this Thursday, life got in the way. Life [...]

By | July 17th, 2016|Categories: Mixed Drinks & Boozy Delights!, Recipes, Thirsty Thursdays with Mr. Magpie|0 Comments

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Fizzy Peach Sangria

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My Latest Travels and Adventures

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 [...]

Ten Things to Do on Your Edmonton Staycation

From Webster's Dictionary: stay·ca·tion ˌstāˈkāSHn/ A vacation spent in one's home country rather than abroad, or one spent at home and involving day trips to local attractions. I love a good staycation, relaxing in your [...]

The Best Podcasts for Road Trips

Nothing helps the time pass while on a road trip or a long flight than a good, engrossing podcast and today, I'm going to share with you what I consider to be the best podcasts for road trips. [...]

Your Dinner Dilemma Solved!

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!

How To Make Rotisserie Chicken in Your Crockpot!

Rotisserie chicken in your crockpot. Mind = Blown.