About Karlynn

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Hi everyone! I am so very glad that you stopped in to visit my little piece of the web. I’m Karlynn Johnston, also known as The Kitchen Magpie. I live and blog from Edmonton, Alberta Canada.

A few things you may not know about me:

– I have a travel obsession. If I am not actively travelling, I am planning my next trip. Always.

– I’m addicted to anything Disney and my dream is to live in Disneyland for a week. Seriously.

– I can really, really be an introvert sometimes. So whenever you see me on TV, or at a really big event, I’m actually pushing myself to grow onwards & upwards and resist the urge to hide in my house and just talk to y’all through this blog.

– This website has turned into a “real job” (you know, instead of a fake one). Sometimes I wake up and wonder how the heck that happened..and then I want to go back to bed because a real job has responsibilities and who the heck wants those?  Then I realize I love you all and get back into the kitchen and bake you a new dessert or cookie.

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Why the Kitchen Magpie? one might ask. Well, my nickname has been Magpie since I was a little girl, and for good reason.

I might just have an addiction to anything shiny. Sparkly jewelry, Shiny Carnival glass…you name it, if it sparkles then my eye (and pocketbook!) are drawn to it.

I collect recipes, shiny kitchen toys, pretty retro kitchenware and restaurant experiences like a magpie. At any given time in my house, you can find a random assortment of scraps of paper with recipe ideas strewn about the kitchen, something bubbling – or burning- on the stove and always, always I tell you, one gigantic mother of a mess.

My kitchen is my nest, where you will find me fluffing my creative feathers, retreating into my cookbooks with a cup of tea and always thinking of the next creation I am going to attempt.

Take a peek at all my recipes and see what tickles your fancy. I am such an eclectic cook that there is something for everyone. And chocolate. Lots of chocolate.

Welcome to my kitchen and my crazy, crazy life!

Speaking of my crazy life, there’s a few things I always want to clear up! I make my living off my website and while I do that, I want to make sure that I am always as clear as a bell when it comes to being honest with everyone.

Product Disclosure: If I am ever sponsored to write about a certain product, you’ll know it. I always will have a disclaimer at the bottom of the post! 

Travel Disclaimer: When the hotel room, dinner, event or the like when I travel  is comped, you’ll know it! I will always put a disclaimer in!!  However there are many times when I travel that I will pay for something myself and when you see NO disclosure you will know that I paid out of pocket.

On the other hand, to be clear, NO disclosure means I paid for it myself and it’s not sponsored.  Sometimes I am gifted items from friends, family or receive thank you gifts and I feel like writing about them as well and I won’t have a disclosure. I don’t want to ruin the flow of story-telling by having to say ” I bought this myself”.  

Thanks for stopping in and I hope you stick around for recipes, travel and family fun!

Happy reading everyone!




Hi Karlynn,

I've got some good news. I've added a new feature so you can publish your blog posts on Urbanspoon yourself without having to wait for us to do it! Here's how it works:

- Make sure you're signed into Urbanspoon.
- Go to your Urbanspoon blog page (not your user profile): https://www.urbanspoon.com/br/131/8689/Edmonton/The-Kitchen-Magpie.html
- Click "Edit blog settings".
- In the Pending Posts section, click "Edit and publish my pending posts".
- Then, enter the "snippet" text, verify the date and URL, and press Publish.

Please make sure that:
- The URL should be the permalink to the blog post (not the blog home page, a category page, a post preview, or a service like feedproxy).
- The snippet should be 3-4 sentences (quoted from your blog post) that gives an idea of what's in the post.
- The snippet should NOT include bylines, dates, address info, captions, tags, HTML code, etc.

If reviewing a restaurant that is part of a chain, only add a spoonback for one of the locations. The only exception to this is if you are specifically and in detail reviewing more than one of the locations.

Note: there may be a delay of 1-2 hours after you post on your blog until our system detects the post.

We'll give you one week to do it yourself, then it'll go into our queue to publish.

Thank you for all of your contributions, and let me know if you have any questions.

Best regards,