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Friday Five – Chinese Food, Disney, Mother, Art and Nasa

Friday Five – Chinese Food, Disney, Mother, Art and Nasa

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Friday Five…5 things that are bringing me bliss this week!  From chinese food to Disney, motherhood and art, there were so many inspiring things to share with you this week!  Enjoy!

1. 126 Chinese Restaurant

My family is always on the hunt for good Chinese food, and I think we have tried every local restaurant over the years.  Yes, I do mean “Canadian” Chinese food, but that is how I was raised.  I can recall fond memories of Christmas eve at the Tien Ho Inn, or neighbour get-togethers at the Waikiki restaurant.  We always had sweet and sour chicken balls, bbq pork fried rice, almond guy ding, and of course, egg rolls.

There have also been adventures over the years…a traditional Szechuan restaurant in Quebec, where we struggled to order from an unfamiliar menu, or a surprising octopus dish in Toronto that I am still haunted by decades later. My tastes have diversified as I’ve grown up, and I now enjoy a bit more spice, or noodle based dishes.  Octopus doesn’t scare me quite as much, although I still can’t bring myself to eat it, even the tentacle-y bits of calamari.

Last Saturday my father suggested ordering in Chinese, and so began the hunt for which restaurant we would try.  I recalled seeing 126 Chinese Restaurant in my Facebook feed, and a friend had raved about it, so I suggested we try it.  A quick 15 min drive to pick up our order, although I have heard that delivery is quick and reliable too.  While the restaurant doesn’t have great curb appeal, the close proximity to hotels, motels and nearby expressway makes it appealing for take-out.

I was warmly greeted when I entered the restaurant, and while paying for my order, she asked how I was enjoying the beautiful weather.  A nice touch, when it seems I’m encountering less and less “service” lately.  We ordered our traditional fare, plus beef and broccoli, and the house lo mein (for me, the only spice lover in the house). Even after stopping on the way home for McDonald’s for the boys (I know, but I’m still working on their Chinese palate), the food was still piping hot.  Veggies were all fresh and crunchy, and the flavour was spot on for our “Canadian” tastebuds.

The spread
Beef with Broccoli
Chicken with Vegetables and Almonds
Chicken Balls, large chunks of chicken, not overwhelmed with batter
BBQ Pork Fried Rice
House Lo Mein, shrimp, chicken, pork, and not too spicy

I think we have found our new go-to for Chinese take-out!  Give 126 Chinese Restaurant a try and let me know if you agree!

2. Disney Vacation Planning

 

Mickeys Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2014

I’m dreaming a little bit this week, although I have no current vacation plans, so it’s a bit bittersweet.  But I’m also breathing a sigh of relief, as the 2017 Free Dining promotion was announced, and I am not a part of it this time!

In a former life, I moonlighted as a travel agent specializing in Disney vacation planning. While I thoroughly enjoyed helping my clients plan their vacations, educating them on the best ways to tour the vast expanse that is Walt Disney World, or sail the high seas on Disney Cruise Line, I did eventually have to give it up.  Being a single mom with a full-time job elsewhere, priorities reigned supreme.  Promotion time for Disney means hours spent on the phone to adjust client bookings.  Tireless travel agents from all over go the extra mile to get this deal for their clients.

One such agent is Cindy Dennis at Pure Magic Vacations.  She has been vacationing at Walt Disney World since she was a child, and now with her own family.  I had the privilege of calling her my client on more than one of her Disney vacations!  We have now become friends, and she is the travel agent, helping others plan their vacations!  While she specializes in Disney destinations for Canadian travellers, she also plans vacations to other popular Florida destinations, and beyond!  Her travel and planning experience gives her a great advantage when helping plan everything from transportation and accommodations, to dining reservations and touring plans.  There is never any extra fees for her services, and it can save you countless hours of research and stress!

Thinking about a Disney vacation?  Contact Cindy and she can help you navigate the “World of Disney”, helping you plan the vacation of your dreams!

Email: cindy@puremagicvacations.com

Facebook: @cindyatpuremagicvacations

3. Mother with Carrie-Anne Moss

Some may know Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity, from the famed Matrix movies.  Or more recently from her television work on the series Humans or Jessica Jones.  But where I most intimately know her from is her personal offerings on Annapurna Living, a website designed by her to inspire and uplift women.  I have been an ardent follower since the beginning.  What I have received is so much wisdom and guidance in my own journey as a woman, mother, spiritual seeker.  While most of the offerings are from Carrie herself, she has also gathered a group of other amazing women, all with stories and experiences to share.

One of the best gifts I ever gave myself was enrolling in Mother two years ago, for Mother’s Day of course!  Carrie-Anne Moss has partnered with Natalie Christensen, writer and parenting coach, to deliver this four-week course that “cultivates intimacy, self-discovery and connection” in motherhood.  Words cannot describe how much I gained from the wisdom here.  It has made me a better mother, more patient, understanding, and forgiving, mostly of myself.

I whole-heartedly encourage you to check it out, and join me as I revisit this course, it’s teachings, and all the women of Annapurna Living!  The course is only offered once a year, and starts May 1!

4.  Tim Bengel Art

This showed up on my Facebook feed, and I was in awe.  Watch for yourself and see.

5.  Nasa Free Library

How cool is this?!?!

“NASA officially has launched a new resource to help the public search and download out-of-this-world images, videos and audio files by keyword and metadata searches from NASA.gov. The NASA Image and Video Library website consolidates imagery spread across more than 60 collections into one searchable location.

https://images.nasa.gov

NASA Image and Video Library allows users to search, discover and download a treasure trove of more than 140,000 NASA images, videos and audio files from across the agency’s many missions in aeronautics, astrophysics, Earth science, human spaceflight, and more. Users now can embed content in their own sites and choose from multiple resolutions to download. The website also displays the metadata associated with images.”

Well, that’s it for this week’s Friday Five!  What was blissful in your week?  Let me know!

 

Friday Five – Mindfulness, Frappuccinos, Sunflowers, Baby Groot and Nugget Boy!

Friday Five – Mindfulness, Frappuccinos, Sunflowers, Baby Groot and Nugget Boy!

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Friday Five…5 things that are bringing me bliss this week!  This week I’ve got some bliss from around town, around the web, and as far away as Hawaii!

1. The Nourished Life

It’s inspiring when you can connect with like-minded, soulful people, who live life to the fullest, finding that balance between being a parent, and working or running their own business.  A perfect example is Angela Higgins, founder of The Nourished Life.  I’ve been a client of design, nutrition and reiki, but now I am blessed to call her friend!

Angela recently launched her brand new gorgeous website, The Nourished Life.  Combining her background in interior design, Feng Shui, nutrition, mindfulness and reiki, Angela offers complete coaching to help you live a healthier life…mind, body and home!  One of her current offerings is Mindful Kids, available now in Waterloo, with plans to expand in Kitchener and Cambridge.  You could even host one in your own home!

Contact Angela for all the details!  Check out the new website, her blog, where she shares tips, recipes, and more, or follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

2. Starbucks Unicorn Frappucino

No, it isn’t a rumour, or a figment of your imagination.  It’s real. Fleetingly.

According to Starbucks, “The Unicorn Frappuccino® Blended Beverage is a colour-changing, flavour-changing, sweet and pleasantly sour spectacle, here for just five days: now through April 23.”

In the name of the blog, I had to try it.  It looked like so much fun (albeit a sugar-induced coma just looking at it)!  Timing was good, as I was planning to spend some reading time at my local Chapters/Starbucks while the boy was at cadets.  I was forewarned in the afternoon that it might not be as sparkly and sugar laden as advertised.  My mama messaged me a pic of hers, with #trenchmouth.  Inside joke in my family, but point taken.

Arriving at Gateway Starbucks, there was a pretty decent line-up of people, and upon closer inspection, a line-up of cups waiting for unicorn fraps to be made.  A good sign??  When my order was ready, I held up my cup and asked the barista how things had been and how many of these she had already made today.  Her answer, “I’ve only been here an hour, but it’s been A LOT!”  I get the distinct impression the smile might have been a little forced.

Here is my tall unicorn frappuccino, lactose free, with whip (because…whipped cream)

I thought it was a pretty good approximation to the media photos, especially considering how many they were churning out!

So, verdict?  A bit of disappointment.  I expected more flavour from the purple sweet cream base, more along the line of the cotton candy frap from a few years back.  A little further in, and the blue drizzle started to mix in, the drink got overwhelmingly sour.  I’m pretty sure I wasn’t the only one who thought this, as evidence from the puckered expressions all around me.

You have to applaud Starbucks marketing on this one though.  For something that likely isn’t going to be added to the menu, nor likely to be ordered a second time, advertising it for a limited time (plus the deluge on social media) made for some pretty long lines and myriad of orders on an otherwise unremarkable Thursday in spring.  Kudos to you Starbucks!

It was a fun and colourful adventure.  And come on, unicorns, so there’s that.

3. Sunflowers on Maui

Anyone who knows me, knows I have a slight obsession with all things Hawaii.  And because I can’t visit as often as I would like, I tend to feed my obsession with social media and Hawaii based blogs.  Lately my Facebook and Instagram feeds have been popping up with sunflowers on Maui, like this one from A Maui Blog.


Now, I don’t recall seeing huge fields of sunflowers on my last visit, so some further investigation was required.

Turns out, this field in Maui’s central valley is the work of Pacific Biodiesel.  The 115-acre area is the largest biofuel crop project on Hawaii, on land formerly used for sugar cane production, an industry that shut down production on Maui last year. While there has been big job losses, the huge smoke clouds from cane burning won’t be missed!  It’s nice to see something bright and cheery in it’s place!

If you want more of the science and technology behind it, you can find all the details here. Lots of people are sharing their own pics of the sunflower fields.  A quick search of the web using #mauisunflowers, and you’ll find some amazing shots! What a great way to bring a sunny pocket of bliss to the world!

I miss the sugar cane and pineapples and all, but these sunflowers are way more photogenic. #mauisunflowers

A post shared by Todd Kawasaki (@kawasakiphotography) on


4. Groot Dance Bomb

Guardians of the Galaxy is one movie the boys and I watch over and over and over again.  The soundtrack is on all our devices, and there is spontaneous dance parties in the living room on occasion.  Let me tell you, we are stoked for GG Volume 2!!

So when I happened upon this…

…I am already planning our own video!!  Baby Groot and all!!!

Marvel and Disney are teaming up to do some goodwill, or Groot-will.  For every like or share of this Groot Dance Bomb video between now and May 5, they will make a donation to plant a tree!  Up to 250,000 trees! Better yet, make your own video and post it with the hash tag #GrootDancebomb, and they will donate too!

Watch my Facebook page for our #GrootDancebomb video, coming soon!  And don’t forget to check out Guardians of the Galaxy 2 when it hits theatres on May 5!

5. Nugget Boy

I’ve been following this crazy story for a while now, just because it’s so much fun!  16-yr old Carter Wilkerson from Reno, Nevada decided to ask Wendy’s on twitter, how many retweets would it take for him to get a year’s supply of chicken nuggets.  Wendy’s reply?  18 million.  Apparently, challenge accepted, and Carter is already up to 3.2 million retweets!


But not so fast, Carter! Ellen DeGeneres is the current record holder for retweets, with the famous Oscar selfie pic.  And she ain’t having some nugget boy take her record away!

But leave it to Ellen to find a solution…help a kid out on his nugget quest, while maintaining her record, and bringing smiles to ever more of the world!

So that’s it for me this week!  What was blissful in your week?  I would love to know! Leave a comment below!

Friday Five – Happy Easter!

Friday Five – Happy Easter!

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Friday Five…5 things that are bringing me bliss this week!  It’s the Easter long weekend here for us, and I’m lucky to be off the whole weekend with the boys.  We’re hosting my parents, sisters and all the cousins Sunday morning for Easter brunch and a mini Easter egg hunt in the backyard.

1. Easter Memories

Easter egg “hunt” 2010

Every Easter brings memories of Easter 2010.  The spring weather that year was warm enough for us to have an outdoor egg “hunt”. There’s not a whole lot of landscaping in our little yard, just two skinny trees, so no real hiding places.  Easter morning dawned, and after the excitement of baskets from the bunny we proceeded outside to hunt for eggs.  Right away my little boy exclaimed “I found a egg!”, holding up his prize for everyone to see. A few seconds later “Look, I found ‘nother one!” and “Look, ‘nother one!”.  Louder and faster each time!  Not hard, when the eggs were just scattered across the lawn.  All of the adults were watching from the deck, doubled over, dying with laughter at the cuteness overload.

I can’t wait to do it again with my nieces and nephew this weekend.  Hopefully we’ll get more of the same exclamations and squeals of laughter!  I’m certain there will be lots of chocolate and jelly beans consumed, and I am fully prepared for the sugar coma to come!

2. City Cafe Bakery

City Cafe Bakery

It’s been too long since I’ve visited City Cafe Bakery, so my mama and I decided a trip was in order!  We visited the original cafe at 175 West Av in Kitchener.  There are two other locations at 50 Ottawa St S and 499 Lancaster St W. Unfortunately, the location in Cambridge had to close it’s doors recently, and I’m sure they will be missed.

City Cafe has a very loyal following of regular customers who flock to their locations, some daily, for the fresh baked bread and croissants, or bagels and pizza baked in an open wood-fired oven.

The heart of the operation, the wood-fired oven
Fresh baked bread, bagels, croissants and more in the open cafe

You won’t find a cash register, nor debit or credit card machine.  Cash only, dropped into an old bus fare box, on the honour system, makes take-out quick and easy.  (If you need change, the staff will be glad to help)  Just grab a bagel, slice and pop in the toaster yourself, pour your own coffee, pay for your purchases and you’re on your way!

Cash only honour system

We chose to dine in, slow down and enjoy the coffee (supplied by my favourite Baden Coffee Company). Perfect with buttery, flaky croissants, slathered in cream cheese and raspberry jam, or nutella.  The dining area is small, but cozy, with vintage, quirky decor, and the signature black and white checkered tables.  In warmer weather, there is also bistro style seating out front, and the open windows help make the space feel much more open and airy.  You’ll sometimes find people reading, writing, or just catching up with friends.  The mood is always light, fun and comfortable, the perfect neighbourhood hang-out.

Yum!
Checkered tables and chairs, and a vintage feel, welcome you to slow down and enjoy!

If you’re local and you haven’t checked out City Cafe Bakery, or if it’s been a while, be sure to stop by soon!  Croissants would be a great addition for Sunday brunch, just sayin’.

3.  Malala Yousafzai

This week, Malala Yousafzai, the human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner, became an honorary citizen of Canada. I watched the live broadcast, and have to admit, through joyous tears and laughter, I was very proud to be a Canadian in that moment.

In her address to parliament, she spoke of the heroism of Canadians, our commitment to helping refugees, while our neighbours close their borders.  She challenged Canadians to do more to advance the global rights of women and girls, specifically the right to an education.  This is something I strongly believe in, and it was a good reminder.  It was also a good teaching moment for my boys.

While her speech was incredibly moving and inspiring, she also drew moments of laughter from the house.  Giving thanks for her honorary Canadian citizenship, she noted that she still requires a visa to visit, but that would be a conversation for another time.  She also made mention of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his affinity for practicing yoga and tattoos, and that her friends were more interested in his looks, than in her receiving the citizenship!

To learn more about Malala, her work and her vision, and to support this worthwhile endeavour, visit her site here.

4. It’s a Necessity

photo credit Necesse Photography

For over a year, I have been following the blog It’s a Necessity.  Here you’ll meet the Stolz family, Genevieve, Eben and their adorable girls, Arias and Ellia.   They document their adventures living on their sailboat, the Necesse, for the past seven years, cruising around the Caribbean, side trips to exotic destinations, or visiting family in Canada. All this while raising their two beautiful girls and making a living. It’s hard not to live vicariously through their blog posts.  With a knack for writing engaging articles full of travel tips, product reviews, and gorgeous photographs, Genevieve documents their life while inviting readers to dive in and live their own adventures!

While I don’t know them personally, I found myself crying along with them in the latest post, Leaving Our Current Life Behind.  They have sold the beloved Necesse, packed up and boarded a plane, leaving St. Thomas behind.  It wasn’t exactly sudden…a post a year ago listed different ideas they were considering and asked reader’s advice about what they should do next. Yet the overwhelming emotion of actually saying goodbye to Necesse, and leaving the island behind, it seemed to come too soon.

But new adventures are already shaping up for this family!  Currently riding the waves kiteboarding in El Cuyo, Mexico, they are off to explore more of this world.  Who knows where they will end up next, but I will be eagerly following along from my laptop here at home!  You can find them on Facebook, and Instagram in between blog posts.

 5. The Fate of the Furious

Yes, we just returned from seeing The Fate of the Furious, the eighth movie in the Fast and Furious franchise.  I could use the excuse that I am the mom of true “boy’s boys”, the kind that love action/adventure, fast cars and blowing stuff up.  But truth be told, I am a big fan of the movies myself.  And really, who can argue watching Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, and Jason Statham all in the same movie??  These are 3 of my top 10 favourite hotties!!

From the previews, we all knew it would have to be something big to make Dom turn on his family to work for bad guy Cypher (played by Charlize Theron, who is a serious bad-ass in this role btw!!!), and it did not disappoint.  The best part in my opinion though? Dame Helen Mirren. ‘Nuff said.

Reviews from my boys?  A solid 8/10.  Not the best of the franchise, but still thoroughly enjoyable.  It’s not hard to please these two though.  Fast cars, a few laughs, explosions and popcorn, and you can count them in every time.

Well, that’s it for this week’s edition of the Friday Five!  From our house to yours, we wish you a Happy Easter!  Hope you are enjoying the long weekend with friends and family!

What was blissful in your world this week?  Leave a comment below!

 

 

Friday Five – All the senses blissed out this week

Friday Five – All the senses blissed out this week

Welcome to another edition of the Friday Five…5 things that are bringing me bliss this week!  This one will be quick, as it’s a PD Day today, so my kids are home from school, and we are planning to spend some good quality time together (well, they are planning to play video games…I’m about to be the mean mom and make them turn it off)!

All the senses are blissed out this week…audio book and music for the ears, photo challenge for the eyes, leather smell and feel, and endless coffee for the tastebuds!

1. Danielle Laporte’s White Hot Truth

White Hot Truth – Danielle Laporte

I’ve been following Danielle Laporte for a little while.  I am a fan of her Truth Bombs, that she’s Canadian, and she tells it like it is, no apologies.  Her new book is White Hot Truth – Clarity for keeping it real on your spiritual path – from one seeker to another.  While the book is not officially released until May 16, 2017, if you pre-order it from select retailers, you can download a copy of the audiobook right away!  You can also join the White Hot Truth Book Club on Facebook, no book required.

I have been listening in the bath, in the car running errands, in the kitchen while I’m cooking.  And I’m finding I want to go back and listen again!  Loads of talking points, thinking points, points that make me laugh or shout out loud “So true!” or “No kidding!”  While I can’t wait to get the book in my hot little hands, listening to Danielle read it out loud, as if directly to me, is some pretty powerful stuff.  Thoroughly enjoying it, and I highly recommend getting your own copy (because I’m not lending mine out for a while!)

2. Rising Appalachia

Rising Appalachia

Music is something I am finding more and more that brings me bliss.  It can reflect my mood, or change my mood, depending on what I’m listening too.  Spotify is my favourite player…for $10/month, I can search, save, listen and create my own playlists.  “My Zen” for writing in my journal or meditating, “Mellow” for when I’m creating art or want to relax, or “Good Day” for the songs that lift my spirit and make me dance around the house (usually in the bathroom, singing and grooving along).

A group I came across this week, after listening to an interview with Alexis Cohen, for her Art Medicine Masterclass, is Rising Appalachia.  Sisters Leah and Chloe, along with their band, have created music that is soulful, folk, acoustic, rhythmic, with a touch of magic and mystic.  I am instantly in love, and have already save their music to my Spotify playlists.

3. April Love 2017 challenge

April Love 2017 – Susannah Conway

It’s not too late to join in on Susannah Conway‘s photo challenge April Love 2017.  It’s “an invitation to explore self-love, self-care and self-compassion in a community setting”.  There is a Facebook Group you can join, post on Instagram (#AprilLove2017), or post on your own blog (comment with a link below so I can follow along).  You can participate as much or as little as you like.  So far I’ve only missed one day (Day 4. Noon, because night shift=sleep), but I am really enjoying not only capturing and posting my own pictures (check them all out on my Instagram), but seeing everyone else’s interpretations of the same prompts!

4. Chic Sparrow

Last year, I fell down the traveller’s notebook/bullet journalling rabbit hole.  If you’re saying “what?” then I invite you to google, but be forewarned.  There may or may not have been hours (and hours…and hours) lost on multiple Pinterest boards, YouTube videos, and websites visited.  I eventually took the plunge and ordered my very first traveller’s notebook from Chic Sparrow.

And then I ordered another one.  And another.  And another.  There is a support group, and luckily a buy/sell community too.  So I have sold a few of my acquisitions in my search for the perfect, functional, beautiful notebooks that fit me and my needs.  I am now down to just these three, my journal (Wide Creme Black Beauty), my on-the-go notebook (Personal Creme Brulee), and my research/courses/blog planner (Wide Tri-Fold from an older era).

My Chic Sparrow traveller’s notebooks

Although I haven’t compared a lot of traveller’s notebook makers, I absolutely love Chic Sparrow.  Their customer service is second to none, quality and attention to detail is superb.  But the smell and the feel of the leather…divine!  People think I’m weird because I keep sniffing and squeezing my notebooks.  Lol!

…And I might have just ordered another.

5. Waterloo Potters Workshop Spring Sale

For my local fans, the Waterloo Potters’ Workshop semi-annual sale is coming up soon, April 21-23, at the Waterloo Memorial Rec Complex (it goes back and forth between here and Rim Park for the fall sale, so be sure not to mix them up…as I have done in the past).  Over 40 potters display their creations for sale, and there is so many beautiful pieces, it is hard to know where to look first, or to pare down your purchases!  Die-hard fans know to get there early for the best selection.

My favourite mugs were bought at the sale a few years ago, which I use daily for coffee, tea, and this week golden milk!

My favourite pottery mug!

That’s it for me this week!  What’s blissful in your world?  Leave me a comment below!

 

 

Elmira Maple Syrup Festival

Elmira Maple Syrup Festival

Elmira Maple Syrup Festival, April 1, 7am-4pm

The boys and I were up bright (relative term) and early at 6am this morning.  It’s festival day, and I strive to be there early to beat the crowds.  The Elmira Maple Syrup Festival, the world’s largest single day maple syrup festival (recognized by the Guinness Book of Records), attracts big crowds…over 60,000 people some years!  If you don’t want to be lining up for hours, you learn to get there at 7am.

I first experienced the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival as a young child.  My mom booked us on the train from Waterloo, another first, and even got me my own conductors hat.  While I only have vague memories of the event, I had that hat for years.  My kids have been going since they were wee ones too.  We don’t get out every year (shift work can put a cramp in my style), but when it lands on my day off, you can count on us being there!  My oldest insists we go, regardless of the weather.

Heading off to the festival

The festival is in it’s 52 year this year, and they really have everything down to a fine science.  Parking is on the outskirts of town, and everybody boards a tractor drawn hay wagon for the short (but brisk!) ride into the heart of  downtown.  After picking up your “map to the stars“, we make a beeline for the Pancake tents.  Organized lines direct you to place your order and pay (cash, or debit/credit is accepted), then carry on to the heart of the operation…two large tents, manned by cheery volunteers. Hot, fresh pancakes (from a secret festival recipe) are cooked on the griddle in front of your eyes, then drowned in local maple syrup. This year’s honours for official maple syrup provider is Maple Tap Farm, and we brought home a hefty 4L jug.

Watching our pancakes cook before our wide eyes!

After devouring the delicious pancakes and sausage, it’s off to Old MacDonald’s Farm, a makeshift barn/petting zoo, where the boys have always enjoyed meeting animals we rarely get to see, living our city life.  Baby chicks, horses, calf, sheep, lambs, donkeys, bunnies, and even some curious alpacas draw crowds of little ones.  I can tell the boys are outgrowing the novelty, mostly humouring me and my nostalgia, but my youngest still gave me a cursory photo op running through the hay maze (even though is is head and shoulders above the top of the bails).  It’s a little sad for me, seeing how fast they grow, how they are outgrowing this stage of childhood.

Food, Drink, Music and Entertainment

We then meandered down Arthur St, taking in all the local vendors, selling their wares.  One booth that peaked my interest this year was TreeWell, sampling their Saperatif sparkling maple sap.  It reminded me of a non-alcoholic sparkling ice wine.  Very unique and tasty!  More artists, craft makers, and even some great music, interspersed with all manor of food available lined the street.  Sausages, turkey legs, funnel cakes, tornado potatoes, baked goods galore!  Maple is the theme, so you can count on an array of available maple infused treats!

Entertainment by The Vaudevillian

What the heck is Maple Taffy?

One thing is for sure, you never leave hungry!  This year we indulged in pretzels, poutine, and maple sugar candy.  We then stopped to watch my favourite being made…maple taffy! Maple syrup is boiled down over the fire, then when just right, it’s poured into little puddles on snow, and rolled up on a popsicle stick. Volunteers actually had to collect the snow just outside of town over a month ago, and store it in the freezer, to ensure they had snow to make the taffy this year (it’s been relatively mild, and our last big snow melted weeks ago).

Patiently waiting for the syrup to boil down and thicken to just the right consistency
Pouring the thick syrup into puddles on top of the snow
Roll up the gooey delicious taffy onto a stick and enjoy!

Laden down with our 4L jug of syrup, we boarded our wagon back to the car.  Another successful, enjoyable year for us, and we were back home warming up before 10am!  If you’re local, you still have time to catch the festivities, on today, April 1 until 4pm.  And no, this is no April Fool’s joke…enjoy!