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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: The Best Caesar in Town Contest #Calgary #Stampede2014

Click to enlarge-- you have to see these garnishes up close!













Judging this event at the Calgary Stampede was so much fun! It definitely challenged my taste buds and stomach... slurping up 'roe' balls with my straw was a little over the top for me. <shudder>  I was very impressed by the quality of caesars presented-- each with its own unique flair -- rosemary sprigs, jalapeno cheese, spaghetti, and oh my... lots of bacon!

It was hard to choose. They were all good (only one was really terrible, but I'll keep that to myself as a 'one off').

In the end, Brandon Bailey's "Backyard BBQ Caesar" won! The cool cucumber muddled with home infused vodkas was very pleasing and fresh. To get his recipe, click HERE.






Friday, July 18, 2014

The Smoke Clears If Only Briefly...

The Stampede dust has settled and the smoke has rolled into town. We are ablaze in these parts! Of course, we are not dealing with fire ourselves--- but we are being reminded of Mother Nature at work only an hour or two away. 

The Spreading Creek Wildfire began July 3rd after a lightening strike and is over 7000 hectares big! Almost 2500 hectares of that are in Banff National Park. As the wind blows our way, we experience a hazy sky in our 'Big Sky Country' and our minds flicker to moments of 'Smore' making by the campfire.

Then, a good ol' summertime thunderstorm rolls in... 

and after,





The sky clears. 

If only briefly.



Have a great weekend everyone! 
We are heading out camping, but are hoping to see the sun a lot!







Tuesday, July 15, 2014

SANDS ALIVE - Hottest Toy for 2014


We recently had the chance to test out the new Kid & Parent approved, SANDS ALIVE!  I have to admit, the sales pitch was great. Sand... in.my.house would have never happened before SANDS ALIVE. While I may not keep the tidiest of houses, Playdoh on the floor (or worse, the carpet) practically sends me into a tizzy!

Why is it so hard to keep it on the table?

And stuck to their clothes?  ~Sigh~


SANDS ALIVE is not like normal sand. 


It is-

100% organic and all natural
Never dries out
Non-toxic
Bacteria free
Water soluable
Non-Sticky





Beebo made a big marshmallow (SANDS ALIVE really is soft!),

Whilst Xman worked hard to smooth and flatten it all out!







If we haven't convinced you yet,

watch this SANDS ALIVE ad!









FUN SUMMER GIVEAWAY-

Ages 3-103 years ... stave off the summer boredom with a DELUXE set of SANDS ALIVE! (ARV $80) Open to all Canadian residents, ages 18 and over.







Giveaway ends July 31/14 @ 12am MST




Leave the sand at the beach

and build your own fancy castle at home!


GOOD LUCK











Friday, July 11, 2014

I'll Be a Guest Judge in the Calgary Stampede's 'Best Caesar In Town' Competition!



Last week, I entered a contest via Instagram and Twitter, to be a 'Guest Judge' in the Best Caesar in Town competition. The Best Caesar in Town competition will see 12 mixologists vie for the title, in front of a panel of 6 judges. The official cocktail of the Calgary Stampede, this competition takes place Sunday, July 13th at Nashville North.

I am so excited to announce that my #StampedeCaesar photo WON! I'll be joining in all the fun and I cannot wait to see what the competitors come up with!





To make this winning Caesar:


Rim glass with a lemon wedge and dip in Steak Spice
Ice
2oz. Vodka
Worchestershire (don't be afraid!)
Horseradish
Mott's Clamato Juice
Salt & Pepper
Celery
Pickled Asparagus Spear





To read my interview with the Calgary Stampede, 

click HERE.




YEEHAW!







Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Acreage Management - SamiJoe vs. Black Henbane

Last Friday evening, while the kids were playing on the trampoline, I noticed a new flower. It didn't look like any flower I had seen in our field before, so I took a better look around. There were a few more smaller ones, all in bloom. They were stalky and strong like a Canada Thistle, so after looking through my wildflower-plant-weed books, I decided to put the question out to my social media world.




Within only a few moments, a lady I know was pretty sure this weed was a Black Henbane, also known as 'Hyoscyamus Niger'. I was a little bummed to discover that this weed was noxious and was extremely harmful to animals, humans and the environment.  That only meant one thing... I was going to have to walk the entire ten acres field to look for more traces of the Black Henbane. With over 500,000 seeds in each plant (and seeds that were good for up to four years), I was sure to have a field of them in no time. 





I geared up in jeans, big tall boots and long sleeves to protect myself from ticks. I packed the kids wagon with some tools and was off to seek and destroy noxious weeds. After clearing out the known spots of Henbane, I needed to make sure they hadn't spread to other areas. That's when I started making new discoveries.

Like this one...



How does one have rhubarb growing on their land and not know it? A few years back, a new septic tank had been installed and a patch of rhubarb had been destroyed by a group of men who didn't know better. Sigh. Any ways, the rhubarb had survived but was off in the middle of the field, between two evergreen trees. This rhubarb plant towered over me, at about 9 feet tall including flowers. I examined the rhubarb plant... clearly it had never been chopped off. A lot of the stalk was woody in texture, but the stalks nearest the bottom were a beautiful red, dripping with juice when cut.


I was pretty stoked to find a stockpile of rhubarb, but what was hiding on our property next was even more exciting! Up on the hill behind some trees, I found a whole patch of wild strawberries! I can't be sure how long strawberries had been lurking in this area, but I found two sleeping deer nearby... so I assume they must have known about it for awhile.






That morning, I had woken a little annoyed that I was going to have to search the whole property for the Black Henbane plants. After the chore was done however, I laughed at my silliness-- if I hadn't needed to go looking for these noxious weeds, I never would have found the other treasures!

And we will be enjoying these new found treasures for a long time! 



Strawberry and rhubarb pie anyone?









Monday, July 7, 2014

Canada Day Trivia Answers #CanadaDay #Trivia








As promised, here are the answers to our game of Trivia from Canada Day:
(answer appears underneath each photo)



 #1-

The Saskatoon Berry bush! 


#2 -

The Robertson Screw!


 #3 -

Prince Edward Island


#4 -
The Caesar! 


#5 -
Peanut Butter!





How well did you know your Canadian trivia?










Thursday, July 3, 2014

Shopping in my Jammies with Walmart.ca!



Some days I do not feel like getting out of my jammies. (We've all been there, right?) Some days, I do not want to go to the grocery store to pick up toilet paper or laundry detergent --- nor do I wish to drag both kids along for the chore! 

Then there are those items that MommyO wants to buy, but they a) don't fit in my car, b) I can't possibly carry or c) need a non-injured DaddyO for the task.

Walmart.ca now delivers to my door - for free- so why wouldn't I have the big purchases come to me? Heck, even the small purchases add up! Living rurally, this not only saves me on fuel, but on time.





Let your fingers do the talking,
on the Walmart.ca site!

The patio set I ordered only came in blue or green in-store,
but I was able to order it online in red. #YeahMe

Check out your options with Walmart.ca







*Peek Thru Our Window was provided with a gift card to facilitate this post.
All opinions expressed are our own.*







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