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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

A Duck Inside A Chicken Inside a Turkey - Say What? #Review




I'm not sure how I forgot to tell you all about the turducken, because it was unforgettable! ~ 


Just before Christmas, I received a Turducken from Echelon Foods here in Calgary. I had heard so many great things about this piece of meat that I was stoked to try it! (For those who do not know, a Turducken is chicken stuffed inside a duck inside a turkey.)

I have easily cooked twenty turkeys in my lifetime and have no issues with the bird... but I'll admit to feeling a wee daunted with the turducken. Tom and I have had a lovely relationship, consisting of sausage stuffing and Granny Smith apples. I make sure to always buy one when they go on sale (to throw in the freezer for a meal or batch cooking), and I almost always boil down the carcass for soup.

Since we weren't hosting Christmas dinner, I decided to use the turducken for Xman's 7th birthday with family (Jan 3). I thawed the bird out over a few days in the refrigerator and made myself read the directions, so I knew what I should be aiming to do.

Bake at 225 degrees F for 5 to 7 hours, uncovered.

I expected to be cooking the turducken at low temperature, but I did not expect to leave it uncovered. I usually cook my birds in the roasting pan covered, but ok-- I'll play along. 


The instructions said to place on a roasting rack (which I could not find!), so a muffin tin filled in.
The thawed turducken was a little tricky to hold, so be sure to support it well.







Once the bird was unwrapped, we simply plunked it right into the roaster... ready to go, easy peasy! This was certainly a nice feature. I quickly realized that picking the turkducken up was a little tricky-- no bones make for no support, so be sure you hold it well.

I will warn there were times I thought the bird was not cooking at all! But that... was all in my head. 



6hrs roasting time = this gorgeous bird! Yummy!



The turducken was finished around the 6 hours mark, smelling awesome and looking juicy! After letting it sit for a few minutes, we cut the legs off (which are normal turkey legs) and simply sliced the rest as you would a roast.




The inside was made up of layers of chicken sausage stuffing, duck & turkey.




Would we do it again?

OMG, the answer is YES!

While the turducken does cost a little more, for a special meal (10 guests), this was a really neat experience. If cost is an issue, smaller - breast- only turduckens can be purchased too. (A nice option for fewer guests.)

My kids woke up the next day asking for turducken for breakfast, lol, so I think the turducken wins huge accolades from this household.


5 stars *****












*Peek Thru Our Window was provided with a turducken to facilitate this review.*

Monday, March 2, 2015

Hang with Robert Downey Jr. at the Premiere of Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron



Robert Downey Jr. is offering fans the chance of a lifetime! 

An incredible day plus an evening with RDJ at the
World Premiere of Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron!

And all for a good cause too. #WinWin


Watch this video by RDJ himself,
to find out how to enter.







The Experience:
You and a friend will be joining Robert Downey Jr. for the World Premiere of Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron. You will experience indoor skydiving, a helicopter ride over the Hollywood sign, a custom tux/dress fitting, a pit stop at Randy's Donuts and a caviar tasting with RDJ, before riding in his private motorcade to the premiere. Flights, 4-star hotel, and transportation are all included.


Julia's House:
Julia's House is a children's hospice charity dedicated to helping life-limited children and their families. The nurses and caregivers at Julia's House provide life-changing support for parents and their children, both in the hospice and in their own homes. The majority of these children are unlikely to live beyond the age of 18, so Julia's House is there for them year-round, offering emergency respite and overnight care during treatment and offering emotional and practical support at the end of the child's life.






Head to





and donate $10 to Julia's House for your chance to WIN!







GOOD LUCK!
  
(As much as I want you all to donate to this fabulous cause, you must know that I am going to win... so you really shouldn't get your hopes up. I LOVE RDJ!)






Saturday, February 28, 2015

Kinder is all 'bout the fun, 'bout the fun, no trouble! #KinderMom





At Kinder®, they're all about the fun, 'bout the fun, no trouble!
They're all 'bout the fun, 'bout the fun, no trouble!
They're all 'bout the fun, 'bout the fun, no trouble!
They're all 'bout the fun, 'bout the fun.

(Sang to All About That Bass, by Meghan Trainor)








This month, Kinder® is all about the fun! 

Our Valentines Day/Family Day weekend was enjoyed at the cabin, with unseasonably warm temps to boot that were perfect for a game of hide and seek with KINDER® SURPRISE® treats! (Sorry I don't have pictures, I was having too much fun!)

But -- if you do take pictures, KINDER® wants to see them! They are always looking for great photography for their social channels, so be sure to use the @KinderCanada Instagram handle so they can re-gram them on their page! 


Also, every Wednesday on the Kinder® Facebook page, #KinderPlayWednesday is back in action! Drop in for fun games and fun ideas for playing with your kids. Make anagrams out of the words "KINDER"or "SURPRISE" or guess how many Kinder® eggs are in the jar? You'll find something fun to do in no time!



Used with permission from Kinder Canada







We can't wait to see how you incorporate Kinder® Eggs into your fun!












DISCLAIMER DISCLOSURE: I’m a #KinderMom/Maman/Dad who is part of the KINDER® Canada influencer team; as part of my affiliation with KINDER® Canada, I am provided with special perks and products. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Friday, February 27, 2015

A New PAW-rtnership with Church & Dwight!



Recently, I signed on to be an ambassador with Church & Dwight. Many of their reliable and effective brands can be found in all corners of your house - Arm & Hammer, Oxy-Clean, Gravol, Rub-A535 and... Trojan. We'll be talking about our favourite Church & Dwight standbys, as well as, inform you about the new products we try.







This should be fun! Let's get started!






It's Winter in these parts (though I'll admit we haven't faired too bad) and that means days of snow play, meals of warmth, and hot drinks with layers of whipped cream! We're all finding ways to deal with keeping warm this winter, but your feline knows how to do it best.

Your kitty will want extra cuddles, whether they are a long-standing family member or a recently adopted gem. Ensuring your cat feels at ease and part of the family is key to a happy Garfield. 





But Church & Dwight have a new plan, to make kitty loving a little less stinky. You won't have to smell the ripeness of cat urine (for up to 7 days!) and your cat will be even more happy stepping into a drier environment.
ARM & HAMMER™ Clump & Seal™ Complete Odour Sealing Litter, Fresh Home & Multi-Cat
ARM & HAMMER™ Clump & Seal™ Complete Odour Sealing Litter, Fresh Home & Multi-Cat
Arm & Hammer's "Clump & Seal", complete odour sealing litter is the biggest advance in cat litter history. A proprietary blend of moisture granules form a seal around urine and feces, locking in odour with fierce baking soda strength. 








We love how low dust this product is, as well as low tracking,  
and it locks in the smelly without having to BE smelly.









Stay tuned for some upcoming Church & Dwight giveaway fun!  


If you do end up trying Arm & Hammer's "Clump & Seal" litter, 

drop in a let us know what you think! 









Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Disney on Ice: Princesses & Heroes - Coming to Calgary! #giveaway


Used with permission by @Disney @FeldEntertainment




In only a few short weeks, Disney on Ice makes a pit-stop in Calgary, Alberta,

with its "Princesses & Heroes" show!


When: March 18th until March 24th, 2015 

Where: Stampede Corral





Used with permission by @Disney @FeldEntertainment





Featuring a cast of your Disney favourites,

plus special appearances by Elsa and Anna of "Frozen" fame!



Used with permission by @Disney @FeldEntertainment



Purchase your tickets now - 



PROMO CODE - CAL14



*Promo code is good for $4 off Price Level 3 only. Valid now through March 19, 2015 online at TICKETMASTER. Not valid on opening night. Tickets subject to handling and facility fees. Not valid on double discounts.*

Valid for the following performances:

Thursday, March 19th - 3pm and 7pm
Friday, March 20th - 11am and 3pm.







Would you like to WIN tickets for 4 to the 7pm, March 19th, 2015 

"Disney on Ice: Princesses & Heroes" show in Calgary, Alberta? 





Follow the rules of the Rafflecopter widget below. 









Winner must be over the age of 18 and be a resident of Canada. 
Good for this date and show only - no exchanges.

Ticket giveaway ends March 5th, 2015 at 12:01am MST.







GOOD LUCK!

IT'LL BE A GREAT SHOW!










*Disclosure: I am a Feld Family Activator, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and opportunities to attend private Feld pre-show event. Even though I receive these benefits/opportunities, I always give an opinion that is 100% mine.* 


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Cottage or Cabin? What is the difference to you?



When the word "cottage" or "cabin" comes to mind, what do you think of?


DaddyO and I were asking ourselves this question recently, and realized we weren't exactly sure how to answer?



"A cottage is definitely near a lake or water." 

"Does that mean a cabin is only in the woods?"



"A cottage has indoor plumbing and a washroom, whereas a cabin has an outhouse."

"Does a cabin have only the bare necessities, or can it be more luxurious?" 




In Ontario where we grew up, people tend to call their recreational dwellings "cottages". 







But in Alberta where we live, a western province, most people refer to their recreational dwellings as "cabins".









Interestingly, both words are synonyms of each other, yet "cottage" does specify near a lake or beach, while a "cabin" implies the dwelling be made of wood and be located in a wild or remote area.


So then... is the usage of the word "cottage" or "cabin", solely dependent upon the region one is from?  







This whole conversation made me think of the House-Tree-Person Test . Did you know that by asking someone to draw a house, a tree or a person - they are providing you with valuable insight into the things they have learned about or have been exposed to over their lifetime?

About 10... no, maybe 14 years ago, I was working as a bartender in St. John's, Newfoundland. A customer (who was also a tourist) wanted to learn a little more about us, so he asked each of us present during 'happy hour' to draw a picture of a tree.  

The fellow looked over everyone's tree drawings and then stopped when he got to mine. He immediately asked me, where was I from?  As it turned out, I was the only person in the room who had drawn a deciduous tree - a huge, towering Oak tree! Being originally from Ontario, that was what I thought a tree should look like. It had never even dawned on me to draw a coniferous tree; however, the room, predominantly full of Newfoundlanders, had all drawn 'Christmas tree' style trees. 







After asking my Facebook friends what their thoughts on the whole "cottage" vs. "cabin" thing were (and receiving more of the same east coast vs west coast upbringings), I have decided that it does not matter.








Let it be known from this moment forward that when I write about our off-grid "cottage" adventures, that I likely really mean cabin.  


And for those of you who'd like to follow our cabin adventures, I have set up a page HERE.












Monday, February 9, 2015

Real Advice, Real Inspiration, Real Experts - The 2015 Calgary Home & Garden Show


The Calgary Home & Garden Show is gearing up to bring you plenty of fabulous ideas, February 26th to March 1st, 2015. I love to garden or rather, attempt to garden... (Sometimes Mother Nature wins) and that's why I am so excited to participate IN the show this year! 

I have partnered with the Ronald McDonald House® Southern Alberta & Kool 101.5 FM for the "Home Tweet Home" auction and have been hard at work to design a birdhouse in the theme of this drawing...


'Flights of Fancy' - Young beneficiaries of Ronald McDonald House Southern Alberta® will be invited to draw their dream house, then see it come to life as a birdhouse, thanks to the talents of Calgary's top media personalities, designers and taste-makers. With each 'nest' on display and up for silent auction bids at the show, shoppers will walk away with their favourite aviaries, with 100% of funds going to the Ronald McDonald House® Southern Alberta.



I really hope that little Christina LOVES my take on her design!

Stay tuned for pictures of the finished birdhouse. 

I hope our submission will take in big bucks for the cause!!























For anyone interested in the community, food and drink, home and garden or interior design!

DESCRIPTION:
The Calgary Home + Garden Show is the most trusted resource for every home improvement project, inside and out. With Canada’s favourite home, horticulture and landscaping specialists, including HGTV’s Carson Arthur and design duo Janette Ewen + Jef Hancock, plus more than 650 exhibitors and features designed to whip any home or garden into shape, there’s innovation, inspiration and expert advice at every turn. Satisfaction guaranteed – or the cost of admission is on us.

DATE AND TIME:
Thursday, February 26th        Noon – 9 pm
Friday, February 27th             Noon – 9 pm
Saturday, February 28th        10 am – 9 pm
Sunday, March 1st                 10 am – 6 pm

PRICE:
Adults (18+):                              $15.00
Adults (18+): ONLINE               $12.00
Seniors (60+):                           $12.00
Seniors (60+): ONLINE             $9.00
Seniors Friday before 5pm        $6.00 (Box Office & Online)
Children 12 and under:              FREE

VENUE:
BMO Centre & Corral, Stampede Park, Calgary






GIVEAWAY -

I have a pair of tickets (2) to the upcoming Calgary Home & Garden Show up for grabs! Leave a comment for a chance to WIN!

Ends Thursday, February 19th, 2015 at 12:01am M.S.T. 




Enjoy the show!




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