Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Food Adventure ~ Part 2


The kiddos eating their first lobster ever in Castine, Maine!



Xman was okay with the lobster claw, but wasn't so into the tail.
Oh well- he's three! (Here i believe he is sucking on his lemon, lol.)


Beebo loved hers! This girl cannot get enough seafood!

To read 'Food Adventure- Part 1' click HERE .

I'm Donating, Will You?

This Friday night, i'll be heading to a blood donor clinic to donate some of my type O- blood with a few girlfriends (we'll be heading to a restaurant to chow down afterwards). I hear i'll save three lives, just for my one time donation. (Imagine how many i'll save if i keep donating?)

Click HERE to find a donor clinic location near you!

*While you're at it, sign up online to receive a ONE MATCH kit (Stem Cell and Marrow Network). It's super easy to do and takes only a few minutes. *

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Gotta Sec?

I would love it if you'd pop over and vote for Peek Thru Our Window as one of Alberta's best blogs! I'm in fine company, so be sure to check out some of the other fabulous blogs!

Click HERE.

Thanks so much!

Friday, August 26, 2011

A New Brand to Discover This Weekend- Yummy!

A few weeks ago, the kids and i attended the launching of a new line of products. Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut, a company established in Calgary in 1983, has taken on new ownership after the company entered receivership last year. Since taking over, the new owners have not laid any personnel off, are opening new stores and are expanding the brand. COCOCO Chocolatiers- want you to celebrate a trusted name with wonderful chocolate. Add in gelatos, coffees, and stores that have an Italian cafe feel, Bernard Callebaut steps it up a notch with COCOCO.



Chocolate is art!



Gelato is yummy! (Kid Approved!)



Chocolatey confection goodness!
(SamiJoe Approved!)



COCOCO's first customers were Will & Kate
on their Royal Tour of Canada!


Delicious coffees to enjoy in the store or at home!

Visit the new store in Aspen Landing in YYC this weekend and test-drive this fabulous new brand!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Food Adventure - Part 1



Cape Rosier, Maine &
Beebo (AKA- Seafood Monster!).

A glorious seafood heaven!

Visit Rosemary @ Steadfast Ahoy for the rest of the story!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Montana's- Family Night

We have loved Montana's since first eating at this restaurant chain two years ago. Generally, we have had their lunch menu- can't lie. With kiddos ages 3 and 5, we do not often do dinner out. (I'm so thinking about their bedtime by this point... no need to drag them out for a test in behaviour at 5pm! LOL) Anyways, after 'Wedding Weekend' we were all zonked. AND arrived home just in time for dinner.

Yeah, right. Me making dinner that night was not going to happen. I was exhausted (and may have stayed up partying until 3am the evening before, up at 8am- just sayin')! Out we go, out i say!

It was a Tuesday evening and gorgeous outside (patio weather!). We decided to check out Montana's at dinnertime because hey, we've never been! We arrived early in the dinner hour, so the restaurant wasn't very busy yet. Our hostess informed us that tonight was 'Family Night' and that kids eat free with an adult entree purchase. BONUS! Kids eating free-- me already likey!

As you can see, the kids had plenty of options to choose from:

After we had put in our order and had received our drinks, we had a visitor to our table! A magician came over to help entertain the kiddos (and us too!) while we waited for our food. I am not sure that every Montana's location serves up a Magician on 'Family Night', but if you live in Calgary- head to the Beacon Hill location. He did a few tricks astounding us all (the look on DaddyO's face upon seeing the Rope trick, lol!) and then made each of the kids a balloon figure: A guitar for Xman and a turtle for Beebo. Such fun!

A balloon inside a balloon?? Say what?

Food arrived in a cool cardboard car, just like the car that decorates their restaurants. The kids really thought that was neat! Xman ate all his burger up, then posed for this shot-


That car got even more miles, as Beebo decided to use her cardboard car for Flynn Ryder and his bevy of gal pals later at home!


Head out to a Montana's near you! 'Family Night' may be a different night in your neck of the woods, so be sure to check out their website for that information. The kids food portions were reasonable and had healthy alternatives to french fries (though we did have the fries, uh hmm...). We had a super fun dinner out with some magical entertainment and the kids ate free!

Not a bad deal.
(Our food was pretty darn yummy too!)

*Peek Thru Our Window did not receive any compensation or payment for this post. While the rest of the world may have realized that Montana's has a pretty neat 'Family Night', i am only just clueing in and thought i'd share!*

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Sunday In My City: Alpine Helicopters- Canmore, Alberta

A family gathering (read: Wedding Weekend) is always a good time to be 'touristy' and get out to enjoy some things we take for granted in these parts. On the agenda, the 12 minute Spray Lakes Heli-Tour of the Canadian Rockies!

Off to the Alpine Helicopter base in Canmore, Alberta! (This was where i worked previous to having Beebo. Hot fuelling helis and showing off our Rockies to huge tour groups!) This would also be the kids first helicopter ride!









Unknown Mami

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Have you ever gone on a helicopter ride?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Wordless Wednesday ~ Ground Gold


Potatoes are like digging for gold;
you keep wanting to give up,
but wonder if you're leaving any potatoes behind?

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Sunday In My City~ Wedding Weekend

Last weekend, we were part of a wedding. Beebo was a flower girl, while DaddyO and myself were part of the wedding party. (Xman wore a super cute bow-tie!) For Beebo, it was her first time sitting for a hair up-do!


Age 5: 1hrs curling her hair. Sat quieter and more still than ever imagined. Priceless.


Our little princess, curled and dolled up in a lovely dress by G'ma Roe.  Her rose hair fixins' were part of my up do for my wedding nine years ago.  I love weddings for the traditions passed along.


The meadow we hiked 30 minutes to... look at that view!


The bride and groom!


DaddyO and myself, the pink wedding party members.

Unknown Mami

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Weddings are always a fun time to reconnect with family and friends.  Have you danced the house  down at a wedding this summer?

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Help- In Theatres today! (Review)


'The Help', a Dreamworks/Disney production, brings Kathryn Stockett's book to life on the screen. Mid- 60's Jackson, Mississippi is still harshly oppressing the African-American population.  So called 'Mommies', flounce about volunteering and fundraising by day and playing bridge by night.  While their negro nannies raise their children, and cook and clean their houses.

Enter 'Skeeter' (played by Emma Stone). She is university educated and is a lady on a different path. She wants to make a difference; she yearns for change. After a conversation at a ladies bridge night, Skeeter wonders why everyone is so concerned that 'the help' use a bathroom outdoors when 'the help' raises all the white children in town? Ironic for sure.

Skeeter endeavours to write a story using 'the helps' help. Her journey begins with Aibileen, then with Minny. It is a long road to convincing the other 'help' to share their stories, but soon everyone in town has a reason to share.

Your heart will tear with sadness in this movie... bring Kleenex, you will need it.  The words: "You is kind. You is smart. You is important." had me a bawling wreck every time. It is a time in history that we have all learned about, but after seeing 'The Help' you'll never feel the same again. These strong, resilient women thankfully existed and perhaps raised the next generation to be kind, unbigoted adults.

If you've read 'The Help', you'll find this movie to be very on par.  I generally have a hard time watching a movie after having read the book, but i found the movie enriched the text.  The actors chosen to round out these roles had beautiful delivery and were very true to their characters (especially Sissy Spacek-- who i've always enjoyed as an actress).  And Hilly Holbrook is even more wretched in real life... if you can believe it.

Go see 'The Help'! Definitely one of the best films of the year!

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*Peek Thru Our Window was provided with admission to an advance screening of 'The Help' for the purpose of review, by Disney Canada.*

Monday, August 8, 2011

My Vacation Book

Recently i had read 'The Help' by Kathryn Stockett. I had been saving the book to read on vacation, but then the movie came out and i wanted to have it read before viewing. You know, it's always perfectly nice to ruin a good film by having read the book first, right?? LOL That left me on the hunt for a new book.

In this post, i asked for some book offerings from my readers. LOTS of you had suggestions, making the decision not an easy one. Thanks!

DaddyO and i had been watching 'The Tudors' on Netflix over the last few months. The Shakespearean in me was surprised that Henry VIII was Elizabeth I's father and even more surprised that Anne Boleyn was her mother! I'm not quite sure how i missed those facts? Since Elizabeth I was third in line and technically, never should have ascended the throne, i was intrigued about her siblings who came before her. Edward VI wasn't all that exciting. He ruled for 6 years, from ages 6-12. Then there was Mary- whose reigned became known as the reign of Bloody Mary. I decided to skip the book that was specifically about her, as her reign was a little too blood and gore for me (and we thought Henry VIII was bad?).

The book i chose, "The King's Daughter" by Barbara Kyle, focusses on the end of Mary's reign... and the uprisings and schemings it takes for Elizabeth I to enter power.


Let's hope i chose well!

Have you read this book?


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