This Canada Day, celebrate our country’s awesomeness in a delicious way! Whether it’s ribs, wings, chicken – or anything else, for that matter – our ‘cabin barbecue sauce’ is sure to impress… This recipe is straight from our kitchen, so the quantities are large – you’ll need to adjust the recipe to accommodate your crowd.
10 lbs. ripe tomatoes
1L can tomatoes
3 oz. tomato paste
4 cups brown sugar
1 cup honey
1 cup molasses
1 head garlic
250 ml champagne vinegar
50 ml white balsamic vinegar
2 onions, minced
Spices, to taste: cinnamon, cloves, smoked paprika, smoked ginger, hot pepper
Mix all ingredients in a pot. Simmer over low heat until the mixture thickens. Cool and hand blend to make the consistency even. Pass through a sieve to remove any leftover chunks. Store in an airtight container. Enjoy!
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Are you planning your wedding? Have you thought about your centrepieces? Bridal centrepieces are a huge reception focal point; often they’re an extension of your colour choices, style and theme. Floral centrepieces are timeless, of course, but there’s another trend emerging… “So many separate elements tie into the search for the perfect centrepiece: seasonality, colour, size, cost,” explains Christine Lawson, our Wedding and Social Sales Manager, “Recently we’ve seen couples leaning towards herb boxes, plants and more nature-based options, versus the traditional floral bouquet.”
Why are centrepieces getting an earthy makeover? Well, here are some of the reasons we think couples might be going green:
1. Test of Time: Many couples give away the centrepieces at their reception, and fresh flowers are less versatile. Greenery lasts longer and often lends itself to being re-planted by its new owner.
2. Colour Matching: Nature-based arrangements tend to match any colour scheme, so that could really relieve stress over seasonality or matching your décor.
3. DIY Brides: Many brides are lovin’ sites like pinterest and reading blogs for inspiration, where they’re finding ways to DIY certain wedding elements. Greenery is one way to personalize your décor, not to mention a great way to get your friends and family involved in the process.
4. Cost Counts: With floral arrangements ranging from $20 to $200 per, plant-based centrepieces are a more budget-friendly option (especially if it’s a DIY). With more and more couples covering wedding costs themselves, greener centrepieces may be a way to redistribute your budget and still cover all bases.
Remember that even if you opt for a greener feel, decorators and florists play an important role in your wedding. From bouquets to ceremony décor, sourcing product and placement, some things need to have a professional touch to get the day just right.
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At Hockley Valley Resort, we’ve got the inside scoop on a lot of home remedies you’ve never heard of, so we asked some of our departments to share some of their secrets with us. Here are the tips and tricks our experts think you should know:
From the spa: Duct tape wart removal! Here’s how it’s done: cover the wart with duct tape for 6 days, remove the duct tape, soak the wart, then use an emery board/pumice stone to remove skin on top of the wart if possible. Reapply and follow the steps until it’s gone – could take up to 2 months, but it’s a pain-free removal.
From the kitchen: Asparagus is in season, but do you know the best way to eat it? To ensure you don’t eat any of the woodier parts of the asparagus, simply snap the asparagus at the base. It’s easy to know where to snap it, because it will naturally snap where it becomes tender. You don’t need to waste any either – use the discarded bottoms in an asparagus soup base…. Spring sure is delicious!
From housekeeping: Got a stain you can’t remove? Try peroxide! From furniture to carpets to clothing, it removes stains without removing colour. All you need is a spray bottle and a rag for blotting, and you can say goodbye to your stains…
From the garden: Got bugs? Take a natural approach! For mosquitos, try planting citronella, ageratum or catnip to keep them away. As a general tip, marigolds and lavender can be used to combat beetles, squash bugs, tomato hornworms moths and spiders – making them a great choice as an overall bug deterrent in your garden.
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Looking to serve your friends something new? Take your get together to a new level with Babbo’s Spiked Lemonade! Here’s how we make it:
Fill a mason jar with ice.
Add ½ oz. simple syrup.
Add 1 oz of vodka.
Add 2 tsp. of pureed strawberries.
Add 2 oz. of lemon juice.
Top with soda water and enjoy!
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With the temps heating up and our days getting longer, staying hydrated should be top priority for kids and adults alike. According to the Mayo Clinic, men should be drinking about 13 cups and women 9 cups per day, on average. But does plain old water bore you? We’ve come up with a list of ways to freshen up your H2O, that’ll have you thirsting for more:
1. Cucumber: Give your water a boost in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, while infusing a fresh taste – and it’s also been credited with curbing appetite and lowering blood pressure.
2. Fruit ice cubes: Freeze fresh berries into ice cubes and add to your water for a sweet surprise! Take advantage of the anti-oxidants that most berries offer, while naturally sweetening and keeping your water cold – it’s a triple threat!
3. Citrus fruits: Pucker up with lemon, lime or orange slices to add a great summer kick! Along with all the health benefits that come with citrus (potassium, cleansing, reducing inflammation, to name a few) it will also leave you with amazingly fresh breath!
4. Crushed pineapple and mint: Feeling exotic? This duet will feel like a cool breeze on a hot day, not to mention that it should help with digestion and perking up your immune system to avoid the dreaded summer cold.
5. Vanilla: Naturally high in anti-oxidants, fresh or extract, this is a unique treat. If you want it sweeter, add Stevia or the natural sweetener of your choice. Try this one out on your kids, too for a totally new take on water.
6. Apples and cinnamon: Available all year round, this classic combo has been known to lower blood sugar while boosting energy! For best results, slice apples and grate fresh cinnamon, and you can even use the same apples slices up to 4 times without needing new ones.
7. Jalapeno peppers: For sinus relief, a break from your headache relief or if you’re just feeling spicy, add whole peppers to your water and take it up a notch. Muy caliente!
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The temps are heating up and so is the fun at Hockley Valley Resort! It’s June, so bring on summer… We’ve got tons to do, inside and out, so bring the fam’, your girlfriends, your colleagues or treat yourself to some much-needed alone time – here are just some of the ways you can relax and unwind with us this month:
That’s Amore: Pizza in the garden is now being featured on weekends from 11-3! Bring the whole family to enjoy our garden-to-table fare with fresh, house-made pizza right from our wood-burning oven. And don’t forget to take a wander through our organic fruit and vegetable garden after your feast – now that’s amore!
Ohhhh Canada: Turn your Canada Day holiday into an extended weekend and celebrate our country in style! Take advantage of our holiday package, including your accommodation, full buffet breakfast for 2 and dinner in cabin. As well, movie nights, a mixology class, gourmet popcorn and holiday yoga are all part of the Canada Day fun… For more info, visit our events page here: http://www.hockley.com/?p=5767
Golf Jr.: Looking to get your little ones into golf? Try our Junior Golf Camps for kids aged 7-10! Although they officially start in July, now’s the time to register. The day starts with golf instruction (by CGA certified golf professionals) and finishes with a swim in our saltwater pool, along with a nutritious lunch… What are you waiting fore? Click this link for more info: http://www.hockley.com/?p=5699
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We bet you didn’t know how easy it is to make your own caramel sauce from scratch… Try this easy recipe from our kitchen – soon you’ll be adding to caramel to just about everything!
1L granulated white sugar
1L whipping cream
2 tbsp. butter, softened
Add the sugar to a large pot on the stove, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon until it becomes liquefied and turns a light caramel colour.
Whisk in the butter.
Add the cream in small amounts very slowly, whisking constantly.
Once it’s all blended, remove the pot from the stove. Strain the liquid to separate any sugar lumps.
Serve and enjoy over ice cream, pie, cupcakes, or anything else! Mmmm… Caramel can be stored in the fridge for up to a month.
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With summer just around the corner and our open-toe shoes calling out to us from the backs of our closets… We should be getting ready to flaunt our feet loudly and proudly! Are you wondering how to get – and stay – open-toe ready? Well, our Spa Director, Katie Gilligan, has come up with her own Pedicure Pledge, so that we may wear our open-toe shoes with pride. Please raise your right foot and repeat after her:
“I promise to do my best to keep my toenails properly filed and never to have chipped polish. I will do whatever it takes to avoid having dry, cracked skin. I pledge to my peep-toes, strappy sandals, and even to my flip flops, that if I cannot personally keep my feet in their summer best, then I will place them in the hands of the professionals.”
Cheers to summer, and to summer-ready feet! Check out more of our blogs, tips and recipes at hockley.com