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Cabin’s Dry Rub Recipe

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The season for barcebues and patios has arrived! Looking for a new recipe? Give this dry rub a try, it’s straight from our cabin kitchen:

3 Parts Chile Powder
3 Parts Dried Basil
3 Parts Dried Thyme
2 Parts Dried Oregano
2 Parts Cayenne
2 Parts Paprika
2 Parts Cumin
.5 Parts Garlic Powder
.5 Parts Mustard Powder
.5 Parts Celery Salt
.5 Parts White Pepper
1 Part Brown Sugar

Looking for more recipes from our kitchen? Visit our blog here: http://www.hockley.com/?s=recipe

Organic Gardening: Getting Started

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So you’ve decided that you want to start an organic garden… Now what? Well, the old saying “measure twice, cut once” is the way to go. Give it some thought, make a plan, and consider these tips before you really dig in:

Stake it out
You want to be able to physically see where your garden will be. Consider how much room you might need (depending on what you are planning on growing), how much light that area gets, and whether you have room to expand in the years to come, if you need to.

Build it
Decide whether you are going to dig a “garden-variety,” build a raised bed or plant in pots. If you are using a large area, be sure to include a walkway of some sort so that you can get to all areas when harvesting or weeding. Organic gardens come in all shapes and sizes – even if you only have a little space, with careful planning and planting, you can still get a great yield!

Planting
Here comes the fun part! Once you have put your organic soil down, it’s time to plant… You can grow from seed or plants, but if you are using plants, be sure that they have been organically grown, or you may be introducing chemicals into your organic space. Once you’ve planted, give your garden a good watering and add mulch or compost, which will increase moisture absorption and decrease weed growth. Label your rows, too, so you don’t have to guess what’s sprouting! (A quick, hard-learned hint: use weather-proof materials for labeling or it will be a guessing game at harvest time!)

A few last tips for getting started:
- Choose to plant what your family likes to eat
- Make friends with your neighbours so you can trade at harvest time
- Stagger your planting to have a harvest throughout the season

Organic gardening is important to us too! Our 4-acre organic garden is a testament to our farm-to-table philosophy, providing 80% of all menu ingredients (offering house-made pickles and preserves in the winter). Enjoy an amazing culinary experience at cabin, Babbo or 85 today! www.hockley.com

April: What’s Happening

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Spring has sprung! Get ready to enjoy spring flowers, warmer weather, and all the fun we’ve got planned at the resort… From girls’ get-togethers to tons of laughs to the return of golf season, here’s a look at some of the events we’ve got scheduled for April:

Fashion For a Good Cause: It’s our 4th annual charity fashion show! Start the evening with a champagne cocktail and silent auction, followed by a delicious 3-course meal and fabulous spring fashions… Grab your girlfriends and get ready for a fun night out, with proceeds benefiting Bethell Hospice Foundation! For tickets, please visit us here: https://shop.hockley.com/special-event-passes/2nd-annual-charity-spring-fashion-show

A Laugh A Minute: Looking for laughs? It’s comedy at its finest – Yuk Yuk’s is back on April 30th for a night of hilarious comedy! Enjoy the opening act, headliner and delicious sit-down dinner – and don’t forget to ask about our special package rates… Hurry, this event is a guest favourite and it sells out quickly! To purchase tickets online, please visit us here: https://shop.hockley.com/special-event-passes

Go Fore It: It’s finally golf season again, so dust off your clubs and visit us for our Stay ‘n’ Play Package! Spend a great day on the course, enjoy our saltwater pools, fitness centre and don’t miss getting pampered in our 8,000 sq. ft. spa. For specific package details, please visit us here: http://www.hockley.com/?p=6122

For our full event calendar, visit our website here: http://www.hockley.com/events-calendar/

Your Home: Pre-Spring Cleaning

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Yes, it’s still winter (barely) but you can beat those winter blahs with a home that sparkles and shines! Looking to do a little pre-spring cleaning? No problem! Our housekeeping staff has some nifty tricks to help you whip your house back into shape, in a snap:

Salt stains from winter boots?
Try using a half and half ratio of white vinegar and hot water to scrub them clean. If they are heavy duty stains, switch to ¾ white vinegar to ¼ water to maximize your results.

Dirty windows?
Get your windows squeaky clean by using a squeegee. Quick tip: Make sure you dry your squeegee completely each time you lift it off the window to avoid getting streaky water marks.

Trouble sleeping?
At the resort, we rotate our mattresses with each season to extend their life span. Because this helps to minimize the permanent imprint of your body, it’ll be like giving new life to your mattress and more importantly, could afford you a better night’s sleep.

Messy Grout?
At this time of year, the grout in your front hall can become awfully messy. Get that grout clean with peroxide or bleach; simply scrub your grout with a hard bristled brush to restore it to its summer beauty!

Static Cling?
With the dry winter air, static is often an issue. Save the waste and your embarrassment – trade in your dryer sheets for a dryer bar. They are reusable, can last up to 6 months and an indicator will let you know when it’s time to be replaced. Can it get any easier than that?

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March: What’s Happening

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It’s March and spring is right around the corner… The days will get longer and the weather will continue to warm up, so enjoy! We’re jam-packed with fun at the resort this month, here are just some of the events we’ve got coming up (and a sneak peek into April):

Break Time: When your kids are off school for March Break, why not spend the week together? Stay with us from March 11-20 for movie nights, kids’ activities, skiing and snowboarding, snowshoeing, and an indoor saltwater pool! Escape just 45 minutes out of the city for a week of fun for the whole family! For details on our March Break accommodation package, please visit us here: http://www.hockley.com/?p=6055

Head For the Hills: It’s spring skiing at its finest! On top of our regular fun, don’t miss our Food Bank donation days, St. Paddy’s Day Carnival, Puddle Jump, Easter Egg Hunt and much more… For our complete calendar of March events, visit us here: http://www.hockley.com/?p=5998

A Look Ahead: If you thought March looks exciting, wait ‘til you see what we’ve got planned for April! From the Toronto Bridal Show April 8-10, our 4th annual charity fashion show on the 29th and Yuk Yuk’s comedy show on the 30th, we’ve got your April covered too!

For our full event calendar, visit our website here: http://www.hockley.com/events-calendar/

New Year, New Budget?

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It’s a new year, do you need a new budget? Now that the holidays have passed – along with the financial burden that comes with holiday season, are you feeling like your finances need a makeover? Daniel Cox, Controller at Hockley Valley Resort, offers you his top 5 tips for getting your budget back into shape:

1. Just the facts: Help determine how much you can spend by starting with how much money you actually have. Don’t estimate, don’t divide your annual income by 12 – go by your actual take home pay each pay period – that way you can do a weekly budget based on actual numbers.

2. Follow the rules: A great formula to use as a guide is the 50/20/30 rule. This means that 50% of your income goes toward essential expenses, 20% goes to long-term financial goals and 30% or less goes to your “fun fund.” This can be adjusted to your needs, of course, but it’s an easy way to stay on track.

3. Cash out: Measure the amount of money you’ve allowed for discretionary expenses (or your “fun fund”) in cash each month. That way you avoid adding to any credit card debt, you know at a glance when you’re getting close to your limit and there’s no way to go over your allotment.

4. Details, details: Re-adjust your plan on a monthly basis to stay focused and on track. Look at what worked the previous month and what didn’t, and tweak your plan accordingly. It doesn’t exactly take care of itself; for maximum success, you need to be on top of your budget on a month to month basis.

5. Tech talk. Do you still get paper billing? Consider automating bill payments as a way to ensure you pay on time and avoid late charges. Interest and late fees can really add up and eat away at your savings. Having all your billing come out of one account can also help you really stay on top of where money is going and where you may need to fine tune your plan.

Budgeting can seem daunting and can be a stressful endeavour. Take it one step at a time and consider these tips to simplify your process and set you on your path to success!

Looking for more interesting content? Visit our blog here: http://www.hockley.com/blog/

Cinnamon: 5 Things You Didn’t Know

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Cinnamon, most commonly used in baking, boasts a whole host of exciting possibilities! Are you selling cinnamon short? Add some spice to your life – in moderation, of course. Here are 5 facts you might not know about cinnamon:

1. Snack Attack: Cinnamon makes a delicious addition to a variety of snacks! Mix it with oil, sugar, cayenne and salt to taste. Drizzle or spray onto your popcorn for a delicious twist!

2. Breathe Easy: Cinnamon essential oil, in combination with lemon, clove, eucalyptus, rosemary and tea tree, kills 99% of airborne bacteria within minutes. To reap these benefits, add 4 drops of each essential oil to a vaporizer and enjoy!

3. Pest Control: Did you know that cinnamon is a deterrent for ants? Keep these pests out by sprinkling cinnamon at the entryways. Have a sandbox? Mix cinnamon in with the sand to enjoy an ant-free play zone!

4. Tea Time: Ceylon cinnamon can be used in tea, and boasts some amazing health benefits! Cinnamon has been known to have an effect on some common ailments: relieves a sore throat, aides with digestion, reduces sore joints and lowers blood pressure. Give it a try and see if it helps!

5. A Cut Above: Cinnamon has been used as an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent for many years. To help heal an open cut or wound more effectively, dust some cinnamon overtop and let it work its magic.

*sources: oilhealthbenefits.com, gardeningknowhow.com, organicfacts.net, benefitsfromcinnamon.com

Looking for more interesting content? Check out our blog here: http://www.hockley.com/blog/

February: What’s Happening

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Wow, is it February already? So much to do, so little time… Be sure you squeeze in the great outdoors with the important people in your life and schedule some fun along the way! Whether you like your fun indoors or out, we’ve got something to suit everyone at the resort this month – here are some of the activities we’ve got planned:

All Weekend Long: Family Day weekend is the perfect excuse to book a staycation and spend time with your loved ones. We’ve got movie nights, kids’ activities, skiing and snowboarding, an indoor saltwater pool and live entertainment! Everything you need for a long weekend filled with family fun… For our full list of Family Day weekend events, visit us here: http://www.hockley.com/?p=6026

Be Mine: Looking to hang out with your honey? Celebrate this Valentine’s Day with a romantic dinner for 2 in cabin! Or, show off your moves at our Valentine’s dinner and dance. Making it a family affair? We’ve also got a Valentine’s dinner buffet in our ballroom… Love is definitely in the air at the resort this month! For a link to our Valentine’s events, click here: http://www.hockley.com/?p=6026

Comedy Central: On February 27th, get ready to yuk it up at our Yuk Yuk’s Dinner and Show Event. Great friends, terrific food and huge laughs – all the makings of a memorable night out! For all the details, visit our website here: http://www.hockley.com/?p=6082

The Hills Are Alive: And the fun continues into February on the hill… Join us for dress up days, fun races, slope-style events, ball drops and keep your eyes peeled for our Hockley Bear! Bring your family and friends to take part in all the activities we’ve got planned – you won’t want to miss out on any of the fun! For our complete calendar of events, visit us here: http://www.hockley.com/?p=5997

For our full event calendar, visit our website here: http://www.hockley.com/events-calendar/

January: What’s Happening

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Now that the holidays have passed, we can get down to enjoying our good ole Canadian winter! Sledding, skating, isn’t that what this season is all about? Well, we’ve got tons of events planned at the resort… Here are just a few of the activities we’ve got coming up this winter:

Slope schedule: Join us for all the fun you can handle on the hill! From dress up days to race days to slope-style events, winter has never been more exciting. Bring your family and friends to take part in all the activities we’ve got planned and really make the most of your January… For our complete calendar of events, visit us here: http://www.hockley.com/?p=5993

We are fa-mily: Spending Family Day weekend close to home? Visit us for the weekend and spend quality time with your favourite people! We’ve got family movie nights, loads of kids’ activities, skiing and snowboarding, an indoor saltwater pool and live entertainment! We guarantee that your kids won’t be yawning – except at bedtime! For our full list of Family Day weekend events, visit us here: http://www.hockley.com/?p=6026

Love is in the air: Celebrate with your sweetie in style: get romantic this holiday with a special dinner for 2 in cabin! Or if you’re in the mood for a little fun, our Valentine’s dinner and dance might be just what you’re looking for. We’ve also got a Valentine’s dinner buffet for the family in our ballroom… However you want to celebrate, you’re going to loooove what we’ve got planned! For a link to our Valentine’s events, click here: http://www.hockley.com/?p=6026

For our full event calendar, visit our website here: http://www.hockley.com/events-calendar/

Oatmeal Lace Cookies

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Want to try something a little different over the holidays? These delicate oatmeal lace cookies are unique and delicious – we dare you to eat just one!

Ingredients:

1 cup butter

2 ¼ cups light brown sugar

2 ¼ cups rolled oats

3 tbsp. all-purpose flour

1 tsp. salt

1 egg, lightly beaten

1 tsp. vanilla

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375°. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

Heat butter and brown sugar in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring frequently until butter has melted and mixture is smooth. Sir in oats, flour, salt and vanilla.

Drop cookie batter by the teaspoon onto baking sheets, about 2” apart.

Bake for 5-7 minutes. Remove from oven when golden brown.

Allow to cool for 30 minutes.

Looking for more recipes from our kitchen? Visit us here: http://www.hockley.com/?s=recipe