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The end of the summer is coming... We're getting ready to enjoy the fruits of our labour with pears and apples! Have you harvested any fruit yet? ... See MoreSee Less

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Snow in August is a rude awakening for these Canadians Published Aug 22, 2016 =================== As summer churns to an end with late August appearing on the horizon, it has started snowing in Canada. No, it isn't the usual culprit of Nunavut, or anywhere else in our country's large swath of the Arctic, but rather Alberta, whose highest places are seeing some noticeable snow on the radar. Flashes of blue on the archived radar map (shown above) are a rare and never too welcome sight in what's supposed to be a month. More Here: tinyurl.com/zgjuvts #LakeLouise tinyurl.com/z9rtpgf

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"Dinner at Cabin was a gastronomical experience. Compliments to the chef and Anthony was just delightful! A million thanks to Nancy (Adamo). For your gracious hospitality your staff were all incredible. My friends loved every minute. They're all talking about coming back. Grazie."
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Did you know... That 1 medium-size peach contains 37 calories and is a source of Vitamin C? Get them while they're in season in Ontario! ... See MoreSee Less

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To celebrate #meatlessmonday, here's a shot of the AMAZING Nutella Crepe Cake featured on our new dinner dessert menu in cabin - available after 3 pm daily! ... See MoreSee Less

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Have you tried our weekend Pizza in the Garden yet? Choose from our 4 pizza options, with our house-made dough, oven baked crust and ingredients harvested from our farm... Delicioso! ... See MoreSee Less

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September: What’s Happening

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Fall is officially right around the corner… With summer ending, the kiddies going back to school and cold weather in the foreseeable future, it’s time for some fun! We’ve got tons of exciting events and lots of amenities, guaranteed to provide an experience you won’t forget. Here is just a sample of some of the things happening at the resort in September:

Labour Day Getaway: Need to get away and unwind? Spend the long weekend with us! Your package includes your accommodation, 3-course dinner in cabin, and full buffet breakfast. Don’t miss live music by the pool on Friday night, Pizza in the Garden (Saturday, Sunday AND Monday) and be sure to visit our golf course and spa. We’ve got just what you need to say goodbye to summer in style. For more package details, please visit us here: http://www.hockley.com/?p=6254

Pizza In The Garden: Soon enough, Pizza in the Garden will come to an end for another year, so get it while it’s hot! Open weekends (weather permitting) from 11-3, you’ll enjoy the garden view, as well as our amazing house-made pizza with the finest fresh and local toppings. Bring the family and make a day of it!

September Spa: Looking for an escape? Wind down your summer by soaking in our spa… We offer a full range of services and this month we’re featuring our La La Lavender Vanilla Body Glow, along with our Renewal Fall Facial…. So let us pamper you! For more info on our spa package, please visit us here: http://www.hockley.com/?p=6280

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August: What’s Happening

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As the summer continues into August, the fun at Hockley Valley Resort is just getting started… We’ve got so much to see and do, you’d better plan to stay! Here are just a few of the things happening at the resort in August:

Serenity now: From our Dreamy Orange Coconut Bliss Wrap to our Oxygen Renewing Hydration Facial, our 8,000 sq. ft. spa has everything you need to leave your stress behind. Looking for a little something extra? Try lunch in our Oasis café and a refreshing swim in one of our saltwater pools for the perfect finish! For more information, visit us here: http://www.hockley.com/?p=6197

Fore fun: Get out there and enjoy the sunshine! With our Stay and Play package, you’ll experience a full buffet breakfast, accommodation and one round of golf with a cart. Don’t forget to visit our spa, treat yourself to Pizza in the Garden and dine in our signature restaurant cabin. You might find one night just isn’t enough… For more info on our amenities, visit us here: http://www.hockley.com/

Love is in the air: Want to get away from the hustle and bustle for a much needed break? Our #lovelife package is just what you need! Along with your accommodation, our package includes: a 3-course dinner in cabin, full buffet breakfast, welcome bottle of wine and $100 room spa credit. Sounds like the makings of a perfect weekend… For more info, visit us here: http://www.hockley.com/?p=6160

Looking for our complete event calendar? Here it is: http://www.hockley.com/events-calendar/

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Caprese Salad

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Have you been looking for the perfect summer salad? Give our Caprese Salad recipe a try, it’s straight from cabin kitchen. Here’s how:

Ingredients
3 red cluster tomatoes
3 yellow cluster tomatoes
1 lb. buffalo mozzarella
6 leaves fresh basil, washed and finely sliced
1 lb. arugula leaves
12 tbsp. olive oil
6 tbsp. balsamic vinegar

Directions
Slice the tomatoes into 6 pieces each.
Slice the cheese into 5 pieces, then cut in half to make 30 half circles.
Toss the arugula with the oil and vinegar, season with salt and pepper to taste.
Mix or display as you choose.
Sprinkle on the basil. Season with salt and pepper. Serves 6 people.
Enjoy!

A tip from our kitchen: This recipe relies on excellent quality ingredients (olive oil and balsamic vinegar) and fresh, ripe tomatoes.  Some people may also like to mix it up and add grilled bread or tomatoes to this recipe – feel free to make it your own!

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

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Organics in the Garden: The Basics

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At Hockley Valley Resort, we believe in sustainability, reducing our carbon footprint and making our farm-to-table philosophy a priority. Our 2-acre on-site farm supplies our kitchens with fresh, seasonal produce you will see on our menu! Interested in adopting some of our practices? Here are some tips from our farm to get you started:
- Rather than a traditional fertiliser, go organic by sourcing out local compost and/or manure.

- Try an organic pesticide, like a fertiliser that discourages slugs and snails from visiting your garden.

- Practice companion planting: we planted basil in between the tomatoes so that insects attracted to tomatoes will be repelled by the basil. Planting thyme can discourage cabbage worms and grubs, rosemary can be used to deter white flies: there are many combinations of plants that can naturally discourage garden pests.

- Wherever you can, weed by hand or mechanically, by rototilling and using a hoe or rake, rather than choosing a traditional pesticide.

- When it’s time to plant, do your research! You may not know that many packaged seeds are coated in pesticides, so look for companies that sell organic seeds when it’s time to place your order.

- For the larger wildlife, you may need to get creative to discourage their interference. We’re using netting and trellises primarily to keep them out this year. Chicken wire, auditory devices or even just making your garden less attractive by eliminating nesting spots are also great options for keeping pests out.

- Help grow our bee and butterfly population and encourage natural pollination by planting wildflowers in and around your garden. Providing a source free from pesticides and full of nectar and pollen will work towards encouraging the natural balance we strive to maintain.

Looking for more tips and tricks from our gardener? Visit us on our blog here: http://www.hockley.com/blog/

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July: What’s Happening

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Summer’s here and it’s hot, hot, hot! At Hockley Valley Resort, we’re your home away from home, just 45 minutes north of the city… From poolside to pampered, we’ve got something for everyone. Here are just a few of the things we’ve got planned for July:

Mini Golf: Looking to get your kids into golf? Try our July and August junior golf camps, where campers will get instruction, swimming, lunch and prizes! Our PGA Professionals will help them develop a lifelong skill and interest in the game. Your kids will thank you fore it… For more information, visit us here: http://www.hockley.com/?p=6179

Summer Spa: Get some much needed down time with our Terrific Tuesdays. Treat yourself to poolside pilates, spectacular spa treatments and a glass of bubbly! Our 8,000 sq. ft. spa will leave you feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to tackle the rest of summer… You’re worth it! For full details, visit us here: http://www.hockley.com/?p=6199

Pizza Party: Gather your friends and family for Pizza in the Garden! From 11-3 every weekend, you can enjoy farm to table, house-made seasonal fare, with ingredients harvested right from our onsite farm. It’s an experience unlike any other… Delicioso!

Looking for our complete event calendar? Here it is: http://www.hockley.com/events-calendar/

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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

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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

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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/

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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/

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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

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