skating with the wolves

For all of you in the Ottawa region who do not have plans tomorrow for family day, I’ve got the thing just for you; and if you already do have plans, keep on reading anyway as you’ll want to visit this skating venue before the end of winter. My friend and coworker Anne-Marie told me last week that she was going skating in the forest, and that got me immediately curious and interested… and once she came back, while she was telling me all about it, she knew I would be all over this. Right after looking at her pictures, I made plans to visit the beautiful skating village at Lac des Loups.

Getting up late is never an option at our house (unless you’re first name starts with a B apparently), but this Saturday we were all up before 7:30, had an early breakfast, packed some snacks, as well as the good camera, got all of our skates in the car and on our way we were. To go where exactly, the boys asked? To go skate with the wolves we said!

Skating is like our new favourite thing. The boys never even wanted to touch a pair of skates since 3 weeks ago. And now, can’t keep count of how many times we skated in the last few weeks. So skating with the wolves got them really excited.

We got to Skating through the Forest at around half past ten and within minutes we were on our way. One word: WOW! This place is incredible. It was love at first sight for me. How come I had never heard of this place before? Four kilometres of skating trails in the forest. The minute you step out of the cabin you’re on the ice and the trails awaits for you. We decided to borrow one of the available sleigh for the boys knowing they wouldn’t skate the full circle. As soon as we were in the forest, it was like we were alone in our own little piece of paradise. The sun was peaking through the trees, the birds were chirping and the squirrels were following us on our journey. Everybody was enjoying themselves and having fun. Liam was going from skating with us to enjoying a well deserved break in the sleigh, while Logan skated a bit but mostly was there to enjoy a free ride, as I think he enjoyed being pulled way too much to get out! Every couple of hundred meters there’s either a bench or standing area to give you little breaks. We did the entire trail and we can’t wait to be back doing it again. Hopefully next time we’ll ride the trails at night with torchlights illuminating the pathway. Skating in the Forest is fabulous and so much fun during the day, but I can just imagine the place at night; as it must be stunning.

We had one of the best morning, even with Brian’s complaining about his skates and feet hurting! This new found love for skating is a lot of fun for the kids but kind of a challenge for us who hadn’t skated in years! Still, I was able to show off some of my figure skating best moves; and please don’t laugh at my pictures… I swear I was able to do some almost perfect figures but Brian was just not able to take the shots! Yeah, I’m blaming the photographer and not the fact that my legs can’t get as high as they used too! The ice was in great shape, the weather was just perfect and we had the most enjoyable time. The boys kept howling like wolves in the sleigh, hoping to see the mascot Loupie somewhere, unfortunately, we didn’t and Logan shed a few tears before we left. Maybe next time Loggy Bunny.

Our perfect morning turned out to be even better when Brian decided to take us to a nearby place he had been before, The Chelsea Pub in Old Chelsea, about 20 minutes from our original destination and 45 minutes from home. The pub was great, and it reminded me of one of my favourite place ever, The Cottage in Lake Placid. Small, cozy and full of life, with friends catching up, families back from skiing, at least one back from skating, with many others just there to enjoy a great time at the pub. We had some drinks and delicious food, but sadly, I was way too full to try one of the awesome deserts that were displayed right next to our table. Next time for sure! And next time might be even sooner rather than later, as my girlfriends and I are looking for a cottage close to the Nordik Spa-Nature in Chelsea for our yearly Spring weekend girls’ getaway.

So really, you should all cancel your plans for tomorrow and go buy your tickets for Skating in the Forest, then make a reservation at the Chelsea Pub to enjoy some of the most delicious pub food in the region as well as a pint or two, cause after all, Monday is family day, and family day is a Holiday! And just like that your family day will be perfect!

If you do go to The Chelsea Pub, could you please bring me a piece of that awesome looking cheesecake on the second top shelf of the dessert display? Anyone, please!!!

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olympic ready

We are officially ready to cheer! Cheer for the Olympic games that is! We love the Olympics and we couldn’t be more excited. For two weeks we’ll be seated at the edge of our seats waiting for results, times, scores, medals, etc. Well, maybe we will already know the results because of time difference with Pyeongchang, but still, it’s so nerve racking to watch our Canadian athletes perform!

The boys loved to watch the last summer Olympics and were in awe for every competition, but mostly for diving… as they couldn’t believe real people were doing crazy stuff like that! We then started playing in the pool, jumping around, where I would present each of them as if they were contestants. Liam surprised us and did a front flip for the first time (without anyone knowing this was coming) and we went all crazy! He was so proud of himself right after he came out of the water, not too sure of what had just happened; but I was almost as proud of myself for catching it on video! We still cheer every time we watch it. And if he makes it to the Olympics one day, well that will make an awesome feel-good story on TV, with the video of its first jump ever!

So to say we are ready for some friendly winter competition is an understatement. The boys’ stuffed animals have already been competing in acrobatic skiing and jumping, winning soccer and go-kart medals as well as some of Brian’s dad old trophies we keep in the boys’ room!

We’ve also decorated our home with flags of various countries, drew the Olympic rings on the blackboard, and gathered all our Go-Canada gear. Found the cutest Olympic long john’s at The Bay for the boys, so fun to dress them in one-piece again!

We will be watching the Opening Ceremony tomorrow night with an Olympic flag pizza (which I’ll try to re-create from Pinterest). I’ve also made this cute cake in the shape of a tuque! We had so much fun baking and decorating our mini-donuts to build the Olympic rings. There is now sprinkles everywhere in my house, though!

Competitions are already underway, as there was some curling and alpine skiing today, so Go Canada! We’ll be watching and cheering for all of our athletes; and medal or not, you guys make us proud anyway. Good luck to all.

So, even if we’re full on-cheering for Canada with our gears and everything ready in our house, we will also be – very closely – following and cheering for one of our neighbors from the United States, Andrew Weibrecht, who has a special place in our hearts. Andrew’s family owns the Mirror Lake Inn in Lake Placid, and although we weren’t able to meet with him when we visited the beautiful MLI in December, we certainly got the chance to admire his two Olympic medals at the reception desk, and would love to see a another one on the wall next time we’re visiting. He’ll now be in his 3rd games, and I have to say that I will be cheering for him in his super-G races.

So Go Canada Go! And Go Andrew Go. Make us all proud! I wish you all some great 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic games.

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the game, the hearts and the food

Hello February! It feels like I’ve been longing for you for a full month now, or even more. For the first time since Christmas Eve, (touching wood) nobody’s sick. FINALLY! Still, we opted to stay home most of the weekend to catch up on some household chores, and for some cooking and baking. Early Saturday we decorated the house for Valentine’s Day and then made a cute little buffet in the living room. Like most of you, we’re also getting ready for the big game tonight! Go Brady! So today, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite recipes –which I’ve posted over the last year– that you could do for your Super Bowl party or in the next few weeks as sweet treats for V-Day!

Love, love, love to decorate for Valentine’s Day. You know, with all the pink colored stuff, the hearts, the love; what’s not to love! The boys keep on telling me it’s my month because of my birthday coming later this month, because I’m all hearts and holidays, and because pink is my favorite color! I guess they’re right, so I’ll take it. So after we took out all the cute stuff from our V-Day’s decoration box, we decided that baking some heart shaped pop-tarts would be an awesome idea. We made some dough, mixed some berries with sugar and flour and within an hour we had ourselves a little buffet in the living room.  So fun to mix it up once in a while. The boys really enjoyed brunch outside the kitchen for once… I, on the other hand, had multiple panic attacks making sure none of the chocolate glaze would end up on the cream colored couch. Oh well, we all survived… and the couch too! Here’s the link to my pop-tarts recipe from when I shared it on the blog the first time. The recipe was for traditional shaped pop-tarts, but you can have fun with it and make pop-tarts of any shapes or sizes. This time, we went for some mini-heart-shaped-pop-tarts-pop; and they were delicious, and so much fun to eat! And if you add chocolate glaze and sprinkles, you’ve got a winner!

So for tonight’s game, you absolutely NEED our spicy chili, my to-die for guacamole and these heavenly pretzels. You still have time to do all of this before the game, but hurry! This house is rooting for Brady and the Patriots, but the house where we’ll be watching the game from isn’t… so this could be interesting; I wouldn’t be surprised if some of these awesome pretzels end up flying around when the other team score a touchdown! Still, we should all be pretty cheerful for the amazing food we’ll have!

One of the things we’re also super excited about is the Olympics! So starting next Friday, we will be glued to the TV watching reruns of sporting events (damn you different time-zone) while cheering for our country. The boys are already running around the house waving their flags and playing medals ceremony! More on that in my next blog post!

Hope your team wins tonight… I know mine will. And hope you are decorating your house for V-Day, just because it’s so much fun to do so! February is MY month and I plan on enjoying it as much as possible. Can’t wait to go out skating, and skiing, and snowshoeing, or even simply to take a walk; it’s so beautiful outside –once you look beyond the driveway you still have to shovel! Happy Super Bowl Sunday my friends!

 

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