Family Winter Memories 2017

Hey, Readers!

It has been a while since I have shared some of the memories my family experienced during the beautiful seasons we experience here in Canada’s capital. Now that winter is about to make way for spring in just a few days, I thought I would let your in on some of our favourite moments of winter.

 

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Christmas held many fun memories for our family, but there is more to winter than the holiday season. It is about getting out and enjoying what this frozen season brings.

My other half dragged my butt away from my laptop on many occasions to get out for a run. It snowed on most days we tied up our runners to hit the trails. Though the white fluffy stuff made this workout a bit challenging to pull off, we were thankful for our shades and (somewhat) cleared paths to trek along. The best part about the snow was that it made the scenery around us beautiful, allowing us to marvel at the views around us.

 

Reese Speaks Running Canal Collage Photo

 

As the snow piled up in here in Ottawa, we were able to spend some fun times in our backyard oasis. The VPs had a ball marching around (because the snow was as high as my knee at times), flopping about and playing with snowballs together.

 

Reese Speaks Kids Winter Play Collage Photo

 

While the VPs were outside, I decided to have a bit of fun, too! I began embracing being in front of the lens more often. I used a handy tool to give me an assist to make some of these shots happen.

 

Reese Speaks Reese Snow Fun Collage Photo

 

The sun decided to smile on us many times this winter, giving us some unusually warm days. We got the VPs outside to hit the neighbourhood sledding hill. They loved racing down the hill on their sleds and could have stayed there all day long.

 

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There were also times we ventured away from our neighbourhood to take in winter in downtown Ottawa. I took the VP of Cuteness ice skating for the first time at City Hall and she did not want to get off of them.

 

Reese Speaks Maya Mom Skate Photo 2

 

We also took in Winterlude and some of the other sites while we were strolling around the area. I was even able to snap a shot of my eldest on our way home. The snow covering objects and buildings gave the city a sense of beauty that only happens at this time of the year.

 

Reese Speaks Winter Out on the Town Collage Photo

I tried to capture a bit of the gorgeousness of the season. With the temperatures rising and plunging so often this winter, nature decided to show off what it could do leaving some amazing scenes to snap shots of. I have to admit, the frozen fish shot still makes me laugh whenever I see it.

 

Reese Speaks Winter Nature Collage Photo

This winter was full of fun and surprises. The thermometer dipped and soared, and with the VPs being a bit older, they got to experience winter more on their own. Though throwing, sledding, and skating make for fun times, we are all on pins and needles waiting for the ice and snow to recede, allowing for the first buds of spring to appear. I can’t wait to be able to show you what my family gets into when this season (finally) appears! Thanks for the fun times and the sweet memories, winter!

Dish with me: What is your favourite part of winter?

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

The Country Cookhouse: A Great Place For A Great Price!

Hey Readers!

Since my fa mily lives in the Glebe area of Canada’s capital, we frequent shoppers along Banks Street, the mains street for of all of the shops in this area.  During  one of our trips to Bank Street, we got a little hungry, and were trying to figure out where we should eat. That was when we decided to go to this chip wagon that we had seen on previous stops to the area.  It was  the Country Cookhouse. It is located in the parking lot of Kunstadt Sports at 680 Bank Street.  We were attracted to this chip wagon because of the seating they made available for their patrons.  Look at it! It’s so original and awesome! I had to take a few pics of this place!

 

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Here is a front shot of the wagon. I loved everything I saw about this place! It takes you away from the hustle and bustle of Bank Street, and places you, for a moment, into a cozy, woodsy fun cabin-like area.

 

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The Country Cookhouse also has a great menu! Besides serving the usual fare of other chip trucks in Ottawa, they also serve cole slaw, spicy beef chili, potato salad, mac & cheese, along with various warm sandwiches!

Here’s our meal! We all got hot dogs, French fries and pop.  We sat down on one of the tables and ate our lunch hungrily. It looked as though it was going to rain soon, so we wanted to get something we could eat quickly before we got rained on. The Hot Dog was delish, the fries were thick and scrumptious.  My drink washed it down perfectly!

 

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Here are some things to note about the Country Cookhouse:

Price: $ –  Not Bad!

French Fries – ; Hot Dog – ; Drink – .  Their sides (cole slaw, mac n cheese, spicy beef chili, potato salad) are $4. Their warm sandwiches cost $7.

Location: Easy to get to.

The Country Cookhouse is right on Bank Street, so it is really to find for a quick snack.

So if you are looking for a place to get a quick bite while in the Glebe, then check out the Country Cookhouse for some great food!

You can connect with the Country Cookhouse on Facebook and Twitter.

Disclaimer: I was not compensated in any way by the Country Cookhouse for this post.  I really wanted to share a great spot to check out in Canada’s Capital.

SuzyQ Doughnuts: A Smile in Every Bite

Hey Readers!

I miss living a stone’s throw away from Wellington West, a neighbourhood just west of downtown Ottawa.  This area has so many things happening there, and there are also so many delicious places to stop and get a bite to eat.  One of my favourite haunts in the Wellington West village is SuzyQ Doughnuts!

SuzyQ is a gourmet doughnut company that is unlike any other I have ever visited ! The flavours that they have available are so different, fun and original and scrumptiously delicious! My family and I have become huge fans of their delectable doughnut delights, that we always have to drop in whenever we are in the area.

Here it is! This is SuzyQ Doughnuts on Wellington Street! They have a parking lot for those doughnut lovers that want to drive to get their sugar fix here, and they have a seating area for patrons who want to savour their detectible delights if you cannot wait to get home to do so. This is the box that they were packaged in.  It is simple, yet it gets the job done.

 

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These are the beautiful treasures that lie within the box!

 

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These are three of our favourite flavours that SuzyQ has available on their menu daily.  These are Dirty Chocolate , Cookies and Cream and London Fog.  We all love eating the Dirty Chocolate and the Cookies and Cream, but I absolutely love their London Fog. It has a clean and simple earl grey tea  flavour that is so good! I get this one whenever we go.

 

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Here are my kids enjoying our SuzyQ doughnuts fresh from the shop.  Since it was a really hot day when we got our doughnuts, we decided to sit at a shaded bench to eat. SuzyQ also has water and other drinks available to buy alongside their doughnuts, and the water came in handy to keep us cool and to help wash them down.

 

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Some thing to take into consideration:

  • Visit their menu before you go.  It will make it much easier to know what’s available and to place your order. There are so many fun options to choose from, and I find it hard to make a choice with just my eyes!
  • Try to go there early. If you go during peak times (afternoons, especially on the weekends), there will be a bit of a wait to get doughnuts as so many others also munch these snacks, too!
  • No Credit Cards – they only accept cash and debit.
  • Order large orders ahead of time (at least two dozen) – for orders larger than a dozen, SuzyQ requests that you fill out their Special Order Form that can be found on their website ahead of time so they can have your order waiting and ready.

Overall, Suzy Q is a shop I like to pop into to grab a scrumptious treat whenever I am in the Wellington West area. It is a small and cute shop selling some of the best doughnuts I have ever had! I would strongly recommend that, whether you live in Ottawa, or if you are just passing through Canada’s capital, that you try to make the trip to SuzyQ Doughnuts and sample their delicious treats! The next doughnut on my hit list to try is their version of S’Mores! It looks like a ooey, gooey delight!

Price: $ – Not too pricy

For a single doughnut, up to six, it is $2 + tax.

A half dozen is $10, no tax.

One Dozen is $20.

Location: Easy to get to

It is located at 991 Wellington Street, a few blocks away from the Somerset Bridge west of downtown Ottawa. Besides being in the Wellington West area, it is also within walking distance to Little Italy and Chinatown, so you could make a day of visiting SuzyQ. You can easily get there by rcar, on bike or on foot.

Extra Tidbits: Always Festive

I love going to a shop that likes to celebrate various occasions.  SuzyQ Doughnuts has made doughnuts to commemorate different pop culture events.  They made an Ectoplasm doughnut in honour of National Doughnut Day and for the 30th anniversary of the film Ghostbusters. They also had a viewing of the film in their parking lot for patrons to view to continue the celebration. This past weekend (August 15-17, 2014) SuzyQ also made a Flower Child doughnut to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Woodstock.

I hope that you go by and get a taste of SuzyQ Doughnuts. It is a treat you will not soon forget!

Disclaimer: I have not been compensated in away way for my review of SuzyQ Doughnuts.  I really just wanted to share my experience there with you.

 

Purdys Chocolate is Gearing Up to Sweeten Canada’s Capital!

Hey There Readers!

Chocolate lovers in the Ottawa area, there’s a new chocolatier getting ready to set up shop here our fair city! It’s Purdys Chocolates! Yes, Ottawa, Purdys is finally bringing their premium chocolates to our nation’s capital for us to savour and fall in love with, and I just can’t wait!

Like most of you, I love chocolate! It is quite simply one of the best tasting foods in the world! Why do I love chocolate so much, you ask? Well, as a kid, we did not get to have too much chocolate.  Whenever Easter rolled around, my siblings would devour their chocolate treats, but I, who knew that once I ate my chocolate that would not be having probably much more of it for a while, so I would save it and treasure my secret hoard for as long as I could.

Now, as an adult, I love having chocolate around my home in some way, shape or form.  It could be chocolate cupcakes, chocolate squares, chocolate milk, or in some type of candy. Even though my family does not go too long without having some delicious chocolate, I still like having my secret stashes so I can indulge in my sweet treasure whenever I need to satisfy my sweet tooth.

What does this have to do with Purdys Chocolates landing in Ottawa? Well, this will allow for us to have one of our favourite chocolatiers close to home so we can enjoy their scrumptious chocolate creations! There will be two locations opening in Ottawa! One will be at Carlingwood Shopping Centre, and the other will be at Rideau Centre in August, 2014!

For those of you not familiar with Purdys Chocolates, I will fill you in on who they are.  They have been providing quality chocolate since 1907, when Richard Carmon Purdy opened up his chocolate shop on Robson Street in Vancouver, B. C.  When the Flavelle family began running Purdys in 1963, they decided they wanted to uphold the standards of quality that Richard Purdy set when he began creating chocolate.  To this day, Purdys lives up to this tradition of high standards, using the finest of ingredients from around the world, from as far as Belgium, Australia and India to finding excellent airy products right here in Canada.  Purdys has expanded from the one shop Purdy opened up over one hundred years ago to having 64 locations in British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario.

I also love how Purdys Chocolates stays engaged with their followers! I was so excited to have a brief chance to Tweet with Purdys about my what to eat ice cream out of. It made my day for them to have retweeted my response.

 

So, if you are a chocoholic, or if you have never tried Purdys premium chocolate, make your way to one of the two new locations Purdys is opening in Ottawa for a sweet taste sensation!

My favourite Purdys Chocolates creation is their vanilla caramel chocolates! Let me know which sweet creation from Purdys Chocolates is your favourite?

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

Fast Times At Ottawa’s Italian Week Finale Weekend!

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Every year, the Italian Week is held in Ottawa with a week-long party to celebrate Italian heritage, and Preston Street becomes a a party zone for its revelers! This is their 40th year of putting together this festival.    One of the events I like to attend each year is the Saturday portion of the Finale Weekend for Italian Week.  This portion of the week-long event is also put on by the Ferrari Club of America – Ottawa Chapter.

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Under overcast skies, the kids and I ventured out to have a little fun and see some amazing cars.  We arrived on Preston Street  just in time to see Italian Car Parade.

For you car loves, there were various types of Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Fiats and other cars I couldn’t recognize!  My eldest was in awe of all of them, wanting me to take pic after pic as they drove by us.  Here are just a select few of them.

Car  Collage

After the Parade finished, we found a great spot along Carling Avenue for the Preston Street BIA’s Ferrari Demo Zone.  This is where on-lookers could get their fill of fast cars zooming along a section of one of Ottawa’s busiest streets.  As you can see, my little guy was dressed for the occasion.

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Local radio personality, Majic 100’s Stuntman Stu, was on hand to host the festivities.

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Some of these cars were a part of the Italian Car Parade, while others would have had a bit of trouble going slow, as they were built for speed!

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Once the Demo Zone was over, we headed over to the the amusement park that was set up so the kids can fulfill their need for speed as well. So many of the shops and restaurants were dressed up for the occasion.

LI Restaurant Collage

Along the way, we stopped every minute to see so many different kinds of cars, both parked and on the move!  It was literally a car lover’s dream come true!

Preston Car Collage

We were starving, but we finally made it to the fair grounds and main stage area for the Festival.  The FIFA World Cup was playing for football lovers, while the rides were lit up and the music was pumping to get everyone in a partying mood.  We sat down to eat some choice junk food, then I bought tickets to take my younger daughter on the Merry-Go-Round.  Since she has just recently has begun to love horses, she had a ball riding on her pretty pony.  That was the case, until the ride was over, and she found out she could no longer stay on the ride.  I tried telling her that her brother should have a turn on the rides, but then he didn’t even seem interested in going on.  As my eldest walked around the fairgrounds with him, my equestrian rider and I went on the “horsy” again!

Amusement Collage

After the rides and the junk food, I had to call an end to our time at the Italian Week Finale Weekend!  We had been away from home for over 6 hours, and it was getting late for the little ones.  As we walked home, the kids were laughing and talking about cars, ponies and food.  It was such a great day, and the imposing rain had held off!  I can’t wait to see what the Preston Street BIA will put together for next Year’s event!

I hope your inner car lover got to savour all of eye candy this post offered up, as well as the sights and fun we had at the Italian Week Finale Weekend!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

My Blooming Visits to The Canadian Tulip Festival

Hey Readers!

I have to apologize for taking so long in getting this post out to you.  It has been about a month in the making, but I felt that I should still share this experience with you.

A few weeks ago, my boyfriend/partner person and I took my kids to The Canadian Tulip Festival.  It is one of the festivals that kicks off the festival season in Ottawa, and is an celebration to the arrival of spring.  This annual festival is put together by the National Capital Commission (NCC).  I had to make two trips to this festival because some of the blooms had not opened up.  For me, it is also one of the most beautiful festivals to behold in Canada’s nation’s capital.

Why is this festival so important to Ottawa?  It is the annual celebration of the gift of tulips from the Netherlands to Canada for assisting then Princess Juliana (who later became Queen Juliana) and her family while in exile from their homeland during World War II.  Not only did Ottawa become home to this royal family while in exile, but Canada also designated the maternity ward of the Civic Hospital temporarily as extraterritorial (international territory) by the Canadian government in order for Princess Juliana  to give birth to her daughter, Princess Margriet in 1943. It was necessary for the baby to take on her mother’s Dutch nationality so that she would retain her place in the succession for the Dutch throne.

The festival began in 1953, and has since become internationally known.  People from all over the world travel to the Canada’s capital to take in the beauty and the history of this festival.

Luckily for us, The Canadian Tulip Festival is just steps away from my home.  We loaded our younger children in the wagon, and we set off each time for Commissioner’s Park by Dow’s Lake, the main area of this festival.  From when we entered the park, we were greeted by two things: bed upon bed of tulips, and tourists anxiously taking pictures of these tulips.

It took a few tries to get the pictures I wanted, but it was so much fun hopping from tulip bed to tulip bed to see all of the different types displayed at the festival.  There were 70 different types for visitors to oh and ah over.  Here are some of my favourite tulip beds on display.

 

Tulip Group Collage

 

Along with the tulip beds, I also took pictures of some of my favourite flowers within some of the beds.  Each year I am wowed by just how many varieties of tulips exist, and how beautiful they can be.

 

Tulips Close Collage

 

There was also plenty of signage at the festival.  Out of all of the signs displayed, this one had to be my favourite!  I thought it was so cute.

 

No Walking Sign

 

Besides the stars of the show, there were also statues, like the one below, dedicated to this annual event.

 

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There were also exhibits, a stage tent for live music, an international tent and plenty of concession stands and trucks for visitors to the festival to visit and enjoy!

 

Tourist Stops Collage

 

Local businesses and schools were also asked to decorate tulip statues to display at the festival.  Here are just a few of them.

 

Decorated Tulip Statues

 

There were even a few sun showers the day I went  which our visit even more memorable! I hope you can make out the raindrops in this picture.

 

Sunshower

 

Whether you are a local of the city or a tourist to Canada’s  nation’s capital, The Canadian Tulip Festival is a must-visit.  There is something for everyone in the family to enjoy, and the tulips displayed are enough to keep you coming back year after year.  I hope you try to stop by and see this festival some time!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

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Having Fun While Helping Children at the 2014 Ottawa Gala – Spies and Dolls!

Hey Readers!

Have you ever wondered what it would like to be spy or a secret agent? Do you like getting dressed up for an evening of fun, entertainment and raising money for a good cause? Well then, if you’re going to be in the Ottawa area on April 26th, get your outfit in order for the 2014 Ottawa Gala – Spies and Dolls at the Canadian War Museum from 8 PM – 11PM!

 

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What is the Ottawa Gala?
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Ottawa Gala, I’ll tell you all about it. The Ottawa Gala is an annual event put on by the Fund for a New Generation (FNG) in order to raise money for youth initiatives in the city of Ottawa. So far, FNG has raised over $700 000 since its inception in 1993. The event is put together by young professionals who are apart of Ottawa’s private, public and universities sectors that are dedicated to raising funds for various organizations around Ottawa.

What Makes This Event So Special?
I became a supporter of FNG after finding out about the different organizations they have supported across the city of Ottawa. FNG supports organizations for younger and older children. The groups FNG supports each year changes, too, so many more children in Ottawa are helped.

The group that FNG assists that influenced me to want to get involved and help raise money for FNG was the Ottawa School Breakfast Program. Not only does this group help children who need breakfast have one before they start their school day, but it is available at all levels of schools around Ottawa, so younger and older children benefit from the support the Ottawa School Breakfast Program provides. Since I know some of the children who use this program, I felt that I should help to try to do my part to help this program give to the children it supports.

Click here to listen to this year’s Co-Presidents, Angela Kemp and Fahim Rahim, speaking to Hot 89.9 about how great this event is!

How Can You Show Your Support to the Ottawa Gala?
The best way to support FNG would be to attend this year’s Gala on April 26, 2014! This is the 21st year that the Gala has been put together to raise funds for youth initiatives in Ottawa. This year’s theme is Spies and Dolls. Pull out your suit, trench coat, dress, or hat and spend a fabulous evening filled with entertainment provided by Hot 89.9, DJ ACRO and the Hornettes, a silent auction, and prize envelopes you can purchase to raise more money for children in Ottawa! You’ll have fun dancing, meeting new people, and helping children across Ottawa. (This is a 19+ event, for those inquiring minds).

There are two sets of ticket prices for this year’s event:
General Admission – $65
This ticket allows you into the event, to explore different rooms set up for dancing and entertainment and a lot of fun!

VIP Admission – $115
This ticket grants you exclusive access between 8:00 PM and 11:00 PM to enjoy a complementary bar, upgraded catering and a separate entertaining area from those in the General Admission area!

Below are some photos, courtesy of the Ottawa Gala, of all of the fun had at last year’s event, The Roaring 20’s, to celebrate the 20th year the Gala has been one of Ottawa’s ultimate go-to events!

 

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So, if you want to have a good time this weekend, get all dolled up, and raise money for children in the city of Ottawa, why not attend the Ottawa Gala! I hope to see you there!

 

I have not been compensated in any way to write this post. I have had a hand in helping to plan this year’s event, and all of my opinions are honest and my own.

Second Avenue Sweets: A Satisfying Pleasure for Your Sweet Tooth

It’s been a long time coming for this review, but this one was one worth waiting for!  The focus of this review is on Second Avenue Sweets, a family-owned and operated bakery and cupcakerie that is nestled near the corner of Second Street and Bank Street in the Glebe within Canada’s capital, Ottawa, Ontario. They make their products by hand in small batches without the use of preservatives, and have been at their location since 2007.

Second Ave Sweets Store Front

I had only in my new home for a few weeks when I decided to go for a walk-about to get a better lay of the land.  With my little ones in tow, we weaved up ad down streets until we got to Second Street near Bank Street, and I saw Second Avenue Sweets.  We were getting a bit hungry, so we went in to see what they had.  It was displays of treats and sweets and baked goods!  Since I’m a butter croissant lover, I had to try one! Well, actually, I bought two of them; you know, one for the kids, too. I also bought an oatmeal raisin cookie.  I know it sounds lame of me to say (but I don’t care), but oatmeal raisin cookies are my favourite cookie, so I couldn’t say no to it.

After giving my kids their snack, I hurried home, gave the kids a lunch, and tore into the packages to finally enjoy my treats.  I was not disappointed, Readers, as the croissants were soooooo good!  Besides their golden brown hue, they were slightly crispy on the outside, and super moist with so many layers on the inside.  I’m used to having the outside crispier, and the inside a bit drier, but these croissants were delicious.  Oh, I forgot to tell you that they were big, too, so I felt stuffed after eating it.  I waited until the kids were asleep to have the oatmeal raisin cookie.  It was how I liked eating cookies: soft, with a bit of hint of firmness on the outer layer.  It was a good cookie.

These croissants were some of best I've had in a long time! I'm in love with them.

These croissants were some of best I’ve had in a long time! I’m in love with them.

This oatmeal Raisin cookie was really good.  I should have bought more than one.  :(

This oatmeal Raisin cookie was really good. I should have bought more than one.  😦

On my second visit to Second Avenue Sweets, I brought my eldest child, along with my youngest and my niece and nephew who were visiting us for a weekend.  They had a hard time deciding what to choose as their treat.  Here is what we finally bought:

  • A Classic French Chocolate Cupcake
  • A Flour-Free Chocolate Cupcake
  • Two Vanilla Cupcakes
  • A Chocolate Chip Cookie
From Top to Bottom; Left to Right - Chocolate Chip Cookie, Flour-Less Chocolate Cupcake, Vanilla Cupcakes, and Classic French Chocolate Cupcake.

From Top to Bottom; Left to Right – Chocolate Chip Cookie, Flour-Less Chocolate Cupcake, Vanilla Cupcakes, and Classic French Chocolate Cupcake.

We sat down on one of the benches that lined the streets of the Glebe to enjoy our afternoon treats.  The kids were not fans of the amount of icing on their cupcakes, but I was. It looked as though it was placed on to the cupcakes in a way that I can only describe as being home-style, you know, with a knife, and it was a thick layer of icing.  It was a bit dense, but it tasted good. They said there was too much of it.  I removed the access amount of icing (and ate it), and they dove into the cupcakes.  They really liked them.  I, being the biggest kid there, had to have a nibble of each treat for myself, so I could properly assess each one.

The Classic French Chocolate Cupcake was really good.  It had a rich chocolate flavour, and it was moist, too.  The Vanilla Cupcakes were delicious as well. They had that simple, natural taste you get from a good vanilla cake.

The Flour-Free Chocolate Cupcake was the only one that was no adorned by any frosting.  My eldest was the adventurous one who chose it as her treat.  As you would expect, it tasted a bit different than what you would expect from a normal chocolate cake, and it had a different consistency. The best way I could describe it was that it was denser than a cake that was made with flour.  Even though there was no flour used to make this cupcake, it was good.  It was chocolatey, soft and good. She finished it and said she would get another one the next time we visited.

The cookie was mostly consumed by my sweetie at home since he was sad that I didn’t buy him one on my first visit.  I, of course, had a nibble.  Just like the oatmeal raisin cookie I previously ate, the chocolate chip cookie was really good, too.  It was soft, and the chocolate chips had a smooth, chocolatey taste to them.  It was eaten in an instant.

What can I say, Second Avenue Sweets is a great spot for picking up treats or baked goods within Canada’s capital.  Their products are fresh, hand-made, and there is a lot to choose from.  So if you ever find your way to the Glebe-area of Ottawa, Ontario, you should swing by Second Avenue Sweets to get a satisfying pleasure for your sweet tooth! I can’t wait to go back for yet another croissant, too.

I would rate Second Avenue Sweets a 4 out of 5.  As I previously said, the icing on the cupcakes were a bit too thick for my liking, but, everything we ate was ever so delicious!

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Reese’s Pre-Winter Wonderland!

Hey Readers!

I didn’t believe my boyfriend/partner when he said that Ottawa (Canada’s Capital) would be getting about 25 cms of snow dumped on it.  Well, was I ever wrong!  I know I posted picks of Ottawa’s first snowfall a few weeks ago, but it was NOTHING compared to this!  I called this gallery of photos Reese’s Pre-Winter Wonderland because, well, it’s still fall here in Ottawa!  Take a gander at these pics to see what I mean:

This is what I woke up to at 7 AM...

This is what I woke up to at 7 AM…

This is my favourite picture!  It is of the biggest tree in the backyard.  I love the over exposed snowflakes...they're gigantic!

This is my favourite picture! It is of the biggest tree in the backyard. I love the over exposed snowflakes…they’re gigantic!

This is of another tree in my backyard.  This is the view from my desk.

This is of another tree in my backyard. This is the view from my desk.

This is the tree in my front yard.  You can see how high the snow is o the sidewalk by the apartment building across the street.

This is the tree in my front yard. You can see how high the snow is o the sidewalk by the apartment building across the street.

Readers, this is only the beginning of the amount of snow we here in Ottawa are going to receive this snow season!  I can’t wait to get out into it before it gets dirty.

I hope you enjoyed my Pre-Winter Wonderland!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

Universal Children’s Day, 2013: A Day to Cherish Children

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Many countries around the world today are celebrating Children’s Day, a day to honor children globally.  On November 20, 1959, it was proclaimed by the The United Nations General Assembly that a day be set aside to encourage countries around the world to have children engage in celebrating the lives of children globally, as well as to bring awareness to and to promote the well being of children around the world.

This is why I love a day like today.  It is suppose to take the focus off of troubles adults are causing, and focusing on trying to make the world a little bit better for the children we are bringing into it.  I am in awe of Canadians like Romeo Dallaire, and  organizations like Plan Canada’s Because I Am A Girl, who are looking out for the welfare of children around the world.

I also must tip my hat to organizations within my own community that are trying to make the lives of children better, as well.  I was lucky enough to have attended a function last night put on by the The Fund for a New Generation (FNG), an not-for-profit organization that supports underprivileged youth within the city of Ottawa.   FNG hosts the Ottawa Gala, an annual event which helps to raise money to be put towards charities that support youth within Ottawa.

The function last night was to thank the sponsors of the Gala last year, as well as to present the charities chosen to be funded by FNG for 2013 with their donations.  I was so happy to have volunteered for this year’s event, and I am excited to be a part of the planning committee for the 2014 Gala!  My eldest goes to school with some of the children who are supported by children who are funded by FNG, so I felt I should give my time to an organization that helps them.

I wanted to add Janet Jackson’s  Livin’ in a World (They Didn’t Make) to my list of favourite Janet Jackson songs, but then I decided against it.  I felt I should keep it for a day like today when the lives and well-being of children are the focus.  I know, it’s a sad song, but it also focuses on what some adults are doing to harm children instead of nurture them.  It’s not the video, but her song with a gallery of pictures put together by ZELLDARAYS on Youtube (thanks!).

I’m giving my little ones eve more hugs today because of how lucky I feel to have them, as well as to guide them to want to give back to those kids who are not as lucky to be as fortunate as they are.

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

Related Article/Links:

Umer Farooq (The Express Tribune with the International New York Times) – Universal Children’s Day: Activists to hold Awareness programs, gathering today – http://tribune.com.pk/story/634102/universal-childrens-day-activists-to-hold-awareness-programmes-gatherings-today/

UN General Assembly – Declaration of the Rights of the Child http://www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/1386%20%28XIV%29

United Nations  Universal Children’s Day – November 20- http://www.un.org/en/events/childrenday/