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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Vanilla Cupcakes, Part 2: Redemption is Sweet

Hi there, Readers!

After the disappointing results of my first attempt at baking vanilla cupcakes, I searched and found a second recipe to test. I love vanilla cupcakes, and I really wanted to bake again.  So, after getting all of my ingredients together, I made my second attempt at making these cupcakes, and hopefully, they were tasty ones, too.

Here is the recipe I found at Canadian Living.com for vanilla cupcakes:

  • 1-1/2 cups (375 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (250 mL) granulated sugar
  • 1-1/2 tsp (7 mL) baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) butter, softened
  • 1 cup (250 mL) milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla

1.   In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.

2.   Using an electric mixer on low speed, mix in butter, milk, eggs and vanilla; beat on high speed until smooth, about 2 minutes.

3.   Spoon into 12 paper-lined or greased muffin cups, filling about three-quarters full.

4.   Bake in the centre of 375°F (190°C) oven until cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean, about 18 minutes.

5.   Transfer to rack; let cool completely.

After mixing together the wet and dry ingredients together, I had to taste the batter to gauge whether I was on the right track with this recipe. Let me tell you, Readers, tasting that batter was the highlight of my night! It tasted great!

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I then quickly scooped the batter into my cupcake tin and placed them in the oven to bake.

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It took about 14 minutes for them to bake, and I was on pins and needles waiting for them to cool.

I decided to kick these cupcakes up a notch by whipping together frosting from scratch.  I found this recipe at Food.com for Basic Vanilla Frosting. I had to get arm going to whip together these ingredients (use a hand mixer if you have one):

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter or 2 tablespoons margarine, softened
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.

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I had to add a bit more milk and butter than the recipe suggested, but it looked and tasted so good!  It  only took about 5 minutes to make, so I’m going to keep this recipe in my back pocket and use it again!

After icing these cupcakes,

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it was finally the moment of truth: I had to find out if it was the previous recipe, or if it was just me, that couldn’t bake vanilla cupcakes.  I first took a bite out of the bottom of the cupcake, so I could taste the cake part of the cupcake without having the flavour of the icing interfere with the flavour of the cupcake. You can see that one of the cupcakes also had gold sprinkles on it.  I made these cupcakes for the gold medal men’s hockey game between Canada (YAY!!!) and Sweden.  It was my way to cheer the Canadians on early in the morning from my couch from the other side of the world.  The yellow was not as “golden” as I would have liked, so only a select few donned this extra hit of sugar.

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I am happy to tell you, Readers, that these cupcakes were delicious! They had a lightly sweet taste, moist, and fluffy.  They tasted even better with the vanilla frosting on them.  This latest recipe for Vanilla Cupcakes and the Basic  Vanilla Frosting recipe were a success!  Here is  a side-by-side picture of my previous attempt and this most recent attempt:

Cupcake Collage

My eldest daughter, who doesn’t like cake ate a few of these cupcakes!  My boyfriend/partner fell in love with the icing.  With the success of this cupcake recipe, I can truly say that redemption is sweet!

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Reese’s Fishing Adventure, 2013

Hey Readers!

Here in Ottawa, it is going to be a balmy -20°C, and I am LONGING for those warm, lazy days of summer.  Then the dusty ol’ light bulb flicked on in my head, and I remembered that I had forgotten all about my latest battle of wits versus the fish while I was visiting my boyfriend/partner’s parent’s home last summer, and I was transported back to that day on the boat.  Sure, I was sweating like crazy in my sweater to keep the mosquitoes at bay while wearing enough bug repellant to cover three people, but I enjoyed every minute on that boat!

On this trip, it was the same gang as last time, except my boyfriend/partner stayed behind to be with our little ones.  We all but duck taped my eldest daughter to her seat, as she loves going fishing, as is getting better at it each time she goes out.  Granndpa was at the helm of the boat, guiding us along the Napanee River that flows just minutes away from his home, and taking us to the prime fishing spots along the way.

Below are some shots of the scenery we had a chance to experience on our way to our first fishing spot.  There were some other fishing crews out on the river, too, trying to see if the fish were biting but  Grandpa was able to shake them off of our trail!

These are just some of the beautiful pics of scenery we had the advantage of being out on the Napanee River last summer.  This is not helping me deal with this freezing cold weather!

These are just some of the beautiful pics of scenery we had the advantage of being out on the Napanee River last summer. This is not helping me deal with this freezing cold weather!

Some of our casts were successful…

This was so much better than last year!  We lost a few while reeling them in, but we were proud of what we caught!

This was so much better than last year! We lost a few while reeling them in, but we were proud of what we caught!

while others were not.

Grandpa is showcasing our

Grandpa is showcasing our “Other Catch of the Day.” We caught a lot of weeds in our line.

We even had a few friends drop in for a visit.

Dragonflies are some of my favourite flying beings.  They are inspiring, and are a sign of positive change.  I guess my Lady Luck will smile down on me to get some fish!

Dragonflies are some of my favourite flying beings. They are inspiring, and are a sign of positive change. I guess my Lady Luck will smile down on me to get some fish!

Overall, it was a fabulous few hours fishing.  I am by no means the seasoned angler I want to be, but I am getting closer to this goal every time I cast my line!  I have to make a point to catch more than my fish-crazed daughter next time, or else I’ll hear the end of it!

Can’t wait for my trip this year!  I hope you enjoyed this little bit of summer, if only on your computer screen!  🙂

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

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Reese’s Fantasy Closet: MANGO

Hey Readers!

It’s been a while since I’ve added to my Fantasy Closet.  My newest entries are from MANGO, a store I love visiting because their clothes are fresh and fun!  Here are some of the looks from their New Arrivals section I have picked out to add to my Fantasy Closet:

                         Mango Satin Panel Lightweight T-Shirt Id' wear this t-shirt with a pair of shorts, a cuff and a pair of sandals for a cool summer look, or add a pencil skirt , a long necklace and pair of heels for a great work outfit.

MANGO Satin Panel Lightweight T-Shirt
Id’ wear this t-shirt with a pair of shorts, a cuff and a pair of sandals for a cool summer look, or add a pencil skirt , a long necklace and pair of heels for a great work outfit.

                                 Mango Peccary Biker Jacket This jacket would be great to wear with a tank top, a pair of jeans, and a pair of boots for a weekend outing.

MANGO Peccary Biker Jacket
This jacket would be great to wear with a tank top, a pair of jeans, and a pair of boots for a weekend outing.

                          Mango Straight-Fit Christie Jeans You could dress them up with silk blouse and a pair of heels for nice Casual Friday look, or dress these down with a cute t-shirt and flats for a fun hang-out session!

MANGO Straight-Fit Christie Jeans
You could dress them up with silk blouse and a pair of heels for nice Casual Friday look, or dress these down with a cute t-shirt and flats for a fun hang-out session!

                              Mango Chain Suede Ankle Boots Who doesn't love a cute pair of ankle boots!  I'd wear these with a sweater, a t-shirt, a necklace or bracelet, and a pair of skinny jeans for a fun look to wear out on the town for some fun.

MANGO Chain Suede Ankle Boots
Who doesn’t love a cute pair of ankle boots! I’d wear these with a sweater, a t-shirt, a necklace or bracelet, and a pair of skinny jeans for a fun look to wear out on the town for some fun.

                                       Mango Funnel Neck Coat This would be a fabulous coat to wear to keep the chill off on those cold days for work and nights out, too!

MANGO Funnel Neck Coat
This would be a fabulous coat to wear to keep the chill off on those cold days for work and nights out, too!

                             Mango Draped Asymetric Dress I'd wear this as my "Little Back Dress" to an evening event.  I'd add earrings, a cuff and a chic pair of heels to accessorize this sweet dress!

MANGO Draped Asymmetric Dress
I’d wear this as my “Little Back Dress” to an evening event. I’d add earrings, a cuff, and a chic pair of heels to accessorize this sweet dress!

                                 Mango Leather Bomber Jacket I love this jacket!  I'd wear it with a tank top, a pair of skinny jeans, a necklace, a pair of heeled boots, and a clutch for a cute date night look.

MANGO Leather Bomber Jacket
I love this jacket! I’d wear it with a tank top, a pair of skinny jeans, a necklace, a pair of heeled boots, and a clutch for a cute date night look.

                                    Mango Coated Denim Skirt I'd wear this skirt either with a blouse, a necklace or bracelet, and some knee high heeled boots for a chic ensemble, or a thin sweater, some studs, and a pair of flats for a more relaxed look.

MANGO Coated Denim Skirt
I’d wear this skirt either with a blouse, a necklace or bracelet, and some knee high heeled boots for a chic ensemble, or a thin sweater, some studs, and a pair of flats for a more relaxed look.

                              Mango Pleated Neck Crepe Blouse This would be a staple for my work looks!  It can be worn with trousers, skirts, or a suit!

MANGO Pleated Neck Crepe Blouse
This would be a staple for my work looks! It can be worn with trousers, skirts, or a suit!

                                  Mango Saffiano-Effect Tote Bag This tote is so versatile!  It is chic enough to be worn to work, yet relaxed enough to wear out with friends, too!

MANGO Saffiano-Effect Tote Bag
This tote is so versatile! It is chic enough to be worn to work, yet relaxed enough to wear out with friends, too!

I just love all of these looks from MANGO!  I hope you have, too.  Click here if you want to check out more of the new arrivals from MANGO.  Keep watching for my next additions to my Fantasy Closet!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

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Reese’s Christmas Holidays Wrap-Up, 2013

Hey Readers!

I am so sad to see the Christmas holidays go by so quickly this past year.  I love that time of year.  Snow everywhere, lights decorating homes,  trees sprinkled with all kinds of ornaments, and people celebrating the season in so many different ways.

For my family, this was the first Christmas where my youngest two children, age two and one, were going to get to really have fun with the season now that they can both walk, eat and rip presents open pretty much on their own.  I wanted to share some of the fun we had this holiday season with you, Readers!

                                          Christmas Eve There's my little girl watching Google's Santa tracker as he was getting closer to our house.  Those were the snacks we left out for the Big Guy to thank him for leaving us gifts! I have to thank my friend, Sandy, for the great shortbread cookie recipe!

Christmas Eve
There’s my little girl watching Google’s Santa tracker as he was getting closer to our house. Those were the snacks we left out for the Big Guy to thank him for leaving us gifts! I have to thank my friend, Sandy, for the great shortbread cookie recipe!

                                           Merry Christmas! Santa did indeed visit our house!  You can tell by all of the gifts under the tree (our tree is half decorated because our kids like playing with the decorations), and by all of the eaten treats!  There are my little ones opening up their stockings and gifts after breakfast.  It was a crazy day!

Merry Christmas!
Santa did indeed visit our house! You can tell by all of the gifts under the tree (our tree is half decorated because our kids like playing with the decorations), and by all of the eaten treats! There are my little ones opening up their stockings and gifts after breakfast. It was a crazy day!

                                              New Year's Eve Well, it was a fun New Year's Eve had at my house, even though my eldest daughter and I were the only ones who made it to midnight!  To celebrate the occasion, my eldest and I tried out a new vanilla cake recipe to make cupcakes.  MY boyfriend/partner person took our Christmas tree out of its misery by relieving it of its duties a few hours early.  Those needles were just a fraction of what fell off over the past few weeks since we had it up.  Those were the headbands my eldest and I wore to get ourselves in the spirit of NYE, along with our outfits! Those pics were taken just minutes before midnight.

New Year’s Eve
Well, it was a fun New Year’s Eve had at my house, even though my eldest daughter and I were the only ones who made it to midnight! To celebrate the occasion, my eldest and I tried out a new vanilla cake recipe to make cupcakes. MY boyfriend/partner person took our Christmas tree out of its misery by relieving it of its duties a few hours early. Those needles were just a fraction of what fell off over the past few weeks since we had it up. Those were the headbands my eldest and I wore to get ourselves in the spirit of NYE, along with our outfits! Those pics were taken just minutes before midnight.

Well, those were just some of the pics that we took over the holidays.  I hope that you enjoyed viewing them!  We had an amazing time, and I can’t wait until Christmas/NYE this year!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

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.

Our First Snowfall, 2013

Hey Readers!

I just felt like sharing my first snowfall for 2013 with you!  This is how the snow has begun to transform my home here in Ottawa:

Here are pics of a tree in my backyard at the beginning of the snowfall this afternoon.  The pic on the right is a close-up pic of the leaves to catch a glimpse of the snow.

Snowfall Collage 1

These two pics are of a tree that’s on the side of my home.  The leaves are red, so snow made for a beautiful contrast.

Snowfall Collage 2

Finally, here is the tree in my front yard.  It’s pretty with all of the snow covering it!

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Readers, this is just the beginning of the snow here in Ottawa, ON!  We’re suppose to have more than average snow this year!  I’ll show you more pics as we become more snow covered!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

Reese’s Halloween, 2013!

Halloooooo Readers!

My family loves Halloween!  Since my little ones are a bit older to enjoy the day a bit better, we decided to get everyone involved in the preparations for Halloween, 2013!

As you can see in the first collage, we were preparing our main jack-o-lantern.  My partner/boyfriend wanted it to have the face of Jack from The Nightmare Before Christmas, so he found the template, and hacked away.  We got our youngest daughter to help separate the pumpkin seeds from the rest of the pumpkin insides.  She was very meticulous about this job.  As you can see, our little guy was hard at work…well, maybe he’ll help out more next year!  And there is our jack-o-lantern! I think my resident artist did a fabulous job!

Pumpkin Carving 2013

In this collage, I put together some of the pics from Halloween Night at our house.  You can see my oldest went as some form of secret agent, while our youngest daughter was suppose to be a pumpkin, but in true diva fashion, she refused to wear it, so she was some sort of bear (It was all in her hat).  Luckily, she’s young and cute, so she got away with it this year!  This was also her first year trick-or-treating.  The thing with the bat on it is her candy bag.  She liked getting the candy, but she loved giving it away even more!  I had to stop her from giving away too much candy. The little tike was Scooby Doo this year. Taking a page out of his older sister’s playbook, he chose not to wear his SCooby Doo hat that had Scooby’s head on it.  Nonetheless, he was very cute!  Those were our jack-o-lanterns on our porch.  Time got away from us this year, so we only had 2 of them.  Next year, we want to have one for each of us (5 in total), as well as doing more work on the porch.  That fuzzy jack-o-lantern hat was covering the candy bowl, so the little ones wouldn’t get into it.  Last, but certainly not least, that was my oldest daughter’s haul from trick-or-treating!  She literally had a pillow case full of treats!  She went out with her friend, and she will have enough candy for a VERY long time!

Halloween Night 2013

Overall, we had a good time this Halloween.  As usual, it went by too quickly.  😦

Next stop on the celebration trail: Christmas! It’s my absolute favourite time of year!  I can’t wait!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

Reese’s Thanksgiving in Canada’s Captial

Hey Readers!

For those of you that didn’t know, I’m Canadian.  For us Canadians, it was our Thanksgiving weekend.  I had my mom, one of my nieces and one of my nephews come to visit me in the Capital (Ottawa) to celebrate.  Here are some pics showing what this Thanksgiving was like for me this year!

My eldest daughter and I started the day off with a late morning bike ride.  Since we gave her a new bike for her birthday, the two of us decided to let her break it in.  We rode along the Rideau Canal Western Pathway.

Rideau Canal Western Pathway, Ottawa, ON

It is so pretty all-year round, so I couldn’t help but to take pics during our ride.  We passed certain stops such as Brown’s Inlet

These ducks met us at our first of many stops along our bike ride that morning.

These ducks met us at our first of many stops along our bike ride that morning.

Here are a pair having fun in the pond!

Here are a pair having fun in the pond!

I had to take a pic of this tree across from the ducks right by the Rideau Canal!  I thought the tree, and those behind it, made for a lovely shot.

I had to take a pic of this tree across from the ducks close to the Rideau Canal! I thought the tree, and those behind it, made for a lovely shot.

stopped at a monument along the Rideau Canal Western Pathway behind Frank Clair Park (where the CFL’s Ottawa Redblacks call home),

This is a gorgeous example of the different colours of leaves in autumn here in Ottawa!

This is a gorgeous example of the different colours of leaves in autumn here in Ottawa!

Here's another shot along the Rideau Canal Western Pathway on the other side of Frank Clair Stadium.  You can really see how autumn has arrived in Canada's capital.

Here’s another shot along the Rideau Canal Western Pathway on the other side of Frank Clair Stadium. You can really see how autumn has arrived in Canada’s capital.

I just love this grouping of plants and trees in this shot!  It made for a very pretty ride.

I just love this grouping of plants and trees in this shot! It made for a very pretty ride.

and Patterson Creek because they are so pretty at this time of year.

Here are some of the trees by Patterson Creek, close to the Rideau Canal.  These are really lovely as well.

Here are some of the trees by Patterson Creek, close to the Rideau Canal. These are really lovely as well.

Here is a shot of my eldest girl on her bike.  She was unaware I was taking this pic.  She didn't mind.

Here is a shot of my eldest girl on her bike. She was unaware I was taking this pic. She didn’t mind.

Here is a squirrel hard at work getting ready for our fabulous Outaouais winters.  Good luck, squirrel!

Here is a squirrel hard at work getting ready for our fabulous Outaouais winters. Good luck, squirrel!

I know, even more trees around Patterson Creek!  It's just a really gorgeous spot all-year round.

I know, even more trees around Patterson Creek! It’s just a really gorgeous spot all-year round.

Here's my biker girl hamming it up for the camera along Patterson Creek.  This time, she knew I was shooting her.

Here’s my biker girl hamming it up for the camera along Patterson Creek. This time, she knew I was shooting her.

After our ride, I then turned around, and took the kids outside for a while so my mom and my boyfriend/partner could get some time to cook and some peace and quiet.

To give my mom and our chef (my boyfriend/partner) a break from a house full of kids, I took them out for a long walk to try and tucker them out.  It was one of the quietest evenings all weekend!

I took them out for a long walk to try and tucker them out. It was one of the quietest evenings all weekend!

Since I didn’t take them out long enough, we went over to one of the many parks in my area to try and burn even more of their energy.

I know, another tree pic!  It was at the park, and it towers over everything!

I know, another tree pic! It was at the park, and it towers over everything!

Took the troops to the park after the park, but before out Thanksgiving feast.  I loved this patch of leaves and seeds on the ground.

I loved this patch of leaves and seeds on the ground.

Then we finally got to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner!  Let me tell you, Readers, my man can cook!  Everything was so good!  Thanks, Chef Boyfriend/Partner!

No, I don't think this was enough dressing for all of us to eat.  ;P

No, I don’t think this was enough dressing/stuffing for all of us to eat. ;P

I know, the pic is blurry!  It's because the chef wanted me out of the kitchen while he was trying to finish his family feast.

I know, the pic is blurry! It’s because the chef wanted me out of the kitchen while he was trying to finish his family feast.

This was our chef's creation!  It was so good, I had a second helping (though not as much as the first time)!

This was our chef’s creation! It was so good, I had a second helping (though not as much as this plate)!

Well, Readers, that was Thanksgiving, 2013 at the Reese Residence in Canada’s capital!  It was fun and delicious, and it was good to see a part of my family for a few days.  Can’t wait to go home to Toronto and do all of this there!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

Ottawa Ferrari Festival: Wheels, Wheels and More Wheels!

Hey Readers!

As I promised on my Instagram account, this is a gallery dedicated to you car lovers out there!  During the Little Italy Festival this June, the annual Ottawa Ferrari Festival took place along Preston Street, or Corso Italia.  The Ferrari Club of America, Ottawa Chapter, puts on a parade of Ferraris, as well as other fun and sporty Italian vehicles, in order to raise funds for the Villa Marconi Long Term Care Centre to further assist in the care of Ottawa’s senior citizens.  Below are just some of the vehicles shown during this festival within a festival.

This was my fav Ferrari, and it's at the beginning of this gallery!

This was my fav Ferrari, and it’s at the beginning of this gallery!

I like it in blue, too!

I like it in blue, too!

As I posted on my Instagram account, this was one of my fav new school Fiat 500s in the Parade.

As I posted on my Instagram account, this was one of my fav new school Fiat 500s in the Parade.

This old school Fiat decided to get some sun during the parade.

This old school Fiat decided to get some sun during the parade.

This Fiat was so cute!  It just had such a great look to it as it zoomed by!

This Fiat was so cute! It just had such a great look to it as it zoomed by!

This sportier Ferrari (if they can be called that since they're sport cars to begin with) was a fav of my oldest.  I had to include it in this post! She loves racing stripes.

This sportier Ferrari (if they can be called that since they’re sport cars to begin with) was a fav of my oldest. I had to include it in this post! She loves racing stripes.

The sun loved this Ferrari!  Sorry about cutting off the front of the car.  :(  I know you car enthusiasts are going to hate me for saying this, but it's just so cute and compact, I couldn't resist adding it to this post!

The sun loved this Ferrari! Sorry about cutting off the front of the car. 😦 I know you car enthusiasts are going to hate me for saying this, but it’s just so cute and compact, I couldn’t resist adding it to this post!

This is one of the many Ducatis in the parade.  It was getting a rest before the racing demos.

This is one of the many Ducatis in the parade. It was getting a rest before the racing demos.

My oldest begged me to get shots of the Ducatis since she's a fan of them, and speed, of course!  I also like them, too!

My oldest begged me to get shots of the Ducatis since she’s a fan of them, and speed, of course! I also like them, too!

This parade is one of the highlights of the Little Italy Week Festival.  It is one of the festivals I look forward to each year in Ottawa.  It brings all sorts of people together to celebrate Italian culture, there is something for everyone to enjoy during this festival, and the vehicles are always fun to look at!  If you are ever in the Capital of Canada while this festival is on, it never disappoints!

Hope you enjoyed this gallery!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.