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Oscar fever!

26 Feb

Fighting over the Oscar

Fighting over the Oscar

By: Diva Jenna Ujiye

I have not watched the Academy Awards in about 6 years, as I haven’t had cable and I usually spend my Sunday evenings at home! This year my friend Kate Johnston, who is the manager of the Livery in Goderich, mentioned to me that there was a Livery fundraiser Oscar Night at the Parkhouse in Goderich and that it was a formal dress-up night. If you haven’t noticed, I hate to miss out on getting dressed up, so I told her I would be there!Oscar party decor at the Parkhouse in GoderichOscar party decor at the Parkhouse in Goderich

I realized that all I had for formal wear were my prom dresses and a couple of other dresses that were very tight. So I went with the larger of the tight dresses! I arrived at the Parkhouse at around 7:30 and our Hosts Ben Scholton and Ian Doyle had already started the evening commentary. I really felt like a star myself! The ticket price of $15.00 included a glass of sparkling wine, tons of door prizes and ½ price appetizers. I hadn’t had dinner, so I ordered a BLTC (Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato and Cheese) sandwhich… I know it doesn’t sound glamourous, but it sure hit the spot for me!

Doyle just about to interview Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie!

Ben Scholten and Ian Doyle just about to interview Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie!

We were each given ballots to put our votes in on all of the awards. I had seen 4 of the movies, so I had to do some “educated” guesses. There were prizes for best dressed, male and female and of course a prize was given to the person who scored highest on the awards list. The awards were fun, but I would have to say my favourite part was the photo booth. As you can see from the pictures we had a lot of fun! I hope the Livery has more entertaining nights such as these and it was great to spend the night with friends at the Parkhouse!

Photobooth at the Oscar Party

Photobooth at the Oscar Party

A thorn between 11 roses?

A thorn between 11 roses?

The Livery hosts the Goderich Little Theatre, The Livery Film Fest and Live! at the Livery. If you are looking to see a great theatre production, one is starting on March 15. I’ll Be Back Back Before Midnight” Written by Peter Colley and Directed by Nina Reynolds, sounds to me like it is going to be a great murder mystery show! So if you are looking for information on more great events visit www.thelivery.ca

Bagpipes and Sunsets

13 Jul

By: Diva Jenna Ujiye

My co-worker and I have been trying to get video footage at as many events on Ontario’s West Coast as possible. We have been spending some evenings and weekends and have got to see some amazing things and try some very unique things! This past Friday was really great! We headed to the Cove beach in Goderich and  watched as the Celtic Blue Highlanders pipe band piped down the sun.

I am not kidding you, there were hundreds of people at the event! This phenomenon seems to be a Lake Huron thing and it happens every Friday in July and August. We watched families and friends gather all around the pipe band and listen to the music. Many of the children started dancing and running around the band, which was in a circular formation. People travel from all over Ontario, Canada and the world to watch this event, most of the people attending where from out of the area.

After we watched the pipe band for a while we headed over to the beach and watched the sunset, it was so warm outside that people where still swimming in the Lake. What a wonderful end to a Friday evening!

Here is a video of one some of the happenings from the Friday night fun!

Time for a campfire and s’mores

8 Jul

By: Diva Jenna Ujiye

Marshmallows have never been a favourite snack of mine, but s’mores on the other hand are something that I have always enjoyed. They bring back memories from my childhood and even in to my teen years. You really can’t have a campfire without s’mores and spider dogs in my opinion!

I want S'more!!!Loving my s'moreA few days ago, we decided to have an evening campfire. It was our first of the summer, so I got out the graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate, within minutes we were eating our campfire favourite and having a blast!

As you can see from the pictures, it wasn’t even dark yet, but the fire was nice and hot and perfect for marshmallow roasting!

I have also come across some gourmet recipes, so I thought I would post them here! ENJOY!

I would say that spending time with family on the Shores of Lake Huron is the best summer beach vacation ever. Plus you can always have a great campfire!

 

 

 

 

 

Mint Brownie S’mores

For the true chocolate lover!

  • 2 brownies, squares (or 1 brownie square and 1 graham cracker square)
  • 8 -10 Junior mints
  • 1 marshmallow

Directions:

Prep Time: 5 mins

Total Time: 10 mins

  1. 1 Place the mints on the bottom brownie or graham cracker square and melt slightly.
  2. 2 When melted place a roasted marshmallow on top.
  3. 3 Top with another brownie square.

Read more: http://www.food.com/recipe/mint-brownie-smores-250969#ixzz1RZUWf0qi

Chocolate and Peanut Butter S’mores

from – http://www.sunset.com/food-wine/kitchen-assistant/new-smores-recipes-00400000043561/

Anyone who’s outgrown classic s’mores will love this version: gooey-sweet melted marshmallow tempered by bittersweet chocolate cookies and salty roasted peanuts.

Spread 1 tablespoon peanut butter (at room temperature, for easy spreading) onto a thin, crisp chocolate water (such as Nabisco Famous Chocolate Waters).

Slide 1 skewer-toasted marshmallow onto peanut butter. Top with a second wafer and squish down gently. Eat, licking fingers.

 

A culinary workshop for every taste

30 Jun

During the 2011 Taste of Huron there will be 12 culinary workshops taking place around the county. Last year I got to check a bunch of them out, soooo good. I typically got enough food for a meal! Check out the 2010 photos. I have also added the info about the 2012 workshops below!

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2011 Taste of Huron Culinary Workshops

Home chefs and food enthusiasts get their chance to learn unique culinary techniques at local dining spots working with local chefs and food specialists.
Workshop Cost: $20.00 each
OR
Culinary Workshop Pass: 5 workshops for $80.00 ($20.00 savings)

Monday, August 29, 2011

Pies, Tarts and Berries – Oh My!

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hosted by: Marlene O’Brien from the Bayfield Berry Farm
Type: Hands-on demonstration

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Huron County Comfort (Foods)

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hosted by: Teresa DeJong from High Creek Farms
Type: Hands-on demonstration

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Eggs On

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hosted by: Dave McMurray from Whiskful Thinking
Type: Hands-on demonstration

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Roll Baby Roll

Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Hosted by: Lilia Hill from Lil’s Kitchen
Type: Hands-on demonstration

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Deconstruction Site: A Look at the Cuts & Proper Prep of Meat

Time: 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Hosted by: Chef Joseph Petrinac from The Little Inn of Bayfield
Type: Cooking demonstration

Monday, September 5, 2011

La Dolce Vita

Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Hosted by: Peter Gusso from the Blyth Station House
Type: Hands-on demonstration

Monday, September 5, 2011

Pack a Punch: How to Make a Healthy School Lunch

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hosted by: Spencer Vail from the Benmiller Inn and Spa
Type: Hands-on demonstration

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

School of Lake Huron Fish

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hosted by: Chef Devin Tabor from Bon Vivant Personal Chef Service
Type: Hands-on demonstration

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Ordinary to Extraordinary

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hosted by: Dave Koert from Koert Organics
Type: Hands-on demonstration

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Summer Appy Hour

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hosted by: Peter and Catherine King from Thyme on 21
Type: Hands-on demonstration

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Going Gluten-Free

Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Hosted by: Patti Robertson from Classic Total Concept
Type: Food prep demonstration with a delicious lunch

Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Herb Garden

Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Hosted by: Nancy Hislop from Mulberry Hill Farm
Type: Hands-on demonstration

Do you think about food all the time? Win a dinner with the Travel Divas!

28 Jun

By: Diva Jenna

CONTEST -  to win a Food For Thought dinner with the Travel Divas

If you would like to win a dinner (see below for the dinners) at the Taste of Huron with the Travel Divas and be a star for the day on the Ontario Travel Divas site, all you have to do is:

Post your favourite culinary experience in Huron County to the bottom of this blog!

2010 Photos

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I think about food all the time! Huron is one of the most agriculturally productive counties in Ontario and we have some of the best culinary treats around! I’m going to be regularly posting about the different events that are happening during the two week event!

During the 2011 Taste of Huron there are going to be 7 Food For Thought dinners and 2 Locavore Luncheons. They are happening on week days in between August 29 & September 9. These meals include three courses, plus an interesting foodie topic, they don’t break the bank at $40 for the dinners and $20 for the lunches and they take place all across the County.

Taste of Huron – Food For Thought Dinners

Check out the website for more details www.tasteofhuron.ca

Cost: $40.00* (does not include: beverages, taxes or service)
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Details: Please call individual restaurants to make reservations

Monday, August 29, 2011

Thank a Farmer

Hosted by: Hessenland Country Inn
Contact: 1-866-543-7736
www.hessenland.com

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Functional Foods: Enhancing Your Diet

Hosted by: Benmiller Inn & Spa
Contact: 1-800-265-1711
www.benmillerinnandspa.com

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

One Potato, Two Potato, Three Potato & More!

Hosted by: The Black Dog Village Pub & Bistro
Contact: 1-519-565-2326
www.blackdogpubbistro.ca

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Healthy Doesn’t Have to be Boring!

Hosted by: Fireside Cafe
Contact: 1-519-357-4484
www.thefiresidecafe.com

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Blyth Inn – coming soon!

Hosted by: The Blyth Inn
Contact: 1-519-523-9381
www.blythinn.ca

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Huron County’s Wine Industry

Hosted by: The Little Inn of Bayfield
Contact: 1-800-565-1832
www.littleinn.com

Thursday, September 8 2011

A Fish Out of Water

Hosted by: Eddington’s of Exeter
Contact: 1-519-235-3030
www.eddingtons.ca

Up, Up and Above!

11 Jun


By: Diva Jenna

Yesterday I went to the Above the Falls Challenge Course with work and boy was it a fun time! I would say team building and communication challenges are in my top 10 of things to do. The Challenge Course has something for everyone all the way from basic to advanced skills. Rob Bundy and Craig Harrison were our guides for the day and they did an awesome job! I would recommend this attraction to anyone, I hope you can all make it out sometime soon!

When we first arrived Rob had the whole group of us do a couple of “get to know each other” games and then we headed out on the course. We were split in to two groups, I was in a group where we had to “build a bridge” consisting of 3 pieces of wood and 5 posts to put the wood in. Long story short we had to do a bit of balancing and physical work, but spent most of the time trying how to figure out how to get all of us across.

Next we headed to the climbing tower where we suited up in harnesses and helmets. This is where we all got to look pretty nerdy! Everyone got a chance to climb or sit and watch. I will say… I could not make it to the top, this proves to me that I need to work harder and get stronger. I also came home with a giant bruise on my arm, in which Rob and Craig called a “medal.” We had such an awesome day and I can’t wait to go back and make it to the top. We had some really fast climbers in the group and it was really great to see! Oh and of course, I can’t forget the food… We had the lunch catered in from the Benmiller Inn, they made us a paperless lunch which consisted of an assortment of pitas, veggies and dip, fruit and homemade dessert buns, yummy!!! Check out some more photos and video from the day below, if you are interested in taking the challenge visit: www.abovethefalls.com

A couple new bloggers with the Divas!

18 May

Hey All,

We were hoping to add new guest bloggers to our diva “Family” , and we have had a couple of people added!

Make sure to check out the post on Friday, “Phantom Diva” has written about her experience in Brussels at Cinnamon Jims!

Thanks,

Jenna

Staycationing… Save some money on gas!

26 Mar

Send me Staycation Ideas if you have them!!!

Is “staycation” a word? I think so! For me this week has been about learning and finding out new information. I was at a “super” conference on Tuesday, where many people from around Huron County attended to learn about – Economic Development Strategies, Immigration in Huron, Transportation in Huron, Social Enterprise and The Huron County Sustainability plan.

Dr.Wayne Caldwell (Check out his website to learn more – http://www.waynecaldwell.ca/ )started off the day telling us about a few key factors to keep in mind on a daily basis. One of them really stuck with me, gas… or Peak Oil. Our world is in a situation where we may be paying large amounts of money to fill our vehicles with gasoline. I am not going to get in to any logistics, but I will say that a tank of gas could cost much more than we are paying now.I also got to hear more about Sustainable Huron, in which the County of Huron is creating a plan right now. We need to be sustainable to keep the current lifestyle we have. Check out the blog to learn more – http://sustainablehuron.wordpress.com/

So this got me to thinking about summer vacation, should I I take a staycation instead? There are so many wonderful attractions in the area that I could spend weeks checking them all out, for much less money than driving or flying out of the area.

So far I plan on doing the following:

Heading to the beach at Point Farms, Spending the day at Above the Falls Challenge Course (climbing and having fun!), Culinary delights, Renting a canoe from Timber’s Outfitters in Seaforth, Hiking and I am going to try to fish!

Again, if you have any ideas of things for me to check out, send them my way!

Jenna

 


 

 

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