Cochrane Winter Carnival, Part 2
On the second Saturday of carnival, the lake was full of different activities for all ages to enjoy, but first, the parade! Craig and I had to power walk across town to get to the parade (Jeep’s keys had been misplaced!) and we got there just in time to catch most of the parade. The theme for the carnival this year was “the 80’s” so everyone that was in the parade tried to stick with it. Floats and cars with everything from Pac Man to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to the Smurfs were represented (with plenty other 80’s favourites). My personal favourites were the floats from the schools; one with the kids dressed up as the Smurfs and the other with a bunch of little Marios and Luigis, too cute! After the parade, the lake was full of a bunch of different activities for everyone. Helicopter rides, polar bear dips, alpacas, a sliding hill, food, a beer tent, and more!
We walked around for a bit to check out all the different things going on. I chatted with the alpaca farm owner for a bit and he told me all the details, including how much it might cost to own one! (I have a dream to own a nature sanctuary one day!)
On Saturday evening, there was a dance on the lake set up in a few tents. A bunch of people came out bundled up in their snowsuits, mitts, and hats and there were drinks and dances had by all! I wasn’t sure what to expect but it turned out to be a pretty good time. It was so cool to see a big party with everyone in their winter gear - it felt really northern in an awesome way!
Sunday morning was the ice fishing derby. I passed on this event but Craig was up bright & early (sort of) to get his fish on! (check out his catch above!) After the fishing derby, there was a smash-up car derby! People and businesses sponsor and paint up beater cars and then they went at each other til the last car couldn’t move anymore. I’ve never been to a smash-up derby but it was pretty fun, and judging by the amount of spectators and cheers it is probably one of the most loved events of the carnival! After the derby we went to Kaylob’s for brunch, it’s a local restaurant that serves up some of the best bacon and eggs I’ve ever had…they make a very popular poutine too!
I had an awesome time checking out all the different events of carnival and can’t wait for next year’s! Hope that everyone is having a great week so far! I have been out of town for the past few days but can’t wait to share what I’ve been up to! Talk soon! XO
Cochrane Winter Carnival, Part 1: Torchlight Parade
Last week, we celebrated 80 years of the longest running winter carnival in Ontario! Cochrane’s Winter Carnival was a 10 day stretch, jam-packed with tons of fun things to do for everyone in town!
We didn’t take part in every event but I will make sure to post what we did check out! Last Thursday was the Torchlight Parade. I have never seen something like this before and it surpassed my expectations! When people told me about it, I imagined the scene from Beauty & the Beast where they go to “kill the beast!” and they sing a song about it and trek through the forest with torches. I wasn’t honestly too far off except we didn’t have weapons and there was no beast to take down.
All the participators lined up on two sides of town and got set up with a torch from volunteer firefighters. Then everyone starts walking together towards the lake in the middle of town, where a big bonfire was waiting for us. Once we got to the lake we threw our torches in the bonfire and watched it get bigger and bigger.
It was a serious good time and I was impressed by the amount of torches / participants. At the bonfire, the Lion’s Club were giving out free hotdogs and hot chocolate! And then after all the torches were in the fire, they put on a firework show.
I really felt like it was a Cochrane “homecoming” of sorts you know?! Like, I felt like a real northerner when all was said and done! So glad that we went out for it! :)
Hope y’all are having a great week and stay tuned for part two of the carnival! Coming soon! XOX
Chocolate Cake Made With Love
Here is a tasty little cake that I whipped up a few weeks ago, it was so delish that I ended up making it again this week! I have a confession to make: when I make cake and cupcakes, I always make them from a boxed cake mix… They usually turn out perfectly and I can’t really argue with that, also they are too easy to throw together.
For this delicious little number, I grabbed a chocolate cake mix, one tub of chocolate icing, and approx 3 tbsps of strawberry jam (we are lucky enough to have homemade jam!!), and two round 8 inch cake pans to make the layer cake.
Follow the instructions on your cake mix and then let your cakes cool down completely. Once cool, place one layer on a plate (preferably the plate you want to present it on) and ice a thin layer of chocolate icing on just the top, then put 2-3 tbsps of strawberry jam on top and spread it just to the edges. Getting hungry yet? Place your top layer on top of the jam and cover the outside of the cake with the rest of the chocolate icing. As you can tell, I don’t hold back on the icing and used a full tub for this cake!!!
You could also make cupcakes and maybe cut them in half to put some jam on them! (it will just take a bit longer) This is the perfect cake to make for Valentine’s Day, or really any day that you are craving chocolate cake! Don’t forget to share, and chase with a big glass of cold milk!
Hope that everyone had a great week! Happy Friday! TGIF! XOXO
Tomorrow is Bell’s Let’s Talk Day. Bell’s yearly effort to start and sustain the conversation about mental health issues. I wanted to share this on here today to get as many people to participate as possible. My main reason though for writing about it is that I think that mental health issues need to be more discussed and less taboo. Did you know that 1 in 5 people will experience mental health issues at some point in their life? And that at this moment there are about 3 millions Canadians suffering from depression?
The major issue is that there is a stigma attached to mental health issues, meaning that people have negative associations with mental illness, this actually causes people with mental health issues to have even more issues because they will often be afraid to speak up or seek help for their problems. As Bell puts it, “Mental illness affects people of all ages and from all walks of life. It can take many forms, including depression, anxiety and schizophrenia. Most individuals find ways to live with their illnesses but how they are treated by others often proves to be more of a challenge than the illness itself. Stigma and discrimination are key barriers that stop people from seeking help.”
Another interesting fact: “Once depression is recognized, help can make a difference for 80% of people who are affected, allowing them to get back to their regular activities.”
The good thing is there is a lot that we can do to help out with this initiative. Tomorrow, January 28th, Bell will donate 5 cents for the following:
Want to help out with this initiative on a regular basis?
Here are some ideas to help yourself and those around you who have mental health issues (taken from the Canadian Mental Health Association):
Know that there is always someone out there that is willing to help you out or talk to you no matter what you’re going through, and if you don’t feel like you have anyone, send me a message, I would love to be there for you!
Thanks for reading friends. Hope you have a great Monday and don’t forget to join in on the conversation tomorrow! :) OXO
For more information (&where I got all this info), please visit: Bell Let’s Talk
Quotes from Pinterest.
Last weekend we went ice fishing for my first time ever! What an exciting experience! It was definitely something on my list of things to do and it’s a very popular past time around here!
Our friends, Boulder and Tanisha, took us out for the day! We were lucky because it was mild so we weren’t too cold throughout the day. Have you ever been ice fishing? I wanted to know all about it (so I asked tons of questions like I always do!)!
Follow the photo sets for the basic steps of how to ice fish! We didn’t catch too many fish but it still made for a delicious fish fry the next day. We ended up catching Lake Trout and some small Perch that day. We only ate the trout (the Perch were too small) but it was super good. Boulder has the secret skills to season and fry the best fish! I also tried moose meat that night…and it wasn’t even that bad! Once I got over the fact that it was moose, it was pretty tasty.
It was a really fun day and I was still excited about it for like two days afterwards… lol. I love trying new things!
We ended up going fishing a second time a few days later. The temperature outside was quite a bit colder on our second attempt. We had to ride snowmobiles for approx 30 km and break trail the whole way…. by the time we got there I was covered in snow! This day was slightly less enjoyable because of the cold factor and what not but I got some nice pics of the sky and the boys ended up catching some pickerel!
So there you have it folks! My first and second ice fishing experiences and I can’t wait for more! The best part of the whole thing is obviously eating the fish you caught (the fruits of our labour, as I like to say)!
I feel like ice fishing seems like a super “Canadian” thing to do but honestly I most of the people I know, haven’t even been ice fishing! Have you ever been? Tell me all about it!!!
Happy Monday!! Hope you had a great weekend and that your day flies by! :) Thanks for reading! XO