Happy Canada Day!

Canada Day

Canada Day is the national day of Canada, a federal statutory holiday celebrating the anniversary of the July 1, 1867, enactment of the British North America Act, 1867 (today called the Constitution Act, 1867), which united three colonies into a single country called Canada within the British Empire. Originally called Dominion Day, the holiday was renamed in 1982, the year the Canada Act was passed. Canada Day observances take place throughout Canada as well as among Canadians internationally.

Carstairs Golf Course Swings into Action!

The Carstairs Golf Course is now open. Call the Pro Shop today for a tee time, they are offering discounted spring rates but the course wintered very well.

Carstairs Golf Club is a Member-owned Semi-Private Golf Club with a maximum of 500 Shareholders.  This beautifully maintained course is bounded on two sides by an architecturally controlled Estate home community (Stonebridge Glen).

Upcoming Events

Men’s League: Members $135/Non Members $415 (Includes Green Fees)

Ladies Night every Wednesday:http://www.carstairsgolf.com/golf/emailer2020/img/carstairsgolf/Ladies_League_Invite.pdf

Bob Clark Tournament – June 10, 2013 9:00am – $400/team (taxes not included)

For more information check out their website http://www.carstairsgolf.com

Restaurant is open for lunch & dinner. They also have some new things on the Menu!

4 things to do with your Pumpkin after Halloween!

Pumpkin Purée!

Pumpkin purée is the No. 1 use for the fleshy insides of your pumpkin, and it’s super easy to make. Start by cutting your pumpkin down the middle. Scoop out the seeds and guts, and set them aside for later.

Place your pumpkin cut-side down in a baking dish with about a cup of water, and bake for about 90 minutes or until the flesh is tender. Then, simply scoop out the flesh and puree in a food processor.

Once you’ve made your pumpkin purée, it’s ready for use in all your favorite pumpkin recipes, from pies to pancakes. Any extra can be stored in the freezer for several months, which means you can ditch all that canned pumpkin when Christmas comes around. Continue reading

Have a happy HallowGREEN!

This Halloween can be less scary for the environment when you make a few simple changes to your spooky traditions.

Halloween gear is often used only once before being tossed. Here are a few earth-friendlier options:

• New Halloween costumes are fabulous because they’re on trend and ready to wear. On September 1, why not donate these gems to friends with younger children for next year. They also make great clothes for everyday dress-up!

• You can also spruce a homemade costume up with brand new accessories. A witch with sparkly makeup, a brand new wand and broomstick is a very happy witch!

• Get creative and put together a costume with items that you can reuse when Halloween’s over. This could be the opportunity to buy that great striped sweater for fall that you can use to dress up as Freddy Krueger!

• Celebrate National Costume Swap Day on October 8 by attending one of the many swap locations across Canada. Or why not host your own private swap? Tip: Pick up Halloween makeup items to give out as party favours for your guests!

Eco-Haunted House

Here’s how to keep holiday decor creepy without scaring the environment.

• Turn off all the house lights and light your porch or walkway with lots of candles. Candlelight indoors will also add to the ambience and spooky decor while saving energy. Tip: Put tea lights in tall glass vases or containers to keep them flickering in those cold autumn winds.

• Support your community of produce growers by picking your pumpkins from a local farm or farmers’ market. Make it a day trip with the kids and let everyone in the family choose the pumpkin that they like best. Tip: Shop for fun accessories to give pumpkins a personality punch, like a bow tie, fake moustache or even a pair of specs!

• When Halloween’s over, remember to compost those jack-o’-lanterns. Instead of throwing away those scrumptious pumpkin seeds, you can clean, season and roast them in the oven on baking trays for a healthy and delicious snack.

• If you’re hosting a grown-up get-together, you can create a chic Halloween theme by setting a sophisticated table that still screams fun. Mix black, white and orange accessories – black tablecloth, white plates, orange placemats and linens – to evoke the spirit of the season. Look for various spooky tabletop items to add to the theme, like a small ceramic black cat or raven and spider-shaped wine glass tags! Tip: Add orange roses in black-and-white patterned vases for instant elegance.

Trick-or-Treat Tips

There are plenty of ways to make this tradition a little more earth- and health-friendly. Remember, a treat is a treat, so challenge yourself to find ways to cut down on the sugar and candy wrappers!

• A reusable trick-or-treat bag is a must. There are loads of environmentally friendly options on the market. Why not get creative and let your kids create their own designs with paint or iron-on patches on a simple monochromatic sack?

• Taking squeeze or shake flashlights on the trick-or-treat route is a great eco-alternative to using battery-powered versions. Look for choices in cool shapes and styles that can complement your child’s costume.

• Invite your neighbourhood friends for some treats and bake your own Halloween goods using cookie cutters in scary shapes. Try nut-free recipes using wholesome ingredients to keep kids happy and healthy.

• Have a Halloween party for both kids and grown-ups. Plan ghostly games with prizes, spooky crafts and activities to keep kids in the seasonal spirit. Don’t forget to keep it green by sending out invites printed on recycled paper. Party tip: Carry the theme into the bathroom with spooky soaps to thrill your guests!

How is fitting Cowboy boots similar to buying a new home?

Like a new home, Cowboy Boots come in many styles, shapes, sizes and colours. What is the best fit for you?

Well, Stampede season is upon us and it occurred to me that buying a new home is much like getting fitted for some good cowboy boots.  Cowboy boots can be a bit more difficult to fit than say your standard sneaker or hiking boot, and buying a new home is much different than looking for an apartment or condo.   The reason for this is because cowboy and western boots are made of high quality, rather stiff leathers. Additionally, the boots come in numerous styles – some of which can prove to be quite painful to your toes if you get the wrong type. Homes too come in numerous style and there are many good quality builders that construct their homes with top quality material; definitely something to seek out.  So, to help reduce the possibility of foot/house hunting  pain, this little guide has been prepared.

  1. Boot Size: In general, you want to get a cowboy boot that is the same or one half-size bigger than what you would normally get in a hiking or work boot. Make sure the home you choose meets your size requirements, and like a boot, make sure there is a little room, not for thicker socks but for unexpected guests or new furniture.
  2. Boot Stiffness: Unlike hiking boots or athletic shoes, cowboy boots are quite stiff and don’t have a “break in” period like other shoes frequently do.  Your home builder should be able to provide a home that is trouble-free “right out of the box”.  Look for a builder with a good warranty program track record.
  3. Your Toes: Ever take a close look at your toes? Well, the reason you might want to do it is to make sure that the style of cowboy boots you get matches your toes. Thus, if you order pointy toed cowboy boots, make sure that your toes are also aligned in a rather “pointy” fashion if this makes any sense. In general, most people seem to find “boxey” cowboy boot styles to be more comfortable if only because most people, like myself, tend to have “boxey” feet.  Like a boot, make sure the home fits your lifestyle.  Is there enough room for entertaining, is the yard big enough for your children’s pool and playground, and does the garage have enough room to house all your recreational equipment and have ample storage?
  4. Boot Width: No matter what, make sure that you order the proper width of cowboy boot. Getting a boot that is too narrow is a guaranteed recipe for some considerable foot pain. If you have a wide foot (size EE), make sure that you don’t get a size D (standard size width). If you do, pain will absolutely, positively follow. It is always better to get a slightly wider boot than your shoe size, too, as the socks you wear will take up the extra space.  Like the width of a boot, the width of the lot you select to build your home on determines many things.  A wider lot allows for more flexibility in home design, wider garages and more room for creative landscaping.
  5. Taking the Science Out of It : There is quite the science out there about fitting boots. In the end, what it ends up coming down to is that you’ll never know if a cowboy boot fits or not until you try it. While knowing your exact foot size (of both feet) and your foot width (of both feet) will take most of the guess-work out of sizing up a cowboy boot, because of the many different styles of cowboy boots on the market – no one pair will ever likely fit the same. Like getting the right fitting boot, take your time selecting a new home plan.  Compare the room sizes to those in your current space and your friends houses.  Talk to friends and family members about what they like/don’t like about their floor plans.

Once you’ve decided on a boot/home, kick it up a little.  Enjoy them, wear them in, and enjoy the comfort that comes from making a good decision!

Yee Ha!

(thanks to bigskyfishing.com for the use of excerpts of their article)