- Archive for May, 2012 -

These are a few of my favourite things!


Rain and garden centres! This post is not a recipe but just a little ditty about my spring so far.


Spring has sprung with a fair bit of rain these past couple of months. Although some days were a mix of rain and snow, I still ventured out with my family as I love love love the rain! Experiencing the fresh air, the moisture and blossoming greenery all without having to load up on layers of clothing leaves me feeling refreshed and happy!

April showers bring May flowers. The flowers at the Enjoy Centre in St. Albert, Alberta are worth checking out, among other great things. My family and I along with my in-laws spent a day there one beautiful Saturday at the end of April to celebrate my hubby’s and mine 5th wedding anniversary.

Open and fully functioning now for over a year, the Enjoy Centre was developed by the Hole family and boasts a large greenhouse, a garden centre full of beautiful and colourful pots and plants and garden decor. But that is not all. There is also a home decor store, a kitchen gadget store, a bistro that cooks up local and organic fare, an organic and whole foods market as well as a local meat shop and of course, a spa. All this under one glass roof.

My hubby and I took advantage of spa treatments at The Water Garden while our little guy spent the morning with Papa and Grandma. I got a Mama Belly rub followed by a mini-pedicure (no massaging of ankles here!) and hubby got a relaxation massage then continued to relax on the large round swings in their Relaxation Room. Then we all met up for lunch at the bistro, aptly named Prairie Bistro, where Papa and Grandma treated us to an anniversary lunch! Being Alberta, majority of the menu boasted local meats but vegetarian options were also available. As we were going to have steaks that night, I opted for a greens salad with a simple vinaigrette and a spinach and artichoke hummus and foccacia crostini-type bread. Hubby got Reuben with smoked meat (look out next for a perogy recipe inspired by said sandwich!) and a salad as well, my little health bunny. My little guy got a chicken sandwich and salad that was not a kids’ portion but a tastier option than what was available on the kids menu. What little was left from his meal was shared between me and hubby. Dessert completed the meal with two portions of a Saskatoon berry crumble and many forks for sharing! The Prairie Bistro has a sit-down section as well as a deli-style section for those opting for food on the go.


Soaking up the rays at the Enjoy Centre

It is easy to spend a good portion of the day there as there is so much to see! Not only that, but sitting among all the real trees and plants and in the warmth of the sunshine coming in through all the windows made me want to curl up like a cat and take a nap. Sigh. A day at the Enjoy Centre is on my list of things to do this summer with my family again for sure! Check it out for yourself!

Take care and I’ll be back soon!