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Biscoff Cookie Icebox Cake


Sponsored by Italian Centre In this no-bake cake, you’ll find Biscoff cookies layered between whipped cream and biscoff spread. It’s perfect to make the day before an outdoor barbeque as …Read More
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Sponsored by Italian Centre

In this no-bake cake, you’ll find Biscoff cookies layered between whipped cream and biscoff spread. It’s perfect to make the day before an outdoor barbeque as it sets up in the fridge overnight. Garnish with sea salt and more cookie crumbles for an easy presentation!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup cream cheese
  • 1x jar Biscoff Spread (divided, 1/2 cup biscoff spread and remaining for topping)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp icing sugar
  • 2x packages Biscoff Cookies

Toppings: 

  • Sea salt
  • Biscoff Spread
  • Leftover Biscoff Cookies for crumbling

Servings: 8-10 pieces

Preparation: 30 minutes + overnight for cake to chill in refrigerator 

Total Time: 30 minutes plus overnight to chill

Kitchen Equipment: stand mixer, loaf pan (approx. 9 x 6 x 2 inch pan)

Instructions

  1. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper leaving a 1 inch overhang on the side of the pan.
  2. In a stand-mixer bowl or regular bowl (if using a hand mixer) add whipping cream and whip into stiff peaks.  Then add cream cheese, ½ cup biscoff spread, vanilla, icing sugar and a pinch of sea salt and whip until you reach a thick creamy consistency.
  3. Start by layering a single layer of biscoff cookies on the bottom of the loaf pan and one horizontal layer up the side of the pan (see photo).
  4. Spread about a 1/4 of the cream mixture (about 1 cup per layer) over the cookies. 
  5. Continue layering cookies (flat and up the sides of the pan horizontally per layer - see photo) and then cream mixture; you should have approximately 5 cookie layers and 4 cream layers but this will depend on the size of your loaf pan.
  6. End with a cookie layer and press into the cream. Melt the remaining biscoff spread in the microwave to pour over top of the cake. Sprinkle the cake with sea salt and any leftover cookie crumbles.
  7. Cover the pan tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 10 hours or overnight.
  8. If you want more of an ice-cream consistency, freeze for about 1 hour before serving.
  9. Using the parchment paper overhang on the sides of the pan for support, lift the cake out to a serving platter. Peel the parchment paper from the sides of the icebox cake and tear or cut so that there is parchment paper remaining on the bottom of the cake and around the edges.
  10. Sprinkle the top of the cake with more sea salt if you desire.
  11. Cut into slices (a serrated knife works best) and serve.

For more great recipes, visit Italian Centre's Recipe page

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Piadina


Sponsored by Italian Centre Piadina are thin, Italian flatbreads that are made by street vendors and sold sandwich-style loaded with tasty meats, cheese and vegetables. Pronounced pea-ah-DEE-nah – it’s a …Read More
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Sponsored by Italian Centre

Piadina are thin, Italian flatbreads that are made by street vendors and sold sandwich-style loaded with tasty meats, cheese and vegetables. Pronounced pea-ah-DEE-nah - it’s a thin flatbread from the Romagna region of north-central Italy.

Use our fresh pizza dough to create a piadina packed with your choice of delicious fillings! For this recipe, we used a classic combination of prosciutto, burrata cheese, arugula and red onion. Satly, creamy, fresh and crisp - easy to make and perfect for lunch, a snack or a light dinner!

Ingredients

  • 1x fresh pizza dough ball (divided in half)
  • 8-10 slices prosciutto 
  • 1x ball burrata cheese
  • Arugula 
  • Olive oil
  • Optional: sliced red onion

Servings: 2 piadina

Preparation: 30 minutes (including resting time for the dough)

Total Time: 50 minutes  (including resting time for the dough)

Kitchen Equipment:  frying pan or cast iron skillet

Instructions

  1. Cut one fresh pizza dough ball in half and roll each half into a ball.  Let dough rest under a tea towel for about 20 minutes (this helps greatly when rolling the dough).
  2. To make the piadina, roll out each dough ball to about 8-10 inches; the dough will be fairly thin.
  3. Preheat a large skillet or frying pan to medium high heat.
  4. Brush the pan with a little olive oil (use a paper towel if you don’t have a brush).
  5. When the pan is hot, place one piadina at a time in the pan, pricking the dough with a fork quickly to keep the dough from bubbling up. If the dough starts to bubble up, poke the bubbles with the fork and continue cooking.
  6. Cook about 3-5 minutes per side or until starting to turn golden brown on each side.
  7. Repeat with the next dough. 
  8. To make each Piadina sandwich, fold each cooked dough in half and fill with layers of arugula, burrata cheese, prosciutto and red onion (if using).

For more great recipes, visit Italian Centre's Recipe page

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BBQ Flatbread Pizzas


Recipes page provided by and Sponsored by Italian Centre Spicy Kale Flatbread with Honey Drizzle Ingredients 1x fresh pizza dough Flour for kneading the pizza dough 1 tbsp extra virgin …Read More
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Recipes page provided by and Sponsored by Italian Centre

Spicy Kale Flatbread with Honey Drizzle

Ingredients

  • 1x fresh pizza dough
  • Flour for kneading the pizza dough
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups (packed) of kale, torn or chopped
  • 3/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • Pinch salt and pepper
  • 2x garlic clove sliced
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 ball buffalo mozzarella
  • 1/3 cup ricotta
  • 1-2 tbsp honey (for drizzling)
  • Extra red pepper flakes

Servings: 6-8 slices

Preparation: 30 minutes

Total Time:  45 minutes

Kitchen Equipment: frying pan; rolling pin (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Remove the fresh pizza dough from the fridge at least 30 minutes before you are going to cook your pizza.
  2. Preheat your barbeque to 400F.
  3. Tear or chop the kale into bite-sized pieces. Then add 1 tbsp olive oil to a frying pan and turn the heat to medium. Add the kale, red pepper flakes, pinch of salt and pepper and saute the kale until just starting to wilt, about 3-5 minutes.
  4. Mix together 2 tbsp olive oil with 2 garlic cloves, sliced (this is your sauce for the flatbread).
  5. Measure out both cheeses and set aside.
  6. Once the dough has warmed closer to room temperature, roll or stretch the dough into a 10-12 inch oval or rectangle.
  7. Bring all the topping ingredients, the rolled out dough and a spoon out to the grill.
  8. When the grill has reached a 400F temperature, turn the heat to one side of the grill off.
  9. Place your rolled dough onto the side of the grill that is still on (direct heat) for 45 seconds - 1 minute, until it easily releases and flip over for about 45 seconds more until the dough has stiffened.
  10. Then move the flatbread to the side of the grill with the heat off (indirect heat) and moving quickly spread the olive oil sauce onto the flatbread, spreading the garlic around. Top with kale, dollops of ricotta and buffalo mozzarella.
  11. Cook for 4-5 minutes and then rotate one time, cooking for another 4-5 minutes until the cheeses are melted and starting to bubble.
  12. Top the flatbread with more red pepper flakes (if you like it really spicy) and drizzle with honey. Enjoy!
Photo by Jessica Kostca

Speck & Taleggio Flatbread with Balsamic Glaze Drizzle

Ingredients

  • 1x fresh pizza dough
  • Flour for kneading the pizza dough
  • 1/3 cup Massimos tomato sauce
  • 6 slices of speck
  • 1x white mushroom, sliced thin
  • 1x brown mushroom, sliced thin
  • 140g taleggio cheese, torn
  • Balsamic glaze to drizzle
  • Fresh oregano leaves
  • Dipping Sauce:
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp fresh oregano
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • pinch of pepper

Servings: 6-8 slices

Preparation: 30 minutes

Total Time:  45 minutes

Kitchen Equipment: rolling pin (optional)

Instructions

  1. Remove the fresh pizza dough from the fridge at least 30 minutes before you are going to cook your pizza.
  2. Preheat your barbeque to 400F.
  3. Prepare the olive oil dipping sauce by mixing the dried oregano, fresh oregano, salt and pepper and set aside.
  4. Once the dough has warmed closer to room temperature, roll or stretch the dough into a 10-12 inch oval or rectangle.
  5. Bring all the topping ingredients, the rolled out dough and a spoon out to the grill.
  6. When the grill has reached a 400F temperature, turn the heat to one side of the grill off.
  7. Place your rolled dough onto the side of the grill that is still on (direct heat) for 45 seconds - 1 minute, until it easily releases and flip over for about 45 seconds more until the dough has stiffened.
  8. Then move the flatbread to the side of the grill with the heat off (indirect heat) and moving quickly spread the sauce onto the flatbread, then add the speck, mushrooms and cheese.
  9. Cover the grill and cook for 4-5 minutes and then rotate one time, cooking for another 4-5 minutes until the cheeses are melted and starting to bubble.
  10. Top the flatbread with a drizzle of balsamic glaze, oregano leaves and serve with the oregano olive oil for dipping (be sure to give the olive oil dipping sauce a stir once more before serving).
Photo by Jessica Kostca

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Locally Sourced Meat Means Fresh Cuts for The Grill


Sponsored by Italian Centre, written by Joanne Elves  Funny thing about Albertans, if they have a great steak resting on the counter, they will do what it takes to get …Read More
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Sponsored by Italian Centre, written by Joanne Elves 

Funny thing about Albertans, if they have a great steak resting on the counter, they will do what it takes to get it onto a BBQ no matter what the season. But of course, when the sun sizzles in the summer, so does the BBQ. Patios, tailgates, campfires, and balconies are grill central. A quick stop at The Italian Centre will have you set for supplies, recipes, and the best meat in the province. Let’s introduce you to Piedmontese – a low fat, high protein delicious beef offered exclusively at the Italian Centre Shop by Messinger Meats.

A few years ago, the Italian Centre shops introduced us all to Messinger Meats from Red Deer. Joe, Mercedes and their children supply all the Italian Centre Shops with a selection of locally raised pork, lamb wild meats and chicken but their speciality is the Piedmontese Beef.

Being married to a butcher means there is usually meat for the table each night but as Mercedes says, she never knows what Joe will bring home. When a roast from Peony Farms of Lacombe who specializes in Piedmontese beef came wrapped in the waxy brown butcher paper, Mercedes thought nothing of it until she cooked it. “I was so surprised by how it cooked and tasted. I just liked it so much, I had to research it. It was so different to me.”

What Mercedes learned made them change out what they were butchering to focus on selling only Piedmontese beef. “We have been selling this beef since 2003 and I’m still fired up about how wonderful it is!” says Mercedes.

The Piedmontese is a domestic breed of cattle originally from the Piedmont region of north-west Italy. While the predominantly white or grey bovine are raised for milk and meat in Italy, the animals introduced to Alberta in 1970 are predominantly raised for their meat. The breed carries a unique gene mutation that causes hypertrophic muscle growth, or double muscling making them look rather, um, “beefy”. This mutation causes the meat to have a higher lean-to-fat ratio. This creates a tender, tasty, high protein, low fat meat that cooks on average 30 per cent faster than what is found at the grocery chains.

The first time you cook any of the Piedmontese steaks on the BBQ you need to step away from old habits. Consider marinating the meat overnight in a blend of fresh herbs instead of salty powders. Let the meat come to room temperature for at least an hour before shocking it with a 450-500 F grill. When your blade slips through the steak, you’ll wonder why you bothered setting out knives. If you plan to grill a showstopper like the Tomahawk, take a look at our Grilled Tomahawk Steak recipe.

A lot of people are excited to set up the smoker and slowly cook the meat over indirect heat to make even the toughest cut delicious. So, the price for brisket has soared due to the sudden popularity and may not be readily available. Mercedes suggests checking the cooler for the tri-tip cut too. “The tri-tip is incredible on the smoker but is quicker to cook compared to brisket.”

Italian Centre Shop's General Manager, Gino Marghella suggests you talk to the meat counter for custom orders.

“Messinger Meats are very accommodating, it’s like having our own butcher shop. If you need 3-inch-thick T-bone steaks for Bistecca Alla Fiorentina or even a dozen beef cheeks for that special ragu recipe you have, we can arrange it.”

The Italian Centre Shop also stocks other items provided by Messinger Meats. They also provide an array of lamb, pork, elk, and bison products from central Alberta farms. The thick cut pork chops are perfect on the BBQ. An easy recipe is the Grilled Pork Chop with Fennel and Grapefruit Salad featured on the recipe page.

Being an artisan butcher shop, the Messingers pride themselves on sourcing their products from local ranchers who use the best practices in herd management. No hormones, antibiotics or steroids are used by the ranchers, and they humanely butcher the animals at their facility. Processed meats like the sausage and hamburgers do not include fillers, water or gluten and only natural spices and sea salt are used for flavours. Almost daily, the delivery vans are on route to all the Italian Centre Shops.

"We pride ourselves on stocking the best quality ingredients from both locally and beyond and our meat coolers are no exception. Our friends at Messinger Meats enable our shops to provide customers with products I'm so proud to serve at home to my family and friends while honouring my heritage."

Italian Centre Shop's President, Teresa Spinelli.

For more great food content, visit Italian Centre's Blog

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Fishing Alberta’s Capital Region


One of the best-kept secrets of living in the greater Edmonton area is the diversity of fishing opportunities right out our back door. The North Saskatchewan River slides lazily through …Read More
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One of the best-kept secrets of living in the greater Edmonton area is the diversity of fishing opportunities right out our back door. The North Saskatchewan River slides lazily through the heart of the city, there are numerous stocked ponds in and around Edmonton, as well as several lakes offering excellent fishing just a short drive away. If you’re new to fishing, it can be a daunting task—understanding where and how to begin can be overwhelming if you don’t have a mentor to help you along. Fortunately, the road to fishing success, even for first-timers, is paved with a plethora of online resources to help you and your family land the first of many wriggling fish in no time.

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Licensing and Regulations

Fishing in Alberta is governed by annual regulations that define when and where you can to fish, what methods you’re allowed to use, and how many fish you can keep. Be aware that these regulations vary between waterbodies and species of fish, so always “check the regs” for the river, lake or pond you plan to fish. 

First off, you’ll need to get your license, unless you’re under the age of 16 or over 65, then you’re off the hook so to speak. If you’re a first-time license holder, you’ll also need a WIN (Wildlife Identification Number). Licenses and WINs can be purchased at most outdoor retailers, or you can buy them online.

To view the fishing regulations, or to purchase your WIN and fishing licence, go to albertarelm.com

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Learning to Fish

If you’re new to fishing, a great way to start is by taking two informative fishing education programs offered by Alberta Hunter Education Instructors' Association (AHEIA). The first, the Alberta Fishing Education Program, consists of eight modules that take you through step-by-step key aspects of learning to fish—including an overview of Alberta’s fisheries management, fish identification, basic equipment and techniques, cleaning and cooking your catch, understanding safety considerations, and more. Best of all, it’s absolutely free! Check it out at Alberta Fishing Education Program | AHEIA

Learning to identify the species of fish you’re catching is important, particularly since regulations about how many you can keep differ between species. Fortunately, AHEIA’s online Identification of Alberta's Game Fish Quiz will teach you what to look for in identifying your fish, and the common mistakes made in differentiating between species. This free course is available at Identification of Alberta's Game Fish Quiz | AHEIA

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Basic Equipment and Techniques

One of the best things about fishing is that it’s easy—getting started requires minimal equipment that’s both affordable and simple to use. While fishing retailers can be imposing places for newcomers, with their endless shelves of rods, reels, lures and other fishing gear, you’ll find that the staff welcoming and ready to help you find the tackle you need.

To get started, and depending upon where you plan to fish, you’ll need a basic spinning reel and rod combination, fishing line, a leader, some split-shot weight to get your bait down into the water column, a bobber or two, and a small selection of hooks and lures. Some rod/reel combinations even come with a basic selection of tackle that’s enough to get you started catching fish. Expect to pay less than $50 in total to get outfitted.

Practice casting and retrieving in a nearby open field before you hit the water. Tie on a small weight instead of hook when doing this—it’s much safer this way!

You’ll also find lots of information online to help you on your journey. One of the very best and most comprehensive sites is ab-conservation.com/go-fish/learn-to-fish/

Depending on where and what you’ll be fishing for, your setup and how you use it will vary. Following are some tips to get you started.

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Stocked Ponds

Ponds stocked with rainbow trout are easy to fish and a great choice for novice anglers. A common setup requires that you tie a single hook directly to the end of your line. Bait your hook with either a piece of worm or a leech. Note: There are bait restrictions on some bodies of water, so be sure to check the regulations before you head out. Crimp on a couple small split-shot weights about 24 inches above the hook, and attach a bobber a couple feet above that. Cast your bait out, then let it sit, watching the bobber for any sign a fish has taken the bait. If the bobber is moving, or disappears under the water, give your line a slight tug to set the hook, and then reel in your prize. If you’re not having any luck, adjust the height of the bobber to present the bait either shallower or deeper. You don’t need to cast out far on stocked ponds, as most fish will be found no more than 30 feet from shore.

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Lakes

Pike, walleye and perch are the common fish species in most of the lakes in the greater Edmonton area that are not stocked with trout. They can be caught on a variety of tackle, including lures that you cast and retrieve, or bait, where legal, presented under a bobber or affixed to a jig, then cast out and slowly retrieved. When casting baited jigs, make sure your jig is heavy enough that it’s bouncing along the bottom as you reel it in—that’s where the fish are most likely to be. When fishing with lures, such as spoons or spinners, retrieve them just quickly enough that you can feel them wobbling as they’re pulled through the water. Tie a wire leader to your line whenever fishing pike waters as these toothy fish may bite through your line and take your lure with them!

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Rivers

The challenge when fishing rivers, especially the North Saskatchewan River in Edmonton and area, is the current. If you fish with bait, you’ll need to use enough weight that your bait sits relatively stationary on the bottom. With enough weight, baited jigs and “pickerel rigs” are sure to attract fish. Our river is home to a wide variety of fish species, from relatively small goldeye to gargantuan lake sturgeon— you never know what's on the end of the line when you feel that first tug. Casting spoons, spinners and other hard-bodied lures is also effective, but generally not as productive in the river as fishing with bait. 

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Where to Go

Living in the greater capital region means you have access to a wide range of fishing-friendly waters. For beginning anglers, stocked trout ponds provide an easy, safe and rewarding way to dip your toe into the angler’s world. Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) and the Alberta Conservation Association (ACA) stock a long list of ponds and lakes each year with rainbow trout. Check out ACA Stocked Lakes - ACA (ab-conservation.com) for the full list. 

One of the more popular local stocked ponds is the Hermitage Park Pond on the east side of Edmonton. This pond is open to the public and invites family fishing, making it ideal for learning to fish. You can cast from shore or, bring along a canoe, kayak or other non-motorized boat. Each angler is allowed to keep up to five rainbow trout, perfect for a family meal of fresh-caught fish!

There are many other family-friendly stocked ponds in the region, with favourites including Beaumont Pond, Gibbons Park Pond and Muir Lake.

The North Saskatchewan River is home to a wide diversity of fish species, and on a good day you can easily catch three, four or five different types of fish! Popular fishing spots along the river include Dawson Park, Hermitage Park, Strathcona Science Park, Gold Bar Park and Whitemud Park—although virtually any place you can get access to the riverbank will produce fish. Creek mouths, storm water discharges, bridge pilings, riprap shorelines, back eddies, foam lines and natural deep holes all offer prime holding and feeding habitat for fish. When all else fails, select deeper water over shallower water, remembering that outside bends in the river are typically faster and deeper than inside turns.

Note: The North Saskatchewan River is deep and moves more swiftly than it appears to. For safety reasons, children should not be permitted to fish along the river unless accompanied by an adult and should wear personal flotation devices, even when fishing from shore.

For those interested in fishing one of the capital region’s many lakes, popular destinations include Wabamun Lake, Lac Ste. Anne, Pigeon Lake, and Gull Lake. Those are but a few, but there are many other lakes that offer wonderful fishing opportunities, both from shore or from a boat. Be sure to check the regulations as to how many fish you are permitted to keep. 

Fishing offers hours and hours of fun for kids and the whole family! There’s no better time to learn than now. 

Produced and sponsored by Alberta Conservation Association.

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20 Questions


Answer the questions How much do you know about Edmonton and the rest of the Capital Region? Whether you’ve lived in the area all your life or are a relative …Read More

Lac La Biche


With an abundance of space, Lac La Biche Region is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of life. Relax, restore and rejuvenate in the laid-back lifestyle of …Read More
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With an abundance of space, Lac La Biche Region is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of life. Relax, restore and rejuvenate in the laid-back lifestyle of lake country. There are a variety of accommodation providers from hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, cabins, tipis, trappers’ tents or bring your RV/camping equipment and set up your own oasis. Of course, if you are craving some retail therapy there are many unique shops throughout the hamlets of Lac La Biche and Plamondon.

Imagine breathing in the fresh air with the smell of evergreens and water surrounding you as you explore and adventure in the outdoors. Lac La Biche Region is home to the Lakeland Provincial Park which is home to Alberta’s backcountry canoe circuit. Challenge yourself to paddle and portage through the Lakeland Canoe Circuit for your next outdoor adventure.

The long history of cultural diversity of Lac La Biche Region provides the perfect opportunity to experience different cultures activities and foods. When you visit you are encouraged to immerse yourself to your level of comfort be it visiting a museum like the Mission Historical Site, learning to make a lean-to with John from Hideaway Adventures, or enjoying some dumplings and a brew at the Fat Unicorn Brewery.

Visit Lac La Biche Region to make new connections and create lifelong memories.

Enter to win a two-night three day get-a-way in Lac La Biche.

Itinerary FYI

Day One

Travel

Stop at Metis Crossing in the morning

Late afternoon/overnight arrive at Hideaway Adventure. Experience the Metis culture and overnight in Trappers tent

Day Two

Museum Tours LLBC (Plamondon, Mission, Lac La Biche)

Dinner at Fat Unicorn Brewery

Overnight at hotel

Day Three

Kayak ½ day

Lunch at golf course

Travel home

Enter Here:

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Five recommended flowers to brighten your surroundings


Flower pots add beauty to any home exterior. They are also easy to maintain. Anita Kuhlmann, one of the owners of Kuhlmann’s Greenhouse Garden Market, recommends using a good quality, …Read More
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Flower pots add beauty to any home exterior. They are also easy to maintain. Anita Kuhlmann, one of the owners of Kuhlmann’s Greenhouse Garden Market, recommends using a good quality, all-purpose potting soil mix, along with a water-soluble fertilizer as often as once a week. 

Kuhlmann also says that it is better to use larger containers rather than ones that are too small. “Especially in the hot sun, smaller containers dry out quickly, plants get root-bound in the summer, and it’s harder to water them well,” she explains. 

This is especially important for hanging baskets, where there is both wind and sun to consider, as well as placement around the edge of the house so rain is not hitting them.

Finding the right plants to add that super splash of colour is also easy. Kuhlmann recommends the following popular annuals:

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Northeast of Edmonton


Fun and quirky sites–and sights–for physically distanced day trips While COVID-19 has put a stop to many summer vacations, there is no reason to be totally housebound this summer. There …Read More
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Fun and quirky sites–and sights–for physically distanced day trips

While COVID-19 has put a stop to many summer vacations, there is no reason to be totally housebound this summer. There are still things to do and see within a short drive of the area. The areas north, east, and northeast of the city are home to an array of unusual, memorable, and fun roadside attractions. Most of them are viewable from within a family vehicle, but as long as you maintain proper physical distancing, you can get closer–and enjoy some photo ops! 

10 excursion options for your summer day-tripping 

Lac La Biche David Thompson statue

The 3.6-metre-tall statue on the lake shore was built to commemorate Lac La Biche’s bicentennial and to recognize David Thompson’s landing on the shores of the lake–a French translation from the Cree moniker of “Lake of the Elk.” Thompson was the first European to reach the shores of Lac La Biche, arriving in 1798 while searching for the elusive Northwest Passage.

St. Paul UFO Landing Pad

You will see this landmark–the world’s first UFO landing pad–as you enter St. Paul from the west. It was built in 1967 and at its grand opening that June, St. Paul was declared the Centennial Capital of Canada. Located next door is a tourist information centre. The pad’s been a boon for tourism, including a few international UFO conferences.

Mundare Sausage Monument

You can’t miss the world’s largest sausage when driving through Mundare. It sticks out like a...big sausage. The 42-foot-tall statue is a tribute to Stawnichy’s Meat Processing, a family-run sausage factory founded in 1959 that is famous for its kielbasa. However, it’s not likely the family has ever produced a sausage as big as this one: it is over 5,443 kilos (12,000 lbs.) and made of brown fiberglass. 

Vegreville Pysanka Monument

The Vegreville egg makes for an iconic photo backdrop. Located, appropriately enough, at 4500 Pysanka Avenue, the Ukrainian-style Easter egg was designed by artist Paul Maxum Sembaliuk and was unveiled in 1975. An intricate set of two-dimensional aluminum tiles make up the geometric patterns (524 hexagonal stars and 2,208 equilateral triangles, in case anyone wants to keep count) over an aluminum frame. Hey, a snow shaker replica of the Pysanka even made it into an episode of The X-Files.

Vilna Mushroom Monument

The sculpture known as World’s Largest Mushrooms is located in the village of Vilna, just a block away from Main Street. The gargantuan fungi may look like something out of Alice in Wonderland, but is actually a giant replica of the tricholoma uspale mushroom which grows wild in the area and is often used as an ingredient in regional dishes. Mushroom hunting has been a tradition in Vilna since Ukrainian settlers arrived in the early 1900s. 

Glendon Pyrogy Monument

If you love the doughy dumpling, you won’t want to miss seeing the World’s Largest Pyrogy in Glendon, on Highway 28. You won’t need a fork–the 8.2 metre sculpture which weighs 2,721 kilograms is already mounted on one, to make it more recognizable. It’s fiberglass with a metal frame and was built in 1991. 

Andrew Mallard Monument

If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it might be a testament to the sculpture of a mallard with a wingspan of 23 feet (7.2 metres). Weighing in at one tonne, the mallard was built in the village of Andrew to commemorate the wetlands areas in the district. It comes as no surprise that the area is a popular breeding ground for mallards. No actual mallards have ever been reported as being this size, however. 

Smoky Lake Pumpkin Park

Smoky Lake’s Pumpkin Park features a sculpture of seven large pumpkins. They’re not oversized, but replicas of winning entries from the town’s annual Great White North Pumpkin Fair and Weigh-Off that’s a must-see event for gourd fanatics. They’ve had a number 

gigantic winners, including one weighing in at 854.5 kilos (1,884 lbs.), a site record since 2017.

Bonnyville Splash Park giant moose shower

Not many kids can claim to shower beneath a giant water-spewing moose, but then not everyone lives by Bonnyville Splash Park, where the antlered behemoth is visible to spectators up to several blocks away. It’s probably the most unique aspect of the splash park, and if you have kids, they will get a kick out of it. The park is also located near some walking and biking trails if you’re up for more recreational activity.

Cold Lake 4 Wing Gateway Park

If you feel like making the trip up to Cold Lake, a visit to the 4 Wing Gateway Park offers a number of aircraft on mounted display in striking poses near the roadway. You can park and gaze at such legendary fighter jets as the CF-5 Freedom Fighter and the CT-133 Silver Star, located outside Cold Lake Air Force Museum. If the museum’s open, more nifty displays await.

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