Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Canada Day in Scarborough 2016

Happy Canada Day! Well, almost. If you are in the Eastern part of our lovely city on July 1, here are a few ideas for family friendly events you can check out. Scarborough has a lot to offer!

The big celebrations seem to be at a new event this year, to be held at Albert Campbell Square (Scarborough Civic Centre) on July 1 & 2, from 12 noon-10 pm each day.  These Canada Day in Scarborough celebrations will include multi-cultural live entertainment, a food fair, assorted vendors, and lots of family-focused activities. Bounce houses, face-painting, stilt walkers, clowns, and more.

The annual Scarborough Canada Day Parade will begin at 4pm, travelling from the Civic Centre, down Brimley Rd, and ending at Lawrence Ave., about 5:30pm.

In addition to the celebrations at Albert Campbell Square, Canada Day festivities will take place once again in David and Mary Thomson Memorial Park. The annual pancake breakfast starts at 10am, and the fun continues until 4pm with lots of fun including a reptile show, live entertainment, food trucks, children's activities, and vendors. And don't forget to visit the Scarborough Historical Museum while you are there. They are open from 10am-5pm and will have free activities on site.

Scarborough fireworks will take place at dusk (10pm) in Milliken Park at McCowan and Steeles.

And of course you can always fore-go the big events, pack a picnic lunch and some sand toys and head to one of our gorgeous Scarborough beaches for the day - Bluffer's Park, or Rouge Beach. Or maybe head to the Toronto Zoo to discover Canadian animals in the Tundra Trek and Canada Domain exhibits. Parks Canada will be on hand with a special Xplorers Booklet that you can complete and return at the end of your visit to receive your special Parks Canada souvenir.

Not in Scarborough? Check the City of Toronto website for a list of Canada Day festivities across the city.

However you celebrate, I hope you have a fabulous day! Happy 149th birthday, Canada!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

WW - The Toadstool w/linky

Easy Coconut Cream Tarts #BornOnTheFarm

I love the flavour of coconut, but my husband doesn't. This means I don't get to enjoy it as much as I might like. In a curry, a cookie, a pie, or on top of ice cream, I think coconut is delicious. Toasted, not toasted, sweetened, unsweetened - it's all good. Not a huge fan of coconut water though. Go figure.

One thing I share with my father is the love of a good coconut cream pie. It is both of our favourites, and I will choose it any time I see it. And every time I eat coconut cream pie, I think of my Daddy :) But I couldn't be bothered to make one at home, because it just seems excessive when I'm the only one who'll be enjoying it. Boo would have some I guess, but if I'm making pie I prefer to make one we'll all get in to.

Now I've found a way to get my coconut cream fix.

Our Gay Lea ambassadors' assignment this month focused on their Real Coconut Whipped Cream, which I hadn't tried. So I picked one up, not really sure what I'd do with it, but when I tried it on my milkshake I couldn't believe how it evoked the flavour of my favourite coconut cream pie! I realise I shouldn't have been so surprised, considering this is coconut cream, but that's just me - a bit slow on the uptake sometimes. I thought of a few ideas, including layering a parfait, or trying pina colada cupcakes, but I decided to go with a quick and simple Coconut Cream Tart.

I found an easy way to recreate the taste by adding coconut flavouring to a vanilla pudding mix and topping with this great tasting whipped cream. These come together quickly, and would be a fabulous, light dessert for your next summer gathering. Coconut is such a tropical flavour it is perfect for this time of year.

I had to dig right in. These are so good!

Easy Coconut Cream Tarts

1 pkg. cooked vanilla pudding/pie filling
3 cups milk (or as per pkg. directions)
1 tsp. coconut flavouring
12 graham cracker tart shells
Gay Lea Real Coconut Whipped Cream

Prepare the pie filling according to package directions. After removing from the heat, add 1 tsp coconut flavouring and stir to combine. Cool, then spoon filling into the tart shells. Place fillled shells into the fridge to chill until ready to serve, then top each with a generous swirl of Gay Lea Real Coconut Whipped Cream.
Optional - you can fancy these up by sprinkling some toasted coconut on top.

Easy Coconut Cream Tarts

Good to know - Gay Lea's Real Coconut Whipped Cream is a great topping alternative for those with certain dietary restrictions. Because it is made with real coconut cream rather than milk products, it is dairy-free, lactose-free, and cholesterol-free. It's also gluten-free. Of course, this dessert I made is clearly not dairy-free, but you could top so many things with this to add a delicious, tropical twist.

How would you use it?

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