Happy Easter everyone! We are rolling into a long weekend in Canada and most of us can look forward to time spent with family, friends and probably a big meal or two to consume. Not to mention a visitor from a fuzzy critter that leaves behind delicious treats for the younger set. That’s right, the Easter Bunny is on his way!

 

Did you know that one of his stops this weekend is at the Citi Plaza in downtown London, Ontario? It is indeed! On Saturday April 7th, from 11am to 1pm, there will be stations set up around the building for children to collect stamps and receive a special Easter goodie bag at the Easter Hunt in the City. You will even get an opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny himself! As an added bonus, some of the players from the London Majors will be there as well. I bet they might even sign an autograph or two as they hand out free tickets to some lucky fans. There will be Easter crafts, music, prizes, discounts and more! While the celebrations are free, donations to the London Food Bank are gratefully accepted, so make sure you head down to have some fun!

 

If your dependents are more along the lines of the four-legged sort, then why not head out to Fleetwood Farms on Good Friday (April 6th) for their annual Easter Egg Hunt For Dogs & Their Families. The National Service Dogs will again be sponsoring this fun event that helps to raise money to support children and individuals with autism and special needs. If you are new to the event, let me explain to you how it works. Registration opens at 10am and costs $20 per family. Thousands of plastic eggs are hidden around the park and at 11am sharp, your dogs are released to sniff out the treat-filled containers. As an added bonus for you dog owners, some of the plastic eggs also contain coloured stickers that give you the chance to win fabulous prizes. This event is fun for every member of the family, including Rover!

 

Another event that sponsors a great cause is the McFarlan Rowlands Downtown 5K Run & 2.5K Fun Run/ Walk & Kiddie Trot. With a variety of races geared for the whole family, you can support the London Abused Women’s Shelter and get in shape at the same time! The event will be held on Friday April 6th (Good Friday) with Victoria Park as its starting point. There is a Kiddie Trot at 9:30am, CEO challenge at 9:45am, 2.5 km run at 10am and the 5km run at 10:30am. If you haven’t registered already, make sure you get there early! If you need any more incentive, the money raised goes towards front-line support for the estimated 1 in 4 women that are abused by their intimate partners. Those are statistics that need to change. Your support makes the difference.

 

At the end of the day, it is time to gather round with friends and family. Over the Easter weekend festivities, it is comes down to the food. At my house that means a big old Ham dinner! Yum!! What goes better with that succulent ham dinner, than a big pile of scalloped potatoes! While everyone has one recipe or the other, I know that some people struggle with this delicious, potato dish. How about a new recipe to try this year from none other than Michael Smith of the Food Network! Enjoy your Easter weekend!

 

Scalloped Potato Gratin

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 baker potatoes, unpeeled, sliced thinly
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 cup of cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 clove of garlic, cut in half
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 1 cup of breadcrumbs

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Toss together potatoes, milk cream, nutmeg, cheese and salt and pepper until well coated.
  3. Rub a 9-inch by 9 inch baking dish with butter and garlic clove. Pour in potatoes and sprinkle with breadcrumbs.
  4. Bake for one and a half hours, until bubbling and potatoes are tender.

 

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