Welcome To My Spring House Tour!

Welcome To My Spring House, I’m so excited that you are here!  If you are new here and are visiting from one of the other tours this week, my name is Jo-Anna and I welcome you to my site!  If you would like to know a bit more about me, you can read more here. – – – – – – It’s SPRING!  It’s really truly, finally spring!  Can you see me doing a happy dance?  We’re finally having days of warm sunshine, the air is beginning to have that spring rain smell, and everyone just seems to be more hopeful.  That’s what spring does to people up here in Alberta…even though we know that we will still get another blast of winter…but each day that it feels like spring we rejoice. With each changing season I like to freshen up my home.  I look forward to each change…refreshing and redecorating helps me to get through our long winters.  It’s kind of a mode of survival for me, especially in the spring because our winters are so long and after a while the colours of winter tend to get tiresome and make me long for colour.  So this year I didn’t waste any time […]

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Book Review: The Tea Girl Of Hummingbird Lane

My thoughts on the book, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, written by author, Lisa See. – – – – – – I love to read and have loved reading my whole life.  Sadly over the last few years I haven’t read as much as I used to because honestly, TV and the online world have taken up too much space in my life.  So last summer while on holidays, with no internet, and no TV, all there was to do was read, and it was glorious!  I read 6 books over the course of 10 days!  After that time away, I made it a goal of mine to get back to reading at least one book a month.  That may not sound like a lot, but with the busyness of every day life, it can feel like it is, especially when you can’t find a good book.  But when I find a book that I cannot put down I’m thrilled, and it inspires me to read more and more and more. My Review:  A Definite Must Read Recently I found such a book, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, by author Lisa See.  One chapter in, and I was […]

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Great Places to Eat and Stay in Ontario’s Lake Country

Here are just a few of the Great Places to Eat and Stay in Ontario’s Lake Country! – – – – – – Just about 2 weeks ago now, I went on a bloggers winter retreat in the heart of Ontario’s Lake Country.  My #LetsGoMaple Winter getaway began on an early morning in March, as I boarded a flight from Calgary, Alberta to Toronto, Ontario.  From there I took a shuttle from the Toronto Pearson Airport to Casino Rama Resort, where I stayed for the next 3 nights. Staying at Casino Rama Resort Casino Rama Resort is located on Rama First Nation, just outside of Orillia, Ontario (about 1 and 1/2 hours from Toronto Pearson Airport).  This resort is right in the heart of Ontario’s Lake Country, so it is a great location for many different activities.  You could spend your entire vacation right at the resort and take in the casino, book a spa, and eat in delicious restaurants.  But because this resort is centrally located, you can also take in a number of different outdoor activities, and shop and eat in the nearby towns.  While I was there, our group of 16 bloggers did a little of everything.  In my first […]

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Carrot Cake Sheet Cake Recipe

This Carrot Cake Sheet Cake Recipe with a Cream Cheese Frosting is tender, sweet and so delicious!  This recipe is made with less oil than many other carrot cake recipes. – – – – – – – Carrot cake is one of my most favourite types of cakes.  I love how moist and full of spicy flavour they are, I love that they’re packed with nutritious shredded carrots, and I love the creamy cream cheese frosting they’re usually smothered in!  But one thing I don’t love about some carrot cakes, is how full of oil they are…I can taste it, and just don’t like the flavour.  So when my sister brought out this amazing carrot cake recipe at Easter last year, and I found out there was barely any oil in the recipe, I just knew I had to make it.  Honestly, her cake has been on my mind ever since I first tried it.  And now with Easter back upon us again, I figured now was the perfect time to make the recipe and share it with you! This particular cake recipe replaces most of the oil with applesauce.  There are two big reasons I love this so much…one, […]

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Exploring Ontario’s Lake Country Winter Wonderland

There’s so much to do while Exploring Ontario’s Lake Country Winter Wonderland! – – – – – – – Last week I had the amazing opportunity to visit Ontario’s Lake Country, to experience their winter wonderland!  Over a 3 day period I joined a group of over 15 bloggers to hit the sugar bush to learn about maple syrup, we skied, snowshoed, went fat biking and downhill tubing, sat in steam rooms, roasted s’mores, visited a museum, ate amazing food and just had a fantastic winter get away!  There is so much to do in Ontario’s Lake Country.  Come have a look! First stop…Shaw’s Maple Syrup Bush.  One thing this Alberta raised gal has always wanted to experience, is a sugar bush.  In Alberta you’re pretty hard pressed to find maple trees…we tend to have aspens, birch, spruce and fir trees, but no maple trees.  And since maple syrup is something that the world tends to identify as Canadian, this Canadian wanted to see where it comes from, and experience the makings of maple syrup. So we hopped on a bus from Casino Rama Resort where we stayed (more on that in a different blog post), and set off for the sugar bush.  Shaw’s […]

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5 Tips To Create A Spring Bedroom

Here are 5 Tips To Create A Spring Bedroom!  Simple, practical and so pretty. – – – – – – – I’m so excited to have partnered with Annie Selke on this post today!  The dreamy and beautiful style of their home decor line for spring is so lovely, I could hardly wait to give my master bedroom a refresh!  As I flipped through their online catalogue I was torn between choosing something neutral, or something a with a little more colour…but I kept going back to the same duvet set and shams…the Blossom Duvet and Blossom Shams.  I’m not one to shy away from colour or pattern for that matter, so when I saw this set, I just knew it was the right one for my spring bedroom refresh. I love to welcome each new season into our home with a refresh to reflect the changing weather and time of year.  I look forward to adding seasonal decor, changing my bed sheets to match the temperature outside, adding seasonal colours …and I especially love decorating for spring, because our winters are soooooo long around here.  By the time March comes around I’m itching to get rid of anything that reminds me of […]

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Asparagus and Swiss Cheese Stuffed Turkey Cutlet Recipe

This Asparagus and Swiss Cheese Stuffed Turkey Cutlet Recipe is a simple and delicious idea for dinner!  Perfect for spring dinners, Mother’s Day or Easter!  Ready in 1 hour. – – – – – – Disclosure:  This post has been sponsored by Canadian Turkey.  I am working with Canadian Turkey as a brand ambassador, and over the next year I am excited to bring you some delicious and easy turkey recipes that I have created!  This recipe, all pictures and words are my own.  We just really love turkey over here! – – – – – – Gone are the days when turkey was just to be served up at Thanksgiving or Christmas!  Now we can enjoy all cuts of turkey at any time of year.  Turkey is a versatile, lean delicious and nutritious protein that lends itself to many different flavour combinations and recipe ideas, which is why I like to cook with it all year round.  While we do love a whole roasted turkey, we also enjoy turkey in burgers, soup, pot pie, lettuce wraps and casseroles.  Yum. Now with Easter and Mother’s Day just around the corner, I created this delicious dinner recipe for Asparagus and Swiss Cheese Stuffed Turkey Cutlets. […]

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