A holiday that is truly fun for the whole family, Easter is a time to come together and celebrate the spring season with fun games and good food. If you’re feeling stuck on what to plan for this long weekend, we’ve got you covered. Enjoy a few Easter-themed activities and a delicious recipe we think you should try out for your Easter feast! . - Graham Ogden
 
Easter Activities for you and your families!

 

Easter Egg Hunt

Your little ones are sure to love a good-old-fashioned Easter egg hunt, and the best part is that they’re easy to pull off. All you need are the hollow easter eggs and something to fill them with. You can choose to fill them with candy, tiny treats or even coins. Once the eggs are tucked away, it’s time to start the countdown for the hunt.


Decorate an Easter Egg

Decorating Easter eggs has become an absolute staple around this time of year. Whether you choose to purchase a kit or go the DIY Route, there are an abundance of styles and designs for you to choose from that’ll make the perfect seasonal display.


DIY Easter Basket
With all of the eggs your little ones will be collecting and decorating, they’re going to need a place to put them all. Gather some supplies and turn an ordinary basket into something fun and festive. 
 

Plant Flowers

Easter signals the beginning of the spring season, and what better way to celebrate than by planting a few springtime flowers? You can choose to plant seedlings, and watch them bloom and blossom over the course of the season, or you can plant fresh flowers to immediately add some colour to your garden. 

Four-Cheese Scalloped Potatoes

Ingredients

1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces, plus more for brushing

1/2 clove garlic

1/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1/3 cup shredded asiago cheese

1/3 cup shredded raclette or comté cheese

2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and sliced 1/8 inch thick

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

2 cups heavy cream

1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

4 fresh bay leaves

1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese 

1. Position a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat to 425 degrees F. Generously brush a large skillet with butter, then rub with the garlic. Combine the mozzarella, asiago and raclette in a bowl.
2. 
Heat the skillet over medium-high heat. Add half of the potatoes, spreading them out. Sprinkle with 3/4 teaspoon salt, half of the cut-up butter, half of the shredded cheese blend, and pepper to taste. Arrange the remaining potatoes on top. Sprinkle with 3/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste. Pour the cream over the potatoes, then add the nutmeg and bay leaves; simmer 3 minutes. Dot the potatoes with the remaining cut-up butter.
3. 
Generously brush a shallow baking dish with butter; slide the potatoes into the dish; arrange with a fork, if desired. (If your skillet is ovenproof, you can skip this step and bake the potatoes in the skillet.)
4. Sprinkle the potatoes with the parmesan and the remaining shredded cheese blend. Bake until golden, about 25 minutes. Let rest 5 minutes before serving. Discard the bay leaves.

 
 
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Spring is my favorite season of the year! It's the time of the year when the sun is shining and everyone comes out of a winter hibernation. If your looking to buy a home during a spring frenzy, it can seem to be difficult. Seeming like every time you make an offer, somebody else beats you to it!  Although, spring can be the best time to buy a home for all the same reasons! To increase your chances of buying the home you want, it’s important to have a strategy that will give you an edge when many other buyers are in the market. Let me help you create that strategy, so your home buying process is flawless. 
- Graham Ogden
 
Prepare Your Home for Spring Thaw

As the weather warms and Canadian families go from home-bound hibernating to springtime sun-seeking, it’s important to make sure that the weather changes do not damage our homes.

Protecting the quality of your home, especially during spring runoff in a heavy-snowfall region, requires a bit of foresight, planning and support. Here are some tips from the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) that will help you take preventative measures.

  • Inspect the grounds. Check to see if driveways, sidewalks, decks, around your basement, and patios have the appropriate grading to direct water away from your home.
  • Check your eaves and downspouts. Ensure they extend away from your basement wall to allow the water to drain away from your home and out toward the backyard, back lane, or street.
  • Check that your sump pump is correctly working. A functioning sump pump can prevent flooding in your home so be sure to check that it is in working order. Consider adding back-up battery power so that your sump pump continues to work in the event of an electricity outage. If you live in an area prone to flooding and you don't already have a sump pump installed it may be something to consider.
  • Consider installing backflow valves. In the event of a main sewer backup, backflow valves will automatically close to prevent water and sewage from entering your home. Backflow valves are to be installed on your basement sewer connections such as drains and toilets and are a good preventative measure.
 
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Family Day is a chance for us to make deeper connections with our loved one. Family Day may be a leisurely day off from work and school, but it’s meant to be an opportunity to reflect on the importance of spending quality time with our families, and feeling gratitude for the deep bonds and connections we share with one another. I hope all of my clients and friends have an amazing long weekend with their loved ones - Graham Ogden
 
Here Are 5 Ways To Spend Family Day With Your Loved Ones

Family Day Sleigh Rides
We are so excited to have Dick Laurin Hay & Sleigh Rides BACK in Elmwood! Join us for sleigh rides, skating, snowshoeing (children and youth ONLY), games, snow painting, comfort food and cocoa! We will be cooking bannock over the fire from 1-2! Elmwood Community League Members – $10/family up to 5 people, $1/additional person.
https://www.facebook.com/events/558365284608794/
 

Free Admission to Royal Alberta Museum
Feed your curiosity from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Journey through millions of years of history and see thousands of objects, from dinosaurs and mammoths to tiny insects and glowing gems. See how Alberta’s Indigenous communities share knowledge and values through generations, and meet the people who shaped our province. Plus, visit thousands of live critters and have fun in our Children’s Gallery, complete with an archeological dig pit. Get ready to discover a history of Alberta you won’t find anywhere else.
http://www.raisingedmonton.com/get-free-admission-to-royal-alberta-museum-on-family-day/
 

Family Day at the Legislature
Family Day is the perfect excuse to spend quality time with your loved ones. Enjoy FREE family fun at the Alberta Legislature on Monday, February 18, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
https://www.facebook.com/events/296253097703757/
 

Highlands Family Day
Join us on Monday, February 18th for our Annual Family Day event. The event is FREE with donations going to the Mustard Seed. Enjoy tobogganing, ice skating, sleigh rides, face painting, marshmallow roasting, BBQ, and hot chocolate.
https://www.facebook.com/events/2250971265190747/
 

Family Day at the Edmonton Valley Zoo
Bundle up your family, beat the winter blues and “Get Closer” this Family Day! Indoors or outdoors, enjoy “arctic” activities and games throughout the zoo. Cosy up next to a campfire, learn to kick sled and snowshoe or visit the free photobooth to capture a family memory! Learn why the Edmonton Valley Zoo is an Arctic Ambassador Centre for Polar Bears International and how animals adapt to life in cold climates. Regular admission rates apply.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1885759858188829/

 
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Today’s Bank of Canada rate hold announcement marks almost four straight years that the key benchmark rate has remained unchanged, since September 8, 2010. Great news if you have a variable-rate mortgage or home equity line of credit; the prime rate stays at 3%.

 

The announcement noted that “the risks to the outlook for inflation remain roughly balanced, while the risks associated with household imbalances have not diminished.” With these considerations, the Bank is maintaining its monetary policy stimulus, and remains neutral with respect to the timing and direction of the next change.

 

The next rate-setting day is October 22nd.

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