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Travel: Muttart Conservatory

October 21, 2017 |  by  |  Photos, Travel  |  No Comments

Muttart Conservatory: 3ten.ca

Last week I shared our visit to the Alberta Legislature Building – doing some travelling in our own town (well, about 45 minutes away). This weekend I’m sharing a little visit we had to Edmonton’s delightful conservatory – the Muttart Conservatory. Four beautiful pyramids, each a different climate: arid, temperate, tropical and then a feature pyramid.

Muttart Conservatory

First, admission is fairly reasonable. It’s $12.50 per adult, yet when I went with my dad and step-mom the lady at the desk was so kind she rang us in as a family. She asked if I had CAA and I said “I don’t, but I’ll ask my dad” – to which she responded, “oh, I’ll ring you in as a family.” Score – a family admission is $37.00 and we saved 10% with my dad’s CAA membership, so $33.30.

Okay, on to the plants!

Best time to visit is when it’s bright and sunny out. The pyramids let in so much light and the plants simply look amazing in the bright sunshine.

Muttart Conservatory: 3ten.ca

Here’s the arid climate. We took a tour and although it was very informative, my step-mom nailed it by saying it’s like our tour guide was giving her grade 8 oral. Yup, that’s it.

It was special to see this plant – only flowers every 37 (I think 37) years. So neat!

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The elephant foot trees – simply the coolest.

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Temperate pyramid is full of all sorts of plants we’re used to seeing here in Canada. Smells like home.

Muttart Conservatory: 3ten.ca

The feature pyramid changes about 8 times a year, so I’m thinking each feature is 6 weeks long – then a few days for change over in between? When we visited it was the tail end of the Canada 150 feature. A lot of red and white plants. These bright beauties were my favourite from that pyramid.

Muttart Conservatory: 3ten.ca

Off to the tropics – money trees and rubber figs, oh and one tree was even growing fruit!
So cool.

Muttart Conservatory: 3ten.ca

Muttart Conservatory: 3ten.ca

If you’re ever in Edmonton and have a couple of hours, then spend some time at the Muttart Conservatory, you’ll leave with a love for plants.

Muttart Conservatory: 3ten.ca

Overall, it was a delightful afternoon. Great company and beautiful plants. Thanks for visiting and enjoy the weekend!

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Travel: Alberta Legislature Building

October 14, 2017 |  by  |  Photos, Travel  |  No Comments

Alberta Legislature Building: 3ten.ca

Does it count as travel if you live near the area? I’m going to say yes – if it’s a touristy thing and you travel more than 30 minutes, it counts as travel! The Alberta Legislature Building is full of drama, classic portraits, and breathtaking architecture. My dad and step-mom visited back in September and we took them to the Legislature – not only is it beautiful, yet they offer free tours! Yes, free. Just don’t visit when the schools are there…150 sixth graders is too many. Okay, let’s check out this capitals home of democracy!

Alberta Legislature Building

First – eyes that follow you anywhere.

This is King George V and Queen Mary. It’s Queen Elizabeth’s II father’s parents, so her grandparents on her father’s side.

Do you watch Netflix’s The Crown? So, good, right? Okay, back to the tour.

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When the chambers isn’t in use the tour will walk you through and you’ll get to see where all the action takes place from the upper balcony. We got to go in, yet I forgot to take pictures.

Below – chronological portraits of past Alberta Premier’s and Sergeant-at-Arms.

Alberta Legislature Building: 3ten.ca

Alberta Legislature Building: 3ten.ca

That’s the Mace below. Alberta’s first Mace was made in Calgary by a handyman – and it’s said to have pieces of earrings, teacups and even a piece of a toilet on it (the flange?). Take the free tour – it’s so fun to learn nifty things like that!

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Time for a little fun. My Dad is too funny – what’s Ab-leg? That makes no sense.

Alberta Legislature Building: 3ten.ca

Such a bright and beautiful day. So happy we got to explore the grounds.

Alberta Legislature Building: 3ten.ca

Happy travelling to you, too. I suggest you checkout your own city and do some touristy things – and take guests with you, they’ll have a blast! Happy Saturday.

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Recipe: Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins

October 11, 2017 |  by  |  Eats, Recipes  |  No Comments

Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins: 3ten.ca

Chocolate pumpkin muffin time! It’s mid October and the pumpkin spice is all around. These muffins are healthy-ish and the perfect little afternoon snack, or even for a quick breakfast on the go. One of the main reasons I like making these is then I have enough pumpkin left over for these easy pancakes. Total score. Okay, let’s get baking.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup of gluten free flour
  • 1/4 cup of coco powder
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt
  • 2 cups of pumpkin puree
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla
  • 1/3 cup of soy milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 a cup of yogurt
  • 2/3 cup of chocolate chips

First – gather all of your ingredients and set the oven to 350 degrees.

Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins: 3ten.ca

Up next, mix together the first 7 ingredients and sift well.

Then, mix in the next 5 into the sifted dry ingredients. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins: 3ten.ca

Fill parchment paper muffin cups with heaping spoon fills of the mix. Bake at 350 degrees for 22-25 minutes.

Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins: 3ten.ca

Done!

Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins: 3ten.ca

Eat up and enjoy.

Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins: 3ten.ca

Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins: 3ten.ca

This recipe makes 12 muffins, yet it’s easily doubled, since 12 don’t last that long in my house.

Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins: 3ten.ca

Thanks for visiting – see you again soon.

Recipe

Recipe: Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins
 
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 1½ cup of gluten free flour
  • ¼ cup of coco powder
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • ½ teaspoon of baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt
  • 2 cups of pumpkin puree
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla
  • ⅓ cup of soy milk
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ a cup of yogurt
  • ⅔ cup of chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. First - gather all of your ingredients and set the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Up next, mix together the first 7 ingredients and sift well.
  3. Then, mix in the next 5 into the sifted dry ingredients. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  4. Fill parchment paper muffin cups with heaping spoon fills of the mix. Bake at 350 degrees for 22-25 minutes.
  5. Done! Eat up and enjoy. This recipe makes 12 muffins, yet it's easily doubled, since 12 don't last that long in my house.

 

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