Author: Dani Breitkreutz

Nov21

Are you pondering if you should get a artificial Christmas tree, one from your grocery store or going on a trip out to the bush to collect the perfect tree which ends up being patchy and way to big for your living room? Next comes the decisions on what lights colour or no colour? The options are endless and it can be stressful.. we get it!

One thing you wont have to think about this year is how to seat your entire family at a table which sits 4. Skip the crammed dinners and get together at the Mirador this year for a one in a life time experience!

Spread the Christmas cheer with your entire family at the La Casa Mirador! Combining rustic spanish style charm with all the creature comforts you could desire, this property was designed to make you feel relaxed and at home. A stunning large building with 4 floors and 10 bedrooms 1 king, 8 twins, 7 queens, and a single bunk bed located on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors. The entire family can gather in the theatre room and watch all the holiday favourites after popping you popcorn in the gourmet kitchen.

Feeling those December winter chills? Soak in the private hot tub up on the patio with the beautiful views of Lake Okanagan.

If you are interested in bringing the entire family to the La Casa Mirador this holiday season book today!

Contact us at Tel: 1.250.542.0515, or Email: rentals@lacasacottageresort.com

For more pictures and information visit the La Casa Mirador website here!

Nov03

Did you know that two billion pounds of pumpkin ends up in landfills worldwide each year? Are you looking to dispose of your pumpkin differently so it does not land in the landfill this year?

Here are a few ways you can dispose of your pumpkin:

  1. If you pumpkin is bare with no candle residue, paint, marker etc pumpkins are a great snack for wildlife to enjoy. On your next hike bring your pumpkin cut into pieces and dispose it into the bush off the path and out of the way of other hikers. If animals decide to pass on enjoying this snack not to worry pumpkins are 90% water so they will decompose into the earth.
  2. Compost your pumpkin and reuse the dirt for your garden in the upcoming years!
  3. Create a “snack-o-lantern” for the birds around your neighbourhood follow this craft here
  4. Plant the pumpkin seeds to see if you are able to grow your own pumpkins next year!
  5. If your pumpkin was freshly carved and no mould or decomposing has taken place you are able to make a long list of recipes from the pumpkins “meat” aka the inside of the pumpkin!
  6. Reach out to local farmers and see if their pigs, chickens or goats would enjoy your pumpkin as an afternoon snack!

A few recipes you can try are:

  1. Pumpkin Pie
  2. Vegan Pumpkin Soup
  3. Pumpkin Spice Latte
  4. Pumpkin Based Vegetable Stock
  5. Pumpkin Bread
Oct23

Here at La Casa we are so lucky to have such a large back yard to enjoy!

While visiting be sure to bring your dirt bikes, quads and side by sides as there are trails just down the road that can be used by the public.

A few things to note before heading out onto the trails:

  1. You must purchase a trail pass both day and yearly passes are available here
  2. Assure your toys all have spark arrestor to protect our beautiful backyard (must have one installed to ride the trails)
  3. You cannot ride directly from La Casa as there is a portion that is protected area so you must have a trailer or transportation to bring your dirt bikes, quads and side by sides to the marked trails
  4. Limited service while riding so download Avenza Maps before arriving to download the trail map! Trail map can be found here!
  5. Helmets must meet the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) specifications are required

For more information visit Bear Creek Trail Riders website

After a long day of riding you can cozy up with a blanket, a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy the beautiful views of Lake Okanagan from your patio that La Casa Cottages offers.

See you soon!

Oct14

Are you looking for a fun fall activity to enjoy with friends and family? Meadow Vista is hosting a Smokies & S’Mores reoccurring event on Sunday’s, Friday’s and Saturdays till November 30th 12pm-6pm!

Meadow Vista offers two options to enjoy with friends and family on Sundays, Fridays and Saturdays! “Roast your own S’mores at our fire pits, visit the bees, enjoy mulled wine or hot chocolate by the fire, go on our fall scavenger hunt, ticket holders can enter to win our Fall Draw!”

Included with purchase of ticket:

Pass for 2 -Local honey smokies dinner (with chips and pickles) with all the fixin’s (local mustard, ketchup, sautéed onions). Served on local organic buns. Hot dogs or vegetarian options available.

Offering options to bring and roast your s’mores pack, enjoy mulled mead and or hot chocolate, along with wine tastings.

Information attached below from Tourism Kelowna:

  • Presented By: Meadow Vista Honey Wines
  • Dates: September 16, 2022 – November 30th, 2022
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday
  • Location: Meadow Vista Honey Wines
  • Time: 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
  • Price: $45 / Group of 2

Facts about Meadow Vista:

  1. Meadow Vista is home to 150 hives of “hardworking bees”
  2. The wine tastes like “nature in a glass”
  3. Check out this video to learn more!

If you can’t make the Smokies & S’Mores be sure to stop by the Wine Shop Open everyday 11am – 6pm along with the Bistro Open Mon – Thurs 11:30am – 3:30pm | Fri – Sun 11:30 – 6pm where local farmers are supplying the ingredients which you will have the opportunity to try at Meadow Vista’s Bistro.

We can feel the local community buzzing with the bees here at Meadow Vista!

Oct01

What is your favourite part of October is it Halloween, Costumes, Candy, or Pumpkin Spice Drinks? My favourite part of October is Hot apple ciders and picking the perfect pumpkin at Davidson Orchards!

I personally have been going here since I was just a baby – it is a tradition to go each year and pick out a few pumpkins to bring home and carve!

Starting October 1st Wednesdays – Sundays 10am -4:30pm.

You can jump on a tractor that takes you on a tour and drops you off at the patch to pick the perfect pumpkin’s. Once you have taken all your family, and friends pictures with your favourite pumpkin in the patch you can jump back on the tractor to ride back to the parking lot where you can take it home and carve it.

Tractor Tour Pricing with Pumpkin Picking $10

Tractor Tour Only: Adults $8 and Kids $5 (no pumpkin included)

Davidson Orchards is an experience in it’s own, not just picking pumpkins, riding tractors, petting zoom, drinks and snacks as well.

Located just 45 minutes from La Casa Cottage Davidson Orchards is a must see this October!

Recipes to make with your Pumpkin:

Pumpkin Seeds recipe here!

  • 1 1/2 cups pumpkin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons fine sea salt, plus more for serving
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil, melted coconut oil or nut oil like walnut
  • 2 teaspoons your favorite spice blend such as curry powder, harissa and chili powder
  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Fill a medium saucepan with about 2 cups of water and season with 2 teaspoons salt. Bring to a boil.
  3. Meanwhile, scoop the seeds from your pumpkin. Add the pumpkin seeds to a bowl filled with cold water and swish them around until the seeds float and are mostly clean.
  4. Add cleaned seeds to the boiling salted water. Simmer for 5 minutes. Drain and pull away any remaining pumpkin attached to the seeds.
  5. Scatter the seeds onto clean dishcloths and pat them very dry. Mound the dried seeds onto the prepared baking sheet. Add the oil and any spices on top then toss until well coated. Spread the seeds into one layer. Bake, stirring the seeds at least once, until fragrant and golden around the edges, 10 to 25 minutes, depending on how large the seeds are.

Pumpkin Bread recipe here!

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1½ sticks (¾ cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 15-oz can 100% pure pumpkin
  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F and set an oven rack in the middle position. Generously grease two 8 x 4-inch loaf pans with butter and dust with flour (alternatively, use a baking spray with flour in it, such as Pam with Flour or Baker’s Joy).
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Whisk until well combined; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar on medium speed until just blended. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Continue beating until very light and fluffy, a few minutes. Beat in the pumpkin. The mixture might look grainy and curdled at this point — that’s okay.
  4. Add the flour mixture and mix on low speed until combined.
  5. Turn the batter into the prepared pans, dividing evenly, and bake for 65 – 75 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Let the loaves cool in the pans for about 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. Fresh out of the oven,the loaves have a deliciously crisp crust. If they last beyond a day, you can toast individual slices to get the same fresh-baked effect.

Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The bread can be frozen for up to 3 months. After it is completely cooled, wrap it securely in aluminum foil, freezer wrap or place in a freezer bag. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.