La Casa Cottage Resort

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.

Aug25

Here at La Casa Cottages we offer a fully equipped kitchen and a BBQ. While visiting the beautiful Okanagan be sure to stop by some of our amazing Farmers Markets so you can fill your fridge up with fresh, local produce. Sign up for Farmers Markets coupons here!

Fun Facts!

  • Did you know there are over 145 Farmer’s Markets in BC?
  • There are over 2,000 Orchardists in the Okanagan

Just to name a few of the fruits that grow here in the Okanagan:

  • Cherries
  • Apples
  • Peaches
  • Grapes
  • Plums
  • Pears
  • Elderberries
  • Apricots
  • Raspberries

A few of the near by markets are:

Vernon Farmer’s Market – More information to found here

When? Monday and Thursdays 8am-1pm

Where? Kal Tire Place

Kelowna Farmer’s Market – More information to be found here 

When? Wednesday and Saturday 8-1pm – 0utdoor in the summer and Indoor in the winter (April-December)

Where? Corner of Dilworth and Springfield

When? Sunday 9-3pm

Where? Kerry Park

Enderby Farmer’s Market – More information to be found  here

When? Friday 8-12pm (May-October)

Where? Cliff Ave + Belvedere St

PeachLand Farmer’s Market –More information to be found here

When? Sundays 10-2pm (June-September)

Where? Heritage Park, Beach Ave

Penticton Farmer’s MarketMore information to be found here

When? Saturday 8:30am-1pm (April-October)

Where? 100 Block of Main St Downtown

 

What are some of your favourite items from the Farmer’s Market?

Aug09

BBQ Rentals on Lake Okanagan

Nothing beats the smell of a BBQ as your walk by your neighbours house, invite got lost in the mail? No worries you can enjoy your own BBQ with friends and family with a unique, fun experience on a boat BBQ Boat Rental listed as a “unique experience for all ages”

The “Eco-friendly boats hold up to 10 passengers per boat and are equipped with all the added features that add to the fabulous setting like our electric motors, low-smoke grill, under seat storage, pillows and circular table” this is an experience you do not want to miss out on! Located approximately 45 minutes from La Casa! You can pick up all your BBQ goods right on site at the La Casa store before you hit the road. Prefer food to be prepped and ready for you upon arrival inquire about the catering they offer prior to booking to see if this is a option for you!

Some FAQ answered from Maeg’s website more can be found here:

  • No boating licenses required!
  • You must be at least 21 years old or must have a parent or guardian present. ​​
  • How long is it? The rental period is 2 hours. A Lake Tour is 45 minutes.
  • Can we drive the boat ourselves? Yes you drive the boat yourself. The driver must be at least 21 years of age and have a valid drivers license. A licensed captain is also available for a $100 fee.

See picture of Maeg’s boat rental below!

Maeg's BBQ Boats

Aug02

Come summer there is nothing better than a cold drink on your patio, who are we kidding… a cold drink tastes good no matter where you are from boats, beaches, backyards to on the couch watching your favourite movie!

Can’t go wrong with a Mojito (what’s your favourite lime, raspberry, strawberry, blueberry?)

Add these items to your next shopping list:

  • Fresh Mint
  • Soda Water
  • Simple Syrup
  • Lime Juice
  • Rum

Have a blender in the pantry? Pina Colada is a must on your list of cool summer drinks!
Add these items to your next shopping list:

  • Rum
  • Cream of coconut (not coconut cream)
  • Pineapple juice
  • Ice
  • Frozen pineapple
  • Lime Juice

Prefer something a bit less sweet – try the Gin Basil Smash

Add these items to your next shopping list:

  • Gin
  • Lime Juice
  • Basil leaves
  • Lemon juice
  • Simple syrup

My mom’s personal favourite – no recipe here call it a family secret shared to all of you who are family here in the LaCasa Community!

Add these items to your next shopping list:

  • Whipped Cream Vodka
  • Orange Juice OR Pink Lemonade
  •  Ice

My personal favourite the Empress Gin Cocktail – add all the ingredients to martini shaker and shake and pour into your favourite glass or red solo cup.

Add these items to your next shopping list:

  • Empress Gin
  • Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Egg whites
  • Simple Syrup
  • Ice

Shaken, Stirred, Poured, Over Ice.. Whatever you choose – Enjoy!

Kelowna Area Events
Jul20

Check out these Kelowna area events for July 2021 if you’re in the area. There’s plenty going on thanks to Canada Day celebrations. Plus, Kelowna has a thriving summer social scene where you’ll find kids camps, concerts, and food festivals. 

Vibrant Vine Concerts — Do The Okanagan
Thu., Jul. 1, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. 

On July 1, enjoy the music from N.F.A. The Dance Rock Band that features the talents of the renowned Guillermo “del Toro” on the keys & vocals, Greg “Gigi” Gaspari on lead guitar, Adam “MadMan” MacGregor on bass and vocals, and Jay “JAGostino” Agostino rounding out the rhythm section on drums, adding his whiskey-induced voice. $30 pr person. 

Canada Day Dinner – Mission Hill Family Estate Winery
Thu., Jul. 1, 6:00 p.m. 

Celebrate Canada Day with Mission Hill Family Estate Winery. The evening will feature a selection of our aromatic, summer wines, paired impeccably with a four-course meal that is a true reflection and celebration of Canadian food and wine. 

Live Music Thursday’s — Off the Grid Organic Winery
Thu., Jul. 1, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. 

Join us for Live music with the Tree Huggers while on their BC Tour. Table is available no earlier than 4:45pm – Pizza Truck & Wine by the bottle are available.  (No outside food or beverage is allowed). Book now, tables are limited. 

Melissa Livingstone – The Vibrant Vine Winery
Sat., Jul. 3, 5:30 p.m. 

Melissa Livingstone is a BCCMA award nominee, Denim on the Diamond contest winner and Canadian Country Radio Artist. Okanagan local, Melissa Livingstone brings a fun & heartfelt performance every time she’s on the stage. Her love of music is evident as soon as you see her with her guitar. 

Wacky Improv! Games! TV & Film! 

Mon., Jul. 5, 4:00 p.m. – Fri., Jul. 9, 11:00 p.m. 

Annual kids’ camp for ages 7-13. Participants will flex their funny bones by developing characters, timing and instincts useful to all forms of theatre. This class will teach you how to work with others, so come join us and unleash your creativity! We will also dabble in TV & Film exploring on set focus, etiquette and work habits with some famous movie scenes and commercials. Work is recorded, viewed and discussed. 

Volim Valley Festival
Fri., Jul. 9, 3:00 p.m. – Mon., Jul. 12, 6:00 a.m. 

Join us for the very first Volim Valley Music Festival in beautiful Kelowna, BC.  

This European inspired festival is aimed at creating an amazing festival filled with love, fun, and expression. 

Music: The main stage will bring to you a mix of electronic genres such as; House, Tech house, Drum N’ Bass, Dubstep, Techno, Hardstyle, Trance, Psy Trance and many more! All from local and International artists. 

Volim Valley’s second stage, the “Live Lodge” will have a mix of live bands playing music with folk, blues, rock, and alternative influences. 

Osoyoos Ribfest
Fri., Jul. 23, 11:00 a.m. – Sun., Jul. 25, 7:00 p.m. 

Okanagan Ribfest serving up the Best in slow-cooked Ribs, Tasty Chicken, Juicy Brisket, and Sweet Pulled Pork. No entry fee.  

Be sure to check out these Kelowna area events if you’re in the area this July. Need somewhere to stay while in Kelowna? We’ve got luxury vacation cottages for different-sized groups and budgets at La Casa Cottage Resort