Thursday, February 17, 2011

P&G Coupons with Extra Foods Sale EQUALS Coupon Bonanza

My bounty for $9.96 cad (taxes in) at Extra Foods.
They had a  super sales on Procter and Gamble (P&G). I used the coupons from last months brandsaver.

18 X Can of Gillette Shaving Creams for Men
12 X Can of Gillette Shaving Creams for Women
12 X Secret deodorants
  6 X Secret Care moisturizing in-shower lotion
  3 X Gillette Fusion ProGlide Razors
  1 X Hellmans Mayonnaise

In case your wondering what I do with all this, I give it as gifts to my friends and family.

Abbotsford Trout Hatchery -- Fantastic Toddler Birthday Party Spot ! and great Fishing.

Last weekend was my oldest child's 3rd Birthday.  I had looked long and hard to find something interesting for his birthday.  I wanted something that would tire out all the kids and be different than our regular playdates or hitting the kid playcenters that have sprung up everywhere.

After some searching I came across the Abbotsford Trout Hatchery.  It is approx 45 minutes from downtown Vancouver on Hwy 1.

My daughter checking out the photos

It was BRILLIANT !!! Jessica, our hostess, was superb with all 15 kids ranging in age from 14 months to 4.5 years. Our 2.5 hours flew by.  Everyone was kept entertained with the puppet show, and  coloring station.  Then we had a felt storyboard presentation of the life of a trout with all the children participating.  Afterwards we were led to tanks to see different types of trout and sturgeon feeding

My son at the coloring station

One of the tanks where we could see different types of fish

Next stop was like a scene from the 70's Piranha movies.  Jessica was on the balcony and dropped food into a pond of fish and they went wild.  It was like we put the jets in the hot tub on.  That really got the kids excited. 

We went back upstairs and grabbed our rods and then headed for the 2 min walk to the stocked ponds for our casting lesson and chance at catching some trout.  This is a catch and release facility with a very low mortality rate.  Even if a hook has to be cut and left with the fish it will dissolve within 7 days.

My son was the first to catch a trout and it was beyond exciting !! The trout was reeled in and then netted. He was then placed in a bin of water so we could see what he looks like and touch him before being released.  Eventually all the kids caught a trout or two or three or eight.  It was so amazing and thankfully the weather held off raining though it was chilly.

Catching a trout

My son getting the net to bring in his fish.  What a handsome 3 year old.

After an hour or so of fishing we headed back indoors for lunch, drinks and Birthday cake. Then it was goody bags and good byes ;)  Out the door headed a bunch of super tired and nap ready toddlers and pre-schoolers and some super happy parents.

I want to say THANK YOU to everyone for coming and sharing our special day !!!

For those of you looking for a birthday idea for a toddler all the way to a tween this is FANTASTIC ! I can't say enough good things about it.  The cost was $175 taxes in for up to 15 children, which is super reasonable.  This also included setup and takedown, decorations, cutlery, plates, coffee, tea and hot chocolate and the 2.5 hour party and casting lesson. 

The Abbotsford Trout Hatchery also does school tours and is available for drop in visits on the weekend.  You should call to confirm before you head there.

Another Fantastic Coupon Shop !! I love Couponing !!

Total shop $30 plus $24 in taxes and $185 in coupons
This was a great shop.  It just so happened I had a great load of coupons and my LD flyer was fantastic !!
1 X Pediasure
1 X NyQuil
1 X Vicks Babyrub
2 X 12 rolls of Charmin
2 X 6  rolls of Bounty
2 X packs of Pampers Diapers
2 X tub of pampers wipes
2 X box of Always pantiliners
2 X Johnson and Johnson baby wash
2 X packages of Nice'n'Easy Root Touchup
2 X bottles of Scope mouthwash
2 X Covergirl Lipstains
3 X Gillette Mach3 razors
3 X bottles of GreenWorks bathroom and surface cleaner
4 X bottles of Head & Shoulders
6 X bottles of Dawn Dishwasher detergent
6 X bottles of GreenWorks detergent
8 X tubes of Crest toothpaste

Jimmy Flynn's Celtic Snug -- White Rock, BC

I love all things Irish of course,  So as part of the plan to devote more time to myself and my relationships this year, my husband and I decided to have dinner and drinks here on our "Date Night".  What a gorgeous cosy restaurant/bar, with FANTASTIC FOOD !!!   We met Paul one of the co-owners and Steve the bartender, both of whom are super friendly and ready for a good "craic". 

We happened to stop in during the annual White Rock "Bite of the Rock" event.  This is a "Dine-Out" type event where restaurants put together 3 course set menus for $15, $25, or $35 a head.  Glen and I decided that we would do the $35 a head menu and chose and we each chose a different start, entree and dessert so that we could try everything.

Our first course was :

Waterford Smoked Salmon Cakes
potato pancakes topped with West Coast Pacific Salmon, chopped red onions and lemon dill aioli

OMG !! I normally wouldn't touch anything smoked but I tried this to please my husband (aren't I a loving wife?). 
 Magnificent !!! This was fantastic, I can't rave around it enough. I could have eaten two dishes of it.

Roasted Garlic & Brie
Wrapped in a filo pastry and served with cranberry relish & herbed flat bread

Totally delish !! What's better than melting brie and cranberries in your mouth?

Waterford Salmon Cakes on the Left and Baked Brie in Phyllo Pastry on the Right

Our main course :

Irish Whiskey Chicken
Herb rubbed, oven-roasted chicken smothered in Irish Whiskey Sauce

This is the most delicious Whiskey Sauce I've ever had in my entire life.  I would have sat and enjoyed a plate of sauce by itself.

Celtic Warrior Pasta
Spicy sausage, ground bison, lamb sirloin, chicken, and wild mushrooms tossed with gnocchi in a creamy garlic tomato sauce

This portion was huge.  I couldn't finish it all after the starter and still leave room for dessert. 
The kicker, it was even better the next day!!

Our Dessert:

Graham crumbs, home made toffee, banana, whipped cream, chocolate and caramel


Caramel Apple Crisp
A traditional English dessert

I'm not kidding !! This was a fantastic meal.  I really can't complain about anything.

The GUINNESS was fantastic !! We had a long talk with Paul and he told us about how well maintained his lines are.  They are cleaned every 3 weeks or so.  It was delicious and reasonably priced at $6 for one of the BEST PINTS IN THE LOWER MAINLAND !!!