Western Canada Theatre Presents: Liberation Days

INSPIRING DRAMA – After suffering under German occupation in WWII, the Netherlands has been liberated by Canadian forces. But liberation doesn’t always seem like freedom. In this beautiful new play, a Dutch woman and a Canadian soldier create a new world together, as a community discovers what remains of their old lives, and what’s been lost forever.

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Lindsey Angell & Bryon Allen. Liberation Days. Photo by Trudie Lee, courtesy Theatre Calgary

Powerful, sweet, poignant and often surprisingly funny” – Calgary Herald

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Cauliflower Crust Pizza: Kidz in the Kitchen

The kids asked for pizza for dinner and there was no time for mixing and rising dough for the crust.

What did I do? I made a cauliflower crust pizza!

Ingredients

1 cup steamed cauliflower

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1 egg

oregano, garlic powder, salt, pepper, parsley & basil

pizza toppings: Mushrooms, onions, peppers, pepperoni, spinach

pizza sauce: I make mine using 1 cup dehydrated tomato powder to 3 cups of water, 1/2 tsp sugar, pizza herbs and simmer gently. Tomato Powder: Excalibur Obsessed

Directions

Preheat the oven to 450.

Cut up a head of cauliflower florets and steam it. Next, chop the cooked cauliflower or process it in a food processor.

Take 1 cup of the cauliflower and add 1 cup of mozzarella, 1 egg and herbs such as oregano, basil, parsley. I end up making a double batch (around a full head of cauliflower) for our family. Next, season with a pinch of salt and pepper.

Mix and spread out on a pizza stone (I use cast iron pans) covered with parchment paper. Put in the oven for 15-20 minutes.

Prepare toppings while crust is in the oven.

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Remove from oven (it should look like a crust) and place next to the
toppings.

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Here is the fun part – have the kids add the sauce and toppings. 

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Snowshoe The Lake Trail at Stake Lake Nordic Centre

One of the easiest and low-cost winter activities that you can do with your family is snowshoeing. Snowshoes are relatively inexpensive and last for a few years – so you won’t be buying them everytime your child grows a new shoe size!

We are very lucky here in Kamloops to have access to so many wonderful places to try out this sport. One of these places is the Overlander Ski Club at the Stake Lake Nordic Centre. Our most recent visit took us out on the Lake Trail, a 2.7 km trail that gently meanders around the lake.

We started towards the lake from the parking lot and snowshoed in the counter clockwise direction. On this particular morning, my daughter and I were greeted to the presence of beautiful hoar frost found on the trees along the trail.

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The Lake Trail is well marked with signs and ribbons. 

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For the most part, it’s a relatively flat trail with a couple of spots

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Poll: Screen Time

Making sure that your child’s screen time is offset  with a sufficient amount of free playtime is becoming increasingly important.

Mark your calendars! Interior Savings Unplug and Play Family Literacy Week is coming up January 24th-31st, 2015.

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Produce Printing Fun! Crafting With Kids

Want to try something different with your little ones? Try making prints out of fruit and veggies!

Here is how I did this activity with my 4 and 5 year old.

First, I gave each child a celery stick, a quarter of an orange and a broccoli floret. Tip – I made sure that I wiped the object to be printed well to eliminate moisture.

Next, I poured a little bit of paint on mason jar lids, gave them paper and watched as they excitedly began creating fun prints!
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