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Jodi is originally from Montréal, Quebec but spent a few years in Northern New Brunswick after graduating from University. She moved to Kamloops in the Spring of 2010 with her family and works as an educational assistant. Her 7 and 8 year old keep her really busy as they love exploring the area and enjoying what Kamloops has to offer!

Overlander Ski Club

For today’s post for the Winter Activity Special, we take you on a tour of the Overlander Ski Club.

Family is about building traditions and creating memories that are lasting and meaningful. Cross Country Skiing is one of the best winter activities where the entire family can enjoy the outdoors and have excellent recreational family time; inexpensively.

Overlander Ski Club is 25 minutes South of Kamloops with over 60 km of groomed trails. We also have 10 km of Snowshoeing trails, 5 km of Dog trails and night skiing 7 days a week.

Let see what else Overlander Ski Club has to offer:


  • Our Club offers Lessons for Children (Ski League) as well as Lessons for Adults of all abilities.
  • Children enjoy family ski outings, but they also thrive on the sport through the social opportunities of club-based Jackrabbit on-snow fun and skill acquisition programs.
  • For many, racing, or simply entering recreational ski loppets and marathons also becomes a passion.


  • For everyone, but especially those introducing young children to skiing, the ability to start and end your ski at a heated clubhouse is a practical boost to making every outing a positive one. We have a large, comfortable and wood heated DAY LODGE — with water and hot beverages available.


  • Club members provide a lot of other informal support and good company.
  • You can learn so much more and enjoy yourself more by meeting and talking with other skiers at a club.
  • Overlander also offers a variety of skiing-related social events.


  • Cross country ski injuries are rare, but nonetheless, the Stake Lake staff (not to mention many skiers) are there when injuries do happen, and help is available.


  • Overlander Ski Club at Stake Lake is host to numerous events, both fun and competitive each winter.
  • These events may include:  Spoke/Overlander Ski Marathon, Ski for Light Canada (skiing for the blind), Special Olympics, BC Sprint Championships, and Midget Championships to name a few.
  • Check our event calendar.


Why cross-country ski at Stake Lake?


  •  The trail system at Stake Lake, and development that does take place such as our day lodge, is done keeping potentially negative environmental impact at a minimum.
  • Careful thought, along with consultation with the BC forest service and others, takes place to ensure that the area will remain pristine and unblemished for future generations.


  • Stake Lake is known for the quality of its trails, which is a function of their grooming as well as their design.
  • Our volunteer groomer’s take pride in their grooming work and understand the technicalities involved in issues related to grooming such as snow temperature.  They have many years experience.

Our Snow

  • The quality of snow in the BC interior is well known.
  • In particular, in the heart of our season (mid-December to mid March), snow is typically dry interior powder which makes for a great ski experience.

Join us as a member, on a day outing, or as a visitor from out of town.

We’d love to share our ski paradise with you.

Kamloops Food Bank and Food Drive

The goal of the Kamloops Food Bank is to provide secure, healthy food to any resident of Kamloops who is in need. As a community group, they rely on a dedicated group of volunteers and donations.

In 2011, 6,810 individuals accessed the services of the Kamloops Food Bank. This is in addition to the 38 community programs that received food for meal preparation.

Also during that year, The Kamloops Food Bank served the needs of 804 children under the age of 5 and 1348 children between 6 and 18 years of age.

Top Ten Most Needed Items

1. Canned Fish and Poultry
2. Baby Food and Formula
3. Canned Stew, Chili, Brown Beans
4. Canned Vegetables and Fruit
5. Peanut Butter
6. Dry Pasta
7. Rice
8. Canned Spaghetti Sauce
9. Cereal
10. Canned Soup

Please help us meet the needs of this local resource and donate during the 1st Annual food drive, which will be happening on the 1st of December, 2012.

Contact to help or for pick-up!



Been There Done That Birthdays!


Tell me about your most favourite birthday party you had for your child (pictures are fun, too).  How old were they?  Was there a theme?  What did you do? How (or, just DO) do you make birthdays special?

Tamara V

We have only ever had at-home parties and our boys love them (but they are a lot of work). My husband and I make a pinata for each child for their birthday party each year (this has become a tradition that we will continue for years to come). We play ridiculous games and organize the kids so that everyone is included and there are no winners or losers. At my son’s 6th birthday party we had a station with paint-filled water balloons that the kids threw on a canvas. It now serves as a souvenir that hangs in my son’s room as a reminder of all the people who care about him (photo enclosed).





2 girls, age 7 and 4.

We have done a variety of birthday parties, Ruckers, River City Gymnastics, and home parties. My personal favorite would be my daughter’s 7th birthday last January. We had an outdoor ice rink in our backyard, and the weather stayed just cold enough to have her friends all over for a skating party. We all had lots of fun meeting some new parents and the kids had a blast on the ice, regardless of how many times they had skated. The extra special thing we do for our children is making the birthday cake. They have so much deciding on the theme, and we absolutely love creating something special for our kids and their friends!!

Jordan T

Girl age 2

Most favourite birthday was her first birthday party, We had a jungle theme party in the backyard with a pool (her birthday is in june) a bouncy castle and some really cool cupcakes:) (made by me) we had everyone there to celebrate. friends, family, even my parents pot bellied pig was there:) we made it special just by making sure she had a good time:) she was only one, so wont remember it, but she loved it for that day!


My kids most recent birthdays were both big hits.  My little guy turned 4 in april and we had his party at the rivercity gymnastics.  It was wonderful!  Also not having to have it at home and clean up after a bunch of kids is a good thing 🙂

My daughters 7th birthday was august and we had it at Ruckers.  Also the same idea, kids had so much fun and no clean up for mom!  Bonus!  I’ts hard to do a theme when you’re at one of these places though, I found.  I do let the kids pick the kind of cake they want and I make it.

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Manhattan Grill

Saturday, around noon, two hungry toddlers and a list of errands still to complete. So we stopped in at Manhattan Grill to fill them up and get them nice and sleepy for a nap on the way home.

Conveniently located just across from the Tournament Capital Centre, the family-friendly Manhattan Grill restaurant has several booster seats and high chairs available. Once seated, the kids were immediately presented with crayons and pages to color (happily accepted as we were pushing into cranky-time with the already overtired children!)

Options for kids meals included reasonably priced chicken strips, hot dog or hamburger, with a drink included. The waitress asked if we would like the kids meals out as soon as ready – to which we graciously replied “yes!” knowing full well that my 2 year old was already eyeing the napkin holder as a potential toy.

Some other highlights of the fantastic service that we received included wetnaps (a must with toddlers!) being delivered to the table without asking and re-fills without even knowing your glass was empty. My husband also noted a diaper changing facility in the men’s room, which is always a welcome bonus!

 Manhattan Grill

1021 McGill Rd  250.377.0007

Pumpkin Recipes

Pumpkins are great decorations for the Harvest and Halloween season.  And, not only that, they are a great thing to eat all year round!  Check out a few great recipes where you can enjoy that jack-o-lantern for a little bit longer!!

Jodi roasts/dehydrates her pumpkin seeds (with cayenne, pepper, garlic, yummy snack!) and this year will make pumpkin puree to dehydrate and store for use in the winter. Here are a couple of her recipes:

 Pumpkin and Cashew Stir Fry

  • 2 TBSP oil (we use grapeseed)
  • 1 cup cashew nuts
  • 1 leek, white part only (most of the time we use green onions!)
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp brown mustard seeds
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • ~ 2 lb of sweet pumpkin, cubed (we use butternut squash the rest of the year)
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • steamed rice, to serve

1. Heat a large wok or stainless steel pan until very hot. Add half the oil and swirl to coat the side. Stir-fry the cashews over medium heat until golden, then remove using a slotted spoon and drain.

2. Stir-fry the leek (or green onion!) for 2-3 minutes, or until softened. Remove from pan.

3. Reheat the pan, add the remaining oil and stir-fry the spices and garlic until fragrant and the mustard seeds begin to pop.

4. Add the pumpkin and stir to coat well. Stir fry until the pumpkin is brown and tender.

5. Add the orange juice and sugar, bring to a boil and reduce heat and cook for 5 minutes. Return the leek (or green onions), add most of the cashews and toss well.

Sprinkle with the remaining cashews and serve with steamed rice.

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