Friday, May 17, 2013

May 2-4 is the Unofficial Start of Summer! Target Canada Makes Summer Living Easy! @target_ca {GIVEAWAY}



May 2-4 is the Unofficial Start of Summer and Target Canada Makes Summer Living Easy.

For many of us in Canada, Victoria Day long weekend is the unofficial start of Summer! You know it's true. We get really excited with the milder weather. To us, May 2-4 weekend is shorts and flip flops time! It's when we open up our cottages, head to the lake, do some serious outdoor entertaining and rev up the 'ol BBQ!

Target Canada has prepared a check-list of all the essentials families will need to kick off the season.  They've thought of everything from Road Trip Essentials to Cottage Weekend and Summer Entertaining!

ROAD TRIP ESSENTIALS
The family road trip can be tough – often inching along as everyone hits the highway for the inaugural cottage visit or weekend away. To keep kids occupied (and drivers sane), be sure to pack the following:

  • Snacks – keep a secret stash of goodies to make a long trip a bit more bearable (and fast food pit stops to a minimum). Target’s owned brands Market Pantry and Archer Farms have a variety of snack items including fruit strips, granola, chips and popcorn to snack on along the way
  • Car friendly games – for long drives, best to pack some car friendly games and books to keep little ones occupied and entertained.
  •  iPad – make sure the family iPad is fully charged for tech savvy kids to quietly play their favourite games in the back.
  •  DVD – great for a rainy day or dull drive, pack favourite movies for the DVD player, such as The Rise of the Guardians, Mulan or The Lorax.
  •  Safety First – with so many cars on the highway, make sure to have a fully stocked first aid kit in the trunk.

COTTAGE WEEKEND
May 2-4 often marks the opening of family cottages across the country. Load the family van with these essentials to ensure everyone has a great weekend together and is ready for the summer:

  • Cottage comfies - Mother Nature doesn’t always cooperate for the long weekend. Be sure to pack warm clothes and blankets if temperatures drop at night. The Roots Outfitters for Target collection has hoodies and jogging pants for the whole family to keep warm round the campfire.
  •  Sun/Skincare – be sure to hit the pharmacy aisle to be prepped for the elements. Don’t forget sunscreen, bug spray and a first aid kit for the cottage and boat. Target’s Up and Up line has everything to stock the medicine cabinet with all essentials for the summer.
  • Meals – bring foods that are easy to cook so you can spend more time outside having fun with family and friends. Frozen pizzas and chips and dips are easy items to have on hand for quick bites and easy but delicious appetizers for guests.

SUMMER ENTERTAINING
Canadians love to entertain outdoors and take advantage of beautiful summer-like weather. Target has everything from Bublé to bistro sets to make entertaining a breeze this season:

  • Plastic makes perfect – with kids running around in bare feet, plastic dishes and stemware make entertaining outside stress free. Target’s Threshold collection carries colourful dishes and serving trays to create a beautiful outdoor tabletop.
  • Accessorize – gardens and greenery provide a beautiful backdrop for any occasion. Add to the outdoors with seasonal accessories including bright patio rugs, umbrellas and pillows.
  • Ambiance – set the mood with outdoor lanterns and low background music (but remember, sound travels!)
  • Food - check the grocery aisle for quick and easy appetizers to pop in the oven as guests arrive. Archer Farms’ Spanakopita and Lobster and Cheese bites are crowd pleasers – just make sure you have enough on hand for seconds!

Now, if you know me in real life or if you've been reading this blog for a while, you'll know that I am all about entertaining.  I love hosting dinner parties and I love cooking for lots of people!  

Target Canada has some fabulous ideas for your Summer entertaining! The ingredients for these next dishes are available at Target, including all the Market Place products (chickpeas and extra virgin olive oil for the dip and marshmallows for the S'mores bars). The Ghiradelli chocolate chips and Golden Grahams Crunch cereal are also available at Target.

The following recipes are courtesy of Target Canada:


{ CHICKPEA & FETA DIP }
What you need:

  •  2 cans (15 ounces each) chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed
  •  2/3 cup crumbled feta cheese, divided
  •  1/3 cup roasted red pepper strips, divided
  • 1 clove garlic
  •  3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  •  Juice of 1/2 lemon
  •  TRISCUIT Crackers

Here’s how:
1. Process chickpeas, 1/2 cup cheese, 1/4 cup peppers and next 4 ingredients in food processor until smooth.
2. Spoon into serving bowl; top with remaining cheese and peppers.
3. Serve with crackers.
- Serve with TRISCUIT Thin Crisps or Archer Farms Tortilla Chips
- Two kinds of crunch: serve dip with cut-up fresh vegetable dippers in addition to crackers

and 

{ HONEY GRAHAM CRUNCH S'MORES BARS }
What you need:

  • 3 Tbsp. butter
  • 3 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 4 cups Honey Graham Crunch cereal
  • 1 1/2 cups Market Pantry miniature marshmallows
  • 1 (11.5 oz.) bag milk chocolate chips

Here’s how:
1. Spray 8 or 9-inch square pan with cooking spray.
2. Melt butter in large saucepan over LOW heat; add 3 cups miniature marshmallows. Cook and stir until melted and smooth; remove from heat. Add cereal; mix until well coated.
3. Press firmly into prepared pan with the back of a buttered spoon or waxed paper. Sprinkle 1
1/2 cups miniature marshmallows in single layer over top.*
4. Heat chocolate chips in medium microwave-safe bowl on HIGH 1 minute; stir. Heat in additional 10 second increments until completely melted. Spread evenly over top of marshmallows. Let stand until chocolate is set. - Makes 16 bars
- If desired, toast marshmallows by heating under broiler a few minutes until lightly browned. Then drizzle with chocolate.
- This recipe can easily be doubled and made in a 13x9-inch pan. (You will need to purchase 2 bags of miniature marshmallows.) - Sprinkle over hot cereal.
- These make a great snack just served plain or mixed with dried fruit.
- Stir slightly crushed cereal into ice cream or frozen yogurt for a crunchy treat.



{ WIN IT }

Who's ready for Summer? Are you excited for May 2-4 Weekend? Leave a comment telling me how you'll be spending your Victoria Day weekend and you can win a $50 Target Gift Card with which you can buy your Summer entertaining essentials (or buy something nice for yourself)!

Open to residents of Canada. Ends June 3, 2013.



Disclosure - I was compensated for this post, however all the thoughts and opinions expressed on this blog are honest and my own.

91 comments:

Heather N said...

we have a couple of BBQs to go to this weekend, but it's going to be cold and no doubt rainy... I'd best use the card to buy a rainjacket!

Doris Calvert said...

celebrating my husbands birthday, were going to Banff but due to medical issues had to cancel so just a bbq and to the fireworks

Yan Deng said...

i would be at home studying.. boo hoo

Sarah Lynn said...

Spending time with my family - hopefully outdoors! We have a trike, and we want to use it :)

Annie1 said...

We'll be going over to my dad's place to do some gardening and on Monday, my daughter and her cousin and kids are coming over from Vancouver. We'll be spending alot of time down at the beach. We'll try to catch the Victoria Day Parade too!

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Julia said...

I'll be spending my weekend packing.

Glogirl said...

I'll be spending the week-end enjoying the company of my family.

jackiekatie1105 said...

spending time with the family n fishing ;)

Cathy Canton said...

Quite weekend with the family. Last few weeks have been so busy for everyone,some slow down time is going to be so great.

Andrew Pham (apham17) said...

BBQing with the family

Rebby said...

I'm working :(

Andrea Amy said...

Nothing special, just an ordinary weekend around here. Supposed to rain all weekend, and hubby works Saturday

Holly Magee said...

Road trips were the highlight of my younger days, I loved going to the lake getting the camper/cabin ready for Summer, something I would love to pass down to my son is the love of travel :)(JM)

OrangeHeroMama said...

Last night we went out of town for family game night, today is an off day, and tomorrow we'll have family over for a bbq, and Monday? not sure yet! fireworks likely!

Brenda Penton said...

Staying home, relaxing. Had plans to have a BBQ and a fire in the backyard, but it will be raining/snowing this weekend.

Jasen H said...

No plans at all. Just another day!

bwright said...

Saturday and Sunday we will be celebrating birthdays for my father-in-law and grandmother, respectively. On Monday, if it doesn't rain, I would like to get the cars clean.

Jonnie (JB) said...

We are just staying around the city this weekend. We will do some shopping, some BBQing and play outside with the kids.

Christine O'Connor said...

we will be doing yard work, and getting some hanging baskets, bbqing some chicken and relaxing. might go to a drive in theatre tonight

michelle tremblett said...

Spending the weekend with my kids, we are planning on going to the farmers market, stopping at a couple yard sales and having a movie marathon, perfect long weekend :)

MommyKnowz said...

just enjoying my family

Victoria Ess said...

I'm spending it at home with the family. I could use $50 for Target to buy backyard entertaining stuff, like dishes and patio decor.

Amy Heffernan said...

I am spending it in LA and i would buy my 4 year old some new summer clothing. Thank you!

Monica said...

We are going to be chillin, barbecuing and having a little wine!

Vesper Meikle said...

the forecast says we are goingto get rain and or snow so we are planning to stay inside

meikleblog at gmail dot com

mongupp said...

Well I have to work a bit but I also want to spend time with the kids and help.out in the church nursery

Jeannie Lam said...

For the long weekend, we will be doing a whole lot of BBQing and hitting the park with the kids! Maybe even fit in a picnic

spike said...

Staying close to home - not a good weekend to be on the road - but getting outside & enjoying the decent weather! I'd use the GC to spruce up my patioware, so that we can enjoy the outdoors all summer!

Deb Dorrington said...

We are going to have our first BBQ of the season..do some gardening.

Tanja Paquette said...

Daddy working all weekend so instead of usual camping...the kids and I are spring cleaning! And trying out some new recipes

Tricia said...

I'm going to have a nice relaxing weekend. Headed out for a walk soon.

Dianne said...

We are relaxing at home for the weekend and may have a BBQ if the rain stays away.

Anu Chopra said...

Just spending time at home and some time with other members of the family with a get-together! Should be fun ...maybe we will catch some fireworks!

cp said...

We are hoping the weather will clear so that we can picnic in by the ocean.

ksceviour said...

no plans for me,,its raining,snowing and freezing here,and my son has the flu.:( ..so just staying home and relaxing :)
(Karla Sceviour)

Cheryl said...

I'm going to stay in town and hit the beach with the family on Victoria Day to watch the fireworks! I hope it doesn't rain.

Heidi Carlson-Reid said...

I had hoped for maybe a BBQ or 2 but the weather is kind of unpleasant so a lot of snuggling and movies is on the horizon!

Erika E said...

I'll be spending the weekend doing yard and garden work. Just happy to be outdoors!

gibberish said...

We'll be building a new deck.
Rafflecopter name is Julie G,

jana24 said...

Garden work and bridal shower

Sarah Stickney said...

clothes

lelalacc said...

Well, the friday was spent clearing out some items from storage, and saturday was a real 'do nothing' day, and the rest of the weekend will be spent relaxing with friends.

entering in rafflecopter as jen s.

Judy C said...

We are camping!!

Fan R. said...

Visiting family and going to Canada's Wonderland to watch fireworks.

409cope said...

I am just spending a quiet weekend with hubby.cardshark42(at)Hotmail(dot)com

Lori Bazan said...

This long week-end I am spending relaxing with my family and taking my dog on many walks! BBQ'ing steak and burgers is happening too!

Susan Margaret said...

relaxing and cleaning. boring but that's okay!

Belinda M said...

Just having a quiet and lazy weekend at home. Finishing off the spring cleaning I started last month and never finished as well

Lori Butler said...

staying home, hubby is getting work done at rental house

Sarah said...

We are still in the spring cleaning/organizing phase of the year :) so thats what we're doing!

Chi said...

Grilling, grilling, and more grilling!

Mary Ireland said...

Victoria Day weekend consists of drinks with friends around a fire.

Sydney Bows said...

We are just relaxing, might grill up something.

Anonymous said...

work for me
jan

Rhonda said...

I'm home from the hospital and so I'm just glad to be hanging with my family and friends and enjoying this awesome weather!
via Rhonda W G.

Dayna W said...

I threw my husband a surprise 30th birthday party! It was great. Now we're just relaxing today and tomorrow.

JenniferGrace1 said...

I will be spending at home with family and friends enjoying a bbq and some fireworks.

Tina L. said...

I'll spend my weekend just relaxing and taking it easy.

bellz said...

spending it with the hubs, kids away camping with grandma. love quality time with him, patio and a cold beer. Would love to get new patio furniture from Target

maria said...

I spent the weekend hanging with family. I would like to buy a new summer outfit.

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pamalot said...

hubby and I went to Drayton to see a show and then stayed in a log cabin b&b

Stephanie F said...

I'm spending my weekend relaxing, spending time with my spouse and enjoying the outdoors. Thanks for the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

Had a bbq and a game of cards. Too wet and cold to do anything else.

Florence C
fossie@hotmaillcom

Katrina Brady said...

I spent my weekend in Mexico ( home now though :( )

Kayla Gilbert said...

I spent the Victoria Day Weekend working. I'd spend the gift card to treat my husband and myself ;)

Journeys of The Zoo said...

Work weekend with my brother and cousin. Tons of work, tons of fun. Great giveaway, thanks for hosting.

Besos, Sarah
Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo
journeysofthezoo at hotmail dot com

Nell C. said...

I spent this long weekend doing some gardening :) Great weather for it too!

flowerchild said...

We spent the long weekend having birthday parties and a family BBQ

loven mommy said...

sent one kid camping with her auntie and took the other one on hikes so could use him as the subject of pictures while I figure out how to use my new DSLR.

Sweet Panda said...

We had BBQ at our home with my family!

Inez McLeish said...

The May long is usually close to or on my birthday. So we usually celebrate with a family BBQ in the backyard. This year was no exception!

Tanis S said...

We went camping for the long weekend!

Laura Snow said...

We spent Victoria Day weekend planning and attending my daughter's 9th birthday party. I made Cake Pops! I can't wait to check out Target when it arrives in the maritimes.

stacey dempsey said...

we had a family barbeque . other that that spring cleaning

Olivia L said...

We relaxed and enjoyed spending time with the family. Made some popcorn and watched movies.

Dreena said...

We made a big birthday bash for our son. He had eight boys and it was a sleep-over party - they made pizzas, played outside, watched a movie, and stayed up way too late! It was fun, but tiring.

Thanks.

Nicole B said...

Spent the victoria day weekend at the cottage! Some nice relax time for sure!

Lindsay Cyr said...

We spent Victoria Day weekend visting with our parents and grandparents. They sure love spending time with their grandbabies!

SG said...

Saw a couple of new movies.

Anonymous said...

Stacey- Would love to get some cute and funky home furnishings that they carry!
sunflowerpower@live.ca

Happy Chinadoll said...

Spending time with the girls and relaxing

Angela M said...

I spent the weekend just relaxing around the house with the family.
Angela Mitchell

MrDisco said...

I'm spending it spring cleaning

Holly said...

Spent it relaxing with the family! :)

Tammy D said...

Relaxing at the park, having a campfire with a few Bbqs so I could use the Target card for summer essentials

Tara said...

spending time at home with family. Likely head to a park to enjoy outdoors.

Product Junki said...

i will be spending it cooking and relaxing, maybe take a trip up to the beach and this will come in handy for some essentials !! thank you

Elaine Bolduc said...

picnic and fishing with the family, and a chance to relax in the shade

Elaine Bolduc said...

picnic and fishing with the family and relaxing in shade

Lori L. said...

It rained most of the long weekend so we stayed close to home & hung out with the kids. Hubby bought a new family game called "King of Kong" so we played that a few times after picking up some yummy snacks to indulge in!

eleanor said...

I'm spending my Victoria Day Weekend with my family

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