5 Things to do in Winnipeg in the Winter : Part Five

It can be hard to find the motivation to exercise in the winter, especially if you aren’t an outdoor kind of person or you hate the cold. The fifth and final activity that I’m going to share for this series is one that the whole family can have fun doing.  This is one that will be sure to get you moving and is also a great idea if you’re trying to think of where to host your kids birthday. If you’re looking for something new to add to your exercise routine, give Flying Squirrel a try. 

Throne for picture taking.

What is Flying Squirrel?

Flying Squirrel is the world’s largest indoor trampoline park. They currently have 12 locations, including locations in both Canada and USA with some new locations under way. Ticket pricing at the Winnipeg location starts at $20 for 60 minutes of jump time and this gives you access to all areas, not just the trampolines. They also have special times for just adults on weekend nights. Every Tuesday they offer special pricing for the whole day where children with special needs jump for $8 an hour and the caretaker jumps for free (how awesome is that?!) They have fitness classes starting soon as well. With so many options, there’s no excuse to give it a try!

Trampolines.

What is there to do at Flying Squirrel?

Flying Squirrel is more than just a trampoline park. They have 17 attractions and 31 trampolines. My favorite attractions were the rock climbing wall (3 people can climb at once) and the Battle Beam. Me and Pascal raced each other up the rock climbing wall and were exhausted after just 3 tries. The Battle Beam is where you balance on a beam with another person and use soft jousting bars to try and knock the other person off and into the pit of foam blocks (I won). They also have huge air bags you can fall onto (I was too afraid to fall backwards) and rope swings, just to name a few. Head on over to https://flyingsquirrelsports.ca/winnipeg-manitoba/attractions/ to see a full list of attractions. They also have a small arcade area and a bar & cafe.

Rock climbing wall.

They whole time I was there, all I could think about was how cool it would of been to have a party there as a kid. But in all honesty, I still had lots of fun there as an adult. So if you’re trying to think of a fun new date night idea or where to spend a family outing, check out Flying Squirrel and let me know your opinions.Head on over to my Instagram page ( @coasttocoast709 ) to see some video clips from Flying Squirrel as well. If you have any other fun date ideas for Winnipeg, please let me know as well. We love trying new things!

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5 Thing to do in Winnipeg in the Winter : Part Four

I know, I know. I said I was going to get better at giving myself time to write but it’s been a month. Life got crazy busy, between me studying and also planning a baby shower for my friend. But no more excuses! I enjoy writing so I need to give myself more time to do the things I enjoy. I know that winter is technically over already, but let’s be honest. It still feels like winter in Winnipeg and probably will for a while. While you’re waiting for the weather to warm up, why not try a new recipe.

Savory Ricotta Scones
Fresh out of the oven.

Recently I became interested in baking my own scones. It went really well the first time so I’ve just continued to collect scone recipes from Pinterest and test them out. The first one I made was a toffee and chocolate scone and the second was a jalapeno and cheddar scone. The one I’m going to be talking about today is the last one I tried making, savoury ricotta scones.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder
  • 3/4 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons of chilled unsalted butter (cut into tiny cubes)
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2/3 cup of milk (I used 2%)
  • 1 egg beaten with a teaspoon of water (for egg wash)
  • black pepper and paprika for topping

Instructions:

  1. Heat oven to 425 F.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.
  3. Add the butter. The recipe suggested using a pastry blender but I don’t own one of those yet so I used 2 knives instead and just chopped around until the mixture was coarse. The knives worked just fine!
  4. Stir in green onions and ricotta cheese.
  5. Add milk and stir until a shaggy dough forms.
  6. Place dough on a lightly floured surface and knead gently into a ball.
  7. Once all combined, pat down ball into a 1 inch thick circle and cut in 8 triangles.
  8. Carefully transfer triangles onto ungreased cookie sheet, making sure you leave a bit of space between each one.
  9. Brush tops with egg wash and sprinkle with black pepper and paprika. (I almost forgot this very important step!)
  10. Bake 15-20 minutes or until scones are golden brown and puffy.
  11. Remove from oven. Let cool 5 minutes before serving. (This is the hardest part for me as I just want to eat them right away.)

Pinterest is a great place to get inspired to try new recipes! The link for this recipe is http://www.girlversusdough.com/2013/02/14/savory-ricotta-scallion-scones/ .

Scones are a lot easier to make than I thought they would be and there is so many variations you can do. Pretty much anything can be added to a scone, both sweet or savoury. I think the next one I want to try is a salted caramel and apple scone. If you try this recipe or have other scone recipes that you think I should try, leave me a comment and let me know!