Valentine’s Day is right around the corner friends! The national day of love is back so it’s time to celebrate!
We all know the Valentine’s Day challenge that comes every year in February. What do we get our loved ones? Do I need to spend a lot of money? How do I know if he or she is going to like it? It can be hard to find the right gift for your partner, whether you’ve been together for years or just started seeing each other. To ease the pressure, we have put together lots of thoughtful ideas for you. YES, we have made Valentine’s Day easy for the love birds this year! From our creamy smooth old-fashioned fudge hearts to fresh roses, stunning floral bouquets …and more, we have what you need to “WOW” your sweetheart.
Forest Cove Flower Market is your local florist and a special place where you can experience and enjoy beautiful flower bouquets and floral arrangements along with our farm grown local flowers.
We are always honored to brighten your day with our wide selection of fresh flowers ready for pick-up or for delivery right to your door anywhere in Deep River, Chalk River, Petawawa, Laurentian Hills, Mattawa and Point Alexander, Ontario.
Have a Happy Valentine’s Day filled with lots of love!
…a bit more about “FLOWERS”
Flowers Trigger Your Happy Brain Chemicals
"Flowers make people feel better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the mind." ~Luther Burbank
Common sense tells us that flowers make us happy and we have always know that they are medicine for the mind. Now, science shows that not only do flowers make us happier than we know, they have strong positive effects on our emotional well-being.
The mere presence of flowers has been found to:
Instantly increase happiness
Reduce anxiety, agitation, and other symptoms of depression
Encourage connection with friends and family
Flowers make us happy because they stimulateour happy brain chemicals known as: dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin.
Dopamine is triggered by the expectation of a reward. Flowers were a huge reward signal in the world our brain evolved in because they marked the coming of abundance after a hungry winter. Today we have enough to eat all year round so we don’t consciously link flowers with food. But the blossoming of a flower triggers the sense that something special is coming because it triggers dopamine.
Bright colors signaled valuable nutritionfor our hunter-gather ancestors. They balanced their diet by scanning for spots of color. They didn’t do it because they knew the chemistry; they did it because dopamine made them feel good. Today, color and variety make you feel good and get your attentioneven though you can get the nutrition in other ways.
This chemical is often called the “bonding hormone.” Oxytocin creates the nice feeling of social trust, whether romantic love, maternal attachment, or group solidarity. We all know how hard this feeling is to find, and how easily it can be lost. That’s why we’re so eager for ways to stimulate it. Flowers help!
Flowers stimulate social trust in many ways. They communicate the intention to invest effort in a relationship. And they convey a respect for fragility. We feel the impermanence of flowers, and it reminds us that care is necessary to sustain life. Relationships can be as fragile as flowers and the care we give to plants helps us remember the care that our relationships need.
This chemical is often mentioned in the context of anti-depressants, but research on monkeys in the twentieth century made it clear that the good feeling of serotonin is released when a mammal advances its social importance. Flowers can help you do that.
Whether you grow them, buy them, or admire them from a distance, flowers can stimulate the sense of pride that your mammal brain is looking for.
No one likes to admit they care about social importance, but if you fail to stimulate your serotonin, you end up feeling bad. This is why we’re always looking for socially acceptable ways to trigger it. Many of our social rituals exist to satisfy this natural urge in a healthy way. Flowers support these rituals.Whether you give them, receive them, or buy them for yourself, flowers help you feel important in ways that do no harm.
Tips to Help You Relax, Unwind and Reduce Stress:
Experience flowers: Walk in the wild to observe the flowers or simply visit your local flower shop and take a look around. Just the sight and smell of the natural beauty of flowers will put you at ease and help you feel refreshed.
Color your world: Colors really do affect our moods and colorful flowers promote optimism, enthusiasm, and a sense of uplift. Choose a variety of colorful roses, gerberas, lilies, ranunculus, alstroemeria, tulips — to put on your kitchen counter or your desk, and see your mood soar.
Find Peace: If you are having a bad day try flowers with soothing, tranquil colors, such as blues, lavenders and pale greens. A small arrangement on your kitchen table, nightstand or in your bathroom will let you experience the stress relieving benefits of flowers.
Give yourself some joy: One great way to reconnect with joy and feel less stressed is to surround yourself with simple things that make you feel happy and loved, like a colorful bunch of flowers or a blooming plant. Flowers have the power to open hearts, and when your heart is open you are more likely to focus on the positive points in your day.
Pepper your house with small doses of calm: When bringing home flowers from your florist, have a couple of small vases and containers available so you can place a few flowers in different parts of your living space. You’ll be amazed how many small arrangements you can get out of a single bunch of flowers, and you’ll have constant reminders to ‘stop and smell the flowers.’
Be a friend: Do you have a friend or loved one who could use a boost? Have flowers delivered unexpectedly to their door & watch their ordinary day become extraordinary. It will make you smile, too.
Help others: Sometimes the best way to relieve stress and the pressures of the day, is to do something nice for someone else. Here’s an idea: Go to your florist and buy two bouquets. Keep one for yourself, then take the other bouquet and “petal it forward” to a stranger on the street. You’ll be amazed at the reaction to your random act of kindness.
Roman soldiers were fed garlic for strength. Greek athletes ate garlic for stamina. The Egyptians took garlic with them to the afterlife. Ancient Chinese used garlic to aid digestion and Ancient Indian healers used garlic to treat leprosy.
The most recent studies of garlic's healing powers have reported antibacterial properties, blood-sugar lowering, cholesterol lowering, antiplatelet-aggregation and anti-tumor effects. Importantly, garlic's health benefits are best when garlic is eaten regularly and as fresh as possible.
In addition to its high selenium content, garlic also contains health-giving vitamins
such as ascorbic acid (vitamin C), thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid
and vitamin E. But there is more to this story. What makes garlic really unique is
the high level of specific sulphur compounds in the form of non-protein amino
acids including alliin, which is largely responsible for the specific flavor of garlic.
When garlic is crushed, chopped or disrupted in any way, this alliin sulphur
compound is hydrolyzed by the enzyme alliinase to create complex organosulphur
compounds. These are unstable and reactive compounds whose aroma is typically
associated with freshly crushed garlic. The main compound, allicin, is found in
crushed garlic juice and in the air above chopped garlic. Allicin has been the
substance proposed to have the unique health giving properties when studied
biochemically. Due to its unstable nature however, it has a very limited shelf life
and cannot be held constant. For this reason, to benefit from the health giving
properties of garlic, consuming it freshly crushed or chopped is best.
For garlic lovers, eating raw garlic presents no particular challenge. If you're less
keen on the raw stuff, there are plenty of recipes to which you can add garlic
towards the end of the cooking process or incorporate raw garlic and make it more
palatable. Salad dressings, crushed garlic stirred through soups or stews,
bruschetta, garlic freshly crushed into olive oil as a dipping oil or simply a few
slices added to your favorite sandwiches all help to increase your daily garlic
So, get your garlic for 2019 and reap the benefits of this wonderful little gift of
You can shop for some health giving fresh organically grown garlic at our Country
Market at Forest Cove Farm.
When it's time for “le réveillon” (a special French Canadian feast and family gathering on ChristmasEve), the famed double-crusted meat pie loaded to the brim with subtly seasoned meat filling and baked in a super-flaky, buttery crust,is the pie that welcomes everyone to the table.
Indulging in a savoury slice of this delicious pie has deep roots in an old Christmas
tradition dating back centuries. Back in the 1600s when French settlers attended
midnight mass on Christmas Eve, they celebrated afterwards with le réveillon.
Le réveillon is a tradition borrowed from France and practiced in other French
speaking countries as well as in New Orleans and in every province of Canada
where the French settled. The name of this Christmas Eve dinner is based on the
word réveil (waking) because it involves staying awake beyond midnight to enjoy
a decadent meal with family.
La tourtière is a vital part of the luxurious and exceptional menu consumed at
réveillons. That is one reason why this amazing pie is difficult to find at any other
time of the year. It is also an expensive and time consuming pie to make.
Four centuries later, la tourtière remains a staple dish in French Canadian
households on Christmas Eve. Back in 17 th century Quebec, the pie was stuffed
with wild game like rabbit, pheasant and moose meat. Today, the pie is made
mostly with pork and beef. The herbs and spices used in the meat mixture has
changed but the tradition lives on.
It’s part of our heritage and Forest Cove Farm is committed to keeping the
tradition alive. Every year in December our delicious homemade tourtières will be
available in our Country Market.
With Thanksgiving behind us, we can go back to lighter dishes and still enjoy nutritious food. Here’s a guilty-free tasty recipe that may come in handy if you want to skip the potatoes. Full of flavor, creamy and delicious.
Garlic Basil Mashed Cauliflower
8 cups (one large head) cauliflower florets
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 cloves Forest Cove virgin garlic
2 tablespoons finely chopped Forest Cove basil
Salt & pepper (to taste)
Bring 2 inches od water to boil in a large saucepan with a steamer basket.
Add cauliflower, cover and cook until very tender (10 to 12 minutes).
While cauliflower is cooking, heat oil in small skillet, reduce heat to low and add garlic. Stir and cook until garlic is slightly browned. Remove from heat.
Add cooked garlic, cauliflower, salt and pepper to a food processor. Blend until smooth. Put in a serving bowl and add chopped basil. Stir and enjoy!
Makes 4 servings.
From our farm family to yours!
Thank you for a wonderful season at Forest Cove Farm. We are grateful for your continued support and wish you and your families the warmest wishes for a safe, happy, and healthy Thanksgiving.
History of Thanksgiving in Canada
Thanksgiving or Action de Grâce(in French)is an annual holiday in Canada. It has been officially celebrated since November 6, 1879 and occurs on the second Monday in October. It is a time to celebrate the bountiful harvest and other blessings throughout the year.
According to historians, the first celebration of Thanksgiving in North American followed the 1578 voyage of Martin Frobisher who was in search of the Northwest Passage.
Years later, in 1604, French settlers who arrived in Canada with Samuel de Champlain also held feasts of thanks. They formed the “Order of Good Cheer” and held feasts to share food and thanks with their First Nations neighbours.
During and after the American Revolution, some Americans who remained loyal to Great Britain moved to Canada. Some of the customs they brought with them included turkey, pumpkin and squash.
Over the years, some of the customs may have changed but the theme of the Thanksgiving holiday perseveres and with good reason. It is a special time to be thankful for an abundant harvest and all the other good things that we are blessed with and enjoy as Canadians.
Food for Thought
One day a very wealthy father took his young son on a trip to the country for the sole purpose of showing his son how it was to be poor. They spent a few days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.
After their return from the trip, the father asked his son how he liked the trip. “It was great, Dad,” the son replied. “Did you see how poor people can be?” the father asked. “Oh Yeah,” said the son.
“So what did you learn from the trip?” asked the father. The son answered, “I saw that we have one dog and they had four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night. Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon.
We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight. We have servants who serve us, but they serve others.
We buy our food, but they grow theirs. We have walls around our property to protect us. They have friends to protect them.” The boy’s father was speechless. Then his son added, “It showed me just how poor we really are.”
Too many times we forget what we have and concentrate on what we don’t have. What is one person’s worthless object is another’s prize possession. It is all based on one’s perspective.
Sometimes it takes the perspective of a child to remind us what’s important.
There is a growing interest in using lavender in cooking and many want to know more about culinary lavender.