Save Room For Dessert

Save Room For Dessert

Posted on: February 13, 2024

Celebrating Valentine’s Day? Or how about Self-Love Day?  This Valentine’s Day, make that special someone—that includes YOU, feel extra loved by whipping up one (or a few) of these recipes and sip on some coordinating spirits, all from the LCBO.

Ever heard of cassis, also known as Crème de cassis?  It is a sweet, dark red liqueur made from blackcurrants, often used in a popular wine cocktail called, Kir.  Here is a playful and sweet version called Kir Royale Float, which turns the traditional French apéritif—cassis liqueur and bubbly— into a grown-up riff on a float.  In two parfait glasses, add a scoop of berry sorbet or vanilla ice cream to each glass.  Pour 1.5 ounces of bubbly along the side of each glass, then pour 1 ounce of cassis into each.  For the bubbly try Champagne Pommery Brut Rose, (it has strawberry and raspberry fruit aromas!) and for the cassis I recommend the Labbe Francois Cassis, a classic French liqueur with intense aromas of sweet blackcurrant and hints of fresh mint.  Skewer a few strawberries and raspberries on cocktail picks, and garnish the glasses with the fresh fruit skewers.

Want to show off this Valentine’s Day?  Then you should serve Icewine-Braised Pears with Marmalade Crème Patissière.  Yes, have your loved one ooo-ing and ahh-ing when they are presented with ice wine and butter soaked Bosc pears surrounded by Grand Marnier infused marmalade! Use Kittling Ridge Vidal Icewine, an infusion of pear, marmalade, honeydew melon, fig and honey. As you can tell by its ingredients, it is the perfect ice wine for this dessert.

A decadent and chocolate treat is LCBO’s Flourless Chocolate Cake for Two recipe.  This easy chocolate cake recipe, skips the flour which really amps up the rich, decadent factor.  Bake these cakes in small ramekins, so when they cool, just add dolloped whipped cream and raspberries on top.  Pair it with an Ontario red wine like Our Story Cabernet Merlot VQA, a sweeter wine that balances the bitterness of the 70 per cent dark chocolate.

There is nothing wrong with sticking with what you know is loved by the one you love.  Treat them to this classic and luxurious trifle, a Strawberry Almond Dessert.  This trifle is made of sliced strawberries that are soaked in a thyme syrup, layered with whipped cream and coarsely crushed almond-flavoured cookies.  Serve this heavenly treat with a light-bodied and low sugar white wine like Jacob’s Creek Lower Sugar Moscato.

Save room for any of these delish desserts on Valentine’s Day to make it a memorable one for you and the loves of your life.  Tag @cloverdalemall on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter and dish your favourite Valentine’s desserts.

 

~Gillaine, Marketing Coordinator

Continuing To Celebrate Black Voices

Continuing To Celebrate Black Voices

Posted on: February 7, 2024

It’s Black History Month!  Let’s continue to celebrate the rich past and present contributions and accomplishments of Black people (check out our previous Celebrate Black Voices blog post for more recommendations by Black authors) by uncovering the vibrant tapestry of Black voices through books.  From spine-tingling teen thrillers to fantastical journeys, moving wellness memoirs, and beyond, explore the aisles of Coles and stock up on these reads:

AND THEN WE RISE: A GUIDE TO LOVING AND TAKING CARE OF SELF
by Common

In this book, Common—the multi-award-winning performer, author, and activist, created a comprehensive program for addressing mental and physical health—and encouraging communities to do the same.  He shares his intimate journey towards finding peace and wellness in body and spirit, as well as gives his readers the gift of professional expertise.

TENDER BEASTS
by Liselle Sambury

Looks like Trinidadian Canadian author of the Governor General’s Literary Awards Finalist’s Blood Like Magic and its sequel, Blood Like Fate has penned another teen hit!  After her private school is rocked by a gruesome murder, a Black Canadian private school student tries to find the real killer and clear her brother’s name in this psychological thriller.  This book is on the list of Coles Most Anticipated Books!  Pre-order online today, and pick up in store for your teen.

REDWOOD COURT
by Délana R. A. Dameron

This author’s debut novel has been called “breathtaking”.  The richly complicated storytelling of one unforgettable Southern Black family, seen through the eyes of its youngest daughter as she comes of age in the 1990s.  Dameron reveals the devastation of being made to feel invisible and the transformative power of being seen.  Redwood Court is a celebration of extraordinary, ordinary people striving to achieve their own American dreams.  Coming very soon to Coles.  Can’t wait? Pre-order online and get it shipped to you or pick up in store.

SO LET THEM BURN
by Kamilah Cole

An instant National Bestseller, this Jamaican-inspired fantasy novel by Cole stars heroine Faron Vincent who can channel the power of the gods. Five years ago, she used her divine magic to liberate her island from its enemies, the dragon-riding Langley Empire and is now forced to choose between saving her sister or protecting her homeland. Interesting fact: Cole was originally a non-fiction writer for Marie Claire, Seventeen, and entertainment editor for Bustle magazine before making her way into fantasy fiction.

Do you have any Black storytelling recommendations?  Share with us the Black authored books you have read, making sure to tag @cloverdale.

~Gillaine, Marketing Coordinator

Images #2–3: @indigo

Hearty Winter Meals

Hearty Winter Meals

Posted on: January 27, 2024

Rain.  Sleet.  Wind.  Snow.  Ice.  Repeat.
What is good to eat on a cold and dreary day?  The most warming vegetables that are good for your body are root vegetables like carrot, potato, onions, garlic, radish, yams, sweet potatoes, beets, turnips, etc.  A lot of these veggies are anti-inflammatory, nutrient-rich whole foods that fight inflammation in the body.  These types of foods are full of important things that the body needs, especially during Winter, for the immune system such as Omega-3 fatty acids, healthy fats, antioxidants, and fibre.  Keep warm and full this Winter with these three hearty meal ideas from Metro:

SQUASH RISOTTO

INGREDIENTS:

  • 10 ounces (300 g) Winter squash peeled, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml) olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml) butter
  • 1 3/4 cup (440 mL) Arborio rice
  • 5 cups (250 ml) beef broth, boiling
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) finely chopped parsley
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

To taste, salt and ground pepper

PREPARATION:

  • Put squash in a large heavy pan with garlic, oil and half of the butter. Sauté over medium heat 8 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Add rice, cook 2 minutes, stirring to coat the rice thoroughly.
  • Add a ladle of broth. Cook, stirring until the rice has absorbed the broth. Continue cooking, adding a ladle of broth at a time, stirring after each addition until rice is cooked, about 15 to 18 minutes.
  • Add the rest of the butter, parsley, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and seasoning.
  • Serve hot.

Recipe source: Metro

 

CHICKEN (OR TURKEY) POT PIE

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 (2 to 3 pounds) cooked whole chicken (boneless) or about 2 1/2 cups turkey
  • ⅓ cup Selection Unsalted Butter, divided
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup diced carrot
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 cup fresh green beans or frozen, chopped
  • 1 ¼ cup leftover gravy of the chicken stock (up to 2 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup Selection chicken stock, or more as needed
  • 3 tablespoons Selection cream (for filling)
  • Leaves from 2 thyme stalks
  • 2 (9 inch) deep dish frozen pie crusts or handmade
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Egg wash
  • 1 tablespoon Selection cream
  • 1 Egg

PREPARATION:

  1.  In a pan, add half of your butter.  Toss in chopped onion, and sauté until soft and onions translucent (about 5 minutes).
  2.  Add your celery, carrot, and mushroom and sauté for at least 10 minutes.  Add the rest of your butter, if necessary, and add in your garlic and sauté for an additional 5 minutes, stirring constantly until the veggies are brown and fragrant. Add your leftover green beans (add these earlier if you are adding frozen or raw beans).
  3.  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  4.  Add your tablespoon of flour and mix until flour is cooked and beginning browning, which will take about 1–2 minutes.  Add your stock and stir until a bit of gravy forms around the veggies.
  5.  Add the rest of your leftover gravy and mix so that everything is combined.
  6.  Remember, you may not need to add flour and stock in step 4, if you have a lot of gravy leftover (about 2 cups).  The addition and extra flour and stock is not needed.
  7.  In the same pan add shredded cooked chicken or turkey and heat up and break up the meat for about 2 minutes or less.
  8.  Add your cream and mix until the mixture is combined.  Add a splash of chicken broth to thin your pie filling if necessary.
  9.  Pour your pie filling in one pie crust, I bake directly in the foil tin the crust comes in. Cover your filling with the other crust. I let my second pie crust thaw completely, then roll it out slightly on a floured surface before using, so the crust fits snuggly over the filling.
  10.  Seal the edges with your fingers.
  11.  Make an egg wash with one egg and 1 tablespoon of cream.  Brush this over your pie.
  12.  Cut a small steam hole in the top crust or poke holes with a fork.
  13.  Bake in the preheated oven, on a baking pan, in case there is filling that bubbles over, for 30 to 35 minutes or until the crust is brown.
  14.  Remove from the oven when golden brown on top, let cool for 5–10 minutes and enjoy hot.
Source : Metro

 

VEGAN WHITE BEAN CHILI

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, peeled and diced
  • 1 Jalapeño, seeded and diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried coriander
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 can (4 ounces) can diced green chiles
  • 2 cans (19 ounces) cans of white beans, divided
  • 4 cups vegetable broth, (less than one cup if you want chili thicker)
  • 1 cup corn, fresh or frozen
  • ¼ – ½ cup plant-based heavy cream (almond or coconut)
  • For serving (optional) :

    Diced avocado, chopped cilantro, sliced jalapeno, tortilla chips, lime wedges

    Source : Metro

Of course, these can be your family’s handy, go-to recipes, but make sure to mix things up and keeping it interesting with the addition of more hearty meals.  It will help you to stick to a healthier and more balanced diet over the long Winter months. Got any favourite cold-weather meals to share with us, tag @cloverdalemall.

~Gillaine, Marketing Coordinator

Pick-Me-Up Snacks

Pick-Me-Up Snacks

Posted on: January 15, 2024

Looking for a healthy midday pick-me-up snack?  I know snacking between meals is often seen as a bit of a no-no (“snack foods” created by big food companies sell us highly processed and packaged food often low in nutrition and high in carbs, unhealthy fats and highly processed sugar—save these for the occasional treat), but done right, snacking can actually be good for you.  Healthy snacking can:

  • Help you avoid overeating at your next meal
  • Stop you from bingeing on junk
  • Add extra nutrition to your diet
  • Control your appetite
  • Stop energy slumps

That’s why Bulk ‘n Bits is the perfect store, a fantastic range of bulk foods that are good for your heart and mind.  Like these options:

Dried Coconut Chips
These delicious chips are derived from mature coconuts, the flesh is dried then sliced. They are also a culinary chameleon, adding flavour, texture, and can be snacked on their own or added as a hint of natural sweetness to savoury and sweet dishes such as curries, baked goods, smoothies, and cereals.  Plus, it boasts dietary fibre, which supports digestive health.  Level Up: Sprinkle some cinnamon on top for a delicious combination of flavours.

Wasabi Peas
A crunchy texture and bold, spicy flavour, these dried and roasted green peas are covered in a mixture of oil, salt, sugar, and wasabi—a thick paste with an intense taste.  Level up: Snack on the Mixed Wasabi Trail Mix, a flavourful blend of wasabi peas and a variety of Asian rice crackers.

Dried Blueberries
Small but mighty, these berries are often called a “superfood”.  Low in calories and incredibly good for you.  Blueberries are among the most nutrient-dense berries—high in vitamin C, K, fibre and Manganese (this assists enzymes in building bones and keeping the immune and reproductive systems running smoothly).  Level up: A handful of dried blueberries is a good amount to add to your daily diet in yogurt, muffins, and pancakes.

Dried Goji Berries
Known as the “anti-aging berry” they are legendary for their nutritional value (B1, B2, B6, vitamin E and 8 kinds of amino acids) creating immune boosting support for your system.  The taste is tart and sour, kind of like a cranberry, with an almost herbal note.  Level Up: You can also bake with them or pop them in your tea!

Walnut Pieces
Buttery and creamy in flavour, these nuts are chock-full of essential nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants, and have been known to aid in decreasing inflammation and help fight oxidative stress.  Level up: Want more of a variety of nuts? Try the No Salt Mixed Nuts filled with walnuts, cashews, almonds and dried chick peas.

Plantain Chips
A tried and true healthy alternative to potato chips, these are gluten-free and grain-free.  Also, a great source of fibre and other nutrients like potassium and sodium, and provide more vitamins A and C than potato chips. Level Up: Drizzle a bit of honey on top to add some sweetness to the chips.

A sweet alternative:
Got a love of chocolate?  Try making your very own Superfood Dark Chocolate Bar, a much healthier alternative to the average candy bar and is also nutritious. Make it any way you like—dark chocolate (Bulk ‘n Bits has Merckens Dark Chocolate Wafers) covered with layers of dried fruit, granola, nuts, and seeds, like the ones listed above.

From crunchy, to savoury to sweet, to simple or mixed, there is something with health benefits for everyone at Bulk ‘n Bits.  Remember to just think before you snack.  Let us know your bulk food favourites by tagging @cloverdalemall on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

~ Gillaine, Marketing Coordinator

Sip & Savour Pairings

Sip & Savour Pairings

Posted on: December 27, 2023

When you visit your loved ones for the Holidays what do you bring?  I know some that would only show up with their appetite!  However, for those that want to bring more than just their empty stomach, the LCBO has some festive sip and savor pairings that will have everyone at the party so glad you came with more than just your good looks.

Headed to your in-laws?  Show up with a medium-bodied red wine, like Ricasoli Rocca Guicciarda Riserva Chianti Classico, tubular pasta, a hunk of Grana Padano cheese, a basil plant, a demi-baguette, and a homemade vodka sauce courtesy of this LCBO recipe and they will be so impressed!  This wine is from Barone Ricasoli, the oldest winery in Italy.  Order it online and have it shipped to your local LCBO for pick up.

For the gathering of friends who love spice and seafood, ring their front door bell holding scrubbed Canadian oysters (packed upright on ice) along with an oyster shucking knife, a spicy lemon, shallot and vinegar infusion and a bottle of zesty Sauvignon Blanc, like New Zealand’s Stoneleigh Latitude.  A vibrant wine, with mouth-watering acidity, tones of citrus, guava, herbs and mineral which will perfectly compliment the spicy oysters.

For the uncle that just loves martinis?  Give the gift of a gin and vermouth with a Martini Olives kit.  Add olives and lemon peel to an airtight jar. Combine Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin, a unique gin made with gunpowder tea (a type of robust green tea) with a dry, white French vermouth with floral and herbal notes like Dolin Vermouth de Chambéry Dry AOC provides the ideal accent, lending light and fresh notes plus a clean, dry finish.

How about if you are having a gathering to celebrate any good news this Holidays, say an engagement—or an elopement!  Try this duo of Veuve Clicquot Brut Champagne and Elderflower Pearls. This French champagne has a nose filled with aromas of apple, pear, toast and brioche and the palate is extra-dry and medium to full body with flavours that match the aromas.  Elderflower pearls are floral pearls that are a combination of agar agar powder and elderflower liqueur, great for topping holiday desserts or ice cream. Cheers!

A holiday classic of hot buttered rum is always a good option for any party.  LCBO has a unique version of browned butter (butter that is melted and darkened to bring out its natural nuttiness) meeting with Japanese miso (Japanese fermented soybean paste) for a modern flavour match with rum, called Spiced Miso Brown Butter.  A great addition is Mount Gay Black Barrel Double Cask Blend rum from Barbados.  It has notes of vanilla and toasted oak plus tropical and citrus fruit to meet the richness and caramel notes of the buttered rum.  Mmmm . . .

No matter where you go for the Holidays set the tone when you enter the room with a gift full of love.  For more party gift giving ideas explore the LCBO’s Homemade Food Gifts for the Holidays.     Also, tell us what Holidays gifts you have been giving this season, by tagging  @cloverdalemall on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

~ Gillaine, Marketing Coordinator

 

Hot Holiday Hits!

Hot Holiday Hits!

Posted on: December 16, 2023

Get into the Holiday spirit with the newest Christmas music releases at Sunrise Records.  The latest in festive tunes come in an array of musical stylings—acapella, opera, and dance.  This diverse group of artists is guaranteed to have everyone in your family in a joyous mood this season.

The popular group the Tenors have been on the road across Canada with their ‘Christmas With The Tenors’ Tour, and now you can bring the melodies home with their Holiday album release under the same name.  Mark Masri, Victor Micallef, Clifton Murray, and Alberto Urso belt out the classics like Jingle Bell Rock, Feliz Navidad, and Joy to the World.

The sensational acapella/beatbox group Pentatonix decided to give us two big gifts this Holiday season with a two-disc album called The Greatest Christmas Hits.  This jam-packed album includes a whopping 23 Pentatonix Holiday classics plus eight brand new songs, including features with Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson, Meghan Trainor, and Elvis Presley!

Spend your Christmas with Cher! Pop icon Cher has dropped her first-ever Christmas album.  It is filled with 13 explosive hits, such as DJ Play A Christmas Song (a disco-dance song) and EDM-infused Angels in the Snow—bringing the upbeat energy needed this Holiday season.

Fill your holiday stocking with The Bocelli Family’s first album as a trio entitled A Family Christmas.  Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli teams up with his son Matteo and his 11-year-old daughter Virginia to unveil four new recordings and six bonus tracks on the deluxe edition.  All three Bocelli performers gets a chance to shine on the album with solo tracks, duets, and trios of new renditions of traditional carols such as Away in A Manger and The First Noël, creating a Holiday album filled with festive spirit.

Who gets you grooving at this special time of the year?  Let us know which of the latest Christmas music entries makes you feel magical this season, by tagging @cloverdalemall on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter and give these hot Holiday albums at Sunrise Records a listen.

~ Gillaine, Marketing Coordinator

Keep Calm and Knit On.

Keep Calm and Knit On.

Posted on: December 6, 2023

This Winter climate demands so much from us.  If we are not careful it can take a toll on our mental and physical health.  Knitting can help!  Yes, knitting is good for you; the meditative and repetitive action of knitting can help to focus the mind on the activity, thereby slowing the nervous system and reducing anxiety and stress hormones (cortisol) in the body.  By stitching your own Winter accessories you can beat the winter blues.

Head to Dollarama and pick up your basic knitting supplies—yarn needles (they can come in various sizes), bulky weight yarn, scissors and measuring tape.  If you are a beginner to knitting start off with a simple scarf or a ribbed hat or beanie project.  Note: when you work with bulky yarn, the final product comes together quickly! Here’ some guidance from knitting books you can buy online and pick up in-store at Coles!

Easy hat designs use double ribbing (knit 2, purl 2) to form a close-fitting beanie.  Take a look at the book ‘Knit A Hat: A Beginner’s Guide To Knitting’ by Alanna Okun.  It is an illustrated introduction to the knitting world of making your own hat.  Her book is a great guide for choosing your needle size, yarn weight and pattern!  Plus, add some WOW by attaching a pre-made pom pom when you are done.

After you are well versed in easy knitting projects read Patty Lyons’ ‘Knitting Bag of Tricks: Over 70 Sanity Saving Hacks For Better Knitting’. Patty provides expert tips on problems that often beset knitters and get in the way of beautiful projects.

Advance your skills with traditional Newfoundland mitten patterns by Christine LeGrow,Shirley Anne Scott in ‘Saltwater Mittens: From the Island of Newfoundland, More Than 20 Heritage Designs to Knit’. The book houses a vast collection of rare mitten patterns.

Want to have even more fun with knitting?  Then dive into ‘The Disney Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas: The Official Knitting Guide to Halloween Town and Christmas Town‘ (inspired by the characters of Jack Skellington, Sally, Dr. Finkelstein, and more) and ‘Harry Potter: Knitting Magic: The Official Harry Potter Knitting Pattern Book’ which has gorgeous full-color photography of 25 magical knits.

Give knitting a try.  You never know, soon you will be knitting and purling your way to calmness.  Be sure to show us your knitting projects by tagging @cloverdalemall.

~Gillaine, Marketing Coordinator

Snow Place Like Home

Snow Place Like Home

Posted on: November 30, 2023

Everyone decorates the inside of their home for the Holidays, but what about the outside?  You must “deck the halls” of your home’s exterior as well!  Here are four ways to get into snow-inspired outdoor home decor at Kitchen Stuff Plus:

❄️  Spruce up your porch with one—or THREE KSP Christmas Decorative ‘White Berries’ Wreaths.  The snow flocked branches, pinecones and white berries, give a warm and inviting feel to your front door.

❄️  Upon arrival have your guests glance down at this sweet Christmas ‘Let It Snow’ Coir Doormat.  Made with coconut husks, the coir fibre easily keeps the snow exactly where it should be—outside!

❄️  Your porch can look just as dreamy at night with Deco Noel Christmas Metal Lanterns with Handles.  Place candles or LED lights inside the lanterns and watch the glow from the cool snowflake cut outs.

❄️  Chat on your front porch with family and friends, wrapped up in one of these luxe KSP Faux ‘Snow Leopard’ Fur Throws.  Available in taupe and dark grey, they are perfect for staying warm and cozy on a cold winter’s night!

This is just a start to finding cool items for your home’s front porch.  When you are done shopping, show us your Winter front porch stylings by tagging @cloverdalemall.  After all, there’s snow❄️ place like home.

~Gillaine, Marketing Coordinator

Break The Ice

Break The Ice

Posted on: November 14, 2023

In the spirit of our Holiday theme of Chillin’ with Cloverdale . . . shall we “break the ice” with all things icy, and cool at Cloverdale?

First, you must try this sharp beverage recipe from the LCBO:
ICE DANCER
Ingredients:
  • ¼ cup diced seedless green grapes
  • ⅛ fresh lemon
  • 1½ oz vodka
  • sparkling elderflower water
  • mint sprig
Directions:

To a cocktail shaker, add ¼ cup diced seedless green grapes and the juice of ⅛ fresh lemon.  Muddle the grapes.  Fill the shaker with ice and add 1½ oz vodka.  Shake and strain into a highball glass filled with ice.  Top with sparkling elderflower water (or lemon-lime soda) and garnish with a mint sprig.

Oh, the weather outside can be so frightful that it causes us to become ill.  Get through the sicknesses with Ricola Extra Strength Icy Menthol Flavoured Cough Drops, available at Metro.  They are perfect to cool and relieve your sore throat or stubborn cough plus they have three times the menthol, for the season’s worst sore throats!

Looking for some cold weather outdoor fun for kids big and small?  Crazy Ice Bubbles, 12 Pack by Wishbone are the coolest!  These bubbles are specially formulated for Winter conditions.  It is a thicker solution that makes Winter bubble fun last longer.  Purchase a pack online and pick up in-store at Coles.

For those frosty days where you have no choice but to shovel your way out, make sure you are prepared for the body aches and pains that will come later, with Icy Hot Pro No-Mess Pain Relief Cream.  Found at Rexall, this maximum-strength cream works to relieve achy muscles and joints for lasting relief.

Don’t forget to sit back, relax and take a sip of StarbucksIced Shaken Espresso.  This beverage is a Made with the rich, full-bodied espresso you love—then shaken, chilled and mellowed with sweetness and a touch of milk to create a delightfully and deliciously convenient on-the-go drink.

With all of these ways to “break the ice” you are now prepared for all things icy and cool this season!  Including Santa’s arrival at Cloverdale on Saturday, November 18!  Santa will be here in his icy, cool arctic forest, located near Walking On A Cloud!  Book your spot to visit and have your photo taken with the man in red at Chillin’ With Santa.

Let us know what other icy, cool items help you “break the ice” this Winter, by tagging @cloverdalemall on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

~ Gillaine, Marketing Coordinator

Boo-rific Books and Baubles

Boo-rific Books and Baubles

Posted on: October 30, 2023

Oh, its that’s time of the year where the little goblins get excited for everything Halloween!  Therefore, it is the perfect time to create Halloween gifts of ‘Boo-rific Books & Baubles found on the shelves at Coles.  Let the ghoul times roll!
 
Start your littlest one off right with the Halloween Pumpkin Bib.  It will catch all the spills of the day. Also read your baby a catchy Halloween rhyme from the following:
🎃 If You’re Spooky and You Know It by Aly Fronis: this nursery rhyme board book is a Halloween-themed twist on the classic children’s song “If You’re Happy and You Know It”.

🎃 The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin by Sonali Fry: a gently spooky twist on “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” makes this a perfect nursery rhyme for Halloween!


There is something about giving the next generations a glimpse into the characters from the books we grew up on or that feeling as a child receiving the coolest plush toy of that time! 
For Halloween, Coles has plush toys Squishmallows—BUT they are looking a little different this spooky season.  Meet Vlad the Vampire, a bloody fang-tastic plush to add your Squishmallows collection.  Also, a couple of beloved authors have Halloween stories to share:

🎃 Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter: Happy Halloween, Little Critter brings the beloved lead character Little Critter to a a haunted house party for Halloween!

🎃 Canada’s best-selling author Robert Munsch’s book appropriately titled ‘Boo!’ is a seasonal favourite, where Lance paints his face to get more candy on Halloween.  A hilarious Halloween read.

Do you need to keep the kids occupied before the sun goes down, and the trick-or-treating begins?  These hauntingly exciting activity books should work:
🎃 Everyone’s favorite wanderer is in costume as himself in this Halloween-worthy challenge for eagle-eyed fans in Where’s Waldo? Spooky Spotlight Search by Martin Handford.
🎃 I spy with my little eye . . . the New York Times bestseller I Spy Spooky Night by Jean Marzollo. Get ready to ‘I Spy’ in a haunted house with lots of creepy riddles to solve!

TIP: Add a Ghost Multicolour Click Pen by Wonder Co. to these activity books and the kids are set!

 

We can’t forget the big kids in the family:

🎃 Wonder Co.’s Spell Book and Feather Pen Set is perfect for the moody one in the family to cast their spells!
🎃 A witch and a hunter.  Vengeance is their mission.  Love is their destiny.  Night of the Witch is a superb enemies-to-lovers historical fantasy by Sara Raasch and Beth Revis.
And for the candy corn lovers out there, let everyone know how you feel about it by toasting to this spooky season with this very cute Halloween Candy Corn Mug.
With any of these items the kids should have a wicked time this Halloween! 🧙‍♀️ Let us know your Halloween traditions by tagging  @cloverdalemall on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.  
~ Gillaine, Marketing Coordinator