Afternoon tea at Tintagels Tea Room (Erin, Ontario)

Over the weekend, we drove to Erin, Ontario for a little day trip. We decided to try out Tintagels Tea Room & More for High Tea – again, it was actually afternoon tea as high tea is served closer to dinner.

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It had this really cute sign at front which is next to Annie’s Antiques and owls nest gallery. But I found the display of clothes at the window very off-putting. It made it look like a thrift shop.

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It was a very cozy place with displays everywhere!! And I mean everywhere.

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See what I mean? They had several displays of tea related accessories.

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And this!!! LOL.

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I found this neat book nestled in a book case next to me.

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And it contained photos!! So Tintagels is a place in the UK which makes sense since their tagline is English fare with a British flair. Today I learned that English only refers to things/people from England whereas British refers to things/people from the United Kingdom which encompasses Scotland and Wales, and what have you. But of course, they prefer to be referred to as Scots or Welsh rather than Brits.

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It’s like Le Neuf Cafe, they had this little counter where you pay also with cute displays of dessert and little trinkets. Oh, they also serve local(ish) beer!

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This is their menu. “High tea” was only $13.95. It came with cucumber sandwiches, Scone with Devonshire Double Cream or Lemon Curd, Butter, Rootham’s Gourmet Preserves and your choice of any Dessert & pot of Tea.

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As per usual, I got myself the Peppermint tea. BP got some exotic fruit tea (as always). You know what, normally the fruit teas are a bad idea but the one they had was pretty delicious!!

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Your only choice of sandwich was…cucumber but they were pretty tasty. One of the best cucumber sandwiches I’ve had. You could really taste the butter. (Pro tip: Spread butter on your sandwich so that the bread doesn’t get soggy) And that is one big scone!!! BP really enjoyed it. Since we ordered two sets, we were able to get devonshire cream, lemon curd and two different kinds of preserves.

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The desserts came on their own. I ordered my butter tart. Delicious! They had such wonderful choices, I had a hard time but I settled on a tart.

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BP on the other hand ordered a triple berry crumble. If you like warm cooked fruit then….this is the way to go. I wouldn’t recommend it though. Mind you, their clientele were people over the age of 50 so… maybe they like that?

I would definitely recommend the tea room IF you’re up for a day trip in Erin, Ontario. Otherwise, you can always find other places closer to home for afternoon tea. Please check out my afternoon tea ratings page. Since Erin is not really considered part of the GTA, I will not include it. Next time, I’ll make it to the Old Curiosity Tea Shop in Markham Village.

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Tintagels Tea Room & More
Website
50 Main Street, Erin, Ontario, Canada, N0B1T0
519-833-0019

DIY Cat Treats

As some of you may know, BP and I feed Basil and Princess Caroline home made raw cat food following this recipe. However, our cat treats are still store bought. We try to purchase the freeze dried variety with only one ingredient – chicken or liver but cats get sick of food just like humans so we try to give them variety of other “healthy” cat treats.

BP forgot to take another jar out of our freezer to thaw for tonight so he joked that we should just feed them treats for dinner or even tuna, which gave me a great idea to make my own cat treats. NOTE: We are not actually going to feed our cat purely cat treats today!!

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DIY Cat Treats

Ingredients
1 can of tuna
1 cup of binding agent* (see below)
1 tablespoon of catnip
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 egg

Binding agent – I used half tapioca starch and half potato starch. Okay, maybe a teensy more tapioca starch. I would advise more potato than tapioca.
You could also use other flours but keep in mind that cats can’t really digest them as well. But for treats, I don’t think we can find another solution.

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees celsius
2. Throw all ingredients in a bowl and mix well or you could also use your food processor for an even better blend.
3. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper and place cat treat batter. Feel free to shape it however you like.
4. Bake for 15-20 minutes (could be sooner if you use a different binding agent and also depends on your oven)
5. Let cool. Make sure they are properly cooled before serving it to your cats.
6. Keep the rest in a container. Keeps for 7 days.

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While I was making the treats, Basil would keep standing on his hind legs to peek at what I was doing. I guess the smell of tuna is so strong and smells so delicious to cats.

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This is the catnip I used. It came in the Nala themed Meowbox? I think. I just had to take a photo because I love the packaging so much!

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Final product. It was a little too big so I broke it into little pieces and placed it in jars.

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These jars used to hold their raw cat food BUT we’ve recently switched to bigger jars.

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Princess Caroline is so high….

I would definitely try this recipe again and change up the binding agent. I wouldn’t use other canned foods because there’s usually gravy or other additives in there that cats shouldn’t really be having. Perhaps I’ll shred some boiled chicken for them and bake them into treats. Alternatively, you could break apart the tuna flakes and just bake them (without the rest of the ingredients) and serve it as a treat.

Meow Box – January 2015

Due to some delay, I just got my January 2015 MeowBox yesterday.

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Yes, it still says Basil. I sent them a request to get one for Princess Caroline so hopefully they reply soon! I wonder if they have the same person writing the names for all of them or if one person is assigned kitties from A-L then one person for M-Z.

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You can see PC in the back! Haha.

So this month’s box comes with these items:
foufouBRANDS – Pet wipes Great for dogs AND cats to wipe away dirt and odor the easy way. We actually have our own kitty wipes for PC. I mean, we bathe her and day two she already smells like her stinky self so these wipes are great to keep her smelling relatively clean without putting her in a stressful situation. [Website here | Cost: $2.50]

Petmate – Looney Loops – Spring like cat toys are perfect for batting, biting, flipping, etc. according to the card but my cats just ignored them.
[Website here | Cost: $5.14]

Feelgood Treats – Liver Snapz Made in Canada liver treats! We got the bison liver cat treat and theyre a good size. Not too big! [Website here | Cost:~$2.75]

In Clover – Sleek Feline Functional Rewards Apparently these treats help with healthy skin and shiny coat. They look like this other kitty treat we have. Not sure if this actually promotes healthy skin but it doesn’t hurt. [Website here | Cost: $4.99]

Amazing Pet Products – Bouncy Blinking Ball – It’s basically a rubber ball with spikes that light up in different colours when you tap it. PC loves it. This one, unfortunately, doesn’t come with its own website so the price of the item I’m listing is based on the cheapest alternative I could find. [Cost: ~$8]

R2Pet – Grand Glo Mouse – This is basically the best item we received! Basil immediately chased after this chirping mouse with glowing red eyes and feathers for a tail. (Picture below) He even hissed at PC for it. They’ve been taking turns all morning. The drawback is that I can’t imagine replacing the battery on that thing. Oh, BP said the chirping can get annoying.
[Website here | Cost:N/A]

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This month’s box is definitely worth it considering I pay $22.95/month for the 6-month subscription.

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Meow Box
Website

Meowbox Holiday box – December 2014

As per Mana‘s recommendation, I signed up for Meowbox when BP and I first got Basil. Basically, it’s a subscription box for your cat. A lot of sites say they’re going to customize your box and they do to a point but it’s never THAT customized. But in that regard, you might as well just buy your own treats and toys for your cat yourself.

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Here’s Basil’s Meowbox. As you can see, they personalize it with your cat’s name.

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But wait… this isn’t Basil. PC, that’s not your box!

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First we have Petsport’s Mouse Balls (Link here) for $6.43

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Then we have Renee’s Garden Seeds (Link here) for $2.79

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Wagger’s Tender Moist Cat food (Link here)

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Wodema Nibletz (Link here)

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Sorry but I lost the information card for the last three items.

But I’ll have you know that my cats love the items.
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Here’s PC rolling around with that Vermont’s Homegrown catnip toy.

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Basil giving PC a pitying look. Like… ugh, children.

I think if you have a cat, you should definitely try Meowbox and BarkBox if you have a dog. If you want to try it, of course, you probably just want to pay for the one month but you’ll find that $32 is not worth it! I say, try it for six months. The $22 spent toward your box is better than you going to PetSmart, PetValue or whatever hipster pet store you go to and randomly buying treats and toys. I guarantee, you’ll rack up a lot of clutter at home that way and end up paying for it.

You can check out Mana’s BarkBox review here.