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When rain disrupts long weekend gardening plans

For a lot of Canadians Victoria Day means plans for gardening, taking care of outdoor chores around the house, and enjoying the warmer weather. But what if it rains? Yes, we know, it’s not nice to rain on your Victoria Day parade, but if there’s one thing Canadians know it’s that our weather tends to be unpredictable. This is especially true on a long weekend.

Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to take advantage of the long weekend regardless of what the weather brings. So, don’t let a rainy long weekend dampen your mood! Instead, dive into one of these rain-proof long weekend activities.

Bonus True North Caesar Recipe!

Be sure to scroll down for a truly delicious Caesar recipe at the end of this article!



Plant an Indoor Herb Garden

A lot of people associate Victoria Day weekend with gardening. So, if the forecast suggests May showers rather than May flowers, take your long weekend gardening indoors. While your outdoor garden is undoubtedly the star of the show, nothing beats the convenience of a kitchen herb garden. Mint and thyme, marjoram, chives and oregano can all be successfully grown indoors. All they need is a sunny spot to sit and a container with good drainage.

Visit a Garden Centre

Garden centres and nurseries are among the few retail shops open on Victoria Day. So, if it’s only sprinkling outside, or if your favourite garden centre has an indoor or covered section (most do), there’s really no need to alter your plans. Just don’t forget your wellies in case things get bit muddy.

Seek Shelter

If you are determined to get some outdoor gardening done (and you have the space), try putting up a temporary potting station in the garage or beneath a gazebo. You’ll be able to accomplish some smaller tasks, and perhaps get out into the garden if the rain lightens up. Plus, there’s really nothing more relaxing than experiencing a gentle spring rainfall, particularly while partaking in a cherished hobby like gardening.

Make Brunch the New BBQ

National Caesar Day

A rainy weekend might put the fire out on your plans to BBQ, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still host a memorable gathering! Instead of burgers and dogs, why not invite the crew over for Caesar’s and eggs benny, or maybe a waffle and bacon bar?

Hosting a brunch party also provides the perfect opportunity for you to try this scrumptious The True North Caesar from Polar Ice Vodka and French’s Not Your Ordinary Caesar™ Original Cocktail Mix. You can offer some hearty garnishes to turn it into a truly memorable snacking Caesar.

The True North Caesar cocktail

* 1 tablespoon celery salt

* 1 tablespoon fine maple sugar

* 1 tablespoon seasoning salt

* 8 oz. French’s Not Your Ordinary Caesar™ Original Cocktail Mix

* 1.5 oz. Polar Ice Vodka

* 3 dashes French’s® Worcestershire Sauce

* pinch of salt & pepper

* 1 dash Frank’s RedHot® Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce

* 1 Celery stalk

* 1 strip of crispy bacon, if desired


* MIX the celery salt, maple sugar, and seasoning salt together. Spread on flat dish.

* RIM glass with mixture by wetting rim of glass with a slice of lime; then turn glass upside down into mixture and twist. Stand up and let dry.

* FILL the glass with ice, pour in vodka and Caesar mix. Add the Worcestershire, salt and pepper, and Frank’s RedHot Sauce. Add celery stick and stir well.

* GARNISH with bacon, if desired, and enjoy.

In fact, why wait till the weekend? May 18th is National Caesar Day. So take a break from the painting and demo, gardening, cleaning, and other home improvement chores and raise a glass to this Canadian national treasure!

Lead Image Source: May Dreams Gardens

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