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This long weekend was lovely. I couldn’t imagine spending it any other way than on Lake Rosseau at the Blachford’s cottage (thanks for taking me!)

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Our brunch of choice had a beautiful view!

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The benefits of living in Ontario is that you always have friends with a great cottage. The Blachford’s have had their cottage, on an island, since the 1800’s! It had so much charm, and the kitchen was my absolute favourite.

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Some of my best weekends have been up north, but they always seem to involve the same few things. S’mores, hot dogs and beer. Leslie and I decided to switch it up, and add some new items to the menu! Here’s a few ways you can do a Cottage Change-Up that is delicious 🙂

1. Go Local

We were able to find some great local goodies to bring with us. My favourite was Sugar Bush Maple granola by the Georgian Bay Granola Company which Leslie’s Mom found in Port Carling. Mixed with yogurt and Ontario strawberries, it was a perfect way to start our morning, while boosting the local economy!

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Also, pack local produce! Washing and packing fruits and veggies makes life easier (and your time out by the water longer). Leslie packed local produce, which we used for Sangria, and snack plates.

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More deck time meant more time to meet new friends, like Autumn!

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She needs puppy shades.

2. Switch the Beer for Sangria

Who doesn’t love Sangria? I don’t want to be friends with that person! We made 2 different varieties using some of our favourite wine, which I will post the recipes for soon. Sangria kept us happy on the dock, and didn’t make us too full like beer does.

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We also made delicious caesars and mimosa’s. Cottages are for indulging after all.

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3. Go on an Adventure 

Sunday afternoon we took the boat to different ports and walked around to see the sights, and the food! Always food. I also found the cutest Real Estate office ever!

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Abbey’s Bake House in Muskoka was incredible. With so many treats, it was hard to pick, but we settled on Chocolate Chip Brownie cookies. That’s right, a brownie inside a cookie.

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Not only was it fantastic, but we also enjoyed it on Muskoka chairs by the water. If you’re in the area, make sure to stop in, the smell is enchanting!

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So sad this picture is blurry!

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4. Think Outside the Box

On Sunday evening we didn’t have any butter for the corn (which of course was local!) so I thought of a way to keep great flavour with a twist on the classic. I will post the recipe as well for Lemon Pepper Corn on the Cob.

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5. Keep a Classic

Some things don’t need to be changed, Webers is one of them. The cult classic for Muskoka travellers didn’t disappoint as we stopped in on the way home Monday evening.

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Simple burgers, few toppings, and a line that looks daunting but moves quickly. There is a reason why everyone goes there! Whatever your favourite part of the cottage is, keep it. Those memories last a lifetime.

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What is your favourite thing to eat/drink at the cottage? Any great recipes?

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