Get ready to get hungry as we whip up a seaside blueberry grunt! It’s Nova Scotia blueberry season after all, so why not celebrate with an incredible recipe? Who doesn’t love wild blueberries and fresh biscuits? Top it off with some vanilla ice cream and you get pure summer joy!

Ingredients

4 cups Nova Scotia wild blueberries
1 cup sugar
1 tsp lemon juice
2 cups flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp sugar
1⁄2 tsp salt
1⁄2 cup butter
1 egg
1/2 cupmilk

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425F
  2. Pour blueberries into oven-safe deep-dish pie plate- add sugar & lemon juice
  3. Stir well, place dish in oven and bake berries uncovered. 10 to 15 minutes for fresh berries
  4. While the berries are in the oven, make the biscuits: in large bowl whisk flour, baking powder, sugar and salt to mix.
  5. Break butter into pieces with hands and add to flour mixture. Cut the butter into flour with a fork until butter and flour are combined in small crumbly pieces.
  6. Crack egg into a measuring cup and top with milk to 3⁄4 cup
  7. Mix egg and milk with a fork
  8. Add to flour mixture and blend with fork until combined — mix in any remaining dry bits with hands.
  9. Take hot blueberries out of oven – scoop biscuit dough with a 1⁄4 cup measuring cup and arrange
    on top of hot berries (approximately 11 biscuits)
  10. Carefully cover dish tightly with aluminum foil and return to oven
  11. Bake, covered, 15 minutes
  12. Remove dish from oven and carefully remove foil. Place dish back in oven and continue to bake, uncovered,  for 10 minutes or until biscuits are lightly golden
  13. Allow to cool 10 minutes or so —the longer the grunt sits, the more blueberry liquid the biscuits will soak up- delish!!
  14. Serve warm with ice cream

Adding on

Adding Whipped cream to your seaside blueberry grunt makes an excellent addition too (even if you’re already using ice cream)!

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We all know the Peggy’s Cove lighthouse – but have you ever stopped to wonder who the heck this Peggy actually is?

The Peggy's Cove Lighthouse

You can ask 50 different people in this area about her and you’ll hear a variety of different stories, most of which originate with the name Margaret.

Did you know: The name Margaret has a variety of different nicknames. Some are obvious, as in Meg, Marg and Maggie, while others are downright strange, like Daisy. But over time, Meg & Maggie morphed into the rhymed forms Peg and Peggy – making peggy, widely known as a nickname for Margaret. 

Saint Margaret’s Bay

The first recorded name of the cove was Eastern Point Harbour or Peggs Harbour in 1766. Many believe that the village is named after Saint Margaret’s Bay, which Samuel de Champlain named after his mother Marguerite. 

Peggy's Cove Sign

Geographically speaking, Peggy’s Cove is located at the entrance to St. Margaret’s Bay. So the next theory is rather obvious; the cove was once known as Margaret’s Cove because of its location. When shortened, it became known as Peggy’s Cove.

William deGarthe

Another theory derived after local artist William deGarthe wrote the book ‘This is Peggy’s Cove’, which tells the story of a woman named Margaret; the lone survivor of a shipwreck near Halibut Rock, just off the point on which the famous Peggy’s Cove lighthouse sits. The schooner washed ashore during a terrible storm on a very dark October night in the 1800’s, everyone on board was lost except for Margaret, who swam ashore and was finally rescued by the people on shore.  Margaret stayed in the area, eventually marrying one of the local men. People from near-by places began to say, “let’s go see Peggy of the Cove,” and as such; Peggy’s Cove was born! 

While deGarthe claims that Margaret was a young woman at the time of the shipwreck, another theory suggests that she was a toddler. Too young to remember her own name, the little girl from the ship was adopted by a local Nova Scotia family who decided to call her Peggy. When she grew older, she married a resident of the cove in 1800 and became known as “Peggy of the Cove”, attracting visitors from around the bay who eventually named the village Peggy’s Cove, after her nickname.

Oceanstone Seaside Resort, located 15 minutes from Peggy's Cove.

No matter how she got her name, one thing is for sure: Peggy’s Cove is a beautiful Nova Scotian treasure. We’re happy to know her – and be located 5 minutes down the road from her. 

Three tips for planning your corporate retreat at Oceanstone Seaside Resort

We’re going to let you in on a little secret : breaks are good for business.

Growingly, more and more employers are realizing the benefits of hosting a corporate retreat. Aside from an excuse to get out of the office for a couple of days, it gives staff the opportunity to reconnect as people – not just coworkers – i.e. important.

The overall goal of a retreat is to provide an atmosphere of relaxation. A welcoming, inclusive atmosphere in which creative solutions to current business issues will arise. It’s also an opportunity to get to know each other better.

Here are three things to consider when planning your company retreat:

LOCATION

When planning a business retreat, seek out a location that is conducive to both work and pleasure. Of course, things like high speed internet and a coffee machine are a must – but don’t underestimate the power of nature sights and sounds on productivity.

We recommend a quiet, remote place with limited distractions. Not only will this allow you to avoid the noise and distractions of a typical city hotel, but you will get more done. Of course- we say that with the most obvious of biases 😉 but it’s easy to stay focused when you can hear the waves crashing on the beach.

TEAM BUILDING FOR BUSINESS

Despite its reputation for being, well, lame; team building is an incredibly important part of your retreat. It builds trust, mitigates conflict, encourages communication, increases collaboration and best of all; it breaks up the work. Effective team building means more engaged employees, which is good for company culture and boosting the bottom line.

The most successful, memorable team-building activities are things that don’t feel like a day at the office. Activities that overtly aim to draw in leadership lessons or practical takeaways are less powerful. Spending time together, sharing an experience or working towards a common goal allows bonding to happen more organically and far more effectively.

Some examples of team building activities at your Oceanstone Executive Retreat:

  • Private cooking class with Oceanstone’s Chef
  • Paint Nite
  • Board Game tournament (Jenga is a crowd favorite)
  • Yoga class

THE GOAL for your BUSINESS

Like most things in life, the key to a successful retreat is establishing a solid plan. In creating a plan, you are ensuring that everyone in attendance feels like the time spent away was worthwhile; like they’ve learned something new, gained (and grown) friendships and fresh perspectives.

Be sure you define objectives and create an agenda that ensures you accomplish them.Keep your goals simple, clear and, if possible, measurable. Structure each day in a way that balances work and play.

Once all the planning details are taken care of, you get to focus on what’s truly important: building great work relationships and having fun with your colleagues. Enjoy – and don’t forget to turn on your out of office message!

Get more information about hosting your next corporate retreat at Oceanstone.