Hello Strangers

Hello Strangers!

Exploring in the snow with the beast

It’s been a near impossible thing for me to be regular on this blog! I’ve been thinking a lot about that lately. Seeing as my last post was months ago and the one before that, quite some time as well. As sporadic as I am with it though I can’t bare to give it up. I keep it, and look at it, and tell myself I should be writing on it. But what to write?

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Dairy Free Cranberry Rosemary Crisps

Homemade dairy free cranberry rosemary crisps

Not long ago I made my first batch of cranberry rosemary crisps and when I shared a photo of my finished product there was quite a bit of interest. So I thought I’d make them again and share it here for anyone with a desire to try! It all started with boxing day lunch. My fella had given me some delicious unpasteurized goat cheese, imported from France, and Raincoast Crisps crackers as part of my Christmas gift. So we were enjoying a fruit and cheese arrangement for lunch. I was looking at the crisps thinking how uncomplicated they were. “I can make these!” I decided.

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Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

A while back, when fall still felt like fall, and there was no snow on the ground, I was staring at a bag of apples from the yard, debating what to do with them. The idea of hard cider crossed my mind but I  wasn’t interested in taking on that kind of commitment. Then I thought vinegar! It’s a natural progression for apples anyways, making me more of a supervisor then a real participant in the process. I use quite a lot of apple cider vinegar in my cooking already. I have a simple salad dressing recipe, (I’ll share that later), that is my go to and the main ingredient is apple cider vinegar. Off to the beautiful internet to find some information.

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Overnight Hike on the Heather Trail

Overnight hike on the Heather Trail

It seems like for years now my cousin Sarah and I have been discussing an overnight hike together. It’s always “yeah! We have to do that soon!”, and then life gets busy and we forget about it. So when she threw out a date to me, August 6, I checked my calendar and said “yeah, that works for me!”. But I wasn’t totally confident it would happen. Then I got another message, “how about the heather trail in Manning Park?”. She meant business and I wasn’t going to let this opportunity pass.

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Sugar Free Applesauce

Picking apples to make sugar free applesauce

A few months back my fella and I decided to give cohabitation a go. Of course there was packing, listing and selling my condo, donating a large amount of things I owned to charity, cleaning, organizing, you know how it goes… Combining two adult lives into a cute, little farm house takes time and energy. Trying to change a “bachelor pad” into a cozy home can be a job in itself. But I’m happy to say that the effort has paid off and I’ve reached a level of great comfort with my companion in my new dwelling.

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Overnight at Keyhole Hot Springs

Keyhole Hot Springs in Pemberton B.C

Last fall I stumbled upon a photo of Keyhole hot springs. “Where is this magical place?” I wondered. A quick Google search gave me the low down. Practically the back yard! About an hour north west of Pemberton and a few kilometers hike into the bush. I was sold. I had to go there, so I planned a day trip. It was forecasted to be in the negative temperature, dry but with recent snow fall. Imagine it! Magic! But the day before I was going to leave, I found out the road was closed due to a fatal accident at a work site nearby. That was that. It was too late in the year to attempt another trip in.

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Cherry Rhubarb Jam and bonus Cherry Salsa

Homemade cherry rhubarb jam

This year the garden and yard has been great for producing. But when it does, it demands your full attention. Should you ignore it, the window of opportunity will close, and it will be next year before any goodies can be made from the harvest.

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Q and the Othello Tunnels

Q at the Othello Tunnels in Hope BC

Q, the beast, is getting old. I like to hang on to the fantasy that somehow we will avoid the unavoidable. That the two of us shall take our last breaths together, seniors with a life time of memories and experiences behind us. That even though he’s slowed, he’ll never actually be gone.

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My Solo Road Trip Around Iceland’s Ring Road

My solo road trip around Iceland's ring road

This is my story of my solo adventure around Iceland’s ring road. I hopped on a plane, rented a four wheel drive SUV, stayed with locals and explored, explored, explored. I came home exhausted and beaten, rejuvenated and fulfilled. It was a journey like no other and I’d like to share it with you.

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Chive Blossom Vinegar for Mothers Day

Chive blossom vinegar in mason jars

It was Mother’s Day weekend, and like last year, I had the intention of giving my mom a jar of chive blossom vinegar. Blossoms still soaking.

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