I love a trek to St. Mark’s Summit on a misty fall day.
Being surrounded by nature’s beauty makes my soul sing.
And, after a chilly excursion to the mountaintop, this dish helps to warm your soul and fill your belly:
Savoury Puff Pastry
- 2 ⅓ cups flour
- 14 tablespoons butter, frozen
- Pinch salt
- 8-10 tablespoons chilled water
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
Place your butter in the freezer for a minimum of 2 hours but preferably overnight.
In a jug mix together water and lemon juice and set aside.
In a large bowl mix together flour and salt. Everything should be cold so feel free to put the bowl of flour in the fridge to chill.
Grate the frozen butter directly into the flour mix. Stir the frozen butter into the flour with a knife in with a knife.
Add the liquid, holding a little back just in case you don’t need it all. Using your hand bring your pastry together gently. You want to add just enough water to bring the pastry together. Too much water will not yield you a flakey dough.
Bring the dough together to form a ball. Wrap in cling film and place in the fridge for a minimum of 1 hour. You can refrigerate it for up to 3 days or freeze to use at a later day.
Form your puff pastry into little boats. In the centre, add sliced cherry tomatoes and a layer of bocconcini and top with a fresh basil leaf.
Bake at 350 degrees for half an hour. Serve. Warm your heart.
Yoga is not just repetition of few postures – it is more about the exploration and discovery of the subtle energies of life. ~ Amit Ray
Yoga is a light, which once lit, will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter the flame. ~ B.K.S lyenga
Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self. ~ The Bhagavad Gita
Summertime, and the livin’ is easy. Fish are jumpin’ and the….
I find myself humming this song every time I visit this picturesque little town surrounded by unbelievable wild beauty.
A day trip to Lost Lake turns me into a carefree soul, happy to laze the day away beside the water while my little dog swims and fetches until he curls up, exhausted, beside me.
“Dogs got personality. Personality goes a long way.” – Quentin Tarantino
A day spent here also takes me back to the best memories of my teenage years, growing up in lake country in Ontario. A sunny summer day meant putting your bikini on, getting on a rickety old bike, throwing the beach towel and PB and J sandwich in the basket and pedaling down a gravel road to the lake to meet up with friends. Our beach back in the day was a grassy patch beside a dirt road but it was sublime. Days were spent swimming, sun bathing orsometimes canoeing through the thick, beautiful lily pads. No smart phone or internet required.
It was simple and easy and fun and Lost Lake takes me right back to that place.
After an afternoon of lazing in the grass and dips in the lake, it’s cocktail hour.
This one is courtesy of Milestones Restaurant:
Ruby Red Mimosa
- Half glass sparkling wine
- Ruby red grapefruit juice
- splash elderberry liqueur
Just the right ending to a slow, sweet summer day.
Beware the barrenness of a busy life. – Socrates
Vancouver is blooming and I just can’t get enough of all of the beautiful blossoms and their scents.
My current favourite activity is leashing up my dog, hitting the beach and breathing in the floral wonderland around me. Nature’s aromatherapy has opened up shop in my neighbourhood. The light pink cherry blossoms that were lining our streets have loosened from their stems this week and glided down to cover the ground in sweet little pink petals. Luckily fushia Azaleas have taken their place, as well as a plethora of other blooms.
And what to snack on during a walk through the flower lined streets? Banana chia pudding. This treat is raw, healthy and chock full of omega 3’s.
Banana Chia Pudding
- One cup vanilla almond milk
- 1/2 cup chia seeds
- one banana
- sprinkle of raw cacao
- 1 T hemp seeds
- 1 T flax seeds
Blend all ingredients together and pour into mason jars for a snack on the run!
“Always look up; there are treats beyond your wildest dreams waiting!” ~ Pawsh Magazine
I’ve been dreaming of sunshine lately and thinking about all of the hikes I’m planning to do this summer. Hikes like Joffre Lakes.
Joffre is situated a little north of Whistler and is home to the most beautiful emerald and aquamarine water I have ever seen.
Here are a few pics from my 1st hike to this extraordinarily beautiful destination. I can’t wait to get back.
I was a little outdoorsy when I arrived in BC from Ontario in the late 90’s but…only a little. Living in this beautiful province has, slowly but surely, turned me into a devoted, treehugging hiker and nature lover. And becoming these things has transformed both my physical fitness and emotional health. I cannot even imagine what my life would be like if I hadn’t moved to BC and experienced the breathtaking beauty of this province’s mountain and forest trails.
I’m also forever grateful to this stunning province for teaching me a few lessons in peace, happiness and what life is all about.
Here they are:
1. Getting outside and working up a sweat makes you healthy and happy. Hello endorphins!
2. Taking the time to question the craziness of our stressed out society. And, when you do, you’ll probably reach the conclusion that the slow pace of the natural world is where to find true contentment.
3. And, last but not least, that hugging and old growth tree in the middle of a forest makes everything better.
Loving and thanking you today British Columbia ❤