Highwood Ridge

Location: Kananaskis Country – Alberta, Canada Destination: Highwood Ridge Difficulty: Easy Day Hike | Class 1 and some Class 2. Brief periods of exposureTrail Overview MapHighwood Ridge is located in the Kananaskis area which is about an hour from Calgary. We spent a good amount of time in Kananaskis country when we lived in Calgary because it was so much …

Death by Chocolate

My recipe for Death by Chocolate comes from my husband’s family, and it truly lives up to it’s name. I’ve taken the liberty to change the recipe around to make for a healthier chocolate indulgence. Strangely enough, my healthier version turned out even more rich and decadent than the original which is due in the most part to the chocolate …

Apple Varieties 101

I thought with the arrival of fall, it might be a good time to review the different varieties of apples. There are so many kinds to choose from, it can be overwhelming. Hopefully, this short lesson will help you navigate your way to the best variety of apple for what you’re doing.

Homemade Coconut Whipped Cream

I decided to give coconut whipped cream a recipe of it’s own today for a number of reasons: 1. I make coconut whipped cream two different ways, and I thought it might be nice to share some of the tips I’ve learned along the way. 2. This whipped cream makes it’s way into many of my desserts (Nutella Pudding in …

Lake Agnes Teahouse Hike

Location: Banff National Park – Alberta, Canada Destination: Lake Agnes Teahouse Distance: 4.5 Miles / 7.2 Kilometers Round-trip from Chateau Lake Louise Elevation Gain: 1,250 Feet / 381 Meters Difficulty: Easy Day Hike | Class 1 – Hiking with a low chance of injuryTrail Overview Map Lake Agnes Teahouse Hike is located in the Lake Louise area of Banff National …

Bacon Wrapped Mushroom Cheeseburger with Guacamole

Bacon wrapped mushroom cheeseburgers are good, but they're even better with guacamole! These burgers are open faced and without the bun, it's all about the toppings. Just envision smoky bacon wrapped juicy beef with aged cheddar cheese melting all around, and topped with zesty guacamole. The bacon gets crispy - caramelized and the smokiness is enhanced because of the barbecue ...

Natural Sweeteners – Honey

I like to use three different natural sweeteners – honey, maple syrup, and coconut sugar. I’d like to take a few minutes today to talk about honey. I’ll be following up with posts about maple syrup and coconut sugar and the reasons why I use each one. The primary reason I use natural sweeteners is for the nutritional health benefits. …

Crockpot Applesauce

Since I started making applesauce in the crockpot, I've never looked back. It's so easy to put together, and it cooks while I sleep! Waking up to fresh applesauce for breakfast is totally great. If you've never made your own applesauce before, you're in for a treat because there's so much more flavor in the homemade version. If your apples ...

Greek Salad

This Greek Salad is my little celebration with the fruits of summer! For tomato lovers, nothing beats this time of year with sun-warmed tomatoes right off the vine. With produce that good, it deserves a place of honor at the table during this short season. Every year, I find myself making entire meals from our tomato harvest – where fresh …