Calgary Farmer’s Market

I’ve been going to the Calgary Farmer’s Market off and on for the last 4 years, and I love it! While we were waiting for our immigration papers to come through, it would go something like this: week 1, Calgary Farmer’s Market – week 2, Whitefish Farmer’s Market (Montana) and so on. Now that we live in one place, I’m …

Squash Varieties 101

Winter Squashes are a great source of complex carbohydrates, dietary fiber, and they’re loaded with vitamins and minerals! They’re a great source of Vitamin A and C, several of the B vitamins, iron, beta carotene, and Omega 3 fatty acids – who knew? That being said, I’ve never been a squash fan until recently. So what’s changed you might ask? …

Five Spice Maple Pumpkin Seeds

Sweet, salty, and wonderfully spiced, these pumpkin seeds will make for the perfect snack on Turkey Day! Five spice powder lends a unique depth to these spiced pumpkin seeds. If you’re familiar with the Vietnamese soup – Pho, the spices are very similar. Star anise is what makes five spice so interesting – there’s a slight fennel/anise flavor. If you’re …

Chocolate Chunk Salted Caramel No-Bake Cookies

While I was making Healthier No-Bake Cookies, I wondered what would happened if I left out the cocoa powder and turned them to a caramel version. And… here we are with Chocolate Chunk Salted Caramel No-Bake Cookies which, (dare I say it?) are better than the originals because chocolate + caramel = better than just chocolate!

Choklat in Calgary

Choklat is an awesome little chocolate store located in the Inglewood district in Calgary, Alberta. I discovered this gem a few years back when we were living in Calgary. Since then, I’ve gone for a truffle or two plus some of their delicious bars of chocolate. Choklat is dedicated to the utmost quality in their chocolate, going as far as …

Pumpkin Centerpiece with Burlap Wrapped Candles

Even though my favorite Coffee Bean Centerpiece is a year round kind of thing, I thought it was about time to introduce something more specifically fall to the table. I’ve already had one Thanksgiving in Canada, but lucky for me there’s still another one to go, and this centerpiece will be perfect. I assembled it on one of my serving …

Crockpot Salsa Beef

This is by far the easiest meal I’ve ever made! All the ingredients are placed in the crockpot, turned to low for 8-10 hours, and that’s it! The house smells amazing as it’s cooking – in fact it’s almost better not to be home. The second time I made this, I was home the entire day and the delicious smells …

Easy Veggie Skillet Eggs

The beauty of this breakfast is in the simple details. The flavors of the veggies are well matched for fresh rosemary, cracked black pepper, and a dusting of freshly grated parmesan. They are also really easy to prepare, and are made all in one pan (bonus points)!

Chinatown in Calgary

The Chinatown in Calgary is relatively small, but not something you’d want to skip over. There’s some great restaurants and shops with cool gadgets that are fun to poke through. Chinatown borders the Bow River that runs through Calgary, so it’s also a great place to walk, run, or bike. There’s picnic tables and benches where you can take your …