Mango Veggie Sushi Bowls with Sriracha Mayo

I can't even remember the last time I got out my sushi mat to make homemade sushi. I used to do it fairly often, but life happens, and it just seems like too much work most of the time! Enter sushi bowls... all the goodness of sushi without any of the hassle of actually making rolls. Since we live a ...

The Watchman Trail in Zion National Park

The Watchman Trail takes off near the main campgrounds in Zion National Park, so it makes for a great short hike to do as an 'extra'. It wouldn't make my top couple of hikes in Zion because it has to compete with Angels Landing and The Narrows, as well as so many others. But it does bear mentioning because the scenery ...

Glazed Honey Dijon Roasted Salmon

I've almost completely stopped making fish and seafood dishes since my husband and I got together seven years ago. He's not particularly fond of it, and it always seems easier to make chicken or beef. We also live in a land locked state that specializes in beef, with good seafood being fairly rare.  But last week we had company coming, ...

Tostones Eggs Benedict with Mango Salsa and Avocado Hollandaise

It all started with an all consuming need for Eggs Benedict! It was super early on a Sunday morning in Fernie B.C. and I just couldn't get the thought of hollandaise out of my head. I mean... is there a better sauce? I don't see how it's possible with all that velvety texture, and supreme richness! We walked into what ...

Refreshing Peppermint Sugar Scrub

Sugar scrubs are one of my favorite remedies to rough/dry winter skin. I always have the best of intentions going into winter that I'm actually going to moisturize everyday. But life gets busy, and it ends up being more like once a month instead of everyday. After a few months of this negligence, the cold weather really takes it's toll, ...

Strawberry Skillet Shortcake

This strawberry shortcake isn't at all traditional because it leans more towards a strawberry cake-like texture rather than the usual biscuit with berries type dessert. The strawberries and batter get baked together into a tender rich cake studded with berries loaded with roasty flavor. Then it's topped with fresh berries and homemade ice cream, (or whipped cream for a more ...

Tropical Quinoa Salad with Coconut Lime Dressing

I'm always looking for salad inspiration, especially in the colder months, (which can be most of the year here). I like trying to come up salads that use anything other than tomatoes which can be really pricey, and less than optimal tasting when they're out of season. When I saw this salad idea on a menu in Nevados in Fernie ...

Canyon Overlook Trail in Zion National Park

This little gem of a trail is only 1 mile long, and the views are fantastic. It used to be called the Great Arch Trail, but they changed it's name because you can't actually see the great arch from the trail. You actually hike out to an overlook where you're standing on the Great Arch. For a view the Great Arch, ...

Caramelized Pineapple Salsa

I think my favorite thing about Pineapple Salsa is that it tastes amazing year round. Decent pineapple is pretty easy to find these days, (I get mine at Costco) and even if it's a little underripe, caramelizing it brings out its natural sugars, and makes it taste fantastic. Even my husband who isn't a huge fan of pineapple likes it ...