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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 ... Read More

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. … Read More

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 … Read More

Cilantro Pesto over Zucchini Noodles

I love making pesto with basil during the summer months when I have an abundance of it, but…during the rest of the year, cilantro pesto holds it’s own at a fraction of the cost! This pesto is dairy free, unlike a traditional pesto. I don’t think it sacrifices anything though, because the avocado and toasted cashews add a delicious creamy … Read More

Parmesan Zucchini Gratin

We’re deep in zucchini season around here, with more than I could possible use up! This gratin makes short work of a few zucchini at a time, not to mention, it’s crispy-cheesy delicious! Zucchini and summer squash are often thought of as boring vegetables, but I think it makes them the perfect vehicle for all kinds of flavor combinations.