Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Dairy Free Pina Colada Smoothie

These are my smoothie of choice lately, simple and delicious!

Pina Colada Smoothie

1 banana
½ cup crushed pineapple- no added sugar (any kind will work) 
½ cup coconut milk
½ cup pineapple or orange juice
1 cup ice

Blend. Drink. Enjoy.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Jasper Adventures

We loaded up the car and headed to Jasper this past weekend. We wanted to get one more camping trip in before the summer ends and school starts, not to mention all the work I need to get complete before our trip to Disneyland. The weather was nice, not nice enough to go swimming in the lake again but perfect for walking around doing touristy type things. I swear that I see the mountains through fresh eyes each time I come and I hope that never changes.
Athabasca Falls. 
I am always blown away by the sheer force of the water each time I come here. It never gets old.

Jasper the Bear, lunch on patios, wine & smores and the hugest little dimples ever.

This little rocky "beach" is at the end of the falls where the water meets the lower river. We come here always and lose track of time as we navigate the rocks and search out heart shaped rocks for our collection.

We reserved this campsite because it is next to a small creek. Anna was in love and right in her element splashing in the water. It was pretty great to sit down there and drink our morning coffee.

On Saturday night a herd of elk came through and stayed for a visit. I lost count but I know for sure there were 5 little ones who still had some of there spots left. It's kind of magical sitting down for dinner and getting to see them so close. They ate, yawned, laid down, pranced around, scratched on trees, drank milk from the Momma, drank from the creek and called back & forth to each other. 
It was actually quite amazing. Just for the record- we kept or distance. 

Until next year Jasper.

Friday, 15 August 2014

Zucchini Love

I love zucchini and was super happy and grateful when a friend dropped off a bag of it for me. This is one of my favourite ways to eat it but I needed to use the oven. We were all a little extra sweaty with the added heat in the already hot house but it was totally worth it. So yummy! 

Roasted Zucchini

-Wash and slice zucchini into ¼" thick slices
-Toss in bowl with extra virgin olive oil, salt & pepper
- Lay out on baking pan in a single layer
- Cook in oven at 350° for 12-15 min
(I check mine every 5 minutes to make sure I am not over cooking them. I find them too soggy if they get over cooked)
- Remove from oven and crumble feta on top, sprinkle with parsley
- Serve & enjoy

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Backyard Living

Last month I went to Target for... I can't remember what I went for but it wasn't outdoor furniture. However, they were blowing out their summer stuff (summer had just started so this made total sense to me) and I love a good deal. I had wanted to create a little cozy spot but the prices of everything always turn me off. My internal dialogue sounds something like this: "You want what for a pillow! That will get rained on! You're crazy!" 
When I saw everything on clearance I knew I could make it happen, so I did. Lights, chairs, pillows... I was doing a happy dance. That was until I got to my car and thought "oh oh" but fortunately it all worked out and I even had room to spare. Cory asked me not to go back in when I let him know I still had room.. ha ha ha.
We live in a complex so our neighbours are extra close and the fences are on the low side. We have a yard though and it's fenced so I am grateful, very grateful. 

Some of my favourite nights are spent here. We put Anna to bed and then we sit outside chatting, cozy under the lights and the candles, drinking a glass of wine and checking out the stars. Happiness. 

Life is good and I am grateful.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

It's that time again.

Christmas Time: Card Class
Saturday, September 6
10:00am - 12:30pm

I can't lie, designing Christmas cards when it's +30 outside can be a bit tricky but fortunately for me I was completely inspired by these beautiful papers from Fab Scraps. I can hardly believe that it's that time again! I have all my Christmas classes scheduled at the store and all my papers ordered. It is going to be super exciting! The papers coming in are all so gorgeous, I definitely had a hard time choosing. 
Come hang out with me on Saturday, September 6 and get a head start on your cards for the holiday season... it's approaching much faster than we all would like to admit. Can't wait to see!

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

A look at August

August. Where did you come from?

Summer is so short here so I feel the need to PACK in as many things as I possibly can handle in order to enjoy the sunshine and outdoors. We're almost half way through the month and I get sad at the thought of shorter and shorter days. I do however love me some Autumn so I guess it all balances out.... right?
What does August (what's left of it) have in store for me?

Planning Classes, lots of classes.
A camping trip to the mountains.
Sitting outside in the sun as often as I can.
Working late into the night so I can do the one above.
Hosting another Project Life Crop.
Making lists, lots of lists.
Celebrating a birthday with friends.
Sorting out the financials for Disneyland.
Did I mention we're going to Disneyland!!!
Making reservations for celebrations in Disneyland.
Did I mention I had to call Disneyland yesterday?
Making project kits.
Ordering and purchasing Christmas product for my holiday card season.
Sitting outside (covered in bug spray) with Cory after Anna has gone to bed.

Monday, 11 August 2014

New kits at Treasured Memories

I thought I had lots to say this morning but I am writing this post after my fifth or sixth fight with Anna and it's only 9:30am. Not feeling it anymore, wish me luck with the rest of our Monday. But as for you- have a great day and thanks for stopping by. 

I will however share with you new kits available at Treasured Memories: Baby Boy & Girl mini books.