Posted in Holidays, Seasons, Summer

Camping – End of May – Mid Sept

I have an ambitious camping goal for the year. I think I have felt extra trapped this winter and want to be out in nature as much as possible or maybe it’s not having to go to work anymore that is drawing me to nature more. Whatever it is, I have a goal of six camping trips this summer.

We usually do 2-3. I want to double that this year. I have planned the locations and all of them are close to home, except for three dream trips I would love to do this summer but to be realistic may not happen. So hopefully we can get at least one dream trip done.

My 6 goal destinations are Elk Island x 2, Miquelon, Pigeon Lake, Wabamun or Pembina River, & Sylvan Lake. Elk Island is also my back-up destination. It’s really close and easy to book. We have been there numerous times and will use it as our test run for our first camping trip with T. So if we don’t make it to the other destinations, we will do another trip out to Elk Island. Depending on how the trips go this summer we may try for our usual Strathcona Wilderness Centre fall trip (Cause you get to see lots of moose up close and personal!!!!) but that trip is a micro hike in and there are no facilities, so if camping with T has been a breeze, we can take it to the next level!

You may have noticed I am focusing on Provincial and National Parks! We have so many great parks in Alberta that I want to discover and rediscover them 1 by 1!

Your probably saying what about the dream trips……. They are Slave Lake, Waterton, and Cultus Lake. Oh I guess I have 4, I’d like to go back to Waskesiu Lake and get cabins and hang out with the family in that province!!!!! Oh wait 5. I want to go visit my friends on the island and stay in an oTENTnik in Fort Rodd Hill!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have so many wants this summer! Here’s hoping I can get through most of it!

Posted in About Me, Holidays, Vegan Food, Vegan Recipes, Vegetarian Food

My Happy Cow Obsession!

I’ve been thinking of upcoming holidays and eating out. So the first place I look is Happy Cow. I love Happy Cow! Need a veggie restaurant  Happy Cow comes to the rescue everytime! Now when I go on holidays it’s the first place I visit to see what veggie restaurants are where I am!

If you also frequent Happy Cow, look up my reviews – Prfound_Raincloud!

Posted in About Me, Allergies/Intolerance, Holidays, Nightshade Free, Vegan Food, Winter

And Finally……The Honeymoon – Part 1

Back in February…(Yes I have been a bad blogger) J and I went on our honeymoon. We went winter storm watching in Tofino! We chose to fly to Victoria and make our way to Tofino, enjoying the island and all it’s sights.

Our first day in Victoria was spent looking for boots for me, after the boot fiasco that ensued prior to our departure and eating at a wonderful little restaurant in downtown Vic. I am still dreaming of the lemon bead curd.

Here are my amazing boots! Obviously crushing a tree stump in Cathedral Grove! IMG_5081

Boot Fiasco was me buying boots in Edmonton, taking them home the night before the trip and realising they hurt my feet and I could not hike or walk beaches in them. With no way to return them or continue shopping that night due to stores being closed.

Good thing we were able to get an awesome pair pretty much in the first store we went to after landing!

Then there was the heavenly little place we went for lunch – Lotus Pond! Which I unfortunately forgot to take pictures of, but we had the dinner for two.

It came with spring rolls, wonton soup and brown rice. The two dishes we choose to include were lemon bean curd and buddha’s delight.

I advised the server of my allergies and it seemed like maybe she didn’t understand what I had meant but when the food came out there was not a nightshade in sight 🙂

Everything was tasty! The hubster said he found it to be the best veggie place with this type of fare he has ever been too. I quite in enjoyed the lemon bean curd, it tasted alot like egg in my opinion, kind of like a lemon egg. Maybe that doesn’t sound the greatest but it really was good!

It is a very reasonably priced vegan chinese restaurant in downtown Victoria.

We then made our way to Nanaimo! Here are some sites from our drive!

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Posted in Cheesepalooza, Holidays

Halloween and Cheese

It’s Halloween! K is going as Fun Dip. J and I are handing out candy.

There was no cheese making this month but that just means double the cheese making next month and double the cheese blogging as well. In preparation for my October cheese choice, my family and I have tried 3 different feta’s this month, Cow, goat and sheep! Thanks to the Italian Centre in Little Italy, which is right up the hill from my house!

Until next month my friendly cheesepalooza enthusiasts!

Posted in About Me, Beauty Care, Hair Care, Natural Products, Wedding

In Case You Hadn`t Noticed, They`re Saying It`s 2012!

Welcome to the New Year!  Although I never really understood why we get so excited about it. It doesn`t truly change anything and I think resolutions are useless but I like fireworks and parties as much as the next person so I partied along with everyone else!

Wedding planning is going well!  I have a ceremony and reception venue and a dress.  I need to up my game again as I have been putting things off and need to get the rest of the planning done this month!

Excitement in my life = *fingers crossed* a honeymoon in Portugal.

Hair Care – Not impressed with Deva Curl after using it for the last month.  It`s just not my thing.  I find my hair is not manageable and definitely cannot do second day curls. It leaves my hair in tangles.  I am also not impressed with a local outlet called Images and Shades is no longer carrying the brand CURLS, as I hate ordering and paying shipping online. The next product I am planning to try is Boo Bamboo! I am excited about it as it can be found at my local grocery store!

Happy New Year!

 

Posted in 29 Before 30, Holidays, Nightshade Free, Summer Solstice, Vegan Recipes

Summer Solstice!!

Today is Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year.  We finally had some sun today but the rain did come out for a while this afternoon.  I love celebrating Solstice and I am making a fun dinner filled with salads and fruit to celebrate the beginning of summer and all the fun it brings.  One of the recipes I have made is Corn Salad, which I got from a blog I follow called {custom made} life.

Corn Salad

Ingredients:

  • 5 ears of corn, shucked or 4 1/2 cups frozen corn
  • 1/2 cup small-diced red onion
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, julienned {or chopped}

Directions:

  1. If using frozen corn, skip to step 4 and just run under cold water to defrost.
  2. Cut the kernels off the cob, cutting close to the cob.
  3. Put kernels in pot, and boil for 3 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and run under cold water until corn is cold {or defrosted if using frozen}.
  5. Toss the kernels in a large bowl with the red onions, vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  6. Just before serving, toss in the fresh basil.
  7. Taste for seasonings and serve cold or at room temperature

I am very excited about this salad because I get to use basil from my herb garden!!!!  So that is one thing crossed off my 29 things before I am 30 list.  I started my herb garden!!

Today I also got great news as I have found a Sparks group.  So over the next few weeks I will fill out the paper work go through an interview and fingers crossed become a Sparks guider!!  Sparks is for girls 5 and 6 (kindergarten and gr.1) and it is run through Girl Guides of Canada.  Girl Guides is a great way to volunteer and make a difference.                 I am uber excited about being a guider in the fall.

 

Posted in About Me, Exercise, Summer

WOW…It’s been a while.

I haven’t posted in forever and so much has happened, for one thing I am a year older!

I’ve been quite sick lately, it’s like an onslaught of sick.  I am hoping to be feeling better in the next couple of days (fingers crossed) as I am soooo tired of being sick.  This time has given me the chance to catch up on all my shows and now I am going bit stir crazy. It also sucks because the weather is so nice out now!

We booked our tickets to Curacao, we leave July 23!!!!  That’s 42 days away not that anyone is counting.

K’s gr.6 graduation is this week (although school doesn’t end till later in June) and so we will be on a mission to find a dress!  K also leaves for summer camp at ACCA youth camp July 2nd, something she is quite excited about as she had a blast last year!

I joined a soccer team and am loving it.  Why I ever stopped playing soccer is beyond me and my current goal is to play throughout the year, both indoor and outdoor!

June seems to be flying by……Summer is always too short.