Honeydew Melon Sorbet

No Churn Honeydew Melon Sorbet

I found the recipe for this honeydew melon sorbet on Facebook - I can't seem to find the link, so if you know it, please let me know! It looked so damn refreshing, I ran out right away and bought a melon just so I could make it. It looked pretty simple, but it was anything but simple for me. Firstly, I froze the melon too long, and my blender was not cooperating - I think it's high time I bought a food processor. Then, I let it freeze for too long.. thus making it hard to scoop out... so before you go running off to make this, make sure you have a little patience - something I did not have this day. Note: this is no-churn sorbet What you will need: 1 Honeydew melon; rind taken off and cut into chunks 2 Tbsp. liquid honey water - 1/4 to 1/2 cup 2 Tbsp. lemon juice Freeze the honeydew melon for roughly 2 hours - place into a food processor, or blender. Add 1/4 cup of water and the 2 Tbsp. of lemon juice and blend. Add more water as necessary until you get a … [Continue reading]

Queen Elizabeth Park | Grad 2016

Grad 2016 010

It's been 10 years since I graduated from high school - and admitting that makes me feel old... I have this girlfriend who didn't go to hers, and every once in a while, she gets this really terrible feeling--you know, like something is missing. She checks her purse, and then she checks her keys. She counts her kids, she goes crazy, and then she realizes that nothing is missing. She decided it was side effects from skipping the prom. ~Iona; Pretty in Pink I was lucky enough to have been asked to snap some shots for a group of graduates at Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver a couple of weeks ago. What a beautiful backdrop! It was super sunny, and ridiculously hot - but still the girls hiked around the park in their dresses, while the boys tried to beat the heat in their suits. Congratulations to all the grads of 2016! … [Continue reading]

Spiced Pecans

Sweet & Spicy Spiced Pecans

These spiced pecans are a little bit sweet, with a little bit of heat. I should caution you now - they are SO DAMN ADDICTING!  I made a small batch originally, to go on top of a pear salad, but they were that good, I ran out the next day and bought in bulk... They are a great little snack on their own, or tossed into a salad. Spiced pecans may be my new favorite treat! What you will need: 4 cups pecan halves 1/4 cup unsalted butter 5 Tbsp. brown sugar 1 tsp. smoked sea salt 1/4 tsp. cumin 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon 2 Tbsp. water Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Heat pecan halves over medium heat - you want to toast them lightly. Add in the butter and coat everything. Followed by adding the spices. Allow everything to get coated with butter and spice. Stir in the brown sugar, and add water. Stir constantly and allow mixture to thicken. Once thickened (about 5 minutes) spread pecan mixture over lined … [Continue reading]

Homemade Bing Cherry Pie Filling

Homemade Bing Cherry Pie Filling

Fact: I have never made cherry pie filling before! Sure, I've made blueberry, apple, and pumpkin - but never cherry. So when we were on our way home from the Okanagan in May, I picked up a box of cherries just so I could make cherry pie filling. This easy homemade cherry pie filling requires only four ingredients and a little attention. It's great in pies, danishes, or even on ice cream! What you will need: 4 cups ripe Bing cherries; washed &  pitted 1 cup granulated sugar 4 Tbsp. cornstarch 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice Tip: An easy way to pit a cherry is by using the back end of a wooden chop stick. Place the end of the chopstick at the top of the cherry and push the pit though the bottom. Place the pitted cherries into a saucepan, set over medium heat allow the cherries to release their juices. This should take about 10 minutes. Stir occasionally. In a small bowl mix together the granulated sugar and cornstarch until well combined. Sprinkle over the … [Continue reading]

Creamy Rotini Skillet with Pan Roasted Pork Tenderloin


Wow your dinner guests with this creamy rotini skillet with pan roasted pork tenderloin. Made with Barilla's new line of Pronto pasta, this one pan dinner requires no boiling of water, and no … [Continue reading]

Fresh Air, Camp Fires and Marshmallows


Things felt different in Osoyoos this year - I couldn't tell you what shifted, or prompted change, but I felt it... Instead of beer darts, and bus driver - we were all sprawled out on the lawn with … [Continue reading]

Quick & Easy Tapioca Pudding


This quick and easy tapioca pudding was the result of a baaad craving. You know me - I get a craving... I must have it! When I was little, tapioca pudding was my absolute favorite, but the boys are … [Continue reading]

Mini Strawberry Rhubarb Galettes

Mini Strawberry Rhubarb Galettes

These mini strawberry rhubarb galettes were so damn simple to make and so delicious!. Strawberry rhubarb is one of my favorite pie fillings - I love the sweetness of the berries, with the slight … [Continue reading]

Salon Quality in the Home with Xtava


Let's talk hair care - because when it comes to my hair, I need all the help I can get. It's limp, volume-less and fried. Blow drying is the only way I can add life into my hair, and even doing that … [Continue reading]

Refreshing Blood Orange Gin and Tonic

Blood Orange Gin and TOnic

Gin and tonic is my drink of choice - wedge of lime added to it; perfect refresher drink. While browsing the produce section a few weeks ago, I came across some beautiful blood oranges and picked … [Continue reading]