Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Joyous: new Christmas card class at Treasured Memories

Joyous: Card Class
Monday, September 15
6:00pm - 8:30pm

This will be my second scheduled Christmas card class, to see all the details you can check out this post. I have used My Mind's Eye pattern papers, the pops of blue threw me at first but I am loving them now. If you can't come to class and hang out with me you can pick up a take home kit. Call the store at 780-414-1540 for either a class spot or kit.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Around Here

Finishing off the summer dance session strong & confident. 


When stock comes into Treasured Memories we put everyone to work.

Wearing a reminder of what matters from one of the sweetest women I know.

Trying out roller blades and totally getting it on the first try.
 I couldn't say the same for myself.

Celebrating the three of us in Canadian Scrapbooker.

Visiting a new park that has the most lovely, soft sand.
 Wish I could remember the name to tell you...

Getting excited as goodies start arriving in the mail for our Disneyland adventure.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Travel Adventures: Mini Book Class

Travel Adventures: Mini Book Class
I will be teaching this travel journal as a class for Treasured Memories on Saturday, September 13. Come join me and get your vacation photos in a book! See all the class details here.

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.