Sparkling Hill

Last week my husband and I enjoyed a three-day retreat at the beautiful Sparkling Hill Resort in Vernon, B.C. In addition to being a world-class hotel and spa, the location of this jewel in the picturesque Okanagan Valley is simply quite stunning. Overlooking Okanagan Lake, the views from our room, from the pool and spa areas, and from Peakfine Restaurant were simply breathtaking.

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Coconut-Chocolate Protein Balls

Did someone mention coconut, chocolate, and protein all in one breath? Yes! Here’s an easy snack that is also good for you! And this may well be the shortest post I’ve ever put together! Make a batch and store them in your fridge… see how long they last.IMG_4530

Ingredients:

1 cup Almond Butter               1/4 cup cocoa

1/4 cup chia seeds                    2 Tbsp. hemp hearts

2 Tbsp. protein powder          1/2 cup crushed walnuts

1 tsp. vanilla extract                2 – 4 Tbsp. coconut milk (depending on consistency)

2 Tbsp. honey

Shredded coconut (for use after balls are formed)

Mix ingredients together and roll into balls. Cover with shredded coconut. Store in fridge.

Enjoy!

Après–ski

après–ski: social activity after a day’s skiing.

Our recent ski weekend spent at Silver Star Mountain included not only several days of wonderful skiing, but also the opportunity to indulge in après-ski activities. This included sipping on a favourite glass of wine, digging into a pot of chili, indulging in my favourite chocolate cake, as well as endless games of Wizard and Blackjack (we’re practising for Vegas!). There’s nothing quite like relaxing after a day on the slopes, when your muscles ache (but in a good way) and time spent with good friends seems even more special.

Food always tastes better after a day of skiing… not sure why, but it’s probably a combination of fresh air and exercise. A pot of chili is always a hit or try making your own pizza or shish-kabobs. This year I made my chili a few days in advance, as it tastes better when it’s mellowed for a few days. Just pull out your crock pot and try this easy chili recipe:

Chili:

2 cans kidney beans, drained (14 oz)

2 cans chopped tomatoes (14 oz)

2 pounds (1 kg) ground beef, browned and drained

2 medium onions, coarsely chopped

1 green pepper, coarsely chopped

2 cloves garlic, crushed

2-3 Tbsp. chilli powder (to taste)

1 tsp. pepper

1 tsp. cumin

Salt to taste

Directions: Pull all ingredients in crock-pot in order listed. Stir once. Cover and cook on Low 10-12 hours or High 5-6 hours.

Did someone say Wine and Cheese? Happy Hour treats!

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Chocolate Bundt Cake – the best way to finish of the Apres-ski experience.

Hope you’ve had a chance to enjoy the slopes this winter!

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Ski Bunnies – having a bit of fun with iPhone apps!

 

Spreading the LOVE

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I love dinner parties and Valentine’s Day (or somewhere around then) is a great time to spread the love amongst your friends. Over the years I’ve gathered a considerable amount of Valentine’s decor (I have to admit I’m up to 4 boxes!) and it’s fun to pull out all those red, pink and white decorations to enhance the dinner table. Let’s face it – dining out on Valentine’s is busy, expensive, and not as intimate as you can make it in your own home. Hope this post might inspire you to plan a celebration of your own this year! Continue reading “Spreading the LOVE”