Life In Squares: Saturday Family Adventure
- BBQ Buffalo Poutine from Millarville Farmers’ Market
- Caprielle’s Strawberry Goat Milk Ice Cream = <3
- Me getting a taste of my farm life dream
- Passed by Turner Valley and this fun/artsy-looking thrift store caught our attention. Decided to go inside but ended up leaving in a flash because it reeked such a foul scent. (The owner had cats and there were litter boxes everywhere.) Definitely one of those times when you shouldn’t let outer appearances fool you.
- A little gem in the prairie: Coyote Moon Cantina and Espresso Bar
- Headed back to Calgary and spent the rest of the afternoon at East Village for the Summer Food Truck Frenzy
- I reaaaally want my own food truck
- Pork Taco from Taiko Taco Food Truck is like heaven on a pillowy steamed bao: 72-hr sous vide pork belly, cucumber, Korean kimchi slaw, pickled garlic, shiso and gochujang
- Coffee and desserts to share (Red Velvet Cake & Key Lime Cheesecake) at Main Dish to end the day
Gluten-Free Vanilla Cupcakes with Cocoa-Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
Vanilla Cupcake Recipe from Cloud9 Specialty Bakery
Cocoa-Vanilla Buttercream Frosting adapted from Add A Pinch’s Classic Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 2-3 cups icing sugar, sifted
- 2-3 tbsp milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder, sifted
In a bowl or a stand mixer, beat sugar and softened butter until it turns pale and into a cream-like texture (about 3 minutes). Add in milk, vanilla extract, cocoa powder and a pinch of salt. Keep mixing until you get a frosting consistency. It should be smooth but if you were stubborn like me and didn’t sift the powders, then you will get a lumpier frosting. :P
It’s all about that crisp.
Jasper, Alberta, Canada
The quote “It’s about the the journey, not the destination.” has never been more true. We only stumbled upon this beauty in Jasper, passing by the right place at the right time, but it was the highlight of our trip.
Jasper, Alberta, Canada
Although things have gotten better with me figuring out my long-term goals, I am still being challenged every day by my own mind. Yoga—hot yoga, specifically—physically and mentally removes me from those “distractions.” It reminds me to be still. To pause, breathe and appreciate myself and my practice.
When you encounter a bump a long the road, do not rush to the finish line. In fact, you can’t. Everything happens on its own time no matter what you do. Instead, be patient and acknowledge that the glitch isn’t based on where you are but on how you choose to react to the situation you are in.
Whatever it is you do and are passionate about, whether it is something like yoga or any other craft, remember that when you honor your practice, it will always honor you back.
How does this sound:
Chicken. Wrapped in ham. Baked then cooked in a homemade cashew-basil pesto cream sauce with asparagus, tomatoes and potatoes.
Mmm.. Doesn’t that hit all the right spots? I originally planned on just baking the chicken but Gastropost Calgary’s mission that week was “Asparagus For All Of Us” so I decided to spice things up with a full entree. I found this amazing blog with a recipe that I was going for. It’s in Spanish but good thing I can understand and got to tinker with it. (Hey, UBC! Finally found a use for my degree!) I want to make it a few more times before sharing my version so for now I’d have to direct you to Mr. Google Translate for help.
It’s a fairly easy recipe using simple ingredients and for convenience you can just opt for store-bought pre-made pesto sauce. I chose to prepare my own pesto because 1) I prefer cooking from scratch with fresh ingredients as much as possible and 2) everything tastes better when it’s homemade. Enjoy!