Pretty Things: Cottage Tour

These gorgeous, adorable, perfect little cottages were all found within a block or so of where we stayed in Kelowna. Too pretty to not take a few pics of.

Travel: Okanagan Wineries

Beautiful Mission Hill

We’ve just returned from a beautiful week in the Okanagan. My family rents a house in Kelowna or area every summer and off we go for some much needed beach time. My parents have taken healthy eating and living to a whole new level, one I can only aspire to, so a holiday with my family involves things like a 6am 17km run, fresh fruit and vegetable juice from the juicer every morning, and various sprouted things. I balanced that out by dedicating one meal per day to ice cream, which made Picky Princess VERY pleased. So we’re in detox mode this week. Fun.

We did make several stops at wineries and local farms. I was inspired with lovely new ideas and recipes, that I will be sure to blog about soon. But for now…some eye candy.

Squash growing in the back alleyView from Little Straw Winery

wineries are just so beautiful

Foodie Baby eating freshly picked cherries

Local Fare: Saskatoon Berry Farm

 

Berry Picking

Today we ventured out to the Saskatoon Berry Farm to do some berry picking! There is something completely and utterly satisfying about picking your own berries. I cannot escape these romantic notions in my head: of teaching my girls about how this is where our food comes from, pulling them in a wagon, storm clouds brewing in the distance, purple stained hands. And it was just a perfect little morning, storm clouds and all! Foodie Baby ate her body’s weight in berries. Picky Princess decided that she doesn’t like saskatoon berries, but picked at lightning speed, filling her bucket before mine!

I think there is amazing value in children learning that food comes from somewhere. It doesn’t just appear in the form of a grilled cheese sandwich. It comes from the miraculous; it comes from the hard work of people, and it comes from the earth. I hope my little people learn, from these little treks, to be grateful for something as simple yet essential as the food we eat. Grateful to a Creator, grateful to Farmers, grateful to Mommy.

The Saskatoon Berry Farm is located 18 kms South of Calgary city limits. It is open all year minus 3 days, and has 50 acres of u-pick fields! It has a cute little cafe and gift shop, and a nursery full of pretty hanging baskets.

Stay tuned for some yummy Saskatoon Berry recipes! I’ve actually got some really exciting things in the works right now! Interviews with inspiring people, features on exciting places…maybe even a cookbook recipe or two!

Foodie Baby with her berries

Picky Princess with a nearly full bucket

Local Fare: Communitea

Communitea

Sexy husband and I just returned from a little getaway to gorgeous Canmore. Of course any trip away ends up being about: the coffee and the food. Our favorite of both is found at Communitea. If you find yourself in pretty Canmore, make sure to check them out. Reasons:

1. The food is organic, healthy and delicious. The breakfast paninis are utterly amazing, organic freshly baked bread, red pepper hummus, scrambled eggs. mmm. Fridays feature chocolate matcha cupcakes, oh my. The lunch menu looks amazing as well. Super kid friendly!

2. The coffee is delicious! Their signature drink is a maple latte with real maple syrup(sexy husband’s fave). They serve Intelligentsia coffee. http://intelligentsiacoffee.com It is strictly direct trade coffee, which means that the company works hands on with coffee farmers across the world, not through a third party, assuring that farmers are paid fairly and the quality of beans are exactly what they’re looking for.

3. The staff are adorable and sweet as pie.

Check them out: http://thecommunitea.com

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