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A blog dedicated to anyone who's ever followed their heart away from cities and crowds and enjoyed a life where abundance comes in the form of sultry afternoons, fresh air and time with the people they love. Posts about rural living, wellness, food, sustainability and family life  in northwest British Columbia, Canada.

November 1, 2018

I posted these smoothie recipes to my Instagram page in early summer with a promise to file them all here when I was done. Now the snow if falling and they’re still confined to Instagram—until now! Also, good news: smoothies are a year-round phenomenon.

Granola is a sta...

March 10, 2018

Next week, we leave on vacation. Willow is so excited, she already packed her bag—two weeks ago. She packed mine, too. It includes a bathing suit, sunglasses, sunscreen and the one thing I never travel without: proof that I’m her mother.

Whenever we leave the country, I...

December 22, 2017

“If Smithers is home, welcome home.”

I feel a swelling in my chest, not to mention a lump in my throat, as the captain signs off and we begin our descent. Preparing for the forecasted chop, I clutch on my lap Ada Calhoun’s Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give, an honest synop...

October 31, 2017

I managed to sleep a little later this morning. Even still, when I opened my eyes the horizon was just starting to bleed light, a bruise blue beginning to spread between the low-lying clouds, silhouetting the knobby aspen knuckles that scratch at the sky.

Indeed, it’s H...

October 9, 2017

Cooking with pumpkin just wasn’t a thing in my house growing up.

I guess we ate pumpkin pie (although I don’t recall my mother ever making it), but it likely came out of a can. My first recollection of actually buying and eating fresh pumpkin was when I was travelling i...

September 28, 2017

Fall is the time of year for rituals: shutting down the garden; raking up the leaves; putting away the harvest.

When it comes to food processing, I have a few staples — dill pickles, raspberry jam and borscht, to name a few — but the most fun are always the ones you do...

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October 31, 2017

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