Thursday, 8 January 2015

Emerald Lake Lodge

Our stay at Emerald Lake Lodge was gorgeous! All of the rooms have patios that back on to the lake- not great in -25, but the view is beautiful.  There's no internet (except in the old lodge) and no TV. It's a great spot to completely unplug and unwind.

There's a rental hut right on the lake where you can grab cross country skis or snowshoes for a few hours. Neither Eric or I had been cross country skiing since high school and since the lake is entirely flat- hills were never our strong suit- we decided to give it a go.  It took us just under and hour to go around the entire lake which included time to stop and take a million photos.

On our way ou we stopped for lunch in Field at Truffle Pigs, a little gem of a restaurant and lodge in Field BC.

As amazing as it was-, I do have a few know before you go tips:

Parking- we found out the hard way that you can't actually park at the Lodge or in the parking lot at the lake. Guest parking is about a 5 minute drive away and once you're parked, you have to call a shuttle to pick you up and take you to the lodge.  It would've been helpful info before we lugged all of our bags across the bridge and up the stairs.

Bring your own pillows- I'm not a crazy picky pillow person, but the pillows in our room were terrible.

Download a movie- before we went, I was all pumped up about no tv and no wifi, but once you've skied, played 9 games of crib, 6 games of Farkle, read a third of your book and sat by the fire for an hour and it's only 8pm, you'll be glad you  have a movie. In case you're wondering, I was the games champion of that trip ;)

If you can, book a cabin- we stayed in the lodge and it was great, but next time we go, I'd splurge for the cabin. The lodges only have 4 rooms so it's not as if you're dealing with a lot of neighbours, but we were on the bottom floor and had to listen to the people above us the entire time.

I've alreay made Eric promise that we'll go back and stay in the summer. I can't wait to rent canoes, hike around the lake and see the mountains in full bloom. It's truly such a special place and definitely worth the trip.

Monday, 5 January 2015

Happy New Year!

Happy 2015! We're officially back to reality today. I've swapped out my breakfasts of lemon meringue pie for overnight oats and Turtles for almond butter protein balls. Real life isn't nearly as much fun.

Aside from visiting with friends and our quick trip to BC, we truly did nothing over the holidays and even though I was starting to get bored, I'm still not quite ready to get back to the grind.

As for resolutions, I didn't make a single  one.  Seeing as I still haven't accomplished the ones I made last year, I figure I'll continue to work  on those ;)

I hope  your 2015 is off to a great (and more productive) start!

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Good Tidings!

The holidays have arrived and I couldn't be more ready and excited for some relaxation! We'll  spend Christmas Day with Eric's family and then he and I are planning a little getaway to Emerald Lake Lodge. The rest of our time off with be spent catching up with friends and being unabashedly lazy.

Here are a few tips for your holidays:

To make
Overnight Baked French Toast
If you're in charge of bringing a side dish, make it this one
Spiced cranberry sangria

To watch
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
The World's Fastest Indian
This list.

To do
In your pjs:
In the real world:
Bowness lagoon is open for skating

I hope you a have a wonderful time spent with loved ones and good food!

Monday, 22 December 2014

New Beauty Find

A few girlfriends and I did our annual favorite things gift exchange last week. One of the amazing items I received was a SpaCells Facial Sponge. It's a little exfoliating mitt that you use on your face and body and it is life changing! The more gentle face side of the mitt still seemed a bit rough at first, but afterwards, my skin felt amazing!

It's a perfect stocking stuffer for any last minute shoppers out there! You can find them in Calgary at Frilly Lilly or online.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Land of Nod Cinnamon Buns

There are a few staples in my family for Christmas morning breakfast. Christmas sausages from Camrose, Imperial cheese, wifesaver and/or pull apart cinnamon buns. We celebrated Christmas this past weekend and since I was in charge of brunch, my pick was gooey cinnamon buns.

This recipe couldn't be any easier and because you make it the night before, you don't have to worry about rushing around your kitchen at 7am. Bonus: your house will smell amazing when everyone arrives!

Land of Nod Cinnamon Buns
from the Best of Bridge

20 frozen dough rolls
1 c. brown sugar
1 pkg. vanilla instant pudding mix
1-2 tbsp. cinnamon
1/2 c. melted butter

Mix together the brown sugar, pudding powder and cinnamon. Place 10 dough rolls in a bundt pan and sprinkle with half the mixture. Pour half of the butter over top. Add the remaining dough rolls, sugar mixture and pour the rest of the butter over. Cover with a damp tea towel and leave overnight.

In the morning, preheat oven to 350. Bake for 25 minutes. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before turning the pan over onto a plate.

Forgive the paper plate. By the time brunch rolled around, no one felt like dirtying another dish!

Friday, 5 December 2014

Local Gift Guide- Kidlets

Both of our families have agreed to only buy Christmas gifts for the kiddos. I have a hard time balancing wanting to be the cool aunt with not wanting to buy them more stuff that they won't use. I prefer to buy them an experience or something that I would've cherished as a kid. Here are a couple of ideas.

Books- everyone got a book from us this year. I still have my favorite childhood stories in a bin somewhere. We have a great book and toy store by our house called Monkey Shines. I also love Pages on Kensington and Shelf Life Books.

Blue Sunshine Dream Catcher- I've always been kind of a scaredy cat when it comes to bed time. It's totally ridiculous, but as soon as my head hits the pillow, my imagination runs wild. As a kid, I took comfort in knowing that my little dream catcher would keep the nightmares away. Calgarian Stephanie Nigh makes these beautiful catchers. They'd look gorgeous above the bed and there plenty of colors to choose from. Check them out on etsy.

Blocks- Simple toys are always the best. It helps that these blocks are nice to look at! Available at the Uncommons.

An Experience- This is my preferred gift for my nieces and nephews. I like to get them tickets to Butterfield Acres, the Zoo, theatre, the Science Centre or a Hitmen game. I like the fact that they're getting a memory instead of just another thing.

I hope these gift guides have been helpful. Good luck with your Christmas shopping and have a great weekend!

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Local Gift Guide- for Her

The second local gift guide is for us ladies. If I'm being honest, it's pretty much just everything I want for Christmas :)

Plant Terrariums- Our house is filled with air plants and terrariums (mostly because they're the only thing I can keep alive). I love these hanging globes! Available at Plant 

Erica Weiner Jewelry- Erica Weiner creates the most beautiful and delicate jewelry. Although she isn't local, you can find her pieces at Purr

Pucker by Gwendolyn Richards- Calgary food writer and cook extraordinaire, Gwendolyn Richards, has just released her first cookbook. You can find a few of her recipes (I'm dying for these lemon cookies) on her blog Patent and the Pantry.  As a lover of all things citrus, this book is a must have! You can find it at Cookbook Co. or Chapters.

Gypsy Skulls Print (or an original)- I'm obsessed with the stunning dried flower prints by Calgary artist Ayla Graham. She does so much more than just skulls- which makes it even tougher to choose one! You can shop her website or check her out at Market Collective this weekend.