tod mountain ranch

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August 2014 was a busy month for me, perhaps even busier than August 2013 which was the final month before my wedding. This August was full of other wedding related activities such as bachelorette parties, bridal shower and dress fittings for two of my best friends. It’s been a blast to say the least.

The most recent bachelorette party of the two took place at Tod Mountain Ranch near Sun Peaks in BC’s interior.  This dude ranch, which we came to learn was used often in the past to describe a guest ranch (as they are called now), that primarily catered to urbanites or ‘city slickers’, was a setting for what was a great bachelorette getaway. The ranch is situated in the Louis Creek Valley whose surrounding mountains provided incredibly scenic views. The cozy cabins feature hade-made wooden furniture and offer luxuries such as a mini fridge and super soft housecoats.  The main lodge includes a giant square table where guests can sit down with the hosts who provide full (and delicious) meals 3 times a day, a pool table, TV and DVD’s, games and more to entertain you between rides.  The lodge is open 24 hrs, which made it the perfect place for us to YouTube line dancing instructional videos and practice our skills at 1am.

The horses of course, steal the show.  You are matched up with a horse according to experience level, height and weight (and in my case at least it seemed, personality).  I had the pleasure of spending my time at the ranch with Charlie.  Charlie (seen above) was one of the newest horses at Tod Mountain, and the youngest in our group.  His need to be in the lead and his quick pace in combination with his stubbornness meant a perfect match.  We were both happy to take the first spot behind the wrangler, however Charlie’s stubbornness meant I often wandered off instead of waiting for the group to catch up.  By the second day we became fast friends and he seemed to enjoy the trail much more. Below is a collection of photos from our experience at Tod Mountain Ranch.
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pie-making: take one

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I’ve always wanted to try making a traditional apple pie from scratch, crust and all, and when I recently purchased an apple peeler/corer/cutter I knew I was ready. The machine is awesome. I swear all I want to do is eat apples, and trust me, that’s a big deal. You’ve got to have the right kind though. The bag of Gala’s I bought for the pie are definitely not the kind you want to use with this machine if you want to eat them afterwards. Most of the Gala’s were too soft so they broke apart rather than were sliced apart, but they were still perfect for pie filling.

My all-time favourite kind of apples are BC’s own Ambrosia variety. They are seriously delicious! Anyways, I got up this morning determined to fulfil my desire to bake a pie. I made the crust, mixed up the filling, and as I was about to make more crust because I didn’t think I had quite enough for the top layer, I realized I didn’t have enough shortening, My amazing husband threw on this shoes and raincoat and ran to pick me up some more. The fact that the pie turned out is actually less surprising than my husband jumping up at the mere mention of my ingredient miscalculation to rectify the problem. He saved the pie – and my sanity. Continue reading

strolling in steveston

Last weekend BC experienced record high temperatures around the province.  I decided the best way to take advantage of the heat was to head to the beach.  Silly me I forgot that ocean winds mean I can barely see with a face full of my hair that’s being blown all over the place, and the chilly winds kept me in a zipped up sweater for most of the day.  Despite the wind, the Steveston area of Richmond, BC is beautiful.  I absolutely love the ocean and the little fishing town is full of enough character to keep you interested all day long.  PS I dumbly left the Canon in the car so it’s just smartphone photos today.

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the mountains are calling

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In less than 150 days I will be saying I do to the man of my dreams.  Two days after that we will be on our way to explore a part of BC and Alberta that I have been dreaming about for a long time.  The mountains have been calling and I cannot wait to go.  We are mapping out a route which will include world famous drives, amazing mountain views, relaxing hot springs, gorgeous lakes, perfect camping spots, luxurious rooms, and thousands of photo opportunities.  I can’t wait to explore one of the most magnificent parts of Canada with my new husband.  I would love to hear your suggestions on things to see and do, and places to stay in the area.  Any tips you might have would be appreciated as we don’t want to miss out on anything!

International Selkirk Loop

International Selkirk Loop – Washington, Idaho, BC

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insta-gardens

Okay so this post isn’t about quick garden construction, but a brief highlight of gardening photos I took (and Instagramed) while weeding and planting tulip bulbs in my Mom’s front garden last weekend.  There were a few hours of warm sun between a downpour of a morning, and a strike of hail in the late afternoon.  (I do hope those little bulbs survived…)

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spring equinox

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The Spring equinox has come and gone.  The warmth in the air and the sun on my skin has me wondering if the groundhog will prove to be correct this year in his prediction of an early spring.  It’s looking good so far.  I’m on day two of sandals instead of boots.  Many parts of the province are still experiencing negative temperatures, and waist deep snow banks so I will try not to brag too much that this weekend our temperatures are supposed to hit 20 degrees Celsius! (Knock on wood).  Below is a little snapshot of spring/summer inspiration to brighten your day, as it does mine.

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