I wanted to share an inspirational video by Duiwaigh Studios. Angi Sullins and Silas Toball are talented artists that have their own Duiwaigh Gallery, inspiring each one of us to love our inner child.
" Between the worlds of right and wrong
Inside the Duirwaigh wood,
We beckon weary passers-by:
"Forsake the world of 'should'!"
Rekindle long lost hopes and dreams
Refuse the ordinary
Engage your heart in matters light
Remember how to love unleashed
Remember why you are here!"
It is time to take a long breath in after the first wave and enjoy what life has to offer in the Okanagan. Specifically all it's unique beauty: the lake full of fresh water, blooming orchards, beautiful beaches and wineries.
This time we are going to cover Sleeping Giant winery in Summerland. It is a short drive off the HWY 97, just past the Summerland entrance if you are coming from West Kelowna.
The Sleeping Giant winery is located in between the orchards and along Bottleneck drive together with other wineries. Sleeping giant winery produces fruit wines only, but a huge variety: apricot, gala apple, cherry, pear, peach, Saskatoon wine, blueberry, raspberry, blackberry, strawberry-rhubarb, cranberry, pumpkin, black-currant wines. This is for people that complain they don't enough fruit and vegetables. Definitely a pleasant solution:
"What did you have for dinner last night? "
- "I had a bottle of fruit salad"
- "How did you manage to get fruit salad into the bottle?"
- "It was apricot fruit wine".
Summerland Sweets is the parent company of Sleeping Giant and it produces a variety of jams and waffle syrups. The variety is unlimited: from traditional peach jam to apricot and brandy. Anything you wanted, but were afraid to ask for.
We expect the second wave the middle of June 2020 and into July 2020, so now is a good time to take a breather, get outside. It is a time to enjoy life!
One of the Easter symbols is decorated eggs, which represent the life continuity.
This year, save some cash and ditch the fake stuff by dyeing your brown or white eggs the old-fashioned way: with food you already have in your fridge or pantry.If you're into the rustic, farmhouse look or prefer to keep your household more natural, follow this how-to guide to color your holiday decorations with natural Easter egg dyes.
Make Natural Easter Egg Dye
Soak four cups of chopped beets in mixture for 30 minutes. Strain, then allow eggs to sit in liquid for 30 minutes or more, depending on how deep you want the color to be.
Add 4 cups of yellow onion skins to mixture. Simmer for 30 minutes, strain, and allow eggs to sit in liquid for 30 minutes. For a brighter orange, leave the eggs to sit in the dye overnight in the fridge.
Add 3 tablespoons of turmeric to the boiling water. Simmer for 30 minutes, let cool, and soak eggs in mixture until they reach the desired shade. (FYI, since turmeric is notorious for staining your skin, you'll want to wear rubber gloves when handling yellow eggs.)
Light Blue Eggs
Add 3 cups of chopped red or purple cabbage to mixture. Simmer for 30 minutes, strain, and allow eggs to soak overnight for brightest shade.
Dark Blue Eggs
Add 4 cups of blueberries to mixture. Simmer for 30 minutes, strain, and let eggs sit in liquid for 30 minutes or more for deeper tones.
I have chosen onion skins and deep terracotta hue.
Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting Recepie
Ingredients for Cake:
1 tbsp finely grated orange zest, plus 1/2 cup orange juice (it took 2 oranges)
1 cup dried apricots, finely chopped (only if all your family members love apricots-the cake will be tasty without them as well)
1 tsp finely grated fresh ginger
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
4 large eggs
3/4 cup honey
3/4 cup canola (any oil you have will do)
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
4 large carrots peeled and grated
1 cup chopped pecans
2 packages of cream cheese
1/4 cup honey
2 tsp orange zest
1. Heat oven to 350 F and grease 13x18 inch baking sheet
2. In a small saucepan bring orange juice, zest, apricots and ginger to a boil. Remove from the heat immediately.
3. In large bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, salt. In another big bowl combine eggs, honey, oil and applesauce -whisk well. Fold in flour mixture. Add apricot mixture, carrots and pecans and fold until just combined.
4. Transfer mixture to prepared baking sheet. Bake until wooden stick inserted comes out clean, 20-30 min. Let cool.
5. Meanwhile, make frosting: using electric mixer, beat cream cheese, honey and orange zest until smooth. Spread on cake and enjoy!
Sweet and sour pineapple beef on rice
This is fast meal to prepare and it is affordable too!
1 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
3 tbsp ketchup
3 tbsp brown sugar
3 tbsp white vinegar
3 tbsp sodium-reduced soy sauce
1 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
salt and pepper
4 tsp canola oil
500 g ground beef
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 red pepper, thinly sliced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 cup diced pineapple (frozen from the bag works just fine)
2 green onion chopped
Preparation: In a small bowl, whisk together pineapple juice, ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, soy sauce and cornstarch. Season with salt and pepper, set aside.
In a large skillet brown beef for about 7 min, add onion, garlic and cook until softened 4 min. Add red pepper, pineapple and reserved sauce. Cook stirring, until beef is cooked and sauce thickened, 2-4 min. Spoon over rice and garnish with green onions.
I just remembered about an unique essential oils blend that works very well. I have heard about it from a friend who worked in a reception area during the flu season and was swearing that Thieves oil blend helped her stay healthy. I bought it and kept for future needs.
The opportunity to try Thieves Oil Spray presented itself during a spring season, when I just started working for a family business. At first, older family members came to work with flu -like symptoms, sneezing and coughing. The next day I brought my Thieves oil spray and sprayed around myself at least three times a day. Within a week, maybe a week and a half, younger family members contracted the same symptoms. I continued to spray around myself and remained in good health.
It is one of the oldest and most interesting oils, based on the unique history of how and why it was developed. Legend has it that in the 15th century, when a terrible plague spread like wildfire across Europe claiming more than millions of lives, four thieves from Marseilles were busy notoriously robbing people, who were dead, of all their possessions. The thieves themselves did not contract any infection as they had applied a powerful herbal blend of natural oils on their bodies. This came to be known as thieves essential oil.
Thieves essential oil is a blend of five essential oils, which include clove essential oil, rosemary essential oil, lemon essential oil, eucalyptus essential oil, and cinnamon bark essential oil. It has a rich, spicy, and earthy aroma. This essential oil has potent antiseptic, disinfectant, and antibacterial properties, according to a report published in The American Journal of Essential Oils and Natural Products.
Thieves essential oil is well known to reduce stress, neutralize bacterial and viral pathogens, improve digestion, strengthen bones and reduce inflammation, as well as lowering fevers, healing skin conditions, aiding weight loss and strengthening the respiratory system.
DYI Thieves Essential Oil Blend
You will need:
10 drops Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil
20 drops Clove Essential Oil
8 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
18 drops Lemon Essential Oil
5 drops Rosemary Essential Oil
and an empty dark glass bottle (sold at any health stores like Nature's Fare)
I bought all ingredients online at Natural nutrition website, but you also can get ingredients from any health store. Prepared Thieves Oil is also sold - I bought one bottle for immediate use and waiting for components to arrive to make more of my own.
Uses: add 30-50 drops into spray bottle (100ml) with distilled water and sanitize your hands, air around you, any surfaces. It can be used in a scent burner, aroma diffuser.
It also smells divine!
Eating healthy, nutritional meals is super important to keep immune system balanced and working well.
I strongly encourage everyone to absolutely eliminate alcohol or cigarettes from your life not to overburden the immune system.
Dairy Free Potato Soup
This potato soup is our family favorite, vegan friendly and contains only 8 ingredients!
You will need:
Serve with bacon crisp or pancetta bits.
Add smashed cranberries into a pot, add water, apple/orange juice if using, sugar, spices and bring to boil. Turn of heat and let it cool. Add reserved cranberry juice. Pour into mugs and decorate with orange slices.
As of today, March 15, 2020 officially there are 73 COVID-19 virus cases in British Columbia, with two being identified in Interior BC region.
If in the beginning of March 2020 health officials were concerned about people coming back from China, lately virus cases were reported globally for total 156,400 confirmed cases. The virus spreads in geometrical progression domestically as well.
There are 5,833 reported deaths from COVID-19 globally, with only one being in British Columbia. Top 5 countries with the most reported cases-China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain.
Canada ranks 20 on that list with 252 confirmed cases. Those numbers are probably skewed (my guess by 1.5), as not everyone reports their sickness.
I got my information from Center for Systems Science and Engineering
Media created a panic response from the masses: toilet paper disappeared from each supermarket. I actually don't have a logical explanation why exactly toilet paper?
I have seen the video of people in Costco erratically running towards toilet paper isle and loading up. That created a response "Monkey see, monkey do".
As of yesterday shelves with non-perishable food, such as canned vegetables, fish, meat got emptied. Despite the announcement from the government officials that there is no shortage of food is foreseen. Well, Corona virus spread in Canada was not foreseen either, right?
Below is the picture from WalMart Center showcasing empty shelves, where canned food used to be. Pictures above are from SuperStore.
Empty boxes where tuna once was.
It is probably wise to stock up on food items, planning for self isolation if you or any of your family member will be diagnosed with a virus.
Here is the shopping list that might be useful for stocking up:
1. Cold and flu symptoms reliving medication (such as Tylenol, NeoCitran), cough suppressing medication, nasal congestion sprays.
2. Water- you could get a water filter, bottled water.
3. Hot liquids: green tea, chicken broth.
4. Food. When you are sick, it is best to eat light and easy digestible foods like vegetable soups, rice with vegetables. With all the madness surrounding shopping, still buy two weeks worth of supply: bag of rice, bag of oats, frozen vegetables and meat, eggs, etc.
5. Cleaning supplies. It is a fact that virus is capable of living for several hours outside of a carrier. That means we have to be prepared to clean surfaces with disinfectants: Lysol, Bleach, Windex.
Last, but not least: stay away from crowded places like shopping malls, crowded stores. Remember to dress according to the weather- it is cold outside, so the jacket is mandatory.
There is no need to panic, historically there are ups and downs. It will turn up eventually!
This article is not for snowbirds, that fly to Mexico, Arizona and Palm Springs for winter months. Those lucky folks are having a blast by simply being outside in the sun. I sincerely have to admit, I want to be able to do that too. However, our livelihood connected to Canada so tight, that we stay in Canada all year around.
If you spend your winters in Canada, than most likely you thought about ways to add fun activities. The most interesting and exciting activity for Canadians is HOCKEY.
There are multiple ways to participate in National Religion-play yourself, register your kids, visit live games or watch on TV. Whatever works.
We are Canucks fans and watch their games.
The next best thing is skating- each city has a skating rink open to public for free. It is a fun activity. Here are the pictures from Valentine's Day skate, where couples came to skating rink as a date night.
Here are some ideas how to impress the significant other during St. Valentines outing/date.
1. Sweet lantern sleeve sweater $24.68
2. Sexy halter top $15.53, cotton
3. Sexy fringe backless dress $26.44
4. Romantic pink dress for a date $23.29
5. Burlesque Red/Black Corset Dress $26.39
6. Burlesque leopard dress $31.08
7. Slimming effect elegant office dress $22.69
8. Sexy lingerie $20.41
9. Another sexy set $18.26
10. Floral embroidery nightgown $16.24
There are plenty of Christmas Lights and whole neighborhoods lit up for Christmas and a New Year. The one we can recommend is Candy Cane Lane (located in Rutland neighborhood), which unites Collision Road, Gramiak Road and Mary Court.
The homes will stay decorated and lit up into New Year, month of January 2020.
Over the years, the block has collected non-perishable food items from those who are checking out the festive neighborhood, and last year, almost 10,000 pounds of food was collected and donated to the Kelowna Women's Shelter, Freedom's Door recovery house and the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club.
Candy Lane is portraying the community spirit, the one we remember from "Christmas with Kranks". And you never know, who you will bump into while visiting Candy Lane! Christmas miracles happen more often than we think!
Another great activity for a whole family - is to build a snowman.
It actually takes time and some creativity, but this would be a time well-spent.
Canada has great outdoors - so much to do: skiing, snowshoeing, tubing, ice-skating, snowboarding, ice-fishing, ice-hockey and simply building a snow fort! Any of the activities provide happiness boost that lasts days.