The BEST garlicky baked brie dip made in a tiny pumpkin for fall! Tastes amazing served on toasted baguette slices!

Baked Pumpkin Brie Dip

I recently returned from Japan, dazed and confused, as if I hadn’t slept in weeks. Jet lag is a whole different beast when the time difference between the destination and home is 16 hours. I’m alive and relatively awake now, but on my first morning home I slept through my alarm and was 45 minutes late for work. Oops!

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The perfect moist and delicious zucchini muffins studded with chocolate chips.

Chocolate Studded Zucchini Muffins

Got leftover zucchini? Me too. It seems that muffins and quick breads have been the only thing I’ve baked in months with the abundance of carrots, zucchinis, and peaches I’ve found myself with recently. Freezable baked goods are my best friends!

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A healthy and delicious 100% whole wheat carrot muffin recipe made with Greek yogurt, coconut oil, maple syrup and a whole lot of love <3

Whole Wheat Carrot Muffins

These days when I’m not running, I’m thinking about running. I thought marathon training was taking over my life before but boy, the trails on the West coast are INSANE! So stunning, so technical, so amazing! Half of my runs are just me standing there staring out at the mountains with no running at all. I totally moved to the right place, no?

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My version of the best damn kale salad out there. This easy recipe includes a soft poppyseed dressing, sugared almonds, dried cranberries, avocado, seeds, and some yummy cruciferous veggies.

My Favourite Kale Salad

Ohhhhh long weekends, I love you. I just spent the past few days with my friend (aka my “trail wife”) camping, running through the hills of Kelowna, eating and drinking all the things, and basking in the sun. We woke up each morning with our maps, tons of sunscreen, and GPS watches ready to go on a big adventure. As with all adventures, Saturday was sure interesting. We ran into another runner who warned us of a rattlesnake taking up the single track trail up ahead and then ran into another group of runners who said they marked the spot near where the snake was with an “X”. My friend and I kept running, if you can call it that (it was more quick hiking/stomping) and never ended up seeing an “X” on the trail OR a snake…good thing for us! Washed out bridges and tick’s though? Oh yeah, we ran into those.

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A fun sangria that’s made with all of your favourite margarita mix-ins plus wine!! Perfect for a crowd or a spectacular date night in 🙂

Margarita Sangria

Happy Margarita Week friends!! Kate from ¡Hola! Jalapeno is hosting a bunch of fabulous bloggers this week to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and a whole truckload of limey drinks. YAAAAAAAAASSSS!!!

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Your classic pinwheel recipe made with a soft flour tortilla that’s stuffed with green chilis, cheddar, cream cheese, and red pepper!

Green Chili Pinwheels

I’m going old school on you today with pinwheels! Did you grow up with these? I’m about to disclose my deep dark hilarious past to you right now, here we go:

My grandfather is a square dance caller. Like, old time real-deal square dancing. It’s something I grew up doing and loving with both my of grandparents and to this day, I still think about all of the fun potluck parties we used to go to. I can square dance call myself but haven’t done it in YEARS! What I can do though, is make a mean potluck-style pinwheel 😉

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A refreshing beer cocktail made with cucumber, craft pale ale, and basil. Great patio cocktail or for an evening with friends

Cucumber Basil Pale Ale Cooler

I am feeling thirsty again. Maybe it’s the warmer weather, maybe it’s the time off from running (I’m nursing an injury!) but man, a cold cocktail after work just seems like the best thing ever!

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A simple weekday/anytime vegetarian wrap made with spinach, chickpeas, sundried tomatoes, olives and feta tossed into a hummus slathered tortilla.

Spinach, Chickpea and Feta Veggie Wrap

Hey friends! I’ve got a simple, easy “non-recipe” for you today. One that I love to eat as a pre-run dinner and one that fits perfectly into my packed lunch bag! I love a good healthy wrap stuffed with veggies!

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Tart and undeniably delicious, this Citrus Sangria is made with craft IPA and is absolutely delicious. Switch up your traditional Sangria for this one – it’ll for certain be a huge hit!

Citrus IPA Sangria

Coming up with beer cocktails like it’s my job! With cheap growler fills, I’m finding it’s a fun way to enjoy cocktails on a Sunday afternoon. I’ll go for a long run in the morning, start cooking something fabulous, take my pup for a walk, and sip on something like this right before dinner. Date night is what you make it, no?

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Move over for a second cinnamon rolls! We’ve got some soft and sweet blueberry lemon rolls filled with blueberries and topped with a lemony glaze. These sweet yeast rolls are perfect for breakfast or brunch.

Blueberry Lemon Rolls

I ran my first race of the year this past weekend. It was a 25km trail race through the Diez Vistas in Port Moody, BC, and it was to date, the hardest race I’ve done. Being a “marathon runner”, I never thought a 25km run would steal the breath from me and make my lungs feel like they’d been squeezed by the hand of Zeus, but this race was up a mountain with ice crusted roots and boy, did it get me! I ended up finishing pretty well and better than I expected (11th female overall) and it was a great kick in the butt for the big training season to come (I’m training for my first 50 km trail race in August).

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