Zucchini Bake

Zucchini Bake  {A Pretty Life}

This easy to assemble Zucchini Bake makes a delicious side dish!  It's a great way to use up this plentiful summer vegetable! - - - - - It's zucchini season...that's such a thing right?  Zucchini zucchini everywhere!  And you might be wondering what to do with it all.  The great thing about this veggie is that it is so versatile...you can use it in baking, and you can use it in savoury dishes, it just blends in so nicely with many flavours. One of my most favourite zucchini recipes is this … [Read more...]

Camping Food Checklist

Camping Food Checklist

Take the stress out of what food to pack on your next camping trip, with this camping food checklist!  And while you're here grab some camping recipe ideas too! - - - - - We love to camp.  It's just a great way to spend time with family, explore the world and enjoy the great outdoors!  We're not expert campers, but over the years we've managed to find a system that works for us, and we can get packed for our trips pretty quickly.  But one of the areas that I still find most challenging is meal … [Read more...]

Campfire Peach Crisp

Campfire Peach Crisp

This Campfire Peach Crisp dessert is cooked in a tin foil package over a low flame campfire. So delicious! - - - - - - - - This past summer we went on a humungous road trip to California.  Like 6000 km long.  I'll share more about that trip on another day, but for today I want to talk about peaches.  More specifically peach picking we did along the way, and making peach crisp over the campfire...it can be done, just wait and see! On our epic summer road trip we passed through the state of … [Read more...]

The Easiest Banana Muffin Recipe

The Easiest Banana Muffin Recipe 2

This really is The Easiest Banana Muffin Recipe!  Simple ingredients, 2 bowls, and you can mix everything by hand!  Makes moist and delicious muffins! - - - - - - Yes, there are a million different recipes for banana muffins.  In fact I have a couple here on my blog already, but this recipe is by far the easiest and most delicious of them all.  How is it different you ask?  I guess I like this recipe because it has less sugar than the one I've been using for years, and it also has baking … [Read more...]

Zucchini Muffins

Zucchini Muffins 2 {A Pretty Life}

These Zucchini Muffins are moist, cinnamon-y and so delicious!  They're perfect for breakfast and snacks. - - - - - - Don't you just love summer?  Besides all the summer adventures and hot weather, the food this time of year is just the best.  The markets are full of fresh vegetables and fruit, making cooking and baking so easy!  I especially look forward to endless zucchini.  I really wish I could grow zucchini in my little yard.  My mom used to grow the best zucchini plants, so we would have … [Read more...]

Getting to know my Saeco GranBaristo

Saeco GranBaristo Review 3

Now that I've had our Saeco GranBaristo for a while, I have gotten it to know it much better, so I thought I'd share some last thoughts I have about it in this last blog post, as well as some tips! A great aesthetic feature of the Saeco GranBaristo is how compact it is, and that it can easily fit on your kitchen counter.  It doesn't take up much more room than a regular coffee maker. And we also like that it is very easy to use.  The touch pad menu is easy to navigate. We especially … [Read more...]

Easy Italian Sandwich

Easy Italian Sandwich 3

This Easy Italian Sandwich is loaded with Italian meats and cheese, vegetable spread and fresh basil.  It's SO delicious!  You should make it. - - - - - - Recently I attended the opening of a new market in town called the Italian Centre Shop.  And ever since then I've craved all kinds of Italian foods.  But can you blame me?  At the opening there was SO. much. food.  So much delicious Italian food.  Everything from deli meats and cheeses, to desserts and cakes, to creamy espressos, to fresh … [Read more...]

Figs with Ricotta Cheese, Drizzled in Honey

Figs with Ricotta Cheese, Drizzled in Honey

These Figs with Ricotta Cheese, Drizzled in Honey are a quick and delicious appetizer or snack!  Ready in minutes and so beautiful! - - - - - - - So let's talk about figs.  What do you think of them?  Do you like them fresh or dried?  I had never really thought much about figs until I tried some dried ones from Costco a couple of years ago and really enjoyed them.  But the true pleasure of figs that I have found is eating them fresh. Last summer while on our trip out to the west coast of … [Read more...]

Tips for making great coffee!

Coffee Art

Making a great cup of coffee is easy, but there are some ways to make sure each cup tastes its best!  Here are some tips for making great coffee! - - - - - We've been enjoying our new Saeco GranBaristo Espresso Machine so so much.  Ever since we welcomed this machine into our home, our coffee has never tasted better.  It's like having a coffee shop right at our finger tips...lattes for breakfast, Americanos, steamed milk...dreamy. - - - - -  I look forward to my cup of coffee every … [Read more...]

Tips for how to run a 5k in 8 weeks!


Tips for how to run a 5k in 8 weeks!  Written by a beginner runner.  You can do this.  True story. - - - - - Ok, well first let me preface this by saying I am not a running expert by any means.  I am just an average gal who decided to take up running in her 39th year of life!  ;)  Why did I do such a thing you ask?  Well it all started when my friend Kathy signed us up for the 5K Colour Me Rad race here in Calgary.  I had always wanted to complete a colour run, and this was the perfect excuse … [Read more...]