July 26, 2014

Places to Visit in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia: Lynn Canyon Park

While many countries are saturated with historical sights and architecture to see, Canada's tourist treasure lies in its beautiful nature. So during Vini's visit this summer, we planned a few excursions to get us out of the house and enjoying the beautiful scenery that British Columbia has to offer. 

One of our stops was Lynn Canyon Park. It is a municipal park, which is wonderful because the excursion is free including parking. The park features a suspension bridge, so it is a great free alternative to Capilano Bridge nearby.

There are well-kept main trails throughout the park with wooden railings, stairways and pathways as needed, as well as detour trails for the more adventurous. We stopped at the creek at Twin Falls and had our lunch.  

The water was icy cold so we didn't do much more than wade in the water, although several people were jumping in. Instead we continued on our way, found Waldo on a fence, and followed the recommendation of the signs to keep a watchful eye for Sasquatches and bears. Unfortunately (or probably fortunately) we saw neither. 

Enquanto muitos países estão saturados com locais históricos e arquitetura fantásticas, o tesouro turístico do Canadá está em sua beleza natural. Durante a visita do Vini neste verão, planejamos algumas excursões para nos tirar de casa e apreciar a bela paisagem que British Columbia tem para oferecer. 

Uma de nossas paradas foi Lynn Canyon Park. É um parque da província de BC, o que é maravilhoso, pois é um passeio grátis, incluindo estacionamento. Uma das trilhas no local passa pela ponte suspensa chamada Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge, o que faz do parque uma ótima concorrente a Capilano Bridge, parque onde o passeio é cobrado.

Há trilhas principais ao longo do parque, as quais são muito bem cuidadas com grades e escadas de madeira onde necessário, como também trilhas mais obscuras para os mais aventureiros. Paramos no riacho em Twin Falls e desfrutamos nosso almoço no meio daquele lugar peculiar.

A água estava super gelada, e por isso não fizemos muito mais do que molhar os pés, embora várias pessoas mais corajosas (ou loucas, não sei) estavam tomando banho no riacho. Continuamos nosso caminho e encontramos Waldo em uma cerca, e seguimos os conselhos das placas para ficarmos de olhos abertos em busca de Sasquatches e ursos. Infelizmente (ou devo dizer, felizmente) não vimos nenhum.

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Where have your summer adventures led you lately?
Até onde tem suas aventuras te levado ultimamente?

July 13, 2014

Cranberry and Coconut Oatmeal Cookies – Delicious Every Time.

I don't want to dwell on the fact that my blogging has gone from constant to sporadic to occasional. However, I will say that I have been much more active on Instagram. Usually I do the whole food photo thang, (yes, I've become that person) especially now in the summer when there are pretty fruits and I actually have time to eat. I'm also working on documenting my efforts to transition into a healthier lifestyle. I am taking it one meal at a time, currently working on making all of my breakfasts vegan. More about that here. If you care to follow along or maybe get some breakfast inspiration, head on over to my Instagram here

All of this to say that with the new overload of food photos in my feed, there have been petitions for recipes. So, when I can or feel motivated to do so, I will be posting some of the most asked for recipes on here. 

Below is the recipe for my most favorite ever vegan cranberry oatmeal cookies. They're fabulous. Really. I found the recipe on Full Measure of Happiness a couple of weeks ago and have made several batches since. I adapted the recipe to make it vegan and added a thing or two to make it yummier. Now, I could bore you telling you how every time I've made them they have been devoured in less than a day, but I have droned on enough and I know what you really want are the recipes. So scroll on down, and let's get to it. 

Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

1/2 cup unsalted butter (Earth Balance)
1/2 cup brown cane sugar (Make sure it's not dyed white refined sugar)
1/2 cup organic cane sugar 
1 tsp Pane Riso egg replacer + 2 Tbsp water (to replace 1 egg)
3/4 cup flour
1/4 tsp Rumford's aluminum free baking powder 
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup oats
3/4 cup cranberries
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (secret ingredient to increased yumminess)

1. Preheat oven to 325º
2. Combine flour, salt and baking powder in small bowl.
3. In another large bowl cream butter and sugars.
4. Add egg replacer and water, and beat until fluffy.
5. Add flour mix and beat until just combined.
6. Blend 1 cup of oats in blender. It doesn't need to be very fine, but just so it's a little less chunky. Save the 1/2 cup without blending so there's still some texture. Add oats and cranberries and mix until combined.
7. Line cookie sheet, and use a Tbsp to form each cookie. Sometimes the cookie dough is a little dry, so you may need to add a little more water. 
8. Pat down cookies with hand.
9. Bake for 18-20min. or just until cookies begin to brown. They will finish baking out of the oven, so account for that. 

Enjoy and let me know how you like them.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to enjoy my soy milk and cookies. After I Instagram them, of course.

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