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Thursday, 31 October 2013

Autumn's Warmth

 Autumn has always been my favourite season.  Vibrant orange, lustrous gold against dark forest green made everyday a cheerful one. No longer do we rely on blue sky and sunny day to feel awake. Personally I adore the grey sky, it seemed to suite the whole melancholy theme much better~ It is kind of ironic though, because I am currently ill with the cold, but I am thankful for this bonus day where I can spend cuddling on my couch , drinking hearty soup and to complete this blog post. 

Yes it is time for leather, fur , and  burgundy ~ Transforming my closet, dress according to the season, is my other passion. A stroll in Queen Elizabeth Park seems like the perfect thing to do on a brisk, early Sunday Morning. It is Vancouver horticultural jewel, located 152 meters above sea level it offers a marvellous view of the city. Whether you are looking for a pond to feed the ducks with the family, play tennis, wedding photoshoot, or a fancy dine out night this park offers them all~

What is Autumn without soup ? I need food that not only tastes wonderful but also makes me happy. If that's your standard too, then this soup certainly qualifies~ Recently I stumbled across this recipe composed by Canadian's most popular food blogger Elise Bauer. This recipe is called White Bean Soup with Ham, Pumpkin, and Chard. I substituted chicken for ham, trying to eliminate process food from my diet. Also instead of putting the raw pumpkin into the soup, I baked it in the oven for an hour first, making it a breeze to slice. The result was too good, and super healthy.  I am definitely going to make it again and possibly share with my dear friends~ 

Here is the soup recipe 

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

In celebration of completing four weeks of boot camp, and with the golden crisp Autumn weather at hand, we decided to venture off on a hike. Located in Squamish Chief Provincial Park, the total distance of eleven kilometre takes approximately six hours to finish. There are three peaks all together, the South, Central and North. Both South and Central peaks overlook the stunning scenes of Howe Sound and Squamish River. The North Peak includes view of several peaks in Garibaldi Provincial Park. This is a dog friendly trail too, I am so happy to hike along furry friends~ The sight of a husky in the evergreen forest is just breath taking. 

Eventually before reaching the peak, the hike's difficulty escalated,  the assistance of metal chains was required to haul ourselves up the steep slopes. The reward was not at all disappointing. The towering cliff is not fenced and you can literally "roll off the cliff ". It might be dangerously slippery on a rainy day, or if you are hiking with a prankster. I stood there with my companions, shivering not of the wind, but at how awe inspiring Jehovah creation is.