Happiness is…

Being here: a farm at the mouth of the Campbell River (see photo).

I’ve been coming to this place on the east coast of Vancouver Island my entire life. In fact, it was my grandparents who first started coming to this wonderful place by the sea, then bringing their kids (my mom and her sisters). And eventually the grandchildren. Now the fourth generation is here, my kids. I hope they love it as much as I do.

This is the first time I’ve been back since we had kids and I was shocked by my reaction. It felt so good to be here – a homecoming of sorts. This is why:

We live in a fairly urban area but are close to natural parks and the sea. I need that proximity to nature – it refreshes my soul. I am much happier when I’ve had a good dose of forest, natural beach and ocean. Returning to my roots.

So we braved the long weekend ferry traffic and a bit of a drive and here we are. Refreshing my soul. For five entire days. And hanging out with family. It’s already a beautiful weekend.

The only thing that would make it better would be fewer clouds and a bit more sun.


I have more to say but I am writing this on my phone and I want the rest of my stay to be “off the grid”. I’ll post more along with some pictures when I return to the city.

Happy Canada Day weekend!


Recipe: Chicken Stuffed with Bacon, Onions and Yam

Mmm, bacon. Is there anything that bacon doesn’t go with or in? Apparently, there is even recipes for bacon ice cream although I’ve never tried to it.

We had bacon in our refrigerator along with chicken and one yam and an onion. I was getting tired of my usual chicken marinades – in fact, generally tired of chicken since we seemed to have it almost every night recently. What could I do with the bacon and chicken? Continue reading Recipe: Chicken Stuffed with Bacon, Onions and Yam

Eating Out: ensemble Tap in Vancouver

This past Saturday night, my husband and I went to our friend Victoria’s (of Victoria’s Food Secrets) birthday party which was held at ensemble Tap in Vancouver, BC.  Before we left for the restaurant I checked out the restaurant menu.  I tend to do this most of the time, even before I decided to be a primal food consumer, but now more than ever I study the menu.  All of it looked very tasty and enough of it was Paleo-friendly. Continue reading Eating Out: ensemble Tap in Vancouver