Summertime is all about BBQs with friends, picking berries on your summer strolls, stopping at fruits stands for fresh Okanagan fruit, swimming in lakes and sipping on refreshing cocktails made with local, seasonal ingredients.
When we saw this blueberry thyme lemonade featured on Dixie Crystals, we were instantly salivating. BUT – as one does in the summer, we decided to add a twist… a vodka twist.
You can’t get much more local than the Yaletown Distilling Company, who’s vodka is made from 2 ROW malted barley from the Peace River Valley and Vanderhoof British Columbia. This B.C. grain gives Yaletown Vodka its distinct fruity nose and its remarkably smooth taste. The malted barley is milled, washed, fermented and distilled in the heart of Yaletown. Naturally, this is the vodka we decided to use in our blueberry thyme lemonade cocktail! + Read more
There’s nothing quite as satisfying as pulling a beet’s roots from the soil in your garden, and then serving it as an afternoon snack. ’Running To The Kitchen‘ makes it possible with these awesome rosemary sea salt and vinegar beet chips, which are a fun, crunchy and healthier alternative to boring ol’ potato chips!
If you don’t have beets or rosemary growing in your garden at the moment, you’ll be able to find them at your local farmer’s market. You’re probably tired of us saying, but local and in season ingredients, like beets and rosemary are now, are often cheaper, higher in nutrients, and better for the environment as they’ve travelled a shorter distance to get into your grocery bag.
So go on. These beet chips will live up to every salty expectation you have, and are a great way to keep the calories down low while the satisfaction high. + Read more
One of our favourite things about gardening is that you can get creative in a number of ways, like making your own upcycled planter boxes or DIY garden markers!
Now that your vegetables and herbs are popping up all over the garden, it’s time to tell which plants are which by putting your DIY garden markers in place. Markers can be made out of virtually anything: clay pots, wine bottles, spoons, corks, rocks and more! Here is some inspiration to help you get started. + Read more