West Coast Christmas Show

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Yesterday we went and checked out the West Coast Christmas Show in Abbotsford, BC.
The West Coast Christmas Show is a big holiday convention where you can find all kinds of goodies for the holidays like gifts, fancy foods from local vendors, decor ideas, live Christmas music & even culinary presentations, (just to name a few).

We’ve never been to the show before but when we heard that Food Network’s (Baker Extraordinaire) Anna Olson was going to be there, we had to go!

Anna performed a Holiday Baking presentation, and gave out lots of helpful baking tips & tricks.
She also baked a few things on stage – an apple crisp trifle, and shortbread bars. They looked amazing!

Here are a few of Anna’s Baking Tips that she shared:

– always use unsalted butter (for a number of reasons, but it is scientifically proven that unsalted butter has more butter in it than salted.)
– when making bars, line the pan with overhanging notched parchment paper so the bars don’t stick & are easy to get out of the pan after baking.
– when cutting a cheesecake or bars – to get a precise cut every time, dip knife in a glass of hot water for 30 seconds, & wipe dry.

Getting to meet Anna was definitely the highlight of the show for us but we also had fun walking around looking at all the Christmas goodies! There were lots of local vendors & artisans there which was great. We ended up buying  J.R. Watkins cinnamon (Anna used it during her set and recommended it!), and 100% natural bath body salts. (pictures below)

We had such a great time and getting to meet Anna was awesome – She’s a big inspiration to us.
If you’re in the area, definitely go check out the West Coast Christmas Show for some Holiday fun.

Happy Holidays!

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Body Saltz

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How cute are these cupcake soaps?! I am kicking myself for not buying one now.

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Monkey Toast – Delicious flavour-packed fruit crisps made from 100% organic whole wheat flour, which are nut free and dairy free.
 We tried a sample of the Banana Blueberry crackers & they are delish!

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Laura with her goodies.

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selfie’s in the car. obviously.

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Our purchases:

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100% natural body salts by Body Saltz.
These vanilla bliss bath salts seriously smell amazing.. we can’t wait to try them out.

Body Saltz is a Canadian company based in the Fraser Valley of BC that makes homemade, 100% natural body products.

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Anna’s cinnamon recommendation: J.R. Watkins.

Natasha & Laura xo
(note: all photos were taken with an iphone as dslr camera’s aren’t allowed in the convention centre.)

Summer 2013 Snapshots

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Mission Hill Winery in Kelowna, BC

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Lake Okanagan – Kelowna, BC

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Laura 

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Natasha

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Knox Mountain Park, Kelowna, BC

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Laura dining at Mission Hill Winery

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Natasha at Mission Hill Winery

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Taking the mandatory ‘mirror-selfie’ shot in the hotel room!

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At Keloha Music Festival in Kelowna! – Saturday, July 6, 2013

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Shad at Keloha!
His equipment broke down during his set so he ended up doing an impromptu freestyle rap performance which was crazy. Max (the lead singer from Arkells), was watching and joined him onstage for a impromptu performance of Ms. Jackson by Outkast.

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Fields of Green live at Keloha.
My favorite band at Keloha! I’ve been a big fan for awhile and was so excited to see them. – Natasha

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Atlas Genius live at Keloha.

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The Boom Booms live in Port Moody..
We LOVE The Boom Booms!

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Natasha & Zeusie wearing matching Birthday Glasses. ­čÖé

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Natasha at Mission Hill Winery

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Natasha Flower Shopping

Three Berry Smoothie

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Yum! Start your day off right with a healthy, fruit smoothie! I made this smoothie this morning for the first time, and loved it. It’s easy to make & perfect for those summer mornings.

Ingredients + Directions:

1 small banana
1/2 cup blueberries
1 cup fresh raspberries
2 strawberries chopped
3/4 cup vanilla yogurt
1 tablespoon honey
4 small ice cubes
1 teaspoon hemp seeds (optional)

Place banana, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, yogurt, honey, hemp seeds and ice cubes into a blender. Blend until smooth.
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