{more} love

Sunday, December 16, 2012

There simply aren't the words to encompass the sorrow and shock of last week's tragedy.

For me?

I've let go of even trying to put it to words.

Instead I send love. I send every ounce of love I have to those families that have been ripped apart.

I send healing energy because they are going to need the energy of the universe to fall on as they even think about the task of putting back together their broken hearts.

I send prayers. Prayers to our Creator to hold them. Prayers to our Creator to guide us as a human collective to a place of love and of light.

And I say the names of their loved ones. I honour them and I remember them and I do not glorify this event or it's perpetrator.

And then I cry. I cry for those families, for those daughters and sons and for our Earth that we have allowed hate to become such a part of our lives.

This quote came up in my fbook feed today:

"No one is born hating another person... People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite."
-- Nelson Mandela

Lets teach love. Offer love. And not just with those we already know and where it comes easy, but with complete strangers. And not just when we have been shown the deepest darkest parts of the human experience. It's beautiful how people respond during a crisis with a spectacular outpouring of love...how everyone sees their own lives in a light that is tinted with more magic than usual, but maybe we can teach ourselves to keep that light? Maybe we can grow to a place where that is our norm? 

Make eye contact with and smile at strangers. 

Hug your kids and tell them how much you appreciate their joyful spirits and their kind hearts.

Help someone in need.

Offer compassion.

Offer kindness.

Offer gratitude.

Expect nothing in return.

And love yourself. Fall deeply and madly in love with your own noble spirit and those waves will ripple out.

It's simple. LOVE. It can and will change everything.

{spicy buffalo chicken dip} love

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Ok, ok.

I've been promising to share this recipe for weeks now and today is the day that it's actually going to happen.

Prepare yourselves though. This dip? This dip is the bomb-diggity. This dip will make all the other dips at the party hang their wee dippy heads in shame. This dip will potentially change your life.*

You will need the following:
-three cups roughly chopped celery
-one cup finely chopped green onion
-two cups shredded cheese
-two rotisserie chickens {meat pulled from the bones}
-one packet dry ranch dressing mix
-one cup frank's hot sauce
-one eight ounce package of cream cheese

The method:
-add all ingredients into your mixer
-using the paddle attachment, mix {I find that the paddle attachment does a nice job of "shredding" the chicken, which saves a bit of time and energy as all you have to do is pull it off the bones}
-scoop into an appropriately sized, oven-safe dish and bake for thirty minutes at 375° Celsius
-serve with tortilla chips, nice chewy baguette slices or any sort of cracker that seems appropriate {there are these fantastic jalapeno cornbread crackers at Superstore that are a pretty lovely match}

And that is it!

Our Halloween party this year was the second time I've made this and it's hilarious to watch people react to it...they start out all dignified with a small scoop on their plate and very quickly transition to just hovering over the dish, double-fisting chip-fulls of the stuff into their mouths.

Oh, and the above recipe makes a fairly large amount of dip, but...well, refer to the paragraph above... people kind of become fiends for it.

And I know I have mentioned on here before that I am very rarely a meat eater. And when I do eat meat, I want to know how that animal lived and how it died...basically I'll only eat beef from my parent's ranch. But for this dip? I set my morals aside, say a small prayer of gratitude to the chicken and then enjoy. Still, next time I make it I am going to try using chick peas in place of the chicken...will let you know how that goes!

*Fact: I am prone to get over excited and make things seem way bigger than they actually are...still, this dip is pretty dang awesome!

{finding grace} love

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Waaaay back at the end of July I wrote in one of my wee bucket lists to look up the actual definition of the word "grace".

And I did.

I looked it up.

I even compared definitions between several sources.

And was left feeling somewhat...disconnected. None of those definitions or sources left me with a "grace" that resonated with my soul. I just couldn't get past the "saintly" or evangelical feeling tone of the word. So I just kind of left it at that.

And then this weekend, on my yoga course, "grace" and my struggle with connecting to it was brought back up. My teachers suggested some sources to read up on, as well as their insight, and still I was left kind of disenchanted.

And then, wouldn't you know it, when I got home that evening and flipped open a new book that came in the mail, right there, RIGHT THERE, in the very first chapter was my "grace". Grace written in such a clear and perfect way that it was like every part of my being held perfectly still to soak in the words. To soak in the clarity.

And of course I am going to share:

"Although it is difficult to capture its full nature in one definition, grace is unmistakable when experienced. Grace is a noun and verb; it is a state and an action, an energy that flows between two beings. Grace is gratis, a gift. In theology, grace is defined as unmerited divine assistance, aid given to help us regenerate our spirits and lives--a virtue coming from God...In Greek mythology, the three graces were sister goddesses, daughters of Zeus, who bestowed joy, charm and beauty on mortals. We humans are blessed to be both generators and receivers of grace...

When teaching about health and human consciousness, until now I have often defined grace as a universal life force, but now I find that to be inadequate. Life force simply "is". It is a neutral, undirected energy that surrounds us and supports the vitality of all beings. Grace, on the other hand, has a spiritual quality. It is energy infused with a force greater than our own, a divine intention. When it arrives--usually unannounced or unrequested, "out of the blue"--it fills you with a luminous awareness that is different from everyday consciousness; it makes you come alive with vision and determination and the strength to act. Grace is also the organizing force behind "coincidences," the synchronistic experiences in our lives that some consider chance but that are definitely not random.

Grace illuminates your path by moving through your intuition, influencing the choices that you make. When left to our own devices, we often choose to do things that reflect our shadow side--the dark fears and uncertainty about our ability to survive in the physical world. Nonetheless, we always have an awareness, a feeling, or a gut instinct about what we should think, say, or do. When we say, "I don't know what to do," we are rarely being truthful. We most likely don't want to do what we are sensing we need to do, but we are, quite frankly, too intuitive to get away with that excuse. We--you--cannot not be intuitive. The energy of grace is a relentless internal voice that we can rarely misinterpret or silence. It is a power that works hand in hand with intuition to guide our actions in the right direction--the direction that will do the most good."
--Caroline Myss, Invisible Acts of Power


Leaves me with goosebumps!

Know what else leaves me with goosebumps?

The wee men and the ranch.

{ginger} love

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Hello my loves!

I am hot mess of germs, mucous and misery...and, trust, I look and feel exactly as *ahem* enticing as that sounds.

So, am keeping it real simple today with a quick recipe for Ginger Syrup.

What you'll need:

-1 cup peeled and grated fresh ginger root

-1 cup honey {or sugar or a combination of the two}

-2 teaspoons whole cloves

-4 cinnamon sticks

-1/2 cup fresh lemon or lime juice

-1 cup orange juice

The method:

-bring 6 cups of water to a boil and add the grated ginger, honey, cloves and cinnamon

-remove from the stove, cover and set aside in a warm place for at least an hour

-once your hour or so is up, strain the liquid through a fine mesh colander or a cloth in to a nonreactive pot or bowl {enamel, glass or stainless steel} and add the juices

-set aside in a warm place for another hour-ish and then store in the refrigerator to be used as desired

Suggested uses:

-add to tonic water for homemade ginger ale

-add to beer for an at home interpretation of ginger beer

-add to juices, tea or water for a nice kick

-create a fantastic and festive martini {our recipe: equal parts vodka, ginger syrup and cranberry juice}

And that. is. it.

Super simple, super healthy and your house will smell incredible.

Also, I am catching up on some editing from the summer and HAVE to share this picture because it brings such great joy to my heart...

I love everything about it.

{olivia} love

Thursday, October 11, 2012

I took these photos just over two weeks ago and it truly was the kind of photo shoot that dreams are made of...

Vibrant autumn colours? Check.

Gorgeous, golden, late afternoon light? Check.

Ridiculously cute little subject to take pictures of? Check.

The couple of hours I spent with Olivia, her Mumma, Dad and soon-to-be little sister were simply lovely.

Here are a few of my very favourite moments:

{wedding} love

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


I am FINALLY posting pictures from the amazing wedding I was so blessed to photograph back in mid-July.

This wedding was really so spectacular...all the little details, the BIG details, the location, the love and the could-not-be-contained joy. It was just the most perfect wedding for these two people who could not be more perfect for each other.

Truly, I felt, and still do feel, so blessed to have been there to share in the celebration and to have been able to capture it with my camera.

I'll cut my words short {before I get all weepy and sentimental} and let the pictures do the talking.

These are my favourites...


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