Monthly Archives: November 2016

SNL

We grew up during the heyday of Saturday Night Live. Gilda Radner, Steve Martin, Jane Curtin and Chevy Chase. Their jokes becomes our jokes. We practiced their accents to see if we could say “wild and crazy guy” or “it’s always something…” in the same hilarious tone.

This past week’s opening act – a poignant change from the usual comedic monologue – was particularly fitting for a few different reasons. In case you haven’t watched the clip…we offer this.

CJR & HAR

friday favourite – laundry in November

I’m sitting outside today in early November watching laundry blow dry in the warm, fall sunshine.

It’s my Friday favourite because it makes me smile to be outside on a cool sunny day, this blanket is going to smell great and I love letting nature help with my laundry.

CJR

carrot and ginger soup

I forget how much I love soup during the summer. And then I have some on a cool day and can’t wait to make a different one every week. I just made Carrot and Ginger soup from the cookbook Cooking with the Seasons at Rancho la Puerta on Sunday and love the flavour, colour and creamy consistency from the coconut milk.

Here is my slightly modified version of the soup from Rancho la Puerta.

Carrot and Ginger Soup

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 4 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
  • 3 tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled and minced (I used more)
  • 1 cup butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • 1 apple, cored and diced
  • 4 1/2 cups vegetable stock (or water)
  • 1 tsp salt (or more if needed)
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut milk

In a large stockpot, heat the oil, saute the carrots and onion and cook til soft. Add the garlic, ginger, squash and apple and saute. Add the stock and salt. Reduce heat to medium low, cover and simmer for 45 minutes, or until the vegetables are very tender.

Puree the soup until smooth with an immersion blender, add the coconut milk and more salt if needed. Garnish with chives and diced pears. (I skipped this step!) Enjoy!

HAR

taking the ranch home

Every Friday afternoon at Rancho la Puerta they offer a lecture called Taking The Ranch Home. The goal is to help guests adopt healthy lifestyle changes from the Ranch and incorporate them into their everyday life. Since we just arrived home, it seems like a good time to reflect on what we are ‘taking home from the ranch’ this year.

Move early in the day. Hike, walk, swim…do it first thing before life gets in the way. Even better if you can be outside and watch the sun rise.

Eat well. It’s pretty easy to do at the Ranch because every meal includes about 15 different vegetables, a delicious soup and someone else did the work! With a little planning you can make healthy choices for your meals too.

Make time for reflection. The world would be a better place if we stopped every once in awhile during the day to pause, meditate, focus, count to 10, count your blessings…whatever you want to call it.

Spend time with your sister, or girlfriends or whoever listens to you and gets you!

HAR & CJR