Bacon, Blue Cheese & Tomato Soup

I was craving these three things: bacon (always), blue cheese (something I'm acquiring a taste for) and tomatoes... so I figured, why not make these into a warm comforting fall soup? I'm sure there are lots of great recipes out there, but I rarely use recipes so I just bought the ingredients and made up my own. I cooked a few pieces of bacon (local, Getaway Farm) in a frying pan and then used the bacon fat to sauté chopped onions and garlic. I added a large can of organic roasted tomatoes, 4-5 cups organic chicken broth and let simmer for 20min or so. I added about 1/2 cup of soft mild blue cheese that slowly melted into the soup, the bacon strips (chopped into small pieces) and then I blended everything together until it was creamy and smooth. Now I'm addicted, it's the best thing on a chilly day :)

108 Yoga – Halifax Yoga Studio

108 Yoga – Halifax Yoga Studio

From the very beginning, my experience at 108 Yoga was warm and welcoming. The space is calm and relaxing and the members are all skill levels, ages and body types. I always feel comfortable and supported by the instructors as well as the other members in each class. There are lots of options for different kinds of classes running throughout the week at different times during the day. I love that I never feel rushed or pressured to go beyond my own personal challenges (or to compare myself to other members). The instructors at 108 encourage everyone to listen to their own bodies and go at their own pace... I really appreciate that because some days just feel rougher than others! The important thing, for me anyway, is to consistently show up and do my best, whatever that might look like!

Open City 2014 | I Love Local HFX

Open City 2014 | I Love Local HFX

My two favorite days of the year in Halifax: Open City and City Harvest hosted by I Love Local HFX. These events encourage Haligonians to experience a selection of what Halifax has to offer all in one day, so that they become better ambassadors for Halifax and to get more out of life in the city. This is year three and I see more and more people participating each year. Shops, restaurants, cultural organizations, attractions, charities and government all participated in over 100 locations! The energy is always happy and enthusiastic... our sluggish spring weather didn't even slow the crowds down!

Inkwell Modern Handmade Boutique & Letterpress Studio

Inkwell Modern Handmade Boutique & Letterpress Studio

I'm kicking off a new monthly blog series featuring local businesses I love and support! These businesses are members of I Love Local HFX, a group of independent businesses that are committed to supporting and strengthening our community here in Halifax. These local business owners offer products and services that make our city a vibrant place to shop, eat and live. One of my favorite shops in downtown Halifax is Inkwell Boutique! This shop is full of everything a creative soul will appreciate: beautiful handmade paper goods, custom printed textiles, design and lifestyle magazines and unique gifts. Most of these items are made locally! It's the perfect place to pick up a special card (just in time for Valentine's Day!) or a quirky gift to surprise a friend.