Vacation. That might be my new favourite word. At least right now. You want to know why? Because that's where I am right now. On vacation. It. Is. Glorious.
After months of hearing me talk of nothing on the blog other than my internal medicine exams I am finally able to focus on other things. Passing those exams was a huge relief. I was pretty sick of talking about them, and I am sure you were very sick of hearing about them!
So what am I doing with my vacation? Lots! Reading (lots of reading), playing tennis, bike riding, cooking, visiting the local Farmer's Markets, running, laying by the pool and soaking up as much natural vitamin D as I can, and most importantly, NOT studying!
I am actually visiting my parents place on Lake Kalamalka in British Columbia, and if you have never been here I highly suggest you make the trip. The weather is always perfect, the lake is one of the prettiest I have ever seen and there is amazing fresh produce everywhere. Basically it's my version of heaven.
I mentioned that I have been doing a lot of reading. And I mean a lot of reading. It is no secret that I love to read. My ideal vacation involves me, a beach, and a good book. I could sit on the beach and read for days. I just never get bored. Anyone else with me? And I have read some really great books so far on this holiday including:
Have you read any of these? Did you like them? Have you read any other good books lately? I am always looking for reading suggestions so please let me know!
In other, food related news, it is officially cherry season! Are you excited? If not you should be! I have never met anyone who doesn't like cherries. You just never hear people say "cherries are so gross." Nope I am pretty sure those words have never been spoken. They are just so delicious! And since I am in the Okanagan there are fresh cherries everywhere. Like everywhere! It also means I have access to unlimited, free, cherries from my neighbour's tree. Pretty great right? Not that I am trying to make you jealous or anything...
And in honour of my love for cherries I have put together a Paleo Cherry Recipe Wrap-up for you. In here you will find ice creams, muffins, pies, cakes, meat dishes... the list goes on and on. There are 30 recipes in total for you to choose from so I am sure you will find something in here to make. I am already planning out which dishes I want to try first! It's so hard to choose!
Ice Cream and Frozen Treats
Lavender Infused Cherry Ice Cream from Pure and Simple Nourishment
Paleo Rainer Cherry and Dark Chocolate Ice Cream from Plaid and Paleo
Simple Black Cherry Creme Fraiche Ice Cream from And Here We Are
Cherry Almond Ice Cream from Life Made Full
Dairy Free Cherry Popsicles from A Girl Worth Saving
Roasted Cherry Ice Cream Sundae from Comfort Bites Blog
Cherry Cheesecake Popsicles from A Girl Worth Saving
Cherry Vanilla Smoothie from A Girl Worth Saving
Cherry Ripe Paleo Smoothie from The Lazy Paleo
Peach and Sour Cherry Smoothie from The Foodie Teen
Cherry Pear Spinach Smoothie from Delicious Obsessions
Tart Cherry Lemonade from Whole Hog Paleo
Chocolate Cherry Smoothie from A Girl Worth Saving
Crisps, Bars and Muffins
Dark Chocolate Cherry Muffins from Living Healthy with Chocolate
Paleo Cherry Crisp from Pure and Simple Nourishment
Paleo Cherry Almond Crisp from Merit and Fork
Cherry Almond Muffins from The Nourishing Home
Cherry Chocolate Bars from A Girl Worth Saving
Chocolate Chip Cherry Muffins from Gutsy by Nature
Cranberry Cherry Paleo Granola Bars from What I Gather
Meat and Eggs
Peach and Cherry Frittata from Plaid and Paleo
Roast Pork with Cherry Rhubarb Sauce from Gutsy by Nature
Cherry Fried Chicken with Whipped Sweet Potatoes from What I Gather
Oven Roasted Duck with Coconut Cherry Reduction from Pure and Simple Nourishment
Orange Creamsicle Chia Seed Pudding from Simple Roots Wellness
Cherry Clafoutis from Grok Grub
New Twist on Caprese from The Nourishing Home