My Long Week-End at the Chalet! -Part Two

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Then we… unrolled the garden hose and turned the water on. It was really funny. We ran in and out of the water, knowing we had to wash out the excess dirt and mud, but apprehending each time the coolness of the jet :)

We went upstairs to fill the enormous bathtub, wondering if we were all going to fit in. We dipped our toes in, the water was warm and filled with white foamy soap. We could all sit in. We stayed in for a while, cleaning ourselves with bars of soap. At this point, we starting to feel hungry!

We dried off and put on some lingerie. I love to feel sexy, even if it’s just us girls, it’s all very appealing 😉

It was time for a BBQ. The chicken skewers were ready to be grilled. Meat and salad are definitely the way to go!

After our great meal, we did little photo shoots. The Golden Hour makes the most breathtaking pictures, but there were much more photo shoots throughout the weekend. Don’t worry, you haven’t missed all the fun…YET…you will be able to see these beautiful pictures soon on My VIP Site!

Dusk fell on us in our garters, it was time to dress slightly more to go start the fire. Being in the middle of the forest, there is wood everywhere, making it easy to create really nice braise. We took out the sausages, marshmallow, chocolate bars, graham crackers and that was dinner.

The hot tub was heating up as we roasted our marshmallows. The full moon gave us enough light to walk from the fireplace the hot tub, while losing most of our clothes. The water reached the sweet 100 degrees, the perfect temperature for this cool night.  

 

I’ll let you guess how the rest of the night was spent…

 

 

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My Long Week-End at the Chalet!

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My girlfriends and I spent a weekend at the chalet :)

We arrived late on Friday evening. The first thing we did was run in and explore the place- It was HUGE! The main things my eyes spotted were: a big bathtub that sits about four, a pool table, a fire pit, a hot tub and miles of trails near us!

Secondly, we popped the trunks and unpack to get to the ice cold sangria. Once I swallowed a few sips I was ready to unpack. As we settled in, it was already pretty late, so we decided we would get an early start the next morning. We all went to the master bedroom, of course, there were three other bedrooms, we just like to sleep altogether. We got comfortable, and the four of us cuddled in the California King bed. It was so quiet…

Until at 6 AM a bird flew right in the window and woke us all. We made crêpes with loads of maple syrup and whip cream. It was delicious, but we got a little out of control with the whip cream bombs. We manage to go clean ourselves off before we got dressed.

Now the fun starts! I unstrapped my motorbike off of the trailer. I did a fast check up, sprayed lube on my chain, I was ready to race. Two of my girlfriends were in a Side-by-Side. I think it’s the biggest quad you can bring in the trails with you. The other one of my friend would be riding her bike. We helped each other apply sunscreen. It was about 25 degrees celsius with no clouds-Perfect! The long part was to get all geared-up.

The day was young as for the four of us, and we were so excited. We road all morning, we came across so much water, mud, sand, dirt even red dirt, rocks and lots of ups and downs. We stopped from time to time to snap some shots, drink a little water and sometimes wash up are goggles 😉

By 1 PM we were dirty and hungry! We went back to the chalet, took our gear and clothes off to let them dry in the sun. Then we…

 

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Soothing Music!

 

Have you ever heard of the Hangpan or Handpan or Spacedrums? It’s one of the most soothing sounds.

When Yuki Yoshimoto plays it, it not only looks like it came from outer-space but its sounds are hypnotic.

I’ll let you enjoy one of my favorite pieces 😉

 

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Me and DirtBikes!

Some say that riding a motorbike brings them a sense of freedom. For me, freedom is not quite my first motivation. Maybe that’s only because I don’t follow the paved roads.

Here is what I like to play in!

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Okay, perhaps not that many rocks. I prefer forest and dirt :)

Each time I turn the key and crank-up my engine, the familiar scent of gasoline draws a huge smile on my face. I feel like a kid again, but even better, because I can do whatever I want. What can I say, having the engine roaring between my legs makes me happy!

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I like how this sport challenges me physically and mentally. Yes, I did say- Physically! It’s not because it has a motor that you can just sit back and relax. The best position to be in is standing up. Believe me, these gluteus maximus are working out! And if that doesn’t convince you on how hard this sport really is, have you ever trying lifting 107.2 kg from the ground, because that’s how much this toy weighs. Let’s not forget cardio, while all your muscles are working out in the summer heat, you are definitely catching your breath.

You need to be alert mentally to draw your path in the rocks and dirt, always looking for the easiest way so you don’t loose too much energy. The best riders find the best paths.

 

Enough of me and my passion follow my Facebook to see more dirt bike pictures!

 

 

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Beer Knowledge!

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You’ve probably notice that my two favourite drinks are the Amaretto Sour and the Red Sangria! I guess those are pretty feminine drinks, well just to reassure you I do like Guinness, Whiskey, and Scotch.

I thought I should learn more about the process of beer making since it’s the third most popular drink in the world! Are you in for some knowledge?

 

The Brewery Process

Beer is made from 4 basic ingredients: water, hops, barley and yeast. You may have noticed that malt is not in the list of ingredients. That’s because the malt is created from the soaking of the barley.

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Here is a synopsis of the brewing process:

  1. Malted barley is soaked in hot water to release the malt sugars.
  2. The malt sugar solution is boiled with Hops for seasoning.
  3. The solution is cooled and yeast is added to begin fermentation.
  4. The yeast ferments the sugars, releasing CO2 and ethyl alcohol.
  5. When the main fermentation is complete, the beer is bottled with a little bit of added sugar to provide the carbonation.

 

Beer Types

Know that we’ve got the process covered, what about the types of beers out there. How can we distinguish them all? There are the bottoms and the tops! Don’t get too excited it’s probably not what you think 😉

Lagers are made with a bottom-fermentation yeast and the process is cooler. Normal they are at the bottom :)  As for Ales, they are made with a top-fermentation, which is a warmer fermentation.

I’m more of an Ale kinda girl, but don’t get confused I do like to be bottom 😉

 

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Come and visit again, next time it’s going to be a little Whiskey history 😉

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Easter Is Nothing Without Deviled Eggs!

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Devised Eggs are one of my favourite Easter finger foods!

I want to share this easy recipe from Epicurious. Whip it up during Easter Weekend to impress the in-laws!

FIRST, HARD-BOIL YOUR EGGS:

Fill a 4- to 5-quart pot with water and bring to a rolling boil. Fill a large bowl with ice water. Carefully lower 12 large eggs into the boiling water and cook at a gentle boil, reducing heat if necessary. Cook 11 minutes, then immediately transfer to ice bath. Allow to cool at least 5 minutes.

THEN, MAKE YOUR FILLING BASE:

Peel eggs and halve lengthwise. Carefully remove yolks and mash in a bowl with a fork. Add 1/2 cup mayonnaise and 2 tsp. Dijon mustard. Mix until well-blended.

NOW, CHOOSE YOUR MIX-INS:

Crunch Time

Potato chips meet their true calling (besides, in my opinion, as a stand-in for lettuce on a turkey sandwich) in this crunchy take on the classic. Supplement the traditional mayonnaise with sour cream, sprinkle in a heap of chives for freshness and—the pièce de résistance—add crushed sour cream and onion potato chips to both the filling and garnish.

Stir in:

1/4 cup sour cream + 1/2 cup crushed sour cream and onion potato chips + 3 Tbsp. finely chopped chives + 1 tsp. white wine vinegar. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Garnish with:

More crushed sour cream and onion chips + finely chopped chives

Smoky Depth

Smoky, lightly spiced chorizo adds flavor—and brilliant color—to the classic filling. Temper the fat of the chorizo with a dash of sherry vinegar, chopped piquillo peppers and cilantro, and ditch regular paprika for the smoked variety.

Stir in:

3 ounces finely chopped Spanish chorizo, sautéed until the fat just starts to render, then cooled + 1 Tbsp. sherry vinegar + 3 Tbsp. finely chopped piquillo peppers (or substitute jarred roasted red peppers) + 2 Tbsp. finely chopped cilantro. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Garnish with:

Smoked paprika + finely chopped cilantro

Pickle Punch

A trio of pickles (dill, bread and butter, and cornichon) imbues these one-bite wonders with plenty of tang. The garnish of fresh dill, a heavy swath of black pepper and a halved cornichon isn’t a mere suggestion, it’s what makes this variation truly sing.

Stir in:

3 Tbsp. finely chopped dill pickles + 1 Tbsp. dill pickle juice + 2 Tbsp. finely chopped bread and butter pickles + 2 Tbsp. finely chopped cornichons + 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh dill. Season to taste with salt.

Garnish with:

Dill sprigs + coarsely ground black pepper + halved cornichons

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How I Felt During My First Photoshoot with Ariel Rebel!

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You could say photoshoots are not really my field of expertise, I am more of a video kind of girl. Being captured by Ariel Rebel’s eye was a great experience. She helped me strip down to my real self, to reveal it to the camera. Maybe not as much as she wanted to, I was a little bit shy. After all, it was my first professional photo shoot!

I love to see myself thru someone’s eyes, it makes me conscious of other people’s perspective of me. Sometimes, I can even glimpse at parts of myself I did not even know existed. How I see myself is not always as others see me! It is liberating to capture a moment of my life, knowing it will stay frozen in time and not having to worry about remembering it. At the same time, I find it harsh. One picture merely represents that precise instant in which it was taken in. It can capture so much of the person you were in that fraction of a second, exposing only the truth. The pixels do not always capture the side you want the world to see.

 

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When I model for pictures and videos, I find it can be difficult to get that natural eye contact look. I am looking into a camera lens, not a real human being! It is important for me to feel a certain ‘complicity’ with the lens. So I imagine it is your eyes that I am looking into. That you are looking at me directly thru the screen of your computer.

 

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I always look at the final result before I use it. I try to watch it from your perspective. If I have the sudden urge to take my finger to my mouth, I am certain I have achieved what I wanted. You can say I am a little vain, but this is my way of doing my very own quality control. If it gives me pleasure, why wouldn’t it give you some as well?

I did not know I would have the same reaction towards the pictures Ariel presented to me. First, I looked at them judging my performance. Modelling for pictures is all pretty new, there is so much more I want to be able to show you. The second time, I went thru them I was comfortably installed on my computer. I went thru them one by one. I was surprised. I found pictures that said exactly what I wanted them to say and that is: I want you in my mouth!

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What to drink on St-Patricks Day!

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What are you allowed to order at your local pub on St-Patricks Day? Your first choice should always be the green beer. If there isn’t any, you’ll need to lean on your knowledge of  the Irish Beers. You can certainly NOT order an American beer!

I’ve been to Ireland recently, so I’ve decided to guide you towards some of my favourite Pints. WARNING: I’m a fan of Stouts!

Guinness

A good Guinness Draught is my number one beer choice! It takes lots of time to pour, but it’s always worth the wait. Once your lips touch that rich creamy head, it’s like heaven. All you have to do is tilt it a little more, and the cold darkness mixes with the foam delighting your palate. With its 4.2%, it’s perfect for a lightweight like me.

Did you know that the Guinness is the most popular beer worldwide!

Between us, if you ever go to Ireland, Guinness is for the Dubliners. In Cork City, they prefer Murphy’s and in KilKenny the Kilkenny Cream Ale. Just drink the beer that goes with the city you’re in!

 

Murphy’s

Murphy’s Irish Stout originates from Cork. It has similarities with the Guinness both being stouts, but is quite different from it’s rival. With its 4% alcohol, you can drink even more of it! This pint is a little less bitter and sweet. Some say it’s creamier, I just think it’s because it has a creamier finish.

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Beamish

You don’t need to be a connoisseur to taste the roasted coffee beans in your Beamish pint. It is as dark as the Guinness and Murphy’s, but I feel it’s not as thick and creamy in the mouth.

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Bulmers

For your gluten-free friends, there’s always Bulmers Irish Cider. When sold outside of the Republic of Ireland it is branded as Magners. Personally, I don’t really like ciders, I find they taste too much of rotten fruits. Many woman are fans of the Black Velvet. You pour half a pint of apple cider and top it off with Guinness. White Velvets also exist, you just have to replace the Guinness with a more transparent beer :)

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Here are other names that you can try; Smithwicks, Kilkenny, Harp, O’Hara’s, Oyster and don’t forget Guinness and Murphy’s have lighter beers…it all depends on where you are in the world.

Now, you should definitely not shy ordering a pint on St-Pattys!

ERIN GO BRAGH!!!

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Having A Fun Time!

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I once went to a Laughter Yoga class and it was pretty funny!

We were all in a big studio, the kind in which you do normal yoga! We had to do all sorts of exercises in which you just feel foolish. For example, we had to walk on all fours and bark like dogs every time we came close to another person.

The whole point, being to laugh as much as you can during the forty-five-minute class. I have to say my cheeks were sore from all the laughing.

 

Here’s the science being laughing!

Laughing can sometimes be completely involuntary and involves a complex series of muscles, which is why it’s so difficult to fake and also why an active effort is required to suppress laughter.

In the face, the zygomaticus major and minor anchor at the cheekbones and stretch down towards the jaw to pull the facial expression upward; on top of this, the zygomaticus major also pulls the upper lip upward and outward.

The sound of our laugh is produced by the same mechanisms which are used for coughing and speaking: namely, the lungs and the larynx. When we’re breathing normally, air from the lungs passes freely through the completely open vocal cords in the larynx. When they close, air cannot pass, however when they’re partially open, they generate some form of sound. Laughter is the result when we exhale while the vocal cords close, with the respiratory muscles periodically activating to produce the characteristic rhythmic sound of laughing.

The risorius muscle is used to smile, but affects a smaller portion of the face and is easier to control than the zygomatic muscles. As a result, the risorius is more often used to feign amusement, hence why fake laughter is easy to detect.

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