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In the last month I was fortunate to be able to spend a lot of time at the mountains and had a chance to reflect about so many things!

We all know how important it is to disconnect from time to time and spend time on ourselves but it's only when we do it that we realize how much we needed it.

I'm so grateful for the peace I find on the mountains and I don't know how to describe that with words.

Hoping this video can translate some of it.



A beautiful day at the mountains

We started our year at the mountains, our favorite place to be!

Happy New Year, everyone!!

The snow started pretty slow this year but it's been cold enough to crave some hearty and warming soup. This week I made a lentil & vegetable soup using some red curry paste & ginger and it came out seriously delicious! A nutritious & flavorful meal to bring to the mountains in a Thermos.

🌿 1 chopped onion

🌿 3 minced garlic cloves

🌿 1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger

🌿 3 chopped carrots

🌿 2 chopped small white potatoes

🌿 2 chopped small sweet potatoes

🌿 1 chopped red pepper

🌿 1 cup red lentils

🌿 4 cups low sodium vegetable broth

🌿 2 cups water

🌿 2 to 3 Tbsp red curry paste

🌿 1 tsp salt

🌿 4 cups chopped kale (or other greens)

🌿 1 can light coconut milk

🌿 juice of 1 fresh lime

🌿 1 Tbsp maple syrup

Start by sautéing the onion for about 6 minutes until translucent.

Add the garlic and ginger and sauté for a couple minutes more.

Add the vegetables, lentils, broth, water, curry paste & salt, bring it to a boil, cover and reduce the heat. Cook for about 20 minutes.

Add the greens, cook for a couple minutes.

Stir in the coconut milk, lime and maple syrup.

Top with avocado or cilantro (optional).



Mountain weather can be pretty crazy. Sometimes it's warmer on the top than on the bottom. Sometimes it's completely overcast on the bottom but the top can be above the clouds and be sunny and lovely.

Today was one of those days, super foggy on the bottom and low visibility, but we decided to go check the summit and were pleasantly surprised and we approached the top. It was sunny and the view from the summit was breathtaking.

Made me think how many times we assume things in life without checking or trying and how many opportunities we miss.

Enjoy some beautiful views in this video:



Do you have some favorite easy meals that you make when away from your kitchen?

Pasta is one of mine.

I try to make it nutritious usually by adding some vegetables and beans instead of making just a plain pasta with tomato sauce.

Today's combo was one of those super unassuming ones that turn out so delicious!

I'm away from my kitchen and didn't have much variety of ingredients when making this meal.

In the afternoon I had roasted one carnival squash by simply slicing it in half, scooping out the seeds, placing each half upside down on a baking sheet and roasting at 350F for about 40 minutes. I usually serve this type of squash with something inside each half, like soup or vegetables with some sauce, like this:

Today I scooped out the squash flesh to mix with the pasta, this was such a nice touch to the pasta dish!

I added peas and corn to the tomato sauce.

I sautéed some kale in a bit of extra virgin olive oil, a dash of salt and a sprinkle of garlic powder.

Tossed everything and topped with some vegan parmesan:

This is not my typical recipe article, it's just an example of how simple touches make a special meal.


We're back to the mountains! This year things are different, we have to maintain distance from others, wear masks while in line and inside the lodge, and we're riding the gondola and chairlifts by ourselves instead of sharing with others. It's strange, but it feels great to be back on the snow!

Masks are challenging when you wear glasses, my husband's glasses fog constantly, so there's a lot of adaptation involved.

All super worth it for some fun turns on the snow!

We recently got the gopro 360 max and and are learning how to take advantage of its cool features. The camera has two lenses, one on the front and one on the back, creating some super cool footage.

One of the cool features of this camera is that if you mount the camera perfectly straight with the pole, the camera and the pole disappear from the shot creating some pretty cool images that will look like someone else was doing the video.

On the picture below, you can see the pole shadow but no pole on my husband's hand:

On this picture, where I'm getting up and getting ready to ride, you can see my right hand well, I was holding the selfie stick but it completely disappears from the footage along with the camera:

Here's another example, where I'm riding and holding the “invisible” selfie stick:

This is how we normally mount other cameras at the end of a selfie stick:

And here is an example of what happens if the gopro 360 max is not flat at the end of the pole but facing you or facing forward instead. The camera disappears but you can still see the pole on the shot:

Enjoy this video with some of my 360 view experiments on the snow:

Here are my two very first videos using the gopro 360 max. Still lots to learn, but definitely a fun toy :–)

Sending lots of love from the mountains to everyone!

Cintia & David

This week we got the first big snow of the season where we live, so we bundled up and went outside to play a bit. Maybe a lot ;–)

We were the only ones where we were. We danced, we ran, we sang, we celebrated life!

We were happy to see the snow, we just love snow, but at the end of this crazy year that brought so many challenges to every single one of us regardless of where and how we live, it just felt appropriate and wonderful to experience that moment of freedom without any worries or deep thinking. We just enjoyed the moment like kids normally do, by simply being there and being ourselves.

I wanted to take a moment to say a big THANK YOU to every single one of you in the Coil – Cinnamon family, you made my year better than I could have hoped for!

We wish you have a very, very happy New Year!!

And wish you have endless chances to play and laugh and do what you love to do the most!!

Sending lots of love to everyone!

Enjoy our silliness in this short video, I hope it helps you smile!

Cíntia & David

This recipe is a variation of the Zucchini leek frittata I shared before. This time I used shredded zucchini, green peas & Swiss chard and turned it into a quiche by using a pre made frozen pie crust. This one is a bit faster to make since there is no sautéing involved like the other one where we need to sautée the leeks before mixing it with the rest of the ingredients, so this one is a nice option for those days where we don't have lots of time to spend in the kitchen.