Sunday, 30 June 2013
Being married is awesome you guys. I can't believe I've been married for a whole year now! It feels like it was yesterday but at the same time it feels like it's been forever. This past year has been both amazingly lovely and at times really terrible, but I wouldn't have done it with anyone else.
I feel so lucky to have found this guy <3
Friday, 28 June 2013
Summer is here! I had the (amazing) option to take the summer off this year and jumped at the opportunity. It's really the perfect time to do it: we're financially stable enough, don't have any kids yet, and Dave's done teaching for the summer as well. I can't remember the last time I had a summer off from working, grade 10 perhaps? (was that really almost 10 years ago?!)
Here are a few things I really want to do this summer:
1) Go camping
I looooove camping. I'm especially excited to expand my cooking repertoire from canned spaghetti'os and baked potatoes.
2) Do some apartment therapy
I've been itching to do some more labour intensive modifications to the apartment. Namely the kitchen table situation. More on this later.
3) See some old friends
I feel the older I get, the harder it seems to find time for old friends. You grow up seeing each other every day, then you move away to university and it's every month and then you get jobs and it suddenly becomes twice a year. Yikes! I'm hoping for more BBQ's, beach days and late night dinners together.
4) Craft/Cook to my heart's content
Ah! This is one I'm most excited about. I have many blank canvases, memory cards, and sketchbooks to fill and so many recipes to try.
Saturday, 22 June 2013
Tuesday, 18 June 2013
1) Do 3 Sun Salutations Everyday
My mum and I have been doing hot yoga lately, but I would really like to start doing some yoga at home (in a regular temperature as well). I'm one of those people who always failed at exercising at home by myself. I can never keep myself motivated. But sun salutations are pretty straight forward and I already know how to do them, so I don't have to follow a video. And 3 is definitely doable.
2) Practice Photography
I am in LOVE with my camera. My mother-in-law has always been one of those people at the family gatherings going around taking candid photos of everyone and it always used to make me feel anxious, like I always had to be photo-ready. But now that I have my own good camera, I TOTALLY get the candid photo thing. Life isn't always pretty clothes, great hair. great angles, poses and no zits. It's about capturing the everyday moments as they really are. I really want to start taking more photos of everyday life.
3) Write Everyday
Whether it be blogging, in my journal, planner or in one of my many notebooks. Writing down some of the the millions of thoughts and ideas in my head everyday is so therapeutic and keeps my brain from overloading with all the things I want to do.
What are some simple goals you want to work on?
Sunday, 16 June 2013
Saturday, 15 June 2013
Tonight I felt like something light and this is what I came up with. I based it roughly on a Moosewood recipe I had from the library. Super tasty and fresh (and vegetarian too, bonus!).
Spring Primavera Pasta
- pasta (I used rigatoni)
- half a head of kale chopped with tough stems removed
- 5 cloves of garlic minced
- 2 green onions chopped
- handful of basil chopped
- about a cup of snap peac with tips removed and chopped in half
- half a lemon
- salt & pepper
- olive oil
Cook your pasta and drain it. While the pasta is cooking, saute the kale with olive oil until it softens and shrinks a bit. Then add the peas, garlic and green onions and saute for a few more minutes, try not to over cook it though, you're looking for slightly crunchy peas still. Turn the heat off and add the drained pasta to the pan and toss with lemon juice and basil. Top with as much parm as you need, along with salt and pepper.
Monday, 10 June 2013
Sophie Dahl's "My Mama's Baked Acorn Squash" (slightly adapted)
- 2 acorn squash
- frozen peas
- olive oil
- 1-2 tbsp butter
- handful of fresh mint chopped
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- salt & pepper
- feta cheese
1) Preheat oven to 350. Cut the squash in half and remove seeds. Place on a baking tray face up and drizzle with olive oil. Bake until soft.
2) In a pan stir peas, brown sugar and butter together until peas have defrosted and are heated through. Toss with mint.
3) Scoops some of your pea mixture into the squash and top with feat (I like it with lots of feta) and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Sunday, 9 June 2013
I just visited the library the other day after a bit of a hiatus. And what do you know, I had a rather large fine waiting for me upon my arrival. Oh dear. This seems to happen more than I care to admit. Now I have a fresh set of books (that I swear I will return on time) waiting for me on my bedside table.
Sunday, 2 June 2013
Sweetened Raw Apple Cider Vinegar Elixir from here
- 1 1/2 cup of cold filtered water
- 2 tbs of apple or grape juice
- 2 tbs of raw apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp of stevia
Mix and drink!
So I just made and drank this. Hmm. Well the comments from the site people were saying how delicious and refreshing it was. Liars! Maybe for drinking vinegar, but I would definitely not call this "delicious". Ok I lied, I haven't finished it, I'm still trying to get myself to finish it. There must be better ways to get apple cinder vinegar in me.
photo taken from here
Saturday, 1 June 2013
Trail Mix Bites
- chocolate (I used semi-sweet choc. chips)
- pumpkin seeds
- dried cranberries
Get a baking pan and line it with parchment paper. Melt your chocolate and spoon about a tablespoon of chocolate on to the tray. Push an almond, some pumpkin seeds, and a cranberry into the chocolate and let it set. Or you could put them in the fridge if you're impatient like me.
Gotta love trail mix that's mostly chocolate! Enjoy!