Sunday, 30 June 2013

One Year

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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.ND_Wedding205 ND_Wedding341 ND_Wedding392

I feel so lucky to have found this guy <3

Friday, 28 June 2013

Summer To Do List

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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.

Happy Summer!

 

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

3 Simple Goals

022235So I am a big fan of the girls from A Beautiful Mess. They are one of my biggest creative inspirations for sure. They do a post once in a while about simple goals and since my work is winding down for the summer, I thought it might be a good idea to write a few simple goals for myself.

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

Happy Fathers Day!

016Today we're off to Stratford to celebrate good ole Pops!  I recently went through my parents stash of old photos and found these gems. That model photo kills me, what a stud right?

Love ya Pops!

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Spring Pasta Primavera

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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 

serves 2

Ingredients

  • 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
  • parm
  • olive oil

Make it

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.012

Enjoy!

 

Monday, 10 June 2013

Roasted & Stuffed Acorn Squash

004I made this the other night when Dave was working late. It comes from one of my favourite cookbooks by Sophie Dahl. (Seriously, go buy it, it's really good) This has mint in it, which I'm slowly coming around to. I always thought mint was weird when you added it to savory dishes. I felt that It really only belonged with chocolate for the longest time.  But what do you know it's pretty dang tasty used in a non-chocolate dish! You should try it.

Sophie Dahl's "My Mama's Baked Acorn Squash" (slightly adapted)


Ingredients



  • 2 acorn squash

  • frozen peas

  • olive oil

  • 1-2 tbsp butter

  • handful of fresh mint chopped

  • 1 tbsp brown sugar

  • salt & pepper

  • feta cheese


Make It


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.

Yum!

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Sunday, 9 June 2013

Library Haul

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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

Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar

I've been hearing for awhile now how good raw organic apple cider vinegar is for you. Now I cook with it once in a while but apparently can/should drink it. Hmm. Have you ever smelled the stuff? Well it's vinegar so you can imagine. So I looked into it and it has a bunch of benefits. So I decided to try this recipe out to see if I could actually drink it.

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.

Any ideas?

photo taken from here

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Trail Mix Bites

013These little guys were one of the recipes I was testing out for Bake Sale. They're super easy and apparently full of antioxidants! I just bought about a 1/4 cup of each ingredient at Bulk Barn, which kept the price pretty low. Or, if you have pre-mixed trail mix already you could use that too.

Trail Mix Bites


Ingredients



  • chocolate (I used semi-sweet choc. chips)

  • almonds

  • pumpkin seeds

  • dried cranberries


Make It


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.

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Gotta love trail mix that's mostly chocolate! Enjoy!
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