Archive for January, 2011

Returning to Cook. Write. Garden. Repeat.

January 31, 2011 Leave a comment

Hi guys!  I have missed my food and healthy living blog. I have all these great recipes and photos to share with you that have been building up over the last three months. Plus I am planning a new garden which will debut in the spring! Actually lots of garden plans are in the works.

Here’s what you can look forward to:

Vegetable Gardening for Small Spaces I have been reading many blogs and books and I’ll share with you some of the specifics of using the space you have to grow vegetables and herbs.

Worm Composting Kitchen Scraps Why worms make sense for folks living in apartments or condos.

Quick Wholesome Meals: Recipes that come together in 30 minutes that are tasty, mindful of your body and your pocket books.

Canning and Preserving I really enjoyed it last year and I will be planning my year out.  When and How will be the big ones shared and recipes!

Ideas for Nourishing Packable Snacks and Lunches I have a full time job and I’ll reveal to you what I bring to work for breakfast, lunch and snacks that are easy, wholesome and healthy.

Foraging for Wild Fruit, Fungus and Fronds As we head into spring it’ll be time to gather fern fronds, wild onions, ramps and wild berries.  I look forward to some great Hikes too…

Well, I think that should keep me plenty busy.

By the way, what do you think of my new blog design? I’m still working on the heading. If you notice anything that isn’t working or confusing let me know.


Spew of Creative Thought

January 31, 2011 Leave a comment

Good Morning (or Good Night for those who have not hit the hay yet – like me)

One of my main goals for 2011 is to be Happy!! I bet you did not know that I love photography.  I learned this love from my dear mother!! (Thanks Mom)  Mr’s sister is an artist and she has been drawing everyday in her doodle book for over a month now, so I felt I could do something similar!! In the light of projects for 2011 I have decided to partake in Project 365.  I will be posting them to my new Tumblr account, instead of here… I think it would be TOO many photos and not my focus of this blog.

I do promise to share some of my favourite shots on a weekly or monthly basis.  Also feel free to challenge me to a week of a certain theme!!

Super Smoothie

January 7, 2011 Leave a comment


Super C

What better way to stave off a cold or flu than to double up on vitamin C! We encourage you to get to know camu camu, which has more natural vitamin C than any other food on planet Earth. This super-tart superfood contains 30 to 60 times more vitamin C than an orange. We order this tart orange powder from Navitas Naturals, but a readily available vitamin package, such Emergen-C, makes a fine substitute. Either way, down this mega C flu-busting blend and put your tissues away.

Serves: 2
Makes: 2 ½ cups


  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 cup filtered water
  • 2 Tsp camu camu powder
  • 3/4 cup chopped fresh mango
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 frozen banana, sliced


  1. Combine the orange juice, water and camu camu powder in a blender. Add the mango, strawberries and banana. Blend until smooth.


Recipes from Super-Charged Smoothies: More Than 60 Recipes for Energizing Smoothies, by Mary Corpening Barber and Sara Corpening Whiteford (Chronicle Books).

[Reader – Please note I take no credit for writing the above! It is from the above book and was originally digitally show on The Daily Squeezes site  I felt it was an AMAZING smoothie and we should all give it a try.  I will post my personal opinion to soon – I have to go find Camu Camu Powder]

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Eating Lunch Out

January 5, 2011 Leave a comment

The main goal this year I have is to be happy! I have been doing this by making healthy food choices.  I feel that if I put good items in it will be easier for me to be happier.

Yesterday morning was stressful and I was not able to start off how I did on Monday.   Today they were doing work on our apartment and we had to be out by 9am.  So I ate breakfast at the soon to be in-laws home where we dropped off the dog and the cat. 

I did get to pack a lunch either… So what did I do? I did what anyone who works in a office over a mall… I went to the food court and weighed my options.  There are the obvious bad choices, although there are some better ones.  Jimmy the Greek, Mr. Sub and Sushi on the Run. 

I choose to go with Jimmy the Greek, I had the Chicken Souvalkki and Salad.

What do you do when you are faced with such a choice?

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Cough, Cough, Cough

January 4, 2011 2 comments

Yes it is true it is Cold and Flu season.  I am pretty sure that all my immediate family has had a cold or flu in the last few weeks and I have it now. 


I have tired all the conventional methods to banish the symptoms.  I am feeling much better for the most part although I am still tired, sluggish and have a horrid cough.  The kind that is deep in your chest.  Unfortunately no couch drops or medicine has relieved the cough.

I have founds some tips and suggestions for battling the cold and flu season!

– Wash Your Hands!!

– Hot Water with Lemon (or honey)

– Gargle with Water and Baking Soda

– Eat Garlic and Spicy food, it will help clear your sinus

– HYDRATE!! Drink a lot of water.

Good Luck banishing the winter cold and flu!!

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No Resolutions, Just Goals

January 3, 2011 1 comment

Every year for the past many I have been making resolutions and I never keep them… I am like 75% of most people.  We all vow not to do something or to achieve something and we all fail.  Not this year.  I have chosen that I will not set my self up for defeat.  I am going to only have goals.  Attainable goals over the year.

Here are my goals for 2011:

  1. Train and Run a 5K
  2. Do more Yoga
  3. Reduce my sugar consumption
  4. Read 12 books (Ideally 1/month)
  5. Knit & Spin Yarn (for those who are not sure I have a second blog where I discuss my craftiness over at Adventures with Little Miss)
  6. Become a Wine Connoisseur
  7. Blog More!
  8. Cook from my cook books.  I have SO many cook books which have delicious and healthy meal that I have never even cracked open.  Also within this goal I would like to try new foods as well.
  9. To stop worrying what others think and to own everything I do
  10. Build a budget and pay down my debt.  (Also save 10% of my income)
  11. Plan & Organize so that I can accomplish all the above goals

All of these goals in one way or another are linked to increasing my overall happiness.

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