12:50 | November 13, 2014

PUMPKIN PIE GRANOLA

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Gold. I hit GOLD, everyone. Seriously I just threw this Pumpkin Pie Granola together the other day and did not even realize what sort of wizardry I was concocting. Then I tasted it…. The best. 🙂

I knowww that the official pumpkin-mania month is over, but you can still enjoy as many pumpkin flavored treats as you like! Not to mention, this skinny “treat” is super good for you! No guilt added here.

This recipe has no refined sugar, and every ingredient is whole and natural. The fiber in oatmeal actually helps with weight control as oatmeal makes you feel fuller for longer! So chow down my friends.

What’s in it:

  • 2 cups raw, whole rolled oats
  • ½ cup (or more, I definitely put more lol) chopped pecans
  • ½ cup sultana raisins
  • 4 tbsp real maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • pinch of fine sea salt
  • 3 tbsp pumpkin spice mix (I found mine in the bulk section of my grocery store!)

Mix all the delicious ingredients above into a bowl. Bake at 300 degrees farenheight for about 10 minutes! Enjoy on top of non-sweetened greek yogurt, and add some fruit if your heart so desires. Hope you love this recipe as much as I do!

 

x,

 

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11:45 | November 12, 2014

ADVENTURE TIME

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Did something a little bit different this weekend, we took a trip to interior BC and went off-roading up in the mountains! It was such a cool adventure. The foliage is quite different from Vancouver, and we saw so many beautiful lakes and mountains on our drive. It was also super chilly up there, so I was sure to wear my warmest coat! 🙂

One really interesting part of our adventure was this old run-down vacation resort that we came across. It looked like it had been a super popular lodge at one point, but now looked more or less abandoned. We went inside the main room of the lodge to check it out and actually ended up meeting the husband and wife team who have owned the resort for 40 years together. Totally different experience… I am so glad we went inside and explored!

 

x,

 

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11:49 | November 11, 2014

WORLD’S BEST BBQ STEAK

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Okay so that title might have been a little bold, I don’t actually know if this is the best steak in the world because I haven’t tried all the steaks in the world…. But it’s pretty damn close if you ask me! Since the weather has been so great in Vancouver (these past few days,) I figured I would share my favourite BBQ steak recipe. I learned this recipe from my Grandma, and it is seriously unreal! So simple, and so delicious.

What’s in it:

  • Beef tenderloin steaks (Costco sells great ones!)
  • Mustard (Maille Old Style Whole Grain Dijon is my fave)
  • Fresh pressed garlic
  • Extra virgin olive oil

Start by covering your steaks in as much fresh pressed garlic as you like. I am really generous with my garlic because I find lots of it gets lost in the BBQ anyways. Next, generously cover those steaks in your mustard! The last step is to cover them in extra virgin olive oil. Let these babies sit on the counter and marinate for about 30 minutes, to get that flava flave right in there.

After your steaks are done marinating, fire up your BBQ and let it heat up. To make a great steak the BBQ should be really hot (around 500 degrees.) Once the BBQ is at the right temp, throw those steaks on for about 6 minutes per side. How long you BBQ them for really depends on how rare you like your steak and how thick the cut of meat is. So use your judgment on this one! Just make sure the BBQ is really hot so you get that delicious seared outside. Yum, yum, YUM!

I served my steaks with a simple salad and BBQ’d potatoes. For the salad I mixed together butter lettuce, chopped strawberries, sliced red onion, cherry tomatoes and fresh basil leaves. I served my favourite Yogurt Tahini Dressing as the dressing on this beautiful salad.

My potatoes are magic. I’m telling you… MAGIC! All you do is take some small potatoes and boil them until they are cooked. Drain the potatoes and put them in another bowl. Cover em all up in olive oil, and whatever spices you have in your house. Here I used dried basil, oregano, thyme, and parsley. Add some salt and pepper, and toss them on the still-hot BBQ! They only need a few minutes and they will brown right up and have that awesome BBQ flavour.

Brave the chilly weather and fire up your BBQ to enjoy a beautiful steak dinner!

 

x,

 

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4:48 | November 9, 2014

OVERSIZED COAT

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Happy Sunday everyone! Hope you are all having a great weekend, mine has been lots of fun so far. 

I wanted to share with you this awesome oversized coat I got from BB Dakota. I’ve been looking for a nice big coat like this for a while now, and have finally found one I love! It is the perfect cozy piece for the fall and winter season. I wanted to style this outfit to be pretty casual with a simple white V-neck shirt and some ripped jeans (which I picked up at Zara Spain.) I am a huge fan of Zara Spain, their selection is amazing! Take a look at this dress which I also bought in Barcelona.

My heels are theee most comfortable things ever. Like I’ve said before I prefer to wear leather heels because of how they fit to your feet. These beautiful babies were purchased at Nine West in Vancouver. It’s great to have neutral/nude coloured shoes, as they match so much better with all my clothes haha! I like it when pieces go well with everything, it makes getting dressed a little easier 😛

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

 

x,

 

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3:28 | November 6, 2014

SNACK TIME

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Disclaimer: I have a slighttt obsession with peanut butter. Seriously, I love it. It makes me so happy. So it is only appropriate that I share with you my absolute favourite snack that I had today… Apples and peanut butter! Ohhhh how I love that sweet and salty goodness 😀

Peanut butter is a great snack because it has lots of protein and will keep you full until your next meal. It also contains lots of healthy (and unsaturated) fats, similar to those found in avocados and olive oil. The above factors make peanut butter a great skinny snack, because it keeps you full longer and helps stop you from giving in to those nasty junk food cravings!

Another super important thing… Buy REAL peanut butter. What is real peanut butter? Well, the only ingredients on the jar should be peanuts and salt. The majority of peanut butters on the shelf have the first ingredient as being icing power. Icing powder = cake icing = frosting for breakfast = NO. It’s gross, just don’t do it. Buy the real and delicious peanut butter that will better your health instead of yucky sugar disguised as a nutritious product. Keep an eye out for peanut butter labeled “natural” when you are shopping, as it will most likely be the real stuff! But check the ingredient list just to be safe. 🙂

What’s your favourite snack? I also really like this pink hummus recipe. Let me know in the comments below!

 

x,

 

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