1:00 | February 19, 2015

SUMMER LOVIN’

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This morning I was looking back at some old photos and stumbled across these, which were taken in Kelowna last summer. My blog is seeming so wintery lately, so I wanted to bring a little more “warmth” back into it with these throwback pics. 🙂

If I could turn back the clock right now and have this beautiful sun again, I would be the happiest girl on earth. Or just hop on a plane to Mexico, that would also help. Actually who am I kidding, beaches and beer are basically the cure for everything. 😉 hehe. Mexico trip anyone?!

I knowwww I just posted about how much I love skiing, and it is honestly my favourite sport! But today for whatever reason I am really craving shorts and a t-shirt, and some nice warm weather.

Considering I am a ginger and all (I am finally able to admit that I MIGHT not be blonde…. but don’t push it. I have hair-identity issues 😉 ) I have a serious love affair going on with the sun. It makes me feel good, it looks pretty, and it doesn’t say much. What else does a girl need?! Kiddingggggg……. 

Just wanted to say a quick hello for today! Hope you guys are having a good week. Love ya <3

 

x,

 

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1:00 | February 18, 2015

ROSEMARY SWEET POTATO HASHBROWNS

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Sometimes I feel like I am a bit aggressive with the titles on my food posts. I want to give you guys an idea of all the awesome things in the recipe and how good it tastes, and always end up having a title that is way longer than is socially acceptable. Whatever, you guys get me. <3

Disclaimer: I totally stole this recipe from my friend Monica. She made this for me once and it was so yummy I couldn’t not share!!

Anywho, this morning I made this delicious little breakfast plate. I love having a bunch of different food items when I eat, so that explains this plate of rather random food. For today we will just focus on those gorgeous Rosemary Sweet Potato Hashbrowns.

For some reason sweet potatoes feel like such a romantic breakfast to me. Like, a sexier version of regular hash browns. Is that weird? Haha! Either way, thats how they seem to me. “Sexy hashbrowns”… for the record I am aware of how odd that sounds

There are also so many benefits to eating sweet potatoes! To start, they are a good source of magnesium, which is the anti-stress and relaxation mineral. Sweet potatoes also contain Vitamin D! Vitamin D is the mineral that increases your energy levels and puts you in a better mood. 🙂 And though there are many more benefits, my favourite has to be that sweet potatoes’ sugar is a slow-releasing natural sugar. The benefits to having a slow-releasing natural sugar are maintaining a balanced blood sugar level and regular source of energy so you don’t have a sugar high and then low. When your blood sugar spikes quickly it often can lead to fatigue and weight gain. So yay for sweet potatoes!

Okay, now for what’s in it:

– Extra virgin olive oil

– A few small nugget potatoes

– One large sweet potato

– 2 sprigs of rosemary

– Salt/pepper to taste

Alight so this is reallll simple. Just chop up all your potatoes (quite small like I did in the photos above.) Next, finely mince your rosemary sprigs, so they are nice and tiny. Rosemary has a pretty intense flavour, so it is important you cut it up really small. Heat up your pan to medium-low heat with a nice amount of olive oil. Once the pan is hot throw in all your cut up ingredients. Cook them on medium-low heat until the potatoes are soft. Once the potatoes are soft, crank the heat up to brown them and add your salt and pepper. Mmmmm toasty brown delicious hashbrowns. Then you are done! And obviously eat them with ketchup because we are cavemen like that. 😉

What do you guys think? Will you be adding this to your next homemade brunch?!

 

x,

 

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1:00 | February 17, 2015

THE SLOPES

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SUN!!!! I absolutely cannot get enough of the sun on the mountains. Last weekend skiing was honestly horrendous. Imagine rain at the top of the mountain… and a very grumpy me haha. So this weekend when I went up the mountain to get some runs in, I was more than happy to see how sunny and beautiful and wonderful and majestic and amazing it was up there today. (All those adjectives were needed to describe how great it was. Really.)

I think the rest of Vancouver thought the same thing, because it was so busy!! Really though, I didn’t even care. Our city needs to get some sunshine once and a while and I was happy to be able to enjoy it 🙂

It is kind of weird having my new short hair and going skiing. It isn’t long enough to stick outside of my jacket, so it does this annoying thing where it kind of tickles my neck the whole time? Super important stuff, I know guys. Just needed to share that detail about getting a “lob.” If you ski, it is kind of annoying lol.

Anyways, I after a long day of skiing in the sun, we decided to enjoy the sun for just a bit longer by having some nice cold beers out on the patio up top of Whistler. Could not have asked for a better day!

What do you guys like to do to get outside of the gym? For me skiing is definitely at the top of my list!

 

x,

 

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7:55 | February 15, 2015

SKINNY SQUASH SOUP

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Hi everyone! How was your Valentines weekend? I spent my Valentines Day with my family this year – such a fun night, with wayyy too much food as usual! Haha 😛 I also went skiing today, and have some fun pics to share with you later this week!

Today’s recipe is perfect if you are doing some last minute meal-prep for the upcoming week. There are literally only 3 ingredients, which obviously means it is the best kind of recipe. Clean, simple, and delicious.

This soup makes you way more full than it looks like it would. It is actually really weird haha. I usually make this if I want a cozy meal that will keep me warm on these oh-so-wonderful (not) winter days. And like I said, it makes you freakishly full. I don’t question it, because it is awesome.

What’s in it:

  • 1 butternut squash
  • ½ large purple onion
  • Extra virgin olive oil

Okay here we go team! You ready?

Start by prepping your ingredients. Cut the squash in half, remove the innards (aka the seeds and weird stringy stuff in the very middle) and cut it up into about 1” cubes. Next, dice your onion. 

Heat up a large pot on the stove to medium heat. Put a nice big “glug” of olive oil in the pot (don’t be shy, it wont hurt you 😉 ) Once the pot is on medium heat, add in your purple onion. Make sure that you are carefully watching it because you really don’t want the onion to burn. Just make it nice and soft.

Once the onion is soft and losing its colour a bit, throw all your squash on top. Right away fill the pot with enough water so that it is just above the squash. Stir everything together and cover to let it cook for about 20 – 25 minutes. The cooking time really changes depending on how large/small your squash chunks are cut, so just feel them with a fork every once and a while to see when they are soft.

When the squash is all soft and delicious, set it aside and let it cool until it is room temp. Then, get out your blender and in small portions blend the soup until it is nice and smooth. And… That’s it! I always season my soup with herbs/salt/pepper after I am done cooking it, so that whoever is eating it can make it as salty or peppery as they like. So make sure you add some salt and pepper before you chow down. 🙂

If you want to check out another squash recipe of mine (and learn more about the benefits of eating squash), try this Skinny Butternut Squash Bowl.

This should keep in the fridge for up to a week! Hope you guys enjoy this recipe, please let me know in the comments below what you think.

Let’s get ready to have a great week! Love you guys <3

 

x,

 

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12:10 | February 12, 2015

VALENTINES DAY

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Valentines Day!!! One of my favourite holidays. 🙂 I can literally hear you rolling your eyes as I am typing this. (Literally.) Let me finish, would you! Today I wanted to share with you my thoughts on Valentines Day, and why I love it. Lots of people find this holiday stressful, sad, or depressing. My perspective? It is a day where you can do something out of the ordinary, something special, to show how much you care. Now this doesn’t even necessarily have to be for a significant other! It can be for yourself, your bestie, your mom, your dad, your dog, your family, or the Pope. Well, probably not the Pope but you get what I am trying to say.

Valentines Day is such a perfect opportunity to appreciate all the amazing people we have in our lives, by doing something special for one another. For example, two of my friends have this ADORABLE tradition, where every Valentines Day they go together and buy discount chocolate together. Then they eat their treats together, and just hang out. This seems so silly, but I seriously think its the cutest thing ever. They take the time out of a day (when they otherwise wouldn’t have,) to spend time together and do something silly and special.

For me, I just want to make that special person feel extra loved on Valentines Day and show them how much I appreciate them. So whether you are spending Valentines Day with your family, friends, girlfriends, dog, significant other, or the Pope, make sure you do something special for them. After all, it will make them feel great, and you will feel even better. 🙂

 

x,

 

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