Hello! The weekend is approaching! Yay! I don`t know if it`s just me, but I think this week went by very quickly. I have been keeping myself very busy between cooking, blogging, school, work and spending time with friends, so I guess it`s no surprise.
It`s been sunny every day this week here in Vancouver and I`m loving every minute of it. Today the skies were blue and the sun was just beaming on me as I was walking downtown after work. In the evening I had the opportunity to have dinner with a friend. We had BBQ and it made me realize how much I love summer even more. The dinner included roasted yams, asparagus, and marinated and grilled salmon. Everything was cooked on the BBQ and tasted fantastic. Grilling is definitely one of my favourite cooking methods. It brings out so much flavour and you have so many options for ingredients and flavours that you can use. I look forward to sharing some of my favourite recipes with you in the near future.
It`s my first summer in Vancouver and there are so many things to look forward to doing. I can`t wait to go to the beach with the girls. Our school is really close to one, so you know what we will be doing after class! I`m also looking forward to building my blog and Mona Vie business more this summer. The girls are so motivating; we all have a vision of what we want and we`re determined to make it happen.
This is something I came across on one of my Facebook pages and I thought I would share it with you:
It`s easy to quit and give up on something or make an excuse why you can`t do something. Being successful is more than just saying it, you have to do it and really believe in what you are doing. You can dream the biggest dreams, but it`s the actions you take to make those dreams a reality that count. Quit saying you want to change and keep making the same decisions that keep you in the same place that you are already in. For things to change YOU have to change, take that next step so you can reach your dreams and make them a reality.
Here is a recipe for Gluten-Free Lemon Cranberry Muffins. I made these the other day for the first time and I can definitely say the recipe is a keeper. They are moist, not too sweet and very satisfying. I kept a few out and froze the rest so I can pull them out to bring in my lunch some time.
Gluten-Free Lemon Cranberry Muffins1/3 cup coconut oil or earth balance (I did half and half)
1/3 cup sucanat or coconut sugar
Grated zest of a lemon 1 organic egg Juice of half a lemon
1.5 cups gluten-free flour blend
¼ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
¾ cup plain organic yogurt
½ cup fresh or frozen cranberries
- Preheat oven to 375 F.
- In large bowl, cream oil or earth balance, sugar and lemon zest together. Don`t over mix. Add eggs one at a time, mixing after each.
- Fold in lemon juice and yogurt.
- Combine all dry ingredients together. Carefully fold in half the dry mixture into the wet. Do the same with the second half. Fold in cranberries.
- Divide batter among greased muffin tins. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden or a toothpick comes out clean. I got 10 muffins from this recipe. The original recipe was doubled, but I split it in half.
Tomorrow is Friday and it`s the long weekend! What are everyone`s plans? I hope everyone is having an incredible day filled with happiness and motivation!