Hey everyone! Well, it’s official, Josh and I are homeowners. The closing date was May 30. After many appointments last week and getting more and more bills to pay, it’s finally ours. I can’t believe how much everything costs these days – there’s insurance for everything and it isn’t cheap! Now we’re looking at paint colours and all the different renovations we want to complete. The kitchen is going to be our biggest expense as we are completely redesigning it. It’s an older house, so we’re hoping to fix it up and sell it for more in a few years. I just can’t wait to get started on everything. It feels good to not be paying rent and to be putting our money into an investment.
Today, Shelley (Josh’s mom) and I went to some garage sales and farmer’s markets. I used to tell my mom she was crazy buying used things when I was younger, but you can actually find some pretty cool stuff (well, sometimes). I hadn’t been to the markets here in Prince George yet, so I was excited to see what they have to offer. I have to say, although it’s not even comparable to what they are like in Vancouver, there is still quite a bit.
At the garage sales I bought a set of 6 wine glasses and a set of baking dishes.
At the farmer’s market I got a gluten-free banana cupcake with peanut butter icing and some raw local honey. I also got a loaf of gluten-free pumpernickel bread. I will be doing some posts on these local vendors in the near future as I think they deserve a mention because their products are delicious! I wanted to get a lot more such as some veggies and local meats, but I couldn’t decide on anything. I’m going to go next Saturday morning.
Also, this is not completely worth mentioning, but it’s driving me insane. We have an invasion of caterpillars here and it’s absolutely disgusting. The back of the house is covered in them, they are all over the grass, the fence, patio set and anything else in the backyard. I’m scared to go in and out of the house because they keep falling from everywhere. Josh is gone for 12 more days and I have to mow the lawn within the next couple days before it gets too long. I’m going to have to get all geared up in my rubber boots, rain suit, hood, gloves and glasses. I know I might be over exaggerating, but you have no idea how bad they are here. I feel like a prisoner in my own home!
Well, that’s all the news I have for today! Hope you’re enjoying your weekend (free of caterpillars).
Posted in Adventure, Gluten-Free, Market
Tagged caterpillars, day off, Farmers market, Fun, garage sale, Gluten-Free, gluten-free cupcake, local, markets, raw honey, saturday fun
Happy Monday! I had the whole weekend off, but I haven’t gotten called in yet today, so I just might have a 3-day weekend. Last week I was called in every day, so it’s been nice to get some stuff done in the last few days. Josh’s brother, girlfriend and our niece, Hannah, are coming to visit this week. We’ve been running around trying to get everything organized and clean. I accomplished a lot on the weekend including a bunch of cooking and homework! This morning I’ve already done a lot too. I woke up, had lemon and hot water, then made myself a energy-packed breakfast. I had 3 scrambled eggs and 2 pieces of toast with sliced avocado on top.
On Saturday I got my Mother-in-law to eat quinoa! I think this was my greatest accomplishment of the weekend and the best part is that she liked it. I cooked salmon on a cedar plank on the BBQ and served it with lemon and herb quinoa and sauteed spinach. It turned out absolutely amazing and was packed full of flavour and nutrients! Below is the recipe for the quinoa.
Lemon and Herb Quinoa
1 cup uncooked quinoa
1 tbsp. olive or coconut oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 shallot, finely diced
2 tbsp. white wine
2 cups vegetable stock (I only had one cup, so I used water for the second one)
4 big slices of lemon zest
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. finely grated lemon zest
1 tbsp. each of chives and parsley (or herb of your choice)
Sea salt and pepper to taste
- Sweat garlic, shallot and a little salt and pepper in pot with oil on medium heat until cooked (about 2 minutes). Add the quinoa and stir for 2 minutes to toast and coat in mixture . Add the white wine and let cook for a minute.
- Add the lemon zest and vegetable stock, then increase the heat until it begins to simmer. Turn the heat down to low and cover. Cook for 15 minutes.
- When done, stir in the lemon juice, zest, and herbs. Season to taste with sea salt and pepper.
I’m off to a Rypped class at the YMCA, so hope you enjoy the rest of your day!
Posted in Cooking, Dinner, Gluten-Free, Quinoa, Recipe
Tagged BBQ salmon, herbed quinoa, lemon and herb quinoa, Quinoa, quinoa recipe, quinoa side dish, Recipe, salmon cooked on cedar plank, salmon on cedar plank, sauteed spinach
Can’t believe the long weekend is over already. I was off work for most of it minus Sunday. I’ve done a lot of visiting and running around, and some relaxing of course.
On Saturday I was in a cooking mood, so I made homemade granola bars. I got the recipe from Oh She Glows. I can’t even tell you how many recipes I end up trying from her site. I made an AMAZING avocado chocolate pudding from her site as well. It’s definitely my go-to site.
The only thing I did differently in this recipe is that I added 2 tablespoons of hemp and chia seeds. I’ve been bringing them in my lunch!
You definitely need to try this recipe – OMG. It’s so decadent, delicious and healthy! I’ve made it before, but this recipe OWNS every one I’ve ever tried.
I also did a lot of juicing on the weekend too. One day, I juiced a pineapple and had some of it with coconut milk. It was like a pina colada! It almost felt like I was in Jamaica again.
I also did some more indulging. It’s been a while since I bought this ice cream. I’m not sure why because it’s delicious!!
It was a great weekend, and I’m happy to say that Josh is finally home after 2 weeks. I’m one happy lady right now! Oh and before I forget, here is a picture of our niece, Kori, in her Jolly Jumper. I can’t get over how fast she is growing and changing. I can’t wait to see our other 2 nieces Hannah and soon-to-be-born Kylee in May.
Have a great day!!
Posted in Beverage, Breakfast, Chocolate, Gluten-Free, Recipe, Vegan
Tagged avocado, avocado chocolate pudding, avocado recipe, banana cranberry oat bars, coco bliss, coco bliss ice cream, coconut, easter weekend, granola bars, homemade bars, oat bars, oats, Oh She Glows, pina colada, vegan chocolate pudding
Happy Good Friday. I’m off today which is nice, although, I was hoping to get called in for the extra pay. It’s absolutely beautiful outside today – Spring is finally here! I’m hoping to go for a walk and enjoy the gorgeous weather.
This weekend I’m house sitting for some family. They have a beautiful house close to downtown and she has everything I could possibly want/need in her kitchen. This morning I woke up and made myself a juice. I have a juicer at home, but it was nice to not have to bring it over here.
Last night I had been looking up some breakfast recipes. I came across a website that had a ton of gluten-free pancake recipes that looked delicious. I decided to make Banana Rice Flour Pancakes. They turned out great. I spread a little bit of coconut oil, with a drizzle of agave and then sprinkled them shredded coconut on top. I got the recipe from this site.
There is also an espresso machine here. I asked Josh if we could get one when we get home. I told him it would save us money as we get Starbucks every now and then (and you know how expensive that gets). Plus, I don’t drink a lot of dairy and I don’t like drinking soy. So, this morning I made myself and almond milk latte, and I’m enjoying it as I write this post!
That’s all I have for today as I have to go get ready. I’m going to take our niece, Kori, for a walk. Looking forward to some exercise and quality vitamin D. Hope you have a fantastic day and Good Friday!
Posted in Beverage, Breakfast, Gluten-Free
Tagged almond milk latte, banana brown rice flour pancakes, banana pancakes, beautiful day, brown rice flour pancakes, espresso machine, fresh juice, Gluten-Free, gluten-free banana brown rice flour pancakes, gluten-free banana pancakes, good friday, good morning, pancakes, rice flour pancakes
Hey! Happy Wednesday! The week is already going by quick. My weekend was very relaxing. I visited family and did some cooking (of course). As I mentioned, it’s sooooo nice to be able to eat healthy and cook my own meals. I don’t regret my decision to change jobs one bit. And, 6 more sleeps until Josh is home already!
I’ve been going to the gym as much as possible. I took Sunday off to relax. I feel myself getting stronger and more toned, so hopefully I will be ready to reach my goal of 10 successful push-ups by March 3rd. This week I’ve been working 7-3, so I’ve been getting up at 5:00 am and going from 5:30-6:30 before work. It gives me energy at work and then I can relax and get other things done afterwards. Today is Day 20 of my 90 day challenge and I’m feeling amazing!
Sunday night I made something new. I’ve seen this recipe before and have been wanting to try it for a while. Lentil, Mushroom and Sweet Potato Shepard’s Pie. I found the recipe from this site. Josh’s Mom was a little skeptical about it as it’s not a traditional Shepard’s pie, but to her surprise, it was delicious! She even had seconds. I made mini pies to bring in my lunch too. I even had someone at work ask me for the recipe. This is definitely a recipe I recommend you try.
Something I found interesting about this recipe is that steel cut oats is one of the ingredients. It helps bind the first layer together and gives it even more nutrients. This recipe is packed with flavour and it’s good for you. The only thing I changed is that I put 2 cloves of garlic instead of one.
Well hope your week is rocking like mine. Definitely looking forward to the long weekend. Please send any of your favourite Easter recipes.
Posted in Cooking, Dinner, Gluten-Free, New, Recipe
Tagged Exercise, healthy, lentil, lentil and mushroom, lentil mushroom and sweet potato shepard's pie, lentils, mushroom, new recipe, pack with nutrients, pie, Shepar'd's pie, Sweet Potato, vegetarian shepard's pie