Shit Happens…

Just take a big long whiff.

Do you smell what I smell?!?

Hint: not related to the title of this post.

Ahhhh, the sweet sweet smell of summer break.

I’m officially DONE with exams!

4 months of intellectual freedom..

AMEN!

I seriously love the feeling of the last day of school. It feels the same now that it did back in elementary school. That giddy excited feeling.

Except now to celeberate, instead of buying ice cream cones with friends.

I buy beer.

Goodbye notecards.

Hello Sapporo.

I know I’ve got summer fever when I buy beer. I rarely buy or drink beer. But in the summer, it’s nice once in a while!

I’m more of a red wine gal, though, it’s a good little switch up!

Do I have any beer drinkers out there? What’s your favorite summer drink or cocktail?

My favorite summer cocktail would definitely have to be the Mojito. SO good!

Okay enough about alcohol, I warn you: this post will be pretty random and all over the place… Embrace chaos!

Yesterday, as I was reaching in the fridge for dinner ingredients… I spotted the ring that I had “lost.”

No lie folks, this is where it was.

In the bottom drawer of the fridge! Ha, how bout that!

After tossing over some produce, I was pleasantly pleased!I have no idea how it ended up there (well I do kind of have and idea… it probably slipped off my finger or something and I didn’t notice)

My heart pinkie ring now has a home again!

Yes, my pinkie finger is quite long. Well, not just my pinkie finger, all my fingers. In fact, I just have big hands.

But, you know what they say?! Big hands, warm heart!

Or is it Big hands, big gloves?

Or big hands, big feet?

Or cold hands, warm heart?

Well, either way… It’s a win win win, cause I’ve got big cold hands and feet AND big gloves, so therefore…warm heart?

I don’t know where I’m going with this. I will stop.

Do you maybe want to see my breakfast of champions this morning? It’s a repeat breakie… An oldie but goodie!

These are the Butternut Squash Overnight Oats- except I made them with both steel cut and rolled oats! Just lovely! With maple infused hazelnut butter. Chyeah, it was good.

And you know what else I have been loving lately.

Shrooms.

Specifically, on top of spinach.

I had this last night for dinner:

The leftover rice and beans (from the Mexican sushi) with sauteed mushrooms and some salsa on top!

And I just had this incredible salad for lunch:

Spinach topped with sauteed onions and mushrooms + garlic powder, Sweet Potato, Avocado, and Balsamic Vinegar and pepper. Slammin' Combo!

This tasted darn good… The taste might have been enhanced by the fact that all my exams are over… But then again, maybe not… It was really just scrumptious!

I hope you all are having a great day like I am… But if not… Just remember what the wise Forrest Gump once said..

Shit Happens.

And for me, I really believe that:

Shit happens, but shit always works out.

So don’t worry!

And have a wonderful Saturday!

Ellie

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Mexican Sushi

Happy Friday to YOU!

I’ll start you off with a fun recipe to fiesta with this Friday!

If you like sushi and Mexican food – You will LOVE this!

If you DON’T like “traditional sushi,” but like Mexican food – You will LOVE this!

Seriously, this is some of the best “sushi” I have ever had…. no lie!

See, a few months ago, I had sushi at a restaurant and got really sick afterwards… I haven’t touched the stuff since!

Until this MEXICAN SUSHI:

Makes 2 rolls (12 sushi pieces) This is vegan – and gluten free!

You will need:

  • 3/4 cup of low sodium brown rice and beans from a can (or home-made brown rice and beans)
  • A tomato
  • 1/2 of an avocado
  • 1/4 of a lemon
  • some onion
  • Fresh cilantro
  • 2 nori seaweed sheets

Procedure: (I struggled a bit with the wording – so if the procedure needs clarity in any way, let me know!)

1) Slice the avocado into big long chunks. Squeeze with lemon to prevent from browning.

2) Slice some onion and tomato into long julienned pieces. (For the tomato, only use the skin and not the mushy/liquid interior)

3) Assemble the sushi. Place the nori sheet on a flat surface, spreading half of the rice on the sheet, leaving a one inch strip at the top. Then add the avocado, tomato, onion, and cilantro.

4) Wet the one inch strip with water or lemon juice.

5) Roll the nori sheet (starting from the bottom..opposite the one inch strip) – enveloping the interior filling.

6) Repeat steps 3-5 for the second sushi roll.

7) Individually wrap the rolls in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 20 to 25 minutes.

8) Take the rolls out of the fridge, unwrap them from the plastic wrap, and cut into one inch segments (6 pieces per roll) using a sharp knife.

9) Enjoy right away – use salsa for dipping! (the spicier the better!)

SO good- I LOVED the huge chunks of avocado too!

Have a great Friday!!

Ellie

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You’re SO stacked…

I’m talking about the pancakes I had this morning, of course!

After taking a second look in my Earth Balance tub, I realized it was moldy. I got scared, quickly removed the “butter” and doused the pancakes in a peanut butter chocolate sauce instead.

Much better! No mold-induced illness in my future!

I used this pancake recipe (using the flax egg and substituting some of the chickpea flour for protein powder) – These were REALLY delicious. And wow – the batter made so much!!

You can bet I licked my plate clean.

Seriously, I did… (I only do this when I’m in the company of myself…. Or people I’m super comfortable with ;) )

No worries, I won’t embarrass you in public… No public plate licking for moi!

One of the MAIN reasons I made pancakes (besides the fact that they taste real good) is that I recently got an amazing pancake flipping spatula that I couldn’t wait to put to use!!

It’s as big as my face!!!

Perfect!

The tiny spatula is the one I was using before my glorious aqua spancaketula!:

Much better, eh?!?

You know what else was stacked?!?

This veggie burger I had the other day!

How about that for some stacking?!?

Of course, not complete without some yam fries:

WOOPS! I mean:

It’s so clear to me now.. that veggie burgers and yam fries are a winning combination!

Subject change:

Yesterday, I just had this powerful URGE to color. The coloring/drawing I used to do back in elementary school.

I followed my urge, whipped out these babies:

And started to draw… for a good hour and a half or so.

I felt like a kid again, it was wonderful :)

I hope the recipients like their home-made colored pencil drawn cards!!

I am feeling so giddy lately – maybe it’s a little summer fever?!?

Makes me want to wear my favorite elephant-patterned dress EVERYDAY!

And paint my nails pink and sparkly!

Life is just great at the moment and I’m so thankful.

Anything you’re thankful for today?

I’m not one to usually get all corny, but I just wanted to say:

Think it's supposed to be all OF you readers... but you get the point!

Have a terrific Thursday!

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Fun With Prunes! (I Promise)

Good morning everyone!!

You get the point…How YOU doin?!? ;)

It’s no secret that I like prunes.

It’s no secret that I LOVE nut butters.

It’s no secret that I haven’t showered in three days.

Oh wait… That was a secret. SHH!

But back to the prunes and nut butters – did you know that they go fabulously together?!

And when I say fabulous. I mean FAB-U-LOUS.

I hope you all like prunes because I have a really easy to make frozen treat for you today. Are you as excited as I am?!?

Yesterday, I had fun with prunes. How about that. Who knew that fun and prunes are a match made in kitchen?!

Prune Nut Butter Freezies

Ingredients:

  • Pitted Prunes
  • Any nut or seed butter you like!

Optional Toppings:

  • Cacao nibs
  • Coconut shreds
  • Chocolate sauce (1 tbs melted coconut oil+1 tbs unsweetened cacao powder+liquid stevia)
  • Nuts/Seeds

Procedure: these are so easy!!

  1. Flatten a prune with the back of a spoon. (Or make a little bowl shape with the prune)
  2. Dollop a little nut or seed butter of your choice onto the prune.
  3. Add additional toppings if you like! (get creative!)
  4. Freeze for about an hour. Leave in freezer and enjoy at anytime!

These treats don’t actually freeze per se – but the prune and nut butter get kind of this yummy doughy texture. These are just so simple, but SO good!

For my prune freezie topping variations I did:

  • Sunflower seed butter topped with sunflower seeds.
  • Peanut butter topped with coconut shreds
  • Peanut butter topped with cacao nibs
  • Cashew butter topped with cashews
  • Sunflower seed butter topped with chocolate sauce and coconut shreds
  • Prune bowl topped with peanut butter and a hazelnut

Just go…

Make these!

You won’t regret it!

SEMI OFF TOPIC: (this prune post reminds me of how uncomfortable the feeling of prune-y fingers is after being in water for too long…) You know what I’m sayin’?

Okay back on track!

The making of this sweet treat contributed to the almost emptying of my peanut butter jar….

You do know what that means, right?!?!

Dum da da DUM…OATS IN A JAR!

My favorite! There is nothing better than oats in a jar (breakfast wise)… Scooping out the oats while getting a little of that peanut butter bottom is just divine…

Ha, peanut butter bottom makes me think of a peanut butter booty. (one can dream)

But don’t worry,  I am referring to the peanut butter bottom of the jar.

This morning my oats were:                          Raspberry Oats in a PB Jar

1/8 cup steel cut oats, 1/4 cup rolled oats, 1/2 tbs chia seeds, 1 cup water, 1/4 of a frozen banana, and some raspberries. Cooked the oats on the stove top, whisking constantly. Added the banana and chia seeds. Kept whisking - and finally, added the raspberries. Yum yum in my tum.

eaten with:

This frozen chocolate spoon I made with the left over chocolate from the Prune Freezies! Oh so yummy - chocolate, raspberry, peanut butter - might as well call it heaven (or my belly)!

Now this jar is EM-TEE!

Rest in peanuts peace.

Another empty nut butter jar – wonder if I can empty the rest of my jars before I move out?!? It’s a challenge I’m willing to eat take.

Have a wonderful Wednesday all you beautiful people!

Catch ya later,

Ellie

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Let’s Go to the Tropics!!

With this tasty

Tropical Orange Mango Fennel Salad w/ Toasted Almonds

Ingredients:

For the salad:

  • 1 medium fennel bulb
  • 1/4 cup finely sliced onions
  • 1 small pit-less orange
  • 1 mango
  • 1/3 cup sliced roasted red peppers
  • 1/2 cup blanched diced almonds

For the dressing:

  • 4 tbs apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbs melted virgin coconut oil
  • Tabasco sauce (last minute add in – unpictured)
  • salt and pepper to taste!

Procedure:

1) Finely slice the salad components like so:

2) Place in a medium mixing bowl

3) Put the almonds in a pan on medium heat and stir until they go from this:

To this:

(Once the almonds are golden – remove from heat immediately – they burn quickly!)

4) Add the almonds to the salad and toss in the coconut oil and apple cider vinegar. Salt, pepper and Tabasco to taste!

The tartness from the vinegar in contrast with the sweetness from the fruit and oil with a little kick of spicy from the Tabasco really works! Very tropical!

Just a little note: If you refrigerate the salad, the coconut oil kind of “hardens” and makes the salad not look as pretty – but it’s still darn darn tasty!

I love the licorice-y taste of fennel! I know some people absolutely cannot stand this taste – what are your thoughts on fennel or licorice? Is it a yay or nay in your taste bud department?

It’s a big YAY for me…

Plus it’s super healthy and has great health benefits. Click here to read more about how great fennel is for ya body!

Here are some of my other recent eats:

for breakfast this morning:

Cinnamon Apple Oats: Heated in the micro wave and topped with maple syrup! MMmmm!

recent snack:

Chilled Peanut Butter Green Protein Pudding - 3/4 scoop vanilla protein powder, 2 tbs peanut flour, 1/2 frozen banana, 1 tbs chia seeds, 3/4 cup water, a huge handful of spinach. All blended together in the magic bullet and placed in the freezer for about 35 minutes. Realllly good! Tastes like dessert!

recent lunch:

Veggie burger topped with a boat load of toppings: avocado, hummus, ketchup, mustard... I love ketchup! With this beet salad on the side.

Today is going to be a study day for moi! I want Saturday to be here. SUMMER BREAK IS. SO. CLOSE.

:) Have a terrific Tuesday!

Tootaloo!

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Monday Mishaps…Onesie Wonders

Well, hello! Glad to see you stopped by!

So you know how I usually get REALLY excited and enthusiastic about all the yummy food I make?!? (In all complete modesty of course)…

Well, today will not be one of those days.

I have a screw missing in my brain this Monday… My breakfast, and my gluten free baking attempt…both sucked.

You win some you lose some, right?

Enter my failed breakfast:

Breakfast cookie topped with cinnamon and coconut butter. Mixed berry "green" smoothie.

My breakfast cookie this morning tasted off… I didn’t add the almond milk like I usually do – which resulted in a sticky/gooey texture not super pleasing to the palate. And my dark purple brown smoothie- looks delish, huh? Yeah, that was off as well – I made it with the pumpkin seed protein powder, and didn’t put a frozen banana, which just made it taste very “earthy”… Not the best folks, not the best.

You know what else was not the best? This gluten free/ vegan refined sugar free cinnamon raisin bread I tried to make this morning.

I followed a recipe for a normal gluten free bread for the proportions, but I went wild with the vegan, cinnamon, and raisin aspect of this bread. My wild side didn’t completely pay off… This wasn’t a complete failure… Texture wise it’s pretty alright, taste wise, not what I was going for.

You know the smell of freshly toasted:

That’s what I was going for – THAT smell, and a similar taste…

I got this instead:


Not THAT smell, and not THAT similar taste…

I will definitely try making a healthier version of the cinnamon swirl bread we all know and love, but this time I may try and swallow my pride and follow a recipe… Ain’t nothin’ wrong with a little direction!

If that second baking attempt doesn’t go as planned… I may just leave the bread baking to the experts.

Or try this:

But hey! At the end of the day (or the beginning- it’s still the morning), I am not complaining…I mean, what fun would it be if all cooking adventures resulted in pure amazingness?! Not that fun at all….Failed attempts make you really appreciate and excited for the successful attempts (and when I say “you” I mean me).

Moving on..

The weather here today in Vancouver:

Makes me want to curl up in this:

and watch a movie…

I WANT this onesie sweat suit!

No, you’re right, I do not NEED it…but HOW COMFY DOES IT LOOK?!?!?

Hope you all have a marvelous Monday!

; ) Ellie

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Wining and Dining!

Hey there!

How was everyone’s weekend? Did you have some good food like I did?!

My Dad was in town from Montreal, so he treated me to a weekend of wonderful meals and wine :)

On Friday night, we went to a place called Section 3.

It was pretty loud, since there was a Canucks game going on… But we managed to raise our voices enough octaves to hear each other!

The food was delicious! I had the best yam fries. EVER!

The Ultimate Veggie Burger: Whole Wheat Bun, Alfalfa Sprouts, Cucumber, Avocado, Sauteed Onions and Mushrooms. SO good! But the yam fries were definitely the best part!

I also had a taste of my dad’s starter salad, which I will have to recreate, because the flavor combos were ah-mazing!

Avocado, Mango, Roasted Red Peppers, Orange, and Jicama. I forgot what the dressing was... But it worked!!

Along with a couple of glasses of wine, I was feeling in a celebratory mood, so I got a mojito topped with champagne! MMM! Though, what made this drink great, was the stir stick that came along with it!

Haha how funny is that?!?

Dinner was wonderful, and my Dad and boyfriend got along very well! Winner!

Dan and Dad (Mike)

On Saturday, my dad and I made a little day trip to whistler for lunch. It was a beautiful day!

We had lunch at La Bocca.

I had:

Peppermint Tea

Good Karma Wok- This was good! ALOT of tofu (almost too much!) I couldn't finish all the noodles either, but the Thai coconut curry sauce was wonderful! (not too spicy)

And my dad had:

Sesame Tenderloin Wok

The views on the way back to Vancouver from Whistler were absolutely incredible! The weather was so sunny!

For dinner that night, we went to one of my favorite restaurants… The Sandbar on Granville Island.

This was a night of indulgence!… Which is okay once in a while, ya know?!

To start, we had wine:

Malbec.

What an incredible backdrop… I’m a lucky gal. Vancouver is such a beautiful city!

Then came our appetizer:

The Sand Barge: prawns, oysters, crab

For our main dishes, I had:

Sandbar Big Salad: mixed greens, tomatoes, beets, cucumbers, Kalamata olives,edamame, sherry vinaigrette - topped with grilled salmon.

My dad had:

Arctic Char with fried rice and veggies.

For dessert:

A little dessert wine! - very sweet, but tasty!

Lemon tart - I was so full by this time, I had a small bite to taste, really yummy!

Assorted cheese plate- I rarely eat cheese, but I had a couple bites because my dad insisted that cheese and dessert wine together go in perfect harmony... Ha, yeah, they tasted pretty harmonious!

After a wonderful day of great food, views, and conversation, we called it a night!

Thanks Dad for spoiling me and treating me to wonderful meals!!!

I love going out to eat, but I have to say, I’m excited to get back to the kitchen and start cooking again! (a day and a half without cooking…it’s a stretch I know ;) !)

Have a superb Sunday afternoon!

Ellie

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