January 11, 2018

Za'atar Roasted Carrot, Cauliflower and Chickpea Bowl with a Lemon Yogurt Dressing

HI! How was your Christmas and New Years? Have you made any resolutions? Did anything exciting happen over the holidays? Are you going somewhere hot in the next few weeks?

Before we dive in deep and I share the ins and outs of this recipe, let me share some tidbits from the last four weeks. On Dec 16, we flew back to Ontario to visit family. We spent the first half of our trip at my parent's house in Wasaga Beach. It snowed a lot, which was pretty and wonderful and perfect for Christmas. Sebastian got to play with his cousins, which kept him busy, and I made a lot of Christmas cookies. We spent Christmas morning at my parent's house, and although Brent and I had a lot of fun picking out Sebastian's gifts this year, he is still slightly confused about Santa and was completely overwhelmed by all of the gifts. He assumed that if it was wrapped than it was fair game, and spent the rest of the day trying to unwrap everyone's gifts. It was adorable.

December 13, 2017

Black and White Cookies

Hi! It's been forever since I've given you guys a little life update. I feel like there's so much to catch up on.

The last time we chatted, I beleive it was around Thanksgiving, which was glorious and relaxing. We had some friends over and I cooked a turkey and made some sides, and everyone brought a dish or two and it was perfect. The last time I made a turkey was 7 years ago. Needless to say, I am in no way a turkey cooking expert. I actually find it quite a daunting task, but this year I'm all about traditions and I just felt like Thanksgiving needed a turkey. When the time came, I honestly had no idea where I was going to purchase a turkey, which is no surprise to the people that know me well.

November 16, 2017

Pumpkin Tart

I love Thanksgiving mostly because it's a time to celebrate with friends and family and eat delicious food, but I also really love that I have an excuse to eat pumpkin pie for breakfast for a week. I love pumpkin pie. I live for pumpkin pie. It's my absolute favorite pie, but like everyone else, I only make it once a year on Thanksgiving, possibly twice on Christmas. Why is that? I make apple pie all the time. I make blueberry, strawberry rhubarb, and peach, religiously in the summer, but only once a year do I make pumpkin.

November 7, 2017

Mixed Berry and Nut Yogurt Breakfast Bowl

Halloween has come and gone. The leaves have almost completely fallen off the trees and last week it snowed in Seattle. The days are getting shorter and all I want to do is curl up in bed and eat comfort food until mid-March. I really struggle with the winter months. Especially since moving to the Pacific North West, where during the winter, we almost always go a few months with non-stop rain and no sight of the sun. In the past, I've tried bright light therapy. I've tried imagining myself on a tropical island laying on the beach. Nothing has really seemed to work, until a few years ago, just after I had Sebastian, I told myself I was going to dedicate 100% to my health and see where that got me. I was sick of feeling moody, sluggish and full of anxiety.

October 31, 2017

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

I've been working on this cookie recipe for a few weeks. I think by now everyone around me is sick of peanut butter cookies, so is it acceptable to give them away tonight to trick-or-treaters? or is that just weird? To be fair, Sebastian is not sick of these cookies and would probably eat them for every meal, but what kind of parent would I be if I let him do that? You're probably thinking, why don't you freeze them? But our freezer is already full to the brim with Trader Joe's cauliflower pizza crusts and peanut butter cookies. So what I am really saying is, does anyone want to come over and eat cookies?