May 21, 2013

Feta & Veggie Salad Recipe

Before I get into the meat of this post, I would like to clarify something: I am pretty certain I have the name of this salad all wrong. I know this because I just made it up for the purpose of this post, and I have no clue what the real name is. And frankly, when you taste this salad you won't care what the real name is either, because you will be too busy having your mouth full and simultaneously trying to ask for more. It's that good, regardless of whatever it's really called. Here's the recipe:

Feta & Veggie Salad

1 pkg cherry tomatoes
1 whole English cucumber
1 large green pepper
200 gram pkg cubed feta cheese
2 tbsp Mediterranean salad dressing

1. Wash the cherry tomatoes and slice in half.

2. Slice the cucumber vertically into thick slices {approximately 1 cm in thickness}. Cut each slice twice, making each cut perpendicular to each other, so that each slice of cucumber now becomes four triangle-shaped pieces.

3. Cut the green pepper vertically into thick strips. Cut each strip horizontally so that the pepper is diced into large chunks.

4. Add all vegetables into a large bowl and mix. Add feta and salad dressing and mix again, until the dressing appears to be evenly distributed. Enjoy!

Though I haven't tried it yet, I think that quinoa may be a delicious addition to this salad, to add some much-needed protein. Let me know what you think if you give it a try!

Photo Credit: this & that blog

May 20, 2013

My Bad... Kinda

So I disappeared there for a bit again, and I don't really know what to say other than I hope you will understand and stick with me. I'm back, I promise!

The reason for my absence is that my husband and puppy and I packed up and moved to a totally new city two weeks ago. Not only have we been exhausted from the sheer stress of the move, but we have been busy unpacking as well. And the move was intended to force us to make some changes to our lifestyle, which I am very happy to report have begun. But sadly for this blog, it means very little time to blog. Though I have lots to talk about, I have no time to sit and bang it out.

Though I am disappointed in myself for my lack of posts, I must admit that I am absolutely thrilled that my blogging time had been reduced due to the fact that I am actually getting up and moving. Today was a holiday in Ontario so I didn't have to work; the day strongly resembled a Sunday. My typical Sunday morning activities include drinking coffee, watching HGTV, and blogging and/or surfing Pinterest. In the past, holidays tended to resemble this as well. However, now that I live in a condo I can't simply let my dog out into the backyard and plant myself back on the couch. And frankly, this is a pattern that I wanted to end. While sometimes we all need those down-time days, having several in succession is simply lazy. So I am proud to say that rather than sitting on the couch and blogging, I took my dog for two walks this morning, one of which was an hour and a half long.

So long story short: You can probably expect fewer posts from me from now on. When I first started this blog I was posting on average once every other day. Perhaps this is something that I will achieve again, maybe when the weather becomes colder, but for now this is impossible to keep up while also working full-time and trying to enjoy the outdoors and the exercise it brings as much as possible. But stay tuned, I'll be back again soon!

Photo Credit: Club Mom

May 1, 2013

May Photo A Day Challenge

In a follow-up to yesterday's post, I wanted to post the Photo a Day Challenge list that I am playing so you have some idea of what my photos are from if you are following me {or you want to play as well} on Instagram. For those who don't have Instagram, I will post all the pictures at the end of the month in one huge post. Stay tuned!

Photo Credit: Fat Mum Slim

April 30, 2013

Photo A Day Challenge on Instagram

So a quick update amid the insane, never-ending packing of my house: I recently upgraded to an iPhone! What a huge difference this is to my previous phone, I have apps now! It's awesome! Anyways, all excitement aside, this now means that I can participate in "photo a day" activities on Instagram, which I something I attempted to do last fall but couldn't due to my horrible old phone, it's grainy excuse of a camera, and a lack of the Instagram app.

I will be participating in the  photo a day challenge posted by Fat Mum Slim - one of my favourite bloggers. I will my beat to take a picture each day {a nice relief from packing!} and I will post the pictures to my Instagram account, just because I can. If you don't have an Instagram account but are still interested in my photos, not to worry, I will post he month's pictures in a large post at the end of the month.

Wish me luck!

Photo Credit: Far A-Field Notes

April 28, 2013

Going Green

For a long time I have been telling myself that I am going to try a green smoothie. I have been putting it off for a while because something about a green smoothie has made me take a pause. I think perhaps the colour of the smoothie is part of the problem, as green is not really a super appetizing colour. No matter how delicious, I can't seem to get the idea of swamp water out of my head. Also, I think that the fact that vegetables make this smoothie green is part of the problem. I realize how silly this sounds, as I have been wanting to try a green smoothie because of the fact that it contains veggies - and therefore a host of nutritional benefits not found in most traditional smoothies - but I think this is part of my hang up.

But I finally set my excuses to the side and made one this past weekend. I chose a recipe that is fairly similar to the smoothies that I make on a regular basis, with the hopes that I would be able to stomach the idea of vegetables before I've had coffee. This recipe is from the Healthy's Girls Kitchen Blog, and there are many green smoothie recipes listed there. I would really like to try one that includes avocado in its ingredients, but for now this recipe was a good starting point.

Good Greens Smoothie

1 cup almond milk
2 cups fresh spinach
1/2 cup blueberries
1 banana
1 tsp flax seeds

Add all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.

The smoothie itself turned out really well, however, you should know that I left the flax seeds out because, I'll be honest, I couldn't find them in the grocery store {anyone know what aisle they're in?} but I would like to add them in the future. I was pretty happy that the spinach taste was hidden by the other ingredients; the blueberries and the banana really sweetened the entire flavour. However, the consistency and colour weren't quite what I had hoped. The shade of green was not as light and pretty as the smoothie pictured above - sadly my smoothie was pretty dark in colour and actually did resemble swamp water. But it tasted so good  that I got over the colour and enjoyed it!

Photo Credit: Inspired Taste

April 27, 2013

My Accumulation of Stuff

When I was a  kid I was very, very, very messy and unorganized. As an adult, in many aspects of my life I have {thankfully} become the absolute opposite. If asked, several of my co-workers would tell you that I am an organizational freak - I am generally organized and on top of everything at all times. At home though, it's a bit of a different story. I would love to tell you that I live by that old saying "a place for everything, and everything in it's place" but that would be a lie. The truth is, my husband and I just have too much stuff in order to be truly organized.

This is a fact that is becoming more and more painfully obvious to us the more we pack up our house. With one week left until moving day, I am pretty concerned. We have made several attempts to downsize our possessions - including selling furniture and donating clothing - but nothing really seems to make a noticeable different in the amount of stuff we have. It always seem like too much. And the thing I am really trying not to think about is if it looks like we have too much stuff in our current house, what will it look like when we get down to the condo, which is less than half the size of our current place? I am horrified.

I would love to be able to tell you that I am one of those people who hoards things - this way my gluttonous possession of stuff would be a little more excusable. But frankly I'm not. I would also love to provide you with some logical explanation as to why there is so much stuff in my house to begin with - but I can't. Honestly, I know that my husband or I would have walked all this stuff in through the front door at one point or another, but I don't recall such things ever happening to the scale it apparently is. I plead ignorance - how did we accumulate so much stuff?!

The worst part is, that we have only lived here for a little over two years. Imagine if I had lived here for 10 years? Heaven forbid this place was my "forever home" and I had lived here for 40+ years. I can't even imagine all the stuff we would have lying around!

Photo Credit: SaveMax Storage

April 22, 2013

Pastel Polish

Though the weather has been kind of schizophrenic lately, I think it may be safe to say that spring is finally here! I am so pleased that the weather is finally nice enough to once again wear flats, but what I am most excited about is pastel nail polish. I used to hate pastel polish as I always thought it looked a little fake - not that black or other nail polishes looked any more 'real' - but darker colours tends to be a little more forgiving to mistakes. But this year I have jumped right on the pastel polish bandwagon, and I can't get enough of it. I want to paint my nails soft blue and mint green and baby pink and lavender!

I indulged my opaque obsession by purchasing a very soft pink pastel polish. Though I love it and quite simply can't get enough of it right now, those same old problems that made me so against this polish in the past still remain. For instance, I find pastel polish a lot harder to apply nicely than darker colours. I'm not quite sure why this is, but I am sure if you have ever swiped on a pastel polish you know what I mean. Also, you have to have perfect cuticles {and heaven forbid hang nails!} if you want to pull this look off without having it look scraggly and unkempt. The light tones of the pastel polish stand in stark contrast to little cuts and tend to make cracked cuticles stand right out.

The moral of this story is that if you want to pull off pastel polish, the best way to do so is to have a professional make the look happen for you. But for all us fugal girls out here - practice makes perfect! Thank goodness I have lots of spring weather ahead to practice painting my nails pretty pastel pink...

Photo Credit: Rachel's Fashion Patch
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