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I have been holding off to write this post for a few reasons. I substantially cut back on coffee and dairy in May and just wanted to make sure my experiment was successful. Secondly, I needed to make sure I could do this.

Read on and you will understand why the selfie above.

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I have never been a coffee drinker until my 2nd child was born. With an active 4 year old I needed more energy after sleepless nights with the baby. Everyone around was drinking coffee so I thought “why not?!”. In Ukraine we didn’t have this coffee obsession. The only coffee people drank back then was Turkish coffee – very strong coffee in a tiny cup with no added milk or sugar. Then espresso and cappuccino came – a small shot or two with foamy milk. Then instant coffee Nescafe made its way after the collapse of the USSR. But still I always drank only black tea.

Coming to Canada and seeing so much coffee drinking happening was completely new to me. Especially the size of cups and the number of servings. And the quality of coffee…To me the see through brownish liquid is totally lacking flavour. It is so watered down. But anyways, not my business…

So, 5 years ago I jumped on a coffee bandwagon. Good strong organic brew. I loved the hype and energy. I never loved the extra trips to the bathroom and glasses of water but the energy was amazing. I couldn’t survive a day with kids without a cup of joe in the morning. I literally was jumping all day. I could feel caffeine in my blood that much. I have to say I am very sensitive to caffeine. Read more »

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We just returned from Whistler on Sunday. And straight to hockey try outs so my head is spinning again. The trip was good but I took 0 pictures. Maybe 2 with my phone. Btw, you can see our last year’s trip which was exactly the same this year. We did a lot of pool time, hiking on the most gorgeous mountains and even water rafting. It was all great but I was exhausted. I think I am ready for school. I am tired from kids. And at this…
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On Saturday I missed farmers market because we went hiking on Mount Baker again. It was our dear Calgary friends’ last day in Vancouver so we wanted to make it memorable. Plus Alex just got back from Israel after one of the most stressful weeks of his life (see last post). He wanted a breath of fresh air and to resume normal life ASAP. These two reasons were worth missing piles of cabbage, cauliflower and potatoes. I decided to catch up shopping at my grocery store’s organic section on Sunday….
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I am not sure word “juicy” is the most appropriate for a casserole but “moist” sounds even worse. So, I am going with “juicy” to let you know that this chicken quinoa casserole is not dry which is often the case with quinoa bake recipes. I didn’t think word “creamy” was appropriate either because I barely used any dairy. And still this healthy casserole is so moist from zucchini, full of basil flavour and is protein and veggie packed. It all started with a whole chicken… A few…
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I managed to whip up these easy peanut butter protein pancakes last week before my little family’s world was turned upside down by Sunday. Today is my birthday. I turned 35. I am celebrating it with a heart half heavy and half full. Three days ago we received a phone call that my mother in law passed away suddenly and tragically at the young age of 67. My poor husband was on Vancouver-Tel Aviv flight 15 hours later. My heart is breaking for him and his sister but I…
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The truth is it is August and I have been barely cooking the past month. Mostly because of kids at home, trying to cram in all summer bucket list activities in the short 2 months, abundance of ready to eat summer produce and an inability to switch from reading a book to do house chores. The truth is the more I relax, the more I want to relax. The more I sleep, the more I need to sleep. On the days that I have to catch up on laundry,…
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Every summer Ukrainian women have submerged knee deep into canning. Canned produce was essential winter food as all food was seasonal. Imagine only root vegetables and apples available as fresh produce during 9 months of the year. So, canning everything was a big deal. But you have to wait for canned goods to sit and marinate for a few months before eating them. This is how easy dill pickles recipe was born. And I promise you my Ukrainian refrigerator dill pickles are the easiest to make!!! I do…
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This unforgettable experience was created in partnership with Curate snacks that have been deliciously fueling us along the way. We finally did it! Living only 1.5 hours away from Mount Baker, WA it took us 8 years to visit it. But I know we are not alone – life really gets in the way of enjoying the world around us. At the top we met a couple who lives 45 minutes away and it was their 1st time in 11 years. So, we are good, honey. We are good! We…
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This refreshing smoothie is made with superfoods & APF water filtered ice courtesy of GE Appliances Canada. It is finally HOT here on the West Coast so last week we went to see a puppet show in the park. The entire time I had 6 eyes staring at me “Where are we?!”. As soon as boys polished off dinner and Alex started making fun of foxy loxy I knew it was time to go home. I am not sure I should bring up a music on the wharf even… Seriously, what is up with men,…
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This post is in partnership with Curate snack bars full of super crunchy quinoa and other simple nutrient-dense ingredients. Good news is summer is unfolding better than I expected. In a sense that I don’t feel like pulling my hair out re: children on a summer break. Kids really grow up. There is truth to everyone saying that although you might not share their feelings at that moment. Yesterday I managed to shop with a friend for 3 hours. It cost me a cookie and an ice cream but…
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