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It has been a very rainy and cold spring so far, which I’m OK with. I might be biased after spending a month in the sunshine but I do like rain. It makes our PNW’s nature lush, streets clean and air fresh. Rain means I can spend endless hours of cooking (and cleaning up) without worrying about standing in a hot kitchen for hours. In the evening, there is nothing better than curling up with a real book in bed (not the case right now with our brand new…
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An email in response to my yesterday’s emotions I received this morning. I cried again. That 1 person exists! Oh! Sweet Olena! As one who grew up surrounded by a huge family yet feeling removed and alone, even in crowded situations, I was labeled a “loner”. Couldn’t have been farther from the truth but it carried the truth, I longed to be part of groups, in school, as a young mom, as an older mom too! There had to be something about my introverted and extreme shyness that…
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Lately, I have been feeling really emotional. I feel raw, exposed, defeated and hopeless. About our world, health, environment, human nature, values etc. Simply put – it is part of growing up and this is how I do it. I think it started while in Mexico. There was virtually no recycling. I think throwing out jars, plastic and cans every day, slowly added to my concern about environment. At home, we recycle everything and compost organics, I have the smallest garbage can in history. There, throwing literally everything into…
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Originally published Feb 7, 2017 and updated April 25, 2017 Last Friday, before we got snowed in, I went to Costco with my friend, Katie. As I started to stroll the aisles running like a madwoman with a shopping cart, I’ve got this immediate urge to take a photo of every item I was buying and share with you. I had a feeling NOW is the time to share my healthy Costco shopping list of 2017. Sounds dramatic but isn’t anything to do with Costco is dramatic?! This is…
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Hi! I’m back at my weekly WIAW posts (it makes me want to say wah-wah-wah). You can see all of them here. Friday Night Friday night started with a pre-dinner snack: chocolate ice cream. It was this one, delicious. And don’t full yourselves – I consumed twice more of this amount before I remembered to snap a photo. Bahaha. Dinner: split pea soup with a curry twist – had to clean out a fridge. Alex made our green smoothie for all of us (forgot the pic). In the evening,…
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At Easter dinner, I was given a turkey carcass (thank you, Katie – you know me oh so well). It came from a large turkey that fed over 20 people, with a substantial amount of meat on it. How could I say “no”?! I can’t stop but compare my life “before” and “after”. Yes, even a turkey carcass does that to me, yes. A carcass from my childhood had no meat on it, just bones, which was used for making 2 soups. You boil the carcass so many times…
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If you are bored of kale and quinoa (I am!), try baby kale! I am dead serious – baby kale tastes nothing like kale. Odd but true. Last week, this baby kale salad recipe was a breath of fresh air. With leftover brown rice, julienned sun dried tomatoes, sweet grape tomatoes from Mexico, toasted pine nuts, salty feta cheese, a crazy amount of fresh basil and homemade Greek vinaigrette. Nowadays, we use full grown kale for making smoothies and maybe an occasional sweet kale salad recipe because it is…
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Just in time for spring cleaning. Truth is my secret to a clean and organized home is a never ending “spring cleaning”. It de-stresses and makes me happy. So today, I am sharing my favourite non toxic cleaning products. Ever since we started paying attention to what food we nourish our body with, slowly over the years I have revamped my cleaning and personal care products arsenal. A light went off after I have read that skin is our largest organ. The fact that it is an organ like…
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I am on a huge carrot kick (baked oatmeal breakfast bars), probably because I should be, because it is almost Easter?! Yep, when I got home from Mexico and saw all the carrot craziness on Pinterest, I was like “Not a papaya/watermelon season? Works for me”. So here we are, making the most easy, delicious and healthy carrot cake truffles with shredded carrots, coconut flakes, oats, raising and raw almond butter. What I’m trying to say is – in case you are entertaining this Easter and want to…
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My right thumb’s knuckle can’t heal properly because I keep grating carrots day after day, baking oatmeal breakfast bars and scooping carrot cake truffles. As I grow up, the more I follow my heart – doing what makes me happy. And right now happy means a lot of carrots baked with a million of superfoods, topped with creamy Greek yogurt “frosting” and eaten for breakfast. Skies know, I suck at cooking breakfast more than oatmeal, so it better be ready for me in the morning. Because honestly what…
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