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How was your weekend? Mine was great, just what a family weekend should be like – there was no hockey, kids played outside and had sleepovers, adults relaxed and rendered around the house, and we had a good family time biking and visiting neighbours. On Friday, I spent all day perfecting an oatmeal pizza crust. I made a double batch of my BBQ sauce, used chopped chicken I had on hand and pizza turned out to be a BBQ chicken pizza. I made 3 and there was nothing…
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We are going to San Francisco and area this July! I’m open to all of your wonderful suggestions to keep me (you know me) and 2 boys (10 and 6 years old) happy. Here is what I have down so far. Days 1 – 2: We are driving from Vancouver, BC and need to stop half way overnight to preserve the sanity. Any good place? Mountain St. Helen’s? Rosenburg? Been to Portland before. Days 3 – 5: We will be staying in Union Square in this hotel (surprise-surprise – complimentary…
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Just like my grandma’s ground chicken burgers, these salmon sweet potato cakes are “addictive as Spitz”. If you make the cakes small enough and I made sure I did, because they are waaaaay easier to flip this way. Sweet potato salmon cakes are, once again, a cross of Ukrainian frugality and North American popularity. In other words, canned salmon meets sweet potato a.k.a yam. Alternatively, salty + sweet = heaven in your mouth! While working on the recipe, I looked in the window and was pleasantly surprised to see finally starting to…
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It is hard to write about only healthy pumpkin oatmeal cookies when so much is going on inside me. I will be plain honest. So much of what I do in my day to day life is tied to darn cookies. Why? Just like baking anything pumpkin is not typically done in Spring, the same way my life is not my typical daily life lately. See, I had this recipe sitting in my drafts for over a year. I remember baking the cookies, everyone loving them and thinking to save the…
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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. 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 my Costco in February,…
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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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