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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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This 30 minute one pot healthy pasta recipe is sponsored by Texture. Whole wheat spaghetti is the most cooked type of pasta in my kitchen. For two good reasons. Reason #1 – Costco. It sells the largest most affordable giant box of organic noodles. Reason #2 – kids. They particularly love spaghetti. I don’t think they even know what white pasta tastes like so we have no problem with more nutritious whole wheat. So, on Wednesday was whole wheat spaghetti recipe turn…after lentils, brown rice and quinoa it…
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This relaxing getaway in the woods of gorgeous PNW is kindly sponsored by Mt. Baker Lodging. Last weekend we have embarked on a short summer getaway in the woods adjacent to Mount Baker National Forest. Something we have never done before – staying in a log cabin in July. Without TV but WiFi. But who needs WiFi… Where mountain rivers flow… Logs warm you inside out… Marshmallows are roasted at night.

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I love to grill zucchini with whatever I have on hand. Usually we do garlic, oil, salt and pepper. I am sure you completely understand why. But I have done it so many times and plus I have this wonderful job “ifoodreal” that forces me to barely ever eat the same food twice. Joking, I re-cook my own recipes. So, I was thinking curried grilled zucchini which could be wonderful or not. I have been spending many nights on our patio inhaling smells from next door, as you can…
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I made this shredded kale salad last week before I fell a victim of a food poisoning from sushi by Sunday. So, I haven’t disappeared I was just making even bigger friends with my bed. In 34 years, it was my first time and I hope I lost some fat deposits in the process. So, I apologize if I don’t make sense at times today. I am still recovering with 3 kids eating and playing around me in Tim Hortons while I am writing this post. But I…
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There are 3 good reasons why you would want to sweat in the kitchen in July’s blasting heat. First of all, your freckling bananas are probably dying to be used. You are walking around the fruit basket frantically thinking “What to do with you? What to do?”. Secondly, I can guarantee you have a zucchini in your fridge you have no idea what to do with. Thirdly, you need snacks. More snacks. Who doesn’t need snacks? It is July. You are frantically running around trying to check off items on…
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