my favorite adventurers

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Today was a beautiful day in Vancouver, a rarity this time of year. You have to take advantage of it while it’s here so I talked my kids into going for a hike with me and I promised to take them to the park on the way home. Deal.

Just starting out, they brought their own walking sticks.

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At the top of the look out.

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“What’s up, Duck?” -Kaden, age 9

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Must stop at every marsh.

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A view of the lake.

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Brody found some lichens.

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Then we found some cool ice crystals.

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We also saw that someone had decorated this bench for the holidays. It warmed my heart.

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One last view of the lake…

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It was a day well spent in the beautiful sunshine. Quality time with my little adventurers is never wasted time.

Peace and love.

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boxing day rituals

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I have 2 boys. They love Lego. For Christmas they get lots of it. Last year was all about Lego Star Wars, this year it’s Lego Ninjago. I still love Lego; it’s different from when I was young. The kits are more intricate and less free form, pros and cons with both. Eventually, it all becomes free form Lego.

I spent 2 hours helping Brody build his “ultra sonic raider”.

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Later on, I finally got around to a pinterest project I’ve been wanting to do. I needed a DIY idea to store my necklaces so I turned to pinterest. I was able to use some hooks I already had leftover from another project, so this one cost me nothing and I got to use my drill!

Here’s my new necklace organizer!

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Now, why didn’t I think of that!! So clever. Excellent use of pinterest and a drill.

Peace and love.

time to bake

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Tonight when my mother called she announced that she is giving up baking. I laughed, the thought of my mom giving up baking is as preposterous as my dad never watching golf again! She told me she’d tried a new recipe and is worried it didn’t turn out. “If it doesn’t turn out, I’m never baking again.” I told her she couldn’t base all her baking experience on a recipe she’s never tried before. My mother taught me how to bake, at the time she called I had just finished icing cookies with the boys and was getting ready to pack them up. I love baking and I have fond memories of helping my mom bake goodies at Christmas and all throughout the year. I don’t know if she’ll quit baking for good or not, but if she does her legacy will carry on, in me and my boys.

Time to bake, I love the science of baking. How you like that meniscus?
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Ready to bake….

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Brody pouring on the icing 🙂

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“Santa?”

“Yes, Stick Gingerbreadman?”

“I fear there are ninja among us?”

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“Never fear Stick Gingerbreadman, it’s only Disco Ninjabreadman and his merry backup dancers!”

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Happy Holidays!

Peace and Love.

what’s Joanna holding?

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Just for fun and completely random!

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Homemade Coconut milk Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

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Compliments of Soul Stream -comp cover charge at Bar None’s 20th anniversary.

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Box Cutter Blade.

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Portobello mustache from Movember.

snowy day

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Sometimes it snows in Vancouver. When it does, it’s a hot mess! Or a cold one rather, the city can’t handle it, people don’t know how to drive in it, we don’t have any plows, nobody shovels their sidewalks, main roads and bridges get closed. It turns into a commuters’ and pedestrians’ nightmare. All that aside, if you catch the moment at the right time, usually right before it starts raining again, it’s beautiful. The city looks and feels beautiful.

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arugula pesto

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arugula pestoArugula Pesto

The past couple of weeks I’ve been buying arugula instead of my usual spinach, I think I was a little bored of spinach and needed a new green…besides kale, of course. Last week I had a hard time using up all the arugula before it started to rot, spinach is a little heartier and keeps a little better. As a result I’ve been looking for ways to use it up before it expires. Pesto certainly isn’t the only way of using arugula but it is a delicious way!

 

Arugula pesto in the making.

The Ingredients

The Ingredients

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Making of Arugula Pesto

The Making of Arugula Pesto

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Making of Arugula Pesto

The Making of Arugula Pesto

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Making of Arugula Pesto

The Making of Arugula Pesto

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arugula Pesto Ice Cubes

Arugula Pesto Ice Cubes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arugula Pesto Risotto

Arugula Pesto Risotto

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arugula Pesto on Baguette

Arugula Pesto on Baguette

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lunch is Served!

Lunch is Served!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arugula Pesto Recipe

With a recipe like pesto I do not measure ingredients so the amounts are approximate, if you are unsure start with the lesser amount and add more according to your own taste. Also feel free to substitute or omit ingredients according to your own personal preferences. I used what inspired me and what I had on hand. My intention was for the arugula to be the focus of the pesto and didn’t want it over powered with other flavours.

 

Ingredients:

4-6 cups arugula
1 large leaf of curly kale, ribbed, washed and torn into small pieces (optional)
1/4 cup raw almonds
1-2 tbsp tahini
zest of lemon -zest lemon before you juice it.
juice of half-1 lemon -see note above
2-3 garlic cloves, chopped
1/4-1/3 cup olive oil
1/4-1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)

Add raw almonds to the food processor and process a few seconds or a few pulses. Add arugula, kale, tahini, lemon zest and juice, garlic, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/4 tsp salt, nutritional yeast. Process to until mixed. Scrape sides with spatula and taste test. Make any ingredient adjustments and process until desired consistency (scraping down the sides as necessary). I like mine smooth.

Enjoy!

Peace and Love