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I’ve been off the blog grid

It has been approximately 1.5 years since my last post.

It is safe to say I have been off the blogging grid before I even got started. As you can imagine, a lot has happened in that time span. I challenged my anxious thoughts, switched jobs and moved from the GTA to beautiful Muskoka. Probably one of my greatest decisions.

I now work in the tourism and hospitality industry and boy is it ever fun to do media relations for! I am even fortunate enough to photograph for social media, so to catch you up on what beautiful Muskoka has to offer take a look at some of my favourite captures from all four seasons.

I’ll be back blog word, I haven’t forgotten about you!

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Protein Energy Bites

For the past two weeks I’ve been eating these little protein energy balls before or after a strenuous workout with my trainer and they seem to do the trick! It makes for a nice change from protein bars since they are filled with nutritious super foods like flax and chia seeds….oh and they are SUPER easy to make!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 tbsp flax seeds
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp cacao nibs
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder (I use plant based brand Vega One)
  • handful of goji berries
  • handful of dried cranberries

Directions

Stir all ingredients together in a bowl; mixing dry ingredients into the peanut butter and honey. When mixed place in fridge to chill for approximately 30-45 minutes (or until you remember). Remove from fridge and shape into small balls.

1-2 balls/serving should help provide you with the protein and energy you need for your workout or last minute breakfast. I find the chia, flax and oats help make it chewy enough so that I am satisfied with a smaller portion. I estimated 3-4 points plus values per ball depending on size.

tortellini soup

Quick Tortellini Soup

Generally, when I come home from the work or the gym I am hungry and I want something FAST!

This easy weight watchers soup sure does the trick and is perfect for leftovers throughout the week.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pkg of prepared cheese tortellini
  • 1 can of diced or crushed tomatoes (low sodium is recommended for the weight conscious)
  • 1 pkg chicken or vegetable broth, fat free, low sodium
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 2-3 cups spinach
  • 1-2tbsp garlic
  • oregano seasoning
  • Italian seasoning

Directions:

Brown garlic in a large saucepan coated with cooking spray on medium-high heat for approximately 1 minute, then add chopped onion until softened for another minute.

Add broth and tortellini; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes as pasta cooks.

Add spinach, tomatoes and seasonings to taste and simmer for another 5 minutes.

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Yields 1 cup per 4 points plus serving

A Standard Canadian Winter

Currently as I write this post it is a warm 3 degrees Celsius…yup to us Canadians that is warm folks!

Us Canadians (with the exception of B.C and their insanely warm weather this winter) can say we have survived! We have survived the 30 cm of snow overnight, the – 40’s in February, black ice and the countless snow squalls while driving. And you want to know how we do it? We go outside and make the best of it.

How do I make the best of a Canadian winter? You can find me…

but sometimes pictures are better than words…

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Winter doesn’t stop an avid cottager

My family are avid cottagers.

What does this mean? It means you can find us rain or shine, slush or snow, fog or ….I think you get the picture. We love to cottage no matter what the season and in doing so we have some pretty great adventures.

Of course summer is one of my favourite seasons, and fall is a second runner up, but winter has some pretty spectacular scenery that actually makes putting up with the -40 temperatures seem all worth it when you head north for the weekend.

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Blue Mountain Adventures

In Ontario you do not have the biggest selection of ski hills in comparison to the mountains out west in Alberta and B.C, and to the East in Quebec. But us Ontarians manage to get by with local ski hills and our own mini Whistler-like village and ski resort known as Blue Mountain. The hill and resort is located in Collingwood Ontario and is approximately only a 2-2.5 hour drive from Toronto and the surrounding GTA. The close proximity to Toronto makes for a perfect weekend escape to a picturesque winter scene without breaking the bank.

I wanted to share some photos from my past trips this winter as I hope I can help capture some of the resorts’ magic.

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4 Step DIY Succulent Terrarium

Okay so if there is one thing to know about me right now, it is that I am OBSESSED with succulents!

They are adorable, come in several shapes and sizes and also happen to be pretty hard to kill (an added bonus). So I thought to myself, how can I fill my life with more succulents? Well this is where my quick DIY comes in.

Supplies:

  • succulents (1-3 depending on your bowl size)
  • glass fish bowl
  • rocks (or seashells!)

Step 1: Gather your 3 supplies, whether that may be from your local farmers market, dollar store or your own backyard. I was able to score these beautiful succulents from a local farmers market, but I have also seen them available at local grocery stores and flower shops. You can easily find a glass fish bowl, or any kind of glass vase shape that you prefer from a dollar store or department store. A bag of rocks can be found in mother nature the dollar store.

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Step 2: Fill up your glass bowl or vase with your rocks. Save 6-8 rocks that you would like to decorate around the succulent.

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Step 3: Gently pull out your succulent from the container and pour remaining soil on top of rocks. Place and position your succulent(s) until you smile 🙂

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Step 4: Decorate the top soil layer with your remaining rocks, et voila you have an adorable succulent terrarium!

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