The “Farewell for Now” Post

Ohhh my dear friends. Long time no talk. I figured it was about time I give a little update as to where the heck I’ve been.

It’s the strangest thing even to me, but a few weeks ago (and what felt like overnight), blogging just seemed to shift from being a really natural and enjoyable part of my everyday life to this big awkward puzzle piece with no perfect fit. I think it probably comes down to the fact that I’ve been devoting quite a bit more time to school this semester. And with those extra hours displaced, time spent blogging was starting to mean time not spent FaceTiming with my parents, not eating lunch with my friends, not watching The Office with Josh, not sleeping, or – somewhat ironically – not cooking or exercising as much.

And while I’m sure I could have squeezed it in somewhere, I loved just about every minute spent writing every post I published since the blog was birthed 10 months ago. So it was pretty crystal clear to me the minute things started feeling off-kilter that it wasn’t feeling the way it could or should.


Although I must say, the last few weeks have felt pretty darn weird too. I can’t count the number of times I’ve found myself eating something delicious and thinking “I HAVE to share this!”. There have also been a fair share of moments of feeling like this significant chunk of my identity got ripped away and a sense of uncertainty as to where that leaves me exactly. Have you ever felt that way?  And lastly, it’s hard not to feel like taking a break isn’t somewhat of a failure. As if I can’t stick to things, you know?

But you know what I’ve realized? I’ve realized what a crazy beautiful thing it is that we get to test new waters and experiment with unfamiliar things and try things on as we please. How cool is it that we can wake up any given morning and say, “I think I’ll take up sewing today” or “maybe it’s time I try out power-lifting”? And how silly would it be to deprive ourselves of trying these things in fear of not adopting them as lifelong passions?

Blogging is something that has brought me so much joy and that I suspect I will come back to one day. But it’s not fit for this season and I’m at peace with that.


Finally, I wanted to share that what I’ve learned from the experience more than anything is that people are SO SUPPORTIVE AND AWESOME. The people I’m closest to were pretty much a blog cheerleading squad. Many classmates regularly took time to approach me and say they enjoyed reading, which always made my day. And every comment left on here made my heart swell up so big – I feel like I’ve become friends with a lot of you which is so cool! And if the realization that people are rooting for each other isn’t an empowering one, I don’t know what is.

So with that, thank you so so much for reading and perhaps I’ll be back to this space with a vengeance one day. But in the meantime, here’s to eating lots of yummy things and soaking up all the goodness around us. There is so much of it! xoxoxo

Weekend Highlights: Raclette, Ice Sculptures, Coffee and the Super Bowl

Hi friends!

As is the case most weekends I’m back at home, the past couple days have been chock-full of good eats (and company). And as per usual, I figured I’d share some of the highlights in case my pictures can provide anyone with an idea or two!

But backing up to Friday real quick. I have a year-long group project and our ultimate objective is to plan a meal event, which will basically function as a “restaurant for a day”. I got lucky and ended up in THE most lovely group and we are planning an Asian Street Food feast and so excited about it! On Friday we had our final test kitchen to make sure our recipes were perfect. Everything was so delish and my group mate Anikka took this picture of the final products – isn’t it gorgeous?!


whole wheat teriyaki noodles // fresh wraps with peanut sauce // bubble tea // egg tart 

Friday also included a lecture with a guest professor about food marketing, which made for such an interesting end to the school week. When I made it back to Ottawa my mom and I booked it over to see the ice sculptures at Winterlude – Ottawa’s big annual winter festival. They were still relatively intact considering the unseasonably mild weather we’ve been having and so pretty!



Saturday included a trip to Jak’s Kitchen and this cute little brunch and lunch spot immediately got added to my Ottawa Eats recommendation page. So cozy and so good. My mom and I went splitsies (duh) on the two meals below and left so satisfied.


omelette with cheese curds, scallions, roasted red pepper and basil
// homefries // cornbread toast // fruit 


greens and basil salad with tomato, parmesan and pine nuts 

Josh and I busted out some homework in the afternoon but we had some major light at the end of the tunnel to look forward to: RACLETTE. His family served up a feast of cheese, veggies, bread, potatoes, tofu and meats to grill and it was nothing short of glorious. Such a fun meal to enjoy with people.


I’m pretty sure Josh’s dog Daisy has more personality than I do and she makes me laugh at least every 45 seconds. It’s pretty much impossible to be in a bad mood when she’s around.


Saturday morning I made a batch of my apple carrot oat muffins. I hate to be like a parent with a favourite child and neglect my other muffin recipes but these ones are sort of in a league of their own.


apple carrot oat muffins 

Josh came to pick me up and I insisted on tying him in my scarf and documenting the occasion. He is just so lucky to get to date me and to take part in these great ideas I have. ha

scarf pic .jpg

We had a fair bit of studying to do but treated ourselves to some coffee and paper browsing at one of our favourite places before getting started. Ahhh the little things.

equator coffees


After the homework I met up with all the ladies in my family for a “Superbowl party” which included zero football and Definitely my kind of party. I knew it would be pretty meat-heavy so I brought a little sushi platter, which is one of my favourite go-to veg options in social situations like this one.


And to bring a bit of happiness to your Monday, I have to share the Valentine my grandma made during craft time at her Nursing Home, addressed to her late twin sister. She is like a little girl again in a lot of ways and this sight just melted my heart. Love her so much!


On that sweet note, I hope that you have such a good week!

Did you do anything exciting over the weekend? 

Anything planned this week? 


Blueberry Banana Kefir Chia Seed Pudding

Blueberry Banana Kefir Chia Seed Pudding

I learned a few important things this week:

  1. Chia Seed Pudding is sort of blurry looking in real life which makes getting it to look crisp in pictures a struggle and a half.
  2. Sometimes mid-food-photoshoot one gets hot and removes their boyfriend’s over-sized sweatshirt, only to discover that it matches said food very well and should definitely be in said pictures.
  3. Kefir and chia seeds were meant to be together and create really good puddings.


Since writing a post all about probiotics a little while ago, I’ve been trying to think up new ways to welcome fermented foods into my life. And ohhhh baby I have found a way that I am going to have no trouble welcoming. Having little pots of this bad boy in the fridge ready to be grabbed was such a luxury this week. One that I think I am going to repeat next week. Okay and probably the one after.


This recipe couldn’t get much easier and it makes my little dietitian-in-the-making heart squeal just a bit. We’re talking protein and probiotics from the kefir, omega-3 goodness from the chia seeds and vitamins and minerals up the wazoo from the fruit. Don’t mind if I do.

Blueberry Banana Kefir Chia Seed Pudding

  • Servings: 1-2
  • Time: 2 hours
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  • 1 medium ripe banana, mashed well
  • 1/4 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • 3 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 3/4 cup plain kefir*
  • 1 tsp maple syrup (optional)


  1. In a mason jar or tupperware, mix all ingredients well.
  2. Taste and add sweetness to your liking.
  3. Let thicken in the fridge for a minimum of 2 hours.
  4. Enjoy for up to 5 days.

*I used 2% kefir.


Blueberry Banana Kefir Chia Seed Pudding

I hope you enjoy this if you try it!



What I Ate Wednesday: Study Fuel at its Finest

Why hello fine folks and happy WIAW! How is your week going?

I have an exam tomorrow and I’ve been trying very hard to find excuses to take a break from studying and talk your ear off (my favourite thing), but sadly I haven’t come up with any. So I’m going to get back to the studying – which is probably a good idea considering the exams in this class have a reputation for making people burst into tears. Reassuring, right?! ha! But I still wanted to pop in and chat about Monday’s eats because they were so good and perhaps can leave you with an idea or two!

Okay so Josh brought me not one but TWO almost-empty jars of Sunbutter on the weekend and I thought I was going to die of happiness. When you eat your oatmeal out of one of these beauties, you get Sunbutter in every bite and it’s just something else. I filled jar #1 with some classic hot banana-cocoa oatmeal and it was a pretty splendid way to commence the week.

Sunbutter Chocolate Oats

cocoa-banana oats in an ‘almost empty’ Sunbutter jar


I got home from the gym one hungry girl and had a chickpea pancake (based off of this recipe) made in 10 minutes flat. I just mixed 1/4 cup of chickpea flour, 1/4 cup of water, salt, garlic powder and parsley flakes and fried ‘er right up in some olive oil. The pancake itself is pretty neutral-tasting but so so nutritious and a perfect vehicle for yummy toppings. Loved this lunch!


chickpea flour “pancake” with avocado, tomato and hummus // steamed broccoli

Afternoon snack was some probiotic-filled kefir! I love being able to throw some in a mason jar, shove it into my backpack and drink away when I get hungry in class – it’s surprisingly filling!


kefir with maple syrup and cinnamon 

In the afternoon I also chopped up some tempeh and let it hang out in a super delicious marinade by Sarah from Bucket List Tummy until dinnertime. I can find tempeh pretty bitter on its own but it soaked up this marinade like nobody’s business and totally adopted the great flavour.


I stir-fried it and had it alongside some roasted veggies and couscous. Immediately after the picture I mixed it all together and then kept going back for more. Definitely a new favourite dinner!



roasted veggies // couscous cooked in vegetable broth // tempeh in this marinade 

If you’re unfamiliar with tempeh, I can’t urge you enough to give it a try! It’s essentially a fermented version of tofu and is such a nutritional powerhouse. It also just so happens to be really “meaty” and stick-to-your-ribs in the best possible way. Plant power people!!


I somehow still have some chocolate left from Christmas. I truly think this bag may be replenishing itself because I feel like I’ve had so many but there are always more?! Really not complaining about this mystery.


I was feeling super snacky before bed and munched on some leftover spaghetti squash, frozen blueberries in milk, a big scoop of almond butter and some cauliflower florets. The nighttime appetite is a strange thing.



Well that’s it from me. I hope you are having a really great week and eating some really great things. All the WIAW’s are linked up over on Arman’s blog this week, if you’re curious!

Happy Wednesday and see you soon! 


The Weekends You Wish Had No End

HI GUYS! How was your weekend?!

Ahh how my cup runneth over after the past couple days of R&R. Josh came to visit me, and being that most of our social circle is back in Ottawa, it’s almost like we’re on a little island when we spend weekends together here in my little town. We can just relax and eat and relax again (and then eat again) and it’s sort of the best.

We’ve also been having some really mild weather and it’s been so nice to stroll around leisurely. When I woke up on Friday it was snowing big fat beautiful snowflakes so I headed out with my camera and some of my favourite tunes. Serious happy place.




Josh got in at about lunchtime on Saturday and I had this salad ready for us to dig into. This combo has been a recent favourite and if you haven’t tried roasted sweet potatoes in your salad, do it!!


blended greens // roasted sweet potato // avocado // peas // corn // black beans
// sun-dried tomato  // Mary’s Gone Crackers as ‘croutons’

I was somewhat (okay completely) surprised when we sat down to some schoolwork after lunch and stayed focused for almost 5 hours. In hindsight this was pretty much a miracle because usually my maximum time in silence is approximately 4 minutes. (Unless I’m alone. I promise I don’t talk to myself in 4 minute intervals).


With the studying wrapped up, we got to work on our go-to chunky lentil spaghetti sauce with zucchini and portobellos and served it with spaghetti squash instead of pasta for a change. It was so flavourful!


We also made these Cheddar Bay Biscuits and this recipe is a winner, folks.


Candlelight is just good for the soul.


Post-dinner activities included a couple episodes of The Office. Did you guys know that the whole series is on Netflix now?! My goodness I love this show.


I got all caught up with my mom over FaceTime on Sunday morning and then it was time for coffee and food.


I’ve been in such a crêpe mood since Chloe made them for me last week and these bad boys did.the.trick. I followed this recipe and I thought it was such a good idea to strain the batter to remove the lumps that I can never usually get rid of. We had two different toppings (see below) and they were as good as they look.


left = Sunbutter with dark chocolate melted in + banana 
right = butter + cinnamon-sugar + a sprinkle of fresh lemon juice

Josh named this one “Medusa”. Don’t worry if you have to Google that – I did too.


We took a nice walk around town while we digested. Except not before I got Josh to take some random pictures of me because I like to pretend I’m a model sometimes. The Instagram Husband video may or may not hit a bit close to home for us. ha! He is such a good sport!


A light lunch came in the form of Vegepate with pita, steamed broccoli and mango. I have this exact same combo embarrassingly often. So many different textures and flavours to nibble on!


There’s a Starbucks right next to the bus station so I settled in after Josh left to get some work done. Does anyone else happen to love the soy beverages at Starbs?! I’ve never looked up the milk’s ingredient list (nor do I plan to ha) but it sure makes for a tasty latte.

starbucks working

And just like that, the weekend had come and gone. Despite the title of this post, I’m feeling so ready for the busy week ahead. I think allowing ourselves to rest is both wonderful in the moment and so conducive to having lots of energy when things pick back up again.

Did you have a busy or low-key weekend?

What was the best thing you ate?