I have to admit, I have never been an egg fan. I don't care for the taste, the smell, the texture or the evil things they do to my stomach. But the one exception to that rule used to be Greek Avgolemono soup, with its lovely tang and citrus notes.Read More
A couple of days ago we stopped in a Fred Meyer grocery store, while traveling through Bellingham, WA. I am always on the look out for new and unusual fruit and veg, and could not resist the lure of an organic Buddha's Hand fruit.Read More
We didn't go too nuts with sweet treats during the holidays this year – mostly because we were in the midst of moving and didn't have a lot of opportunity to bake cookies!Read More
Life has shifted for us in a very big way over the past couple of months. We explored a few different options that would have us stay in Victoria, but ultimately discovered that while we have thoroughly enjoyed living here, it is not so much about the place. We could be anywhere, so long as we are all together. Last December we met the incredible Pearce family, who have been traveling the world with their three kids for the past 7 years. Their blog Pearce on Earth depicts their travel lifestyle, with tons of resources with regards to life on the road, entrepreneurship and world schooling. The more we spoke with them, the more inspired we became. If they could do it, pursuing an adventure like this seemed far more accessible for us as well. Not quite brave enough to take the plunge as of yet, we decided to explore other options here, and let this travel idea simmer on the back burner for the time being.
Our summer was frantic and stressful, as we tried to get ourselves up and running with what felt like a promising idea at the time. In August we both burnt out, and sat down for a heart to heart chat about exactly what we wanted our life to look like. The business we were attempting to set up was a means to an end to stay put, and we quickly realized that in the process we had lost touch with what was most important to us. Namely, quality time together as a family and the pursuit of our respective passions. Our kids are growing up so quickly, our priority is to make the most of the time we have with them while they are young. We have focused the past few months on finishing renovations on our condo, purging more than we ever thought possible, and accepted an offer a week ago.
A year after our inspiring conversation with the Pearce Family we find ourselves ready to embark on our own travels, not world travel (yet!) but rather exploration across North America in an RV with our kids. Our eldest daughter is a real home body, this approach will allow us to travel and still have a home base to return to every night. I had no idea that RV travel was a thing until we started exploring it, at which time I discovered that many families have decided to hit the road with their kids, and are doing so with great success. We have talked about living in a tiny home for years; now with 200 square feet of living space we have the opportunity to do just that, albeit on wheels so that our tiny adventure is a travel adventure also. Our kids share in our excitement and I am awed and inspired by their ability to let go of “stuff” and embrace this new adventure. It is a bit of a paradox, in that the more we let go of, the more abundant we feel. Another massive round (ok, multiple rounds!) of purging have given us so much more appreciation for the things we have decided to keep. My daughter made this observation with me the other day, after informing me that we “still have so much more to get rid of” she stated that it is so much better now because we can “see what we have, and actually use it.” I am so impressed that she sees this all so clearly, something that took me an additional 30 years to figure out!
I will be updating the travel section of this blog regularly with our adventures, cross referencing the family travel blog we are currently setting up. We will be hitting the road December 21st starting with a few weeks of travel up island before heading down through the USA, and then across Canada. We will be writing about locations, healthy living resources (both on the road and in the locations we travel to) conversations about minimalism and downsizing, and scratch cooking in a small space while on the road. We are so excited to embark on this new adventure, and hope you will join us on our journey!
I'm not sure I am supposed to admit this, but the words "find your calling" have always thrown me. I've often struggled with the idea of a calling, as I don't know that there is only one thing I am meant to do.Read More
I had so much fun putting this soup together, especially because it contains some of my all time favourite flavours! I am still working my way through an abundance of zucchini, and decided to play around with a different set of ingredients and flavour profile for my soup this time around.Read More
When I was a kid I LOVED Mexican Chili Chips. Now that I am old enough to read labels, I fully realize how terrible most of the ingredients in the original chips are. This lead me on a quest to find a healthier substitute I could feel good about giving my kids.Read More
Last night as I sat watching the election results roll in I felt myself slipping into fear, overwhelm and profound disappointment as it became evident that the final tally would be a far cry from everything I had hoped.Read More
I am so grateful to have been gifted with large quantities of zucchini and zucchini squash from my friend's garden this year. I love roasting slices of zucchini for roasted veggie sandwiches and dicing zucchini to add to chili but I wanted to see if I could challenge myself to come up with a few new recipes to make use of our abundance of zucchini!Read More
Malas are made up of 108 beads, plus a guru stone (or tassle). This central stone serves as a focus point for the intention of the mala and meditation practice, as well as signifying the beginning and ending of the japa meditation sequence. 108 is considered to be a sacred number as there are said to be 108 upanishads (sacred Hindu texts), as well as 108 sacred places in the body.Read More
We embarked on our fermentation journey several years ago, with our first batch of Kombucha. I received my scoby from a good friend, and that scoby supplied us with several years worth of delicious fermented brew.Read More
Fall is definitely in the air as we start to experience shorter days and colder nights. All of these shifts and changes have me reaching for my cozy sweaters along with warm and nourishing soups and teas. The inspiration for this particular recipe came from the bounty of root vegetables in our weekly CSA bag, along with a strong family history of consuming beets.Read More
Green Curry is one of my favourite dishes, probably because I lived in South East Asian when I was very little and this was something we ate often. It is now one of my go-to comfort foods (no chicken noodle soup for me!)Read More
This Steam and Sauté dish was inspired by a delicious combination of vegetables procured from our weekly CSA bag and a bountiful visit to a local farmer's marketRead More
As much as I love being creative in the kitchen and preparing intricate meals, sometimes a quick and easy option fits the bill.Read More
I was really thrilled when I heard that my friend and fellow Culinary Nutrition Expert Graduate Michelle Vodrazka was coming out with another cookbook. I am a big fan of her Smart Snacking for Sports (released in 2014) as it contains a wonderful and extensive selection of healthy sports snacks that just so happen to be wonderful snacks for growing kids as well!Read More
Like most people, I was never a huge fan of dandelions. I considered them to be an insidious weed, to be purged whenever possible. A couple of years ago I was driving with my kids and we passed a big field of bright yellow dandelions. My daughter looked at the field and commented that the flowers were beautiful. This opened up my perspective, and for the first time I actually looked at the dandelions as something other than a nuisance. I began to appreciate them for the bright, cheerful flowers that they are.Read More
Spring has definitely sprung here on the island, with sunny warm days in abundance. As a result I find myself reaching for smoothies and salads with increasing frequency. I am a big fan of smoothies first thing in the morning, they allow for a wonderful combination of healthy fats and protein, along with superfoods that help maximize nutritional input.Read More
I am a huge fan of oatmeal in the morning. It is a quick and easy meal to prepare, especially if you are using quick oats and/or an overnight oats method. In this case I was strapped for time, so I used quick oats and everything was ready in about 15 minutes.Read More