Friday, February 19, 2010

The sun is shining… it’s a beautiful day!

I feel so lucky, this is day 4 of sunshine!!  I love it!!

Lots on the plate for you guys today!

I bombed…  I never bomb…  I usually get about a 6+/10 mark on my meals…  this one I believe didn’t even measure on the scale…


Sweet and sour chicken and stir fried rice.   I was so excited, it looked so good!


The brown basmati rice was full of veggies (and a serving on mushrooms, for me only) spices and sauces!  It was alright but nothing special.


The sweet and sour chicken was instead thick and sour…

Sorry hunny, I’ll do better next time!! haha..

I had big hopes for dinner last night, but we ended up going out for wings and I had a shrimp cocktail with salad.  It was pretty fantastic, I’m not going to lie!

This morning I am happily sitting in the sun, reading blogs and drinking my…


Mixed with some soy milk, agave and vanilla!


So good, and just what was needed!  I used to drink “green tea lattes” all the time at Starbucks – but now just make them at home!  Matcha is great in smoothies too!!

Ok… part 2 for my ASK ME A QUESTION, keep them coming!

I miss macaroni & cheese--any way to simulate the creamy cheesiness but remain dairy free?

I haven’t experimented at all with this, as it wasn’t one of the things I ate before.   I know there are TONS of recipes out there for cheesy substitutes, mostly using nutritional yeast.

I actually read about one today for hummus + nutritional yeast + tumeric = cheesy goodness!

If you could compete in any Olympic sport, what would you choose?

Ugg… if I had NO FEAR – probably snowboarding or gymnastics! I used to be a gymnastics coach, but I can’t even do a cartwheel?   But I loved watching the kids do their thang’

Ps. I coached babies and preschoolers, so no cart wheeling was necessary!

Any big ideas for your wedding so far? What do you think will be the best part about your wedding... besides the GETTING MARRIED part!

Yes, lots of big ideas for the wedding.  It will be on a beach in Mexico (probably Mazatlan) only really close family and friends.  Pretty casual, filled with lots of love!

The thing I am the most excited about?  (prepare for mush) I honestly didn’t think I would ever meet someone that I would be so in love with!  I have always been “the single girl”, but from our very first date we just click.  We are pretty opposite, but I think that makes us work so well!!  So the thing I am most excited about is knowing that we are both committing to working hard at making our marriage work and of course spending a whole week surrounded by most of our favourite people! 

I am loving answering these questions so please feel free to keep asking!

I was lucky enough to get a fabulous award from Jesse at Vegan Minded!  Thanks Jesse, I love your blog and was so honoured to get this award from you!



The sunshine award is awarded to bloggers whose positivity and creativity inspire others in the blog world.

The rules for accepting the sunshine award are:

- put the logo on your blog or within your post
- pass the award onto 12 bloggers
- link the nominees within your post
- let the nominees know they have received this award by commenting on their blog
- share the love and link to the person from whom you received this award

My 12 lovely bloggers that inspire me are;

Girl on Raw – Robyn, every time I read your blog I am inspired to be just a wee bit healthier, and go raw! hehe

Iheartwellness – Kris is just a lovely person! Such a huge HAPPINESS inspiration to me!

The Clean Eating Mama – Tasha – she’s the mama of my cute blog god son! haha  the maker of my new apron, and just a good friend!!  Plus – her eats always look amazing!

Oh She Glows – big shocker here – I think I have tried pretty much every recipe Angela has every posted!  Plus she is the reason I started blogging!!  Huge inspiration from her every time a new blog post pops up!

Green and Crunchy – if you don’t read this blog you should! It’s a family of lots smile_regular that eats so super healthy and FUN!  I love this family!!  And you will love their lunch plates!

Meghan Telpner – I would move to Toronto just to attend her cooking workshops and never buy lululemon again to attend on of her tropical paradise workshops!

Enjoying the small things- if you do nothing else today read this blog, from the very beginning.  Kelle is AMAZING.  I cry with every new post, as well as find myself falling deeper and deeper in love with the thought of being a mom!!

Get Fit Chicks – if there is a blog out there that will get me motivated to get off my butt – it is these girls!! – Noelle is a yummy cook…  your mouth will water with all her yummy vegan meals!!

Nutrition Nut on the Run – I am new to this blog but it’s been love since the beginning!!  So much fun stuff

Healthy Hoggin – another new to me blog!!  She always eats such yummy things! Plus she has an AMAZING giveaway going down!

Last but not least – my newest fav blog!!

Alli – I’m pretty sure she is my new BFF on twitter!! hehe… and her blog is great too!! 

Phewf – that was hard work!!  This is just a few of my favorites, I read over 70 blogs, so it’s hard to choose just 12!

Anywhoo… that’s all from me right now!  We are having friends over tonight for a Japanese potluck – so keep posted tomorrow for all the yummy eats (and hot tub adventures) haha




  1. It's such a disappointment when you plan out a whole meal and it fails on you! But shrimp cocktail totally can heal the pain...

    Destination: Mexico wedding! Amazing! You will have an unforgettable time, for certain!

    Also I think I asked the Olympics questions - my default answer would be figure skating but snowboarding looks so cool too. It must have been fun being a preschooler gymnastics coach! They're such a fun age (usually..til the tears start).


  2. I love you Jess!! I am so happy we are now friends :)

    You are an inspiration to me and everyone in our blog are always happy, positive and shine your brightness everywhere! So beautiful you are ;)

    Ok, I am coming to your place for dinner! I hope you two don't! Looks great!!

    I have never thought of adding my almond milk to matcha powder....great idea! It would give the thickness that the lattes have. I love the starbucks matcha until they told me it is loaded with sugar.....what the heck?! LOL

    Have a fab sunny, spring day!


  3. Thanks girlfriend!! I am honored to have such a nice award! I will post and do this on a post. This was a lot of work!

    Way to go on posting a dish that did not come out the way you expected.

    BY the way, Matcha is the best ever! It makes for a great smoothie as well!

  4. Thank you so much!! What a sweet surprise to get an award from you. :) I'm new to your blog, too, but I love your positive outlook and yummy food!

    Good luck with all the wedding planning. Getting married in Mexico sounds wonderful! (and much warmer than mine was!!)

  5. Thank you so much...I LOVE your blog so much and I can't believe tht I was your inspiration to start blogging. I am SO glad you did and so happy to have 'met' you!

  6. sounds like a wonderful wedding...not that you probably don't have a ton of advice, but if i could go back i'd do a destination wedding and spend the $$ on the honeymoon/getting back. i bet your day is going to be wonderful!

  7. Congrats on your award and so sorry your meal didn't turn out...what's nice is that there is always next time!


  8. Just wanted to say that I love the "Proud Canadian Blogger" badge up top there! Yay canada!

    Am I allowed to be a proud Canadian blogger if I now live in the US? ...I'm still a proud Canadian!

  9. Sounds like you got some great wedding ideas going on :) Congrats on the award :)

  10. OH MY GOODNESS!! Just to be included with this line up is an honor Miss Jess. Thank you sooo much for the lovely treat! I love your blog too and you inspire me so don't ya forget it! I've been awol on a work trip so I promise to email ya tomorrow :) xxx

    PS I love the other bloggies too :D

  11. OH MY GOODNESS!! Just to be included with this line up is an honor Miss Jess. Thank you sooo much for the lovely treat! I love your blog too and you inspire me so don't ya forget it! I've been awol on a work trip so I promise to email ya tomorrow :) xxx

    PS I love the other bloggies too :D

  12. I am sorry to hear that your meal didn't turn out well - that is never fun, but it happens to all of us.

    I hope you have a fantastic weekend!!

    I love the answers to your questions, I agree with you on the Olympic sports!

  13. I found this recipe on the "Love Veggies and Yoga" blog. I can't eat dairy/gluten/wheat so this worked perfectly! I followed the recipe exactly and it was a nice treat. Next time I'll try it over quinoa or rice pasta...YUM!

  14. I found this recipe on the "Love Veggies and Yoga" blog. It is a great recipe for those of us who can't eat dairy/wheat/gluten but still want to enjoy "mac & cheese". I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out great. Next time I'd make the cheesy sauce and pour it over quinoa or rice pasta!


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