Saturday, 3 May 2014

Peek-a-boo!

Here are some photos of some of the sweet things I've been up to these past few months. 

Drinking green smoothies and reading light.

Making my own pesto

Performing in concerts

Steaming almond milk with our new espresso machine to make tea lattes

Walking across the Don Valley on nice days


Playing Ticket to Ride

Eating colourful things

Absolutely crushing at Ticket to Ride...

Running!

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

The Best Banana Bread I've Ever Made (so far...)


Since the beginning of February, I have been aching to bake banana bread. Last Sunday, I finally had the time and all of the necessary ingredients to make it happen.



If you're friends with me on facebook, you have probably figured out that this banana bread turned out so well, I had trouble not eating it all at once. It turned out so nutty and very flavourful. 

I made this banana bread dairy-free, but it still has eggs and flour, if you care about that kind of thing!

I adapted this recipe from Canada's 150 Best Diabetes Desserts and I will list all of the dietary information after the recipe!

Banana Walnut Bread
Makes 20 half-slices (1 half-slice per serving)

What you need: 
- 2 ripe bananas, mashed. I keep a container of frozen SUPER RIPE bananas in my freezer, to be used in smoothies and such. I ended up nuking two of them for this recipe, but if I was more patient, I would have just let them sit out for a couple of hours to defrost.
- 1/2 coconut oil, softened
- 1/2 raw or brown sugar. I may have only used 1/4 cup. I can't remember now. :S
- 1 egg
- 1 egg white. (I feel weird about using only egg whites. I bought a carton of egg whites specifically for this recipe. What do they do with the yolks?)
- 1 and 1/3 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup hot water

What to do:
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
- Spray or line with parchment paper a loaf pan, young jedi
- Beat bananas with coconut oil. Beat in sugar, whole egg, and egg white until fluffy
- In another bowl, combine flour, walnuts, baking soda, and salt
- Stir in banana mixture along with hot water just until blended
- Pour mixture into prepared loaf pan
- Bake for 35 to 45 min (Mine took exactly 35 min!) or until a knife inserted in the centre comes out clean 
- Cool in pan for 5 min
- Remove from pan and cool on a wire rack

Nutritional Information:
Per 1 serving:
Calories 100
Carbohydrate 14g
Fiber 1g
Protein 2g
Fat 4g

If you use butter instead of coconut oil:
Calories 115
Carbohydrate 14g
Fiber 1g
Protein 2g
Fat 6g

Inefficient Packaging

Some back story:
In January, I signed up to do the Sporting Life 10k here in Toronto on May 11th. With the early registration, I received a $35 gift card for Sporting Life. The catch with the gift card was that it had an early expiry date, February 15th. On the evening of February 14th, I was so determined not to lose my $35 that I decided to buy something online. The only thing I could afford was a (clearance) sports bra. So I got it.

Fast forward to today, when I just received a package in the mail! Hurray, sports bra!

It came in this gigantic box.
11"x10"x15"


For one sports bra. 

I do not see the point of this at all. 

Oh well, free box for meeeeee!!!

Friday, 24 January 2014

Origami Galaxy Box

 This is what I did with one page of my 2013 calendar (Images from Hubble Space Telescope).


A cute little origami box! I haven't made one of these in a while. 
When I was in my fourth year of undergrad, I used to make several of these per day. It was my way of dealing with stress. I didn't make this one out of stress, but out of boredom! 


This tiny box only holds five ginger chews!


Yumm. Now, go make a tiny galaxy box! And if you haven't tried Chimes ginger chews, you must! 

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Destroy This Magazine

This Vogue magazine has been haunting my living room since September. I bought it for kicks, read through it once, and instantly felt horrible about myself. I won't go into detail. Today, I decided to destroy it.

 Sorry Ralph Lauren.

 "She's Sporty. She's Sexy. She's ..."

So many strips of vapid paper! 

I decided to try out my weaving skills. 
It was hard to figure out what to do with this awesome thing.

Here's a good place!

To be continued...

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Shtuff

Besides using too many instagram filters, this is what I've been up to:
Making food patterns

Cool tip jars

Purple things

Sneaky gym selfies

Chocolate.

My first clothing purchase since August 2013


Remember this? Well, I was successful. I actually ended up not buying much at all this past fall. Once I unpacked my winter clothing, I had so many outfit options that I didn't feel the need to buy anything new. It's amazing what a bit of "reworking" some outfits can do! I also limited myself from walking around shopping malls or looking at online clothing shops. I posted a few blog posts with pictures of things I liked, but then didn't end up having time to sew myself anything that looked like them. 
What focus I would have normally put towards clothes and shopping was rerouted to things like eating healthy, exercise, and well-being. That might sound a bit hippy-dippy, but I've been noticing this change among the internet fashion blogger world. (Chriselle Lim, for example).

For Christmas, my mother asked me to make a list of "something I need, something I want, something to wear, something to read, and something to give". Knowing about this challenge, the "something to wear" she gave me was a pair of handmade wool mitts made by a friend of hers, and a purse made from old ties created by my aunt! How cool is that?

Most of the Christmas gifts I gave were also handmade in some way. Or made locally. Or from the cafe I work at!

Anyhow, about the challenge: it's not really over. On December 21st, I did not suddenly have an urge to buy ALL the forever 21. No. Not at all! I realized that I have so much already, and I rarely need new clothes. 

Except socks. 

Oh my.

The last time I bought socks was over a year ago, I think. I bought a bunch of socks from my usual super cheap place: Ardenes. They are just that: cheap! Money-wise, I can't complain about them. And style-wise, I love them. But quality-wise... oh gosh. Every single pair of socks I own got holes in them all at the same time. All of my tights got toe holes, and I HATE THAT FEELING SO MUCH OF ONE TOE POKING THROUGH THE HOLE BLERHGHH! At least one sock from every pair lost its heel completely. Just worn right down to nothing. 

My sock situation was getting really dire, so yesterday I took the plunge and bought some nicer quality socks! 


Now, I only bought four pairs of socks, and one pair of tights. And these socks are awesome. My feet (as seen in the photo) can't wait to wear a pair of new socks. 

And that's the end of this blog post. 

Socks.