Friday, 29 August 2014

We rode our bikes to Niagara Falls!

Ready to ride! We took our bikes on the Go Train to Aldershot in order to make our day trip exactly that: a day, no longer!

One of the gorgeous views biking along Lake Ontario

This is the "after" photo: post-86km ride and a good shower and nap



Thursday, 28 August 2014

Things that make me smile


Having a whole bunch of my family over for dinner!


This skirt from American Apparel


Going on a "cleanse". Well, not really! I just love making smoothies


Doodling


Running a half marathon for the first time!


Weird coloured smoothies and flowers

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...