why your medicine cabinets should contain herbs and a traditional medicinals review and giveaway!

i hope you all had a wonderful long weekend! and if you were anything like me (eating lots of delicious food, and yes, some unhealthy) your system could use some rest and repair. what perfecting timing for a little chat about herbal medicine and a review of herbal teas!

having just finished a course on herbal medicine, i was of course intrigued when Traditional Medicinals asked me to try out some of their teas. i had used them in the past with great success, but it wasn’t until recently that i appreciated why and just how effective they really are. herbs are powerful things and infusions (tea) are an easy and enjoyable way to incorporate them in your healing process.

traditional medicinals tea review

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on being an only child and vanilla espresso almond butter

This post has been inspired by the book “Dad is Fat” by Jim Gaffigan as a part of the From Left to Write book club.  This book chronicles the challenges and hilarity of raising 5 small children in a 2 bedroom apartment in New York City. Doesn’t that sound like a blast??

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This book was a really nice change from the more sombre fiction books I had been reading lately. It was my “public transit” book and I certainly laughed out loud a few times, making me that crazy person on the subway. But I didn’t care. This book was light-hearted, funny and completely enjoyable to read. Jim Gaffigan puts his usual hilarious spin on all manner of kid-related stories from home births, to taking the subway with kids to birthday parties. My personal favourite story involves Jim, his 2 year old daughter and her mispronouncing “juice”. You’ll have to read the book to hear the punchline ;)

As an only child who grew up in a large home in a small town, there is little I could relate to in this book, which is probably why I liked it so much. It gave me a glimpse into what childhood could be like with silings. It seems so fitting that I was reading this book on “National Only Child Day” on April 12. It really got me thinking about how unique growing up sibling-less really is. 

Here are 5 musings about being an only child:

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15 recipes for a long weekend stay-cation or easter entertaining

another big lull between posts, my apologies! BUT it’s pretty exciting actually because i wrote my final exam in my final class in school. this meals following handing in my last assignment next week, i will be a holistic nutritionist! cue the applause, *takes a bow*

in all seriousness though, thank you all for sticking through the spotty posting while i’ve been in school. it’s been a juggling act but i have loved writing this blog the whole time and it wouldn’t have been the same without all of you!

while i don’t have a new recipe for you this week, i promise next week i will! for now, i leave you with suggestions for the coming weekend. 

whether you are celebrating easter or are just using the weekend to catch up on sleep and lounge around for an extra day, i have you covered. 

15 recipes for a long weekend stay-cation or easter entertaining

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guests deserve a special breakfast. so why not these fluffy pancakes made with chickpea flour! they’ll never know you got all healthy on them.

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strawberry avocado breakfast “ice cream”

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now i’m going to continue being the canadian i am today by talking about the weather. spring has come finally!! baseball games have been attended, skirts with no tights have been worn, the parka has been put away and fresh strawberries have been eaten! all that’s left is to eat a meal on a patio and it’s official. 

to celebrate the arrival of warm temperatures i’m sharing an “ice cream” recipe over at the north coast naturals blog that’s actually a breakfast. that means it’s high in protein, fibre, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals, quick and easy to make but also completely delicious.

psssst, i’ll let you in on a little secret: this is actually little more than a super thick smoothie, but it’s way more fun to call it ice cream isn’t it??

head on over to the ncn blog for the recipe!

I'm sharing this recipe on Raw Foods Thursdays!

no-bake chocolate cream pie

no-bake chocolate cream pie #vegan #glutenfree #paleo

i couldn’t get this pie out of my head for days. it was pie day (march 14) and the blogosphere was overflowing with various pie recipes. i am not one to usually make pie, but i got it into my head that i needed to make a pie asap. and not some standard apple. no i wanted a decadent chocolate cream pie. no-bake because i couldn’t be bothered to make a pie crust. this cream pie would be creamy, rich and would put all other pies to shame.

the only reason i didn’t make this sooner was because i was afraid of how good it would be. if such a thing existed in the world, would i ever be able to stop eating it? or would my taste buds compel my fork to move bite after bite of chocolate heaven into my mouth until the whole pie was gone? 

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