this post marks my second foray into the blogger's book club, from left to write. this month's book was "prayers for the stolen” by jennifer clement, an exploration of the life of a girl growing up in a poor town in mexico where the threat of being stolen and sold for prostitution is a very real and daily endurance.
when i signed up to read this book, i knew it was going to be a challenge. not because it was long or full of complex language. it is actually quite short (i read it in 2 mornings) and simply written. i put off reading this book until the last minute. it was because i knew it would be difficult to read about a story that put into sharp focus the horrors that continue to go on in the world, often unnoticed by many, and just how silly all of my own problems would seem.
happy valentine's day everyone! it's the perfect opportunity to tell you all how much i love you and completely 100% appreciate you taking the time to read my blog. this blog wouldn't be what it is without you!
weekends are when i love to cook. life slows down a little, giving us more time in the kitchen to craft things a little more special. it's a time for treats and sharing food with loved ones. one of my favourite bloggers/nutritionists meghan telpner used to post every weekend 3 recipes from her archives as ideas for people to makes on their weekends. i loved this idea so much, both for exposing me to recipes i might have missed from her before and the inspiration it gave me to get crafting my own deliciousness.
after 2 years of blogging, i've decided i would like to start posting the same. while i can't promise it will be every week (because if i have learned anything this year it's that i can't be expected to blog on a schedule), i hope it will be a platform for exposing new readers to my earlier recipes and act as a friendly little reminder to longer-term readers. it should provide a little humour for at least myself when looking at my older food photography (my pictures still aren't great but they are soooo much better!). if nothing else i hope it inspires you to get in your kitchens and cook something fresh, exciting and healthy this weekend!
since it is valentine's day today, let's make it a weekend devoted to celebrating love!
and while you're brainstorming ways to celebrate this weekend, head over to davida's great valentine's day healthy bake-off where bloggers are going to be linking up all of their healthy valentine's baked goods. i'm sharing my double chocolate and goji granola!
before i get into today's post, i want to announce the winner of the alter eco giveaway! congratulationschicha warnick! i will email you soon with details :)
just had to squeeze in one more valentine's recipe. and i want you to ignore the fact that these are covered in christmas-coloured sprinkles. yes, i made these for christmas. BUT they are just so perfect for valentine's day too. so you will all ignore the green sprinkles and just pretend they are red right? ok good :)
i was having a seriously hard time debating what to post here today. for the first time in quite a while, i have a little stockpile of recipes, just waiting to be shared. when i looked at what i’ve been sharing recently, there were a lot of breakfasts and some main dishes. which is great since i have been trying for more of a balance between sweet and savoury recipes. buuuut there was a distinct lack of sweet treats that fit the dessert bill. so here i am today to share a recent recipe obsession.
when i was in high school, i went through a phase where i made rice krispie squares almost every week. this was smack dab in the middle of my serious body image issue period and i realized that rice krispie squares were actually fairly low in calories compared to other desserts. forget that they were devoid of nutrients (and packed with sugar and gelatin), i could eat one and wouldn’t blow my calorie limit for the day. score!
so anyway, i made them all the time- there was always a box of kellog’s in the pantry with snap, crackle and pop beaming down at me and a bag of marshmallows. i remember i got snobbish with my rice krispie treats too- they had to be a certain thickness and with the right marshmallows. i’ll never forget the time i tried to make them with those weird flavoured multi-coloured marshmallows (disgusting) or the anger i felt the year that for some reason no grocery stores had the christmas coloured boxes of rice krispies. how was i supposed to make my favourite treats and be merry??
i’ve never been one for making a big show of valentine’s day, but i do think it’s an amazing opportunity to show everyone in your life how much they mean to you. not just significant others, but all friends and family. why should we restrict valentine’s day gifts and treats to one special person? aren’t all of our loved ones special?
in keeping with one of my resolutions this year, i want to celebrate each holiday with a breakfast. a nice little way to begin the day, even if the rest of the holiday follows the normal schedule. we can all use a little break from routine and what better way to do this that by making my favourite part of the day, the morning, just a little more special?