Wellness Wednesday:Sneaking veggies into breakfast- Pumpkin Oatmeal


I love oatmeal- apparently I always have (mom says she couldn’t heap the spoon high enough for me when I was a baby). I suppose some things never change- but lately I’ve been ramping up my morning oats by sneakily adding some extra healthy ingredients. 

I am one of those people who absolutely adores fruit- I can eat fruit constantly, I love every fruit, and I can literally eat baskets of it. But veggies- are… well.. for the most part a little bland and boring, as well as more time consuming to prepare, which means I generally only eat them with my dinner meal- which I do realize is not enough.

So to solve this vegetable problem I’ve been having- I devised a way to sneak an extra veggie serving into my day- and an orange vegetable at that (which you are supposed to have one serving of everyday apparently)

PUMPKIN OATMEAL

and it is so good I should call it pumpkin pie oatmeal. 

I generally make it with these ingredients:

I know this looks like a lot but most of it is spices/toppings. Also in this pic I have the two types of oatmeal I prefer – steel cut oats or quick oats (depending on my level of laziness in the morning)

Usually I opt for the steel cut though and I will make a full batch which means that I am left with ready-made breakfasts for the next couple mornings. 

I cook my oats the usual way – 1 cup of steel cut oats and 4 cups of water- simmering away until you have that wonderful porridge consistency and the oats are all cooked and creamy.

Then to the batch I add:

1 1/2 Tbsp of coconut oil (I find eating this helps my dry skin in the winter) Also if you want to watch an amazing video on the benefits of coconut oil click here!

1 1/3 cup of puree pumpkin (I use the canned stuff because it is easy and a good consistency)

– this will generally make about 3-4 servings – meaning that you get at least a full (1/3 cup) serving of pumpkin in each bowl!! giving you all your vitamin A for the day along with other healthy things 🙂

Then I generally top my oatmeal off with this:

A little cinnamon, ginger, pinch of sea salt, generous drizzle of honey and evaporated milk (because it is like cream but a little better for you- but let’s be real, if I have cream in the house, I will use it). Here it is again along with some for tomorrow and the next day (YAY for planning ahead!)

it is so creamy and delicious- not to mention the topping choices are endless some of my other favs include toasted coconut, nuts & apples!

This is what I am doing while I write this blog post! 

Hope you have a Wonderfully Well Wednesday! And if you have any tips on how to sneak more veggies into your diet — let me know in a comment!!

xo erin

Tipsy Tuesday: White Wine Sangria!


I thought I would share the drink of choice at my last girls night- white wine Sangria!! Also introduce my new feature: Tipsy Tuesdays- which should be self explanatory!

This was super tasty and perfect for sipping away while snuggling on the couch, chatting, watching movies and generally having a girls night. (AKA eating chocolate while we talk our faces off)

This was super simple and non specific, I looked up the general ‘How to Sangria’ and then just improvised from there.

These were the ingredients used:

1 bottle of white wine I used ‘ Lake and River 2011 Moonlight White’ which claims to be ‘an easy sipping wine that pairs well with good friends, long weekends and romantic dinners under starry skies’ -I’m sold 


Slightly less 7-up than wine – alternatively use Sprite or Fresca or any generic citrus soda

2 shots of Triple Sec– this was a slightly random addition, I think it was supposed to be Cointreau- use anything for this or omit

Lotsa cut-up fruit & iceI used orange, grapefruit and pineapple, because that is what I had- I actually used frozen pineapple pieces instead of the ice.


Mix ‘er all together in a pitcher or large bowl (you can smoosh the fruit a bit so it adds some lovely juices to the drink!) & serve into large glasses, making sure to get some of every fruit into the glass!

MMMMMmmmmmm – no girls night is complete without some Sangria!

CHEERS!! 

xo erin

Supper Sunday: Beef Stroganoff


Happy Sunday everyone- this Sunday I have something very delicious! Beef Stroganoff, I know that there are lots of different ways to make this- but this is how I make it!

Beef Stroganoff 

2 lbs beef- sliced thinly into strips (best to use a leaner cut of beef)
1/2 cup butter

3 large portabello mushrooms diced

2 cups of beef stock
2 tbsp soy sauce

1 cup of sour cream (or more)
parsley for looks 
Salt & Pepper to taste- I like quite a bit of both!

1 – 375g package of egg noodles

To start slice your beef nice and thin. Put the butter over medium high heat in the pan, when it’s melted put the beef in and fry it until it goes nice and brown.






Then take the meat out with a spatula, leaving the remaining butter and juices in the pan, then throw your diced mushrooms in to cook them.






Once your mushrooms are fairly reduced and cooked, add your beef back into the pan along with the beef stock and the soy sauce. Simmer these away covered until the beef is tender and everything has married together and reduced (approx. 15 minutes)






You can make a side salad & cook your noodles during this time.






Take the pan off the heat/turn the heat off and add the sour cream, mixing it all together. Don’t simmer it after you had added the sour cream or it could curdle. Add salt and pepper until it tastes perfect to you! 






Serve over some perfectly cooked egg noodles with a lovely side salad!





MMMM

It turned out fairly saucy this time- which I love, but you can make it a thicker consistency by reducing the juices more before you add the sour cream!

I know that this is by no means a diet meal with all the butter and red meat and what not- but I can promise it is worth it!

So good.

Hope you are having a delicious Sunday! 🙂

xo erin

DIY: Starry Ceilings


ROOM DECOR!

So I have been waking up in the morning to this:

And I love it, it makes me smile- as it was on my list of 33 things that make me happy!.

This was really simple- just a little time consuming but I absolutely love the effect 🙂

To make these stars- I bought these strips of paper that were designed just for this purpose (although you could just make your own out of any paper)

I actually bought these a few years ago in chinatown and they sat on my shelf collecting dust until I found them again when I was moving.

They are SO CUTE- Hello Kitty patterns, which instantly got me hooked- This is my favourite pattern, purple with princess Hello Kitty riding a giant swan. 🙂

Anyways they are so simple to do you just tie one end like you would a simple knot and then flaten it out

Then you fold that little tail piece in- so that you have a pentagon shape with the rest of the strip sticking out one side, then you just keep wrapping the strip around, following the angle of the sides of your pentagon.

When you run out at the end you simply tuck your little end bit under the other folds of paper (in the little v)

Then using your finger nail- I like to use my thumbnail because it is the most firm- you press into the edges of the pentagon, pushing them out- once you push in all the sides you have a puffed out 3D star!

So I ended up with a bowl of 131 of these while I was watching a movie one day…

 and I wasn’t sure what to do with them- so I looked up at the ceiling above my bed and inspiration hit!

To string them up it was very easy, just cut a bunch of different length threads, tie a bead to the end.

Then using a needle, thread the thread through the star.

Then tape it all over your ceiling however you want. I concentrated them all over my bed, and tried to make sure that they varied in colour and length all over.

When the light is on at night it makes the strings more visible and it almost looks like they are shooting starts that are all pelting towards my bed leaving behind a trail of star dust 🙂

They have definitely been making my dreams that much sweeter- and now I can look up and count the stars above even in the daylight, although I can only make it to 131…

Hope you are having a star-filled day!!

xo erin

Wellness Wednesday: 33 Things that make me happy


I was thinking about what I should do for this Wellness Wednesday, and it occurred to me- the most simple and the most important part of Wellness- Happiness. So I set out to make a list of 25  30 33 things that make me happy, big or small. As you can tell it is addictive to think of things that make you happy and I couldn’t stop coming up with more things once I started!

It was amazing how happy it made me feel just to put together this list! which makes me realize how simple it can be to be happy and to turn your mood around- I know that I will be coming back to this blog post anytime I feel down 🙂 and I would HIGHLY recommend making a list like this yourself! 🙂 – if it was a youtube tag – I would tag everyone to do this!

Here we go:

1. Listening to a good audio book while doing crafts :): I recommend the Harry Potter series read by Jim Dale, and anything by John Green

 (in this pic mom and I were listening to the Triwizard Tournament)



2. Really creative blogs that I love- TOO MANY TO LIST HERE- I will do a blog post on my favs soon!




3. Petting random cats – you know that cat that comes up to you on the sidewalk- I will flat-out sit down and pet it for 1/2 an hour. 




4. Keeping my nails painted & really bright crazy currently:


 





5. Walking in the woods with my dad 🙂




6. Listening to music & crafting with my sister and Kaitlyn until the wee hours of the morning when we all get a little loopy 




7. When my favourite shows come on and I get to watch them right away! – Yes I have diverse taste … lol


 




8. Looking up at the paper stars I hung above my bed when I wake up in the morning, blog post here!







9. Youtubers & their entertaining/ creative videos 🙂


 

 



10. Smothering my dog with attention






11. Clearing away clutter & donating my things I don’t use anymore




12. Looking through old photos of me and my sis 🙂






13. Trying new recipes with my mom – we were de-boning & stuffing chickens in these pics! 








14. Skyping with my friend Claire, never less than 4 hours lol.




15. Ordering fancy looking cocktails/ beverages of any sort




16. Really fluffy pipe-cleaners, you know the ones 🙂 






17. Going to Boretski – I never leave without the biggest smile






18.  Watching TV in bed with my mom at night – currently working through Supernatural




19. Flowers on my table 🙂






20. Dancing and singing along to music in my car at stoplights/ anytime if I am not the driver: especially ‘I love it’ by Icona Pop with my sister  




21. Traveling anywhere & everywhere 🙂






22. Doing my make-up for a night out.






23. Trying new activities with my friend Jenn (horseback riding, paintballing, skipping school to go to the beach & take pictures, hosting murder mystery parties!) — What’s next Jenn?!?! go-carting?!?!   




24.  Watching cat videos on youtube… I know I know….. if you have my same addiction then you might enjoy watching this cat: MARU  ^..^




25. Fruit Picking, ALL THE FRUITS










26. Getting a new music playlist from my sister 🙂 




27. When my oatmeal doesn’t overflow in the microwave 




28. Butterflies, just butterflies






29. Rock climbing with my friend Karen- ALWAYS fun times racing up the tower




30. My Kitties!


 






31. Playing Euchre with my Grandparents ( Me + Grandma = dream-team forever!!)




32. Picnics on the beach






33. Writing blog posts- it makes me feel so creative and proud the second I hit publish! 🙂



So there are 33 things that make me happy 🙂

and 33 things that I am currently smiling about 🙂

Hope you are having just as happy of a Wednesday and that you take some time out to think about all the things that make you happy!

xo erin

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