Red Chili Tofu and Quinoa

Super quick and spicy!

I needed to make something quick last night and couldn’t face another bowl of pasta, so I took a look in the cupboard and the fridge and came up with a red chili tofu bowl on a bed of quinoa.

This is very loosey goosey in the measurements and are open to any interpretation you wish.  If you like more spice…pile on the red chili paste or even throw some cayenne in there.  I added some maple syrup to mine because…well…it’s maple syrup and it should be added to as many recipes as humanly possible.

**I also made this with half a block of firm tofu.  If you need to cook for more people, just adjust the recipe accordingly. ***


  • 1/2 block firm tofu
  • 2 Tbsp  olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp Red Chili paste
  • 1 Tbsp Maple syrup
  • 1 tsp ground ginger (I used the fresh ground in the jar but I think dried would work as well)
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup rinsed, chopped fresh spinach (although kale would definitely work too)
  • 1 cup rinsed, chopped cucumber



  1. So today I tried a new, locally (Ontario) grown quinoa.  It is made by Quinta Quinoa and I found it to be very flavourful and delicious.  I used their directions for the cooking of the quinoa in case it varied from others I have used.  They recommend that you rinse the quinoa in cold water first thoroughly.  Then in a pot, add 1 cup quinoa and 1 1/4 cup of water.  Bring to boil and then cover, lower setting to low/medium and cook for 14 minutes.  I found it took a little longer but that could be my pot.  Set aside the quinoa when cooked.
  2. In a skillet, add the olive oil, and the seasonings (red chili paste, ginger, lemon juice, and maple syrup.  Heat on medium.
  3. Mix them all thoroughly and then add the tofu that you have sliced into 1cm x 5cm x 1cm strips.  Obviously, don’t get the ruler out for this.  If you like cubed, then cube them.  Get creative with this!
  4. Add the tofu into the skillet and coat with the heated spicy mixture.  Cook for 5-8 minutes to brown the tofu on all sides, so you’ll have to flip them a bit.  The main thing is to get them all coated in the spicy goodness.
  5. Place a helping of quinoa in a bowl. Add some tofu and the greens and cucumber.  If you need a little more zap, add some sriracha.

We always like to hear if you have put your own spin on our recipes, so let us know how you have made this one!



The beauty of Less Stuff

A new year usually brings some resolutions for most of us.  Aside from the obvious of wanting be more healthy or more active, we also look for ways for our lives to be easier.

We feel the need to organize and declutter our belongings.  We go through items and decide whether we have used them over the course of the last year and then decide if we will use them in the future.  We rationalize the items we want to keep that hold sentimental value or that we hold onto ‘just in case’.  Not that this process isn’t helpful; many of us find it necessary to feel more clear and able to move onto the next year with a clean slate.

The problem is that we make room by getting rid of stuff, only to fill it with more stuff.  It is different stuff, but stuff nonetheless.

So what if we didn’t replace the items with other items?  What would happen to us?  Would we feel like we were lacking something?  or…would we feel like we were freer?

In the past I have tried to stick to the rule of  ‘if I buy something, something else has to go”  If I bought a new sweater (well…used more like), then I would have to give away a sweater I hadn’t worn in a while.  This kept the growth of stuff to a nil.  However, this year I am going to try to learn to live without the replacements as well.  If I get rid of a sweater, there will be no need to get another sweater for example.  The purchases will only be necessity based.

Using this logic, I am assuming, I have mostly what I need (aside from food obviously), so I will check in on occasion and let you know how I am doing with this.  The goal in this little experiment is to acknowledge that we have way more than we need.  The result I hope is that without replacing items I give away or purge from my home, that the temptation or ‘need’ to replace will wain.  With that, less stuff happens.


A Geek’s Guide to Running

The world of a runner is strange to some. We have weird and wonderful quirks that we seem to grow proportionally to how many years we run.

I have been a runner for 28 years. So that tells you just how long the list of quirks are for me.

Recently, I was asked to run a ‘Learn to Run’ clinic. The program is to take 8 weeks and end up with the ‘students’ to go from newbie to be able to run/walk 5 kilometres. I decided to use a run/walk combo as to lessen the occurrence of injuries. Although I don’t use this method myself when running, I still adhere to taking the walk breaks when you need them; I just don’t time them.  Bottom line; if you need a walk break, take one.  There is a danger is taking too long of a walk break or too slow of a break so just make sure you get the feet moving again quickly.

I wanted to put together a few things I have come to realize over the years. Call them tips or rules or 12 useless ideas about running, but the reality is that most of us will just be recreational runners. We are not looking for any record setting PB’s here. We are looking for a way to stay healthy and enjoy an activity that can bring thousands of people together or where you can enjoy your solitude.


Here are my 12 guidelines for the running geek in you:

  1. Just run. I know that sounds so simple, but that is all there is to it. If you feel like running 1 kilometre or 10 or 20, you are still a runner.
  2. A 10 minute mile is the same distance as a 5 minute mile. Ok, I stole that one but I believe it. It isn’t the time (ok sometimes it is, but most of the time it isn’t) that is important. The distance. The distance. The distance.
  3. Watch The Barkley Marathons at least once in your life. I am not even going to go into why, just do it and you’ll figure out why when you watch. Then you’ll probably want to watch it again.
  4. Shoes matter. They do. Sorry but you cannot go cheap here. You can cheap out on all the fancy running gear like fancy jackets, pants and fuel belts, but you can’t cheap out on your shoes. Your joints will thank you 10 years from now.
  5. Yes, you can run in the winter. Sure, there are days that are not conducive to speed, and there may be days that it is not a good idea because of icy conditions, but the cold is not a reason to not get out. Layer up and get outside. Your mind and body will thank you immediately following that run.
  6. Trails are amazing. If you can get into the trails, give them a try. The soft cushion of the trails are great for your joints and not to mention the rolling hills are great for conditioning. Just realize that you will definitely be slower when running in the trails if you are timing yourself.
  7. Take pictures. Ok this may sound weird but I have been able to get some great photos (on my phone) during a run. The sunset. The lake. A flower. Seriously stop and not only smell the roses, but take photos of them too.
  8. If you are out for a run and someone is running towards you who is also out for a run, a simple wave, peace sign, or nod is imperative. If they don’t reciprocate, that’s on them.
  9. Sign up for a race. I know this may seem daunting, especially if you are a beginner, but the experience is worth it. Maybe start by just going to watch a race. Check out the diversity of people that are running. You will be amazed just standing at a finish line of a 10km (or marathon) and see people that are Just Like You. Most people are NOT elite athletes. It is amazing to watch them too but you will never be more inspired than when you watch the mid to back of the pack finishers.
  10. You are not a jogger.  Please don’t let anyone tell you that.  If you are running, you’re a runner.  I honestly have no idea what a jogger is so please don’t use that language with me.
  11. Get a running buddy.  Yes, there are times when the solitude of running is exactly what I need, but my running partner (shout out to Rayanne!) and I have been running for probably 12-15 years and I can honestly say she has kept me going all these years.  We have ran, talked, laughed and raced together.  The friendship of a running partner is unique in that you truly see each other at your best and worst. I am very lucky to have one of the best around.  And NO, you can’t have her.
  12. Finally, the most important thing to remember is if you do a race, never, ever wear the race shirt the day of the race. You earn the shirt once you have completed the race. You can wear a shirt from a previous race, if you finished it. But not until the race is done, the race shirt stays in the kit.

After 28 years of running many kilometres, I may find my legs are moving a little slower these days, the joints hurt a little more when I get up, but the mind still wants to get out and run.  As long as the body is willing to join in, I will be logging the miles.

Local(s) Extinction

Whoa…that’s a heady title..

I know this may not fall in the realm of ‘Crave-Life’ and what we normally post, but I felt the need to share my thoughts on something that is happening in my city.

I live in Hamilton, Ontario.  For most of our readers, they may not be familiar where it is.  Hamilton is about a 45 minute drive to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, which mostly everyone reading has heard of in some context.  You may have family there.  You may be a sports fan and know of our Jays, Raptors, or Leafs.  You may have visited or may be some of our Canadian readers who know and love or loathe Toronto.  😉

I like Toronto…or the Six…or T-Dot (that one ages me).  But what ever you call it, I do enjoy Toronto.  I enjoy visiting and going to events like concerts or sporting events there.  I even like to go for dinner.

Hamilton was put on the map from its history as a steel producer.  Steel City.  The Hammer.  Those are just a couple of the nick names it was labelled with over the years.  I know there are few others that are more insulting but I won’t validate those by posting them.

I love my city and I wouldn’t do that to it.

Born and raised here, myself,  in the Hammer, save a couple of years of moving for work, we chose to raise our kids here.  I won’t go into a “why Hamilton is a great place to raise a family” rant so don’t click away yet.  There are enough of those articles around if you want to read them.

My city is changing and I am torn about this change.

As much as I want to be happy, I feel this angst welling up in me that wants to say “put on the brakes!” as we are careening towards the guard rail and off the escarpment.

I love to see people enjoying our city…finally.  For years we were the butt of many a joke.  We were seen as the smelly kid in the class that no one wants to invite to their birthday party.

Not now.

Now we are the preppy new kid that both boys and girls are vying for their affections.

We see you batting your eyes at us wanting us to pay attention to you now. You want us to invite you to the prom, don’t you?  We are eating at the popular kids table, and we are loving it.

I would be lying if I said I wasn’t happy about this.

I would also be lying if I said I wasn’t worried about this.

As an admitted chronic worrier, add this to the list of many.

I worry that we will be unrecognizable one day, like the girl you called plain in high school that shows up at the 10 year reunion with a killer body and hair extensions.

I worry that our beloved locals who have called Hamilton home for generations through the neglect will be pushed out;  the locals that lived where no one else wanted, the locals that know their neighbours and knew their neighbour’s parents, the locals that kept neighbourhood businesses going for decades.

They will pay the price for this ‘progress’

Are we ok with this?

I honestly don’t know if I am.  Like I said, I am torn.

On one hand, with this progress comes a renewed sense of Hamilton pride, which is at an all time high.  People don’t wince when you tell them where you are from. (and believe me, they used to).  Many Torontonians are exploring Hamilton and some relocating to Hamilton because of the obscene price of real estate in Toronto.  We welcome you with open arms, truly.

On the other hand, the increase in our real estate here, mirroring Toronto’s, is pushing people out of homes where they built their lives. Some businesses are finding rent unaffordable as landlords find themselves in the driver’s seat, able to ask an ever-expanding increase in their monthly rental fees.

Perhaps this is naive of me to suggest that we owe it to the legacy locals to ensure they can continue to call Hamilton home.  It is their genuine love for the city and perseverance that gave Hamilton the confidence to undergo this transformation.  They were the ones living here, working here, and fighting for improvements long before the Tapas bars and Wine Lounges were lining the streets.

I recognize the complexity of this situation we find ourselves, with no simples answers to appease everyone.

My hope for my city is that as we emerge out of the rust, we ensure those who kept its heart beating can still call Hamilton home.

We owe them that.

I would normally apologize for the heady post, but I would be lying if I said I was sorry.

I leave you with a short poem that ended up with this post being written.


Rusty steel mills transforming,

Turning into Tapas bars and Wine Lounges

Encouraging the money to visit,

Leaving behind the legacy locals

To scurry from the rising condos.


I better get back to baking!

Spring/Summer Goals for 2017

Setting some Blog goals for 2017!

Well we are coming up on TWO YEARS that we have been sharing and blogging and chatting and reading with you all.

We have made some amazing gains here as far as our readership goes and we would love to share some of our goals over the next few months with you guys.  We would also love your feed back on any changes you think we should make and also if there are any recipes or fitness items you would like us to focus on too!

Well the first three months of our blog back in 2015, (June, July and August) saw 1472 visitors to our blog.  The same three months in 2016 saw 3864 visitors.  That means we had another 2392 visitors the over the same time period, which is a 62% increase!


We have just a short list of 5 things we would like to do over the course of the next three months and PLEASE let us know what you think or if there is anything you would like to see.

  1. Increase visitors over the next 3 months by 30% from last years numbers.  That would mean another 1159 visitors.  I think we can accomplish this one by bringing you some great recipes and some interesting articles.
  2. Take more photos!!!  I love visiting blogs where the pics are so bold a beautiful.  We definitely want to add more visuals to our posts.
  3. Post at least 2 times a week.  I would love to do 3 so we will try to do that but I think minimum will be 2.
  4. Spend at least 20 minutes per day purusing the blogs we follow.  This one won’t be hard for me as the blogs we follow are awesome and I can easily get lost in them 😉
  5. Guest blog posts!  This is something we would love to do.  Not just a reblog but a ral guest spot would be awesome.

Well, this is our little list of goals to make for our blog.  I will be posting my veganized coconut onion rings we made last night!  Spoiler…they were delish. 😉


YouTube Thursday-Canada’s 150

Oh Canada! You look great for 150 years!

You may or may not be aware (but if you’re living in Canada, chances are you know) that Canada is celebrating its 150th birthday on July 1, 2017!

We felt it necessary to share some videos on our YouTube Thursday that show the awesomeness of our beautiful country.

Val and I have travelled throughout our home land and there are still so many places left to see.  If you’re Canadian, we encourage you to discover what is in your own ‘backyard’ this year.  If you’re not, (we know you wish you were 😉 ) we hope you’ll come and visit one day!

This first video is produced by the NFB (National Film Board) It shows the expanse of our country and the diversity of people we are proud to call Canadians.


This next video is from the CBC’s Amanda Parris.  It is 150 second of Canadian facts.  There are wayyyyy too many to mention to just take 150 seconds but it is fun video to watch.  

This video is from the CBC’s show, This Hour has 22 Minutes.  If you’ve never seen it, the show is a mock of news and current events that are centred around Canadian politics and life.  Not sure if the comedy translates to everyone, but if you’re Canadian or Canadian at heart, you will find this one funny. 

The clip is of ‘John Cabot’, the explorer, meeting with the King and Queen after he discovered the new land.

Now, we know it is only April, but we wanted to do a little promo to give you guys all time to make your plans for the summer!  Come on over…You’ll be glad you did!

The Power of Plants!


We all know this…right?  The fact is most of us don’t get enough.

Val and I like to promote vegetarian and vegan eating because we really believe in it, for a number of reasons.  We also know that no one likes to be lectured.  Nobody wants to have the finger wagging at them to eat your fruits and veggies so we try to give you some options that will be delicious and they just happen to be vegetarian or vegan dishes.

More and more, scientists and researchers are finding that eating a diet rich in vegetables and fruits is the best approach in preventing overall chronic disease.  The evidence based research points to choosing plants rich in color for their high nutrient and antioxidant content for protection against disease.

We know that life gets busy and time is at a premium for most of us, so we wanted to bring you some handy dandy tips on how to maximize your weekly intake of plant based foods!

Believe us, we know it can be a daunting task, especially at first, but the more you introduce them into your daily meals, the easier it becomes and it is a whole lot easier to do this than to fix or live with a chronic disease after the fact.

Look at it from a different perspective; would you rather make easy changes now to improve your overall health for the future, or deal with chronic and possibly life threatening issues later?  It is an investment in you.

and you know what ‘they’ say….


Sooooo….here are 20 tips to bring more fruits and vegetables into your everyday life!cropped-cropped-10552446_10154349923055433_6044061957097440534_n2.jpg

  1. When grocery shopping buy a range of fruits and vegetables so that you have lots of choice throughout the week.
  2. Keep a fruit bowl on your kitchen counter.
  3. Place a bowl of cut up vegetables on the top shelf of your fridge.
  4. Keep fruits and vegetables in the fridge where you can see them.
  5. Use vegetables and fruits that expire quickly first such as berries, asparagus etc..
  6. Stock up on frozen fruits and vegetables so that you have a convenient option available.
  7. Add fresh vegetables and fruit to all meals either in salad, cut-up or in a soup.
  8. Add extra varieties of vegetables when you prepare soups, casseroles or sauces such as grated zucchini, carrots or kale.
  9. Freeze loads of blueberries/strawberries when they are in season or buy in bulk to freeze to use in smoothies, fruit sauces, oatmeal etc.
  10. Choose fresh fruit for dessert.
  11. Increase the serving size of vegetables at meals.
  12. If short on time, try visiting a salad bar at a grocery store to provide a ready to eat option.
  13. Whenever you leave the house to shop or travel, carry fresh fruit and or cut up vegetables for snacking.
  14. Make a large vegetable or fruit salad and seal with a tight fitting lid for multiple serving options.
  15. Pick one new fruit of veggie to try every week.  Some you may like, some you may not, but this will expand your taste and you just may find something you love!
  16. If you have small kids, make a game out of picking a new veggie or fruit for the whole family to try.  
  17. If you’re making fruit smoothies, try adding some greens to them.  The sweetness of the fruits will take away any bitterness you may taste in the greens, especially if you’re giving them to kids.
  18. Salads don’t just have to be lettuce, tomato and cucumber. Trying different greens and adding some berries, nuts, seeds or even some chickpeas or quinoa to your salads will give you a hearty meal.
  19. Try a vegetarian restaurant.  There are some amazing vegetarian and vegan restaurants popping up everywhere.  The best thing about trying out these places is that you get to see just how delicious plant based meals can be.
  20. Start today!  No time like the present to getting on the road to a healthier you.  Small changes you make today can make a huge difference later 🙂 

YouTube Thursday! Macka B!


I found this awesome guy on YouTube through Facebook one day.  Macka B is a a super talented musician who has had number 1 albums on the Reggae charts and has toured all over Europe.

But that’s not why I want to share his video….

I recently found a video he posted singing about Cucumbers.  Yes…cucumbers.  He sings about all the health benefits to eating cucumbers.

Now…that may seem weird but he grabbed my interest and I had to see more of him.  I went onto his Facebook page and he had more posts about eating healthy on it.  He calls the feature ‘What me Eat Wednesday’  And they are brilliant!

Macka B  has combined his love of music to his love of healthy foods in order to promote a lifestyle where eating fruits and veggies is not only good for you but he makes it so cool to do it!

I searched his YouTube channel and chose a video, below, where he gives you the goods about BERRIES!

He is a lovable, talented and passionate guy who will bring a smile to your face and maybe get you to think about eating your veggies and fruit. 🙂


YouTube Thursday! Barkely Marathons

Four more days until Around the Bay 2017!!!!

Well…I wish I could say I’m ready to go.  But I’m not.  Not because of lack of training or motivation, but because of an unusual injury that has reared its ugly head over the last week and a half.

A couple of Thursdays ago it was quite cold here (actually it is cold again today but that is how it goes in Ontario this time of year), so I wanted to get a really good 8km in and maybe do a little speed work or intervals.  I decided to head over to my gym and use the treadmill.  Now, I am not a fan of the treadmill, but see its necessity especially in our climate and conditions.

I ran a really great 8km with some intervals training mixed in and felt quite good, both physically and mentally.

The next day, there was a little tweek on the  outside of my right knee.  I ignored it.  I rested the Friday and ran 8 km on Saturday.  After my run on Saturday, it was a little sore but still, not that bad. Sunday was long run day and we set out for 18km.  I finished but was definitely in some pain by the end…actually about 5-6km in but again, I ignored it.

After a slathering of Voltaren and some Advil and some stretching, I thought a couple days rest would give it the time it needed to get back to normal.

I didn’t run all week.  In fact, I hobbled along like I remember my 85 year old Grandma hobbling along before she broke her hip.

We were poised to run again on the weekend and I did all I could to ice it, stretch it, Advil it, and Voltarenize it (I think I just made up a new word…trademark that) but made it 4km into an 11 km run and had to walk (more like an Igor shuffle) the other 7km while apologizing to my running partner and super friend Rayanne.


It is easy to start to feel sorry for yourself at this point.

I’ve Trained for 3 months!!! Through the winter!!!

The reality is though that I have ran for 20 something years…and (knock wood) I have only had one injury set back, ironically while running the Around the Bay Race one year.  So in the grand scheme of things, I really can’t complain, although the timing of this injury is not the best.

This week was met with more rest, and Googling the issue and talking with friends who are in the sports medicine business.  Kind of looks like an IT band issue or Popliteus injury; to which there are no quick fixes.  With 4 more days…it isn’t looking good.


So I tape my leg, take my anti-inflammatories, stretch, Epson salts bath, take my Magnesium and Turmeric supplements and ice my wound and hope for the best for Sunday.

I will do one more thing though…and that is to watch the all time best documentary about running…The Barkley Marathons.

Now I know I’ve highlighted this doc before but if you haven’t seen it, even if you’re not a runner, you can’t help but get sucked into the stories.  I’ve included the trailer for this awesome doc as part of our YouTube Thursday!!


Well send some positive vibes my way!  I will definitely keep you all posted on whether my knee decided to take me the 30km Around the Bay.  I will be cautious though in my decision as I really don’t want to do more damage that may stop me from enjoying running through the trails this summer.



Hello Spring! Buh bye Winter!

It’s Official!  Spring is here!

and Winter is now a distant memory….

This winter was one of the weirdest…for a number of reasons 😉

Unusually mild February and unusually cold and snowy March has made us ready for Spring!  Val and I want to give you all some good recipes and health and fitness tips to enhance your overall health and happiness.

As the nice weather (fingers crossed) is upon us, we hope to bring you guys another feature month…we’re thinking…salads!…salads are not just iceberg lettuce and tomato anymore.  We will bring you some delicious salads that can be eaten as a meal as well as an addition to a main course.  Heck…we may even give you a salad that can be eaten for dessert!

As the spring and summer approach, also comes concert season!!!  Yahhh!!!!  This year is lining up to be a pretty awesome concert season in Toronto.  The hardest part will be deciding which ones to go to and stay in budget!

The coolest news is that The Minimalists are to be touring into Toronto too in early Fall. Totally want to see these guys.  If you haven’t seen their documentary, Minimalism, please check it out.  It is on Netflix now.  Also, go to their podcasts and give them a listen if you are interested in Minimalism at all.  Heck, even if you aren’t interested, check them out.  The concept of minimalism isn’t an all or nothing concept, but you learn that it is an ongoing process that you can encorporate into many facets of your life, like food, health and fitness.  We think of minimalism as getting rid of stuff, but it can also be a way of looking at life on the whole.  I’ll bring you more of what that means to me in another post!

Fitness and health are always on the forefront of what Val and I do so we would love to bring you more ideas for staying active now that the sun is shining and the temperatures are warmer.

If there is anything you would like us to tackle over the spring and summer, drop us a line in the comments and let us know!  We would love the feedback too!

And finally a

HUGE Thank YOU!!!!

Yes!!!  to you!!! for following us and clicking on stuff and liking stuff that we post!  We REALLY appreciate it!




Vegan Cinnamon Buns – YouTube Thursday!

You Tube Thursday!!!

We wanted to share a video today from one of our fave blogs, The Minimalist Baker.  We have shared a few recipes over the last year with you guys and can’t say enough good things about this blog.


Ya…I know…What’s not to love.  I will attempt this recipe using gluten free flour perhaps on the weekend.  The whole yeast/gluten free combo actually frightens me!  Believe me, if you have tried as many gluten free baking recipes as I have, and believe me, the majority of them don’t make it to the public, you’ll know what I mean.  But…they say to do one thing each day that scares you…so does this count?  😉

This weekend is shaping up to be still a little on the cold side here, so I think it may be a good time to do some baking of the buns.  Definitely going to give this recipe from The Minimalist Baker a try!

Check out her blog for great recipes and blogging info too!

Video Thursday!

The first thing I do and I am sure Val does in the morning after we have made our way downstairs, is to turn on our radios.  Yes…I said radios.

We both still are avid listeners of local radio.  I am sure this dates us because I know my kids don’t have the same affinity to this beloved box that we do.  Radio gives us, not only the music, but a sense of community.  We listen and hear about things going on in our city, our country and our world.  We listen and join in the conversations.  We listen and find out information that serves to improve and enhance our lives.

Radio4Change is an initiative developed by George Atkins, long time Farm Report journalist on CBC radio.  He knew the importance of sharing farming information and resources throughout the community and realized where there was a lack of crucial information.  Now, serving over 39 countries in Africa, Radio4Change works with farmers’ groups and researchers combined with African broadcasters, to be the vehicle that drives the newest information flow right to the farmer him or herself.  Sharing best practices, newest and alternative farming research, the farmer listening can now have access to this information that would have been next to impossible to get before this program began.

Here is an example of how radio can reach farmers and give them critical information where no other form of media can.  They simply do not have access to the internet and written information is not practical to distribute.  By supplying each farmer with a radio, they can then tune in to get the newest information and research to apply to their farms.

Radio4Change is a non-profit organization and if you feel compelled to donate to this cause, please click here.



Hesitate-Daily Prompt

via Daily Prompt: Hesitate

Well it has been a while since I’ve written using a Daily Prompt.  I look at them each day and know right away if it is something that jumps out at me.

I guess there is some irony here as the prompt that I actually finding something to write about is ‘Hesitate

Hesitation has been something that has followed me around like a loyal dog.  It is always there, filling my head with doubt in my abilities and second guesses in my choices.  There are countless opportunities that I have turned down because of hesitation.  There are experiences I didn’t get to have because of hesitation.  But, has hesitation saved me from bad choices?  Has my need to feel ‘safe’ with my options actually saved me from something worse?

This is how we rationalize the hesitation.

The truth is, we don’t know.  We don’t know what the outcome of the choices we didn’t make.  We don’t know if our lives would be different, better, or worse, for the most part.

At risk of sounding like a motivational speaker, hesitation stops us from stepping outside our comfort zones and exploring our full potential.

So with this in mind, I challenge you to do one thing a week that you have hesitation about doing.  It doesn’t have to be huge.  It doesn’t have to be skydiving or mountain climbing or anything risk taking.  The point is to put yourself in a position you may not normally be.  That could be trying a new class. Posting something online you normally wouldn’t.  Join a club you’ve been wanting to join.

Is hesitation preventing you from being your best?  Is hesitation preventing you from sharing your gifts with others?  Is hesitation stopping you from helping others?

As I think about hesitation, I am reminded of a quote:


Emerson says so much in this quote.  We go through life with with so much focus on the material.  We hunger for money and things, yet hesitate when it is time to share those things or our time with others.  We follow along this path because that is what we are taught to be important from a very young age.

It is when we don’t hesitate, that we not only reach our full potential internally, we also help others to reach theirs.  Our focus changes from ‘how is this going to affect me?’ to ‘how can I affect others lives?’  The avarice we have been taught to strive for is changed and each time we overcome the hesitation, we grow and help others to do the same.




Stew? It’s like a thick soup.

A line from one of my fave movies…Mrs. Doubtfire.  🙂


Not only a line from a movie…our next feature month is the cold, slow, month of February and we want you to think about stew….or soup!

February is Soup Month!!!

So just like we did with our cookie month back in November, we will be featuring two soups or stews a week to share with you.  They won’t be super complicated but they will be super (or shoud I say souper) delicious.


Mrs. Doubtfire - Das stachelige KindermŠdchen


Butternut Squash Soup-Vegan

We’re half way through January!

The winter hasn’t been too bad so far but still leaves us craving for some hot food! What is better than a steamy, hot bowl of soup on a cold day?

I was growing tired of making chilli and had picked up a butternut squash from the market last week.  I thought of roasting it and making a rice bowl, but after a training run left me cold for the afternoon, I wanted a big bowl of soup and a toasted piece of rye bread to fill me up.

This was a total ‘wing it’ recipe that just happened to turn out good enough to share.  I guess the only thing I would change, depending on your taste, is the amount of salt.  I don’t typically salt anything, so for me, the salt I added was enough, but you could probably add more if you like a little more in your soup.


  • One medium sized butternut squash.  Peeled and cubed.
  • One Spanish onion.  Diced.
  • 1/2 red pepper
  • 8 cups of water or veggie broth.  You could probably use some coconut milk for a portion of this for a more creamy type soup.
  • 1 teaspoon of Garam Masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons of coconut oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste.


  1. In a large soup pot, on medium heat, put in the coconut oil to melt.  Add in the cubed squash, onion and pepper.
  2. Heat on medium until the onion becomes translucent. Probably about 5-10 minutes.
  3. Add in the spices. Heat for another 3-5 minutes.
  4. Add in the water or broth and/or the coconut milk.
  5. Bring to a boil with the lid off.
  6. Once boiling, put the lid on and turn down heat to low/medium; just to simmer.
  7. Simmer for about 30 minutes or until the squash is soft.
  8. Turn off the heat.
  9. I like to leave it cool for 15 minutes or so before I take the immersion blender to it.  You can leave the soup chunky if you prefer as well.

This recipe is souper easy!  See what I did there…;)

Truly easy and full of flavour.  Enjoy it with your favourite crackers or toast to warm you up on a cold day.  I threw a couple of walnuts in for a crunch and a dash of cinnamon because, I can’t get enough cinnamon!