Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

Hey everyone!!!

So we took a little break but we are back and baking!

What better way to come back to the blog than by sharing something chocolate!  This cookie is gluten free and vegan and chocolatey and chewy goodness.


  • 1/2 cup Earth Balance
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 egg replacer…we used 1 tbsp chia seeds with 2 tbsp of water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour
  • 1 tsp xantham gum
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats-gluten free Only Oats are what we used
  • 1/2 cup of dried cranberries


  1. Line a baking sheet with a parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Mix together in a stand mixer or an electric hand mixer, the Earth Balance and the sugar. Mix until combined and fluffy consistency.
  3. Add the chia egg and vanilla, and beat until blended.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, xantham gum,  cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda.
  5. Add to the wet ingredients in the mixer bowl and mix just until combined. Add rolled oats and the cranberries.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
  7. Once you take them out, they may be very soft but the cookies with crisp on the outside if you let them cool.  The insides will remain nice a chewy gooey though!



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.


Wordless Wednesday

Hey guys!

If you follow us on Insta, you may have seen some wordy stuff the last few days that we hope you have enjoyed.  Today, I bring you Wordless Wednesday.

This is a collaboration of visual and audio art.  The visual artist is Rachel Berriman

Rachel is a Concordia graduate from Montreal, Canada.  The audio art comes to you from Connor Jessome, a graduate of McGill and York Universities.  They have blended their talents to give you a soothing and mystical experience that we hope you enjoy.

To see and hear the whole collaboration,  please click here on link.

A visual taste is below…:)  (for some technical reason I couldn’t get the audio and visual to work on here)

Please feel free to share.


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.

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. 😉


Instagram Recap!


Spending some time purusing Instagram this week and thought we would share some of our fave accounts with you guys!


 Going from Top going Left to Right ~

  1. The Burnt Tongue – Local soup restaurant here in Hamilton.  Not only do they make an amazing variety of soups that cater to vegan and gluten free people as well as for the omnivorous, they have killer french fries.
  2. Henry Brown’s Small Batch Ice Cream  – Local small batch ice cream shop that resides in the Hamilton Market.  Delicious ice cream with some vegan options too!
  3. The Hamilton Farmers Market – Running since 1837, the Hamilton Farmers’ Market will give you just about anything.  Locally sourced, straight from the farm produce and made baked goods, cheeses and meats.
  4. Donut Monster –  Almost no explanation necessary.  Local Donuts available Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at a number of different locations throughout Hamilton.  Vegan options available every week.  Best part of the week 😉
  5. Royal Botanical Gardens – The RBG is a 2700 acres botanical garden and nature sanctuary located in Hamilton/Burlington.  Beautiful trails and gardens to explore.
  6. PieBird Farm Sanctuary – A warm and wonderful spot in Nippissing, Ontario.  Enjoy the Bed and Breakfast or cottage rental while exploring this vegan animal sanctuary.  Yan and Sherry are the most amazing hosts.
  7. Green Bar Hamilton – The pic is of their vegan version of the Starbucks Unicorn Frap!  Best smoothies in town and the food is fantastic too!  We go probably once a week for lunch or dinner 🙂 DEEEELISH!
  8. Esther The Wonder Pig – Is there any explanation necessary for this diva?  Esther and her Dads live on an animal sanctuary in Campbellville, Ontario where they house many other rescues.  We have volunteered a few times on the farm and are planning another ‘farm day’ for June!
  9. Merrys_end_of_Life – This instagram is a celebration of life with pictures taken and curated by Merry, who is dealing with the challenging disease of COPD.  Merry is a local legend and her photos and positivity inspires us to live life to the fullest and enjoy the flowers along the way.

We hope you enjoy the little gallery of Instagram accounts we have put together for you!

Check some out and give some a follow if you like what they have to offer!  AND while you’re at it, click on Crave__Life and give us a follow too!




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 More you Know, The Less you Need


Your Value isn’t in the Things you own, it is in the Things you do.

We all do it.  We place value in our things.  To be fair, there is value in things, of course,  We may value some thing we own because of the amount of money we spent on it or it may hold sentimental value for us or we use this thing regularly and it brings us happiness.

But are these things used to assess our value as a person?

A while back we had a blog post called, Declutter or Rearrange – The Grey Zone.  I highlighted my own struggle with the grey zone between decluttering and rearranging (or reorganizing).  I think that we choose to rearrange in order to keep the things we think give our lives value and struggle with getting rid of them because we think our personal value will be lost if we do.

Our society puts so much emphasis on what we have.  The quote by Yvon Chouinard, “He who dies with the least toys wins, because the more you know, the less you need” says something that I think I have always felt but recently have put into more practice.  I read his book, Let my People Go Surfing,  about 10 years ago and his thoughts really resonated with me and what I had thought was important.  To put this into practice isn’t always easy, especially in our society where value and things are held as proportional.

I suppose if I were to be honest here, I am probably considered frugal when it comes to purchasing items like clothing or other personal items.  In fact, at the moment, I take a weekly trek to the laundromat, and have for the last 4 weeks since our washing machine died.  I honestly don’t mind the hour it takes me to do it there and it gives me the time to read, catch up on emails or do a blog post.  I am sure the novelty will wear off but for now, I prefer not to buy a new one.

The fact of my frugality may make it a little easier for me to part with things or not to purchase them in the first place but nevertheless, our family has accumulated a lot of stuff over the years.  There were many years where we had to have the latest gadget, the best sports equipment, or the coolest clothing.  We have spent our share of money shopping (although I never did enjoy this outing) in the quest to have things to make us happy or to give our lives value.  After the shiny newness of the object or clothing wears off, we are just left with more stuff and we set off on the quest to feed the need for us to feel valuable once again.

We equate the value of these items to our value as people.

If I have the newest phone….

If I have the coolest shoes…

If I have the nicest car….

If I have the best wardrobe….

We admire those who do have the newest, coolest, nicest and the best of things in life.  We watch their lives on social media with varying levels of envy.  We assume they must be really happy, because they sure look happy in the photos with all their new stuff. We give them a value as people because of their stuff, not because of what they do.

The quote by Yvon Chouinard really makes a statement to the contrary of what we are told throughout our lives.  Chouinard is a visionary and has run his business, Patagonia,  while weaving his ethical fibre throughout it.   Although he is monetarily successful, he hasn’t waivered from his ethics and what he sees as valuable in his life, or the lives of his employees.

So here is the question I have for you.  What makes you valuable?  Is it the new car, the big house, the new cell phone or the impressive job title?  Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with any of these things.  But where people inevitably find stress in their lives is when they assume they more valuable because of these things and when they can’t be achieved, we feel like we have failed.

Value of one self is not because of the things we have.  What are the things you do that makes you valuable?  Not your job title, but your actions.  Are you a good friend?  Are you an honest person? Are you willing to help out when needed?  Are you happy to propel others and support them when they need a boost?

There are so many ways to find value in the things you do.  The more you put value on your actions, the less you put value on things.  So as I circle back to that Grey Zone of decluttering or rearranging, the easier it is to release myself from some of the things I felt gave me value, when in fact, my value was there regardless of these things.

Our value as humans cannot be quantified.  We can only strive to be of value to others, to the world and to ourselves.  The things we own do not add to the value we hold as human beings.

As we go along this trek through Minimalism, we realize this fact more and more.  Now, that doesn’t mean there is an all or nothing rule inforced.  Just because you choose to keep things in your life, doesn’t mean you hold no value.  There are plenty of things we have chosen to keep that bring us joy or are just plain functional in our lives.  But, by asking the questions, we can be assured (at least for the time being) that the things we choose to keep are important to us.  We also know that if they were not there, our lives would go on and we would still see our lives as valuable.



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.




Everything has a Cost



I’m listening to more of The Minimalists podcasts lately after a bit of a break over the holidays and this keeps coming back to me.

To be honest, I have never been a chaser.  I may have been seen as lazy or not motivated to push myself.  I am not saying anything is wrong with having ambitions.  I have ambitions, but they have never driven my life because I always had this knawing feeling that there is something that has to be exchanged in order to be an ‘achiever’.

We tend to focus on and are told to focus on the grabbing after our goals at work, looking for the next pay hike, buying the nicer car, getting that bigger house and purchasing the latest and greatest of gadgets. The more money we make, the more money we tend to spend as we justify it since we are making more money.  We feel like we ‘deserve’ those items.

We say to ourselves “I worked for it, I should be able to buy it.”

I suppose at the surface, this statement is true, but there is an inherant illusion that comes with this statement.  The illusion is that you only pay once.  You actually pay at least twice.  Once, with during your work, and then with your time, your relationships, your health and your life.

Now, again, I am not saying that if your dream is to become an VP of a company, or the best at whatever you chose to be,that there is something wrong with that but there have been far too many people who live for that carrot and never taste it.  The chase never ends.  They reach a certain level and then that level isn’t enough.  Most times, people tend to over extend themselves once they start to make a bit more money and then end up on the treadmill of needing to make more money.  The cycle of the chase continues and the goal is never met.

Our lives are finite.

That may be a hard pill to swallow, especially if you’re young.  I’m not saying, sell everything and live off the land, but be aware.  Be aware of the fact that there is so much more to life then the chase.  You already have the carrot.  Take a bite and enjoy it.

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!


Daily Prompt Post: Someday

via Daily Prompt: Someday

As I scrolled through the reader today, I saw the Daily Prompt for today was ‘Someday’.

Someday‘ gives us the feeling of the future; a hopeful future.  ‘Someday‘, we will have world peace. ‘Someday‘ we will have equality.  ‘Someday‘ we will cure diseases.  The danger in using this word regularly in your own life is that we forget to live ‘today’ instead, we focus on ‘Someday’.

We all do it.  When we are young, we hope for the day we will be adults. When we are adults, we hope for the day we can have a partner or a family of our own.  We hope for the days we can travel.   We hope for the days our kids are grown.  But we soon realize, that we have been so focusing on ‘Someday‘ that the years are fast behind us.  More often than not, those things we were going to do or ideas we had for our lives, are still just sitting there waiting for our ‘Someday’.

I know we are a week, almost two weeks into 2017, but I challenge you to make a new resolution for this year; well hopefully one that will take you into the next year and the year after that.  Let’s all try, and I mean try and if you fail sometimes, that’s ok, just start over, to do our ‘Someday‘ today.

If you have been putting off something you want to try that is new to you for ‘Someday‘, try it today or make plans to do it.  The only way for these things to happen is to change your ‘Someday‘ to ‘Today’.

Val and I wanted to share our love of food, music, movies and fitness with you and just over a year ago, we started this blog.  We aren’t the biggest or the best blog out there but hey, we have grown.  We are sharing and getting great response from our readers.  The blog was something we had thought about for some time and finally just decided to do it.


So let us know what it is that you may have been putting off that you want to try today…instead of Someday!