Sunday, 31 August 2014

School Series: DIY Agenda

Instead of buying an agenda for the school year, I made one! Perks to doing this Agenda DIY are that it is cheaper and 100% customizable. Find out how I made mine:

I went to the Dollar Store and bought a 100 page lined coil notebook. ($1.25) I like this one because it's hardcover and comes with an elastic to hold the pages.

I separated the book into 3 parts. The first part is the monthly calender section.
So for the months September to June I printed out a half page free online printable calendar and glued it on the left side. I kept the right side blank to write any important info for that month.

Here is where I got the calenders from. I printed the Single Half Size for 2014 (September to December) and 2015 (January to June).

The second part is each specific day.  I wrote the month at the top of each page and split each page in half 1 half page per day.

If it was a weekend I drew a little box around it.

Finally,  any pages left over at the end I used for extra notes! 

Did you make an Agenda? Comment down below!

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Raw Guacamole Recipe

The first time I tried Guacamole was last month at a friends house. I've stayed far far away from it because I never liked avocado but after trying the guac I couldn't resist! And ever since I've been making it at least once a week for snacking. 

Since I'm not a huge avocado fan, I like to make my guacamole with lots and lots of fillings and you can do the same or if you'd like, cut all of the fillings smaller and add less of them.

This recipe is raw, vegan and amazing for you! 

First, open and de-pit two avocados.

Empty into a bowl and mash with a fork. You can either mash until smooth (almost whipped) or leave some avocado chunks, which is my preference. 

 Once mashed, add about a tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice. The lemon juice will also help keep the avocado fresh. You can also use lime juice.

Add about a handful of coarsely chopped red onions. 

Add about a handful of cherry tomatoes, quartered. 

Add a clove or two of diced garlic

 And there you have it! Delicious, healthy, raw food avocado recipe. Eat within 1-2 days and store in the fridge. All that you need now is Easy Tortilla Chips

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Good Eats: Easy Tortilla Chips Recipes

I don't often have tortilla chips in the house but I always have tortillas. 
Here is how to make tortillas into tortilla chips.. not really a recipe, but still helpful!

First, preheat the oven to 250°. 
Then cut up a tortilla into small pieces. They won't shrink in the oven so cut them 
into the size you want the actual chip to be. 

I cut this small sized tortilla into 8 pieces, it worked perfectly with the size. In the bigger size, it won't cut so perfectly, so just try and keep them triangle-like.

Line up the tortillas on a baking sheet so they're not overlapping. The green ones are Regular sized Spinach tortillas. You can see how I tried to keep them triangle(-ish).

Bake until golden brown and completely crispy. 

The green spinach tortillas were thinner and made crispier chips while the regular white tortillas were thicker. I liked having the variety. Different tortillas make different chips so experiment with your favourite.

These go well with salsa, guac, dips, anything!
Look for the Guacamole Recipe coming out soon, have a great day everyone!

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Saturday August 9th 2014 - Belfountain Conservation Area

Yesterday morning I attended Yoga in the Park at the Belfountain Conservation Area. There were only 8 people in the class plus a great instructor. We were on a field right beside the waterfall - no extra calming soundtrack was needed. Because it was so early, there was still dew on the grass, and no one was around! We practiced Hatha Flow yoga, which was relaxing but I'm definitely feeling the work out today. "Yoga In The Park" was held by the Credit Valley Conservation and luckily they have a few more classes this season that I look forward to attending. 
After the class me and some family members had a picnic and went on a hike! Below are some photos that I took during the day. 

Belfountain actually translates to "Belle" meaning beautiful and "Fountaine" to mean the clear spring that flowed when the town was named.   

There is a beautiful swing bridge located near the centre of the park

Down some steep steps and under the bridge is this extremely cool cave.

Facing my fear of heights and crossing the swing bridge!

The waterfall is actually a part of the dam
We went on the Gorge Loop which was about .6 km. 

On our way back we stopped for ice cream at this shop right outside the park!
I got Coconut Island and it was delish. Perfect end to a great day.