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Quick and Easy - Breakfast Smoothies 2 WAYS

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Strawberry Almond Smoothie

1 Cup Spinach

1 Banana

1/2 Cup Strawberries Frozen

1 Cup Almond Milk (non-sweeten)

1 Tbsp Flax Seed

1 Tbsp Almond Butter

Blend all ingredients until smooth and enjoy !

Green Machine Smoothie

1 Cup Spinach

1 Banana

1/2 Avocado

1 Cup Almond Milk (non-sweeten)

1 Scoop of Vanilla Protein Powder

Blend all ingredients until smooth and enjoy !

Green Smoothies to start the day

Green Smoothies to start the day

🎧 Our Favorite SONGS To Get The Day Started - By: Rachel Hollis

We totally have those days when it's so hard to wake up that you snooze your alarm probably 5 times right?!  Well we believe the answer to this is always MUSIC!! Cause when you turn on that perfect song that just makes you wanna dance then you already know you're about to have the best day. It's truly how you choose to wake up and start your morning that will ultimately set you up to continue that momentum throughout your day. So we decided to create the most perfect morning playlist that will make you want to get out of bed! Take a peek at some of our favorite songs and if you love these then you will definitely want to follow the playlist so you never miss a beat. 

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Book of the Month - "Best Summer Weekends" Cookbook (A Cottage Recipe Must Have!)

Cottage Weekends in Muskoka are all about entertaining

Cottage Weekends in Muskoka are all about entertaining

Best Summer Weekends, By Jane Rodmell

Best Summer Weekends, By Jane Rodmell

For many that know me well, you know how much I love to cook for big gatherings. Eating with family and friends is one of the most joyous past times that is sure to bring everyone together. Even that 2nd time removed auntie you only see once a year and makes a point telling you how much she dislike’s your watermelon salad (no judging on watermelon lovers or haters for that matter).

We love living at the lake for the summer and since this hockey family of 5 spends 8 months out of the year in cold frosty arenas across Ontario, you bet your bottom dollar that this mama is heading north to a dock come summer. When you have a cottage, you tend to have a lot of ‘friends’ that come from near and far to visit you, in the great white north and we love entertaining so we normally go with “The More, the Merrier Moto'“. I don’t know if we are the only family on the planet that banks great memories tagged along side with food (or we are just obsessed foodies) but it seems to be the case in our house. I often remember that amazing cottage trip weekend paired along side that rib roast dinner on the BBQ or best ever wild blueberry pie or that time we smoked ribs for hours on the deck by the water and they were fall off the bone delicious. When I first moved to Muskoka, 15 years ago this was one of the first books ‘Best Summer Weekends’ By; Jane Rodmell I bought (way before Pinterest recipe searching was a thing). This recipe book is filled with delicious easy summer food, honestly there is nothing in this book my family doesn’t like and our guests love these dishes they are a go to for a win with little time and easy to reach for ingredients that we already have in the pantry.

Summer only comes once a year. Make it count.

Summer days and weekends are best spent outside. That's when cooks look for recipes that can be easily prepared and served at the cottage or at home, in the country or in the city.

Those recipes and more are all right here, in Best Summer Weekends Cookbook. This edition combines the best of the popular Summer Weekend Cookbook and More Summer Weekends Cookbook and adds seventy-five new recipes. Whether entertaining neighbours or guests staying for the weekend, cooking for the family, or hosting a once-a-summer everybody come gathering, this compendium will become an indispensable kitchen companion, and at 352 pages, it is a superb resource.

Recipe sections include:

Each recipe also has ideas for variations and substitutions for those times you don't have a particular ingredient on hand. Make-ahead tips reduce kitchen work so you can enjoy your guests' company. The appetizing colour photographs will make it hard to resist trying every dish. A new collection of Quick Tricks will help you produce fabulous dishes fast.

Here are some of our family favourites

Cottage Canoes

This spicy appetizer got it’s name the pepper halves look like the ubiquitous green canoes you see all over Ontario’s cottage country.

Ingredients

Cottage Canoes

Cottage Canoes

  • 12 Large Fresh Jalapeno peppers

  • 1 1/2 cups Old Cheddar cheese (finely grated) (375ml)

  • 1/4 Mayonnaise (60ml)

  • 1 Green onion

  • 1 Stalk Celery

  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce (2ml)

  • 1 Egg beaten

  • 1 Cup season dry breadcrumbs (250ml)

Directions

    1. Cut the peppers in half lengthwise and remove ribs and seeds.

    2. Mix cheese, mayonnaise, onion, celery and Worcestershire sauce. Fill peppers with cheese mixture, pressing down on top to flatten. Chill for 20 mins.

    3. Roll each pepper in beaten egg, then dredge in bread crumbs to coat throughly. Place on baking sheet.

    4. Bake in preheated 350 degree F (180 degree C) oven for 10-12 minutes, or until canoe tops are slightly crisp.

Makes 24 pieces

TIPS

  • Leave the stems on the peppers. They make a nice handle for easy dipping and eating

  • If you are skin sensitive, wear gloves while handling the peppers.

Three-Pepper Chip Dip

Combine 1 cup (250ml) sour cream, or half sour cream and half yogurt, with 1/2 cup (125ml) finely chopped sweet red pepper, 1 tsp (5ml) finely chopped jalapeno pepper, and 1 tsp (5ml) chilli powder. Add a dash of hot sauce for good measure, and a little salt. Allow the dip to sit a while before serving so the flavours will blend-the longer it sits, the hotter it gets.

Mediterranean Barley Salad

Mediterranean Barley Salad

Mediterranean Barley Salad

Often overlooked as a salad or a pilaf ingredient, barley adds nutty favour and makes a nice change from other grains. Here’s it combined with fresh and sun dried tomatoes, colourful peppers, and feta cheese to create a salad rich in favour and substance- suitable as a main dish for vegetarian guests.

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Vegetable or Chicken stock (500ml)

  • 1 Cup Barley (250ml)

  • 2 Medium tomatoes seeded and chopped

  • 3 Green onions finely chopped

  • 1/2 each Red and Yellow pepper seeded and chopped

  • 1 tbsp fresh Oregano chopped (15ml) or 1 tsp dried oregano

  • 1/2 cup fresh flat leaf parsley chopped (125ml)

  • 1/2 cup Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 1/4 Feta Cheese (60ml)

  • 1/4 Pine nuts, toasted optional (60ml)

Directions

  1. Bring stock to a boil in a large saucepan. Slowly stir in barley, cover pan, lower heat, and simmer for about 30 minutes, or until the grains are just tender and the liquid is absorbed. Fluff grains with a fork and turn into large bowl to cool.

  2. Soak sun-dried tomatoes in hot water for about 15 minutes to soften. Finely chop and add them to the cooled barley along with the fresh tomatoes, green onions, peppers, oregano, and half the parsley. Toss together gently with about half the balsamic vinaigrette, reserving the rest.

  3. Before serving, lightly toss the salad, taste, and adjust with salt and pepper and additional vinaigrette as required. Sprinkle with the crumbled feta, pine nuts (if using), and the rest of the parsley.

Serves 6-8

QUICK TIP

  • The salad can be prepared several hours ahead through Step 2 and kept covered in the refrigerator. Add the cheese and nuts before serving.

  • If you like, tear up 2 cups (500ml) of crisp greens such as watercress, arugula, and endive and fold them into the grain mixture. Or serve the salad on a platter lined with greens.

Crisp Corn Drumsticks

Delicious cold or hot, these mildly seasoned chicken legs are great for a quick supper or picnic. They’re easy to eat out of you hand, and kid-friendly. (Use lesser quantity of cayenne if your’e making them for kids.)

Ingredients

Crispy Corn Drumsticks

Crispy Corn Drumsticks

  • 1 clove garlic

  • 1/2 cup Milk (125ml)

  • 12 chicken drumsticks

  • 1/3 cornmeal (75ml)

  • 1/4 flour (60ml)

  • 1 tbsp ground cumin (15ml)

  • 1 tsp paprika (5ml)

  • 1 tsp dried oregano (5ml)

  • 1 tsp salt (5ml)

  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper (5ml)

  • 1/2 - 1 tsp cayenne (2-5ml)

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil (30ml)

Directions

  1. Crush garlic into the milk. Pour the garlic-flavoured milk over the legs and allow them to marinate for at least 20 minutes in the refrigerator.

  2. In a large bowl or plastic bag, combine cornmeal, flour, and spices. Toss legs in cornmeal mixture. Shake off excess.

  3. Coat a large, shallow baking pan with the oil. Arrange legs in a single layer in the pan. Set on rack in the upper third of a preheated 400 degree F (200 degree C) oven. Roast for 30 minutes, turn pieces, and continue to cook until the coating is crispy and nicely browned and the meat is cooked through, 10-15 minutes longer. Serve legs hot, or place on a rack to cool, then wrap well in foil or plastic, or store in an airtight container. Refrigerate until serving.

QUICK TIP

Crispy Corn Chicken Fingers: A surefire hit with kids. Pound 2 boneless chicken breasts lightly to flatten and cut into strips (1 breast makes 8 fingers). Marinate strips in garlic-flavoured milk, as above. Combine cornmeal, flour, oregano, salt, and pepper as for drumsticks. Replace other spices with 1/4 cup (60 ml) grated parmesan cheese. Roll the chicken strips in the mixture one at a time. Place in a single layer in a well-oiled roasting pan. Cook for 10 minutes in a preheated 400 degree F (200 degree C) oven, then turn and cook 5 minutes longer. Check for doneness, cooking an additional few minutes if necessary. Serve hot with the kid’s favourite dipping sauce. Serves 4

Gin Smash Recipe

Interior Styling by Red Bean Design

Interior Styling by Red Bean Design

Bartending Back In the Day …

Ok so many of you know about my British history running deep in my veins, gin is a drink that often reminds me of British socialite women drinking during the post war gathering enjoying dancing and celebrations at a brand new hip London club..hey ladies lived in the 1940s. But the history of Gin runs much deeper than 60+ years, when I was in college in order not go hungry and pay rent I decided I would take on a job as a bartender because who doesn’t love cash tips. The problem was at the ripe old age of 19 I had no idea ‘how’ to be a bartender so I signed myself up for a crash course in Toronto and after graduating 1 week later I was graced with the certification of official Bartender from ‘Bartending School of Toronto’. Yes its actually a thing, little to my surprise my little crash course has benefited me greatly over the past 20 years, you see that was when I connected drinks to history and where I learned that Gin was actually one of the oldest liquors in the world.

So now beside the historic part which I find interesting, here is my Best Ladies ‘Gin Smash’ a perfect drink for on the dock for the summer days ahead. This recipe is borrowed and adapted from a dear friend after we indulged a full pitcher (hey sometimes this mama.. has just gotta relax)

Red Bean Gin Smash Recipe

1 1/2 oz Gin (One of my favourites in Hendricks, infused with rose petals and cucumber)

6 oz of Soda Water (use can also use Tonic, but I like to save the calories)

2 x Fresh Basil Leaves

2 Slices of Fresh Cucumber

1 Slice of Fresh Lemon

1 Slice of Fresh Lime

Directions

In a low ball glass place some ice, pour gin over. With the back of your knife on a cutting board ruff the basil sprigs around.

(This opens up the aroma and intensifies the delicious favours).

Add the basil, lemon, cucumber and lime.

Top with soda water (or Tonic) and enjoy.

A LITTLE HISTORY LESSON……

Reposted From Vin Pair

THE COMPLETE AND SLIGHTLY INSANE HISTORY OF GIN

Of all the various spirit categories that make up the dynamic culture of drink around the world, gin has arguably the most storied past. Its English heritage tells the story of British aristocracy, class warfare, technological innovation, the maritime industry, and more.

Let’s go back to the very beginning, shall we?

FIRST COMES THE DAWN

“[Gin’s] core ingredient, juniper, has been combined with alcohol as far back as… 70 A.D.,” Simon Ford, co-founder of The 86 Co. (Fords Gin, Caña Brava Rum), says. At that time, a physician named Pedanius Dioscorides published a five-volume encyclopedia about herbal medicine. “Within his papers is a detailed description of the use of juniper berries steeped in wine to combat chest ailments,” Ford says. “In 1055, the Benedictine Monks of Solerno, Italy included a recipe for tonic wine infused with juniper berries in their ‘Compendium Solernita.’”

Ford laughs, adding, “I think they were onto something here.”

Fast-forward to the 16th century, when the Dutch began producing a spirit called “genever.” It essentially consisted of a malt wine base and a healthy amount of juniper berries to mask its harsh flavor. It was, of course, a “medicinal” liquid like its predecessors. By the 1700s, it had taken on a new form: gin.

“The first known written use of the word ‘gin’ appears in a 1714 book called ‘The Fable of the Bees, or Private Vices, Publick Benefits’ by Bernard Mandeville,” Ford says. “He wrote: ‘The infamous liquor, the name of which deriv’d from Juniper-Berries in Dutch, is now, by frequent use… shrunk into a Monosyllable, intoxicating Gin.’

“What I take from this is that the British were too drunk to pronounce genever so they abbreviated the word to ‘gen,’ which eventually gets anglicized to the word that we use today.”

Everything pretty much went downhill from there.

THE GIN CRAZE

The late 1600s were pivotal for the upswing of gin in England, and not in a good way. William III of England, a Dutchman originally known as William of Orange (“Sounds very ‘Game of Thrones,’ doesn’t it?” Ford says, rightly) became King of England, Ireland, and Scotland in 1689.

“He began his reign by implementing trade-war and protectionist-style economic tactics against France that might make some modern politicians jealous,” Ford laughs. “He enforced blockades and introduced heavy taxes on French wine and Cognac in an attempt to weaken their economy.”

At the same time, William III instituted The Corn Laws in England. These decrees provided tax breaks on spirits production, resulting in what Ford calls “a distilling free-for-all.”

“This led to a period in England that is often dubbed the ‘Gin Craze,’ a period where a pint of gin was cheaper than a pint of beer,” Ford says.

Sound like a dream? Sure. But with it came a new set of problems.

England’s poorest people began drinking more gin less responsibly (a futile lack of social mobility can do that to a person). Meanwhile, royalty and high society sipped tamely as more of a fashion statement than an emotional or psychological release.

According to Jared Brown, master distiller at Sipsmith, the “gin and gingerbread” phenomenon began in 1731. “Whenever the weather turned, crowds would gather to explore the stalls and tents selling hot gin and gingerbread that popped up along the frozen River Thames,” Brown says. “Enterprising Londoners looked to make a quick shilling out of what became known as the London Frost Fairs.” Sounds innocent enough, but stay with us.

A “gin and gingerbread”-era etching depicts Londoners on the frozen River Thames. Credit: The Trustees of the British Museum

Five years later, the government started to realize that society had a problem on its hands. The people of England began to either go totally insane or just die. Gin distillation was, again, a free-for-all, with things like turpentine, sulphuric acid, and sawdust going into the juice.

As a means of getting the country’s gin-obsessed drunkards to tone it down a bit, a distiller’s license was introduced. The price tag was £50, an exorbitant cost at the time, and the industry plummeted. Only two official licenses were issued in the next seven years. The business of informing, however, boomed in tandem. Anyone with information on illegal gin operations was compensated £5.

FELL ON BLACK DAYS

Things took a turn for the weirder in 1751, hallmarked by a series of very dark etchings (read: propaganda) by William Hogarth. “Beer Street,” displayed on the left side of the top of this article, depicted the relative safety of beer drinking.

“Gin Lane,” on the other hand, on your right, shows a rather depressing scene of people losing their literal minds to gin. In “Gin Lane,” a gin-drunk mother drops her baby over the side of a staircase, an inebriated man beats himself over the head with some bellows while toting a baby impaled on a spike, a suicidal barber, lots of syphilis sores, and other charming moments.

These etchings came in response to stories like that of Judith Defour, a silk-thread spinner from Spitalfields. Defour was supposedly driven so utterly mad by her gin addiction that, in 1734, she took her 2-year-old daughter Mary to a field with a friend named Sukey. The two women removed all of the toddler’s clothes and abandoned her in a ditch. The pair then proceeded to sell the clothing for money to purchase a quartern of gin. Poor Mary died and her mother was promptly sentenced to death by hanging.

“During the 18th century, gin was by and large the most heavily vilified spirit,” Erik Delanoy, New York brand ambassador for Oxley Gin, says. “It was blamed for the death of thousands by overconsumption, murder, negligence, and insanity, which incited measures to outlaw its production and consumption, but to little avail.”

Then came the Gin Act 1751, a parliamentary measure intended to crack down on spirits consumption. It raised taxes and fees for retailers and made licenses more difficult to come by. In addition to beer, the consumption of tea was promoted as well.

“By 1830, beer became cheaper than gin for the first time in over a century,” Brown says. “England became, for a few minutes, a nation of beer drinkers once again.”

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THE GIN ROAD TO REDEMPTION

In 1830, things finally started looking up for England’s gin scene. A French-born Irishman named Aeneas Coffey introduced a new still that modified the existing continuous column still and essentially revolutionized liquor production around the world. Gin producers quickly embraced it, celebrating its capability to produce a much cleaner, purer spirit than ever before. Out with the sawdust-infused gin, and in with the crystalline elixir.

Another category boost came courtesy of the British Royal Navy. England’s sailors often found themselves traveling to destinations where malaria was prevalent, so they brought quinine rations to help prevent and fight the disease. Quinine tasted notoriously awful, so Schweppes came out with an “Indian Tonic Water” to make it palatable.

London Dry gin accompanied the sailors on these voyages. It was in fashion at the time and made for better cargo than beer, as the latter quickly spoiled in the sweltering bellies of ships. So, like true Englishmen, eventually the two liquids were combined to form what is now the classic gin cocktails. Limes were added due to their anti-scurvy properties, thus birthing the term “limey,” a moniker for sailors.

Cordials were made to preserve the limes, and a lime cordial and gin were inevitably combined (hello, Gimlet).

“During World War II, while the Germans were bombing London in the Blitz, they were also bombing Plymouth because of the large British Royal Navy base there,” Robby Nelson of Plymouth Gin says. “Plymouth gin was so beloved by the Navy that, when the fleet was notified that Plymouth had been bombed, one sailor said, ‘Well, Hitler just lost the war!’”

Such was the esteem the English had for gin at the time. “Bombing London was bad enough, but attacking the home of the navy AND their gin was completely unacceptable,” Nelson says.

The stylish Distillery is a boutique hotel on London’s Portobello Road. Credit: The-Distillery.London

Things really calmed down throughout the latter half of the 20th century. Gin consumption today is not deadly or mania-inducing. Instead, it’s been re-embraced as a cult and craft cocktail ingredient.

In 2008, after several years of lobbying, Sipsmith was granted England’s first official gin distiller’s license since 1820. A gin-lover’s paradise, The Distillery, recently opened on Portobello Road. A boutique hotel and gin destination, The Distillery has a working distillery, three guest rooms, two restaurants, and an interactive museum hosting gin history classes.

After centuries of ill repute, English gin is back, in all its polarizing glory.

GINS TO TRY

With gin at the top of its game now, many brands are celebrating modern technique while paying homage to the category’s illustrious history. Some notable brands worth trying include SipsmithFordsOxleyPlymouth, and Gin Lane 1751, which draws its name from … well, now you know.


Take Your Style Quiz - Spring Outfits Made Easy

Whats Your Clothing Style?

I’m not sure if you know this about me but I live in Muskoka, ON Canada full-time where the winters are beautiful, picturesque and super duper cold and snowy. In the winter time my ‘causal business look’ Pinterest page looks like enormous down-filled jackets, boots (up past your calves) and gloves which translates to most days me resembling a team member from an Arctic snow search and rescue mission. Temps can dip as low as -30 and that to me is no joke! To be honest, I can’t even deal with the cold and its frosty bite. I have a ‘I’m NOT going outdoors policy’ if the temps are below -10……seriously I’m such a wimp. I’m pretty confident to blame this on my long standing British genetic makeup, which is NOT equipped to handle cold temps nor is my red-headed transparent skin (yup I might have been related to a vampire). So underneath my giant parka in Muskoka there is nothing more exciting then the arrival of spring and its new wardrobe. Who doesn’t love that time where you can actually delayer and only wear jean jacket? Oh my gosh yes please!

I recently drove to North Carolina on a business trip in April and (before anyone comments that driving is not part of your frequent flyer miles) Yes, I realize you can fly but there is something special about heading south in the early Spring. I love driving and making my way down south on Interstate 77 through West Virginia and overlooking the George Washington and Jefferson National forests. It is breathtaking through the mountains and you literally watch spring appear with each hour that passes in the car. So it got me excited about the possibility that I might be hanging up my winter parka soon when I got back home to Muskoka.

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Transition outfits are easy with layers

Transition outfits are easy with layers

Spring Outfits Made Super Easy

Being an a Business owner of a busy Interior Designer Company and mom of 3 busy children, it is so important for me to have an outfit that can transition back and forth from impromptu client business meetings, site visits with contractors and mom pick ups at the end of the day. So I would put myself into a style category ‘business causal’ for work and just ‘causal and comfortable’ during the weekends, where most of these posts are written in my yoga pants and lots of coffee! So I have pinned some of my favourite basic business causal looks for spring and even a super easy shopping guide website to help you out. Yes! A great a mom win.

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LAYERS = OPTIONS

Layers are a great way to change your look, here we have a great option of a 3/4 sleeve shirt, black jeans, an oversized bag and jewelry (so cute right?). Even if you wanted to trade out the little booties and switch for some fun flats or even a pair of converse shoes this would be a another great choice. I love this simple and stylish look and this would be something that I would totally wear when heading to the office or pick up my kids.

I love this website outfitsforlife.com which takes all the guess work out of putting stylish outfits together for different seasons. So, lets just for a moment pay some major gratitude to ‘Outfits for Life’ a truly fantastic website helping visualize already coordinated outfits including all the links to shop at very affordable prices.

Thank you for making shopping so easy, simple and fun! No excuses now people…..

A Little Bit About ‘Outfits for Life’

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WHAT IS OUTFITS FOR LIFE?

Outfits For Life is a hub of inspiration to help you find stylish outfits for any occasion and season.  But that’s not all!  Outfits For Life was created to help you put together those outfits at an affordable price without all the hassle of regular shopping.

HOW DOES IT WORK? HOW DO I BUY AN OUTFIT I LIKE?

All you have to do is select the outfit type you’re looking for (date outfits, work outfits, casual outfits, etc), and then scroll through the gallery to find what you like.  From this point, you can find the links to purchase each individual accessory or piece of clothing below the outfit’s image.

Clicking on the link takes you to the product page where you can then select your size and/or color and add the item to your cart. Press the back button on your smartphone or close the window on your pc to be taken back to the outfits page to add the rest.

DOES IT COST ANYTHING?

No!  Outfits For Life will never ask for your credit card information and we offer our hard work completely free of charge.  We do make a small amount when you click on our links, but it doesn't cost you anything extra and it helps keep the website up and running.

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Spring Ready for and Business Casual

Spring Ready for and Business Casual

Soups are Salads for Winter

Creamy Chicken & Lime Soup

Recipe By: Clean Food Crush

I heard somewhere that soups are ‘Salads for Winter’ and if your like me, I find it super hard at every meal time to pack down leafy greens when its freezing cold outside. Living in Muskoka Ontario, I’m 100% positive that we still have a few more weeks of chilly weather (insert sad face) before you are the first one to brave the first annual May homage dip into the cottage lake.

Don’t get me wrong, I love a great salad, but its hard sometimes when the weather is cold and snowy to get inspired by them. I follow Rachel from Clean Food Crush on Instagram and she has the most amazing recipes that are so simple and easy to make and more importantly, taste delicious. Like me she is a busy mom of lots of kids and believes in healthy clean eating. I’m completely inspired by her amazing content. Thank you Rachel!

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This was such an easy soup to make and my whole family loved it! So much so that it inspired me to bring it into the office and the entire staff had Creamy Chicken & Lime Soup for lunch, which they were obsessed with. The warmth of the tomatoes and chicken is fantastic and so filling for those winter months. Topped off with avocado, cilantro and lime, you feel like you’re on a Mexican beach, minus the margarita (ok, so I’m not perfect) but seriously who doesn’t love a great margarita once in a while, everything in moderation right?

Creamy Chicken & Lime Soup

Creamy Chicken & Lime Soup

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs, or breasts

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil, or ghee

  • 1 small red or yellow onion, diced

  • 3 fresh garlic cloves, chopped or pressed

  • 3 carrots, peeled and sliced

  • 3 celery stalks, sliced

  • 1 fresh lime juiced

  • 1-2 jalapeños (depending on your heat preference), seeded and sliced

  • 1 (14.5oz) jar fire roasted tomatoes

  • 2.5 cups chicken broth, homemade or low sodium

  • 1 can unsweetened coconut milk

  • sea salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste

Simple Ingredients

Simple Ingredients

  • TOPPINGS:

  • a handful of fresh parsley or cilantro, chopped to garnish

  • 1 small avocado, sliced

  • sliced or diced fresh jalapenos

  • fresh lime slices

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat.

  2. Add in onions, garlic, carrots, celery, and sauté for about 5 minutes.

  3. Stir in tomatoes, broth, jalapeño, lime juice, and chicken.

  4. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to low, cover, and simmer until chicken is cooked through about 20 minutes.

  5. Remove your pot from the heat, take the cooked chicken out of the pot, then set the chicken onto a cutting board.

  6. Add coconut milk into your soup pot.

  7. Blend the soup until creamy with an immersion blender, or carefully work in small batches using a conventional blender.

  8. Shred your chicken breast and return it to the soup pot, then stir well to combine everything.

  9. Season with sea salt and pepper to taste if desired.

  10. Ladle your soup into bowls then add toppings of choice.

  11. Enjoy while hot!

Make Your Day Count - My Personal Journal

Goals…it starts with accountability, writing down your daily goals make you 100% more accountable for personal or business actions!

What Goals do you have on the 2019 Horizon?

What Goals do you have on the 2019 Horizon?

January 1st 2019, I started out with a very clear intention to be 100% more present in my personal life and STOP pushing all of the amazing things I enjoy so much off to the side. Seems easy right? and it should be a super easy life task, but here is the thing for me it requires a monumental amount effort to me to make a change this big in the new year. If you haven’t already read our January BLOG “Cheer’s It’s a Restart” then you will understand that I’m an busy entrepreneur, home flipper and mom to 3 beautiful babies and any amount of left over time I had in the past, would end up in the volunteer pit (because I feel a ton of mom guilt, like all the time if I don’t). Last year felt like a never ending hamster wheel on replay, just spinning and getting know where fast. I was always feeling really exhausted and tired all the time, because I would be engulfed in work projects and have nothing left for my personal space.

For the past 31 days, I have journaled every day faithfully with two clear personal intentions; 1. My personal daily goal and 2. Something that I’am grateful for, it takes less than 3 minutes every morning and it is a life changer.

My day starts off like this:

Write down my daily goal, for me it has been lately “Be the best version of myself”

Gratitude

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Starting off your first moments of the morning with gratitude sets the day off with the right intentions. It provides food for the soul that is often running on the empty tank. No matter what day you decided to start, just begin and embrace. RB Furniture Shop offers a wide variety of stationary and journals find our favourites below.

Love yourself and start your daily gratitude journey today.

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Book of the Month - Rachel Hollis “Girl Wash Your Face”

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Book of the Month Rachel Hollis – Girl Wash Your Face

If you are the last person remaining on the planet that hasn’t got your fists filled with this inspiring, motivational self-help book – then immediately stop what your doing and order yours now … no but seriously.

Buy Girl Wash Your Face HERE

Rachel Hollis - Girl Wash Your Face

Rachel Hollis - Girl Wash Your Face

If you are; In need of a life coach to shake you up and make you believe in yourself (because guess what YOU are friggin amazing!) then this is the book for you. For me running several businesses, being a mom, wife and hands down volunteer of the year, that literally never says “no”. I found every chapter relatable, and it’s the perfect way to start the New Year if you are looking for some pretty great epic goal plans!

As my girl Rachel say’s if you don’t get a ‘Hell Ya’ then you probably shouldn’t be doing it,

“Girl go wash your face”!  

I give this book 5+ “Hell Ya’s”

Catch Rachel weekly on her Podcast “Rise”, a great way to start your morning!

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Everybody LOVES Chocolate Chip Cookies

You know what makes everyone feel happy; It’s simple a chocolate chip cookie.

 

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I’ am a mom of three beautiful babies and cookies in our house don’t last long, our house is always an open door between friends and family dropping by and cookies are the best to share. I love baking homemade goodies because you are in control of the ingredients. This recipe is a classic chocolate chip, adapted by trial and error from a few different Pinterest searches. Our family favourite to the perfect chocolate chip cookie is; crispy outside, chewy and soft inside than melts in your mouth.  

These cookies are a weekly bake on my list, and a staple in my kid’s lunch boxes, we all love chocolate chip cookies, I mean what kid doesn’t. This is a great activity to get everyone involved in the kitchen especially kid’s.

 

  • 2 cups             All Purpose Flour

  • 1 cup               White Sugar

  • 1 cup               Brown Sugar  

  • 2 Eggs Room Temperature

  • 1 cup               Unsalted Butter

  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract

  • 1 Teaspoon    Baking Soda

  • 2 Cups             Semi Sweet Chocolate Chip

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a mixer, beat butter for 2 mins until creamy texture, add sugar both brown and soft, slowly beating until it changes colour. Add vanilla extract.

In a separate bowl, combine flour and baking soda.

Slowly add dry mixture in the wet mixture, do not over mix.

Add chocolate chips.

Drop spoon cookie batter, onto cookie baking sheets. I like to line the baking sheets with parchment paper, I find this allows cookies not to burn on the bottom.

 Bake for 10-12 mins until warm brown, for softer cookies adjust less bake time, for crispy cookies increase bake time.

Everyone LOVES chocolate chip cookies

Everyone LOVES chocolate chip cookies