Nov 25

6 Days!

Posted by Katie on Nov 25 2014

FULL DISCLOSURE:  The title of my posts from now until Monday is going coincide with the number of days until our HUGE Disney World trip.

Jeff and I are just sitting down to dinner and I thought I would practice my blogging on this new laptop.  I am SO exciting to post every detail of our trip in the coming weeks!

Since I last posted my meals have been pretty standard, delicious but standard!

There were more apple cinnamon whole wheat waffles, supervised by Miss Belle:

Belle-Approved ;)

There have been some marvelous green smoothies.  My body honestly thrives on these babies!

TONS of spinach, almond milk, water, banana, strawberry and Viva Vanilla Protein Powder!  Simple but delish!

I also made a nice big pot of black bean soup and thus far it has rocked my world.  SO simple, SO yummy!  I will be sharing the recipe, it just might not be before Disney!

It’s tough to make pureed brown soup look good but looks aren’t everything, right?

One batch makes 8 servings so that’s lunch for the week!

And as for dinner right now, I am finishing up the last of Cooking Light’s Fall Vegetable Curry.  MY GOODNESS this is one of my favorite recipes!  I will certainly be making this again…and again!

OH and every night I’ve been loving my mango soft serve!

As far as workouts go, I have been kicking bumcheeks and taking names!  Lots of cardio, lots of strength training, lots of calorie burning!  I want to squeeze in as much as I can before we go…There isn’t a gym at our hotel and although we will be walking several miles each day, we will also be eating more and indulging far more than usual!

So that my friends, is that.


Nov 23

8 Days!

Posted by Katie on Nov 23 2014

Happy Sunday everyone!

I am currently using an HP laptop to blog because my Mac is being retired due to old age.  I will be blogging the details of our Disney World trip everyday and need to make sure I am comfortable with this other laptop!  So far, so good!

Speaking of Disney World, WE ARE GOING TO BE THERE IN 8 DAYS!!!!!

8 DAYS!!!!!

Today I will be trying on all of my clothes and deciding what I want to wear.  The average temperature in Orlando Florida this time of year is 23-25 degrees Celsius during the day and 12 degrees Celsius in the evening.  FAR BETTER than the -15 degrees Celsius with snow we have these days!  Sun dresses, here I come!

Our weekend began with a meal out with my mom and dad at Earl’s!

I had a mixed greens salad to start:

And a dynamite roll as my main!

It’s SO easy to overdo it when you go out to eat so my main piece advice for you is to check out the restaurant’s menu before hand!  I knew what I was ordering by 9:00 am on Friday morning :lol:

We had a lovely visit with my folks about our upcoming trip and then it was home time for a Christmas movie (Home Alone) and some popcorn!

We also moved our Christmas tree so it’s in our living room INSTEAD OF OUR KITCHEN!  That said, now we have a couch in our kitchen…Oh you have no idea how happy we will be to sell this house and move on to something with more space!

Yesterday morning we slept in (glorious!), sat and had a cup of tea and then I squeezed in a workout.  I’ve had an incredible week of workouts, filled with cardio (Leslie Sansone is my hero) and yoga!  My shoulders are still sore from my Wednesday night practice!

After my workout we got started on brunch!  I whipped up some apple cinnamon waffle topping (I wasn’t feeling syrup) and some whole wheat waffles!

I will share with you my super easy waffle/pancake topping this coming up week!  It was like eating healthy apple pie!

Yesterday afternoon we went shopping for clothes for Jefferson (for the trip), a few odds and ends items for our trip and groceries!  Upon our return I whipped up a Fall Vegetable Curry dish (courtesy of Cooking Light!) with quinoa:

FULL DISCLOSURE:  I am currently in the beginning stages of an intense love affair with chickpeas.  HOLY SWEAR WORDS BATMAN.

FULL DISCLOSURE PART TWO:  I am currently in the midst of a beautiful relationship with frozen fruit soft serve.  I’ve eaten it for years but for some reason I can’t seem to get enough.  Pineapple, frozen berries, mango OH MY!

Last night I blended (in my Nutribullet of course) 1 1/2 cups of frozen mango chunks with 1 cup of almond milk and a tablespoon of honey to get this:

There. Are. No. Words.

I don’t usually add honey or almond milk but I was feeling saucy yesterday ;)

It’s the perfect dessert!

So that leads me to right now, where I am sitting on the couch with a Mike Wozowsky mug full of Cold 911 David’s Tea (preventative measure for our trip!)

I am going to watch Beauty and the Beast, perhaps make myself another apple cinnamon waffle, do some yoga, pack for our trip AND THEN I have plans for a lentil loaf for dinner that will surely knock your proverbial socks off!

Have a wonderful Sunday everyone!

Nov 17

Simple Vegetable Soup

Posted by Katie on Nov 17 2014

As I type this the snow flakes are flying, Parenthood is on the television (which means teardrops are falling) and I am snuggled on the couch with my laptop and a big bowl of freshly made soup.

A perfect Monday if I do say so myself.

This particular soup consists of very few ingredients, it comes together quickly and easily and the end result is a really clean, simple flavour.

Sometimes, especially around the holidays which are often filled with far too much, well, everything, my body craves simple and nourishing.

This soup is just that.

Simple Vegetable Soup
Recipe type: Main
Author: Katie
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 25 mins
Total time: 35 mins
Serves: 4
This recipe is adapted from the Good Food Made Simple-Soup Cookbook!
  • 1 onion roughly chopped
  • 2 celery stalks sliced
  • 1 zucchini cubed
  • 2 carrots sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 14 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot then add vegetables.
  2. Saute vegetables for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the diced tomatoes, vegetable stock, thyme, salt and pepper and stir well.
  4. Cook on low for 20 minutes then serve!

First Step:

Heat the olive oil in a large pot then add vegetables.
Second Step:
Saute vegetables for 5 minutes.
Third Step:
Add the diced tomatoes, vegetable stock, thyme, salt and pepper and stir well.
Fourth Step:
Cook on low for 20 minutes then serve!

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