Dec 31

It’s the End of the Year As We Know It…

Posted by Katie on Dec 31 2014

…And I feel fine!

Well my dear readers another year has come and gone and I am so glad for that.

Jeff and I both started new exciting jobs (which we are really enjoying) we put our home of 9 years on the real estate market (oh the stress), we spent many wonderful days out at our beautifully cozy cottage, we had lots of quality friends and family time, we went on an incredible trip to Disney World and we had an amazing holiday season.

Although much of 2014 was filled with much stress (that which I do not want to endure again) and little sleep (due to the frat house that was our neighbors for the better part of a year), the good stuff far outweighs the bad.

So what does 2015 have in store for us?

Who knows.

We know what we want from 2015 but let’s face it, the Universe has a funny way of giving us what we need rather than what we want.

I’ve learned many things this past year, about myself, about what motivates me, about what I want from my life, about what I want from my life with my wonderful husband and best friend, about the kind of friend and family member I want to be, about how to (and not to) deal with difficult people, about patience (and let me tell you I have a ways to go on this one) and so, so much more.  It’s been a year of self realization and growth.

SO…What do we want to happen in 2015?

We want to sell our current home and buy a new home with more space.  It’s time to let someone else love this house as much as we have :)

We also want to take the next step toward winterizing our cottage.  It’s a work in progress but in the end it will be completely worth it!

As far as personal goals go, I will be getting my yoga practice back.  This year really threw me off my entire life routine and it’s just too important to me not to fight for it.

I will also begin taking University courses, for what, I’m not 100% decided.  My initial thought or my “safe bet” is Public Relations or something in the Marketing/Communications area but I am so interested in health and wellness that I may work towards a Bachelor Degree in Health Promotion.  I’m undecided because though I may be passionate about healthy living, I don’t know where that leads me in terms of a career.  So many unknowns…

Another goal I have is to maintain a consistent workout regime, even when we list our house.  Unpredictable house showings were a major contributing factor in my routine being disrupted and now that I know what to expect, I know how to handle it :)

So here’s to a 2014 filled with growth, stress, good times and bad.

The important thing is we made it and we have our sights on exciting changes in 2015.

Now it’s time to order some viet-nummies and watch House of Cards until we crash (which will be at 9:00 pm).

Thank you for another wonderful year everyone!

HaPpY nEw YeAr!

Dec 29

Edamame Soup with Spinach & Basil

Posted by Katie on Dec 29 2014

Well my friends the holiday season is FINALLY over!

Please do not misunderstand me.  This year has been a truly remarkable year for family gatherings and I’m so very grateful for my family and my husband’s family.  I couldn’t be stuck with a better group of people, that is for sure.

…But I’m so tired of eating poorly and not getting enough physical activity!

I’m ready for a rockin’ 2015 full of many life changes :)

But for today I will settle for a rockin’ pot of amazingly simple and altogether deliciously nutritious soup.

This recipe once again comes from the Good Food Made Simple SOUP Cookbook and I adore it!

It’s so clean, simple and truly yummy.

This is a wonderful soup to cleanse your body of the 10 too many snickerdoodles you ate (per day) during the holiday season!

Edamame Soup with Spinach & Basil
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Recipe type: Lunch/Dinner
Author: Katie
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 40 mins
Serves: 6
Another fine soup recipe from the Good Food Made Simple SOUP Cookbook!
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 onion roughly chopped
  • 3 stalks of celery sliced
  • 1 2/3 cups frozen shelled edamame
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 4 cups fresh spinach roughly chopped
  • 2 teaspoons basil finely chopped (I used freeze dried!)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in dutch oven pot.
  2. Add the garlic, onion and celery and saute for 5 minutes.
  3. Add vegetable broth and edamame.
  4. Add basil and season with salt and pepper to your desired taste.
  5. Add spinach and cook for 15 minutes.
  6. ENJOY!

Step one:

Heat olive oil in dutch oven pot.

Step two:

Add the garlic, onion and celery and saute for 5 minutes.

Step three:

Add vegetable broth and edamame.

Step four:

Add basil and season with salt and pepper to your desired taste.

Step five:

Add spinach and cook for 15 minutes.

THIS RECIPE FREEZES BEAUTIFULLY TOO!

Enjoy :)

Dec 25

Merry Christmas Darling

Posted by Katie on Dec 25 2014

Folks, it’s been a truly fantastic week of holiday celebrations in my world!

Work potlucks:

My Bestie and I had our annual Rory Allen Christmas show extravaganza…

Honey lavender martini (times two!)

A-MAZING veggie burger!

Pinot grigio (times two!)

Our annual Casino Regina selfie!  She gets more and more beautiful.  IT’S WEIRD :lol:

DROOL!

My cousin had the entire family over to their home for Christmas on Sunday.

Salad, guacamole cucumbers, wheat salad, cheese, olives!

We went on a sleigh ride around town where we drank mulled wine and egg  nog liquor while singing Christmas carols…and All About the Base. Jefferson was SO sick and cold, and this photo shows just how miserable he felt :lol: He was a good sport though!

We also had a Christmas celebration at my in-laws house!

The moment we arrived I was handed this.  This glass never went empty (thanks to my brother in law whose goal in life was to get me drunk apparently!)

The dinner was set for a vegetarian feast!

Wheat salad,  pickles, pickled onions, perogies…

Fish, mashed beans and perogies!

AND MORE WINE.

…Really Mike? :lol:

There was also a riveting game of Trivial Pursuit and an epic Selfie Battle between my cousin in-law and I via cellular device!

Christmas morning was filled with so many presents.  It was great to see those boys so excited!

PB & J toast!

Veggie sammich with veg on the side:

It’s been a truly wonderful holiday season filled with the people I love, great food, laughter and peace.

Wherever you are this Christmas, whatever you are doing, I wish you great peace, love and joy.

Life is just too short to be filled with negative feelings, anger and ill-will toward others.

As my 4 year old nephew would sing (because he is a Frozen fanatic) – LET IT GO :)

Merry Christmas my dear readers.

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