Insta-laughs & Movie Night!

Heyo! I’m feeling a little lack of inspiration today but wanted to pop in, so I thought that I’d share my favourite Instagram finds of the week. Basically, my favourite Instagram accounts are: girlwithnojob, betches,  and dilfs_of_disneyland (this last one is purely for gratuitous man candy). You should follow all of these accounts immediately (plus mine, obvi) for daily chuckles to help you get through the work day. You’re welcome.

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Forest & Urban Adventures

Raise your hand if you didn’t want this weekend to end? Yeah, me too. We had a pretty eventful weekend of exploring both forest landscapes and urban ones, in equal parts. Vancouver is a city that get’s a crapload of rain, so when we get a weekend of sunshine it means that us + everyone else in Vancouver were outdoors and soaking up the sun. Note, my family & friends in Ontario are experiencing extreme cold weather and so much snow right now. I miss them so much, but I do not miss that weather.

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Food, Food, Food.. And Other Stuff

This week is too long, I can’t even handle it. Last week was a long weekend in BC so it was only a 4-day work week and that is making this week feel extra long. Help meeeee. So anyways, I wish it was Friday up in here, but alas… it’s only Thursday but I’d like to tell you about some things. Most of things things are about food.

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Chili Lime Shrimp Tacos

So, I mentioned our amazing dinner last night and I thought that it deserved its own post. I take eating very seriously, it’s truly my favourite activity. Sunday was a sunny, incredible day outside and it made us want something fresh and light for dinner, something that reminded us of Summer. I had bought some frozen shrimp awhile back and decided to whip them into something amazing, enter Chili Lime Shrimp Tacos! Check it. 

Chili Lime Shrimp Tacos
Serves 2
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 Cups Thawed Shrimp (I used peeled, deveined frozen shrimp)
  2. 1 Avocado
  3. 1/4 Red onion
  4. 1 Lime
  5. Fresh cilantro
  6. Chili powder
Instructions
  1. Squeeze fresh lime juice onto thawed shrimp (about 1/2 lime)
  2. Sprinkle chili powder, salt, and pepper onto shrimp.
  3. Cook in iron skillet until shrimp opaque and lightly browned
  4. Finely dice red onion, avocado, and cilantro for a fresh salsa
  5. Build an amazing tortilla!
Notes
  1. Note: We decided to make homemade tortillas out of corn flour because we like to make life more difficult. It was amazing though, and you should do it too. We used this recipe http://allrecipes.com/recipe/corn-tortillas/
http://www.liverunsparkle.com/
 While making your own corn tortilla’s isn’t the most time efficient thing to do, it is amazing to eat something that you made with your own hands and know all ingredients. We took some corn tortillas and baked them in the oven to make healthy corn chips. Chips for dinner? Yes and yes! 

Comments: 

Tell me your favourite taco recipe?? 

Do you like shrimp? 

Ever tried your own tortillas? 

 

 

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A Valentines Day Adventure

It’s the end of the weekend, blah. I have the Sunday night blues right now because this work week ahead is going to be a busy one. Anyways, blog land is full of weekend recaps this time of the week. so, here is mine.

On Saturday, we started our Valentines Day celebration early and had exchanged valentines day cards by 7:00 AM. We both wish we could sleep in, but we just aren’t physically capable. My internal clock is so rude. I made us heart-shaped banana pancakes because, #festive. James surprised me with roses at 7AM, I think I’ll keep him.

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Long Weekend Lounging

This weekend was a long weekend in BC and I was so grateful for the extra day without stress and responsibilities. I needed it so, so badly. James and I spent 80% of our weekend in our track pants and it was glorious.

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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, Scandal is consuming all of my free time and my every thought when I’m not watching it. I was actually at Target today and I was suspiciously eyeing everyone around me to see if I was under some kind of government surveillance. I’m telling you, its consuming me.

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Speaking of Target, all Canadian Target stores are closing and are currently in liquidation. It’s the most devastating thing to happen to me in a long time. I know, #firstworldproblems. I went to the makeup aisle in hopes of scoring some deals, and was greeted with this. Empty shelves and no produce to choose from..rude.

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In other news, in addition to spending the majority of the weekend lounging x 10 and hiking, I did a little cooking. The other day I picked up the Oh She Glows vegan cookbook from Angela’s blog. I have read her blog for years and can’t believe that I didn’t have her cookbook yet. I was flipping through it and the Indian Lentil Cauliflower Soup really caught my eye because we had all of the ingredients already. that’s such a rare occurrence in our lives that I have to jump on the opportunity when it does. I made this recipe on Sunday night for James and I, and it was the perfect rainy night meal that was really filling but healthy. I subbed chopped spinach for chopped kale. I try to sneak kale in whenever possible because rumour has it it’s good for us, or something like that. 

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Don’t judge me, the one in the cookbook looked so much better but it tasted amazing nonetheless. We won’t be eating vegan everyday because cheese and meat are kind of important to us, but I could definitely get used to more meals along these lines.

Well, it’s back to the grind tomorrow morning. I have a very early one ahead of me, the party’s over.

Comments:

Did you have a long weekend?

Have you tried any vegan recipes?

Scandal – have you seen it?!

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Lighthouse Park

This weekend is a long weekend in BC and I’m loving every minute. We spent most of Saturday doing some wedding planning tasks on our laptops while having a Scandal marathon on Netflix because it was a rainy day. I can’t even stop it with this show. Does anyone else watch it? Today we decided to peel ourselves off the couch and to get some fresh air and exercise and head over to Lighthouse Park in North Vancouver. We did our first trail run / hike of 2015 and the fresh air, the smell of the forest, the scenes, it was the perfect thing to get me out of my lazy Winter funk.

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January Check In

Hi! You may remember my post on January 2nd where I posted my weight and measurements in an effort to be accountable to you all, and myself. Well, on Saturday it was the end of January which meant that it was time to check in on my weight and measurements. January was a tough month between very long work days, wedding stress, and coming down with a terrible cold, I had trouble sticking to my set workout schedule and keeping my cravings at bay so I was dreading this weigh in. I was shocked and so excited to learn that I lost 4.5 lbs and 4.25” in the month of January! Given my challenges, I’m happy to have had these results. I have some way to go but I’m excited about the progress nonetheless. Continue reading

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Stressville, Population: Me!

It’s been awhile since I’ve checked in to say hi. Hi!  Life has been…hard lately. Work stress, wedding stress, life stress.. I’m just stressy. Adulthood is hard stuff. Instead of complain in this post, I’ll focus on the positives that have been happening up in here.

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Summer on a Plate

So, I talked about our weekend away in my last post and although we made some healthy food decisions (hello, granola bars and fruit), we also made some bad ones (ahem.. pizza, poutine… I could go on). I’ve been really making an effort this week to clean it up and get back on track. This is really hard when you work in a hotel where most of your meetings have warm cinnamon buns and croissants just sitting there staring at you. Real hard. Anyways, we’ve made some great dinners this week. Does this not look like Summer on a plate to you, or what? YES!

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