HOW TO MAKE KOMBUCHA

I have a new obsession and it’s slowly starting to take over my life and my kitchen. In every corner there’s some kind of food or drink bubbling away. Yes, I’m talking about fermentation. It’s starting to become a bit of a problem. Seriously. My kitchen just doesn’t have enough room for all of the fermented foods and drinks I want to make. In order for fermentation to be a success, there needs to be at least 4ft of distance between each thing fermenting. I want to ferment more, but I’m barely able to squeeze in what I have now! It’s tragic, really. I’m going to have to start getting creative about where I can put all of my goodies and do it in a way that won’t drive my family insane. Whenever I feel sad about all the fermentation I’m missing out on due to lack of space, I just picture having a nice new kitchen with a huge pantry someday. It gives me something to look forward to.

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RECIPES: THAI RED CURRY SOUP AND LEMONGRASS GINGER SOUP

Growing up in the Fraser Valley means that you have to learn to deal with a lot of rain. Some people can’t wait for summer to come and for the rain to stop, but I’m actually the opposite. Rainy weather is my favourite kind of weather. There’s just something about a rainy day that always puts me in the best mood. On rainy days, I enjoy snuggling up with a good book, drinking tea and, the cherry on top, eating a big bowl of comforting soup.  Continue reading

BOOKS: PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLERS

It’s no secret that I love reading psychological thrillers. In fact, it’s turned into a bit of an obsession lately. The only downside to this is that it can make reading anything other than psychological thrillers really difficult. I’ve taken a little break to read the Harry Potter series again and now I’m reading “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin,” by Louis de Bernières. Harry Potter is so easy to read because, let’s face it, how can you not love Harry Potter?! But I’m not joking when I say that it took me almost 2 weeks to get into Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. I had to start reading it with a completely different mindset than I would read a psychological thriller. There is no mystery to figure out, but my brain was constantly trying to do just that. I’m really loving Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, by the way. Now that I’ve gotten into it, I can’t put it down! I’m sure it’ll be done by the end of the day.  Continue reading

ESSENTIAL OILS FOR HAIR LOSS

As most of you know, I’m obsessed with essential oils. I use them on a daily basis to help with various things: pain, anxiety, immune support, insomnia, to name a few. My favourite way to use essential oils is diffusing them. It doesn’t matter what I diffuse, it instantly lifts my mood. I’ve even been bringing my diffuser to work with me and I’ve noticed a huge change in my mood while teaching. I feel more energized, patient, and relaxed. Continue reading

TRAVEL: PARIS, FRANCE

A while ago I read The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah and it made me long to go back to France and explore somewhere other than just Paris. When Christina and I were in Paris in 2011, we didn’t really like it that much, but we both think that was due to the fact that we were staying in a not so nice area. We felt hesitant to go out and explore at night, which is too bad, really, because Paris seems like it would be a magical place at night. It’s a shame that we didn’t really get to experience it. Christina and I both agree that, had we been staying in a nicer area, we probably would’ve liked Paris. We probably would’ve had a very different experience if we had been with a few male friends too. Or even just some girls that are a little taller than us! Two small girls just over 5 feet tall are an easy target. Continue reading

TRAVEL: CALIFORNIA

Peter and I have officially moved in to my parents’ place and we honestly couldn’t be happier with our set up. We ended up having to move back to my parents’ place because no one would let us rent with our rodents and snake. In the end, moving in with my parents for a little while ended up being the best choice as we’ll be able to save up for a down payment on a house. So we’re very comfortable here and our home is looking very Christmassy. Continue reading

BOOK REVIEW: “BAND OF BROTHERS,” BY STEPHEN E. AMBROSE

cvr9780743224543_9780743224543_hr“As good a rifle company as any in the world, Easy Company, 506th Airborne Division, U.S. Army, kept getting the tough assignements – responsible for everything from parachuting into France early D-Day morning to the capture of Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest at Berchtesgaden. In Band of Brothers, Ambrose tells of the men in this brave unit who fought, went hungry, froze, and died, a company that took 150 percent casualties and considered the Purple Heart a badge of office. Drawing on hours of interviews with survivors as well as the soldiers’ journals and letters, Stephen Ambrose recounts the stories, often in the men’s own words, of these American heroes.

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ESSENTIAL OILS FOR STRESS RELIEF

I completely forgot to write a post last week and I didn’t realize that I had forgotten until the weekend. That just goes to show how crazy my November has been so far. It’s the month of change for us, as we get ready to move. Anyone who has gone through a move knows how much work it is. Even just having to change your address takes work. The thing that keeps me motivated through all of this is knowing that, in 3 weeks time, we’ll be on our way to Disneyland! Peter’s never been, so I’m excited to take him there. Actually, Peter’s never really been on a big trip before so, even though he’s slightly nervous not knowing what to expect, it will be a really great time away together. We’ll be driving down to Anaheim, making some stops along the way, going to Universal Studios, Disneyland, and San Diego Zoo. We’ll be visiting my cousin in Santa Cruz on the way home and we’ll do a day trip to San Francisco. We’ll also drive along the Oregon Coast and do some shopping at the outlets. Twelve whole days away together and then Christmas is here! I don’t know about all of you, but December is looking like it’ll be my favourite month this year. Let’s be honest, December is always my favourite. December and October. You just can’t beat those months. Continue reading