In and amongst all the cozy recipes that I’ve been snuggling up with recently I have been eating some healthy stuff too. Pinky swear.


The thing is, with the shorter days I find myself getting home from work when it’s still dark outside and when there’s no natural light, I can’t take nice photos.

I’ve been trying my best to make a few things for the blog on the weekends and am happy to present you with this beauty today. It’s just in time for the weekend and just in time for post-Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving week Americans! Hopefully you’re not too stressed!

Chai Pumpkin Oatmeal

I haven’t had a proper Thanksgiving since 2013. For Canadian Thanksgiving this year Paul and I were Spain and last year we were in Sicily so I’m hoping we’ll be around for 2016. I need some stuffing in my life!

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Since us Canadians have already celebrated Thanksgiving, all the posts I’ve been seeing of delicious looking stuffing recipes and tips on how to host the perfect Thanksgiving will have to be saved for next year.

Salty Chocolate and Pecan Honey Blondies

But the good thing about dessert is that it doesn’t matter what time of year it is, I will always be making it in big batches and small. Especially baked goods.

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We survived! And by “we” I suppose I mean myself and Molly. Molly thinks the spare bedroom is hers and when people are in there she’s a monster.

Creamy Pumpkin Oat Smoothie

This past weekend the weather cooperated and my Grandparents were able to get around and see what Montreal has to offer. This includes “big city stuff” like taking the Metro and taking an Uber, but also includes special Montreal activities like going to the Botanical Gardens, large indoor markets and eating at a restaurant served by the blind in complete darkness.

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My Grandparents are coming to stay with us this weekend for the first time ever. I’m moderately freaking out.

Buttery Soft Pretzels

Not because I’m not excited, I am, but I’m still anxious. My grandparents like the simple comforts that they can find within the piece and quiet of their own space in the country. Coming to Montreal is the polar opposite of that.

My apartment shakes when cars drive by.
I live in a large city that is loud.
I have a cat that sheds in clumps.
My Poppa hates cats.
Paul and I don’t eat meat…we don’t have a television…we drink espresso…we walk everywhere…

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I went to send this recipe to a friend at work last week, searched my blog and then (annoyingly) couldn’t find it. Thankfully this doesn’t happen to me too often, but every once and a while I have a few recipes that I just assume are on the blog because of how often I make them.

Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie

This recipe came to me last fall when I kept finding myself with a ton of leftover canned pumpkin puree. Usually when I buy pumpkin puree I buy the big (28oz.) cans on purpose so that I can enjoy a few other fun recipes besides the traditional pumpkin pie. You can’t be eating pie all the time right?? But eating it in smoothie form is a mighty good substitution.

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The last of my 4 pregnant girlfriends had her baby this week. GIVE ME ALL OF THE CHEEKS!

Honey-Glazed Apple Tart

Seriously. The Facebook photos and text messages I get of tiny humans in hilarious and adorable outfits is all the entertainment I need.

Not too long ago someone asked me what time period I thought I should have been born in. My answer? The same one I was born in (the ’80s if you’re wondering), obviously! I got to grow up without a computer for most of my life and play outside, I got to watch the internet take over the world (and join in on the fun) and am able to live in a place and time where I can get a job and people aren’t trying to constantly murder me.

AND! I get to see pictures of all of my new baby friends whenever I ask for them. Pretty sweet if you ask me.

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Ice cream in November is not an unusual thing – even in Canada. The changing leaves inspire us Northerners to make pies and cakes and what do we top them with? Ice cream. It’s nice and toasty warm inside, after all.

Jeni's Milk Chocolate Ice Cream

I have a few flavours that are forever my favorite: French vanilla, cookies and cream and mint chocolate chip.

But chocolate ice cream is never a bad idea…plus, it’s Paul’s favorite flavour. In fact, this ice cream in particular has been said to be “the best chocolate ice cream ever”! I would agree.

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My website was down for a few days and just disappeared “poof” without explanation. Needless to say, I have been a mad mess for the past week.

Fall in Ottawa

When something like this happens there is only so much I can do on my end. I let the people who host my server know, they look into things, it takes time…yadda yadda. Soooo for the last little while I’ve just been sitting around hoping some nice computer person will help me. And alas, some fine saviour did come along, and so, here I am! And I am a very thankful lady right now.

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I just had the most magical weekend! My best friend said a big Y-E-S to her wedding dress on Saturday!! I have never in my whole entire life seen a more beautiful looking bride…and she isn’t even married yet so I am desperate to see what she’s going to look like on the actual day. I love weddings!!

Chocolate Chip Muffins

I haven’t been in a wedding besides my own (except for being a flower girl) so getting to be a part of something like this has been absolutely fantastic. It’s like going through the motions of wedding planning all over again without any pressure or stress.

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