Sesame Chicken with Stir-Fried Vegetables

Sesame Chicken with Stir-Fried Vegetables

This is my version of the popular Chinese take-out, Sesame Chicken. I’ve lightened up the recipe considerably by not coating and deep frying the chicken. Omitting a step also shortens the preparation time by a lot, as well making this a quick, easy, and healthy weeknight dinner.

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DIY Baking Soda Exfoliation

DIY Baking Soda Exfoliation

I have used several different kinds of natural face scrubs and they all work, some better than others. Anytime you exfoliate, your face it is going to look better without several layers of dead skin dulling your complexion. Baking soda is my favorite method for several reasons; for one, it’s easy and two it’s really inexpensive. I found that I almost never used my oatmeal or sunflower scrubs simply because I would have to make them first. They both work really well but they require a little bit of preparation and preparatation = time.  Exfoliating with baking soda is also by far the most effective facial scrub I’ve used so far. For an exfoliating body scrub check out my Easiest Sugar Scrub.

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Hot Chocolate with Coconut Whipped Cream

Hot Chocolate with Coconut Whipped Cream

This recipe is my most versatile chocolate recipe. It’s just healthy enough that you don’t have to feel guilty about having it for breakfast, but decadent enough for a most satisfying dessert. While you might not think that coconut whipped cream would be as good, let me assure you that it certainly is. I love chocolate, really I crave chocolate, so this recipe is perfect for a spur of the moment chocolate fix. It’s really quick to make, looks amazing, and is so chocolaty and good that it’s perfect for any chocolate kind of occasion.

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Satay Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Satay Chicken Lettuce Wraps

These Lettuce Wraps are wonderful, I could go on and on. Suffice it to say, I’m hooked and we’ll be eating these often.  I have a longstanding addiction to all things satay chicken. When we’re in Calgary we love to get Vietnamese subs in Chinatown and we always get satay chicken. I have been longing for one since November. Now I can have some of the same flavors at home with the addition of a lot more vegetables.

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Spring is Finally Here!

Spring is Finally Here!

Today I just couldn’t resist posting a few photos of Spring. Even though they don’t qualify as an adventure, I wanted to share my Spring excitement with you. Be sure to check back on Friday for the usual weekly adventure.

The crocuses are blooming and the lilacs are budding. I’m so excited to see the green emerging in the landscape. I know that the abundance of summer produce is about to begin. I always get overly excited to go to Farmer’s Market again because everything tastes better when it is freshly picked. In addition to that, the snow in the mountains is melting and in a few weeks we will be able to start hiking some of the mountains closer to the valley.

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DIY Homemade Pineapple Facial

DIY Homemade Pineapple Facial

A little while ago we made an easy coconut sugar scrub which is the best for soft skin all year round.  Sugar scrub isn’t suitable for your face, so what are we to do? Well, that is where a pineapple facial treatment comes in.

My sister discovered this trick a little while back and the results I’ve gotten have been fabulous. This is the quickest facial treatment I’ve ever tried with the most dramatic results. Normally, a facial takes a good 45 minutes between the scrub, mask, steam, toner, and finally moisturizing.

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Fresh Pineapple Crisp with Coconut Whipped Cream

Fresh Pineapple Crisp with Coconut Whipped Cream

Fresh Pineapple Crisp with Coconut Whipped Cream is a little different than a usual crisp, it’s not baked. It is just fresh fruit, a macadamia nut topping, and coconut lime whipped cream. What does that mean for you? It means that in 20 minutes you can have a great dessert that is healthy enough to eat for breakfast.

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Miner’s Peak

Miner's Peak

It was a phenomenal day in the mountains just west of Calgary in a town called Canmore. Canmore is situated in a corridor created by two mountain ranges running along either side. Overlooking the town are two peaks that are connected by a ridge, Ha Ling Peak and Miner’s Peak.  If you get started in the morning it is pretty easy to do both in a day.

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