Day 103- April 13

National Make Lunch Count Day was founded by some American chain restaurant I’ve never been to, as a gimmicky marketing ploy to up their lunch sales.

Somehow, this campaign weaselled it’s way into my blog concept and had the powers of manipulation over me to make me renegotiate my whole day’s itinerary.

I was at the elementary school practicum placement and discovered that one of my client/children wouldn’t be attending today’s session and thus I would have an extended lunch break

Yippee skippee – was I ever gonna make lunch count today

I got in the Jeep and hauled ass home to spend time with my beloved Duncan

…who was actually getting along just fine without me.

Nevertheless, he joined me while I feasted on the ultimate salad:

..like, just look at it

A riveting salad, indeed, boasting:

quinoa
sesame tofu
brocolli
peppers
red onion
red cabbage
kale
carrots
beets
asparagus
avocado
walnuts
balsamic reduction

Good food, great company. Then, unfortunately, back to school. Bummer.
BUT, I had tickets to see Jane Goodall in the evening

What an incredible person. Charming and clever, brilliant and humble, gentle, kind and thoughtful. I can’t even begin to put into words what an inspiration she is – but if it helps to make a clearer picture, I’ve been doing a much better job cleaning out my recyclables before putting them in the bin and have decided to commit more effort to my vegan-y ways.

I absolutely adored her- may she live forever

 

 

Day 85- March 26

March 26 is National Spinach Day

Allow me to share a pictograph I found through a basic Google search that I will take as gospel… or fact, rather.

There you go. Eat spinach.

I drank mine to celebrate the day, in the form of Popeye Mylk by K & I Juice Co

It was a concoction involving spinach, apple, parsley, hemp & cinnamon. I saw it at Whole Foods, thought it was different …and a bit of a gamble.

But it paid off – I found this beverage to be absolutely delightful and I would have it again tomorrow… if it wasn’t $9, that is.

Day 82- March 23

National Chia Day!

Chia seeds are fantastic 

They have potassium, Omega-3’s, fibre, calcium & all kinds of free-radical fighting antioxidants. You can even grow your own pet out of them.

I have a whole ginormous Costco sized bag of them in my cupboard and throw them in muffins, homemade granola bars, oatmeal, salads & smoothies.

So in honour of this revolutionary seed, I made a
Blueberry Oatmeal Cashew Milk smoothie
(hope the title didn’t give too much away)

  • 1 cup DIY cashew milk
  • 3/4 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/3 cup oatmeal
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon of honey

Combine in blender & Voila! A purple-blueish smoothie packed with nutritional benefits.

Day 77 – March 18th

The day after St. Patrick’s Day is National Sloppy Joe Day

My understanding of a Sloppy Joe is a bunch of hamburger (?) meat (?) in tomato sauce, stuffed into a bun.

That is something I will never ever ever eat because ground beef is the most disgusting thing I can think of  ( I barfed up spaghetti bolognese when I was about 8 and then slipped in it – my dad had to put me in the shower with my clothes on… never again, beef, never again)

Traumatic memories from It Takes Two starring Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen also was a key player in my distain

Anywho I decided to do my usual internet search of vegetarian/ vegan versions, survey a few to get the gist, and made my own version which involves quinoa and sweet potato

Here it goes, to the best of my memory:

  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1 sweet potato
  • olive oil (enough to sauté the aforementioned vegetables)
  • 2 tablespoons of cumin
  • 4 tablespoons chilli powder
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 jar tomato sauce
  • long, flowing, unrestrained squirt of ketchup
  • long, flowing, unrestrained squirt of Sriracha sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Kim Kardashian Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1  cup of TruRoots Sprouted Lentil Trio (sprouted green, brown & black lentils)
  • 1/2 cup of quinoa
  • 3 1/2 cups of water
  • Kaiser buns
  • avocado
  • fresh jalapeños

Finely dice the first 6 ingredients and add them to a large heated pot with olive oil.
When softened,  add the spices. When fully coated, add the next 8  ingredients.


Stir occasionally and potentially add more water as the lentils and quinoa take form.
When lentils are no longer crunchy and all water is evaporated / absorbed, scoop generous amounts onto kaiser buns. Garnish with avocado & fresh jalapeños.

They were great. I now see why Ashley Olsen’s character was so taken with them.

 

 

 

Day 57 – February 26

Fucking Pistachio Day

 

Beautiful photos –  heartbreaking day

Today was the day I officially outlived my sister. Two weeks after my 32nd birthday.

Today was the day my sweet and kind father in law peacefully passed away after his 9  week cancer diagnosis.

Today was the day I bought a 9$ bag of pistachios, diced them up and sprinkled them on chocolate covered bananas and photographed them for a blog about celebrating life. Sarah and Melvin  had the same birthday… September 19th, and middle name, Francis. Life is funny.

Fucking Pistachio Day.

 

 

 

Day 47 – February 16th

Today was quite the doozy indeed.
I had my practicum  8:30am – 3:00pm
Then I had work at my new bartending gig 6:30pm – 4:00am
Plus I had to squeeze in walking Duncan and celebrating National Almond Day
That’s a Jesus long day, people

I love almonds. They aren’t my favourite nut – cashews & peanuts oust them from the top nut spot, but I do indeed love them.
I have almond milk lattes all the time, I do almond butter on toast, I eat them in their pure nut form, salted and non… almonds are great.
They have that good kind of fat, they have vitamin E, they boast fibre, protein and magnesium.  They even regulate blood sugar levels and boost brain function.

There is literally nothing these nuts can’t do apparently.

So in honour of this great nut, I made one of my whimsical smoothies:

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 heaping tablespoons of almond butter
  • 2 teaspoons of chia seeds
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 2 ice cubes

Blend till smooth

It was exactly what I needed to fuel me through my gruellingly long day. Yay almonds!

 

 

 

Day 40 – February 9

February 9th is National Bagel, Pizza and Toothache Day.

I’m going to have to come clean here. I knew Boy Scout Day and Kite Flying Day were gonna be weak on the celebration scale, and I also think having a Bagel and a Pizza on the same day is excessive… so I snuck in my Bagel a day early.

It was great- Granville Island Farmer’s Market has a cute little bagel making kiosk – made fresh all day.

I got a sun-dried tomato one, toasted with plain cream cheese.

And you know what? I wish I had ordered two.

Back to the future: I have been fighting off a cold (quite vigilantly, if I do say so myself) but I really wanted to email in sick to my practicum placement on this particular day. However I also felt obligated to see a certain client I am dealing with and knew it would affect our progress if I missed a session, so I powered through and went in.
After spending the whole fucking day there,  I found out that kid wasn’t even in school today- THEY were sick. Luckily it was (National Bagel Day), National Pizza Day and National Toothache Day, so it really nothing else mattered.

Christina and I were supposed to go out to dinner with friends (and have pizza)  but they got stuck on the highway all day because of avalanches … classic. So when those plans got cancelled, we decided to order in because we like wearing sweat pants as well as drinking wine at a faster rate than most restaurants can keep up with.

We went with Virtuous Pie vegan pizzeria because it is simply the best
We ordered three because we are pigs

 

We got Stranger Wings, Super Funghi and  Kim Jack!
Our poor highway stranded friend, Ashley, did eventually get to Vancouver much later and came by to eat our left overs.

I didn’t pursue National Toothache Day because it was simply too weird.

Day 26 – January 26th

National Green Juice Day & National Spouses Day!!

Thursdays I spend the day at a nearby elementary school pretending to be an art therapist. I have some really great kids and I enjoy my time with them enormously.

I thought it best to start my busy day by ‘getting my juices flowing’ as they say with a green juice. I walked around the corner to Glory Juice Company where they offer several cold pressed juices and nut mylks. They also sell avocado on toast for around $40.

I chose their “#2” juice because it marginally edged out the “#3” in green food content- staying on track today. It contained apple, celery, cucumber, lemon & kale.

I do like my green juices – or any fresh pressed juice for that matter. I even have a fancy Breville juicer back in NL. The cost of ingredients adds up quickly when juicing for yourself. However at $12.99 for a moderate sized bottle,  I don’t know for sure how to win, financially, at this wicked juicing game.

I brought it home and had a few gulps before heading to my practicum.

En route, my husband James sent me an address and told me there was something he needed me to ‘pick up’. I couldn’t wait to get out of the school to go see what it was.

The address brought me to Celsia Floral- a stunning florist shop near my house.

He had ordered a special bouquet -that came with chocolates (!!!)  for me for National Spouses Day. How sweet is that ?

I don’t own a vase so they got divvied up amongst mason jars and scattered throughout the apartment. It looks gorgeous in here – like someone’s hipster yoga wedding Pinterest board  threw up !

So even though everything this day was great great great there was one other thing that happened that took the proverbial cake!

Christina texted me, now that she was back in a service area and no longer back woods heli-skiing through avalanche prone mountains, to tell me that…

HER BOYFRIEND DANIEL PROPOSED ! ON TOP OF ONE OF THE MOUNTAINS! AND SHE SAID YES!

They had a lay over for 4 hours in Vancouver and wanted to have a quick celebratory dinner! We were both doubly excited when we realized that this was National Spouses Day (… mind you, not nearly as excited as Ian and I were today to find out he is going to get his cancer ridden stomach removed on National Rare Disease Day- Feb 28th… *sigh* it’s the simple things).

So we met up with Kathleen, her sisters and her partner at a fancy Lebanese restaurant in the neighbourhood and had a ginormous excessive feast with lots of bubbly. These dietary choices undid all the hard work that the $13 green juice had put in earlier that day but it was worth it.

Oh, and there were sparklers. Doesn’t get much more celebratory than that!

SO much love for these two it’s absolutely ridiculous.