We live in a world of lifestyle blogs, TV programs and cookbooks that are constantly raising the bar. Wherever we look we’re bombarded with images of perfection. In the new film “Let’s Relax”, IKEA wants to start a conversation about the expectations that make our lives unnecessarily demanding. IKEA wants to help people say “goodbye” to stress and “hello” to the joy of cooking, eating and being together. Through the month of August, using the hashtag #letsrelax, Ikea is inviting us to share on social media what we’re doing to enjoy the art of living again.
This past year, every Monday, we’ve hosted a potluck in our house. As the ones usually responsible for the main course we’ve had to come up with dishes that spread far and wide. Although Ben and I are currently limiting our gluten intake there’s nothing like a pasta dish to feed a full table.
One of the most gratifying parts of homeschooling is being able to take my kids on field trips that are work-related for me but also great learning opportunities for them. Last week I taught them about industry; how there are many types and we specifically delved into the snack making industry. I was invited by Life Bites, a family-friendly North Vancouver company that makes organic, chocolate covered and sprinkled with coconut or hemp seeds, dehydrated banana snacks, to see their factory space. Their snacks are free from fillers and preservatives and deliciously addictive.
We make pancakes as a special treat for the boys or when we’re having friends over for breakfast but it’s a meal I usually skip out on. The pancake recipes we use are usually full of gluten, sugar and fat; all things that I try to carefully limit in my diet for the sake of my gall bladder.
I finally have developed a skinny pancake recipe that is delicious and I can eat guilt-free!
On Wednesday I went on a Food and Feast Tour with The New Westminster Quay and I’m busy compiling all the info I gleaned into one blog post. In the mean time I thought I’d share this mixed green salad with you.
If you follow my Instagram feed you may be weary of all my fresh produce pics. I find images of fresh, fat cherry tomatoes, rainbow swiss chard and aubergine beets as beautiful as a sunset. Over the years I’ve become hugely passionate about local food systems, from growing our own to supporting farms close by. Sometimes I consider changing the tagline of this site from A Vancouver Mom Lifestyle and Fashion Blog to A Vancouver Mom Lifestyle and Farm Blog (Maybe I will…).
Ben and I have tried to cultivate food habits over the last eight years that are beneficial to our finances, our family and the environment. Some habits are fairly new but overall, our fridge and pantry have always looked this way. I hope this can be helpful for anyone else trying to get a handle on their food situation with the ultimate goal of creating a no-waste lifestyle!
Responding to natural disasters like the earthquake in Nepal can be on an emotional level; we grieve for those injured, dead or lost. It can also be a practical response through giving to various aid organizations. Another natural response is gratitude that my loved ones are safe and thankfulness that our needs are met.