Embracing Life With Ikea’s “Let’s Relax” Campaign

Embracing Life With Ikea’s “Let’s Relax” Campaign

Posted by: on Aug 1, 2016 | No Comments

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.

Dinner With Catelli Ancient Grains Pasta

Dinner With Catelli Ancient Grains Pasta

Posted by: on Jun 3, 2016 | No Comments

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.

Field Trip To Life Bites

Field Trip To Life Bites

Posted by: on Apr 11, 2016 | No Comments

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.

Homemade Pumpkin Seed Seasoning

Homemade Pumpkin Seed Seasoning

Posted by: on Nov 12, 2015 | No Comments

There’s nothing like homemade seasoning that can be used on a variety of dishes. I wanted to share one of my favourites with you that I use to season fries, vegetables, chicken and on top of warm sour dough bread smeared with butter (So good).

Elasticpantcity Eats | Skinny Pancakes

Elasticpantcity Eats | Skinny Pancakes

Posted by: on Nov 6, 2015 | No Comments

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!

River Market Feast and Food Tour

River Market Feast and Food Tour

Posted by: on Sep 30, 2015 | No Comments

Last week I went on a Feast and Food tour with The River Market at New Westminster Quay and Urban Digs Farm. It’s not hard to sell me on a food tour, especially one that celebrates a locavore lifestyle.

Elasticpantcity Eats | How to Create a Mixed Green Salad

Elasticpantcity Eats | How to Create a Mixed Green Salad

Posted by: on Sep 24, 2015 | No Comments

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.

Review | The CSA Cookbook

Review | The CSA Cookbook

Posted by: on Sep 4, 2015 | No Comments

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…).

What’s in Your Fridge?

What’s in Your Fridge?

Posted by: on Aug 5, 2015 | No Comments

A giant zucchini from my in-laws garden.

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!

One Chicken, Three Ways

One Chicken, Three Ways

Posted by: on Apr 30, 2015 | No Comments

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.