21) Outfit of the Day
cropped tank: aritzia
pencil skirt: American Apparel
bracelet: a local Toronto artist whose name I’m unfortunately blanking on
20) Twenty fun facts about yourself
1. I’m the oldest of four children. It’s so engrained that I act like I’m EVERYONE’S big sister.
2. I’m shy. Like, super shy.
3. I’m scared of balloons. Not the foil kind though.
4. For almost 20 years I thought my uncle had taken my cousin and I to see a Michael Jackson concert when I was like 6. Turns out it was actually just a dream.
5. I hate wearing shoes, but own no fewer than 30 pairs.
6. I’ve moved 10 times in the past 11 years.
7. For being as clumsy as I am, I’ve never had stitches and the only bone I’ve ever broken is my second toe on the left foot. Twice.
8. The last movie I saw in theatres was the Dark Knight Rises in the summer of 2012.
9. I’m not scared of spiders or any other bugs except for dragonflies and grasshoppers. I hate those things.
10. I know how to knit and my specialty is socks.
11. I’ve never been on an all-inclusive vacation. And probably never will. So not my style.
12. I’ve been a vegetarian for 12 years.
13. I used to want to be a lawyer. I blame Ally McBeal.
14. All things aside, I would have 6 children if I could. 2 bio, 4 adopted, fyi.
15. I’m fluent in French and can muddle my way through Spanish and Italian too.
16. I laugh at all jokes. Like all. Good, bad, mean, crude. Allllll of them.
17. I’m a morning person trapped in the body of a night owl. Or a night owl trapped in the body of a morning person. Either way, it’s as tiring as you’d expect.
18. I’m a Detroit sports fan, if by “fan” you mean I wear the team’s tshirts and passively cheer for them without ever knowing a single stat, player, or their current standing.
19. I’ve had a guitar for about 15 years and the only 2 songs I can play are Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” and Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl”. And DON’T ask me to sing.
20. I don’t own a hairbrush.
19) Link love
Long before I started trying to have my own blog, I was following/stalking a bunch of others. The list has evolved over the years, but these have been the constants in my reader (<– feedly, btw).
No Meat Athlete – I stumbled across this blog years ago when I first got into running, and everyone and their/my mother was trying to tell me that I couldn’t be a vegetarian and an endurance athlete. Matt’s journey from an inactive omnivore to an ultramarathon running vegan has been so inspiring to follow.
Peanut Butter Runner – I wish I lived in NC so that I could attend Jen’s yoga classes! And try to coerce her to be my real-life friend. Co-dog walks??
Honeystuck – Another Charlotte, NC, blogger. I love her recipes, realness and wry humour.
Oh She Glows – Angela’s recipes will change any meat-eater’s ideas about vegan food. One of the only local ones on this list, I love that I don’t get Trader Joe’s envy every time I read a post.
The First Mess – Another local one. Laura’s recipes are mostly vegan and local and I totally dig her writing style.
And can’t forget….
girl meets life. – The creator of this September Blogging Challenge, and the girl who gives me daily NY jealousy via instagram.
Yes, I’m a serious yogi but I still do these 6 things – Jennifer White nails it over on elephant journal. Well, minus that bacon thing. I could seriously link half the articles on elephant journal, as well as half the posts on Jennifer’s personal blog.
18) Thankful Thursday
I’m thankful for visits with my family. And for them taking care of Kaylee so I can go on a little escape.
I’m thankful for the quiet in my house right now without her, because it reminds me how much I appreciate having her around.
I’m thankful for sweet presents from sweet friends.
(a new arm band that actually fits my phone!)
For everything-but-the-kitchen-sink smoothies that don’t end up brown.
17) Another day in the life
This just so happened to be another day off for me. I booked a couple days at the beginning of this week to go visit my family.
7:30am – my alarm goes off. I had the best of intentions for this morning, but I’m still not feeling 100% so I decide to sleep for another hour.
8:45 – ok, now I’m up. My wonderful brother has made coffee, and I sip a cup while I summon the energy to take the dogs out. Between my parents’, my brother’s and mine….it’s a lot of dog.
10:00 – Time for breakfast. I make pumpkin spiced pancakes with an apple topping for everyone. Washed down with more coffee, of course.
11:00 – Brother, sister and I go to the gym. Given the tiny-ness of my hometown, the gym is actually pretty spacious and well-equipped.
1:00 – home, snacks and showers, then we head to “the city” for the afternoon to do a bit of shopping. My big purchase? A new travel coffee mug. Big spender. We stop at Starbucks for the first pumpkin spiced lattes of the season and then pick up groceries for dinner.
6:00 – my other sister arrives and we start dinner prep. We’re having wonton soup and salad rolls. It turns out to be just about as labour-intensive as you might imagine.
8:00 – there’s a little art project underway. It’s still a surprise, but it involved papier mache.
10:00 – we’re all cleaned up and I’m settled in on the couch with a tea and Kaylee. I’m leaving her here for a couple weeks since I’m going away, and I think she’s beginning to suspect something’s up! I’m putting together a workout plan for my brother and sister, so I spend a bit of time on that and catching up on news/blogs/instagram, then get to bed around midnight.
16) Makeup-less Monday and what beauty means to you
Most photos you’ll see of me are makeup-less. This one is not only makeup-less, but also sweaty and post-run.
I realized years ago that I didn’t really know what I was doing when it came to hair or makeup, so I pretty much gave up. I haven’t owned concealer or foundation in genuinely at least six years. My makeup bag is a small pencil case containing one brown and one purple eyeliner, gold eye shadow, mascara and a bunch of bobby pins. The mascara is the only thing I use regularly, and even that is only when I’m at work or going out. I’m recently kind of in love with lipstick though. I like how in one quick swipe it can make me look so much more put-together.
What beauty means to me? Confidence. Grace. Feeling comfortable in your skin. Doing beautiful things.
This soup. Damn.
Sometimes I forget how awesome cauliflower is.
I bought a huge head of it at the market the other day, and it’s been sitting in my fridge making me feel guilty ever since.
I’ve been huge into grab-and-go meals lately and I just haven’t been able to be bothered creating something out of the poor cauliflower.
When I bought it, cauliflower crust pizza visions were in my head. Have you tried it yet? It’s so good! Last time that I was visiting my parents we had a pizza night and I made one of the pies with cauliflower crust and even my dad thought it was awesome. I loosely followed The Detoxinista‘s recipe.
Anyway, as I was going to bed last night, I decided that I was going to do a juice and smoothie-only day today. I used to do this every Monday, and I loved it. Such a great way to set the tone for the week. I don’t really know when I fell off the wagon with this habit, but I’d like to reintroduce it. So today was the day.
I woke up feeling a little on the miserable side. Achey, stuffy nose, headache. But, as planned, I drank a beet, carrot, lemon and ginger concoction and went about my day. To help fend off whatever it is that might be ailing me, I sliced 2 lemons and a bunch of ginger, covered it with water, added a healthy dash of chili peppers, brought the mixture to a boil and have been refilling my mug all day.
I went to a Yang Yin class with one of my favourite teachers, and then came home to a kale, banana, berries and hemp seed smoothie for lunch. I pushed on with my day, running errands and doing laundry to prepare for being away for the rest of the week. And then it started raining. Like a lot. And I got cold and wet and all I wanted was a warm and hearty and satisfying meal. No more stupid juices (have I ever mentioned how cranky I get when I’m hungry??). So this soup was born.
I cleaned and chopped the entire head of cauliflower and put it in a pot to steam. Sliced up some onions and garlic and got those sauteeing. Meanwhile I made a cashew cream to blend in. After the cauliflower was soft, I pureed it with the garlic and onions in the Vitamix and poured it back into the pot. I was about to add in the cashew cream when I realized that I absolutely didn’t need it. The pureed cauliflower was so thick and creamy and….luxurious that it was totally unnecessary. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not someone who thinks we should eat everything fat free, especially when those fats are healthy nut fats, but when it’s just as good without? Why bother.
Creamed Cauliflower Soup
Vegan and gluten-free
1 large head cauliflower, roughly chopped into florets
1 medium sized onion, sliced
2-3 cloves garlic, sliced
1 tbsp coconut oil
Thyme, about 1 tsp, to taste
Salt and pepper, to taste
Nutritional yeast, about 1-2 tbsp, to taste
Lightly steam the cauliflower.
While steaming, heat the oil in a pan, and saute the onions and garlic until they are lightly browned and fragrant.
Once cauliflower is fork-tender, run under cold water to cool a bit, then begin to puree with the onion and garlic mixture until very smooth(I did this in 3 smaller batches), transferring pureed soup back into pot as you go. In the last blender-full, add about 1-2 tbsp nutritional yeast and 1 tsp thyme.
Season with salt and pepper to taste, and bring back to a simmer.
Delicious served immediately, and probably even better the next day.