Friday, June 8, 2012

the little things..

*making a new recipe- this week I made these spicy bean and rice burritos.  used a flour tortilla for d and corn tortillas for me.  added a little extra chipotle and they had a nice kick.  a hit in our house :)

*new blog I discovered and love.

*a visit to qualicum cheeseworks.  cross that one off the 12 in 2012

they must really like each other :)

*this quote.

*precious time with friends.

brookers enjoying the sunshine.

it really is the little things this week.  being my last week off before I start full-time work for the rest of the summer, I really tried to enjoy it.  I can say I'm happiest when surrounded by my closest family and friends- they make a world of difference to me.  I can't wait for all the fun summer adventures I have planned with them.  happy weekend my friends! see you periodically over the next couple weeks as I will be at sea checking up on the shrimp in georgia strait.  yay for sailing.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

adventure weekend.

happy hour on the porch.

love him.

sunset action.

just perfect.

lupin falls...

such a great time- unfortunately, the kayaking went undocumented.  this island never ceases to amaze me- there is so much to see.  happy days. now I can cross that one off my 12 in 2012 vancouver island must sees!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

first ever date square attempt.

my first attempt at date squares pretty successful, right?  you can find the recipe I used here.  I used medjool dates and they were delicious (I indulge in a small square of treats that I bake regardless of whether they have gluten or not- gotta taste test!) in time, I hope to start substituting the flour for rice flour or gluten-free baking mix but for now I like to bend the rules.

happy tuesday my sweet friends.

Monday, June 4, 2012

adventure weekend- our view.

we escaped to strathcona park lodge this past weekend.  neither of us had checked out the area before and we were floored by its beauty.  lost myself in this view from our room on many occasions.  can't beat the lake and mountain backdrop.  more on our adventures soon.  hope everyone had a relaxing weekend.

Friday, June 1, 2012

thursday thought a day late.

this week was wonderful. I enjoyed all my favourite things- time with friends and family, thai food, yoga, long walks, and making a mess in the kitchen.  now it is adventure weekend! see you all next week.  have a wonderful and restful weekend.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

here and there.

coolest dad ever.

love tulip season.

and so the vanilla latte addiction continues.

flowers and candles.
playing around with my new camera.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Monday, May 28, 2012


emma's happy place.

an afternoon stroll on the beach with a iced coffee and a rad dog. followed by a delicious summer meal on the patio and a whole evening of wedding planning for sweet brooke's big day- stayed up late gabbing and got up to make breakfast and enjoy a cup of tea with the ladies.  girls weekends are precious- we missed you, anthem.

Friday, May 25, 2012

hard at work. part 2

octopus friend

goose islands fun.

view of the ricker from the zodiac

one huge sculpin- we let him go and he swam away- happy day

Thursday, May 24, 2012

hard at work. part 1

sorting my sub-sample

wet lab fun.

deck crew dealing with the tree we caught in the net

entering my length data for the pink shrimp in the dry lab.

all photos taken by my bunk-mate heather :) 

Sunday, April 29, 2012

things I'm loving...

this blog.. the photos make me melt.  as well as the lovely simple things she blogs about.

check out this dog. oh my gosh possibly the cutest thing I have ever seen. I WANT IT.

soy vanilla latte.  I have never been a coffee person, ever.  but I was recently introduced to a iced soy vanilla latte on a beautiful sunny day and now I am addicted.

picnics by the sea.

these cheesy hashbrown nests..

new e-cookbook.  eat awesome.  get yours here. $5!!

this ring.  I think it will be my treat to myself once I return from sea.

hope everyone had a lovely weekend!

Friday, April 27, 2012

elimination diet attempt.

recently I was working with a naturopath to try and figure out what it is that I have sensitivities too and therefore a frequent upset stomach.  she told me to give an elimination diet a try.. basically you cut out almost everything and then bring back each food one at a time.  during my time on the diet this is what I was eating... for for the iphone quality.

a lot of guacamole and brown rice cakes...

 salads with guacamole, wild salmon, chickpeas and veggies..

avocado pesto pasta...

and lots of oatmeal, veggies and hummus, fruit with almond butter and smoothies.

my favourite smoothie that I turned into a daily meal was
*handful of spinach
*berries- most often blueberries/blackberries
*almond milk
*ground flax
*ground oats

after I was able to eat bananas again(had to cut them out for diet) I would make the exact same smoothie with a frozen banana and it was even better.  smoothies are becoming a staple in this house- so quick and easy.

I learned a lot from doing the diet and unfortunately(or fortunately maybe..) I had to make adjustments because I am going to be at sea starting next week where I can't really continue with it.  for now I am off wheat/gluten because that seems to really help.  I am eating more whole foods and really trying to cut down on the sugar and I am finding myself feeling a lot better.

wishing you all a happy friday!! I'm off for a busy weekend of yogathoning and running my first 10k- exciting!!

Monday, April 23, 2012


sorry for the absence lately- studying and working gets the best of me.  for the past two weeks I spent every waking moment either with my nose in the books or at work.  I feel so relieved to have another semester over with and I think I did really well.  here are a few photos and I will be back soon with some recipes...

studying on the grassy hill by our place



picnic on sugarloaf with D. i love this spot- amazing views

the most gorgeous and massive tulips of all time- didn't think they were real at first!

happy monday I will be back soon!!