Archive | September, 2012

Run for the Cure

30 Sep

Today was the annual Run for the Cure. This is a 1 or 5k walk/run in support of breast cancer. My mom was diagnosed last year with breast cancer and thankfully they found it early and she is fully recovered. I did my first run last year and decided this is something I want to do every year. I successfully raised $665! Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who donated. It means a lot.


My friend Harp came with me as my little cheering squad. It means a lot to have someone there at the finish line. As much as this is a fun charity event, I wanted to beat my time from last year. Last year I ran the 5k in 44 minutes. This year was 33 minutes!! I couldn’t believe it. I’m very happy with that time and how far I’ve come in my fitness and health over the past year. I think I even inspired Harp to run with me next year. Maybe we can even form our own little team. If you haven’t done this event before I encourage you to go out and do it. Even if you have to walk it doesn’t matter. We should do it for all the women and men who are unable to. When my legs hurt I thought about my mom and it kept me going.




29 sept

29 Sep


~I like this post on family dinners. I really want to be able to do this with our future kids.

~I was so lucky to be invited to a fall harvest dinner hosted by Amy who runs fancy lucky vintage out in Lawerencetown. The food and company was amazing and to top off the night she had bands playing in her living room. Ceti Alpha closed out the night and I left with a new favorite band.

~My friend sent me this because it reminded him of me…makes sense.

~Making this for thanksgiving dessert….can’t wait!

~Also want to make these for a cheese plate.

~Can someone who knows how to knit make me this?

~Warms my heart.

~Running in the Run for the Cure tommorrow in support of breast cancer. Go out and show support!


25 Sep

A couple of produce packs ago I received a handful of tomatillos and some serious hot yellow peppers. They have been sitting on my counter for a couple weeks staring at me every time I pass by. I’ve never cooked with tomatillos before so I was a little unsure of what to do. If you didn’t know, a tomatillo is a green tomato type fruit that originated in Mexico. It grows with a papery husk that you remove before cooking. It has a high pectin content so it is suited to jams and preserves as well. One of the most common application of this little green wonder is in salsa verde.


First step is to remove all the husks from your tomatillos. I cut mine in half and placed them on a baking sheet with onions, jalapenos, garlic and a hot yellow pepper. I sprinkled salt, pepper and cumin as well I drizzled olive oil over them. Turn your oven onto the broiler setting and place the tray on the bottom rack. Parchment paper burned too quick so I recommend to use foil instead.
Watch closely and take the tray out of the oven when everything looks charred, about 7-10 mins.
Take out and let cool a bit. I removed the seeds from the yellow pepper but left the jalapenos intact. Throw everything into a food processor and pulse.

This salsa is HOT! But not in a mouth-burning-I-can’t-feel-my-tongue-anymore hot. It’s a lingering heat which I really enjoyed. Feels good to cook with a new ingredient and branch out a little. Try it, you will love this!


Tomatillo Salsa

6-7 tomatillos
2 small jalapenos
1 onion
1 garlic clove, peeled
1 hot yellow pepper
olive oil
salt and pepper
ground cumin

Fall Bucket List

21 Sep


I almost accomplished my summer bucket list. The few things I didn’t do like the public gardens and riding my bike to the beach was really just laziness on my part. So here is my fall bucket list. I give myself just until the end of November because I consider the beginning of December winter around these parts. Here’s to not being lazy and really embracing my life and getting out there!

~carve a pumpkin with toothpick teeth
~go to a haunted maze in a corn field
~make a real chai tea from scratch
~complete my 5k for Run for the Cure
~pick valley apples and make applesauce
~go to the maritime fall fair
~make pumpkin spiced donuts (link from yesterday and why i need a donut pan)
~host 3rd annual thanksgiving feast with a deep fried turkey
~see the leaves change colour in the valley

It’s also my handsome hubbys birthday today!!! He is currently out west for work for 3 months so I can’t celebrate with him today. Love you hubs! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! xo

weekly roundup

20 Sep

Every week I’m going to post various links from sites around that caught my eye. Hope you like them and discover new blogs you like.

This is why I want a donut pan

I love dogs

I love Joy the Baker anyways but she wrote a post on her cat and now I love her more

I want these cookies

Also these cupcakes

I follow the track map every hurricane season…im a dork yes…

From Pinterest. This cat is awesome and disturbing at the same time.

And a picture of my dog just because…..


18 sept

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18 Sep



I helped my friend Harp make about 140 samosas last week to sell at the night market this past weekend. I’ve wanted to learn how to make these for a long time. It’s pretty easy but very time consuming. There were four of us and that helped make it go by fast. I don’t have a recipe yet but I wanted to share some pictures. They are so tasty. She sells these and other authentic Indian food through her website here