My favorite Overnight Oats recipe

Overnight oats are super easy to put together, and a great option for breakfast on the go. It is very quick to prep and took me under 10 min. Super delicious and even my picky 2.5 year old daughter loved it.

Here is my favorite recipe:

  • 6 or 7 tablespoons of Quick cook Steel cut oats
  • 2 tablespoons of Granola with almonds and coconut
  • 1 tablespoon Crofters fruit spread ( Super Fruit or Strawberry, these Crofter’s fruit spread flavors have no added sugar and are made of just organic fruit).

I like to recycle old Crofters jars and use them for overnight oats. They are the perfect size and hold just the right amount.

Start with oats, as the bottom layer, granola and top with Crofters fruit spread. Add milk, or any milk substitute. I like to add enough to cover the oats and granola.

Good for 5 days in the fridge.

Enjoy Mommas!

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Turkey bone stock and Turkey noodle vegetable soup

I was inspired by Gayle from The Soup Solution to make turkey bone broth. This is something I have always wanted to do but always chickened out at the last min. Gayle gave me a couple of tips and made it sound so easy that I decided to give it a go. I used the stock to make a simple turkey noodle vegetable soup, which was quick and tasted amazing!

Here is what you need:

  • A large stockpot
  • 2 onions quartered not peeled
  • Peppercorns about 10 to 12
  • Any fresh herbs you have ( I had chives, and I had seasoned my turkey with tons of fresh thyme, when I roasted it.)
  • Garlic about 6 or 7 cloves
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • A splash of Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Water ( enough to cover the turkey bones)

Everything goes in the stock pot on the stove on med until you see it bubbling.

Put the heat on low and let it simmer for 3 hours.

Strain the stock and put in the freezer.

For the soup I sautéed some veggies in coconut oil, added the cooked turkey meat and added as much stock as I wanted and let it come to a boil. I added gluten free noodles and let it boil for about 12 min. Done and ready to eat!

PS: A lot of other websites talk about skimming anything that comes to the top while simmering, to prevent cloudy stock. I did not worry about this.

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Not just another New Year’s Resolution : 2018 Positive Affirmations

New Year’s Eve is here! I can’t believe how fast this year has flown by. At the end of the year instead of making New Year’s resolutions, I like to reflect on the past year and create positive affirmations for the new year. Positive affirmation, is starting the new year with positive energy, and if you are a fan of the book, ‘The Secret’, you know what I mean.

Reflection on the past year

In the beginning of 2017, I focused all my energy on being the best of me, at work, as a mother and in life. Halfway throughout the year I realized that this is a big ask and I had to reprioritize. I had to slow down and take some breaks. I realized that to be the best of me I had to refocus my energy on what was the most important to me: Zara, my mental health and my family.

Regardless I do feel that 2017 has been very good to me. One of the biggest highlights for me was sharing this blog with everyone. I was not sure what to expect and literally had butterflies when I hit the share button on January 1st 2017. The response over the year has been very positive and I have learnt so much ( with so much more to learn!). To be selected as one of the Top 30 Vancouver Mom bloggers for 2017 was the cherry on top! It is an honor to be part of such a talented group of ladies. These mommas are humble, creative and supportive, and I am constantly learning from them. I am in awe to belong to this momma tribe.

So where do I go from here…

I don’t have a straight forward answer for this. I am going to continue writing and hopefully will partner with other bloggers and brands.

My positive affirmations for 2018 is to focus on opening my mind and to learn:

  • I will learn from my talented momma blogger friends.

  • I will learn from reading and practicing.

  • I will learn to take better pictures (hubby just gifted me a camera for Christmas! ).

  • I will learn who I am, and who I want to be. It is easy to hide behind social media and pretend to have a perfect life, but that’s not me and that’s not my blog.

  • I will not let self doubt creep in and stop me from learning and growing.

I want to thank everyone that is following me on this journey, because without your support I wouldn’t be here. What are your positive affirmations for 2018?

Also, what would you like to see more of on the blog? More recipes? More family friendly activities/venues? Tips? Letters? I would love to hear from you.

Happy New Year and see you in 2018!

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Simple and Easy Melt in your Mouth Shortbread cookie recipe :

I can’t believe it’s one week to Christmas! I have a lot to do as I am hosting Christmas dinner this year after a hiatus since Zara was born. That means I have to cook and clean! All you mommas out there know my dilemma. I love hosting, but it can be a little daunting with an almost 2.5 year old who is always on the go.

One thing I also have started doing is baking cookies! I found the easiest and simplest recipe for melt in your mouth shortbread. Here is a link to the recipe:

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/10856/melt—in—your—mouth-shortbread/

I followed the recipe but took others suggestion and reduced the cooking time to 8 to 10 min. I also don’t take them off the parchment paper, as they can be pretty crumbly. I cool them on the counter on the parchment paper. The longer they cool for the less crumbly they are. These cookies are easy to make even if you are not a baker, and a hit with everyone!

Enjoy the holidays mommas! Happy baking! Let me know how they turned out.

Please note that I found this recipe on All recipes.

The Fraser River Discovery Centre (FRDC) : Educating the Minds of Tomorrow

When Rj and I found out we were having a girl, I was ecstatic. Rj was happy, but he was worried that he wouldn’t have anything in common with her. Fast forward 2 years and some months and Zara is a daddy’s girl through and through. They are two peas in a pod and their bond is amazing. Zara loves anything with wheels and prefers to play with cars rather than with dolls. In fact we have one doll and A LOT of cars in her toy box.

So, when I received the invitation to visit the Fraser River Discovery Centre (FRDC), to join them for their Christmas celebration, ‘Fishmas a Winter wonderland’, I was excited. Rj is an avid fly fisherman and his dad was a fisherman, so the Fraser River was a part of his life growing up. This was a chance to introduce my daughter to a part of British Columbia’s history, educate her on its impact on our province and get her interested in fishing.

The Fraser River Discovery Centre did not disappoint.

The space is large and beautifully laid out. It is two floors, and had lots of room for little ones to run around and explore.

The exhibits, are informative and made learning fun. Zara’s favorite to my husband’s delight was Sturgeon George. It is a replica of a Sturgeon and the exhibit walks you through their life cycle.

For Fishmas, they had an array of interactive displays set up run by volunteers, like ‘ice fishing’, making mini snow-globes, coloring, etc. They also had an interactive puppet show written by one of the employees, Julie!

Downstairs, to our amazement is a large toddler playroom, with a projector screen cinema. There are a choice of educational and fun shows that you can request the staff to play for you. The Toddler room, also has tons of room to sit for parents while the kids play with toys or watch the show.

Verdict: We spent almost 2 hours in here and Zara had a lot of fun and when she is entertained, I can let my hair down and enjoy myself! I found the staff and volunteers, to be super friendly and accommodating. In my opinion it was worth the drive down from Vancouver, and a great respite from the rain and cold temperatures outside. The Fraser River Discovery Centre is a not for profit society and supporting a cause, whose goal is to educate the minds of tomorrow, is close to my heart. At the same time, watching my husband and daughter bond over common passions is priceless.

Check out the The Fraser River Discovery Centre for a list of events.

Please note that I was invited to visit The Fraser River Discovery Centre and write about it. In return, I was compensated with free entry. All opinions in this post are my own.

5 Easy Meal Planning Tips to keep you on track during the Holidays

Christmas is right around the corner and that means adding activities to your already busy life. Between christmas parties, christmas shopping and visits to Santa, the one thing that can easily fall off the band wagon is MEAL PLANNING.

At 5 pm when you get home from a long day at work and your kid is chasing the dog who is chasing the cat, your husband, turns around and asks you the dreaded question: What’s for dinner?! Your brain is tired, overwhelmed and does not want to think at this point. As a mom my brain is full and in overdrive all the time. Meal planning sounds like another thing I have to add to my never ending to do list. Today I am going to share a couple of tips that have worked for me to make meal planning simpler.

1. Buy pre cut Veggies: Every time I think of meal planning, I also think of meal prepping. I am a big fan of meal prepping and I know it can make life easier during the week. But, what I am not a fan of is spending two to three hours on a Sunday cooking or cutting veggies. So here is my first tip! Buy pre cut, pre washed veggies. Or frozen veggies. Just do it and you will thank me for the time you save. Yes it is more money but to me that time saving is worth every penny.

2. Slow cooker meals. I do this atleast once a week. I have a 4.5 quart slow cooker so makes a big portion and I can use leftovers for lunches during the week. My go to website for slow cooker recipes is Delish.

3. Theme days: During the week I like to have ‘theme days. Thursday’s in our house are ‘breakfast for dinner night’ and Fridays are ‘Pizza night’. No more brain power used, deciding ‘What to make for dinner’!

4. 2 meals in one: If I am going to do any meal prep cooking I need it to last more than one meal!! So if I am making chicken fajita mix, I am going to make Fajitas on Monday and on Tuesday I am going to add it to pasta with sauce or have it over rice with guacamole and yogurt.

5. Precooked meals– I like to keep these on hand for those days when life hits you like a brick and you just want to put something in the oven. I try to have a couple of frozen lasagnas, meatballs, chicken pot pies on hand. Costco has a great selection at reasonable prices. It will be cheaper than takeout!

Do you meal plan or meal prep? What are your go to tips? I would love to hear how you make meal planning easier. Also if you incorporate any of these tips, please let me know if this worked for you! Happy meal planning mommas!

Pumpkin, Fruit medley Oatmeal muffin

Hello November! It’s chilly and snowy out there which is perfect  weather for baking. I find breakfast options in the morning during the week can be hard to find. I am always in a hurry to get out the door and don’t have time to sit down for breakfast. So I have being experimenting with a couple of different muffin recipes that I found online. The muffins always looked great but sometimes they would be a tad bit on the dry side. This last batch that I made though was super moist and delicious. Here is my recipe: 

Prep time 15 min

Cook time : 30 to 35 min

Yield : 12 mini muffins 

Ingredients 

Dry ingredients 

1.5 cup flour

3/4 cup oats 

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

Wet ingredients 

2 eggs

1 cup pumpkin puree

1 cup coconut sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/3 cup melted coconut oil

2 cups frozen fruit- thawed ( I used blueberry, cherry mango mix)

  • Mix the dry and wet ingredients (except the frozen fruit) in separate bowls. 
  • Combine wet and dry mix into one bowl and fold in the thawed fruit.
  • Line muffin tray with muffin cup liners and brush with coconut oil.
  • Pour batter into lined muffin cups.
  • Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 30 to 35 min. Cook till the middle of the muffin is no longer wet.
  • Cool and serve!

I kept these muffins in the fridge for up to 5 to 6 days. I warmed them up prior to eating and they were moist and delicious. My picky 2 year old daughter loved them!

This is going to be my go to #breakfastonthego recipe. What is your go to recipe?  

Happy Baking!