Monthly Archives: January 2015

Freezer Friendly Breakfast Burritos

Happy Friday, sweet friends!  Here we are, halfway through January, embarking on the weekend, today is a good day!  And speaking of good days, one of the best ways to start a good day is with a good breakfast.  Today, I’ll be sharing one of the best ways I minimize the morning rush on weekdays – make-ahead freezer friendly breakfast burritos.

I cook these up in batches, and will tell you exactly how I do it.

Freezer Friendly Breakfast Burritos (makes 12)

Ingredients

  • 12 tortilla wraps (I’ve used both 6” and 10”, both work decently well)
  • 12 breakfast sausages
  • 12 strips bacon
  • 12 eggs
  • milk
  • salt & pepper
  • seasonings of choice (minced onion, garlic powder, cayenne, chili powder, taco seasoning, Greek seasoning blend)

Directions

  1. Cook the bacon – I cook it in the oven.  Place on baking sheets lined with parchment paper in a single layer.  Place the sheets in the oven cold, and then turn oven to 400 and cook for 20-22 minutes.  Once the bacon has slightly cooled (enough to handle), I layer it on a plate with paper towels in between to get rid of the excess grease.  Also, I cook an entire pack at a time, and just use 12 slices for this recipe.
  2. Cook the sausages.  I turn the oven to 350, place the sausages in a shallow baking pan, and bake for 12-15 minutes, turning once or twice.
  3. Set up the assembly and start to put together.  Cover your workspace with wax or parchment paper, and lay out the 12 tortillas.  Using scissors, cut up one strip of bacon in the centre of each tortilla, then cut up one sausage in the centre on top.
  4. Eggs.  In a small bowl, lightly beat together 4 eggs with a splash of milk and desired seasonings (I always do salt and pepper, usually a bit of minced onion, and then add either some chili powder, a dash of taco seasoning, or some Greek seasoning blend).  Preheat a frying pan on medium, and add just a touch of butter or light-tasting oil, such as canola.  Scramble the eggs in the pan.  Once cooked, divide the eggs into 4 equal portions, and split among 4 tortillas.  Repeat this procedure 3 times for a total of 12 eggs in 12 tortillas.
  5. Put it all together.  Close up and fold each tortilla like a burrito.  I like to put the rolled wraps on a plate to save space.  Once they are all rolled, wrap each burrito individually in aluminum foil.  Place the wrapped finished breakfast burritos in a larger container for easy access, such as a larger freezer-safe serving bowl or a large Ziploc bag, and pop in the freezer!  After a couple of hours, they’re good!
  6. Time to eat!  To serve, unwrap a burrito from the foil and place on a microwave-safe plate.  Heat up for about 1 minute and 30 seconds.  Let cool slightly, and enjoy!

These breakfast burritos are awesome!  They are filled with good protein and nutrients, and very tasty!  I usually only eat half of one for breakfast, since they pack quite the calorie punch, but Nick has one every morning, and they actually keep him full!  If you want a serious breakfast for a rushed weekday morning, or a breakfast that will keep a man-sized appetite satisfied, I would highly recommend these!

How do you guys deal with the morning breakfast rush?  Any favourites for filling delicious breakfasts?

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On New Beginnings & Resolutions

So, here we are, almost halfway through the first month of the year.  How are you doing?  Already sick of this winter and ready for some warm weather?  (I am frantically waving YES to that)  Still keeping on track with New Year’s Resolutions?  If you have, congrats!  It takes about 21 days to make or break a habit, so you’re in the home stretch now.  If you’ve fallen off, just start up again, no one’s keeping tabs on you 🙂

Even though I’m no fan of winter, I do love the renewal that this time of year brings.  New hopes, new dreams, a fresh start.  And don’t we all need that, as we move through the seasons in our life?  I remember when I never understood seasons in life, thinking to myself wouldn’t it be better if we could just get everything we need together, and then that would be it?  But alas, I was much younger, and much less wise (not that I’m really that wise now, but still) when I thought that.  I’ve realized recently just how true the concept of seasons rings in our life – not just what happens in the weather, but how we as individuals and groups have times of emergence, growth, maturity, decline, rest, and renewal.

With that in mind, here we are.  What will this year bring for you?  What will you bloom into?  And perhaps more importantly, what will this year unveil within you?  I believe that within all of us there are seeds and glimmers of greatness, but we have to tend to them, or else they are lost.

I have many goals for this year.  I do enjoy setting big goals and big dreams.  Some, predictably, are in the areas of wellness, money, organization.  Some are more related to my inner growth and nurturing, such as prayer, reading, and creative outlets.  Although I currently don’t really buy into setting a word for the year, I do like to choose themes.

For 2015, my themes are Beauty and Refinement.  When I was a little girl, I had a natural tendency to find beauty everywhere – around me as I was walking, in a story, in a song – and since I was so delighted by all this beauty, I also wanted to spread beauty wherever I could – whether putting together pretty outfits, decorating a room or a cake, or writing poems.  Over time, I’ve quieted that ability of mine, and this year I want to nurture it again.  To find and see the beauty all around me, and to spread and reflect beauty everywhere I can, that is what I mean by the theme of Beauty.

For Refinement, I find myself longing for a simplifying, an optimizing, almost a cleansing within my life.  I want to not only acquire good habits, but let go of those no longer serving me.  I want to strive for quality, and for choosing things that make me fully happy, not “it’s okay, but it would be nicer if….”.  With both of these themes, my intention is to go beyond my external interactions, but also within myself – to nurture and further reveal the beauty that I have been given, and to allow refinement to take place within myself, becoming a purer, more whole version of myself.

Where are you at this year, dear friends?  What is resonating within you?

(Image from http://viage.tumblr.com/post/26061220942)

 

DIY Whitening Mouthwash with Essential Oils

Few aspects of the human face are as meaningful as the smile.  That’s why keeping your pearly whites clean and bright is so important 🙂  So today I’ll be sharing a super easy DIY you can do to make your own cleansing and whitening mouthwash.

I first started being interested in this when I started trying to clean up my beauty and grooming routine, in an effort to live a more natural lifestyle.  Needless to say, seeing that I was swishing with a bunch of chemicals that I wasn’t at all familiar with made me really interested in switching up my mouthwash, and I’m so glad I did.  Here’s how I make it at home.

In a glass jar or container, simply mix together half water, half hydrogen peroxide (3%), and 5-10 drops of peppermint essential oil.  Close it up tight, and shake to mix well!

And that’s it, really!  I promised you it would be an easy one.  Now there are, of course, variations you can try.  You could add trace minerals to this if you have them, so it would be a remineralizing as well as whitening mouthwash.  You could also experiment with different essential oils, such as citrus, cinnamon, or even blends like vanilla-mint, or use some liquid stevia for sweetening the taste a bit.

Have you guys tried making your own mouthwash?  Or using hydrogen peroxide for personal care?  Share your ideas here!

 

Elsa Inspired Makeup for the Real World

Today, I’m here to talk makeup.  Specifically, an easy makeup look inspired by everyone’s favourite Snow Queen – Elsa!  I really like this look for a few reasons.  It’s very quick and easy, so perfect for a busy morning, but still has a nice dose of colour, for the days when you might not want to use all neutrals.  Being January, it’s a nice refreshing palette after all the red and green, and let’s face it – Toronto has frozen over like Arendelle this week, so at least it matches the weather!  

Here’s how I put this all together:

  1. Foundation, concealer, and setting powder as normal (I’m currently using NYX BB Cream in Nude, Rimmel’s Hide the Blemish in Neutralizer, and CoverFX’s SettingFX powder for light skin tones).
  2. Gently swirl a rosy, almost candy pink blush onto cheekbones (my pick here – Artistry Cheek Colour in Pink Passion).
  3. Eyes – this is the most intricate step, but still simple.  Use a white or pearly shade to highlight the brow bone and inner corner of your eyes, followed by a light nude shade on the rest of the eyelid above the crease.  Then use a pastel pink shade right on the crease.  Apply a rich blue from the lashline to just below the crease.  Blend the colours gently into a seamless look.  (Colours used here in order of application – Artistry Eye Colour in Starry Night, Bone, Charm, and Capri).  Apply 1 or 2 generous coats of mascara to upper lashes (here, I used Artistry’s Signature Eyes Volume Mascara).
  4. For lips, choose a soft pink lipstick or gloss.  Here I’ve used a custom blended pink lipstick, and Artistry’s Light Up Lip Gloss in Glitz.

And that’s it!  I would suggest wearing icy hues of clothing as well.  This was a look I did for our ice skating date, so I wore an almost Tiffany-blue sweater, a shade that’s actually pretty close to Elsa’s dress.  Of course white and black would work well with this look, as would a cool pink or even purple!

What sorts of fun makeup looks have you been creating?  Do you like to vary your colours with the seasons, or opt for a similar palette year-round?

Pomegranates – Deliciously Seasonal

All right kids, time to get out your pom poms!

I’m talking, of course, about pomegranates.  Have you tried fresh pomegranates yet?  For a while now, we’ve all been hearing about the amazing benefits of pomegranate juice – antioxidants, etc etc etc…. but they’re also amazingly delicious!

While I love some pomegranate juice, what I love even more is eating the arils fresh.  The flavour is awesome, almost a perfect blend of sweet and tart, and so juicy!  The fresh arils burst in your mouth, and look so pretty, like little rubies!  My favourite way to enjoy them right now is sprinkled with just a few white chocolate chips on top – this turns a simple serving of fruit into a dessert treat.

But of course, the issue often is how do we get to the edible part of the fruit easily, and ideally without staining our hands.  So today I’ll explain exactly how I quickly and easily cut up a pomegranate.  Here’s what I do.

  1. Fill a large mixing bowl with enough water to cover the pomegranate.
  2. Submerge the fruit into the bowl, and chop in half carefully.
  3. Halve the fruit again holding it in the water, so that you now have quarters.
  4. Take out the quartered pomegranate and set close by.
  5. Put one quarter of the pomegranate into the bowl of water, and using your hands, gently coax or roll out the arils into the bowl, separating them from the pith.  Repeat with each quarter individually.
  6. The arils will sink, while the pith will float.  Skim the pith from the water’s surface (I use a small sifter for this), and discard the pith and rinds.
  7. Empty the bowl into a colander, and you will be left with delicious arils that you can eat!

How do you serve pomegranates?  Any fun recipes, or any other great tips for cutting them up?  I’d love to know!

 

Holiday Highlights

Happy New Year, sweet friends!  I hope you all had an amazing holiday, filled with rest, fun, and merriment.  We are back to our regular routines today, and although a part of me wishes vacation could continue forever, I do also enjoy settling back into a routine and more disciplined habits.  I thought I’d give you a peek into how our holidays went, and what we were up to while the blog was quiet.

Of course, we enjoyed lots of family time.  Nick and I spent Christmas Eve with his parents, and then Christmas day we all visited relatives and had a fantastic day and Christmas dinner!  It was really lovely!  We also visited with my parents, and got to catch up and see lots of pictures, so that was wonderful!

We adorned our walls at home with this cute little DIY Christmas card garland to display all the sweet cards we received – I really like that we made little tape snowflakes, so cute!

While I’m not one to talk about shopping or gift “hauls”, I thought I would show you a few of the wonderful gifts we were blessed with.

These adorable throw pillows that bring a smile to my face everyday.

This gorgeous set of linens in a beautiful neutral palette and delicate pattern (seen here with the throws!)

Books!  I love Twilight, so Nick gifting me the set of novels was so sweet, and also some awesome books on faith and thinking that I’m excited to dive into.

A sweet upgraded K-cup carousel for the kitchen.

This sleek stainless steel garbage can – yes, a garbage can, but I’m super excited about it, and it has a foot pedal!

We also had some fun around the city too.  For a fun and active date, we checked out Skyzone and jumped around on trampolines – so fun!  I’m sure this will be something we do again, and it was quite the workout too!

New Year’s Eve we opted for going out, but keeping it low key – we went to The Fox right here in our neighbourhood for a great dinner and midnight celebration, as well as had some delicious bubbly at home.

On a beautiful sunny day, we hopped out to the waterfront for ice skating with an unbeatable view – this was a classic winter date, complete with hot chocolate 🙂

And as an unexpected treat, we found candy cane ice cream while grocery shopping!  This stuff is so tasty, and hard to find, so we definitely picked some up.

It was exactly what we both needed, a beautiful relaxing and sweet way to end the year, and open the chapter of 2015 with a renewed energy.  Slowly we’ll take down the decorations, and fresh greens have taken the place of baked sweets, but I’m going to try and keep the magic of the holidays alive well into the new year – that joy, that hope, that wonder, it never goes out of style.

Welcome back, dear friends, and let’s make 2015 the best year yet!