a few months ago, i met the founder of kitskitchen, a fresh and local soup company. i was so interested in learning more about the small company and concept, and was lucky enough to try a few soups – i was blown away. we’re all familiar with the condensed variety, and i’ve taken to buying the organic canned or tetra pack variety at whole foods to reach for when in a pinch at home. high in sodium, and never tasting super fresh, they did the job. kitskitchen soups however, were a different breed. the flavours were so fresh and natural (the taste of the ingredients weren’t masked by sodium), i was hooked.
fast forward to now, and a ‘soup reset‘ was what my body needed. my schedule is hectic, and eating right is always the first thing to go. i’m an emotional eater (happy, sad, excited, stressed, worried, anxious… i eat). unintentionally, i grab the most detrimental foods when in a rush, and my body needed a reset so to speak. i needed my tastebuds to regulate, and my sugar cravings to subside. having tried juice cleanses in the past, this is what i was preparing to compare kitskitchen’s 48-hour soup reset to, but oh boy, was i wrong. the carefully curated two-day collection of soups was comforting, filling, and the perfect meal to grab on the go – i even took to drinking a jar in a meeting – hey, it was lunch!
the day starts and ends with a herb infused bone broth, with 4 hearty and organic soups in between. did i feel hungry? yes, because i wasn’t used to a controlled diet. was it difficult to not crack, totally, but it did the trick for me, and i’ve been eating lighter ever since the reset wrapped up. what a nice little break the reset was for my system. i figure that adding a soup in once a day in place of a heavier meal would probably be a great way to regulate both appetite, and a healthy weight; it’s something i’m going to consider.
on the weekends, i relish in the slow start. hectic weeks make a leisurely sunday morning so much more wonderful, and i give myself permission to sleep in, decide on a breakfast that isn’t a quick piece of sprouted grain organic toast topped with peanut butter in the car, and catch up on my fave cooking shows. this IS the perfect breakfast.
this is the easiest, but most satisfying, at home breakfast that i love to dig in to with my second cup of coffee. the french baguette just makes it that much more delicious, and all you need is some smashed avocado, a crumble of parmesan, and two medium poached eggs (those velvety yolks are just so special). make sure you season the avocado and the eggs since both need a little more salt to bring out the flavour. i highly recommend it, any day of the week, really.
oh those good old days on paper valentine’s from your elementary school friends. those were the simple days, and there’s something so sweet about evoking that nostalgia! skip a few years to middle school, and candygrams were all the rage. i remember sending them to my friends and excitedly waiting to receive some in return. i thought it would be fun to recreate the nostalgia with this diy valentine candygrams that i shared over on glitter guide this week!
the method is as simple as can be, and instead of just candy, petitepuf cotton candy make it a little more elevated. love by phoebe created the name tags that can be tied with a ribbon, which i left a little longer for softness. have fun and treat your girls with a little gal-entines love!
sunday mornings are all about pancakes in this house. it’s a tradition that i look forward to every week after most week days, breakfast as catch as you can. sunday means sleeping in (or letting my husband sleep in, that is), and waking him up with the smell of pancakes and bacon coming from the kitchen. this is the best pancake recipe ever – our pancake feasts are well documented on instagram and i want to share my tried and tested recipe with you that i’ve been making since i was a wee one with my mom! a mix was never an option in our house, and i mean seriously, the recipe is so easy, you don’t need to go that route!
now, i should preface this by saying that the pancakes are not gluten-free or vegan, but can be made dairy free if you swap in a soy or almond milk, and replace the regular flour for gluten-free.
these go best with a side of crispy bacon (or on top, as we prefer), and the recipe for that is super simple – bake on a foil lined cookie sheet at 400 degrees until crisp. no mess, no splatter and the perfect crisp every time.
PERFECT PANCAKES (for two hungry people)
2 cups milk, room temperature
2 eggs, room temperature
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
2 tbsp sugar
mix, lumps are ok, and cook in veggie oil or butter (or a combo of both). serve with warm maple syrup – the good stuff will make a difference.
now, go back for seconds and then have a sunday nap.
welcome to february! i used to detest valentine’s day and found it really just an excuse for big corporations to sell us things… and i still do, but now just go with it and enjoy as much as i can. i’ve been prepping for valentine’s day with my sparkle media clients and have had the opportunity to be super creative with producing styled shoots – it’s impossible for me not to adore pink. i’ve tried, but i am always most attracted to it. how typical of me, right?
the photo above was taken by taya photography in prep for a valentine’s day pop up shop happening feb 13 and 14 at sweet bake shop in vancouver. we’ve called it #popupcupid, and will be selling sweets, flowers and have a fun kissing booth set up. gosh, have i said lately how much i love what i do?!
my fave part of styled shoots are always the gorge blooms!
roses everywhere – how sweet and romantic are these rose studs from barefoot contessa?
life gets so busy, but i always make time to spend monday night’s with my girls watching the bachelor… and calories don’t count on those monday’s.
ava being her cute self around the office.
have a wonderful week, and i’ll be back in a few days with some ideas on simplifying – i’m a pro at this now, trust me!