Dear Diary…

Hey! Happy Friday.

When you were in elementary school, did you keep a Language Arts journal? Court sure did. A few years ago, during family dinner at his Moms house, one of his grade school journals ended up on the dining room table and it’s been in my possession ever since.

This thing is hysterical. ¬†Every so often, I’ll pull it out of the junk drawer (where I keep all of my prized goods for safe keeping) and enjoy a good laugh fest.


Lets look at the first entry…


“Today is March 3, 1988. It is going to rain today. I feel happy because my mom got me new felts and I am at school.”

Typical cute kid stuff, right?



“Today is Thursday March 10, 1988. A cold north wind is blowing. On Tuesday my mom got me new Fraggle Rocks”

A COLD NORTH WIND?! HAHAHA. The drawing is classic, too. Remember when McDonalds handed out Fraggle Rock toys with their Happy Meals? ūüėÄ


I’m going share more of Courts diary entries on the blog – it would be wrong to withhold this kind of humour from the entire world. ¬†His mom still has his ‘rat tail’ in one of her photo albums. (Boys.. and some girls in the 80s & early 90s used to keep their hair short but keep a long lock of hair in the back. Like an extreme mullet. I’m really good at descriptions.) I MUST OBTAIN THE VINTAGE RAT TAIL IMMEDIATELY. Seriously, that thing is getting framed and displayed properly IN our house!

In other news, we made a delicious comfort dinner while it was blizzarding¬†last weekend. (I just googled “is blizzarding a word?”)


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Roasted Heritage chicken, brussels, carrots and mashed cauliflower. I always use Olympic cream cheese, salt & pepper when preparing mashed cauli Рit makes it extra creamy and flavourful.  Court says it tastes like potato chips. Sure?

What are some of your go-to comfort foods?  Soup of any kind (especially chicken-veggie), cheese, dark chocolate and vodka.

What was your hair like in the 80s?¬†I had a lot of styles: I went from being bald to a bob with straight bangs, then long, flipped to one side bangs, sometimes crimped…. I feel like 1989 was probably my best hair-year to date. I remember wearing a lot of neon shoestring clips to enhance my overly-hairsprayed side ponytail.


My Go-To Brain Power Smoothie

When I’m not eating¬†coconut flour waffles and eggs for breakfast, I’m enjoying chia strawberry ‘cereal’ or smoothies. Brain power smoothies! ¬†¬†Banish mental fog and rev up metabolism with this energizing, anti-oxidant rich smoothie: packed with phytonutrients and essential fatty acids, you will feel super charged for hours.


Key Nutrients: Vitamins A, C, E, K, folate, manganese, magnesium, selenium. When it comes to nutrition, I like to think about overall cell health: the more nutrients we can incorporate into our diets, the better our cells can function, repair and rebuild. In the long run, it equates to overall improved immunity and vitality. One of the best ways to load up on micronutrients is with a smoothie. Just be mindful of the amount and types of fruit used: aim for low-glycemic fruits such as berries and stone fruits to keep insulin levels steady. In addition, pairing nutrient-dense vegetables and fruit with a decent amount of healthy fat provides some real staying power to keep hunger at bay, and assists with nutrient absorption.


The goods:

BIG handful of kale
BIG handful of spinach
handful of frozen blackberries & blueberries
fresh strawberries
2 tbsp raw almond butter
a few Brazil nuts
1 tsp spirulina powder
just enough milk to get things moving (I used my homemade vanilla bean almond milk)

Blend, drink up and… go go gadget brain!


It kind of reminds me of an almond butter & jam sandwich.

Of possible reading interest: 

4 of Canada’s Healthiest Restaurants
7 Yoga Poses to Improve Digestion
Natural Wonder Beaches
¬†(Have you been to any of these? What’s the coolest beach you’ve been to?)

{Savoury} Coconut Flour Waffle

The original coconut flour waffle has some serious competition: a savoury, cheese and garlic version, topped with a runny yolk egg. This, my foodie friends, is breakfast perfection.


Before we take a look at the recipe, check out my recent thrift store purchases:


A cowboy boot mug! I suspect it’s origins are tied to a Texan ranch… or the Calgary Stampede. Court was not impressed when I placed it into our shopping basket. “Why do want that stupid thing?” he asked. And then he called it a “Santa Boot”. First of all,¬†WHY WOULDN’T I WANT IT? ¬†I mean, come on. Think of all the good times to be had with this mug: coffee, tea, green smoothies, wine. Secondly, a santa boot?!¬†

My fancy new/durable almond milk jug. ¬†I’ve already dropped it on our quartz countertop and it didn’t smash into 238490 pieces like most modern glassware does.¬†


Oh, and most exciting: a food steamer. ¬† Even if this thing releases a ton of plastic vapours into my asparagus, that’s cool. ¬†It was $8.


Second hand shops are a great place for kitchen-accessory junkies like myself. Sadly, they didn’t have what I was truly in the market for: a Vitamix or Blendtec and a dehydrator (first world problems). ¬† But! I saw at least 10 waffle irons¬†– so, if you need one, now you have an excuse to go shopping AND to make this savoury coconut flour waffle.

Savoury Coconut Flour Waffle
Serves 1

2 tbsp coconut flour
2 eggs + 1 egg for topping
4 tbsp cream (half & half, whipping cream)
2+ tbsp grated cheese
2 tbsp chopped kale (or spinach)
1 tbsp grated carrot
1/4 tsp paprika
1/8 tsp minced garlic
dash of salt & pepper
butter or coconut oil, for cooking

Mix the coconut flour, paprika, salt & pepper together. (If you have a matcha green tea brush, it works awesome for sifting dry ingredients.) Whisk the eggs and cream in, followed by the cheese, garlic, kale and carrot. Spoon batter into a pre-heated waffle iron.

The best part (aside from eating the waffle):

THE YOLK PRICK. Am I right? 



And, as if breakfast couldn’t get any better, as I was eating, I was exchanging emails with Anna Vocino. Our conversation topic? Waffles. ¬†Of course.

What’s one of your¬†favorite¬†second hand purchases?¬†The cowboy boot mug, obviously…