I know it’s been quite a while and I would just like to apologize for the long period of nothingness
Here’s a fun poll to get things back and running again. It made me hungry just voting for my favourite! Let me know which foods are your favourite for the season -I’d love to know!
Have any great recipes that you would like to share with us? Send me your recipes or comment below!
Natto is a Japanese food that will usually make people scrunch up their faces and say “eew”. It’s fermented soy beans that have a very thick sticky consistency. It also doesn’t help that it’s also quite pungent.
I personally love natto and strongly urge anyone to try it at least once in their life. If you would like to know why, check out some of the health benefits.
In most countries, you can find natto in Japanese or Asian supermarkets. They will usually be found in the frozen food area.
When you open one up, you will find two little packets along with the natto. The small yellow pack is a type of mustard and the brown liquid is a sauce. The sauce will normally have a slightly sweet flavour…. which I personally don’t like, so I replace this sauce with standard Kikkoman soy sauce.
I also add chopped seaweed for extra health benefits, as mentioned in a previous post “How to Make Ramen Healthier“.
Throw in some chopped green onions for a bit of zing and mix furiously. This will make the natto very sticky and oh so delicious.
Eat it on its own or place it on top of steaming hot rice. It’s a filling dish that’s very healthy for you and olny costs a couple of dollars to make!
I spent the long-weekend in a cabin located by Algonquin park for my Birthday.
I love going up north at least once every few months because it clears my mind and rejuvenates my soul. Whenever people say that all humans need to connect with nature, it kind of sounds cheesy… but totally true.
Just a moment by the water, in a forest, on a mountain, anything away from the city or the modern world can do wonders on your physical and mental health.
If you think you don’t have time for it, make time at least once in a year.
Plan a getaway and leave everything behind, even if it’s for a day!
Here are a few small boxes that I decorated as “goodie bags” for my Birthday (yes, I still enjoy giving goodie bags and I think I always will).
The plain kraft paper boxes are approximately 10cm x 10cm x 5.5cm and only cost $1 each.
I tied them up with plain string and added a mini card made from Japanese paper.
I adore these boxes because they were cheap, helped me use up craft string that I already had at home and scraps of my favourite type of paper. Afterwards, the boxes can be reused in the same way or decorated with a collage, paints or even gold leaf.
They are simple and have a soft nature theme, which is exactly what I love.
Yukon is a territory of Canada and a neighbour of Alaska. Many people believe there is nothing but snow and ice, but there are actually many wonderful experiences to be had! Witness various wildlife in their natural habitat, enjoy the incredible views of the Northern Lights and feel excitement while taking in the landscape during a dog sled ride.
When visiting Canada, a trip to Yukon is a short plane ride away from Vancouver British Columbia. Being a popular holiday destination for people from Japan, there’s a group that offers travel packages from Tokyo to Yukon and back again: oce-center.org.
Ramen, the glorious instant noodles that come in hundreds of different flavours and types, are not exactly the healthiest meal option but certainly delicious to have every now and then.
As a way to make these meals a little less guilt inducing, you can easily include any number of healthy add-ons that are very good for you.
Tofu is very high in protein, calcium and iron.
Enoki mushrooms have a mild flavour and are very high potassium, iron and fiber.
Green onions are very high potassium, iron, magnesium and fiber.
Seaweed (also known as “wakame”) is a fantastic addition to any dish, especially ramen.
It’s very high in calcium, potassium, iron, manganese, magnesium, vitamin A and vitamin C.
Throw everything in with a simple pack of ramen and you’ve instantly added incredible amounts of vitamins and minerals!
*I forgot to mention that you can also add a sliced clove of garlic to add a little more zing to the broth!*
As many of you may already know, I’m one of those people who can’t throw certain things away. I wouldn’t call myself a hoarder because I fairly regularly clean house (toss, donate, give away), but there are so many things that I know I can recycle or repurpose as a craft project. The main problem is that I never get around to actually making any of these wonderful crafts…. hence the pile up of boxes, bags and other random objects. It has become my crafting Everest.
In order to use up most of my mountain, I’ve decided to make a children’s play castle. I have lots of different ideas for this project, so I’ll have to create a general plan to stay on track, otherwise it may become the never ending castle craft.
Here are some of the materials that I have to work with:
The majority is empty mail boxes, tissue boxes and I’ll add a few scrap cardboard paper and fabric for the finishing touches.
I’ll try to post my progress when I can and please send over your suggestions for making it better/different!
Bunting has become one of the prime decorations for pretty much any occasion these days. You can buy a wide variety of sizes, styles and colours but the cost can quickly add up over the course of a year. To save a little cash, recycle materials from home and work on a fun creative craft, why not try origami bunting instead?
These mini origami bunting pieces measure approximately 3.5cm x 4cm. They’re great for any small decorations or craft project.
It’s easy to make them, so grab some square pieces of paper and have fun with them!
Start with an even square.
Turn it on the side.
Fold it in half to make a triangle. Make sure to crease it well.
Open it up again.
Fold in the two bottom ends to the middle crease.
Flip it over.
Fold down the top point.
Greek yogurt seems to be *the* yogurt for anyone wanting to eat healthy. I’ll have to agree with most, it has a great thick and creamy texture and so much easier on my stomach compared to standard yogurt (it’s either lactose-free or very low in lactose). The only problem with buying Greek yogurt all the time is that it’s generally more expensive than other types of yogurt, sometimes even more than lactose-free types. To help keep it a little more affordable, I now buy plain Greek yogurt (always the cheapest of the lot) and add my own ingredients from home. It’s a great way to save a little extra money and you get a different tasting treat each time.
Here’s a list of the ingredients that I added the other day. It was delicious!
3 heaping tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon Canadian Maple syrup (you can adjust to your sweetness level)
2-3 tablespoons granola
1 small handful of dried raisins
That’s it! Mix it up and enjoy as a healthy treat for anytime you crave something a little sweet.
In an effort to find out which foods affect me negatively and which ones can be good for me, I’ve begun looking for new recipes for every day foods that sound good and are also healthy. Not too long ago, I decided to skip standard white flour and make almond flour pancakes instead. At first, the batter didn’t look very appetizing but I decided to go ahead with it anyway.
(Here’s the recipe via Wellness Mama: Almond Flour Pancake Recipe)
How did they taste? Delicious! I added fresh berries and real maple syrup and it was one of the nicest pancakes I’ve had in a long time! Try it yourself and see!