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May 2016

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PRETTY SUMMER GARDEN POTS

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YIPPEE!

WARM WEATHER!!  SUNSHINE!!!

Time to get dirty and make pretty garden pots

Easy garden pots, purple garden pots, large planters, garden planters, summer pots, summer planters, sunshine planters, sunshine pots, gardening, front door potsAs much as I love travelling and going out (especially to dinner), I’m a homebody.  One of the simple pleasures for me is getting my hands dirty in the garden.  Hey, can you blame me?  I worked on a fair share of gardening shows at HGTV for over a decade.   Easy garden pots, purple garden pots, large planters, garden planters, summer pots, summer planters, sunshine planters, sunshine pots, gardening, front door potsMy son, Alex and I are experimenting for the first time since he was a little boy.  We planted some vegetables together on Mother’s Day.  Fingers crossed that the raccoons, squirrels and abundant shade don’t lead to their demise!  What I haven’t done until now, is plant my summer flower garden pots.  Every year I like to try something new.   I’m SO thrilled with the way they turned out that I just had to share what I did!    Easy garden pots, purple garden pots, large planters, garden planters, summer pots, summer planters, sunshine planters, sunshine pots, gardening, front door pots

It’s a great creative outlet to choose the combination of flowers and greens.  Before I commit, I usually scout around the neighbourhood and take pictures of planters I like.  I also make a trip to the garden centre to scout out prospects and to get inspiration.  As with any design choice you make inside OR out, when selecting the plant material for your garden pots, it’s important to factor the colours surrounding the exterior of your house.  Choose plants that are complementary to the existing shrubs, trees and flowers, as well as the roof shingles and paint trim of your windows and doors.  For me, the biggest challenge is working with the colour of the orangey brown bricks of my house.   I’ve always been partial to blues and purples.  In the spring I love the lilac hue of Phlox and lighter violet blue pansies.  For summer, though it’s not always easy to find those calming colours.  Continue Reading

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GREEN HEALTHY SMOOTHIE

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Don’t let the colour scare you

DRINK YOUR GREENS!

I promise you’ll like the way this healthy smoothie makes you feelTurns out, Mom was right. But, you already knew that eating green vegetables seriously improves your health. The more I study nutrition, the more I realize that no matter how many green veggies you eat, you still probably aren’t getting enough. So don’t just eat your greens…DRINK your greens in the form of this healthy smoothie! Life gets hectic so it’s not always easy to eat healthy. The key is organization and planning. At the beginning of each week I buy and wash a bunch of smoothie ingredients so they are ready to go. That way, it’s faster to throw them in the blender when you are rushing out the door. OR, if you know your morning is tight, put the majority of fruits and veggies in the container the night before so the next morning all you have to do is add your liquid and ice cubes and press ‘start’. Voila, done in about three minutes! I like to make enough for two servings. I drink one at breakfast and save one for a mid-morning snack. A healthy smoothie is THE simplest way to start your day on the right foot and it makes sticking with a clean eating plan SO much easier. I want to provide my body with great nutrients and my gut with enough fibre so my whole digestive system will work optimally. You can play with lots of different green combinations. I’ve done a fair bit of experimenting and I find these core ingredients work well together: Celery: Rich in vitamin K, A and C and also contains folate and potassium. It mainly consists of water, but it’s a great source of dietary fibre which is SO important. Spinach: A source of magnesium, folate, vitamins B2, B6, A and K. Spinach (along with parsley, kale and chard) has anti-oxidant and anti-cancer properties and improves your eyesight, skin and hair. Ginger: Helps with digestion and inflammation. Lemon: Not just a great source of vitamin C, B6, A and E but it is THE key to making your greens more palatable and gives it a thinner consistency. Although lemon is very acidic in taste, when the juice has been fully metabolized, its effect is said to be alkalizing. That’s great since so much of what we North Americans eat is very acidic.

Turns out, Mom was right.  But, you already knew that eating green vegetables seriously improves your health.  The more I study nutrition, the more I realize that no matter how many green veggies you eat, you still probably aren’t getting enough.  So don’t just eat your greens…DRINK your greens in the form of this healthy smoothie!

Life gets hectic so it’s not always easy to eat healthy.  The key is organization and planning.  At the beginning of each week I buy and wash a bunch of smoothie ingredients so they are ready to go.  That way, it’s faster to throw them in the blender when you are rushing out the door.  Healthy smothieOR, if you know your morning is tight, put the majority of fruits and veggies in the container the night before so  the next morning all you have to do is add your liquid and ice cubes and press ‘start’.  Voila, done in about three minutes!  I like to make enough for two servings. I drink one at breakfast and save one for a mid-morning snack.  A healthy smoothie is THE simplest way to start your day on the right foot and it makes sticking to a clean eating plan SO much easier.  Continue Reading

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THE KING OF KITCHEN EQUIPMENT

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KITCHEN EQUIPMENT ROYALTY

IN THE WALNUT KITCHEN, THE VITAMIX BLENDER REIGNS SUPREME!!!

Kitchen appliance, Kitchen appliances, Kitchen equipment, vitamix, blendtec, high end blenders, high end blender, blender, blenders, smoothies, nut milks, nut buttersI’m a convert.  I admit it.  And I’m here to spread the gospel.    I never could understand what the fuss was about when it came to high-end blenders.  Anyone I knew with a ‘Vitamix’ (or archrival brand: ‘Blendtec’) sang its praises.  Why? I’d ask myself.  It’s just an appliance.  But, this is not just any kitchen accessory.   It’s a power tool for your meals.   I can honestly say that since I splurged on this pricey piece of kitchen equipment, not a day has gone by that I haven’t used it.  For what?  Besides making nut milks like this homemade almond milk recipe, I use this high power machine to make my breakfast smoothie EVERY morning.  It’s a great gadget that helps me be healthy.  (Check out my recipe for a healthy green smoothie here)  Continue Reading