YQR Weekend

Sometimes you just need a dose of fresh country air. We spent the morning trying to catch Ash’s stubborn little pony. He was having none of it …IMG_9777 Though the next door neighbor horseys were pretty friendly.IMG_9778 IMG_9780 IMG_9782 IMG_9785 IMG_9787 IMG_9769 IMG_9772 IMG_9789 After a morning outdoors, we took a little jaunt into the city for a good cup of coffee… (Teegy bein’ a little lady and sippin’ my cappuccino).IMG_9798 Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetSo much love for this lady ❤Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset At the cafe, we ran into a fine, young chap who is starting up the Wheelhouse Cycle Club in Regina. He gave us a little tour of the new place which is going to be siiick – follow them on Insta and stay tuned for the grand opening.IMG_9802I look at this picture and just melt – Royal is soo darn sweet and miniature! He is just too darling!! IMG_9803
Squash for daaays!IMG_9805 A feast with a whole lotta tomatoes, garlic, onions, and overall goodness.IMG_9811 Ah these two!! ❤IMG_9813 IMG_9817 Since the morning attempt was a flop (might have had somethin’ to do with the excitable pipsqueaks tagging along) us 3 ladies went for round 2. Havin’ a hoot luring in fat/shy/ornery Dusty … we like to think of ourselves as horse whisperers!IMG_9823 IMG_9829 Once we got him, he was lovin’ all the attention!IMG_9845 IMG_9862 IMG_9863 The Phantom Drone II – excited to play with this thang!IMG_9887 IMG_9889 IMG_9891 IMG_9894 IMG_9896 Dad has always loved the latest and greatest in techy stuff, which I used to think was nerdy but now I think it’s pretty cool.IMG_9899 My slim jim sista (why is it that when we wanna run outside real quick, we gravitate towards the boy’s humongous boots instead of our own regular-fitting shoes? I do it all the time too. Haha). IMG_9901 I ❤ this view so much.IMG_9902 IMG_9906 IMG_9907
A weekend well spent ❤

Seafood Boil

We finally got around to doing the locally-famous seafood boil at Bon Temps. One chilly Monday night, we cozied into the quiet joint for an evening of soulful, live music and food-baby inducing eats. The atmosphere was just lovely. I love the decor of this spot.
DSC01625 DSC01626We started off with a bowl of traditional gumbo. DSC01627Followed by a motherload of crawfish, shrimp, mussels, lobster, sausage, potatoes and corn … dumped directly on the table, giving us every excuse to indulge in sheer, dirty-fingered gluttony.DSC01649 DSC01651 DSC01658
One round of greasy glasses comin’ right up …DSC01668 DSC01669 DSC01673 DSC01674It all turns into a pretty messy little affair.  DSC01680But our classy company didn’t seem to mind :P DSC01682 DSC01683 DSC01687 DSC01688
We stuffed ourselves with as much salty seafood as our stomachs could handle, and packaged up the remainder to drop off at The Lighthouse down the road.DSC01690 DSC01692
And that was that! Definitely a fun evening that every Sasktoonawite should try at least once.

Back In Business

Due to a malfunctioning screen, I have been unable to post a darn thing for goodness-knows-how-long. Luckily that’s all fixed up, so now you’re gettin’ overloaded. I’ll start with work pics from the last couple months.

S and I spent a few days out in the bitter Sask cold measuring sidings.

IMG_9212IMG_9213 IMG_9234 IMG_9239IMG_9372Meanwhile the mechanics have been workin’ night and day to keep the engines moving.IMG_9349 IMG_9351 IMG_9357 IMG_9363 Prepping S for her new position!IMG_9230The joys of transferring crew vehicles – luxurious rides all around.IMG_9433 IMG_9435 When your bro sends you a snap like this, you can’t not share. His Alibaba purchase!
IMG_9623 DSC01542So good to catch up with these beauties.DSC01546 DSC01548-2 A stellar concert. Royal Wood and Company.IMG_9294IMG_9296 IMG_9297 Processed with VSCOcam with b1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with b1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with x1 preset And then there was Valentine’s day. DSC01551 DSC01553  DSC01557
Whoever said that the way to a man’s heart is to his stomach had it backward. Dane made me Chef Ramsay’s Beef Wellington! DSC01561
Juicy, tender meat, a layer of prosciutto, a layer of mushroom/garlic medley, and the best part … puff pastry.DSC01565  DSC01567
Followed by dessert from Little Bird. DSC01569 DSC01571 DSC01574 DSC01576
Sar and I had a good run of supporting all the local restaurants and coffee shops… Stacked was one of them. I loved the applewood smoked brie burger on lettuce.DSC01620 Odd Couple.IMG_9280 Museo.IMG_9311 (Obviously) Collective Coffee.IMG_9334 Drift.IMG_9342 (Sheer happiness)IMG_9343 IMG_9345 IMG_9347Bottega.IMG_9610IMG_9611Ayden.IMG_9258IMG_9261 You get the idea. But, as one might assume, lunches out gets pretty pricey. So I started making jarred lunches like a mad woman. Quinoa buritto bowls, farro salads, chickpea salads, spicy tom yum soup, and so on.
Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetDelivering coffee + muffins for his presentation + he still barely let me sneak this photo. After all that!IMG_9402 Coffee shop hoppin.IMG_9410 IMG_9416 Another date at Drift, this time with my husband to proofread his crazy long paper.IMG_9561 IMG_9563 We also hit the 6-months-since-married mark… which is kinda wild. We celebrated with burgers at Congress.IMG_9635 Bobblehead versions of us on our wedding day from a creative and hilarious friend!Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 presetA walk by the river one night … spring is on it’s way and I couldn’t be happier ’bout that.IMG_9576 IMG_9579 IMG_9580 IMG_9582IMG_9584 IMG_9588 IMG_9590 IMG_9597 In other news, all my ranting and raving to everyone about how amazing yoga is … well it’s a passion I’m gonna pursue a little more intensely. (PS these joke-ish lessons I was giving to dad are a bit ridiculous on several levels, but particularly my tight jumpsuit which was on the verge of ripping. I have yet to convert dad … and many others!)IMG_9290 IMG_9291 IMG_9292 I’ll be taking my YTT this summer for an entire month, followed by 11 months of mentorship. Unbelievably excited!IMG_9673 Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetSo obviously, my acceptance into the course meant Sarah and I had to celebrate. At Leyda’s. With cake and coffee!IMG_9718 IMG_9721 IMG_9720And finally … the reason this blog post is even happening is because of my techy, money-saving soulmate who went out on a limb and pulled off a sketchy repair all by himself.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetSo many exciting things to come!

Black Bean + Avo Brownies

I rarely post recipes. Mostly because there are already a kazillion recipes on Pinterest, so ya don’t need mine. But I’ve come across one that is too good not to share. There are lots of variations on Pinterest but this one is a winner in my books.

We like to have a little something sweet after supper sometimes and this is quickly becoming my go-to.

May I present … brownies made with black beans and avocado. Sounds weird, but let me tell you they are delish!

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Ingredients:

1/2 avocado [large, ripe]
1 15oz can black beans
1 egg + 2 egg whites
1/2 cup honey
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp coconut oil
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup unsweetened chocolate chips or chopped chunks of chocolate

Bake 25 – 35 mins at 350ºF.

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The best part is that you just throw everything except the chocolate chunks into a Vitamix [or equivalent] and blend away.

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Then add most of the chocolate chunks and stir in.DSC01589

Sprinkle some on top if you like.DSC01599  DSC01602

Best served with whipped cream (or coconut whip if you’re avoiding dairy) and drizzled with maple syrup.DSC01609

Mmm mmm! Enjoy!

It’s A Good Life

Way back in like, July of last year I got an email from GoodLife Fitness wondering if I’d be interested in participating in their blogger ambassador program. I was like of course! – – – but then I got engaged, married, and so on, and before I knew it, the offer had expired and I hadn’t even taken advantage.

But luckily GoodLife gave me another opportunity to try out their facility, and it works out quite nicely because my married life brought me pretty much right next door to one of their awesome gyms! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every trip, whether 20 minutes or 2 hours, that I’ve made to the gym. Feels so good to get a little more active – it helps me think more clearly.

DSC01478I’m not the best with schedules so I haven’t made it to a ton of the group classes like I hoped, but I did try out their yoga class and RPM spin class. Though the yoga was challenging and lovely, I think I’ll always prefer a yoga studio (particularly hot) over gym yoga. Just a little different environment and mentality around the yoga-dedicated studios.

The spin class, however, was absolutely terrific. I can’t wait to get back for another! There’s nothing like pump up music + someone hollering at you to go hard + everyone around you peddling their butts off to get you motivated.

I’m also a big fan of Woman’s Only area because I feel like I can go harder when big, jacked men aren’t lurking in the shadows. Not that there’s anything wrong with big, jacked men. Just a personal preference.

DSC01481I guess the lingering question here is why in the world would GoodLife even consider me as an ambassador – right? I attempt to stay active and I adore learning about food/nutrition, but I’m certainly not one of those fitness buffs that dedicates her life to being ripped-as. (In fact, I really did not know what sort of photos I would use to accompany with this post. The gym selfies … I’m just not there folks. I opted for a photo of a very exciting wedding gift Dane and I recieved – the Vitamix!! We use it every day. Also shown is one of two amazing paintings we got as a wedding gift. We are fortunate to have very artistic friends.)

DSC01494 DSC01497Anyway back to my point … GoodLife wants to appeal to all shapes, sizes, and lifestyles. They strive to create an undiscriminating environment where even the largest of folks can feel 100% comfortable. And trust me, there are some large ones (but good on em for gettin’ to the gym – I love that they are making a change). From what I’ve seen, GoodLife’s vision is very much alive amongst its employees. They make an extra effort to greet each person warmly (more-so than I have seen at other gyms) and the trainers are super motivating.

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Post workout selfie. Whatever.

On another side note, I finally got around to watching the Fed Up documentary. It’s good to remember that even if you are active person, if your diet sucks, your health sucks. I am famous for sneaking chocolates and desserts so sometimes I need a good kick in the butt to remind me to tone it down.

I learned that 4g of sugar is equal to 1 sugar cube or 1 tsp. Check the packaging on the next food item you eat. You might be appalled at just how much sugar is in it. The absolute worst are pasteurized juices that are marketed to be healthy and full of vitamins. The sugar content is insanely high and you miss all the fiber that would normally accompany the fruit. On top of that, the pasteurization process kills the enzymes and the power of the nutrients is weakened.

So yeah. You won’t see me promoting Vitamin Water here (32 grams of sugar – aka 8 tsp – aka so not even remotely worth it). But GoodLife? I think soo!