A Little Frosting

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Jess’ Coconut Haystacks!

I needed a last minute vegan and gluten free dessert that was quick and easy so I texted my friend Jess for help! She sent me this great recipe that has become a favourite at our house!

Ingredients:
2 cups of sugar
1/3 cup of cocoa
1/4 cup of coconut oil (you can also substitute in your favourite vegan margarine)
1/2 cup of almond milk
1/2 cup of peanut butter
2 tsp. of vanilla
3 cups of rolled oats
1 cup of sweetened coconut

Directions:
Combine sugar and cocoa. Add coconut oil and milk. Bring to a boil for 2 minutes, stirring often. Remove from heat, stir in peanut butter and vanilla. Stir in rolled oats. Drop by teaspoonful on to cookie sheet and refrigerate. Do this part quickly as the mix dries up and will get crumbly if you take too long! They are usually ready to enjoy within 2 hours.

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Week 1

Day 1: Some sweet dance moves to celebrate the New Year.
Day 2: Down at the lake.
Day 3: Snowstorm.
Day 4: Being lazy on a rainy day.
Day 5: In winter you treasure those rare moments you can feel the sun’s warmth.
Day 6: Of winter’s lifeless world each tree now seems a perfect part; Yet each one hold’s summer’s secret deep down within its heart. – C. Stater
Day 7: Backyard Twilight.

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Happy New Year!

The holidays always go by in a blur for us! Between Christmas shopping, wrapping, multiple Christmases and travelling, we are kept extremely busy up until the New Year!
We always have a great time with family! It is so nice to spend some time with those we love, especially as most of them live quite a distance from us! 

Every year we are incredibly fortunate to receive some wonderful gifts from those we love! And some fun ones too!

Then New Years Eve arrived! We had survived the busy holiday season and finally had a chance to relax together and have some fun! We went downtown to the outdoor skating rink where they were playing music. Although we were a little rusty we had a blast!
Next we took a wagon ride around town.

It was so pretty seeing everything lit up!

I of course had to thank the horses for their hard work!

Next we headed to the park where they had put on a festival of lights! Every tree was decorated! It was absolutely beautiful! 

And finally we returned home to have some fun with our friends…
And to ring in the new year!
Wishing You All A Very Happy 2015!

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Catch Up With Krystle!

Just having a bit of a chit chat with all of you and catching you up on why I’ve been so busy recently!

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Do you see me?

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Homemade Guacamole

Everyone has their own version of guacamole. I have tried multiple friend’s recipes as well as multiple restaurants and never had the same guac twice. Although they all have their own unique twist, I enjoy them all! We love guacamole as a snack accompanied with tortilla chips as well as on burritos!

Here is my version. Feel free to alter and make it your own!

Ingredients:
4 avocados (soft enough you can make an indent in them but not ripe enough that they are mush)
1/4 cup of diced red onion
1/2 cup of diced tomato
2 tbsp. lime juice
1 tbsp. of minced garlic
1/4 tsp. cilantro leaves
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp. creole seasoning
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Begin by peeling, pitting and mashing the avocados in a large bowl. Finely dice the red onion and tomato and add to the bowl. Add the spices, lime juice and use a potato masher to mash everything together, then use a fork to mix the ingredients well. Adjust seasoning to taste. Serve immediately at room temperature with your favourite chips or as a topping for burritos or another meal of your choosing! Enjoy!

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Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile. – William Cullen Bryant

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Amy’s Organic Lentil Soup

I have always been a fan of Amy’s organic products. Now that there is a little chill to the air, the leaves are changing and Fall is definitely here I find myself craving warm, comforting meals. This soup definitely hits the spot! Thick, hearty and completely delicious this soup is vegan friendly and will leave you completely satisfied!
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Autumn Outings

A few weeks ago on a chilly but sunny October day, my husband and I spent the afternoon driving around the local countryside. Not really having a plan in mind we stumbled across Primitive Designs and had to stop to check it out! 

Primitive Designs is a unique shop that sells exotic and hand crafted pieces from around the world.

This amazing shop has an abundance of carvings, tiki huts, furniture, pottery, jewellery, clothing and pretty much anything and everything unique you could possibly be looking for!

And of course if that doesn’t draw you in, the massive hand-built Transformers guarding the entrance will!
After doing some shopping, we continued on to Otonabee River to do some hiking.
Along the way we met this adorable but quite nosey donkey…
…and a very curious emu! It was the perfect way to spend a Sunday!

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