Restaurant Worthy Bisque

Hey Readers

So midterm season has finally come to an end, and it is an absolute pleasure to be back  home and blogging once again. I cannot believe it has been a month and a bit since I since Christmas break: I guess time flies when you are busy like a bee such as myself.

Saturday Grandma came over for lunch. Though she does come over often, I always find it special when it is just her, my mom, and I sipping our tea, eating her homemade date bars, and babbling on about the old times or last week’s shopping excursions. It makes my heart glad that this afternoon was certainly another one of those days.

And on today’s menu I made us girls a warm pot of velvety, fragrant mushroom bisque. Mushrooms are hands down one of my favorite vegetables due to their profound texture and earthy aroma. Nutritionally, they are rich in a number of vitamins and minerals beneficial for bladder, and immune system function – such as selenium, vitamin D, and B-vitamins (BestHealthMag). In addition to being vegan, this soup recipe has a fraction of the saturated fat compared to what you would get at a restaurant, using soymilk (or skim milk if not vegan) instead of cream and different techniques to achieve its lush consistency. Hope you enjoy this super simple recipe as much as us girls did!

Skinny Vegan Mushroom Bisque


2 tbsp Avocado Oil 

6 cups sliced Cremini Mushrooms 

2 small Shallots, diced

2 tbsp garlic, minced

1 tbsp Thyme Leaves

1 tbsp Rosemary Leaves

2 tsp Black Pepper

1/2 tsp Sea Salt

1/4 + 1/2 cup low-sodium Vegetable (or Chicken) Broth

4 cups Soymilk (or Skim Milk) 

2 tbsp Corn Starch mixed in 1 cup Soymilk


Saute shallots, garlic, and about half of the sliced mushrooms on medium-high heat for approximately 3 minutes in a large saucepan. 

Add Thyme, Rosemary, and a 1/4 cup of broth to sauteed vegetables and continue to cook for another 2 minutes. 

Add contents into a blender or food processor and pulverize until shallots, garlic, and mushrooms resemble a pate. 

Pour contents back into the saucepan and saute the remaining mushrooms in the mixture and 1/2 cup of broth. Add in the S&P.

Add in milk and cornstarch mixture, and while constantly stirring, bring the bisque to a boil. 

Let simmer for about 10 minutes to let the bisque thicken.

Serves 6.

Have A Happy Sunday!

Many Blessings,


Post Workout Cool-Down in a Nutshell

Happy Monday Readers! 

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and now that its over, time that I get back to the gym! Well…for one more day anyways because my family and I are spending our New Years at our friends’ cabin. Since I was about 4, we have been going there for every New Years – snowmobiling, playing board games and eating more than we should. It is always such a joy to have some R&R in their cozy abode amidst the below 30 degree Celsius weather – my favorite!!

Though my eating habits have been quite poor being at home these past weeks, I have been diligent in my exercise routine – doing strength training 3 times/week as well as an interval and core combination workout 3 times/week. I never miss out on warming up before I workout – usually running for about 2-5 minutes and doing a series of dynamic stretches – however, to be brutally honest, I have been quite notorious for a while now for not taking the time to cool down at the end of my exercise. I have a sense though that I am not the only one who overlooks this precious time after a workout. Here’s some physiology 101 behind cooling down (Thanks to the kinesiology class I took last semester, I get to now sound like a smarty pants ;)

Heart rate rises when we exercise a lot of blood is pumping to our muscles to carry oxygen, carbon dioxide and other nutrients in and out of muscle cells. By immediately stopping after an exercise bout, heart rate decreases dramatically. So what? Isn’t the slowing of heart rate good because it allows the body to return to its normal, homeostatic condition? Well, not really. Veins can’t return blood all the way back the heart on their own and a sudden drop in heart rate can result in blood pooling and therefore dizziness and light-headedness – which I am sure none of us like to experience. On the contrary, a gradual decrease in heart rate helps return all of your blood back to the heart and other organs that now need the nutrients – accomplished by doing low impact activity after your workout. The good part is that cooling down does not have to be incorporated right into your workout. For myself – I like to cool down by walking or biking to and from the gym. Your cool down can be done in multiple different ways throughout the day. 

I know for a busy person such as myself in a few weeks time, the great part is cooling down does not have to be incorporated right into your workout and can be done in multiple, productive ways – such as walking to class or work from the gym, even cleaning the house. 

I also want to make clear that stretching and cooling down are NOT the same thing and has nothing to to with post-exercise muscle soreness – which is from microscopic tearing and rebuilding of muscle tissues.  Stretching, however, is super important – especially when you are living an active lifestyle because it increases flexibility (duh) and therefore promotes better performance next workout and prevents the risk of  future potential injuries. Many usually incorporate stretching and cooling down together, but because most people are generally active throughout the day, stretching is also great to do before bedtime. 

Here’s a quick summary of what I talked about in this post:

Cool Down Cropped

I better get packing. 

God bless, 


The Perfect Gift

Hey Readers.

Today I thought I would just post a short in wishing you a wonderful Christmas and reminding  you of how truly blessed you are. I have learned growing up through sparkling presents that were  unwrapped that Christmas morning  and then left in the closet to collect dust by the time the next season comes around, there is only one gift that never wears, breaks, or loses its lustre – and that’s Christ. God is so great to us that he transformed himself into a microscopic heartbeat that would grow in the womb of a young girl and one day grant us the opportunity to live eternally in his goodness and love. I mean that’s just inconceivable!! (pun intended ;))  Even though we get so caught up in the materialistic giving and receiving of things, it is important to recognize that Christ is really the only gift that will ultimately serve us with forever joy, removing our brokenness, insecurities, and wrong-doings.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Merry Christmas and many blessings to you,


Christmas Trees and Chia Seeds

Hey Readers!

I am so excited it finally feels like Christmas! Though my dorm was decorated over exam week, it just didn’t seem the same without the snow. Don’t get me wrong – I love the warm west coast climate – but I couldn’t bear the thought of celebrating Christmas without the winter wonderland-y feel.

Usually we have our tree up within the first week of December, but since my parents have been super tied up with work,- coming home to a house that did not have a touch of Christmas was kind of sad. Nonetheless, Mark, Molly, and I spent the day putting up the tree and decorating the house. There is something about being home for Christmas that makes it feel…well… extra homey (if that makes sense). The smell of my mom’s freshly made cinnamon sugar pecans infuses the entire house, while Doodle dog sits on her bed right in front of the warm fireplace; and don’t get me started about the tree: It’s so annoying because every year my parents insist we put up every single ornament on our Tree that sits dead and centre as you enter the front of our house. And by all the ornaments, I mean the ugly ones Mark and I made when we were in preschool; the angels with their wings broken off from me playing with them when I was seven; and -of course – how can we not forget the classic Santa caricatures riding a snowmobile, up at the goalie net, or swinging a golf club.  But it’s so interesting because the final prduct is not only a tree filled with obnoxious ornamnets, but an incrediby gorgeous conversation piece filled with the whimsical nostalgia of being a kid once again. So summing it all up, I guess you could say I am thankful to be home and with my family.


The other day, I also whipped together a sweet treat quite suitable for the Christmas season and literally takes 2 minutes to make the night before. This recipe is especially wonderful for those who enjoy tapioca or rice pudding due to its texture and discloses a pungent Christmas-y flavour with notes of maple and cinnamon. Instead of using regular eggnog, I opted for the low-fat, and going with chia seeds as a thickener instead of gelatin or cornstarch adds an extra punch of fiber, omega fatty acids, and calcium.



Eggnog Chia Pudding

You will need:

2 Cups of light Eggnog

1/2 Cup Chia seeds

2 Tbsp Maple Syrup

2 Tsp Vanilla Extract

2 Tsp Cinnamon + extra for garnish

To do:

Whisk all ingredients together in medium bowl.

Pour mixture into four separate bowls/ martini glasses/ ramekins

Let coagulate in fridge overnight

Dust with cinnamon or garnish with whip cream if desired.

With Love,


Finally Some Home Cooking

Hey Readers!

So exams are all done I am finally back home and all ready to celebrate some Christmas. It’s weird not having any homework or studying to stress over; I feel like I have got all the time in the world to do absolutely nothing and it is soooooooooo beyond wonderful. Well…maybe not ‘absolutely nothing to do’ because I have lots of family functions during the break, but still I do not have anything to complain about.

Though I did make quite a few meals on my own this past semester, living off of cafeteria food was especially difficult – especially when you find that food is something to be enjoyed and savoured just as much as fueling your body. So a significant reason why I am so happy to be home is the fact that I get to make my nutritious gastronomic creations once again and have them be enjoyed by my friends and family.


Perfect Medium Rare FTW!

Last night I had my roommate over from College (we’re still not sick of each other yet surprisingly ;) ) and made her and I some pretty delicious steak. I still don’t know how I managed to use the barbecue on my own without singeing my eyebrows off or setting the house on fire, but nonetheless I am quite satisfied I did not turn the tender cut of meat into leather.

I have made a modification of this recipe multiple times – using chicken instead – and have found it one of my favorite go-to’s when I have no clue what to make. In this dish, a fusion of different aromas and textures working harmoniously together creating a hearty, yet flavourful experience quite simple to make in your own kitchen – with hints of coconut, ginger, and garlic.

Coconut Steak Teriyaki Stirfry 


Here’s what you will need:

3 Tbsp Agave

1/4 Cup Reduced-Sodium Soy Sauce

1 Tbsp Worcestershire

1 Tbsp Green Onion, chopped

1 Tsp Garlic, minced

1/2 Tsp Fresh Ginger

1/2 Tsp Dijon Mustard

1/2 Tsp Ground Pepper

20 oz Beef Tenderloin – Or any other cut of meat really.

1 cup of dry quinoa

1 + 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil

2 Shallots, chopped

2 Large Carrots, sliced

1 Head Broccoli, chopped

2 Bell Peppers, sliced

1 1/2 Cups Mushrooms, sliced.

To Do:

Whisk first eight ingredients together. Pour 1/2 of Teriyaki Mixture onto beef tenderloin to let marinate for a bit.

Meanwhile, cook quinoa according to directions on the package. Mix in 1 Tbsp of coconut oil and set aside.

In a large skillet, saute shallots in other Tbsp of coconut oil until they are translucent

Add carrots, broccoli, and peppers and cook on medium to high heat for about 2 minutes. Add in mushrooms and 1/2 of the remaining teriyaki sauce and continue to cook on medium-high for another 3-4 minutes. Keep stirfry warm on low heat while grilling the steak.

Set meat on the grill and have it cook for 4-5 minutes on each side.

Layer quinoa, veggies, and sliced beef tenderloin in bowls and drizzle with the rest of the teriyaki sauce. Serves 4

There you have it! Bon Appetit.


Studying Hard? Or Hardly Studying?

Hey Readers!

These past months have been so crazy with school. It is my first semester being in uni – on the West Coast – and am so happy I am almost done and still alive…only one more biology exam to write on Friday and I will be flying back to chilly Alberta! In spite of the hefty workload, gross showers, and redundant cafeteria food, I have very much enjoyed being a college student. For one, going to a Christian university has allowed me to grow a significant amount with Christ. One particular thing I learned this semester was to seek my rest in him, amongst the commotion of term papers, mid-terms, and final exams as of right now. Not only have I matured spiritually during me time here, but I have met some wonderful friends. I have been very blessed to live with the girls in my dorm and they radiate love and enthusiasm from the inside out. University has also given me an entire new perspective and appreciation to learn. Even though classes do require lots of effort; the content is quite interesting.

So what brought me to write this post was the fact that I finally had some free time to do something fun and take plenty of photos. Today my roommate, a friend, and I went out for a lovely lunch and visited her uncle’s candy store. Thank goodness I was already full from lunch, or else I would have probably would have bought a kilo of chocolate to go straight to my hips.


Blog Candy Collage

Later this afternoon, some other dorm mates and I were bored out of our gourds, so we figured we would do something fun and take pictures by the river front. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect today: A bit odd that it was +16 and the sun slightly shining in December, but it was undoubtedly wonderful to not have the normal raininess.

Oh right…and this morning I also went to the gym. One of my teachers from a fitness class I took this semester is helping me out with my bar squat and teaching me how to do a proper clean and press – so I practiced on those today and am pretty sure this is going to be me tomorrow…


…but anywho, here’s the playlist that I listened to today. As you may have noticed I have a new obsession for the Foxes. LOVE HER!!

Have a wonderful week!

God Bless,


Spinach Summer-Berry Smoothie

Hey Readers!

Happy 4th of July!!!…even though I am not from America… but I think Canadians should be able to celebrate too.

Since I have been back home, I have been working hard trying to make up for those days in Europe where I wasn’t eating the normal and healthy foods I would regularly at home…not that you can make up for those days because everyday does count, but anyways here’s a recipe a I have been making pretty much every morning for breakfast since I got back.

I love this recipe because it is packed with so many energy boosting nutrients for the day ahead, and tastes like a little summer-berry paradise. Just make sure you brush you teeth well afterwards…because who does want seeds in their teeth for the rest of the day? not me.


Spinach Summer-Berry Smoothie

Here’s what you will need:

2 Cups Frozen Berries

1 Banana

2 Cups Spinach

6 Mint Leaves

2 Tbsp Chia Seed

1 tsp Stevia

2 Cups Water

What to do:

Blend Everything Together and Enjoy!

Makes 4 servings

Oh Yes, and my High School prom was last week and I thought you may have wanted to see a few of the photos. My Dress is designed by Lilly Pulitzer and my earings were a gift from my parents from Prague.


Cheers! And God Bless,


Coco Loco Hot Cocoa

Hey Readers!

I know hot cocoa doesn’t exactly scream summer, but nor has the weather been these days up in not-so-sunny Alberta. It’s depressing going from the sunny 35 degree Celsius (95 F) weather in Europe to overcast most every day. So yesterday morning I was sitting at the kitchen table, looking out into the drizzle of rain, and realized how much I was craving a warm and chocolatey beverage.

Vegan Coconut Hot Chocolate


Here’s What You Will Need:

2 Cups Unsweetened Chocolate Almond Milk

1 1/2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder

2 Tsp Truvia or Stevia Equivalent

1 Tbsp Coconut Oil

1/2 Tsp Vanilla Extract

2 Tsp Agave

What to do:

In a small bowl mix together cocoa powder and Truvia and set aside

Heat Milk in microwave or on stovetop – if using microwave, set on high for about 3 minutes

Remove from heat

Whisk in Coconut oil, Vanilla, and Agave

Gradually stir cocoa powder mixture, while making sure to break apart any lumps.

Put back on heat for another minute or so and serve immediately.

Serves 2


Have A Blessed Day,


Wild Rice Edamame Salad

Hey Readers!

I’m finally home and am happy I get to make a mess of the kitchen again! Two and a half months with hardly getting to cook was agonizing, but I’ve learned to cope.

Second day back home, and I already have created a fresh and flavour balanced side dish for dinner last night. Oh, and did I mention it is healthy too – containing no gluten, and packed with fibre.

 Wild Rice Edamame Salad.


Here’s what you’ll need:

1 cup Wild Rice

(Picture has brown and wild rice blend as that was the closest to what I could find at the store)

2/3 cup Raw Edamame

1/2 cup Feta, crumbled (optional)

1/4 cup Slivered Hazelnuts

1/4 cup Dried Cranberries

2 Tbsp Olive Oil

1 Tbsp Balsamic

Salt and Pepper to Taste

To Do:

Cook rice according to instructions on the package

Once rice is finished cooking rinse in cold water to speed cooling process

Mix in rest of the ingredients and top with hazelnuts.

Serve Immediately!

Have a blessed day!


Europe Recap

Hello Readers!

I apologize it has been so long since my last post. As I mentioned in my past posts, I have spent my past two and a half months in Europe and…well…it’s been CRAZY! Just a note that I am keeping my points short, sweet and general. I could easily write essays about my adventures, but let’s not get too carried away now ;) Ahh where to begin…

April 1 – 3 STOCKHOLM

My Parents and I set out to Stockholm on where we spent 2 days – Beautiful but sooooo expensive. One afternoon we stopped for a drink and it was $50 for 3 beers and a small bowl of nuts! We toured around the city by foot and went to the Vasa museum –  the biggest shipwreck in the world. It was very cool to see how they preserved the ship.


April 4 – May 30 HOLSBY

On April 4, my parents and I said our goodbyes as they dropped me off at Holsby – a Torchbearers Bible school in the southern countryside of Sweden – where I was going to spend my next two months. Going to Bible school was not at all what I thought it would be, which was a place where everybody is humbug preachers kids and sing kumbaya. And though it was to a certain degree, it had probably been the most beautiful, restorative period I have ever had in my life.  


May 30 – Present  COPENHAGEN, BERLIN, PRAGUE, and soon…..AMSTERDAM

On May 28, my parents sent Mark to come and pick me up from Holsby. On May 30th we set out for our ventures around the rest of Europe.

Copenhagen was also a very beautiful (and clean) city, but found it was also very expensive like Sweden – If you plan on travelling to Scandinavia anytime soon, be sure to expect $30 ahead at least on meals, and $1o Starbucks drinks. 

Berlin was so neat to see in how rich in history it is. Checkpoint Charlie, The Typography of Terror, The DDR, and the Pergamon are only few among the many places we visited. Not to mention the Schnitzel was amazing :)

Now we are in Prague and enjoying its gorgeous Architecture and Food. This time of year is crazy for Tourists though. We tried buying tickets for the Palace yesterday and I swear the line was longer than the Great Wall of China. Nonetheless, the weather is so warm and sunny.

This Afternoon we are heading to Amsterdam to enjoy some Heineken beer and Dutch cheese.

If you would like more inquiry about my ventures or recommendations, feel free to shoot me an email at or post a comment below :)

God Bless,