Thursday, 5 November 2015

Whoa, 3 posts this week...

Whoa, look at me posting 3 times in one week. That has not happened in quite probably a year. But perhaps it is my new meal plan, because I have had a lot more energy this past week, freeing up some extra for a little more blogging.

Today' post has no real theme or purpose. It basically just some random stuff that has been going on around here lately and an assortment of pictures from my iphone.

Last Friday, Clark turned 6! Which actually kind of makes me sad. It always distresses me to think that he is any older than 2 years old. I still like to think of him as just a wee pup. But the truth is he has been my trusty little sidekick for quite some time now. We took him to the pet store to get him a couple special treats and this new mouse/teddy thing fit for a sassy gentleman.

I am not a big Makeup girl. In fact I spend about 70% of my life bare face (*one of the perks of working in fitness is that makeup isn't really a requirement*). But let's face it, I am getting older *cringe* and makeup is starting to become a necessary evil. It is necessary to make me actually look somewhat pulled together from time to time. So I asked one of my Makeup Savvy instagram friends @amtosaysso for a pink eye-platte suggestion and made a few purchases.
I was inspired by one of the latest episodes of the Kardashins. I confess, its a guilty pleasure. I don't exactly enjoy the Kardashins as people, but the makeup and the fashion is always on point, so I can't resist.

Speaking of Instagram, there have been a couple of accounts that have been rocking my socks lately - @AssholeParents and @ByeFilipe.
@AssholeParents includes hilarious pictures of children having meltdowns because of only the type of silly things that children can - like not being allowed to have chocolate before dinner or having to wear a jacket. As a former child with the flair for the dramatics, I find these posts priceless.

And @ByeFilipe is shocking reminder why I am feminist. It is 2015, but there are still plenty of men out there who didn't get the memo. Admittedly, some of the posts can be tough to read but it is certainly a wakeup call that the objectification of women is still very much alive and well. And needs changing.

We also recently got Netflix (yes, I realize I am extremely late to this party) and I have become obsessed with the documentary options. So if you are a docu-nerd like me, then let me recommend a couple of my recent favourites for you...
  • Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom
  • The Armstrong Lie
  • The Drop Box
  • Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead
And lastly, I posted about a Gluten-Free Vegan Cauliflower Mac & Cheese dinner on instagram and several people asked for the recipe. I have made a couple versions of this - trying to perfect it. The Veggie-Friendly option that includes eggs is the superior recipe, which is the one I am posting below. But if you want to adjust it to make it vegan - just use 2 flax-seed replacement eggs and add an extra half cup of almond milk.
Make 2 cups of your favourite gluten-free pasta and set aside in a casserole dish.
For the Sauce...
1. Sautee 1 grated cauliflower head, 2 carrots (grated), half an onion (diced), and 3 knobs of garlic (finely chopped). Season with garlic powder, chili powder, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Cook until soft.
2. Add 3 eggs to the cooked veggie mixture and toss together, cooking through.
3. Place cooked veggie mixture in food processor and add 1/4 cup pine nuts, 1/4 cup cashews, 1/2 cup of nutritional yeast, 1 tbsp. of spicy mustard, 1 cup almond milk. Blend until smooth.
4. Toss the gluten free pasta in the sauce and top with your favourite dairy-free cheese (*I have been loving Follow Your Heart Cheddar*) and Paprika.
5. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 and enjoy.

If you give the recipe a try, let me know what you think. I think the spicy mustard makes it!
Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,