Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Quinoa The Everyday Superfood

I know I haven't been blogging much lately. I've had a lot on my plate. Those of you who know me well, know that I have been struggling with chronic back pain for several years.  A few weeks ago I started a non invasive low level laser therapy to help ease the pain and nerve issues. I have to go three times a week which takes quite a chunk out of my day. So far, I've had 10 sessions and not a huge improvement but I will persevere for a little while longer. Just to complicate things, I hurt my knee recently. It swelled up like a football and has really put an end to my daily walking!  So as you can see, my reasons for not blogging are quite legit - I just haven't had time!

Today though, I wanted to tell you about a cookbook that I have been using. My mom bought it for me as I'm gluten intolerant and so do not eat wheat. Quinoa is actually a protein and so incredibly good for you. I've made dozens of recipes out of this book and I wanted to let others know about it. It's by far the best collection of gluten free recipes I've come across. Not all the recipes are gluten free but a large majority are. Even if you eat wheat, quinoa is still a really healthy, tasty alternative.

Yesterday I popped in ay my parents' house and had a delicious slice of moist chocolate cake made from this book. It was yummy and I'm in the process of making it for my family right now!

The name of the book is Quinoa 365 and definitely worth ever penny.

I'll let you know what the family think of the chocolate cake.

Friday, May 27, 2011

A Spring Walk Along The Bronte Waterfront


 On Tuesday, a couple of friends and I went for a stroll along the Bronte waterfront in Oakville. Armed with cameras, we took tons of shots along the way. The previous day was Victoria Day in Canada so the beach was littered with the remains of lots of fireworks and beach fires. Along the way, we saw swans and baby Canada geese.  In one of the shots, you can see the Toronto skyline - no smog that day. It was a lovely morning out, not too cool and not too hot. Perfect!



Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Enjoy Free Shipping at Jacaranda Designs Jewelry

For a limited time, I'm offering free worldwide shipping on all Jacaranda Designs Jewelry. It's really easy. When you checkout at my shop, simply enter the coupon code FRSHIP and the shipping charges will automatically be deducted.

There's lots of new additions to the shop, so drop by and take a look.

Free Shipping - Sweet Daisy Chain Necklace
Free Shipping - Gold Palm Leaf and Vintage Cornflower Blue Jewel Earrings
Free Shipping - Golden Branch Earrings
Free Shipping - Miniature Lavender Rosebud Post Earrings

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Tulips From My Garden

The rain was weighing down all the flowers so I decided to pick a few and brighten up the kitchen. Within an house they had opened up to reveal gorgeous centers. Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Magnolias In Bloom

After a few weeks of dull, wet weather, the sun has finally decided to make an entrance. Every Spring I look forward to the glorious magnolia in our front yard flowering. I must say I was worried that this year we'd be watching in from inside the house while the rain came down.

But it's in bloom this week and as beautiful as ever!

It's my favorite plant in the garden, followed by my peony.

What's your cherished plant in your garden?

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

To all the Mom's out there....have a fantastic Mother's Day!

From left to right... my grandmother, younger sister, me, Mom and older sister..... this was taken a long time ago!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Etsy LOVE!

The bulbs are starting to flower in my garden this week and finally the sun is out. I've been poking around in the beds checking to see what's coming up. I have shades of purple and yellow in the front garden.

Today I'm featuring my Etsy faves from the last week..all in shades of glorious green!
13 x 19 Wild Air

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Spring is in the Air

Although it's been an incredibly wet April and so far, May also, I know that spring is in the air because each morning around 3:30 am the birds start chirping outside our bedroom window. It's incredible how loud it gets and usually Ian or myself ends up getting out of bed and closing the windows. We have a cherry tree outside and the birds just love congregating in it.

Now I probably bring it on myself as I put seed out for the birds. The bonus is during the day I look out of my kitchen window and see so many beautiful birds at the feeder.

On the topic of birds, I have been adding to my collection of bird nest necklaces at Jacaranda Designs. They have been selling well lately with Mother's Day around the corner. After receiving many requests for custom colors, I decided to expand the line to include more color combinations.

Have a wonderful day and don't forget to feed the birds!