One of the things I’d like to share on this blog are the books that I read. Because, as with good food, a good book is better when shared. And honestly, I think my husband is tired of getting ALL of my verbal book reviews and revelations. 🙂 I’m constantly starting sentences with “Oh man, so this book I’m reading…”
So, on behalf of Adam, thank you for allowing me to rave about cool books!
I may at some point back-track and tell you about other great books I’ve read, but for now, let’s stay in the present. My friend Elaina recommended it to me, and since Elaina is a pretty cool person, I’m now busy reading Pretty Happy by Kate Hudson. And you should too!
She talks about being body-smart, listening to your emotions, doing regular check-ins, getting perspective, enjoying food, having fun while getting exercise and not taking life too seriously. I just love it. I love how positive the book is, how she isn’t suggesting a diet or workout routine or meditation technique that is a magic answer to all of life’s troubles, but instead, she is suggesting that the answer is within each individual. It’s a gooder!
There are two main reasons for me sharing my recipes:
- Because good food should be shared
- Because I have the world’s worst memory and if I don’t write down what I did, I’ll never be able to do it again
I often go through phases of being OBSESSED with a certain food. During the summer, you had to dig through a mountain of cilantro on my plate before you could see what I cooked, because I just couldn’t get enough. My current addiction is garlic and limes. So here is the super simple marinade I made for our chicken last night:
- The juice of two limes
- 6 Garlic cloves, finely chopped
- A splash of olive oil
- Freshly ground pepper and salt (I use Himalayan Pink Salt, not because I’m trying to be fancy, but because I buy in bulk, it’s apparently better for you and I used all of my regular table salt the last time I made play dough for my kids.)
- Chilli powder
Cut up 5 or 6 chicken breasts in long strips. I get about 4 strips out of each breast. Dump it into the marinade and let sit for about 2-3 hours. (Too long, and the lime juice will dry out the chicken, not long enough and the flavours won’t be absorbed.) Cook on low on the BBQ. You can do it in the oven too, but it won’t be the same, so just dust the snow off the BBQ, put on your big girl pants, and light it up.
I just had the leftovers from last night for lunch. Just cold, straight from the fridge. So good!
Let me just say right off the bat, that I absolutely, 100% know that perfection, on paper, is impossible. But here is what I also know, that in the imperfection of everyday life – through the sleep deprivation and mom buns and ever growing laundry pile, perfection lies in your own happiness. In doing what you love with who you love.
Well this is new. For me anyways. Blogging has been around since the dawn of time (or 1997, as Wikipedia tells me). But for me, this is a first. A space to share content that is a bit more than what I share on Facebook, a bit less personal than what I share on Instagram and to share my experiences with the world.
I plan on sharing recipes, stories about my kids, my attempts at achieving balance in life, as well as tips about gardening, keeping chickens in your back yard, training for a half marathon on 4 hours of sleep – nightly… And other things that are probably boring to some, but hopefully useful to others.
Until next time!