Some things never change no matter where you are. You can take the girl out of Canada, but you can’t take her out of Starbucks.
I blog probably 80% of my posts using the free wifi at Starbucks in between clients. Here I am with a few spare moments in San Francisco and I find myself blogging from a Starbucks on the legendary Powell Street. Go figure.
I have so many photos to sort through. I’ve eaten some of the best food of my life on this trip. I’ve seen some amazing sights. And yet, all I can think about now are the wonderful people I’ll be leaving tomorrow. Wah!
A million thank yous to Suki for letting me crash at her place and being my personal tour guide in San Francisco.
Holly and I reunited once again after a week spent hiking together during the summer.
Janetha, long-time blog buddy, now real-life friend.
Sophia, one of my first blog readers. I wish I got more time to spend with her, she’s hilarious!
She doesn’t know it yet, but I’m going to show up on her doorstep one of these days. We’ve been online friends through The Daily Plate way before we started blogs.
Lara, another long-time bloggie friend who I was so excited to meet!
Attending the Foodbuzz Festival was sort of a last minute decision on my part. Yes, seeing San Francisco has been amazing and the food was wonderful. But meeting so many food bloggers has definitely been the best part!
I hate goodbyes.
Listen. I’ve had enough.
I know y’all love your pumpkin. But my head is going to explode if I see one more pumpkin recipe.
I’m just being real yo!
Truth of the matter is, the mushy orange stuff makes me a little squeamish. I love me some cinnamon and nutmeg, but tasteless baby food from a can makes me gag a little. Just a little.
When it comes to fall flavours, I am all about the apples.
I’ve been dreaming about homemade apple sauce ever since I made a batch around this time last year. When walking past a fruit stand on Saturday, I saw Ontario empire apples on sale for 99 cents a pound. I knew the time had come.
I bought four pounds for four bucks. Last year, I went McIntosh, and the empires reminded me of a slightly crispier and less grainy version of them.
Cored and chopped the apples until my pot was overflowing. No bother peeling them. The peels are the best part!
I tossed in a cup of water and let the pot simmer for around half an hour. Until I noticed the apples getting mushy. That’s when I added one tablespoon cinnamon and got to mashing.
I like my applesauce chunky, so I didn’t bother blending. No sugar either, these puppies are sweet enough as is!
Learn from my mistakes and do not taste the sauce immediately. You will burn your tongue.
Instead, I incorporated some of the warm sauce into supper!
Yup. Waffles for supper :) The usual protein waffle batter:
- 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup unflavoured soy protein powder
- pinch cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger
- 2 stevia packets
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 cup egg whites
- 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Along with the apple sauce, I added molasses and maple syrup.
My oh my. That is fall flavours at their best ;)
Okay. Confession time. I’m not 100% against all things pumpkin.
I’ll make exceptions when chocolate is involved ;) Like my roommie’s pumpkin brownies!
How do you find the time to write such creative posts and still live life (and work/volunteer so much)? How do you balance everything in your life without ‘burnout’?
This is a great question, because sometimes my biggest “balancing act” is finding time to write The Great Balancing Act!
First things first, I started my blog during my last year of an undergraduate degree. I was doing school full-time, working two part-time jobs and one unpaid internship. Apparently, I didn’t think I had enough on my plate ;)
Since then, I’ve continued my blog through working wonky hours as a broadcast journalist and the mind-numbing hours of an 8-5 desk drone. These days my hours are all over the place. I’m at the gym by 6:30am every day to train clients. I have anywhere from 4-6 clients a day, but don’t usually wrap up until 7pm. Because I live so far away from the gym, popping home in between isn’t really an option. So I’m away from my house at least 12 hours a day. I also have a retail job in a running store that will sometimes keep me working until 10pm, and of course every Saturday and Sunday. 7 days a week, 12+ hours a day. And yup, I do volunteering on top of that!
My number one trick recently has been bringing my laptop with me to work so when I get an hour or two of spare time, I can scoot to the nearest Starbucks to work on my blog. Blogging time (usually takes an hour) often gets pencilled into my day so it never gets put to the back burner. I often pre-write posts, which is the biggest benefit to not doing a “daily diary” type blog. For example, my Fitness Friday posts are rarely actually written on Friday, which gives me Friday off from writing!
Right now, I think what is keeping me from burning out is knowing that this is what I came to Toronto to do. In my old life back in Fredericton, my desk job was my only commitment over the course of the day. It was kind of soul crushing. Now I thrive off the zillion projects I have on the go and actually find energy in participating in so much!
With that said, I do carve out downtime as well. I make sure there is one day a week where I can stay in my pajamas until 3pm doing absolutely nothing. It’s what works for me to “recharge.”
Finally, blogging is how I prefer to spend my time! Writing is second nature to me and has never felt like work. On days I don’t feel like blogging, I don’t. But that doesn’t happen often because I always want to blog. Even after all this time! Some people watch TV or or play video games with whatever spare time they have. I blog :)
Question of the Day: What are your feelings on pumpkin? It’s like buying canned mashed potatoes.