Smiles: July 31

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I read a quote this week that made me smile. “Enjoy the little things. For one day, you may look back and realize they were the big things.”

It reminded me why I write the 5 smile series. It really is all these little things that create a life full of happiness. An impromptu picnic with friends, a fresh bagel for a weekday morning brunch, a quiet sunset walk after a long day – all those things might seem rather mundane at first but if you stop and appreciate them, you’ll quickly realize that they are the moments in life to be thankful for.

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My Quick and Easy Summer Meal

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Not sure about you but my motivation for cooking complex, intricate, new recipes goes way down in the summer. I just want to get out there and enjoy the sunshine! So, I end up relying on very easy but still delicious meals to minimize kitchen time and maximize beach time. Cue in the salads, BBQ’s and quick pasta dishes!

On my last SIDEWALK Supper Project, I made my ultimate go-to summer menu, grilled veggies and chicken panini with a goat cheese and strawberry salad. I’ve had a few inquiries about it so I decided to share my recipes.

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5 Smiles: July 17

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My sister’s wedding was last weekend. It was a beautiful day full of love, family and friends. In the mist of having my parents in town and helping with the preparation, I had to make sure I took some time to slow down and enjoy the fact that my baby sister was getting married. I took a couple afternoons off for quality time with family and spent the day before the wedding with my sister to take in each little moment. It’s hard to not get caught up in the to-do lists and last minute details but my favourite time was our family dinner the night before. We all sat down and enjoyed one of Moe’s specialty, beer-butt chicken. I’ll have to share the recipe one of these days but for now, enjoy this week’s smiles!

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5 Smiles: July 10

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There’s nothing more relaxing than getting out of town for a few days, turning off the phone and just taking in what the day brings you. This is exactly what Moe and I did recently when we headed out to Bowen Island for a couple nights. Tucked away in a little cabin, enjoying a nice glass of wine and some cheese, what a difference a short 20 minute ferry ride can do! A few hikes, some mid-day naps and a nice dinner on a patio, we came back to Vancouver recharged and full of smiles.

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Don’t let a good summer pass you by!

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The last couple days of rain gave me a good wake up call! Don’t get me wrong I love the rain. There’s nothing better than curling up on the sofa with a good book listening to the drops tap on the windows or even going for walks with Moe cuddled up under our big umbrella. But, I also happen to love summer and all the fun things I get to do when the sun is shining – reading a book at the beach, going for long bike rides, eating ice cream (only to cool off of course!) . This is Vancouver friends and the last couple rainy days made me think, I really need to make the most of this summer because the beautiful sunshine will not last. Too many of them have passed me by before but this Summer, I’m going to enjoy the ride! 

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5 Smiles: June 28

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The last month of so was a bit of a downward spiral. I let one little aspect of my life completely take over. I started focusing on the negative and I just could not see the little things that made me happy anymore. I did not want to smile anymore. I did not want to blog. I did not want to bike or bake or do any of the things I loved. I just was not feeling it. I was completely drained!

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5 Smiles: June 12

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Moe and I love to explore new spots in the city. Of course, we have our go-to places and neighbourhood favourites but it’s always fun to try out something new. Sometimes, we’ll go for a walk and just discover a cute little cafe and other times, we’ll go somewhere specifically to try something out. After a bit of a stressful week, there was nothing I looked forward to more than trying a new ice cream place Moe had been talking about. Lik is just as much about eating ice cream than about watching them make it with liquid nitrogen. It was fun to go with a few friends before a walk on the sea wall.

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