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Mexican Corn and Black Bean Salsa

Sadly, summer is turning its back on us. The sun no longer stays out later than 8:30pm, peach season is waning, and Christmas jingles are playing on the radio and television (alright, not quite, though the Staples commercial comes pretty close).

Ignore the fact that this is a commercial for KFC; I think it conveys how I am feeling about the end of summer though :P

This summer has been awesome in so many ways. Since moving away for university, coming home for extended periods of time has always been a difficult adjustment. Transitioning from unrestricted freedom to living with parental figures can be akin to pulling a Benjamin Button, but after three years I think I’ve finally got the hang of it. I took it upon myself to keep busy this summer with both work and play; I think I did a pretty good job!
Summer 2013 was great in so many ways. I got to watch the sun rise on my commute to work, spent time exploring new places in my city, frequented farmers market, read (47!) books, cottaged with my pals, ran four organized races (on top of a whole lot more running miles), learned to ride my bike without hands, ate my weight in fresh grapes, watermelon, peaches, and blueberries, kept up my yoga practice, and throughly enjoyed every beautiful sunny (and rainy) day.
This summer also marked the birth hello, veggy! I had dabbled with blogging over the past couple of years, but for whatever reason I never stuck with it. What a shame because writing this blog has brought me so much joy these past three months. Having a place where I can use my creative energy has been so beneficial for me; I thank you so much for reading and sticking with me!
In honour of the seasonal summer produce that will soon be leaving us, I whipped up a delicious and easy salsa recipe to share with you. It uses up those extra cobs of grilled corn and the last few tomatoes from the garden, and features some Mexican-inspired spices. Ole!

 

Mexican Corn and Black Bean Salsa

Cook time: 15 minutes

Yeild: Approx 5 c.

Ingredients

  • 3 ears roasted corn, removed from cob (approx. 3 c.)
  • 2 small tomatoes, diced
  • 1 15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 tbsp. chopped parsley

Dressing

  • juice from one lime (approx. 3 tbsp.)
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder

Instructions

  • Prepare vegetables and beans and place in a large mixing bowl. Mix until well incorporated.
  • In a small dish, whisk together dressing.
  • Pour over vegetables and beans and stir until coated. Adjust seasonings as needed.
  • Serve as an appetizer with corn tortilla chips, or as a side dish.

Enjoy summer cooking while it lasts! As sad as it is to see peaches, corn, and perfect strawberries leaving us for a while I am jazzed for the abundance of honey crisp apples, pumpkin recipes, and spaghetti squash that will soon be coming out way.

Question of the day: What is your favourite season? What are you looking forward to this fall?

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Awesome Weekend

I got back too late on Sunday to have this post ready for Monday morning; better late than never! This past weekend I traveled to my ‘other home’ of Kingston Ontario to have some end-of-summer fun; the Wolfe Island Music Festival was on, where my housemate Jenn and I were volunteering. I don’t think we could have asked for better weather; it was nothing but sun! Here are some scenes from my weekend:

After getting off the bus and making my way to my apartment, I took part in some solo fitness fun; the weather was perfect weather for a relaxing run along the waterfront. I also made it to a yoga class, and went for a walk on campus after a frugal simple dinner of chia seed pudding and granola- my pantry was pretty sparse!

 

Saturday I met up with my gal pal Maddie for breakfast at The Sleepless Goat (the only veg restaurant in Kingston). We enjoyed some pretty good grub:

I had the ‘non-traditional breakfast’ with spiced beans, rice, ‘homies’ and some juicy tomato. On the side is homemade ‘Dakota Toast’.

Maddie opted for the Tofu Scramble. Deeeeelicious! Then it was on to the Farmer’s Market. There was so much beautiful produce I couldn’t resist buying some for a treat!

Later in the afternoon, Jenn and I headed over to the island by ferry to check out the music festival. We missed the first ferry (we were unaware we needed tickets; gah!), but made it in time to enjoy a couple of the bands before out volunteer shift started. We were on ‘campground duty’ which basically entailed replenishing toilet paper in Port-o-Potties and picking up trash. I think we nailed it ;)

After our shift, we got to enjoy the rest of the music. Born Ruffians were great, but Joel Plaskett Emergency was FANTASTIC. His awkward dance moves and embroidered cowboy shirt stole the show for sure.

The music festival was a blast (although I was hitting myself for not bringing a pair on jeans; it got really chilly when the sun went down)! After the music ended, we had to take the ferry home and didn’t get back to the apartment until after midnight (this is late for me; I’m a grandma and my bedtime is 10pm latest)! I mindlessly ate an apple and promptly fell into a fatigue-induced coma. Zzzzzzzz

I woke up very refreshed on Sunday and got my ‘ohm’ on at a free outdoor yoga class with Jenn. A quick run in the sun was followed by yet another meal at ‘The Goat‘, (I had the tofu scramble this time) before heading back to the bus station.

I had the best time; it’s hard to believe that in three weeks I’ll be commencing my last year as an undergrad student. So many feelings!!

Question of the Day: What were (or will be) your weekend adventures?

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What I’m Loving this Month: May

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Can you believe it’s June?! I know everyone says this, but it rings so true; time just keeps going by faster and faster. The weather here in Ontario has been perplexing too, a real mix of beautiful summer-like days and dreary thunder storming weather. We still have a few weeks until summer officially arrives, but I’ve been ringing in the season all month long! Here are some things I have been enjoying this past month:

1-Smoothies

Since moving back home for the summer (I come home for the four months I’m not in school) I have discovered my love for smoothies as a quick and easy breakfast option. My summer jobs start very early in the morning (I have to be up before 6) and I don’t often have the time or convenience to sit down to a  filling breakfast. I lamented this at first since breakfast is my  favourite meal, but then my blender and I started getting friendly. I joined the Health is Happiness smoothie challenge this month, and discovered some really great concoctions I love! These smoothies have done a great job at keeping me full and energized through my work day. I’ll be sharing a favourite recipe soon!

2-Farmer’s Markets and Park Jaunts

Whenever I have a (rare) day off I usually hop on public transit and wander the city for a while. I have discovered some cool things, seen some pretty sights, and had fun exploring the city. Here are some pictures I took on one of my outings.

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3-Ultimate Breakfast: Chia Seed Bowl and Blissful Buckwheat Granola

Yummy and oh so filling! Angela‘s concoctions never fail to impress; recipes are here and here. When making the granola, I subbed homemade almond meal (almonds ground in the food processor until flour-like in consistency) for almond pulp, and hemp seeds for sunflower (I didn’t have any on hand). Between these recipes and all my smoothie making, we can’t keep bananas in the house uneaten!! Also, I’m now out of chia seeds, egad!!

4-Books: Inside by Alix Ohlin and The Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

The awesome thing about my summer job is that I get to read while working! So far this summer I’ve read 17 books, and these two have definitely stood out. I’m not one for spoiling books so I won’t give anything away, but they are both great stories that kept me turning pages until I was through!

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5-Yoga

By no means is my love for yoga confined to this month, but since moving home requires me to leave my beloved studio for a while, I made it my mission to find one in the city that I could call home for the summer. I used my Passport to Prana to try out different studios before settling on Octopus Garden. Their rates are excellent ($90 gets you unlimited classes for a month) and the teachers are superb. I have especially taken a liking to Restorative classes after a long work week.

I also had the awesome opportunity to take a class with Tara Stiles this month when she visited the city! Her energy was so contagious and her sequencing was very fun! I also got her to sign my copy of Yoga Cures!

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6-Hydration Belt

I’m going to sound like a big running nerd when I say that this piece of gear has changed my life.

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Although I certainly don’t look all that awesome wearing it, I sure FEEL awesome! I love running hands free, and having access to more water allows me go on longer runs. For a girl who used to be daunted by any run longer that 5km, I feel limitless now!

Those are some of the things that made my month awesome! What are your favourite May things? Leave a comment or a link back to your faves!

Hey there!

ImageThat’s me in the middle, and the look on my face pretty much sums up how I’m feeling right now! This picture was taken during a 5K race that my friend and I (she’s the redhead on the far left) ran together. It was a blast!

So here’s a quick intro; my name is Suzanne. I’m 20 years old and I have a huge passion for healthy living. I love to do yoga, run, cook, and spend time with friends and family. I’m always on the go and try to carve out time each day for the things I love. I have found that doing the things I love is instrumental to my health, both mind and body, so this blog is a place where I will get to share that with you!

So kick your feet back and enjoy. I hope you’ll stay awhile :)

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