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If we were having tea…

I have to admit, I have been having tea without you for the last little while and it just feels wrong! I’m sorry!

It has been such a busy summer for me and it doesn’t look like fall is going to be giving me a break either. If you weren’t around the last time we had tea, jump over here and catch up and then come right back!

Before I go put the kettle on and grab us some cute mugs, I want to take a hot minute to introduce you to Preserve Co.

Growing up and even now as an adult, I split my time between my hometown in Bradford, Ontario and visiting my family on the Canadian east coast in Prince Edward Island. People say that Canadian’s are the nicest people and that may be true but I think a large amount of that compliment comes from the east coast residents. If you’ve never been over there, I would defiantly suggest looking into a vacation for next summer! I know that island like the back of my hands so if you need any travel tips, get at me!

One of the things I adore about PEI is that there are so many successful and amazing local businesses there that are thriving without living in the shadow of big box stores. One of my all time favorite spots to visit whenever I am on the island is Preserve Co. I stock up on their teas, honey and jams every time I’m there.

On that note, sit tight for a second while I put on the kettle and make us a pot of my favorite – black vanilla tea.

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There, now let’s catch up!

If we were having tea I would tell you that I have been having a bit of a hard time lately. My friends are amazing but are probably sick of my depressing texts and urgent calls lately pleading for them to calm me down. The truth is, I do this every year at the end of September and start of October. My birthday. I love the idea of my birthday and a whole day dedicated just to me but, it freaks me out! I feel like my life clock is just ticking away while I stand still and watch it go by. I know once the days passes and the mess from the party is cleaned up, I’ll wake up and be back to normal but it’s getting there that is the hard thing.

If we were having tea I would tell you that besides being in my October funk – there are things happening that I am super exited about! My boyfriend and I are hosting our 4th annual Thanksgiving dinner at our place. There is something about having family over (both human and 4 legged) that just warms my heart. Plus, being in the kitchen is my happy place! Which remind me, I should probably wrap up the rest of my shopping list this evening!

If we were having tea I would also tell you that I have a girls trip to New York coming up in a few weeks that I am really excited about! I have never been away with only my stepmother and my sister before but I already know it is going to be amazing! I love New York so much and plan on running my debit and credit card until it melts! Also, on the vacation topic – my boyfriend and I have booked our winter get away now and decided on Cuba this year!

I would probably refill my mug at this point, a touch of sugar and a fair amount of milk.

If we were having tea I would tell you that I had a liberating moment in my personal life lately and I feel I really evolved. Without oversharing the details, I learnt the value in forgiveness and that sometimes we need to forgive someone or their actions more for ourselves than for the other person. Instead of carrying that anger and burden from being wronged, I was able to shake it off and understand that their blunder has nothing to do with me or who I am, so why should it bother me? If you want to read more on that, click over here.

If we were having tea I would ask you how you were doing. I would say I hope everything is going well and that if things weren’t I am here to listen to you too. I would ask you if you needed anything, if there was any way I could help and I would hope you would tell me if there was.

I would ask you if you have any travel tips for me and my trip to either New York or Cayo Caco, Cuba. I would drink the last of my tea, the sugary part that collects art the bottom. I would thank you for the chat and tell you this was really nice. I would tell you to have a good day and a great rest of the week. I would say we should get together like this more often. I would walk you out and wish you good luck.

Oh, before you leave! Even if we weren’t having tea, I would also tell you that Preserve Co. and I have put together a promo code for you! Use the code LiveLaughLearn at check out and automatically receive 10% your purchase of $50.00 or more. Honestly, their products would make the perfect hostess gift for Thanksgiving or that special someone on your Christmas gift – believe it or not, the holidays will be here sooner than you think!

If we were having tea, what would you tell me?

Until next time!

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XOXO.

B.

 

 

 

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Pumpkin Sweet Potato Bites.

pumpkin dog treats 1If you are new to the blog, welcome! There is something you should know about me though before you read on and explore and further. Here it is… I am completely obsessed with fall! The holidays, the scents, the colors, I love it all!

That being said, it really shouldn’t come as a shock to you to know that I get everyone in on the action, Winston included!

Here in Canada, Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which in my mind is the kickoff to the holiday season and it’s a reminder that my birthday is only a few days after. While I have been busy planning Thanksgiving dinner for our families, I have also taken into account all of our family pups that will be coming over for dinner as well. Everyone deserves a good meal on Thanksgiving!

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This year I’ve made a batch of pumpkin and sweet potato bites for our 4 legged family members. Keeping the ingredients both festive but beneficial I jam packed them with brown rice flour, pumpkin and sweet potato.

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Sweet potato is an excellent source of fiber, vitamins and minerals but please be sure to only give your pup unseasoned sweet potato to avoid accidentally giving them any non-approved dog spices and herbs. Pumpkin is also considered one of the best super foods for our canine cuties. I used 100% pure pumpkin purée because it is loaded with fiber which is excellent for digestion and weight management and contains potassium and a moderate amount of protein.  Although, please don’t get this confused with pumpkin pie filling which is all sugar and spices that aren’t exactly safe for your pups.

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Here is what you will need:

1 1/2 cup of brown rice flour

1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

1 cup of mashed sweet potato

1/2 cup of 100% pure pumpkin purée

1/2 cup of water

1 egg

1 tablespoon of maple syrup

 

Here is what you will need to do:

Preheat the oven to 350F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper before setting them aside.

In a large mixing bowl, which together brown rice flour and cinnamon.

In a separate bowl, mash the sweet potato.

Add pumpkin, water, egg and maple syrup to the sweet potato and mix until thoroughly combined.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix together with a spoon until you’re left with a thick batter.

With your fingers, pinch off a small amount of the mixture (approximately 3/4 teaspoon amount) and roll into little balls. Place balls on the baking sheet and leave about an inch apart from each other.

After all the treats are on your baking sheet, gently take a fork and press down to flatten the balls. This step is optional but I like to do it since we have smaller dogs that will be eating this and I’m worried they would try and swallow the ball whole but for the larger dogs I left them round.

Bake at 350F for 10 minutes before flipping over and putting them back in for another 10 minutes.

Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Store in the refrigerator for up to a week in an airtight container or freeze for up to a month.

Do you anything for your fur-babies over the holiday season?

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XOXO.

B.

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Roasted Asparagus and Mushroom Carbonara.

The other day I was feeling so uninspired when thinking about dinner and I had made up my mind that we would have a simple and casual pasta night. We had been out on the water all day just soaking up the sun and exploring Lake Simcoe, I didn’t have the energy or the desire to do anything fancy once we got home.

My intention was to simply saute some vegetables and grab a can of tomato sauce from the pantry. Staring down at the counter I realized I had accumulated asparagus, bacon and mushrooms and the wheels started turning in my head. Simple stayed but casual went right out the door. Pasta night was on and we were making roasted asparagus and mushroom carbonara!

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I knew that this pasta would be amazing since asparagus and mushrooms are such a fabulous combination! Although I was feeling slightly more inspired, I was still super lazy so this carbonara recipe is pretty easy and really you just need to cook the bacon while the vegetable roast and the pasta cooks and then you mix everything together with the sauce. Done. Nobody needs to know this took you next to no time to put together!

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