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Hey lovelies!

How are you all doing?

I am sooooo excited right now because we leave for Punta Cana in 6 hrs!!

Blogging > sleeping πŸ˜€

I just have a couple pics of some yummy food and a recipe for you tonight.

The best cereal ever. Which is really a mixture of Β FIbre 1 Raisin Bran Clusters, Rice Twice, All Bran Strawberry Medley and Barbaras Shredded Spoonfuls. With hemp hearts and unsweetened almond milk.

YUM.

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My cinnamon spelt waffles topped with lots of strawberries, greek yogurt and maple syrup.

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Super awesome massaged kale salad with lemon juice, avocado and cajun seasoning with oranges, tofu, pumpkin seeds and nutritional yeast.

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Massaged kale salad with balsamic dressing, avocado and ranch dressing with scalloped yams with TONS of dill and onions and ketchup for dipping.

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Ok onto the recipe!

Pumpkin, Ginger Pesto Pasta

Serves 2 Β or 1 hungry monster

  • 30 grams King Soba pumpkin, ginger rice noodles (regular noodles would work fine, too)
  • big bunch of kale
  • 1/2 red pepper
  • 1/4 white onion
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp pesto
  • 4 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
  • salt and pepper

Directions:

Get your pasta out and measure out 90 grams.

The cool thing about King Soba noodles is that they come preportioned. I just halved this because it was just me. Cook noodles according to package.

Meanwhile chop kale, red pepper and onion and heat oil in pan over medium heat.

Cook onions and peppers over medium heat until soft.

Add kale and cook until wilted.

Measure out the pesto and almond milk.

Mix together in a small bowl.

Pour over veggies.

Drain pasta and rinse under cold water.

Add to pan with veggies and pesto

and mix until well combined and season with salt and pepper.

Pour into bowl and top with grated cheese. I used swiss gruyere.

Now DEMOLISH!

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Ok I totally need to finish packing and sneak in a little nap!

Have a wonderful week!!

❀ ❀ ❀

Paije

Hey guys! I’m back – just as promised πŸ™‚

I hope you had a great hump day!

I started this morning off with OIYC.

That would be Oats In a Yogurt Container.

1/3 oats mixed with 1/3 cup almond milk, 1/2 cup ish greek yogurt, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 1/2 cup strawberries mixed together and soaked in the fridge overnight and in the morning topped with blueberries, bananas and almond butter.

Any excuse to recycle before actually recycling. Holla.

Yesterday I cleaned out our pantry. From top to bottom. And took inventory.

I really do roll like that. Neeeeerd alert.

BUT I found some really awesome things that I forgot I had. I am trying to put off getting groceries and trying to use more of Β the stuff that I have for as long as possible.

Lunch and supper are definitely an example of how little food we have.

Luuuuuch was the last Food for Life gluten free wrap with hummus and mustard, mushrooms and red peppers and a beet and black bean burger (that I can’t even remember making?).

And my weight in celery. This x3.

Supper was the last of the spinach and kale, 1/2 cup bulgar (shweeet pantry find), peas, tomatoes, avocado and some fried halloumi cheese.

The dressing was just some fresh squeezed lemon juice, soy sauce and ranch.

Ever tried Halloumi cheese? It’s made from a mixture of goat’s and sheep’s milk and tastes like a salty mozzarella. It has a high melting point so you can fry it or grill it! It’s amaaazing.

This is what it looks like out of the package. I lightly spray a pan with olive oil on medium high heat and place the cheese in pan for about 3 minutes and then flip. The cheese is done when it’s crispy on the outside. Saskatoonians you can get this at The Bulk Cheese Warehouse on Broadway πŸ™‚

Before we ate all of our groceries I was eating pretty good this week!

I made some of Angela’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Chews. I upped the awesomeness and made a s’mores version and a white chocolate version.

The white chocolate ones are bananas! I used white chocolate wonderful peanut butter, puffed quinoa, 2 tbsp white chocolate chips and 1 tbsp peanut butter chips. The s’mores ones had an added 1 tsp graham crackers, 1 tbsp vegan chocolate chips and chopped vegan marshmallows. I love them!! And we have been eating 3-4 a day πŸ™‚

I’ve still been eating lots of salads. I’m sooo vanilla, I know.

Spring mix and kale, brown rice, alfalfa sprouts and halloumi cheese. Balsamic and ranch dressings.

The EXACT same salad as above with an added Mcintosh apple.

Andrew and I went to the Farmer’s Market before my night shift and all we bought was 2 french macaroons.

I got the pistachio and as soon as I picked it up to take a picture I dropped it and smooshed it on the counter. No big. It was still wonderful, you guys just don’t get to see a close up lol πŸ˜‰

I made soup this week! Which has been so nice to have leftovers. I just finished the last bowl yesterday!

Base of veggie broth and tomato paste with onions, garlic, carrots, zucchini, yellow squash, red pepper, navy beans, kale, parsley and salt and pepper.

Sweet potato fries!! I have NO IDEA why I haven’t been making these. They are so addicting. These just had salt and pepper on them and they lasted like maaaybe 2 minutes.

Andrew broke out the dehydrator this week and made his own fruit rollups. He just blended the crap out of strawberries and apples in the food processor and spread the mixture out on the dehydrator sheets. When I got home this is what was ready.

So yummy! He is totally boss at whipping up raw food snacks!

Speaking of the mister, tomorrow is our 2 year anniversary β™₯ He is working all day so we’ll probably just go out for supper or something low key πŸ™‚

That also brings me to my exciting news!

For Christmas I gave Andrew a trip. Well….actually I gave him a card that told him to pick the destination and I’d book it. It was so hard keeping it a secret!! Yesterday (or the day before I think??) we booked a trip to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic!!!! And we leave on the 26th πŸ™‚

I am beyond excited. It is -30C/-22F in Saskatoon and 29C/84F in Punta Cana right now. This is math I understand.

Now it is time for bed!

On the agenda for tomorrow:

  • sleeping in
  • reading blogs in bed/blog schtufff
  • playing with my puppies
  • yoga
  • January donation plan
  • dinner with Andrew

Sounds like the perrrrrfect last day off πŸ˜€

Good night!

Paije xx

Qs: Have you ever been on a hot holiday? Any advice??

How to you spend your last day off? I like to relaaax and just take it easy. Which I am definitely going to do tomorrow because we all remember what happened last week πŸ˜‰





I wish I could blog everyday. I really do.

I hate being MIA for the four days I work.

I wanted to give you guys a little insight into my life during my work week.

A supa play-by-play πŸ™‚

4:30 am – Alarm goes off. NO snooze for this girl. Get into the shower.

4:44 am – Blow dry hair and loootion the body.

4:54 am – Feed the dogs and let them outside.

4:59 am – Empty the dishwasher. I seriously do this everrrry.single.morning.

5:04 am – Make breakfast. This usually varies. Eggs are quick, oatmeal is slow.

5:21 am – Eat breakfast and read blogs. This is my fave part of the day. The dogs have gone back to bed, Andrew is still sleeping and it’s so peaceful. I’m also obsessed with my new ipad and really enjoy the one on one time we get in the morning πŸ˜‰

Breakfast of four egg whites with dill, 1/2 orange, veggie sausages, toast with almond/hazelnut butter.

5:46 am – Make lunch. This usually varies, too. Sometimes I get a little carried away reading and don’t get started on my lunch until almost 6 am. You can image the things that get made in 10 minutes. YUCK. On this particular day, I had some time so I made a wrap with mashed yam and hummus, sliced peppers and alfalfa sprouts.

I also packed more sliced peppers, celery, the rest of the orange and some cereal.

This is what my lunch bag looks most day πŸ˜€

6:00 am – Wake up Andrew. Lucky guy gets to sleep 1 1/2 hrs more than me!

6:05 am – Do my makeup/get dressed/find phone/brush teeth. I swear I’m always running from 6:00 am until we leave. From not knowing what to wear or just pissing around, I am aaaalways running late in the morning. And evening. I pretty much am always running late.

6:41 am – Out the door. On weekdays Andrew drives me which is sweeeet because then I don’t have to pay for parking. Alway$ a bonus.

6:57 am – Arrive at work and start my day!

7:00 am – 7:00 pm – Woooooork.

7:21 pm – Get home and change into workout clothes. I go right upstairs when I get home from work, no excuses. If I sit down I don’t get back up lol.

8:00 pm – Figure out what’s for supper and whip something up.

8:43 pm FEEED MY BELLY.

Roasted cauliflower and broccoli with salmon and honey mustard dressing.

Some ketchup for dippin’. Which I totally do not recommend. Mustard is so much better.

9:20 pm – Get ready for bed/snack on deep chocolate vitatop smooshed together with white chocolate wonderful peanut butter.

Favorite snack at the moment.


10:00 pm – Bed time!!

And then do it all over again!


Sorry I haven’t been around much! I promise I’ll be back tomorrow with the FULL recap of my week and some exciting news! πŸ˜€

Love ya dolls,

Paije xx

 

I’ve always been bad with numbers. Math was never my forte. I even failed Math 10 in high school and have no idea how I passed the others.

I miscounted my days off. I work tomorrow.

I was planning on taking it easy today. I had a nail appointment this morning and some banking to do but that was it. I was going to take the afternoon to just chill out and blog, maybe nap, basically just do whateva I wanted.  Leave the grocery shopping/meal planning/laundry and going to bed early for tomorrow. Snakes! 😦

On a happier note, the beautifulΒ Madeleine of Stepping to the Bright Side and the gorgeous Katey of Bonne Sante nominated mee for a Stylish Blogger Award! Love it love it love it! πŸ˜€ Thanks laaadies! Make sure you check out there AWESOME blogs!

There are 4 duties to perform to accept this award:

1. Make a post and link back to the person who awarded you this award.

2. Share 7 things about yourself.

3. Award 15 recently discovered great bloggers.

4. Contact these bloggers and tell them they’ve won!

7 things about me:

  1. I like to grocery shop. More than like. Looove. Especially new grocery stores. I go almost every day and try new products like it’s my job.
  2. I am trying to figure out how to go to cooking school. Student visas/tourist visas/work visas, down payments, leave of absence requests. Uggggggggh. Hopefully it will happen this year.
  3. Our local radio station plays “The Lunch Break Booty Shake” every day at noon and if I’m home I shake my booty for the entire hour. Crazy arm flailing happy feet dance. πŸ™‚
  4. I drink smoothies every day. Well, almost every day. 6 out 7 days I do. And I only drink 2 different kinds: macatastic (with added lucuma powder) and green monster smoothies with peanut butter and blueberries. I’ll switch it up again in the summer.
  5. I eat salads 7 out of 7 days. They are tha bomb. Diggity. Β But if you read my blog regularly, you already know this.
  6. I make hummus at the start of every week. Susan’s sunflower hummus to be exact. There is no better. I use it on everrrything. Lately I like to mash it with broccoli or sweet potatoes and put it on a wrap. Or mix it with rice. Or on pizza.
  7. I am obsessed with lululemon. Not in a bad credit card debt kinda way. Just in a I want to work out when I have new clothes kinda way.

OK so I know that I am supposed to nominate 15 other awwwesome bloggers, but it’s kinda hard to find 15 that haven’t already been nominated so I’m tagging YOU now. If you haven’t received a nomination, this is yours now. I’m a rule breaker. SORRY.

On another happy note I received my Xpress smart cups from Janetha’s giveaway today!! Love getting mail. I don’t drink coffee but you can also make these with tea! Sweet.

I immediately opened the box and turned on the kettle.

I dumped about 1 1/2 tbsp loose leaf tea into the bottom of a cup.

Poured in my hot water.

Put the lid on and waited 3 minutes.

Pushed the pusher down and snap! Teeeeaaaa.

I opened it back up and was a little disappointed to see tea leaves floating in my cup, HOWEVER the mouth piece has a screen so there is nothing to worry about!! Awwwwesome! Thanks Janetha and Xpress!

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So you know how I told you about all the wondaful meals I have been eating as of late? Well I could not come up with a clever or creative way to showcase the yum so I’m just gonna throw them all out there, randomly. Food porn style.

Bean salad with Dr Kracker sandwich with tuna

and steamed chard with more tuna/mustard/sprouts.

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4 egg white omelet, grapefruit and ezekiel bread with mashed avocado.

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Yams and beets thinly sliced and sauteed in coconut oil. Kale, parsley and goat cheese thrown in at the end. Simple. Perfect.

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Egg rollup with tomatoes, avocado, goat cheese and parsley. Pineapple, cherries and ezekiel toast with laughing cow, cinnamon and stevia.


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Dr. Kracker pumpkin seed cheddar with sunflower hummus.

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Kale salad with curried garbanzo filling and a dressing of hummus, mustard and water.

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Cereal mix of puffins and shredded spoonfuls, almond milk, frozen raspberries, banana and white chocolate wonderful peanut butter.

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Kale salad with roasted yams, crushed taco chips, tomatoes, avocado, goat cheese with salsa and greek yogurt mixed with taco spices.

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Spinach and arugula with parsley, goat cheese, mung and lentil sprouts, hummus and raw tofu marinated in lemon juice, parsley, oregano, basil, salt and pepper.

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Steamed broccoli with hummus and mustard dresssing.

Mama Peas pizza quinoa casserole topped with pineapple, olives and Daiya cheese. I liked it a lot better without the toppings.

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Food for Life gluten free brown rice wraps with mashed broccoli and hummus, shredded carrots, marinated tofu and alfalfa sprouts.

Technical difficulties but it was awwwwesome. Side salad of romaine with yellow peppers, shredded carrots and honey mustard dressing.

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Same wrap with mashed yam and hummus, veggie burger, arugula, alfalfa sprouts and a squirt of spicy mustard.

With a side of edamame beans.

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Roasted broccoli, cauliflower and asparagus over brown rice, organic spring mix and topped with leftover coconut curry sauce and salsa.

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Would you believe it if I told you I started typing this up at 2pm today?? And I am pressing publish at 9:13 pm? C.r.a.z.y. Distracted much?

Have a great day tomorrow! Everyone seems to be having a snow day today (sooo jealous) so if you’re one of those people, enjoy it!! Snow days are just regular days in Saskatoon!!

Paije xoxo

 

Welcome to Cooking with Paije!

Today we are going to be cooking Indian Dosas, a recipe modified from my new cookbook Refresh.

Grab your apron (a Christmas present from Andrew) and your camera and get started!

There are three parts to this recipe. Don’t be scared!

Part 1:

Curried Garbanzo Filling

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil (olive oil is fine)
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 onion, peeled and finely diced
  • 1 carrot, peeled and finely diced
  • 1/2 yellow pepper, finely diced
  • 1 tbsp sriracha (regular hot sauce would work)
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1/2 tbsp oregano
  • 1/2 tbsp seat salt
  • 1/2 tbsp tumeric
  • 2 cups chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste

Gather all your ingredients.

Heat oil in large pan. Add garlic, spices and vegetables. Cook mixture over medium to low heat until soft.

Mash the chickpeas in a good processor or by hand.

Add to the pan along with the tomato paste and sriracha.

Stir until heated through and then set aside. (You can TOTALLY just eat this plain. Note to self. Balla.)

Step 2:

Coconut Curry Sauce

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 onion, peeled and diced
  • 1 clove garlic, diced
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 1/2 tbsp spelt flour
  • 1 1/2 cups veggie stock
  • 1 cup light coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 tomatoes, diced

Gather all your ingredients.

Heat oil in pan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes or until soft.

Add spices and cook for 1 minute.

Add flour and cook for 1 minute.

Stir in veggie stock gradually to prevent lumps from forming. Add the coconut milk and tomatoes, stirring occasionally.

Simmer for half an hour.

Part 3:

Dosa Pancakes

  • 1/2 cup spelt flour
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp curry powder
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 3/8 cup water
  • 1 1/2 tsp coconut oil

Combine dry ingredients in a bowl.

Gradually add milk and water and whisk until smooth.

Heat a portion of the oil in a pan over medium heat. Ladle 1 ounce of batter into the pan in a circular motion until you have a thin, round pancake. Wait until bubbles appear and the surface no longer looks wet. Flip pancake over, cook for a few seconds and remove from heat.

NOT LIKE THIS.

More like this πŸ™‚

Repeat to make 4 pancakes.

Take 2 dosa pancakes and place about 3 tbsp curried garbanzo filling acrosss the center of each one.

Roll them up, leaving the ends open.

Pour coconut curry sauce over dosas and sprinkle with grated coconut.

Hubba hubba. Don’t let the pics fool you. They are magnificent.

The leftovers have been just as good. I have been eating the curried chickpea filling on salads and the coconut curry sauce on rice.

I know this seems like a lot of work but truuuust me, it’s totally worth it. Even if you only make part one or part two.

Anyways, hope you enjoyed this little installment! I have about a zillion pics of the yummy food I’ve been eating for the last week sooo be sure to check back soon πŸ™‚

This guy showed up today and will be staying at our house for the week.

Obviously the puppies love having my brother here πŸ™‚

We are yoga bombing in the morning so I better get some sleep!

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Qs: Has anyone read/tried this cookbook? I am obsessed with it! SO many good recipes!

 

Paije xx

 

 

Hey loves!

Hope you all had a great Tuesday!

I had suuuch an awesome birthday yesterday!

A lot better than the year before, when I worked all day πŸ˜‰

Andrew made me a yummy breakfast of sauteed kale with vinegar (trrrry it, it’s so good!!), runny egg and ezekiel toast with cinnamon raison swirl peanut butter.

After breakfast I opened up my presents….and got a bosu ball and lululemon clothes! I got the Boogie Short, the Post Run Pant and the Wunder Under Pant. And the travel pooch for dog walks πŸ™‚ Awweeee.

I got my ass whooped at mini golf. Andrew is obvi not the type of guy to let a girl win on her birthday πŸ˜€

When we finished mini golfing we went and bought cat/dog food and treats, part of the gift from my mom and dad, and headed out to the SPCA to drop them off.

The dogs and cats out there are soo cute! I wish I could take them all home πŸ™‚

Meet Fiona! Isn’t she sweet??

I love her little face.

I played with all the puppies and kitties. There are lots right now.

The perfect way to spend an afternoon. The animals just love the love ❀

Andrew’s parents came over when we got home and brought over presents! πŸ™‚

They gave me a new exercise ball (I’ve had mine for amost six years!) and a foam roller!! I am so excited to start using it.

Supper Β was at the The Freehouse. Appies were 1/2 price so we got the sweet potato fries and Korean spring rolls.

For my main I got the Curried Chickpeas with extra veggies and no rice.

I ate everrrrthing.

I was too full for dessert but when we got home Andrew made me a little cookie birthday cake.

Weeeeeeeeee!

New Moon Kitchen Love Bites spicy chocolate cookie, greek yogurt and raspberries! The perfect birthday cake πŸ™‚

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Today was my last day off so I slept in, read blogs in bed and then made myself the same breakfast as yesterday for lunch.

Added some pineapple for some extra vitamin C.

I used my new exercise ball and bosu ball today! I Β made up a circuit of about 10 different exercises and did 2 sets of 15 reps and then went on a treadmill for 20 minutes. It was sweaty and fabulous. Love the new toys.

Supper was completely an afterthought tonight. While I was getting groceries today I picked up a free magazine at the health food store, saw a recipe in the back and improvised with what I had on hand to make this yummy meal.

Caribbean tofu with broccoli, orange peppers, asparagus, mushrooms, and kale. Served with brown rice and lime wedges.

I would love to share the recipe, but it was only just okay. Good enough that I’m eating leftovers for lunch tomorrow but not good enough to share. Definitely not a 10.

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Okay I just finished watching 16 and Pregnant and now it’s time for bed! I can’t believe I’m back to work tomorrow!!

Have a great day tomorrow πŸ™‚

Paije xo

 

I can’t get over the fact that it is already two thousand and eleven.

Two zero one one.

Maybe it’s because I spent the night at work and didn’t get to do the whole countdown thing but it kinda feels like I missed that whole year change.

No big though because tomorrow is ma birthdaaaay!!!

Two six. The big league.

The celebration already started with a beautiful card from my parents! They are donating four Kuranda beds to the Saskatoon SPCA and buying cat/dog food for them, too! My parents are tha bomb and know me so well πŸ˜€

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Christmas was aaaaawesome this year! Last year everyone’s days off were so staggered that we weren’t all home together but this year everyone was there! It was really nice to just hang out with my fam for 3 days.

There was tons of awesome eats. Like tons. I had cheeseball baby triplets. Twice.

chow

Unfortunately, I didn’t take very many pictures.

Maybe because I was having too much fun with my favorite people.

Or maybe because I was trying to figure out how to use my new camera.


I almost crapped in my pjs when I unwrapped this. TMI???

The learning curve is pretty huge. But I am so excited to learn.

It came with a free camera lesson too πŸ™‚

I won’t bore you with deets of my other pressies, but they will all definitely be making appearances on the blog.

I might even use one of them to type up my next post…… πŸ˜€

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Three days at home was definitely not enough. I don’t get to spend enough time with my family and it always feels so rushed when we go home. I wish everyone lived closer!

Work was crazy balls busy on New Years and I am so thankful for these four days off.

My body is trying to recuperate from all the crap it took in over the past month and I am trying to get my ass off the couch/computer!

I don’t usually do the NY resolutions. When I did it was always the same: Quit smoking. But it has been one year four months and twelve days since I quit. Check.

I have been seeing a lot of people calling them goals this year! I like. I think one of my goals should be to blog more often? Or just prioritize my time better? Time management and I are completely unknown to each other.

Moving along…

I finished the 20 salads of December!

That would be salad #14, 15, 16 and 17. Potato, caprese, pasta, and caesar.

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Salad #18

  • broccoli slaw
  • cashews
  • tofu fried with Newman’s Own Sesame Ginger dressing
  • more Sesame Ginger dressing on top

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Salad #19

  • baby spinach
  • steamed broccoli
  • steamed edamame
  • baked salmon
  • honey mustard dressing

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Salad #20

  • baby spinach
  • cucumbers
  • baby tomatoes
  • feta
  • walnuts

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This was meant to be an uber long post/recap with lots of Christmas pics but I am wiped and need to get to bed so I can wake up for MY BIRTHDAYYY!! πŸ˜€ And my family is camera shy so it’s probably for the best πŸ˜‰

Gooodnight!!

Paije xo

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