Giving Thanks – Celebrating Thanksgiving

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Happy Thanksgiving Canada!

I can’t believe that it is already October, let alone Canadian Thanksgiving.  I find myself reflecting on the year so far and I can’t help but feel like giving thanks for those people and events in my life that have helped to uplift and empower me.

I know it seems cliché to only celebrate those things that you are thankful for once a year. For me, I don’t see it like that. I am always thankful but sometimes given how busy our lives can be as working professionals, parents, sisters and friends … we forget to slow down and take time for personal reflection.

Today, as we celebrate this time of harvest and blessings in our lives let me sure with you what I am grateful for this year:

  1. My family (& friends) – my support, my rocks and the people I can lean on when I am feeling happy or overwhelmed. The people I go to when I need to just “be me”. This, if you recall was the year I moved from twenty something to a thirty something.

  2. Many opportunities to be able to try new things and pursue passions that I never knew I had.
  3. Living in a country that encourages its citizens to take a stand, voice their opinions and unites in times of need.
  4. Those individuals who have personally helped to guide me along my new journey as a fitness professional, helping me to harness my passion and push me out of my comfort zone to become a female entrepreneur.
  5. Finally, thankful that my little one is shifting up to preschool … as this signals a near end to the “terrible twos”.

What’s in your basket? @rochongardens

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Here I am with another Community Agricultural Share basket update. We had so many delicious goodies this weekend that I was too busy meal planning that I forgot to share.

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Check out these varieties of local salsa that were included as a special treat! I of course had to dig right into the cilantro salsa because I love “me a great salsa!”IMG_2196

 

 

 

I was able to use the eggs from our basket to prepare a Fritatata for great friends of ours, who just welcomed their second baby recently. I didn’t follow any recipe, but made good use of the vegetables that we received too!

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Check out our amazing haul!

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Yellow beans and fresh onions (and a snap of corn in behind).

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Delicious kale, celery and broccoli !

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I put the beets to good use as well this week, as I was able to prepare a Moroccan influenced salad (recipe compliments of a friend of mine!) and Borscht (first time ever!).

I also took advantage of the beautiful zucchini and prepared some delicious muffins and mini donuts.They were definitely a hit! (and certainly not healthy).

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AMAZING! How many of you get your own CSA baskets? 

The basics are always welcomed!

Although this week we missed our spring mix , carrots and tomatoes, we were able to stop by Rochon Gardens local stall at the Byword Market to stock up on the things that we were missing.