Re: Heart-BEET Pancakes

 

IMG_6995.pngOn my way from a long workday, my hungry self was daydreaming about a beet-apple smoothie I made the previous night. A few moments later, my imagination took over and thought of beet red heart shaped pancakes perfect for a Valentine’s Day brunch. Well, I came up with a quick recipe this morning!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2-1 red beet
  • 1 banana
  • 1 1/3 cup oatmeal
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp. raw honey
  • ground cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tbsp. melted butter
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ tsp. vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1 tbsp. sugar (optional)

Procedure:

  1. Using a regular blender or a food processor, roughly grind the oatmeal (or you can buy/use ground oatmeal if you it’s available to you)
  2. Put the ground oatmeal in a medium size bowl then add the baking powder, ground cinnamon and all purpose flour
  3. Peel and dice the red beet then put it in the blender/food processor
  4. In the same blender/food processor, add the banana, vanilla extract, eggs, raw honey and water
  5. Blend away until all the ingredients are combined
  6. Gradually pour in the wet ingredients (beet mixture) with the dry (ground oatmeal mixture) ingredients
  7. Once the dry and wet ingredients are mixed together, add the melted butter
  8. To make the heart shape pancakes, I used a piping bag to make a heart shape OR you can also use a squeeze bottle OR a heart shape pancake mold
  9. Cook the pancakes in medium heat because they do tend to brown very easily
  10. Enjoy with some fresh fruits and more raw honey on the side!

A healthy and pretty brunch dish that will keep your sweetheart’s heart-beet beating! 😉 (see what I did there? Haha) Give it a try and let me know what you think! Share with us your comments and questions in the comments section below 🙂

 

Always,

K

Re: What makes you extraordinary? 2/3

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Follow the links below to view Jemel’s & Adrian’s work!

Now, I met Jemel and Adrian a little over 2 years or so ago (right?) They are probably one of the cheesiest couples I know and I love it! They put their amazing creative skills to work and shoot great photos together. Of course, they were a must-ask couple for me to reach out to for this kind of project. But you see, I didn’t realize that this was a difficult question until I realized that most people I asked initially got a little stumped when I first asked them. Nonetheless, here are Jemel and Adrian’s reponse:

What makes Jemel and Adrian extraordinary?

Jemel’s response:

“What makes Adrian extraordinary is his genuine care for others and his genuine care and passion for anything he sets his mind to. So if he has some type of goal he wants to reach, the moment he grasps on to it he ends up doing better than he expected and inspires others along the way!”

Adrian’s response:

“She’s lost…a handful of the times and I don’t mean that in a bad way. She’s always lost in her own world, trying to find herself doing these amazing things. Sometimes she’s lost with directions of names of places, and yes can be very indecisive, but she tends to wonder off well into thoughts and finds her lost in it. Sometimes I can’t picture what she’s thinking because she literally jumps from one thought to another. It can be bad but it can also be good because she doesn’t wait for something to happen. Most of the time it’s a good thing because she finds these thoughts within her.

When she is lost she expresses a lot of feelings. She’s scared, frustrated, or sometimes happy, but super excited when she eventually finds her way. An example could be when she’s stuck thinking then she finds a new creative idea. Or when she’s excited and you see her face, it’s like Christmas on a random given day. She sometimes doesn’t believe she can do amazing things because she doubts herself sometimes. But when she’s off lost in her own world and comes back with this ambition, like Humans of UofT or planning a memorable birthday party, she is definitely extraordinary.”

One more set of reponses to complete the rest of my series. Stay tuned! You’ll love it, I promise 🙂

 

Always,

K

P.S. These lovely people are also pretty awesome photographers! Here are the links to their portfolios just in case you’re interested 🙂 Thank you for your responses again!

Re: What makes you extraordinary? 1/3

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From Unsplash.com, Mayur Gala, 2014

Sometimes I have doubts. And sometimes those doubts are fed by my insecurities lurking beneath my inner thoughts just waiting for the next instance they can reemerge from the shadows. It’s easy to dismiss that we are far more than we give ourselves credit. It’s easy to forget that whom we see in the mirror is not the same as whom others see.

In the midst of the Valentine’s Day buzz, I wanted to write a post as a reminder of self love. Instead of me incessantly talking about the importance of having self love, I asked a few of my friends a single question about their loved ones. For some reason, it’s always easier to talk fondly about our loved ones more so than ourselves. Now, some don’t know that I asked their loved ones the same question I asked them. What’s the question, you may ask? What makes your loved one (insert name) extraordinary? Let’s see what they had to say, shall we?

What makes Adam and Tania extraordinary?

I met Adam and Tania separately in high school. Briefly reuniting with them at an alumni event, I had a hunch that they were together (aka Facebook told me). Of course, I couldn’t resist asking them the question separately.

Adam’s response:

“I thought that this was a very difficult question to answer. To try to capture all the little details and feelings that build my attraction towards Tania would make a lengthy response. So, instead I’ll try to highlight a handful of her foundational traits that make her an extraordinary person in my eyes, and without a doubt the woman I want to spend the rest of my life with.

Tania is a perfect example of a woman who embodies strength. She is an independent individual who flourishes on her own, but is still able to make me feel like I’m a critical component to her day-to-day life.

She has a big heart, she is a loving and caring individual who constantly searches the web to find a pup in need of a loving home so she can shower it with kisses and snuggles (she literally spends a minimum of 4 hours/day doing this). She’s also extremely considerate and is always making sure people are comfortable and content, never hesitating to make personal sacrifices to ensure that.

She has strong values. Tania has a strong set of fundamental values instilled in her by her parents. A lot of people nowadays lack core values, which is what makes Tania such a breath of fresh air.”

Pleasantly surprised with Adam’s detailed response, I couldn’t help but feel the thought he put in answering the question. Though I had to cut parts of his response, I think that it encapsulates an amazing woman. Now here’s what Tania said about Adam…

Tania’s response:

“That question isn’t as easy as it sounds haha. Okay let’s start with his curiosity. He’s the kind of guy who isn’t afraid to try new things and he’s always up for a challenge.

He’s self-assured. He’s confident (but not cocky!) and is willing to put himself out there. He’s not afraid to own who he is, even if he’s the underdog.

He communicates/is willing to admit when he is wrong. This is HUGE! Being able to admit fault isn’t always easy. But it shows that he’s always trying to improve and grow. He’s a listener. He doesn’t just hear what I say – he listens and remembers. He’s generous/helpful – If someone needs help he will always do what he can.

Lastly, he has really made he ask myself (and I mean this) “am I being the best person I can be?” and if someone can change the way you think and affect others (for the better), then I think that classifies them as pretty extraordinary.”

Overwhelmed by the positive feedback and responses I got from my friends about their loved ones, I decided to turn this post into a series. The next set of responses will be posted soon! 🙂

 

Always,

-K

P.S. Thank you to Tania and Adam for their responses and support 🙂

P.P.S. Stick around for the ending, will you?

Dear strangers on the subway

Going home from work, I tend to grab a newspaper or find a reading material to keep me distracted until my stop. Sitting across 3 strangers, I found myself interested to listen in their conversation. I know what you’re going to say, and yes it’s not necessarily something I do often. Besides, I’m sure you’ve unintentionally listened in a conversation or to while commuting before!

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From unsplash.com – Mattew Wiebe
Anyway, their conversation started with a little small talk. You know, the usual, “how have you been?” and “so, what are you up to now?” They all responded quite candidly yet a little constrained. Of course, we wouldn’t necessarily spill all of our dirty laundry to an old friend we kinda knew and kinda hung out with in high school. Nonetheless, one of them asked an unexpected question. She asked, “and your mental health? Are you ok?” This was the exact moment that got my attention. I briefly shifted my eyes from the page of the newspaper I was reading and glanced at them. Pretending to not listen to their conversation (because you should even though you are listening), I heard her friend reply that he was okay. She replied by openly saying that she has been seeing a counselor the past few months. She didn’t give a specific reason for going or at least I didn’t hear it. Her friend was very supportive and expressed his own experiences with going to a counselor and maintaining good mental health.

After hearing the positive response that she got from a friend she just randomly ran into on the subway, I bent my head down with a soft smile on my face and continued to read my newspaper. Experiencing anxiety from time to time, it wasn’t something that I openly disclosed to my close group of friends until recently. I feel very lucky to have a supportive group of friends, reminding me to think twice about the negative thoughts I might be having. They have taught me the value of mindfulness and practicing mindful meditations when I’m feeling bogged down.

 

Show compassion to others and yourself.

 

 

 

Always,

K