Homemade stew

Pressure Cooker Stew

Ever have those days were you forget to take something out for supper?

Today’s last minute supper idea was pressure cooker stew made with frozen stew beef with cheese biscuits!

That’s right you make up a broth, add some garlic, onions and throw in the frozen stew meat. Then cook for 25 minutes and use a natural release.

Then you add the potatoes and carrots and cook for 4 minutes. Quick release

Add your cornstarch and water mixture and bring to a boil with the lid off. Follow up with the addition of the peas and carrots.

Voila! You have a tasty stew with the most tender stew beef😊

You can find the whole Lazy Day Beef Stew by Ruth McCusker recipe here.

Favourite Yoga Videos

This fall I started taking a local Yoga class and loved it! One night a week to just relax and focus on some self care (okay maybe an hour and a half just for me;) And then the rest of the week happened. I enjoyed class but haven’t done enough yoga to build my own practice. So I started searching for free online videos (because who doesn’t like free:) Thanks to my sister in law’s suggestion I tried out Yoga with Adrienne.

She was offering a free 30 day Dedicate Yoga challenge. So I started 2019 off with a 30 day challenge that took me a month and a half to complete. I may have taken 30 days to complete the challenge but I did hit a 30 day stretch of daily Yoga – sometimes it was just 15 minutes of putting together my own yoga flow or a fabulous Wednesday of Yoga class.

I recently completed the 30 day challenge and discovered that Yoga with Adrienne has an entire You Tube Channel of videos:)

So if you are looking for a great place to start I highly recommend the 30 Day Dedicate Yoga challenge as a great place to start or you can always check out her awesome You Tube Channel – Yoga with Adrienne 🙂

Have fun!

Chicken Lettuce Wraps :)

Looking for something a little bit different? Since the start of the new year, we’ve been talking more about the food we eat as a family and just how many carbs we eat in a day. Just last week the new Canada food guide was released with healthy updates and suggestions.

So in a move to try out some different types of food, I’ve been looking for some new recipes. It turns out Facebook is quite helpful for sharing yummy new recipes and it wasn’t long ago that I came across Averie Cooks’ Copycat Recipe for P.F. Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps.

Fast forward to a Sunday afternoon wonder about what to make for supper (or do you say dinner)? And I remembered the lettuce wrap recipe. So off I went to the local Co-oP grocery store to pick up what we needed. The recipe was easy to follow and it turned out quite good. Now I’m not sure how our version compares to the original restaurant version, but they were very tasty. Husband approved and almost daughter approved…. neither one really liked the water chestnuts and one wasn’t really in favour of wrapping her food in a leaf of lettuce. LOL.

Here’s the link to Averie Cooks’ online recipe – P.F. Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps {Copycat Recipe}.

My only change was to use 1 tsp of Asian Chili Garlic Sauce instead of 1tbsp – that was spicy enough for me 🙂 I also served this with Basmati rice because my daughter likes the option and it helped turn down the heat a bit for me:) (yes I’m not a fan of spicy food).

If you are like me and want to see the recipe use this link. Straight to the recipe.

Hope you enjoy 🙂

The end of an era…

It’s with a heavy heart that I say good-bye to Color By Amber. We found out on Friday (November 2, 2018) that Color By Amber is closing its doors. From the moment I joined the CBA adventure in July of 2014, it’s been an amazing journey. I’m grateful to have been surrounded by amazing customers and supportive friends. I have very much appreciated your encouragement through out my CBA adventure. Thank-you!
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I’m thankful for all of the truly talented, creative and genuine people that I’ve met from across North America. I’m grateful for the opportunity to have traveled to places I’d never dreamed of going with the most amazing people. I’m thankful to started the adventure with great friends and ended the journey with many friendships that will last a lifetime. I’ve been fortunate to learn from talented entrepreneurs and share in a journey that was about so much more than jewelry. I’ve learned from an amazing home office team including a CEO and founder that we can all make a difference in the choices that we make. Every product has a story shaped by people who create it. And that’s what drew me to Color By Amber, I loved that I was able to meet the artisans and see first hand how the product was made and the impact that it had on people’s lives. The Bio teacher in me loved that CBA and 3Form are committed to sustainable environmental practices. Because as our founder explained, you can’t wait for the government or other agencies to tell you the planet we live on is a priority. You have to lead by example.
What an amazing 4 years filled with the most wonderful memories. I feel like this isn’t the end but rather the close of one chapter and the start of new story.
So what’s next…. Well…. I seem to have quite a large collection of jewelry 😊 So that means I’m having a sale in my VIP group – you are welcome to join and find some great deals. If you prefer email – you can follow along using the link below 😊 or follow Life is Your Style (which I’m hoping I’ll now have more time for😊)
Here’s to the next chapter!

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Did you hear? Color by Amber is having a SALE!

It’s perfect timing for back to school shopping and it’s always a good time to add some fun fabulous accessories! Color by Amber not creates beautiful on trend designs but their process and sourcing makes my heart happy! Our interlayers are sourced from upcycled sources, to beautiful fabrics to amazing textiles designed and created by our Full Circle artisans! It is truly style with a story!

Hey, didn’t you say something about a SALE?

Yes!!!!!

Each day in August will feature different items from our fall 2018 collection! Today it’s the on trend classic tortoise shell interlayer. One of my all time favorites😍

You save 20% on selected pieces😊

Check back each day to see the daily deals!
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Curious about how to wear the tortoise resin trend?

Jen Clyde, our head designer, shares the versatility of the tortoise interlayer.

Homemade Sweet Potato Fries

Recently, I had lunch at “The Spot” a local restaurant that served up a delicious steak melt with a side of sweet potato fries.  So what do you do on a Saturday night when you feel like sweet potato fries?  Attempt to make them of course 🙂  So I asked my Google home how to make sweet potato fries and the Crispy Baked Sweet Potato Fries recipe was the top suggestion.  You can check out the link below.

All you need is one sweet potato and a little bit of time.  You have a variety of spice options.  We chose to follow the olive oil and cornstarch suggestion and topped that off with a bit of paprika, garlic powder, sea salt and pepper.

Cookie + Kate has a tasty Crispy Baked Sweet Potato Fry recipe.

What’s your favourite sweet potato fry recipe?