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Week In Review: The Week of Appointments and Shopping

Goodmorning again, and happy Monday! Coming at you again from my cozy little writing corner. 

breakfast nook

Ahh the weekend…

Apparently last week was “get everything done!” week. Not only was it productive but it was such a “me” week. I feel like I finally really got this summer of mine going  ->  got almost all of my remaining necessities I want to have at home for the summer, baked up a storm, got some blog tasks finally out of my way, caught up on some writing and apparently greeted every health professional in my town with the number of appointments I had – or so it felt. Why am I introducing this? Let’s just get listing!

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Not sure how she does it, but our fabulous new mom host – Meg – continues

to grace us with her link up each Monday.  Go over and join in! 

Let’s start with the appointments, a couple of which you already know…

  • Saw my nutritionist
  • Saw my therapist
  • Got to the chiropractor (he cracks me up…. aha ha..)
  • Went to my first “Body Talk,” session. Have you heard of Body Talk? In a very brief description, it is basically a type of treatment therapy that uses physical touch and body energies and addresses your health from a whole body/mind approach. It is a combination of a number of different holistic and scientific practices such as Reiki, healing touch, psychology, and kinesiology.  It was very, very….eye opening. If you are interested in my experience or would like to know more, shoot me an email.  

Then on to the shopping…

  • Got me a stash of hemp hearts that should last me a good while

hemp seeds

  • Got a collection of plates and bowls for food photography. My parents had zzipppp. 

bowls

  • Favorite purchase out of the dish-wear, however, was the little lidded mug. This will enable me to microwave my coffee every minute instead of every 5 seconds…
  • Pressed “send” on my online Vitacost order to receive even more goodies. Hello first pay check. Goodbye first pay check. 
  • Had to buy a new large jar and some pre made kombucha so I could finally get my babies going again!! Yes – I packed my SCOBY baby in my suitcase coming home from Toronto. She was tucked cozily into my underwear. #priorities

kombucha double

Kombucha making for summatime!

Getting out of the house…

  • Checked out the new “coffee roastery” that just opened in my town. My inner coffee snob may have a place to run to in this little town after all. Had a surprise chat with an old friend while there and got in a semi-productive journaling session. Goal = do more journaling. 

journal french press

  • Went to the high school’s musical production of “Footloose.”  I was actually quite nervous to go as I thought it was going to bring up a lot of emotions from my own high school memories. Thankfully though, it was so, so much fun. Community/small town theatre at its finest  – good laughs were had. 
  • Went to our provincial park to have a little outdoor photography lesson with a friend 
  • Went to a dinner with my mother and the Syrian family that is now living in our town. My mom had a lot to do with bringing in and welcoming the family. The dinner was at a beautiful home on the lake and was my first BBQ of the summer. Delicious.

BBQ deck

It’s BBQ time

  • Picked up a package and finally mailed off a card

Got my kitchen time in…

  • Made a few large messes in the kitchen and cleaned each one up spick and span

baking kitchen

And Baking Time

  • I re-made TWO recipes that I had created four years ago to see if they would be blog worthy. Hoooo boy are they ever. I am SO excited to share them with you – all I’ll say is they each contain something a little special. Sneak peak sneak peak! 

blueberry chickpea muffins

bean cookies 2

chia mug cake

  • Made a batch of blueberry-ginger granola (for my mom) using Kaila’s GENIUS discovery to use pureed blueberries as the only wet ingredient. I had to see if this could actually be done – it worked amazingly! I added egg whites for extra clustering, and threw in my own cashews, crystallized ginger and coconut. 

blueberry granola

At my computer screen…

  • Submitted some of my photographs to online websites for the first time. We’ll see how that goes. 
  • Caught up on all my emails
  • Published four blog posts
  • Figured out Canva, made a new pin image, reshot a food recipe and made this post
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Also linking up with another marvelous Mama blogger, Heather

My to do list continues on but if it continues to be fulfilled like it was this week – I am going to make the most of this summer. 

Tell me,

Do you microwave your coffee to keep it warm?

What do you look for in dish-wear for photography purposes??

What did you check off your “to do list” last week?

 

 

40 COMMENTS

  1. Kristy @ Southern In Law | 16th May 16

    It sounds like you had a great week, girl!

    I am super fussy when it comes to dishes for photography… and I mean suuuuuuuper. It has to be the right height/shape/colour and I have certain dishes for certain things, haha. HELLO OCD!
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  2. chasetheredgrape | 16th May 16

    Great week Cora! Looks like it was awesome, productive and full of yummies!
    I bet that BBQ on the lake was fantastic, and how fab of your mum to be involved in welcoming the family into the area, such kindness!
    I don’t blame you for taking your SCOBY with you… ‘Frances ‘ (my SCOBY) is my baby and I wouldn’t be without her! πŸ™‚

    • Cora | 19th May 16

      Frances!!! What a perfect name! My baby got a little wild and started popping out her own babies at an alarming rate. I could’t hold the girl down!

  3. Susie @ SuzLyfe | 16th May 16

    Glad that you had so many important appointments–I bet it was mentally taxing, but also freeing. I know that’s how I would feel. But you seem to be feeling so much more settled and grounded, and I know that is due to how hard you are working! Just keep going, one hour, one day at a time (that’s what I’m doing in my case, at least). Also, send me food. You always have delicious food.
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    • Cora | 19th May 16

      It was taxing – but in a positive way. And you better believe it – one day at a time is the only viable option right now.

  4. Kaila @ Healthy Helper | 16th May 16

    OMG thank you so much for trying mu granola!!! It came out so beautifully!!!! πŸ™‚

    • Cora | 19th May 16

      It is so good Kaila!

  5. Sarah @ BucketListTummy | 16th May 16

    Blueberry ginger granola sounds soooo good! I am totally going to try your egg whites trick. You did so much this week, Cora. You should be so proud. And you are making huge strides with your blog things and photography! I’m so excited to follow along. Also, that bbq view outside looks second to none.

    • Cora | 19th May 16

      Thanks Sarah! It just feels really nice to have a bit more time to spend on the blog and other little passions of mine.

  6. katalysthealth | 16th May 16

    Congrats on this week!! Sounds like you’ve accomplished a ton πŸ™‚ I was nervous too the first time I went back to my high school to watch one of my youth group kids perform in theater. I thought being back there would trigger some unhappy moments, but it was the opposite! I looked at it more as the place I survived and learned some pretty dang good lessons in life.
    Can’t wait for your recipes!
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    • Cora | 19th May 16

      Exactly! Interesting how you could relate to the exact same fears I had – I thought I was being silly. So glad both of our experiences turned out to be the opposite though. We’ve moved on and can now just see our high schools as a phase where we did what we did…

  7. Heather @ Polyglot Jot | 16th May 16

    Sounds super productive!! I need some good photographic plates too! Mine are so busy! I always like plain white plates and modern looking dishes.
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    • Cora | 19th May 16

      As much as I get drawn to cool colors and patterns, I thick I’ve learned that plain white is really the way to go.

  8. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets | 16th May 16

    And I just microwaved my coffee for the second time this morning. I love the lidded mug idea. It’s a perfect companion to your cozy reading nook.

    I’m happy to see you getting situated back in your hometown. Footloose would be such a fun play to watch. I haven’t been to the theater in forever. I need to change that.

    My mother practices Reiki and has done it on me a number of times so I’m very well acquainted with that stuff.

    Last but not least, hosting the WIR linkup as difficult as it can sometimes has helped give me a sense of normalcy and allowed me to keep some small shred of sanity. It’s been a blessing throughout this whole crazy experience.

    • Cora | 19th May 16

      Hahaha I am glad I’m not the only one attaching their coffee mug to the microwave.
      Your mom does Reiki? How cool!! I’d love to learn more about these kinds of practices.

  9. Heather Shoberg | 16th May 16

    Love Reiki – I’m a practitioner myself (not professionally, but I am attuned and have had master training) so I greatly appreciate it’s benefits. I hope to do more with it, and I’m going to check out your Body Talk link! I’ve never heard of it.

    I tend to microwave my coffee a lot… I can’t help it, I like it HOT!
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    • Cora | 19th May 16

      You are?! How awesome! I’ve never done actual Reiki – but I would really really love to become more aware of it and some other healing practices.
      … I need my coffee hot. Like… hot hot.

  10. Lyss | 16th May 16

    That body talk sounds so cool! I had an appointment this week too with my psychiatrist- glad yours went okay! I do microwave my coffee to keep it hot. I love my coffee very warm… anything less doesn’t taste the same to me!
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    • Cora | 19th May 16

      Hope yours went okay too!
      I’ve never understood those people who could sip away at the same mug of coffee for over an hour. It just isn’t the same thing if not HOT.

  11. Stephanie Leduc | 16th May 16

    So much productivity! Your reading corner is the cutest and coziest little place.
    Glad to see your getting yourself back into the swing of things, must be exciting to see everything falling back into place.
    I’ve never heard of body talk but it sounds cool!
    I like the dishware that’s simple and maybe a little sophisticated looking, I also try to create colors contrast.. but man my photography skills still have such a long way to go!

    • Cora | 19th May 16

      It is exiting – I’m feeling really good about what could be coming ahead.
      I hadn’t really heard of it either – but am looking forward to researching and experiencing more.
      Mine too!! Its all a matter of trial and error. I’ve definitely learned some colors of plates do NOT make food look good.

  12. gracefulcoffee | 16th May 16

    Looks like a super busy, productive week πŸ™‚ That body talk thing sounds really neat! I love things like that.

    Blessings,
    Edye // Gracefulcoffee
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    • Cora | 19th May 16

      You do eh? Me too! Its all so fascinating.

  13. Kate | 16th May 16

    I love that there was so much self-care in this week. You’re doing a great job working on those summer goals!
    I enjoy going to my old high school to see their production. I don’t know the actors anymore, but my old director is still there. Brings back great memories.
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    • Cora | 19th May 16

      Even if you don’t know the kids – the memories just come flooding back. Which hopefully can be a wonderful thing.

  14. sarah | 17th May 16

    You were busy! The Body Talk session sounds very interesting, I’ve always been interested in alternative/non-traditional treatment practices. There is so much out there to learn!
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  15. Elizabeth Brimage | 17th May 16

    Spending a paycheck on nice nourishing foods = totally worth it. And glad you found a coffee place; it’s not home until you have your local! xx

    • Cora | 19th May 16

      Yes and yes!!

  16. Ellie | 17th May 16

    I totally microwave my coffee because I like it piping hot to drink (unless it’s iced of course haha). I usually hit up the thrift stores for unique dishes. They have never failed me. I also have found good stuff at TJMAXX. Last week I checked off a race I had been waiting to do, laundry and editing blog photos. I can’t wait to see the new recipes! Do I see chickpeas? I’m already sold!
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    • Cora | 19th May 16

      I neeeeeed my coffee piping hot. The second it begins to cool down its back to the microwave. A little taxing perhaps…
      Yes I love going to thrift stores for my dishes! I need to find one here at home so I’m not going to IKEA like I did this time.

  17. Emily Swanson | 17th May 16

    You are a super fun, balanced, cool baking blogger, and I can’t tell you how much I love seeing your baking pictures. Where do you take most of your photos? And how did you learn to take photos? I totally love that you are relaxing, resting, and refreshing. I readily admit that I haven’t bought dish ware for photography purposes. I guess I’m a bit of a skinflint when it comes to investing in things for the blog… What do you think is the most worth it when it comes to ‘food photography’ props? Also, what are your favorite things to order from Vitacost. I can’t wait to get back from our trip and see those recipes and possibly make them Lord willing! LOVE YA!
    Emily Swanson recently posted…Chocolicious Brownies And S’mores BarsMy Profile

    • Cora | 19th May 16

      Oh gosh Emily – you flatter me. I am seriously just learning my photography all through trial and error and what I think looks good. I have been taking all my past photos on my step outside for natural lighting, but now that I’m home my parents have SO much more natural lighting so I just take them on a table beside a window. I have so much to learn!! I think plain plates and bowls really work best. Either white or some neutral color. You don’t want to take attention away from the food with too many designs or with a color that makes the food look weird.
      Ps – “skinflint!” I’ve never heard this word. Love it! (but I wouldn’t say you are one…)
      Vitacost – I always order my natural shampoos/conditioners and dish detergents. This time I also ordered peanut flour and my FIRST BARNEY BUTTER!!!
      Hope you are doing well my darling <3

  18. Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar | 17th May 16

    I absolutely love shopping for new food photo dishes! I bought so much fun stuff at the thrift store back in January. I think it’s awesome that you’re working on your food photography. That’s my plan for the summer, too.
    It’s so wonderful that your town was able to welcome a Syrian family! Your mom must be a really cool lady that she was able to help with that.
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    • Cora | 19th May 16

      Isn’t it so fun! Totally something only us foodie bloggers would understand the joy in. Thrift stores are totally the best place to do it. I sadly don’t have a very good one here in my small town. Total boo – its the only place I usually shop!
      My mama is real cool πŸ™‚

  19. Aubrey @ Clusterforked | 17th May 16

    What a great week you have had! Things seem to be falling into place and I am so glad to hear you’re settling into the community in your hometown. I have been meaning to buy new dishes forever and have just not gotten around to it yet. The Body Talk session sounds very intriguing – not my usual thing but I can definitely see the logic behind it.
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    • Cora | 19th May 16

      Thanks Aubrey – I do think they are.
      Get yourself to a thrift store!! So fun.

  20. Juli | 17th May 16

    Love this week! And I am glad you start feeling more like you and take so much time for self-care!

    Sometimes at Crossfit morning classes we do a specific warm-up – which I can’t translate because it sounds a bit naughty in translation πŸ˜‰ – that pretty much consists of just touching and feeling your body. Okay that sounds still naughty. Anyways… you touch your arm and focus on what you feel where and so on. It’s amazing how aware you are of all your body afterwards.

    Well done with working on the photograpy! I really like the cookie picture. And from a personal point of view, you can never have enough food props πŸ˜‰
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    • Cora | 19th May 16

      Lol. Now I really want to know the name for this “warm up.” Sounds titilating.
      Actually it sounds really cool and unique – what a great thing to do to get yourself aware of your body – which is pretty necessary for exercise.

  21. masala girl | 17th May 16

    glad that someone else likes things at the perfect temperature aka microwaving to keep it warm πŸ™‚ i’m the same way with tea! sometimes i just give up and pour it in a thermos so it stays at that temp lol
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    • Cora | 19th May 16

      Lol oh god I really should just do that. It would save me from getting out of my chair a quadrillion times!

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