One of my all time favorite meals

One of my all time favorite meals to make for dinner is crispy tofu fingers dipped in BBQ sauce, potato salad and some sort of salad on the side. Simple, but oh so good! The star of this meal is clearly the tofu. Tofu is something that can be absolutely amazing, or something that closely resembles soggy cardboard! #truestory

First thing, you will want to press the tofu (I always buy extra firm tofu for this recipe) for about an hour. I wrap mine up in a clean tea towel and then put something heavy on top of it, like my husbands coffee machine!

Once the tofu has been pressed for about an hour, I cut it in half, then half again, then half again (are you keeping up with me?!) You will end up with eight equal pieces. Then I slice them down the middle so they resemble fingers (better for dipping in that yummy BBQ sauce). You will end up with 16 fingers in total.

I take one whole egg and one egg yolk and mix them together in a bowl. Then I take about 2/3 cup of shredded dried coconut and run it through my Vitamin until it looks like bread crumbs (I don’t use bread crumbs as I find that they end up kind of mushy after a few dips and don’t stick very well – coconut works much better!). Then I add 1 tsp of garlic powder and 1 tsp of smoked paprika. Stir the mixture together.

I dip each piece of tofu into the egg mixture then the coconut crumb mixture and place on a baking sheet. Once the oven has pre-heated to 400 degrees I put the baking tray in for 30 minutes. After 15 minutes I take the tofu out and flip them and put them back in the oven for another 15 minutes.

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I served my crispy tofu fingers with some potato salad and some Asian salad that we had kicking around in the fridge. Let me tell you, this dinner did not disappoint! IT WAS EVERYTHING!

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I’m so glad that there were a few of these little crispy fingers leftover. I will be enjoying them again for my lunch today! When I have a nice lunch to look forward to it always makes my mornings at work go by just a little quicker than usual!

Anything interesting in your lunch box today? I try to keep a list of things that I like so when I prep my lunch box the night before I can always quickly throw together something that I like!

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A change in season, a change in lifestyle

A change of season requires a change in lifestyle. Change = change! If you thought that fall was just going to breeze in with no effort on your part, you were wrong!

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Since moving to Canada last June it has taken a bit (okay, a lot!) of getting used to. I am not used to changes in season. I was used to walking around in shorts and flip flops 24/7, 365 days a year. We would have a slight change in season in the winter months, we would have what locals referred to as the “Christmas breeze” and it was EVERYTHING! You would look forward to that time of year when you were sweating your butt off in the summer! It would literally help to keep you sane. We would wear jeans and sweaters and we loved it!

Now that I am embracing the change of seasons, I have realized that it kind of affects a lot of aspects of my life.

Wardrobe – I just can’t run out the door with a t-shirt and jeans on. I need to put a little more thought into what I am wearing. Is the weather due to change during the day? Do I have my rain jacket and umbrella in my bag? Do I have enough layers on?

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Food – Our roof-top patio has now been closed off until April next year (sobbing :(). With that means I say good-bye to our beloved BBQ’s – so long my love until next year! I don’t crave salads as much as I did in the warmer months. I am starting to think about warmer & heartier meals. I have a feeling that our crock-pot will be getting a lot more use in the coming months. Wine? Yes, even wine changes for me. I no longer crave a nice chilled glass of white or rose wine. I start to think more about a full bodied red wine (drool). Water is not something that goes down easy in the cold months. I really have to ensure that I make an effort to get in my 2 liters a day. To encourage myself to drink more, I will have some sparkling water with dinner. Delish!

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Exercise – I am not going to lie, running has not been a natural occurrence since we have moved to Whistler. First of all, it is very hilly! Holy cow I can feel the burn in my calfs even as I typed that! Second, I was not always confident running on my own during the early mornings. These are both reasons why I got a treadmill (or, dreadmill as I sometimes refer to it!). I have a love hate relationship with it! But it will become my BFF as the cold, wintery days start approaching us. Today was probably the last day of bike riding for us. We hung our bikes up in the garage when we got back this afternoon. It was kind of bitter sweet. I see my yoga membership getting good use in the coming months.

Health & Wellness – When I think about fall and winter, I think “cold & flu season”. Yikes! Not something I want to be a part of! Not to jinx myself, but I can’t remember the last time that I was sick. That is no accident! Every October I make sure that I get a flu shot. I know that a lot of people have strong views against the flu shot (and that is totally cool) but I have had it every year since 2010 and have not gotten the flu or any adverse side effects. I also change up my vitamins. I started taking echinacea at the beginning of October. I also took it every day during the fall & winter season last year. If I do feel like I might be getting sick, I juice a whole lemon, with a clove of garlic, a bit of ginger and some cayenne pepper to finish it off. I knock it back like a shot – bottoms up! I call it my ‘flu shot’! I will also be sure to have a hot bath with some epsom salts thrown in, followed by an early night to bed. By the morning I am back to good health!

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Positivity – It is easy for me when the weather is blah outside to feel blah! I try to get myself out of the funk as it really can affect my day and mood. Also, I don’t want to spend six months of the year wishing it were spring / summer! Life is too short to feel like that. There are a lot of fabulous things going on around me all of the time that I don’t really need to go too far to do something.

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And when all else fails? When a fabulous vacation somewhere warm!!! Just kidding, well we will see in a few months! Hawaii might look quite appealing after Christmas – wink, wink!

This change in life is still something that I am figuring out along the way but I do think that the above helps me to deal with the change in seasons. Any tips that you have to deal with the change in seasons?

Summer, did you really have to leave?

Summer has always been my favorite season. There are so many things that I love about it! The weather (when it is good!), people really try to seize the day and cram as much into it as possible, it is light out until 10pm, shorts & flip-flops (duh!) and corn on the cob! Can someone give me a HOLY YUM! Life also seems simpler in the summer. Maybe the weather makes us a bit more care free? Whatever it is, I love summer! I feel a bit sad that it is gone, at least for now my friend! We have been very fortunate to have had some pretty spectacular days this past week. Though my weather app keeps telling me “don’t get used to it!”. I can see that loads of rain is in our future. Yikes!

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We really made the most of this summer with loads of BBQ’s on our roof-top patio, trips to the lake, road trips around the province and loads of hiking! My only regret about this summer is that I didn’t ride my bike enough. Darn!

A few weeks ago we spent the week in Lake Country, BC. It was beautiful! While we were there we went and toured two local wineries. I was really excited to do a few tastings and learn about the history of the vineyards. Considering that we have now lived in British Columbia for just over a year there is still sooooooo much that we have yet to see of the province. We could do a road trip every weekend and probably still not see all of the sights that BC has to offer. We really are lucky to live in such a beautiful province. So much to see and do.

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Now that we are officially out of summer it is time for me to start embracing all of the fabulousness that fall has to offer. One thing that I am pretty obsessed with right now are red leaves! I just can’t get enough when I see them. They are so pretty.

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In the evenings after dinner has been cleaned up and chill time has begun, we are now enjoying a cup of green tea. Besides the health benefits, it just tastes amazing! I also find it to be quite soothing.

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Even though this is not my first fall in Whistler, BC, I am still kind of lacking in the warm clothes department. When we arrived last year I didn’t even own a jacket so it has been a gradual process of building up my wardrobe. Last week I noticed that GAP were having a pretty decent online sale. I decided it was time to take advantage of it and start looking a little less like a bag lady! I ordered a bunch of items not even knowing if they would fit. I will have fun when it all arrives. If I find that some of the items are “no bueno” I will take them back to our local GAP store and continue the search for my fall wardrobe!

What is your favorite season? What do you like best about fall?